zeo electronic personal sleep coach

Technology is rapidly invading the personal healthcare industry aka personal tech. New gadgets are springing up daily to help us exercise more and to sleep better. Not getting a good night sleep causes many problems. Some recent headlines reminded us that technology can get in the way of a good nights rest and can cause sleep disorders.

America is not getting enough Sleep

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29 Sep

Airplane Fuel Efficiency and Airplane CO2 Emissions Calculator

Posted by Norman Fong, September 29th, 2014

airplane carbon offset

Vacation? Traveling on a plane or car?

A recent article analyzed the fuel efficiency of airlines and found they get 60 to 75 seat miles per gallon of fuel in 2009.  Better than the 50 mpg of a Toyota Prius hybrid automobile. Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, and Continental were best.  The most fuel efficient planes were the Boeing 777-200ER wide body at 82 mpg and Boeing 737-900 at 99 mpg.  The Airbus A320 at 77 mpg is their best.

Want to go a step further? We noticed a Climate passport kiosk in the airport.  You can pay to offset your airplanes emissions. A 2,000 Miles (4 hr flight) generates 1,869 lbs of  CO2, and costs $11.44 to offset. The money goes toward:

Climate Passport Carbon Footprint Calculator uses carbon offsets from the Garcia River Forest. This project is based Mendocino County, California and is focused on the capture of carbon dioxide and the storage of it within native redwood forest. They also work to create a sustainable inventory of eco-friendly wood.

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8 Sep

What makes a Computer or Electronics Product Green?

Posted by Norman Fong, September 8th, 2014

computer, lcd monitor, desktop computer

You are interested in a new computer or new TV or new electronics gadget. Your old electronics have been recycled. You want to be green, to minimize the impact on our planet, and are recycling your old product. Very few people know how to judge the eco-friendliness of electronics. Hundreds of new products have hit the market with reduced power needs. Here are some criteria to judge new electronics on greenness:

Buy from a Green Company

Greenpeace has a ranking guide to the top 18 manufacturers. You can see which manufacturers are more serious about the environment. Select ones that are higher up the list. Nokia and Sony Ericsson rank well.

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4 Aug

The Truth about Fracking – Oil Well Drilling, Water Pollution

Posted by Norman Fong, August 4th, 2014

Creative Commons License photo credit: ProgressOhio

Fracking – Oil Well Drilling is causing environmental damage throughout the country. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing of rock to find oil and natural gas underground. This new technique allows hard to reach natural gas and oil to be extracted.  This process is popular because it has revolutionized America’s hunt for fossil fuels. Less international fuel needs to be imported. Jobs are created. Money is not shipped off to hostile countries. We definitely want to reach energy independence, lets not take short cuts and forget about the environment.

Frackings Downside

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21 Jul

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

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

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

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 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

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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