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Swap Halloween costumes: A frighteningly sensible green idea

October 5th, 2010

Imagine Halloween without the costumes. What a charmless, dull and possibly dangerous event it would be. Kids Openly Begging for Treats Day could lead inter-generational strife. Marauding Tots Pressing For Candy would be a PR nightmare, and a clunky acronym. You can see how it could get out of hand.

And yet, Tinkerbell, this Halloween costume business sure could use some re-tinkering.

Too many Halloween costumes, not to mention those buckets of plastic spiders, bats and eyeballs, turn out to be single-use items. Those plastic gee-gaws create about 10 seconds of amusement. A costume is good for a night or two.

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Smart meters make smarter customers at Penn. Power & Light

May 14th, 2009

By Carol Sonenklar
Green Right Now

Kim Williams didn’t really think she would be studying pie charts and graphs on a regular basis. But several times a month, that’s exactly what she does when she logs into her Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL) Energy Analyzer account website.

She checks her energy usage to see exactly what her bill is, what specific appliances are consuming, whether her usage is occurring during peak times, and also gauge her costs compared with other similar-sized homes.

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Stella Veterans Memorial

The village of Stella, Missouri, has constructed a veterans’ memorial of attractive design in the center of the village. Read more

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