24 Feb
2020

Improving Indoor Air Quality – VOC eating Plants – Hepa Air Filters

Posted by Norman F, February 24th, 2020

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality refers to how clean the air indoors is. We spend 90-95% of our time indoors. Often times the air outside is cleaner. This leads to health problems like allergies, asthma, etc.

Consumer Product Safety Commission and EPA has a good guide on how to improve indoor air quality. EPA has an extensive list of items that affect indoor air quality.

Major air quality problems include: Smoking, Fireplaces, Mold, Dust, Radon, Stoves.

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1 Jan
2020

PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates 2020

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2020

pge energy efficiency rebate form
New PG&E rebates have been added for 2020. 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:

PG&E 2020 Residential Rebate Catalog

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1 Jan
2020

SCE Rebates or Southern California Edison Rebate for Energy Efficiency

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2020

New rebates have been added for 2020

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.

  • Smart Thermostat Rebate up to $75
  • $25 rebate on Home or Business Area Network
  • Up to $1000 rebate on an Electric Vehicle

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

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1 Jan
2020

2020 Federal Solar Tax Credit – Solar Rebate

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2020

Last Update: January 2020

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

2020 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. Tax Rebate Expires: December 31, 2021 The Solar Federal Tax Credit 2020 works especially well when coupled with a state rebate program. (CA, CT, NJ, NY)

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1 Jan
2020

No Money Down Free Solar Panels – Lease Solar Equipment

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2020

Last update: January 2, 2020

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Interested in Solar Power but don’t have tens of thousands of dollars? Free Solar Panels?

Tesla Solar, and most other solar power installers, have an interesting program where you lease solar equipment and pay a monthly lease. The Solar Lease payment and lower electric bill will be less than your current electric bill. The company owns the solar panels and you rent them by paying the cost of the power.

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1 Jan
2020

Winter Green Pest Control Tips – Ants, Organic Pesticides

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2020

Green pest control with orange guard

Winter time brings on the bugs, seemingly at the same time every year. The ants in our area seem to love to visit our kitchen when the first heavy rains hit. Almost everyone has to deal with pests.  Whether indoor or outdoors, we need to think about eco friendly, green alternatives to toxic pesticides. Here are some Winter Pest Control Tips that we have found from trial and error.

Access control – Finding Where Ants are Coming From

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30 Dec
2019

11 Tips on Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Norman F, December 30th, 2019

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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 »

19 Dec
2019

Optimizing Setting a Programmable Thermostat for Winter

Posted by Norman F, December 19th, 2019

Easy Eco Blog Electric Programmable Thermostat

The average household will spend over $1100 staying warm during the winter.  This cost just keeps going straight up.  You can lower your heating costs by 2-5% for every 1 degree lower you set your thermostat. Easily save $200 a year.

Housing accounts for 20% of total US energy use with heating and cooling consuming a whopping 44% of residential energy use.

We realized that we were not setting our programmable thermostat optimally, when we saw some tips that result in lower energy use. We would set the thermostat to heat to my desired temperature of 65 degrees from 6pm to 7am. Many people will prefer 68 degrees, but we like wearing sweaters at home. (Or are so cheap we have to)

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small Christmas tree, metal

Having an Eco Friendly Green Christmas is more and more desirable these days. Beside losing all the gained weight, we can do the following to have a more green and healthy holiday.

How can you Green your Christmas?

  • Reduce the number of trips you need to make or take public transportation
  • Buy your fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market or from local sources.
  • Buy organic when possible, except for product on the Clean 15 list
  • Utilize reusable bags to hold groceries
  • Don’t over cook or serve too much food
  • Eat on real dishes and use cloth napkins
  • Rent or buy your decorations from used clothing stores like Goodwill. Reusing items that you already have is even better.
  • Donate extra food, money, clothing to those in need
  • Compost the leftovers, fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • Give out green oriented treats like organic fruit, re-purposed trinkets

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4 Dec
2019

Winter Season Home Preparation Tips

Posted by Norman F, December 4th, 2019

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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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