3 Aug
2015

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

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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Introduction

Coming out over the last couple years, home energy monitoring systems show a computerized display of home electricity consumption. The only way to really know how to save electricity is by understanding how much power products actually use.  Being able to see how much you are spending at any moment is a powerful and motivational tool to save energy!

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green eco-friendly notebook computer

Computers use a lot of power. We have covered how to save energy on computers in the past. Here are additional tips on saving energy.

Software Tools to save Power

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26 May
2015

Inkjet and Toner Saving Software and Solutions

Posted by Norman F, May 26th, 2015

We have covered the costs, non eco friendliness, and inconvenient inkjet printer cartridge area in several articles including refilling inkjet cartridges.  We recently ran across several software programs that claim to help reduce the amount of ink you use while maintaining high resolution quality prints.

Ecofont is a free typeface that looks like Arial but has lots of little holes punched in it, so it will require up to 20% less ink to print. At sizes of 12 point or larger, the holes are very visible. Selecting the font Century Gothic will also reduce the amount of ink that is needed.

inkgard costs $9.99 a year and claims to have upto 75% ink & toner savings. It works on your PC in the background and uses ‘intelligent image processing’ to prevent wasteful overlapping of droplets and toner particles.  They also sell replacement ink.

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variable Speed Pool Pumps, multi speed pool pump

Swimming pool pumps use a ton of electricity. It is estimated that they use up a shockingly high percentage of all residential power and use almost 1500 kWh of power each year. Spa pumps and heaters use up to 2250 kWh of energy every year. The pool pump uses most of the power, so finding energy efficient pool pumps is very important. It pushes water through filtration units and has not changed in many years. New variable speed pool pumps are now available. They are energy efficient and are quieter by running motors slower, but run for longer periods of time.

Pool Pump Power Usage

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27 Apr
2015

Eco Friendly or Green Remodelling – Kitchen Cabinets, Construction

Posted by Norman F, April 27th, 2015

green kitchen, eco-friendly kitchen

It is spring and many people including us are interested in remodeling. Our last project was in our kitchen, here are some lessons we learned.

Green Construction

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22 Apr
2015

Earth Day – Become more Eco-Friendly and Green

Posted by Norman F, April 22nd, 2015

Earth, Reuse, Hands Holding Earth

Happy Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2015. It’s great that more attention is being paid to eco friendly, green causes. Earth Day started slow, but has gained momentum every year. We celebrate it everyday as do many of our readers. Look for local events in your community.

Take time to help educate friends, neighbors, family members, and strangers about ways to lead a more eco friendly or green lifestyle. Only through extended enlightenment, can the cause succeed.

  • Change all your lightbulbs to CFLs
  • Walk or take public transportation instead of driving your car today.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Recycle everything you can today. Learn new ways to recycle items.
  • Plant a new tree in your garden
  • Stick to organic, sustainable, and local products today.
  • Eliminate your junk mail
  • Start using a reusable bag

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9 Apr
2015

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
2015

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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