Posted by Norman F, March 12th, 2015
Credit: Washington Post
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a controversial chemical used to make plastics and has been in the news again. Many regard it as a dangerous chemical while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is safe at the levels people are exposed to it at.
Posted by Norman F, February 23rd, 2015
Saving Money and Energy by Washing Clothes in Cold Water
We use Seventh Generation laundry detergent (Great for those with sensitive skin or allergies) in our washer and noticed that the box suggested saving energy by using cold water for washing all clothes. US Dept of Energy calculates that 90% of energy used in washing clothes goes toward heating the water. Save up to $60 a year by using cold water. If 70% of US households washed their clothes in cold water, we could provide energy 4.4 million households. In 2012 it was estimated that approximately 40% of homes washed their clothes cold water.
In the old days, you would not think about doing this, but with modern washing machines and improved detergent formulations, it is now feasible to only use cold water to wash clothes.
Posted by Norman F, February 3rd, 2015
New rebates have been added for 2015
Southern California’s power utility Southern California Edison rebates are here. SCE has a bunch of cash SCE rebates and ways to go green and save money.
- Energy efficient appliance up to $75 rebate Qualifying Energy Star Refrigerator, $50 or up to $200 Energy efficient Electric Water heaters – Expires December 31
- $50 back on Refrigerator or Freezer recycling
- Solar Energy rebates including Photovoltaic (PV) incentives for solar panels
- Solar water heating incentives up to $1834
- Up to $35 on Whole House Fan or Energy Star qualified room air conditioner. Expires December 31, 2013
- Up to $20 back on a portable room air conditioner
- Up to $400 on Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling. Up to $200 rebate with Window Evaporative Cooler
- Air conditioner rebate, up to $1,100 back
- Up to $200 on Variable speed pool pumps and motors.
- Lamp Exchange program, trade in your qualifying halogen and incandescent lamps for highly efficient, ENERGY STAR-rated fluorescents lamps.
Posted by Norman F, January 14th, 2015
New PG&E rebates have been added for 2015. Most expire 12/31
Our local utility Pacific Gas and Electric – PG&E has cash rebates and ways to go green and save money. Here are some PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates:
Heating and Cooling Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Norman F, January 6th, 2015
In 2015, PG&E and BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program that allow BMW i3 owners to get paid for delaying charging when the power grid is under heavy strain. Get up to $1540!
Tesla Model S is the first luxury production electric car. With up to 265 mile range and extremely fast 0-60 times of 3.2 seconds, this state of the art electric car has 5+2 seating. 29 miles per hour of charging via 240V outlet.
Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2015
Happy New Year from EasyEcoBlog.com!
May the new year bring you lots of luck and prosperity, and more greenness! Only through education can we learn how to be eco-friendly, green. We all need to learn new ways of doing things and need to help teach our friends and neighbors how to do things the right way.
Did you know that the psychological stress that the holidays bring causes us to eat too much and automatically steer towards comfort foods full of fat and sugar?
We went through some of our old green information and extracted the best tips that can make an impact. How about adding these to your New Year’s resolutions.. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Norman F, December 22nd, 2014
We are in the midst of the holiday season, and toys are flying off the shelves. We want to purchase safe toys made of innocuous materials, but how can we ensure that this is the case?
Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit alleging high levels of lead have been found in dozens of vinyl and faux leather women’s handbags, purses and wallets purchased from Bay Area outlets of major retailers. Full report.
In 2007, they tested a Curious George doll and found extremely high levels of toxic lead that could cause life long problems for kids. CEH was able to pressure Congress to pass a law preventing this type of problem.
Posted by Norman F, December 11th, 2014
The Holidays are a big time for shopping. Make sure you by items that are eco friendly.
We are concerned about chemicals in our food, but another source of toxins is from the cookware that we use in our kitchens. It is important that we understand the different types of cookware and possible dangers. There has been significant media coverage on problems with different non-stick coatings off gassing, especially when subject to high heat.
A leading consumer magazine recently reviewed green pan cookware. Our eyes are always looking for highly rated green cookware. We have covered Teflon coatings on cookware in the past. EWG has plenty of information on Teflon dangers. Ski wax also contains PFOA.
Posted by Norman F, November 17th, 2014
Business accounts for 18% of total US energy use with heating and cooling consuming a whopping 36% of electricity energy use. US Energy Information Administration predicts heating oil, electricity, and natural gas will cost 2% to 10% more this winter. Want to increase your profits, advertise your customers that you are hip, and help the environment?
Your Energy Bill arrives and it is way to high. You can start by asking your energy provider to check your meters accuracy, but you will have to do detective work to really save money. Our local utility, PG&E, just announced another energy rate increase. You can go green and save money by following our energy saving tips. This is an overview of the many energy saving tips we have covered over the years along with links to detailed articles.
One of the keys is to have all your employees on board with your energy efficiency goals. They can provide a lot of useful input and need to cooperate with any changes.
Posted by Norman F, November 3rd, 2014
Remodeling and Paint
We selected Yolo Colorhouse paint when we did our remodeling. It is Green Seal Certified. They produce zero VOC paint and primer in a variety of beautiful colors. As Yolo puts it – VOCs are bad for people and the environment. You can smell them and they easily off gas throughout your home and into the atmosphere. They cause health problems and may be depleting the Ozone.
This part of green affects people directly as you inhale any chemicals coming from the paint in your home. The cost premium was only a couple dollars a gallon. Yolo also has poster sized color swatches with actual paint on them. No need to buy wasteful small sample cans. You can also reuse the swatch as gift wrap. Quality of the paint was decent and there was no need for many coats.
The next time we needed to paint a room, Benjamin Moore had a line of no VOC paint that we purchased. The Natura paint line has virtually no odor and no VOCs. Even if you have your paint tinted, it will still retain a no VOC rating unlike other paints.