1 Jan
2021

Top 10 Ways to Donate Unwanted Items

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

China, recycling, trash

The New Year brings forth resolutions to get rid of all the stuff we have accumulated all year long. You probably added to your pile of items during the holidays, so it is time to get rid of the old and de-clutter. Because we are green, eco-oriented, we need to do this the right way.

Unfortunately, We all have stuff we do not want.  Here are some resources for redirecting unwanted items to people in need and saving them from the land fill. Be sure to look at our tutorial on recycling electronics.

eBay is a good place to sell off items of value. You can use a eBay trading assistant company, but you will be getting even less money. Be sure to take the time to write a detailed description and to upload quality photos that show the product in a good light. You will maximize your return with all the tedious listing and dealing with deadbeats. Trading in your item will net you far less money.

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1 Jan
2021

PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates 2021

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

pge energy efficiency rebate form
New PG&E rebates have been added for 2021. Most expire December 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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1 Jan
2021

Reduce Refrigerator Energy Use and Food Waste and increase Food safety

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

made in China refrigerator, grand Hyatt Beijing

With the Pandemic, it because clear that food scarcity was a major problem.  People lost their jobs and just needed food to eat.  Food banks were pushed to their limits, seniors had meals delivered.

What eco friendly elements can help reduce food waste and decrease food scarcity.

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1 Jan
2021

Why an EV? Living with an Electric Car

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

Last Update: 8/28/2018

Tesla-Factory Super Charger Model S

Tesla Factory

We recently purchased a Tesla Model S. Much has been written about this excellent electric car—instead of providing a more technical review, we will provide insight gleaned from day to day use of this car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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1 Jan
2021

11 Tips on Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

happy new year, champagne bottle

Happy New Year from EasyEcoBlog!

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 »

1 Jan
2021

SCE Rebates or Southern California Edison Rebate for Energy Efficiency

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

New rebates have been added for 2021

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.

You can print out rebate forms online and then send in proof of purchase.

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1 Jan
2021

2020, 2021 Federal Solar Tax Credit – Solar Rebate

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

Last Update: January 2021

solar panel, solar energy
Get a Free Solar Power Estimate from a local vendor by clicking the link to the right.

2021 continues the very popular residential Solar Federal Tax Credit first enacted in 2009.  With the new credit, you can claim up to 26% 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. 

  • 2020-2022: Owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 26 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes.
  • 2023: Owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 22 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes.
  • 2024: Owners of new commercial solar energy systems can deduct 10 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes. There is no federal credit for residential solar energy systems.

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Solar-panel

New rebates have been added for 2021.

San Diego’s power utility San Diego Gas and Electric rebates are here.  SDGE or SDG&E has a bunch of money saving SDGE rebates and ways to go green and save money.

  • $500 instant rebate Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • $100 instant rebate Gas Water heaters
  • $200 instant rebate variable speed pool pump
  • These are Instant rebates at specific stores.

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4 Dec
2020

Winter Season Home Preparation Tips

Posted by Norman F, December 4th, 2020

winter, snow on the road

Winter is the time of the year to help protect the value of your home and save energy by making several adjustments.  Now is not the time to remodel or repaint your home, but a time to fine tune the operation of your home. You’re basically dialing in any changes you may for Fall, and should move major fixes to springtime.

In October/November when the daylight savings time change occurs, it is time to work on your Smoke Detectors – Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Detector – Smoke Alarms

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1 Jul
2020

Recycle Everything – Recycling Tips

Posted by Norman F, July 1st, 2020

Last Update: 1/19/2021

recycle bins, recycling bins

Before Considering Recycling

Lets get real, recycling is the last resort for getting rid of waste.  The vast majority of items do not get recycled. Plastics break down into microplastics that pollute our environment and animals. We’ve grown to understand that REDUCE is far more important.

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