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    9 Apr

    TXU Energy Efficiency Rebates – Oncor Energy Efficiency Rebates

    Posted by Norman F, April 9th, 2015

    TXU Energy Rebates
    New TXU Energy rebates have been added for 2015.

    Utility Company TXU Energy has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy, go green, and save money. They serve the Texas area and are the Number 1 Electricity Provider in the State.

    • 3% Cash Back Loyalty Reward for selecting an energy plan – Payable by the end of February for the previous calendar year to eligible customers in good standing as of the payout date who have remained a customer continuously from date of enrollment on an eligible plan.
    • Brighten Internet controlled thermostat. It can save you up to $180 a year in energy.
    • Refer a friend and get $50
    • Sign up for renewable energy in Texas

    Questions, call TXU Energy at 1-800-883-6060.

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    1 Apr

    Fuel Efficient Tires – Tires with Good Fuel Economy

    Posted by Norman F, April 1st, 2015

    Car's Ski Rack Storage Box

    Different types of tires have different fuel efficiency characteristics, so when you are shopping for new tires, you many want to keep in mind how Energy Efficient auto tires are. Of course you should keep your tires inflated to their recommended pressure levels. Tires affect vehicle fuel economy mainly through rolling resistance. Bigger tires, rims and wider tires are heavier, less aerodynamic, and create more rolling resistance. Unfortunately no standard on rating efficiency exists. Bills have been introduced to create such a rating.

    An interesting publication on Tire Fuel Efficiency states:

    “A 10 percent reduction in average rolling resistance, if achieved for the population of vehicles using replacement tires, promises a 1 to 2 percent increase in the fuel economy of these vehicles. About 80 percent of passenger cars and light trucks are equipped with replacement tires. Assuming that the number of miles traveled does not change, a 1 to 2 percent increase in the fuel economy of these vehicles would save about 1 billion to 2 billion gallons of fuel per year of the 130 billion gallons consumed by the entire passenger vehicle fleet. This fuel savings is equivalent to the fuel saved by taking 2 million to 4 million cars and light trucks off the road.”

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    12 Mar

    BPA in Canned and Packaged Foods, BPA in Water Bottles

    Posted by Norman F, March 12th, 2015

    Credit: Washington Post

    Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a controversial chemical used to make plastics and has been in the news again. Many regard it as a dangerous chemical while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is safe at the levels people are exposed to it at.

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    23 Feb

    Save Money – Washing Clothes in Cold Water

    Posted by Norman F, February 23rd, 2015

    clorox Greenworks natural laundry detergent

    Saving Money and Energy by Washing Clothes in Cold Water

    We use Seventh Generation laundry detergent (Great for those with sensitive skin or allergies) in our washer and noticed that the box suggested saving energy by using cold water for washing all clothes. US Dept of Energy calculates that 90% of energy used in washing clothes goes toward heating the water. Save up to $60 a year by using cold water. If 70% of US households washed their  clothes in cold water, we could provide energy 4.4 million households. In 2012 it was estimated that approximately 40% of homes washed their clothes cold water.

    In the old days, you would not think about doing this, but with modern washing machines and improved detergent formulations, it is now feasible to only use cold water to wash clothes.

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    3 Feb

    SCE Rebates or Southern California Edison Rebate for Energy Efficiency

    Posted by Norman F, February 3rd, 2015

    Southern California Edison energy efficiency rebate form
    New rebates have been added for 2015

    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 up to $75 rebate Qualifying Energy Star Refrigerator, $50 or up to $200 Energy efficient Electric Water heaters – Expires December 31
    • $50 back on Refrigerator or Freezer recycling
    • Solar Energy rebates including Photovoltaic (PV) incentives for solar panels
    • Solar water heating incentives up to $1834
    • 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. Up to $200 rebate with Window Evaporative Cooler
    • Air conditioner rebate, up to $1,100 back
    • Up to $200 on Variable speed pool pumps and motors.
    • Lamp Exchange program, trade in your qualifying halogen and incandescent lamps for highly efficient, ENERGY STAR-rated fluorescents lamps.

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    14 Jan

    PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates 2014 – 2015

    Posted by Norman F, January 14th, 2015

    pge energy efficiency rebate form
    New PG&E rebates have been added for 2015. 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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    In 2015, PG&E and BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program that allow BMW i3 owners to get paid for delaying charging when the power grid is under heavy strain. Get up to $1540!

    Tesla Model S electric Car

    Tesla Model S is the first luxury production electric car. With up to 265 mile range and extremely fast 0-60 times of 3.2 seconds, this state of the art electric car has 5+2 seating. 29 miles per hour of charging via 240V outlet.

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    1 Jan

    11 Tips on Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

    Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2015

    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 »

    22 Dec

    Toxic Lead in Purses, Wallets, and Toys

    Posted by Norman F, December 22nd, 2014

    Back to School, Backpack with rolling wheels

    We are in the midst of the holiday season, and toys are flying off the shelves. We want to purchase safe toys made of innocuous materials, but how can we ensure that this is the case?

    Center for Environmental Health filed a lawsuit alleging high levels of lead have been found in dozens of vinyl and faux leather women’s handbags, purses and wallets purchased from Bay Area outlets of major retailers. Full report.

    In 2007, they tested a Curious George doll and found extremely high levels of toxic lead that could cause life long problems for kids. CEH was able to pressure Congress to pass a law preventing this type of problem.

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    11 Dec

    Green Pans and Green Pan Cookware for the Eco Friendly Kitchen

    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.

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