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.
Posted by Norman F, October 22nd, 2014
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
Posted by Norman F, September 29th, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman F, September 8th, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman F, August 4th, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman F, July 21st, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman F, July 21st, 2014
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.
Posted by Norman F, July 9th, 2014
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.