IKEA Goes Solar

More great news from the world of solar and electric cars.  IKEA, the world largest home furnishing retailer has announced today 5 more stores in the USA will be adding solar panels to it’s stores.  This will help IKEA become a leader in “Green Energy” and increase it’s solar presence to nearly 85% of it’s US stores.  In Portland, Oregon installation has begun on solar panels which will go great with it’s already installed 2 electric car charging stations.  IKEA has become a leader in “Green Energy” with recycling waste material (paper, wood, plastic,etc.); incorporating environmental measures into the construction of buildings in terms of energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water conserving restrooms; and operationally, phasing out the sale of incandescent light bulbs and facilitating recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs.  Also, nine western U.S. IKEA stores have recently installed electric vehicle charging stations.

Information for this story was used from IKEA press release dated January 12, 2012

For more information check out IKEA’s web site IKEA

IKEA Solar Panels

2012 is looking Green

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012.  It’s been a great holiday for our family and I completed many home improvement projects. I have missed writing and wanted to share a few tips to make 2012 a more sustainable year.  My son’s school is recycling Glue sticks and as of January 1st we have recycled 728.  Besides the glue sticks, Chief Joseph Elementary in Portland, Oregon recycles all plastic, paper, cardboard, magic markers, glass, ink cartridges and used batteries.  If your interested in helping your school recycle, check out Terracycle or just contact your local recycling companies.  Chief Joe Elementary School has reduced it’s trash by over 50% in just one year and hopes to do even better in 2012.

I’m excited about the new electric car charging stations going in all over the Pacific Northwest and around the country.  Electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and the Ford Focus are averaging 100 miles on a charge. Fast charging stations give you a full charge in less then a half hour.  I look forward to the day when we dump the oil and gas and plug in the family car.  Several other Green projects have me excited going into 2012.  We now compost all food scraps in Portland, Oregon and have garbage pickup only twice a months.  We have solar and wind power going up all over Oregon and Washington and a bottle bill in Oregon that will include almost anything that holds liquid.

Thanks for reading my “Green” blog in 2011.  I look forward to your thoughts and idea on how we can reduce, reuse and recycle even more in 2012.  I feel in today’s world there is no reason to throw much of anything away.  The earth is warming at an alarming rate and we all need to step up and do what we can to help the environment we live in.

Two blue bins full of recycling in Portland, Oregon.