Posted by Norman F, September 23rd, 2016
Leading TVs Hacked Energy Star Test
In September 2016, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that there are flaws in the government’s method for testing the energy use of televisions. 3 major TV manufacturers representing 50% of the U.S. market appear to be exploiting them, which could cost owners of recently purchased models an extra $1.2 billion on their utility bills or $10-$20 a year for each consumer.
Posted by Norman F, September 5th, 2016
Everyone wants to look good and feel good about their body. Did you know that many cosmetics that women use on a daily basis may contain toxic ingredients? Most cosmetics don’t even have an ingredients list on them. It’s time people know what they are putting on their body.
Eco-friendly or Green Cosmetics are starting to become mainstream. Companies are touting their products as being natural, no animal tested, organic, etc. There have been lawsuits over the wording. Natural Make Up is becoming more important to the entire cosmetic industry as well to consumers.
What should you look for in a green cosmetic, makeup, lotion, or hair care product?
Posted by Norman F, August 30th, 2016
Noticed a couple water delivery trucks on the street and wondered why people would waste money on Water Delivery services. This is definitely a big business and generates lots of revenue for companies. We have covered how unnecessary bottled water is in the past.
Water.com even touts how green they are: “And, with reusable recyclable bottles and hybrid vehicles in our delivery fleet, we make it easier for you to be environmentally-friendly.”
They even offer a Water Filtration system. – “If bottled water coolers do not fit your needs, we offer a variety of quality drinking water systems.”
Posted by Norman F, July 10th, 2016
Are cellphones safe?
May 2016, National Toxicology Program found “low incidences” of 2 types of tumors in male rats that were exposed to the type of radio frequencies that are commonly emitted by the US telecommunications industry. The NTP report said the complete study results would be released by the fall of 2017.
May, 2011, World Health Organization has for the first time stated that there is the possibility that cell phones may cause health problems. They said cellphone radiation was a group 2B possible carcinogen.
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