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Easy Eco Blog - Easy ways to be Green and Save Green
9 Apr

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 Many do not realize that companies do not publish water use.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

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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24 Feb

Seafood Mercury levels and Sustainable Seafood Guide

Posted by Norman Fong, February 24th, 2014

sushi sashimi raw fish

Fresh seafood and Sushi are available all over the US. We all want to do the right thing when it comes to eating seafood. Environmentally conscious folks do not want to support overfishing or destructive seafood harvesting.

It is ironic that over 2500 sushi restaurants in the United States serve Hamachi even though it doesn’t exist in the Western Hemisphere.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Guide

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9 Feb

Winter Green Pest Control Tips – Ants, Organic Pesticides

Posted by Norman Fong, February 9th, 2014

Green pest control with orange guard

Winter time brings on the bugs, seemingly at the same time every year. The ants in our area seem to love to visit our kitchen when the first heavy rains hit. Almost everyone has to deal with pests.  Whether indoor or outdoors, we need to think about eco friendly, green alternatives to toxic pesticides. Here are some Winter Pest Control Tips that we have found from trial and error.

Access control – Finding Where Ants are Coming From

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21 Jan

Water Saving Tips – Save Water and Money

Posted by Norman Fong, January 21st, 2014

California drought resistant native plants

California and many other regions are having droughts.  Water bills are sky high. Time to save water and money.

1) Replace older toilets with water saving dual flush toilets or stick a displacement bag in your old toilet. Fix or replace leaky toilets.

2) Install low flow water saving shower heads with aerators. Average 10 minute shower uses 40 gallons of water. A bath can use 30 to 50 gallons of water. Look for shower heads with aerators that use 2.5 gallons a minute or less rather than the usual 5 gallons per minute. They can cost $5 or less.

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13 Jan

Top 10 Ways to Donate Unwanted Items

Posted by Norman Fong, January 13th, 2014

China, recycling, trash

The New Year brings forth resolutions to get rid of all the stuff we have accumulated all year long. You probably added to your pile of items during the holidays, so it is time to get rid of the old and de-clutter. Because we are green, eco-oriented, we need to do this the right way.

Unfortunately, We all have stuff we do not want.  Here are some resources for redirecting unwanted items to people in need and saving them from the land fill. Be sure to look at our tutorial on recycling electronics.

eBay is a good place to sell off items of value. You can use a eBay trading assistant company, but you will be getting even less money. Be sure to take the time to write a detailed description and to upload quality photos that show the product in a good light. You will maximize your return with all the tedious listing and dealing with deadbeats. Trading in your item will net you far less money.

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1 Jan

Tips on Keeping New Years Resolutions

Posted by Norman Fong, January 1st, 2014

happy new year, champagne bottle

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 »

23 Dec

Reduce Refrigerator Energy Use and increase Food safety

Posted by Norman Fong, December 23rd, 2013

made in China refrigerator, grand Hyatt Beijing

Sell by and Expiration Dates on Food

Manufacturers give stores and consumers a guideline on when an item is fresh with these dates.  These Expiration Dates are not a safety gauge. Only infant formula expiration dates are a safety mark. In September 2013, a study found that this was a much bigger problem than originally thought. Grocery stores and food companies love these dates, because they make consumers purchase more goods. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Dec

Pollution and Wood Burning Fireplaces

Posted by Norman Fong, December 8th, 2013

fireplace, fireplace efficiency

It was another Spare the air night in the San Francisco area, where it is illegal to burn wood, pellets, or manufactured fire logs. The Spare the Air winter season runs from November 1, through the end of February.

An article showing how bad wood smoke pollutes during bad air days in the San Francisco Bay Area was surprising. Pretty shocking that 1/3 of fine particulate matter is from wood smoke.

How harmful is smoke from burning wood?

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19 Nov

Artificial Grass – Artificial Turf Synthetic Grass – Save Water and Money

Posted by Norman Fong, November 19th, 2013

artificial grass, artificial lawn
Many of us spend a lot of water, mowing, and hence money, keeping their grass green.   We decided to see if moving to artificial grass would be a cheaper proposition.  Some of the newer ones look pretty good.

Costco even sells artificial turf.  15′ x 25′ costs $1399.  Not exactly cheap but a lot cheaper than before. It comes with upto an 8 year warranty and is pet friendly. Many are made of recycled tires or water bottles. No more weeding, watering, or mowing. Costco surprisingly has a link to a MSDS sheet that shows it is Heavy Metal free (lead free) and is primarily made of polypropylene.

Dupont has added Forever lawn that has a 12-15 year lifetime, 8yr warranty.

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