Bearfamily.com Green Page Links
Here are a few links that I like:
- CARS are what many of think about a lot when we think about being green. Electric cars seem to be the
future. Cars have a large impact on both our environment and our pocketbook. It is a great opportunity
to make a difference.
- 3prongpower This is a business in Berkeley that will convert
your Prius in to a Plug-in Hybrid. Sure wish they would do that for the Ford Escape Hybrid. They are
located in the Green Motors facility in Berkeley, California.
They sell the Zenn line of electric cars out of Canada. The
problem is like most of the electric cars on the market, these are Low Speed Vehicles (LSV), which can't
go over 25 miles per hour and are usually limited to between 40 and 60 miles on one charge.
- CalCars.org. This is where I learned about the concept of Plug
in Hybrids at. Hybrids should have been this way from the beginning. The process of converting
to a plug in, not only includes the ability to plug in the car to an electric outlet, but they increase
the battery capacity and install an EV button that allows the vehicle to run longer on the battery
before the gasoline engine kicks in. Plugging in your hybrid when you are not driving, means that you
start off with a fully charged battery. One estimate that heard claims that running a car with
electricity compares to buying gasoline at $0.99 per gallon. The process is supposed to work with
the Toyota Prius, which they say can get up
to 100MPH and the Ford Escape Hybrid
which is what I drive. So far I have not seen a Ford Escape Hybrid converted to a plug in hybrid.
The current cost of the conversion is currently about $10,000.00, but it is estimated that the car
manufacturers could get the cost down to about $3,000.00 or $4,000.00. $10,000.00 buys a lot of gasoline.
It is hard to see how it is worth the cost.
- EV World is all about electric cars. It is amazing that
electric cars have been around for such a long time and yet they are still the future. This site helps
you to see what electric cars are currently available.
- GasBuddy.com. You put in your zip code and they show you the gas
stations with the lowest price on gas in that area. The information is entered by volunteers so it may
not be up to the minute, but I have found it reliable enough that I use it on a regular basis. The day
I wrote this I saved $0.06 per gallon. This website is full of all sorts of useful tools.
- Lucious Garageis a woman owned business that
specializes in Hybrid repairs in San Francisco. They can install an EV Mode Button which will
allow your Prius to run at higher speeds and longer off of the factory installed battery that came
with your car. Sure wish they would do that for the Ford Escape Hybrid.
- Phoenix Motor Cars. You can see
Ed Bagely Jr. driving
one of their electric pickup trucks on his show "
Living with Ed", which currently airs on the Planet
Green network. The problem with most Electric Cars that you can buy now, is that they are more
like golf carts dressed to look like cars. They can't go over 25mph and usually can't go more than
40 miles on a charge. This vehicle travels is designed to travel on freeways at freeway speeds.
- Energy Star. is famous for helping people select appliances
that use less energy. They do that and a lot more than that.
- Gaia Napa Valley Hotel This hotel is leading the hotel
world into a new direction. It is almost a spiritual experience. This property won the hotel of the
year award from the California Lodging Industry Association in 2007. This hotel is the vision of
Ying Ming Huang and he is quite an inspiring individual. He continues to spread his philosophy and has
opened Gaia Anderson Hotel & Spa. I am proud to
say that both Green hotels use AutoClerk as their PMS. Just in
case you were wondering I am the Vice President of AutoClerk.
- Good Search is a search engine that donates
one cent to the Hopland Solar Living each time you to do a search with their search engine.
- Green Guide is a great resource put on by
I really like that the combine articles along with quizzes that give you useful feedback.
- Green Living Jornal is a local Green website specifically for
Southern Oregon. It has a lot of good information that applies no matter where you live.
- Green Living Tips. Full of useful tips. I especially like
their "24 Handy Lemon Tips". They have a free newsletter that you can subscribe to. They will send Green
Tips right to your email.
- Green Suites. My friend Dan owns this company. They provide
products that help hotels become more green. They even conduct educational
seminars on the subject to help educate hoteliers. I use their shower heads at my house and I love them.
- Hopland Solar Living Center. This is an amazing place. The name
would lead you to believe that it is all about solar living. It isn't. It is about wind, water, everything
you can imagine. They hold seminars on different subjects that people can sign up and take. They have a
store on site that has many interesting items such as solar battery chargers and so much more. Hopland is
right before Ukiah, California. I have taken my family there, and think I will make it an annual event.
- Low Impact Living Not only provides tips, but also helps you
find products and services that help you to be greener.
- Off-Grid.net Off the grid is my ultimate goal. I can't see it
being reasonable until my daughters marry and move out, but I will get there. I'm not that impressed with
this website, but I love the name.
- Recyclemore.org is the local website for El Sobrante, Richmond,
Pinole, San Pablo and El Cerrito which is where I live.
- Solyndra.com. A new company based out of Fremont, California. They
have a new approach to solar panels. They are round not flat. That means that no matter when the sun is in the
sky, it is producing power. Most of their business is with Germany. My main concern is how new this company is.
- Tree Hugger If nothing else, you got to love the name. I think the
website is terrible. It is difficult to find what you are looking for, yet I keep coming back. I do notice
that many times when I am looking up a subject in the search engines, the refer to an article in treehugger.com.
- Yahoo Green. Yahoo's Green page is not yet a direct link off of the main
page, but the content and layout is very nice.