Author - Jesseb Shiloh

Does Solar Really Work in My State?

Solar by State

There are certain conditions that must be met for a state to be able to fully take advantage of solar energy – clear skies, good land, logistical benefits, etc. Our friends at 1bog explore the question and bring us the some answers.

“One Block Off the Grid organizes group deals on solar energy. Since 2008, One Block Off the Grid has run hundreds of group deals in over 40 U.S. states and helped thousands of homeowners go solar. We’ve been featured in dozens of publications and programs including The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Marketplace, Wired, and GOOD Magazine. In 2010, One Block Off the Grid sponsored the first-ever solar deal on and received a Heart of Green Award for “Best New Innovation.” Want to find out if there’s a group deal on solar in your area?”

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Solar in States

15 Ways To Stay Cool in the Heat

Keep Cool

Summer’s almost over, but it’s still pretty darn hot outside. What are you doing to keep cool? There are many ways, but most of us just turn up our air conditioning and roll with it. This isn’t the only way to do it.

This graphic by Become breaks down 15 ways that we can stay cool even when it’s scorching hot outside.

For example, “This may seem counter intuitive but eating spicy food causes you to sweat without raising your body temperature. Sweating is your body’s way to cool down quickly. This is the reason why so many desert cultures have such spicy food.”

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Keeping Cool

Pets on Pillows: Germs Galore

Pets Pillows

Over half of US households have pets. Many of these pets live inside and roam around the house. Many of these roamers spend time to some degree on the very place where our faces and heads reside for 8 hours a day.

Is it safe?

Take a look at this infographic by SleepBetter. It may be pretty darn eye-opening, as our feline and canine friends may be bad for our health. The solution? Keep your bedroom door shut.

“It’s no secret that our four-legged friends are carrying around a number of “friends” of their own.  Have you thought about what they carry into your bed?  Check out the infographic below (click it to see a larger version) from our Big Germ on Campus series and see how many Americans are sleeping with their best friend – and a few enemies.”

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Pets on Pillows

Smartphones: The New Mobile Workforce

Smartphone Mobile Workforce

Business has become a mobile experience. Many are constantly connected to the point that we can hear business transactions at the grocery store or watch people have corporate meetings while alone in a coffee shop.

Things have changed dramatically and a good chunk of the change that’s taken place can be attributed to smartphones. For better or for worse, they have started dominating the way that we live our lives. Our tools have become out masters in many ways. Whether we like it or not, many of us are now part of the new mobile workforce, as our friends at SocialCast put it.

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Smartphone Mobile Workforce