21 Jul
2014

Are Solar Panels for me?

Posted by Norman Fong, July 21st, 2014

solar panels, solar energy

Spring is a time to start thinking about solar power. The sun is finally shining, and the rainy season has passed. Solar Panels produce green clean energy from an abundant energy source that shines on us everyday. Solar Electric Systems also called photovoltaics or PV convert the sun’s radiant energy into electricity.  Unlimited renewable energy that is guilt free and at no cost once our panels are paid for. Enjoy energy independence.

Solar City has free quotes for solar electric systems. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.


21 Jul
2014

10 Tips to Avoid Toxic BPA Exposure

Posted by Norman Fong, July 21st, 2014

BPA Free Gerber Baby Bottle

 

BPA is all over the news. People are learning what it is, what products use it, and why we should be avoiding this toxic chemical. In this article we will highlight what BPA is and help you avoid exposure to it.

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9 Jul
2014

SCE Rebates or Southern California Edison Rebate for Energy Efficiency

Posted by Norman Fong, July 9th, 2014

Southern California Edison energy efficiency rebate form
New rebates have been added for 2014

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 $75 rebate Qualifying Energy Star Refrigerator, $30 or up to $200 Energy efficient Electric Water heaters – Expires December 31, 2014
  • $50 back on Refrigerator or Freezer recycling
  • Solar Energy rebates
  • 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
  • Air conditioner installation and maintenance, up to $1,100 back
  • Up to $200 on Variable speed pool pumps and motors. Expires February 28, 2015
  • Lamp Exchange program, trade in your qualifying halogen and incandescent lamps for highly efficient, ENERGY STAR-rated fluorescents lamps.

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28 May
2014

Windows 7 and Windows 8 Energy Saving Power Management

Posted by Norman Fong, May 28th, 2014

Windows 8

Microsoft has launched their latest and greatest operating system, Windows 8.  One of the qualities they feature is improved Power Management. The focus of power saving is to extend a laptop’s battery life.

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12 May
2014

2014 Solar Tax Credit – Solar Rebate

Posted by Norman Fong, May 12th, 2014

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2013 – 2014 continues the very popular residential Solar Federal Tax Credit first enacted in 2009.  The previous solar tax credit program was capped at $2,000.  With the new credit, you can claim up to 30% of solar power costs for a new solar electric system off your Federal taxes. Existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rental properties do not qualify. Tax Rebate Expires: December 31, 2016 The Solar Federal Tax Credit 2013 – 2014 works especially well when coupled with a state rebate program. (CA, CT, NJ, NY)

Also look for city solar incentive programs, that can also save you money on your solar panels. On the tax credit, existing homes & new construction qualify. Both principal residences and second homes qualify. Rentals do not qualify. This 2014 Solar Federal Tax Credit reduces the amount of tax you owe. The credit is a reduction of total income tax at the bottom of your tax return. This tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit. Consult your tax adviser for details about solar power. Use it or lose it!

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9 May
2014

PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates 2013 – 2014

Posted by Norman Fong, May 9th, 2014

pge energy efficiency rebate form
New PG&E rebates have been added for 2014. 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:

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24 Apr
2014

Recycle Drugs, Recycle Medicine – Disposing of Medicine Properly

Posted by Norman Fong, April 24th, 2014

dual flush toilet from Toto

April 27, 2014 10am – 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The DEA is promoting this day for people to turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. They have a local collection site locator on their website. Over 5600 sites will take back items. Several cities near me are participating with most drop of locations at police stations. Last year 324 tons was taken back and recycled.

It is important to recycle drugs and recycle medicine properly.

How Not to Dispose of Drugs and Medicine

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22 Apr
2014

Earth Day – Become more Eco-Friendly and Green

Posted by Norman Fong, April 22nd, 2014

Earth, Reuse, Hands Holding Earth

Happy Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2013. It’s great that more attention is being paid to eco friendly, green causes. We celebrate it everyday as do many of our readers. Look for local events in your community.

Take time to help educate friends, neighbors, family members, and strangers about ways to lead a more eco friendly or green lifestyle. Only through extended enlightenment, can the cause succeed.

  • Change all your lightbulbs to CFLs
  • Walk or take public transportation instead of driving your car today.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Recycle everything you can today. Learn new ways to recycle items.
  • Plant a new tree in your garden
  • Stick to organic, sustainable, and local products today.
  • Eliminate your junk mail
  • Start using a reusable bag

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9 Apr
2014

Energy Efficient Dishwashers

Posted by Norman Fong, April 9th, 2014

We all understand the goal of getting an energy efficient dishwasher that has the Energy Star label on the Energy Efficient Dishwashers. New models used improved techniques to clean using less hot water. Many do not realize that companies do not publish water use. The Oregon Department of Energy maintains a list of dishwashers that meet its maximum water use threshold of 6.5 gallons per cycle. Some Energy Star ones do not meet this goal. Rebates are available from many utility companies.

What to look for in a new Dish washer

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22 Mar
2014

Certified Organic Foods and Their Meaning

Posted by Norman Fong, March 22nd, 2014

A recent Q&A article from a NYU professor answers some questions regarding Organic food and Nutrition.  Some of the most interesting tidbits from the article:

Certified 100% Organic means that all the ingredients in a product have been grown or raised according to the USDA’s organic standards, which are the rules for producing foods labeled organic.

Certified Organic requires that 95 to 99% of the ingredients follow the rules.

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