24 Oct
2021

Winter Season Home Preparation Tips

Posted by Norman F, October 24th, 2021

winter, snow on the road

Let’s face it, the harsh weather in Winter can really test your home. 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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19 Oct
2021

Optimizing Setting a Programmable Thermostat for Winter

Posted by Norman F, October 19th, 2021

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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15 Oct
2021

Winter Green Pest Control Tips – Ants, Organic Pesticides

Posted by Norman F, October 15th, 2021

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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21 Apr
2021

Recycle Drugs, Recycle Medicine – Disposing of Medicine Properly

Posted by Norman F, April 21st, 2021

dual flush toilet from Toto

April 24, 2021 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.

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1 Jan
2021

TXU Energy Efficiency Rebates – Oncor Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2021

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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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

Stop Food Waste! Reduce Refrigerator Energy Use 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 »

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