Some Green Things To Try

August 8, 2006

Michael is currently on vacation, but I don’t think he would mind me posting some useful ideas for his Green Office theme.  I came across an article in the Toronto Star by Shelly Sanders Greer (I can’t find it online, please help me out if you find it, its entitled “Energizing, naturally”) that has some great ideas for utilizing alternative green energy.  The article mentions a Canadian Tire website ( that summarizes renewable energy systems and gives prices for these products that can be purchased online or at their stores.

I am pretty excited about this article and Canadian Tire’s initiative because with all the talk and discussion going on about global warming and the cost of energy, there is very little in the way of suggestions for what the everyday consumer can do.  My fiancée and I saw Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” a few weeks ago and we were very impressed (and depressed, and scared frankly) with all the proof of global warming and how catastrophic it is going to be, but unfortunately there was very little in the way of suggestions and ideas on what we can do, and how we can reverse this trend.  Finally, here are some small items that anyone of us can afford and that will actually help with the problem.

If you can’t find the article, here are a few of the items Shelly noted:windgen.jpg

  • Solar panels selling for between $350 and $1,000
  • Wind turbines selling for $800
  • Power inverters for $200
  • Solar radios for $15 (at
  • Mini solar panel and light (at …this is a humerous one, can anyone tell me why you need a light powered by a solar panel?  Something smells fishy there!

None of us here at FreshBooks have tried out any of this new technology, but I am hoping we can at some point.  If anyone out there has tried this stuff, please ping us.

about the author

Co-Founder & VP of Operations, FreshBooks Levi is a professional engineer with a BEng from the University of Victoria. Before co-founding FreshBooks as the VP of Operations, Levi managed projects at Apex Systems Integrators Inc., where his clients included Canadian Tire, Nestlé and Parmalat. Levi’s long term goals include: never losing the contest to wear shorts to the office for as long as humanly possible, some day growing back his mullet he had in the eighties and getting on the jumbotron at the Raptors game at least once a year.