Friday, 28 February 2014 16:11
By Dakota Potenza,
Renovus Project Manager
Are you thinking renewable? Many people in our community are, whether they're motivated to stop their use of fracked gas, want to do right by the planet, or simply find solar to be a good investment. The landscape for renewable energy has never looked better. Going solar has become more economically viable than it was even five years ago. One might even say that it's a no brainer! The prices of solar products have come down while efficiency has gone up. There are an assortment of financing options to choose from, as well as tax credits and generous state incentives. The fact that solar panels, inverters, and thermal collectors come standard with 10- to 25-year warranties makes the investment even sweeter.
Renovus came to be out of necessity. Company founder, Art Weaver, wanted to put a solar system on his home near Spencer, NY. So he looked in the phone book (because that's what you did back then), and found not a single listing for solar installers! Not one to be easily dissuaded, Art set to figuring it out on his own. He ended up installing his own system, which turned out to be the first grid-tied system in NYSEG's territory. From that first system to the hundreds installed over the course of our decade in business, Renovus has come a long way — and so has the solar industry.
Over the past few years, the local demand for renewable energy systems has skyrocketed. We have experienced that growth firsthand. Renovus installed over 100 systems last year alone. Our sales increased 60 percent from 2011 to 2012 and then 40 percent again, from 2012 to 2013. This increased business has led to the growth of the company, and we have hired additional staff to bolster all levels of operation.
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:21
By Kristie Snyder,
Bees perform a kind of alchemy, transforming pollen and nectar into that sweet, sticky substance that got Pooh Bear into so much trouble back in Rabbit's hole. Lesli Sagan, owner of Avital's Apiaries, is a bit of an alchemist herself, using beeswax, honey, and propolis to create natural bodycare products.
Lesli's balms, lotion bars, soaps, and deodorant are made in her home workshop in Cayuga Heights in a converted downstairs apartment, using all-natural, often organic, and often locally sourced ingredients. Some ingredients are very locally sourced, coming right from her beehives. She maintains two in her backyard, and around 10 to 20 more in two locations outside of town.
Lesli's love affair with bees — and she does love them — began about ten years ago, when she started keeping them as an antidote to long days in front of a computer as a systems administrator at Ithaca College. "Bees are essentially wild — you give them good digs and they stay," she explained. "Bees are a beautiful little society. They're the perfect feminist occupation — they're all women!"
Monday, 03 February 2014 01:16
By Jamie Levesque
Dr. Edward Bach was a man ahead of his time. Well before Louise Hay, he saw our mental and emotional states as the keys to happiness and health. He first studied medicine at the University College Hospital in London and obtained a Diploma of Public Health at Cambridge. After practicing Western medicine and seeing how his patients were treated according to symptoms rather than root cause, he began seeking out a new form of medicine. He then went on to work at the London Homeopathic Hospital, where his thinking was influenced by Samuel Hahnemann.
In 1930, at the age of 43, Bach began to search out new healing modalities. After spending his spring and summer hiking in the English countryside, he became inspired by flowers and began experimenting with their healing powers. He came to believe that early-morning sunlight passing through dewdrops on flower petals transferred the healing energies of the flower into the water. He then began collecting dew drops from the plants and preserving the dew with an equal amount of brandy to create a mother tincture. When he realized that this was insufficient, he began suspending the flower buds in spring water to better extract their healing powers. This was the genesis of the Bach Flower Remedies as we now know them. To this day they're still made from the Bach Centre gardens, his preserved homestead and learning center in Mount Vernon in the UK.
Bach observed in his patients that two people could be exposed to the same germ or pathogen, with one being unaffected while the other would become ill. He postulated that illness was not the result of germs or disease, but rather a conflict between one's higher soul calling and his or her personality. He saw that one's emotional imbalances and energetic blockages caused "dis-ease," later manifesting in actual physical disease. He stated, "In true healing there is no thought whatever of the disease; it is the mental state, the mental difficulty alone, to be considered: it is where we are going wrong in the Divine Plan that matters. This disharmony with our Spiritual Self may produce a hundred different failings in our bodies, but what matters that? If we put our mind right the body will soon be healed."
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New in Wellness
Detox your mouth with a new locally made toothpaste, or try a new organic mouth rinse to leave your teeth sparkling clean.
If you're doing some spring cleaning this month, why not put your money where your mouth is? We've got a new locally made "detox" toothpaste from Dragonfly Effect out of Oneonta. How can a toothpaste be detoxifying, you ask? A blend of bentonite clay, diotamaceous earth, and other pure ingredients, this paste is meant to be swallowed, functioning as both tooth cleanser and internal cleanser. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, it's available in three fresh flavors. Also for squeaky-clean teeth, we're happy to introduce Essential Oxygen's Organic Brushing Rinse. It can be used as a mouthwash, of course, but it also doubles as a liquid toothpaste. Simply squirt it into your mouth, swish, brush, and spit! The makers recommend using it first thing in the morning to rid yourself of the bad bacteria that builds up in the mouth overnight. It's good not only for your teeth but for your entire immune system.
By Kristie Snyder,
Tompkins County is famous for its cloudiness. And it's quickly becoming famous for something else — renewable energy. Despite all those clouds, there's plenty of sun and wind, and more and more Tompkins residents are figuring out how to curb their fossil fuel consumption with a variety of sustainable energy approaches, from the tried-and-true to the purely experim...