These days a lot of people think that going green is synonymous with losing money. Luckily, technology has gotten to the point where reducing your emissions is not just possible, but actually profitable. It doesn’t matter how well versed you are on climate science, in the end everyone can Profit Greenly.
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- Electric Lawn Tools RuleStill struggling with the starter cord on your dirty old gas mower? It’s time to recycle that loud and polluting contraption and move into the future with a quiet, cheap, and easy to use electric mower. The same is true for other lawn tools. Electric bush trimmers, leaf blowers and even chain saws are amazingly good now and you can use them all without going deaf. Still not convinced? Read on to find out more.
- Road Damage Fees and ProfitBeen on a road lately and noticed how absolutely busted it was? Have you also noticed how vehicles today are far larger than in the past? These two things go together because vehicle weight is the main factor that determines road damage. State legislatures across the country are ignoring this simple fact and instead trying to blame EVs or even bicycles for our crumbling roads. The smarter/fairer way to fix our roads is by switching to a fee based on the actual road damage that vehicles cause. Replacing gas taxes and EV road fees with this would lead to a fairer and better system. Drivers who are currently freeloading off our system will pay more, but the rest of us will profit and the world will become greener. Read on to find out how it could all work.
- Your Next Car Should Be ElectricI was a gas car driver myself until nearly a year ago when I was tempted by a low priced Chevy Bolt. After months of driving my new EV, I can clearly say that if you’re buying a new car it should be an electric car.
- How Bikes Boosted My LifeHere at Profit Greenly, I mostly talk about the dollars and cents underlying green choices. Biking is one of the most profitable green choices you can make and in this post I delve into how it can make you feel better and more alive. If you’re apprehensive about getting things done with a bike, don’t worry about it, we all were at some point. Hopefully exploring my life experience transitioning from driving to cycling will give you some thoughts on how to get your own biking joy and profit greenly.
- Family biking: Front Seat vs Trailer vs Tag Along vs CargoUseful biking is one of the most important ways to profit greenly. It saves money, cuts pollution, and improves fitness and happiness. When kids enter the picture though useful biking becomes more challenging. Even if you get past the initial fear, you’re confronted with a myriad of ways to get your kids around by bike with wildly varying price points. Over the past 4 years I’ve managed to try most every type of kid hauling bike contraption and extensively researched the rest. In this post I’ll reflect on my experiences to help other parents who are trying to figure out the best way to profit greenly by hauling their kids around by bike.
- Batteries Not Included: Why Most Solar Homes Don’t Need StorageMost electrical grids have such low levels of renewable generation right now that they can easily act like huge batteries for the small numbers of people who get solar roofs. For grids like this installing individual battery systems is a waste of resources. In this post I’ll try delve into why most solar homes don’t need their own energy storage yet and how this will change in the future.
- 1,000+ MPGe eBike to ProfitBack to the Future II promised us hoverboards by 2015. Instead we got eBikes that get over 1,000 MPGe and save us thousands more dollars than they cost. Maybe the future’s not so bad?
- Net Zero and Profit in 2 Easy StepsThe idea of having a net zero home, one that generates as much power as it consumes, is very exciting. With two simple updates I was able to make my regular old house net zero. In this post I’ll explain how I did it, and how you can to.
- If College Endowments Value Profit Why Aren’t They Installing Solar?The divestment movement has often hit resistance from administrators who say that their endowments should be invested to produce the maximum return on investment (ROI). What if it turned out that those endowments were already not maximizing their ROI because they weren’t investing in solar panels to power their schools? University endowments are hurting both the world and their bottom lines by this inaction. Read on to find out why.
- Hardware Store Gifts for Toddlers: Durable, Useful, and FunIf we gave gifts that actually replaced “regular” needed shopping we could save resources while still bringing our kids joy. This year try heading to the hardware store for presents that are fun, useful and money saving.
- DIY Old Phone Into Free GPS Bike TrackerDon’t let fear of bike theft is keep you from profiting greenly. Use your old phone to build this little tracker and get back into the saddle!
- How the EV Transition Will Affect Car PricesShould you buy a used Tesla now? How about a hot new Dodge Hellcat or a “practical” Honda Civic? Read on to find out.
- Solar ROI or: How I Learned to Liquidate Bonds Without Worrying and Love the SunWhy aren’t you transferring as much money from those bonds into solar on your roof as possible? Do you hate money?!? Are you actively trying to drive climate change to flood people out of their homes!?!? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?!?
- Don’t Give Up on The Climate Just YetJonathon Franzen is wrong about climate change. And just generally a wet blanket. If you actually read the science there is a lot of reason to be hopeful.
- Heat Pump ROI – First Year DataA dad in PA provides real world numbers on how much a heat pump costs/saves each year and how this compares to investing instead of upgrading your HVAC.
- What is Profit Greenly?I made this blog because I got sick and tired of all the misconceptions people have about the cost of going green. I’ll explain the most impactful changes you can make and quantify how much money each can save you and how it helps the environment.