Archive for February, 2012

23 Feb
2012

Green Driving Techniques to Save Gas, Increase Mileage – Green Oil and Lube

Posted by Norman Fong, February 23rd, 2012

Toyota prius hybrid Car

It costs a lot to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A recent study released in early 2012 showed that the average household in San Francisco spends 39.5% of their income on housing and transportation. Those that lived in the suburbs spent even more, probably because they had to drive longer distances. People that lived in Marin County spent 56.3% on housing and transportation, while those lived in San Mateo County spent 53.3%. Finding ways to reduce our transportation costs is very important.

How to Save Money on Your Car

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15 Feb
2012

ComEd Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman Fong, February 15th, 2012

ComEd Energy Efficiency Rebates
New rebates have been added for 2012.

Utility Company ComEd has a bunch of rebates, programs and incentives to help save energy, go green, and most importantly save money.

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13 Feb
2012

Peco Rebates, Peco Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman Fong, February 13th, 2012

Peco Energy Rebates
New Peco rebates have been added for 2012.

Utility Company Peco Energy has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy and money.

Questions, call 1-888-573-2672.

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13 Feb
2012

Amish Heaters – Free Heat Surge Miracle Convecta-red Fireplace Heater Advertisement

Posted by Norman Fong, February 13th, 2012

amish heater, Heat surge, Miracle Convecta-red fireplace heater

World-famous FREE Amish built Heat Surge Miracle Convecta-red fireplace heater advertisements have shown up in a variety of magazines and newspapers. Free Amish Heaters to the first 17,247 readers! They tout a low-cost energy-efficient heater that is superior to other heaters. The mantle is priced at $298 and you have to pay for it to get the free heater. You can pay $249 for the heather itself.

Consumer Reports.org performed an analysis of “Amish Heaters”  and found that it is costly for what it represents. “Amish made mantle is handmade in Ohio.” Amish Heaters are made in China.

These experts concluded that you could find cheaper, better performing heaters. A simple $29.99 heater from a local hardware store might perform better.

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3 Feb
2012

PG&E Wireless Smart Meter Controversy

Posted by Norman Fong, February 3rd, 2012

PGE smart meter wireless power meter

PG&E has started installing Smart meters in many locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. These industry standard gas and electric meters measure a customer’s energy use. Electric meters read power consumption hourly, while gas meters record information daily. Both types periodically transmit your energy use information over a secure wireless network back to PG&E or your local utility company. They are said to use 1/1000 of a cell phone’s RF power and transmit data for less than a minute each day.

A wireless smart meter controversy has arisen stating that the meters are not accurate and customers are being overcharged. Hackers may be able to hack into your meter and there are concerns about wireless RF radiation. PG&E counters by saying that a rate increase occurred during the smart meter rollout. Third-party labs need to test the meter to verify accuracy. At the end of May, 2010 PGE finally responded with a report.  In early May 2011, PG&E finally admitted that some meters got to hot when internal temperatures past 100°, and misread electrical usage. Customers were overcharged due to this bug.

Smart Meters for Solar and Renewable Energy Customers

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