5 Nov

High Fructose Corn Syrup Dangers – Soda and Health Issues

Posted by Norman F, November 5th, 2015

Pepsi and Coke empty plastic soda bottles

High Fructose Corn Syrup is getting replaced by sugar in many packaged foods and drinks. High Fructose Corn Syrup has recently gotten a bad reputation as an artificial sweetener. It is heavily processed and offers little nutritional value

Problems with Sugars

Changing to sugar is almost a marketing gimmick. Researchers have concluded that sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup have the exact same effect on obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Biochemically they are almost identical. One is not better than the other, but the body  processes them differently. Consumers should seek less sweet alternative products. The American Diabetic Association has stated that studies have found little evidence that high fructose corn syrup differs from sucrose. Some corn syrup comes from Genetically Modified corn, making you part of an experiment to ensure that this does not cause long term problems.

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19 Oct

PPL Electric Energy Efficiency Rebates to Save Money

Posted by Norman F, October 19th, 2015

Air purifier, Gas Furnace
New rebates have been added for 2015.

Utility Company PPL Electric has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy and money.

  • $250 Central Air Conditioning rebate
  • New Refrigerator rebate $25-100
  • Instant savings on LED light bulbs at local stores
  • $200 Heating and Cooling Rebate for Heat pumps
  • Up to $400 rebate on water heaters
  • Up to $1650 on Insulating your home – Attic – Wall – Air Sealing
  • Up to $350 back for switching to a variable speed pool pump
  • Up to $2000 rebate for New Home Construction
  • Low income: Home Assessment, weatherization, and appliances
  • Appliance Recycling Program $35 rebate and haul your old appliance away for free through the Appliance Recycling program. Pick up your old room air conditioner and dehumidifier at the same time to qualify for a $25 rebate

Questions, call 1-877-270-3522.

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23 Sep

Recycle Drugs, Recycle Medicine – Disposing of Medicine Properly

Posted by Norman F, September 23rd, 2015

dual flush toilet from Toto

September 26, 2015 10am – 2pm local time, 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.

Pennsylvania and Delaware had their events early in September 2015.

It is important to recycle drugs and recycle medicine properly.

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20 Sep

FPL Energy Efficiency Rebates to Save Money

Posted by Norman F, September 20th, 2015

FPL energy efficiency rebate form
New rebates have been added.

Utility Company Florida Power and Light has a bunch of cash rebates and ways to go green.

Questions, call 1-800-226-3545.

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14 Sep

Installing Your First Home Electric Car Charger

Posted by Norman F, September 14th, 2015



Anyone interested in taking the plunge with an electric car or Plug-in Electric Vehicles (EV’s) needs to investigate their charging options. Adding a charger to your garage can become a several hundred dollar project or several thousand dollar home improvement project. Each vehicle needs a different type of charger system and each house has a different electrical system.

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1 Sep

Healthy Food Options to Avoid Harmful Chemicals and Risks

Posted by Norman F, September 1st, 2015

Last Update: 11/4/2015

organic oranges

Is this Okay to Eat?

Every year it seems that a new study comes up telling us that another popular food is unhealthy or causes cancer. The latest controversy in 2015 was over processed meats and the WHO declaring that bacon, hot dogs, etc cause colorectal cancer. It seems what is good this year, is bad the next.  Is Kale next?

Everyone knows about the major food groups, eating a balanced diet, and following USDA’s My Plate. Here are some healthy  food options that we have read about that help people avoid harmful chemicals.

Food Labeling

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19 Aug

Orange Oil Termite Pest Control – XT-2000 Orange Oil

Posted by Norman F, August 19th, 2015

termite, orange oil, termites

Termites are a  terrible problem to have. We recently found some dead swarmers near our windows and were reminded of the toxic chemicals used to eradicate termites. Additionally, a house in our neighborhood became tented with a truck labeled with a poison logo – Inhalation hazard # Two.

Figuring out termite control can be equally confusing.  Traditional house tenting and using poisonous chemicals like sulfuryl fluoride – Vikane is now competing with using Orange Oil (XT-2000) which does not require tenting and moving out.  There are tradeoffs with each.

Identifying Type of Termite

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17 Aug

Living with a Tesla Model S 70D Electric Car

Posted by Norman F, August 17th, 2015

Tesla-Factory Super Charger Model S

We recently purchased a Tesla Model S 70D. Much has been written about this excellent electric car—instead of providing a more technical review, we will provide insight gleaned from day to day use of this car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our original goal with this purchase was to become more green by eliminating our usage of gas. Moreover, we are supporting our local economy as this car was produced right across the Bay. Being a hard core gadget head, it is hard not to appreciate the way this vehicle is loaded with a beautiful touch screen and tons of options for tweaking and staying up to date. (It does become a distraction.) Compared to a similarly priced sedan from Mercedes or BMW, this car seems to be light years ahead. Especially when you factor in the $7500 Federal and $2500 California rebates.

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3 Aug

Wireless Network (Wi-Fi) Health Effects and Safety

Posted by Norman F, August 3rd, 2015

Wi-Fi Wireless Network Health and Safety

When we mention Wi-Fi Safety, we are not talking about getting your credit card or personal information stolen, instead we are concerned about the radiation from Wireless networking and its effects on the human body.

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) is everywhere

  • Wi-Fi
  • Microwave ovens
  • Radios
  • Televisions
  • Cell Phones, Cell Phone Towers
  • Cordless Phones
  • Power lines
  • X-rays

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26 Jul

2015 Solar Tax Credit – Solar Rebate

Posted by Norman F, July 26th, 2015

solar panel, solar energy
Get a Free Solar Power Estimate from a local vendor by clicking the link to the right.

2014 – 2015 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)

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