Study Finds That Electric Car Owners Save $1200 Average Per Year

If you’re an electric car owner that’s found yourself in a debate with people who own more conventional vehicles that you’re not actually getting more bang for your buck, then this is a good day for you. There’s some recently released evidence to further prove your point that electric cars are definitely better for the environment and definitely a way to cut down on fuel costs.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has completed what is being called one of the most thorough and comprehensive studies as it relates to the benefits of owning an electric automobile. The bottom line result is that an electric car, for basically every (relevant) reason possible, is by far the better buy. If you’re looking to provide some specifics, though, here are three of them.

Gas vs. Electricity

It’s pretty obvious that an electric vehicle does not burn any gas fuel and so therefore, it does not give off any tailpipe emissions. However, being that it does use electricity, there are some emissions that it does emit. However, according to the UCS, although it does somewhat vary per region, overall, electric vehicles that use an electric power grid to charge still produce noticeably less global-warming emissions than most compact cars that use gasoline.

What About the Cost?

For what an electric vehicle does for the environment alone, a lot of us should already either be relieved that we own one or desirous of having one at some point. But, if there needs to be another selling point, it should be that the UCS has also confirmed that electric vehicles save people more money. And not just a couple of dollars, either. After comparing the costs of 50 major cities across the United States, it was determined that an electric vehicle can save, on average, between $700-1200 a year as it directly relates to fueling costs. This is in comparison to a gas-fueled automobile that gives 27 miles to the gallon at the price of gas being $3.50. Another reported plus is that electric car owners can save money on their fueling costs without making any major adjustments to their current electricity plan. As a matter of fact, in many cases, they are able to utilize the “time-of-use” discount plans that are related to electricity use during the nighttime hours.

More Reasons to Consider an Electric Car

So, when it comes to an electric car, let’s review: It’s better for the environment and it saves you money. Yet, when it comes to owning an electric car, there are still other reasons why it continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. A lot of times, when people think about the fluids in a conventional vehicle, all that comes to mind is gas. However, being that an electric car has less rotating parts, this also means that it does not require anti-freeze or transmission fluid, either; this means there is less overall maintenance that is needed. Another benefit is that they tend to run more quietly too. So, whether it’s a Chevrolet Volt or even a BMW UK, when it comes to getting a great deal all the way around, there’s really no excuse to not consider having your next automobile purchase be an electric car, so be sure to tell all of your gas guzzler driving friends. It’s not just your opinion. Now, you have the Union of Concerned Scientists to back you up.

This free radical fighting smoothie is deliciously nutritious, and makes for an awesome power breakfast in a flash!

Cherry-Berry Vitality Smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups ice

1 cup frozen cherries

1 banana

1/3 cup Navitas Naturals Cashews

1 TBSP Navitas Naturals Goji Berries

3 TBSP Navitas Naturals Antioxidant Powder

2 cups fresh spinach (rinsed)

1 TBSP vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups water

Navitas Naturals Coconut Palm Sugar (optional, to taste)

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Navitas Naturals.*

 

Grease, blood, tea, coffee, grass stains, wine and other tough stains don’t stand a chance against this new Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover from Dirty Jobs™. Made to tackle anything and everything your household goes through on a daily basis with pets, kids, sports activities, stormy days, and holiday parties – stains are no longer an issue! What makes it so effective? Dirty Jobs™ Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover has a higher concentration of oxygen powered enzymes than any other stain remover on the market, making it extremely tough on stains, but gentle on fabrics and surfaces.

What “Mom” loves about this new stain remover is that it is biodegradable and non-toxic, and does not contain chlorine bleach or ammonia. It uses oxygen-powered enzymes to cut through even the nastiest set-in stains! “Mom” tested it on those strange, discolored stains that magically appear on carpets when you have pets and children – worked like a charm!

Why choose Dirty Jobs™ Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover?

• Safe for Colors. No Chlorine Bleach. No Ammonia. Biodegradable. Non-Toxic.
• Removes tough stains – laundry, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, upholstery, fabrics and carpet, blood, grease and grime
• Everyday laundry booster – color-safe and bleach-free
• Upholstery and fabrics – stubborn spots and stains
• Bathroom surfaces – removes stains and molds
• For Standard and HE washers

Inspired by his own show, Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel, Mike Rowe became involved with MyDirty Jobs, LLC because of the effectiveness of the products are and the creators were open to a new way of marketing the products that appealed to him; they didn’t demonize dirt. The real message is whether it’s as a result of work or play, it’s okay to get dirty. After all, it washes off!

Dirty Jobs™ Oxygen Complete Heavy-Duty Stain Remover is available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, and you can learn more online at mydirtyjobs.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Ethical and Sustainable Work: Is a Green MBA Necessary?

The prospect of earning a larger income is a major draw for MBA programs, but students also want jobs that match their principles and give them the opportunity to make meaningful contributions in the fields of sustainability and environmental management. Among the many educational pathways to such careers, an MBA may seem an unlikely fit at first glance.

A growing number of businesses are looking for ways to green their operations. This is a recognition of changing priorities among retail consumers and wholesale distributors. Lower prices were once the deciding factor, but this is steadily giving way to concerns about environmental impact. It is also in recognition of the money that can be saved by closing the waste stream.

Green MBA programs are increasingly being offered by the top schools in both the traditional an online settings. Even those schools that have no formal green program will offer electives that provide an entry into the field. There is nothing stopping traditional graduates from pursuing careers in the field.

What is a Green MBA Program?

All MBA programs provide skills useful in managerial and executive positions, and most programs allow specialization in a specific aspect of business, such as human resources, finance, and marketing. A green MBA program consists of the same core requirements and a set of electives that focus on methods of strengthening the bottom line while minimizing the environmental impacts of business.

There is no common curriculum for a green MBA program. Schools will differ in the electives falling under this banner, but some common offerings are:

* Ecological Economics
* Foundations of Sustainability
* EcoCommerce Models
* Green and Social Marketing
* Managerial and Environmental Accounting

It is still possible to receive an MBA specializing in marketing, or any other traditional area, while also learning green skills related to that area. Even if it’s not your ultimate goal to receive an MBA in sustainable business, employers value the diversity of a transcript that includes the green focus.

What Types of Green Jobs Exist for MBA Graduates?

For some types of green-collar jobs, it will certainly be beneficial to formally specialize in the green business model. However, any MBA graduate will have the opportunity to apply for leadership positions that satisfy their needs for income and principled work. Some of the more obvious jobs available include:

* Ecotourism Management
* Ecofashion Design
* Sustainable Operations
* Green Marketing
* Renewable Energy Management

Green business has most of the same needs as traditional business. Landing a job that services these needs may not put you on the front-lines of the sustainability movement, but you will be making the environmentally conscious aspects of the business more viable.

Are Admission Requirements the Same?

Green MBA programs tend to have the same admission requirements as traditional study with one major difference. Candidates are selected by schools partly to fulfill their need to retain and grow prestige. Business schools want students from diverse backgrounds, because they will become alumni who serve as a resource to future graduates. Hence, a green focus from the start can increase your chances of getting into top programs. It is important to remember that the value of any degree is tied to the prestige of the school.

Top schools are offering a wider selection of electives to support green MBA programs. The focus is worthwhile for students interested in sustainability. Green programs can provide a better opportunity for principled work, but any MBA graduate can pursue jobs that support environmentally conscious business practices.

About the Author

David Dubose is a career counselor and freelance blogger. If you’re considering a career in Human Resources he recommends checking out the Best Online Master’s Programs in HR to learn more about where to go to earn your Masters in HR.

*Image: xedos4 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

Inspired by goodies found in the garden, this refreshing Mediterranean Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette comes to Tiny Green Mom courtesy of the Camellia Inn.

Mediterranean Watermelon Salad with Watermelon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

Salad:

6 cups torn mixed salad greens
2 handfuls of fresh cilantro or parsley, leaves picked
3 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
1/2 cup sliced purple onion
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
6 pitted kalamata olives
3/4 cup watermelon vinaigrette
Freshly cracked black pepper

Watermelon Vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons currant jelly
1/4 cup pureed watermelon (in blender, process chunks of seeded watermelon until pureed)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil

Preparation

In a small saucepan, heat the jelly until just melted; cool. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended and store in the refrigerator. Shake well before using, this should make 1/2 cup of dressing.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the vinaigrette and pepper. Just before serving, toss the salad mixture with the vinaigrette and top withcracked black pepper.

This is a wonderful cool salad for summer days, great for a picnic side dish or a main dish on a warm day. We like to serve it with fresh warm buttered French bread.

Makes 6 servings

*Recipe courtesy of BNBFinder.com. Image courtesy of Camellia Inn.*

Make mealtime fun with the oogaa® mealtime set! Your little one will open wide as the choo choo train or airplane spoon carries favorite foods to his/her tiny mouth – no coaxing and cajoling needed! This fun-tastic BPA-free bowl and 2 spoon set is made from safe, soft silicone, which will not break or chip when accidently dropped. Silicone does not support the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold, and will not corrode or deteriorate like plastic products. Plus, silicone is dishwasher safe, microwave safe, freezer safe, and oven safe.

Mom’s” daughter loved her green bowl set, her favorite color, which came complete with both an airplane spoon and train spoon for extra giggles while eating! The oogaa® mealtime set is available in three additional colors, including purple, blue and pink. Whether you are feeding baby rice cereal for the first time or want to engage your busy toddler at mealtime, this adorable set will delight and entertain. It makes a great gift for baby showers, too!

To learn more about the oogaa® mealtime set, or any other oogaa® products, please visit oogaa.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Eco-Friendly Health and Fitness Tips for Newbies

There are two things that you know for sure: You want to get yourself into shape and you love doing all that you can for the environment. What you’re not so sure about is if there is a way to possibly merge the two things together. The good news is that there is; several of them, actually.

If you’re looking for some eco-friendly health and fitness tips and you’re new to the concept of merging the two together, check out these cool ideas that will leave both you and the environment in good shape.

Workout outdoors. A lot of times, when people think about getting their body into great physical condition, they think about going to a gym. But here’s the thing: Gyms use up a lot of energy from the exercise equipment that they have to the lighting that stays on all hours of the night. Why not consider working outside, instead? You’ll be able to enjoy natural lighting, fresh air and chances are, you’ll be using items that are battery-operated rather than something that needs to be plugged in; a great way to reduce energy use.

Wear the right gear. Did you know that cotton is becoming less and less of “the fabric of our lives” when it comes to those who are knowledgeable about what different fabrics do to the environment? A big part of this reason is because a lot of water is needed to make wearable cotton. As a matter of fact, reportedly, it takes a few hundred gallons of H2O just to produce one T-shirt. The “new cotton” is bamboo because it’s softer and is even more effective in keeping harmful bacteria away from our skin. However, with whatever it is that you choose to use, make sure that it’s made by renewable products and if it is cotton or wool, that it’s organic.

Clean up naturally. Whether it’s what you wash your workout gear in or what you shower with following your exercise regimen, a great way to support the environment is by cleaning up with homemade products. For instance, did you know that ½ cup of distilled white vinegar is a great fabric softener substitute; that one cup of washing soda, ½ cup of Borax and one bar of soap can wash an entire load of laundry or that a bar of soap combined with a teaspoon of espresso, milk and 10 drops of coffee-scented oil will create a coffee ‘n cream washing bar? You can even make your own hand sanitizer by combining a half/half mixture of rubbing alcohol and aloe vera. By learning how to make cleaning ingredients from home, not only does it keep your body from harsh chemicals, but it’s also a good way to save some extra dollars too.

Take a multi-vitamin. Some people are concerned about getting temporary health insurance, not so much as a preventative measure, but because they know they’re not taking good care of themselves. We all need to eat right, exercise and get 6-8 hours of sleep. However, in order to make up for some of the vitamins and minerals that some of our meals may have missed, it’s always a good idea to add a multi-vitamin into the daily routine. And what does this have to do with being eco-friendly? Well, this is where focusing on the packaging comes in. Unfortunately, a large majority of multi-vitamins are made from non-recyclable plastic. So, in order to do your part, opt for purchasing some that come in glass bottles, instead.

Drink water. Yeah, this one probably seems pretty obvious because as most of us already know, our bodies are made up of mostly water. So in drinking it, we keep toxins from storing up into our systems, which keeps our bodies regulated, aids in purifying the blood and helps to keep our skin blemish-free. However, there is a “go green” twist to it too. By using a recycled water bottle and pouring tap water (that came from a faucet with a filter on it), you help to keep the enormous amount of plastic that is used annually in when people purchase bottled water down. And that’s always a really good thing for everyone.

Try this vegetarian recipe and you can bid adieu to heavy, greasy, uninspiring eggplant Parmesan.

Eggplant Parmesan

Ingredients

1½ cups canned crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
⅓ cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
1 cup panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ cup grated Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces), divided
2 medium eggplants (about 1 pound)
1½ cups shredded regular or part-skim mozzarella (about 6 ounces)
1 cup sliced rapini (broccoli rabe)
salt and pepper

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a blender or food processor, puree the tomatoes, basil, garlic, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste; set aside.

In a small bowl, lightly the beat egg with the water. In a shallow container, combine the panko bread crumbs, oregano, and ¼ cup of the Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Slice the eggplants into 18 rounds ¼ inch thick. If needed, trim the rounds so the slices fit into the jumbo muffin cups. One at a time, dip the eggplant rounds in the egg mixture, then dredge in the panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Place the eggplant on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, about 30 minutes, flipping the slices and rotating the baking sheet after 15 minutes.

To assemble, place a slice of toasted eggplant in each of 6 jumbo muffin cups. Top each with about 1½ tablespoons of the tomato sauce and 1½ tablespoons of the mozzarella. Top with a sprinkle of the rapini. Place another eggplant slice on top and top with about 1½ tablespoons of the tomato sauce and 1½ tablespoons of the mozzarella, and evenly sprinkle the remaining rapini among the cups. Place the remaining eggplant slices on top and evenly top with the remaining tomato sauce, remaining mozzarella, and the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Bake until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before unmolding. Serve garnished with fresh basil.

Serves 6.

 

*Recipe and image courtesy registered dietician Matt Kadey, author of Muffin Tin Chef.*

It’s time to get saucy in the kitchen with Saffron Road™! They have just debuted four new simmer sauces to create authentic world cuisine right in the comfort of your own kitchen. All-Natural, Halal Certified, and Gluten Free – the Simmer Sauces are and delicious and delightfully simple to use. “Mom” and her family make Chicken Tikka Masala quite frequently at home, and so she was excited to try the Tikka Masala. It was rich, spicy and authentic – and much, much quicker to make!

In addition to the Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce, Saffron Road™ offers the following new varieties:

Moroccan Tagine – Magic happens inside the domed earthenware pot called the Tagine. Deep inside it, food and spices are transformed by a long oh-so-slow simmering that creates amazing sauces that are filled with flavor. Turn any meal into a Moroccan delicacy with this simmer sauce.

Lemongrass Basil – These are the true Kings of Siam: Lemongrass and Thai Basil. Together these two herbs produce flavor-filled dishes that make Thai Cuisine truly extraordinary.

Rogan Josh – When you see the fiery red color of Rogan Josh, you know you will be experiencing amazing Indian flavor. The blend of exotic Kashmiri peppers and authentic spices creates a sauce that’s just a little spicy and transforms any meal into an experience to savor.

Tikka Masala – The genius of Indian cuisine begins in the tandoori oven, and its most famous creation is Tikka Masala. Saffron Road™’s rich, creamy recipe features authentic tandoori spices that transform ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary meal.

Available in a single-use pouch, each sauce is ideal for simmering the meats or vegetables of your choice. To locate a Whole Foods Market that carries the new simmer sauces, please visit SaffronRoad.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

5 Tips for Green Design at Home

Call it “Eco-Décor” or “Green Design” — either way it’s a trend that’s here to stay – and growing! You don’t have to sacrifice style or function for eco-friendly, chemical free decor at home. Beverly Hills Interior Designer Christopher Grubb offers his five top tips to make it happen!

1. Repurpose: Stop and think before you toss out any home accents or furniture you’re tired of. You can reupholster a dated chair, repaint a worn end table, and recover pillows. Be creative! Those plant pots can become candleholders and old picture frames can house mirrors.

2. Go Organic: If you are in the market for something new, make a change where you spend the most time…in bed! Avoid petroleum-based synthetic memory foam bedding which can emit VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Instead go for organics, which are sustainable and non-toxic. Grubb recommends the Natural Organic Mattress Collection by California-based Royal-Pedic (www.royal-pedic.com) – which is wholly organic and hypoallergenic. Next, cover that mattress with soft, organic sheets and pillows and you have a healthy haven.

3. Re-work those Walls: One of the best ways to give your home a quick, inexpensive facelift is to paint. These days its easy to find paints with zero-VOC that are odorless. If you prefer wallpaper, there are also eco-friendly options. Grubb recommends Walnut Wallpaper (www.walnutwallpaper.com), a California company that has creative wall coverings without the chemicals. He also touts grass cloth and bamboo wall coverings as trendy options.

4. Plant Something: Let’s bring the outdoors inside. Using plants is a simple way to add color to any room, especially if you plant your gorgeous greenery in colorful, ornate pots. An added bonus – many plants combat the “offgassing” of harmful elements in the atmosphere. Known air scrubbers include bamboo palm, Boston fern, and peace lilies.

5. Find Texture with Textiles: Run to recycled fabrics – they look and feel as soft as their non-eco counterparts. An easy way to add texture is with an area rug – how about recycled nylon and bicycle tires! The more traditional can opt for wool as a plush option while sisal offers a more architectural look.

*Article courtesy of Beverly Hills Interior Designer, Christopher Grubb.*