18 Oct
2022

How to have a Green Halloween

Posted by Norman F, October 18th, 2022

Halloween witch flying into a tree

Having an Eco Friendly Green Halloween is more and more desirable these days. How can you green your  Halloween?

  • Buy your pumpkins, squash, and other vegetables from a local farmers market or from local sources
  • Rent or buy your costume from used clothing stores like Goodwill. Reusing items that you already have is even better. Consider donating or giving away your costumes after Halloween. Trade with other families.
  • Utilize reusable bags to hold treats
  • Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood or carpool to your destination
  • Compost the pumpkin, squash, leftovers, etc.
  • Give out green oriented treats like organic fruit, repurposed trinkets not sugar
  • Donate extra candy, food to local shelters

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1 Oct
2022

Fall Energy Saving Tips and Fall Preparation

Posted by Norman F, October 1st, 2022

fall leaves, autumn colors, tree with orange and yellow leaves

Fall coming and a chill is in the air.  It is time to get prepared for colder and wetter weather. Not only can we make our  home more comfortable, we can save on our energy bill.

  1. Conduct an energy assessment or energy audit
  2. Get your heater or furnace serviced or upgraded. Replace air filters on heaters and air conditioners.
  3. Setup your programmable thermostat
  4. Check Your smoke detectors and change their batteries. Install carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t have any. They are now required in certain states.
  5. Seal air leaks, add insulation, fix leaky air ducts. Also insulate any exposed outdoor plumbing
  6. Clean your gutters and drain pipe
  7. Tune your sprinkler system or install a Smart controller
  8. Take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency for wind, geothermal, solar, and more.
  9. Cut back any tree branches or foliage that is in danger of falling
  10. Check and fix your deck for leaks, cracks, and nails in need of repair
  11. If you live in the North and have a lawn, it may be time to fertilize your lawn

Going green makes the cold season more bearable and easier on the wallet.

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25 May
2022

How Long do Solar Panels Last? – Repair Solar Panels System

Posted by Norman F, May 25th, 2022

Solar Panels do not need much maintenance and are pretty reliable. As with anything exposed to the elements, they do eventually breakdown. We will detail our experience with long term solar panel ownership.

Typical Solar Panel Warranty

A reputable solar panel’s performance warranty will typically guarantee 90% power production at 10 years and 80% at 25 years. A solar panel warranty will typically guarantee 10-12 years without failing.

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27 Apr
2022

10 Green Spring Cleaning Tips and Season Home Preparation Tips

Posted by Norman F, April 27th, 2022

plum blossoms, spring, flowers on tree

Spring is rapidly approaching, it is time to clean up your place. EWG Has a nice list of tips to help you clean your house the green more eco-friendly way.

  • Check the exterior of your home and repair any cracked or flaking paint
  • Check and clean gutters again
  • It is time to work on your garden and rejuvenate your lawn
  • Inspect and test your sprinkler system. It will be needed soon
  • Clean out your garage and closets. The holiday season is over and it is time to donate useless items and recycle other things
  • Bad weather is over. Your car needs some TLC. Change its oil if necessary, get an inspection, clean and wax its exterior
  • Check and clean chimney if necessary
  • The heater will get a rest, so it’s time to check your air conditioner and its filters
  • Check your roof and patch or replace any damaged areas

Some other useful tips

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27 Apr
2022

Why an EV? Living with an Electric Car

Posted by Norman F, April 27th, 2022

Last Update: 4/27/2022

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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19 Apr
2022

Earth Day – Become more Eco-Friendly and Green

Posted by Norman F, April 19th, 2022

Earth, Reuse, Hands Holding Earth

Happy Earth Day, Tuesday – Friday April 22, 2022. 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. Use what is in your fridge
  • Think twice about buying new clothes or shoes, consider a resale shop or website
  • Use a refillable water bottle
  • Change all your lightbulbs to CFLs or LEDs
  • 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 Chevy Bolt or Tesla Model 3
  • Put solar panels on your roof

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Are high gas prices getting to you? Do something about it!

Toyota prius hybrid Car

It costs a lot to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A recent study released in  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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13 Mar
2022

Recycle Everything – Recycling Tips

Posted by Norman F, March 13th, 2022

Last Update: 8/2/2022

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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14 Jan
2022

Installing Your First Home Electric Car Charger

Posted by Norman F, January 14th, 2022

Nissan-Leaf-Electric-Car-Charger

Introduction

Anyone interested in taking the plunge with an electric car or Plug-in Electric Vehicles (EV’s) needs to investigate their charging options. Adding a charger to your garage can become a several hundred dollar project or several thousand dollar home improvement project. Each vehicle needs a different type of charger system and each house has a different electrical system.

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1 Jan
2022

TXU Energy Efficiency Rebates – Oncor Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2022

TXU Energy Rebates
New TXU Energy rebates have been added.

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.

  • Save $50 on select smart Thermostats
  • Sign up for renewable energy in Texas

Questions, call TXU Energy at 1-800-883-6060.

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