Posted by Norman F, May 24th, 2016
Everyone now knows: The consumption of sugar-sweetened drink is among the world’s strongest risk factors for obesity, some studies showing up to a 60% increased risk of obesity in children, for each daily serving of this poison.
Is Vitamin Water a low calorie nutritious drink or a virtual soda-like drink in disguise? Is it good for you? Vitamin Water made the news recently. Center for Science in the Public Interest sued Coca Cola, who owns Vitamin Water over deceptive and unsubstantiated claims on its original Vitamin Water line of beverages.
Coke has marketed it as a healthy alternative to drinking soda. Adjectives like “defense,” “rescue,” “energy,” and “endurance.” make it even more appealing to sugary soda. Phrases like: reduce the risk of chronic disease, reduce the risk of eye disease, promote healthy joints, and support optimal immune function, also reinforce this healthy image.
Posted by Norman F, May 17th, 2016
Swimming pools are major resource sinks. If you are gifted (or cursed) with a swimming pool or spa, a pool cover is an essential item. It helps improve the safety of the pool by preventing small kids from falling in and it helps reduce electrical, heating, and chemical costs.
Pool covers are not substitutes for fences. Every pool should be fenced and locked. Many localities including ours require a perimeter fence around the pool.
Posted by Norman F, May 11th, 2016
Zojirushi VE Hybrid Water Boiler & Warmer is an energy efficient device that we recently purchased. We have found it consumes far less power than using a microwave to boil water for beverages, instant noodles, etc. It is also far handier than boiling water on the stove.
We had a 6 year old model that needed replacement. This unit is Vacuum-insulated to keep water warm. It provides maximum energy efficiency with 195 degree water falling slowly to 150 degrees 8 hours later.
Posted by Norman F, May 2nd, 2016
New rebates have been added.
San Diego’s power utility San Diego Gas and Electric rebates are here. SDGE or SDG&E has a bunch of cash SDGE rebates and ways to go green and save money.
- Home energy efficiency rebates of up to $50 for Energy efficient clothes washers
- $25 rebate on energy efficient refrigerators
- $200 rebate on Variable Speed Pool Pumps
- $100-$250 rebate on Water Heaters
- You can print rebate forms out online and then send in proof of purchase.
Posted by Norman F, April 29th, 2016
April 30, 2016 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.
Posted by Norman F, April 26th, 2016
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
Posted by Norman F, April 9th, 2016
Happy Earth Day, Monday April 16, 2016. 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.
- Eat leftovers, do not go out to eat
- 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
- Switch to an Electric Car like a Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S
Posted by Norman F, April 4th, 2016
The use of the term “Natural” to describe a household cleaning product or personal care item does not mean much, while the term “Organic” is closely regulated. Whole Foods Nature’s Power Laundry detergent includes the ingredient SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and has been called an eco friendly household cleaning product. This chemical is used in many cleaning products and can be made from coconut oil, palm oil, or petroleum. How natural is this? A plant based version is more green, but it is still the same chemical compound.
SLS is a major concern because the creation process generates trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane, a carcinogen.
There are no guidelines currently for using Natural in a product description, hence it is being overused all over the place as it does help Sell products. Most companies claim a product to be Natural if the ingredient came from nature. Not everything from nature is safe. How many poisons exist in nature? A ton. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Norman F, March 20th, 2016
On average, a typical US household spends $90 a year on ink cartridge and toner costs. Costco has a new inkjet cartridge refill service in many locations. They do this in the Photo center. Not only do you save money over purchasing a new cartridge, you also reduce waste by recycling what you already have. Ink cartridges need to be used regularly, otherwise they begin to dry up and clog the printer’s nozzles.
Unfortunately, Costco has removed photo centers in some stores. They have moved to a model where you upload your pictures online and just pickup in store. You might have to check their website to determine which stores still have photo centers.
Posted by Norman F, March 15th, 2016
Last Updated: 3/15/2016
Costco’s Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly – Eco Friendly cleaner made from environmentally friendly ingredients that are biodegradable and biorenewable. Plant based formula, made from bio-renewable resources. No Phosphates or dyes, cruelty free, natural fragrance. Costco Connection has an article on this product in Costco Magazine page 55.
Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly fabric softener is also available. It uses biodegradable softening agents.