3 Oct
2016

What to Compost, How to Compost, and Why Compost

Posted by Norman F, October 3rd, 2016

compost, composter

100 billion pounds of food waste are discarded every year, that is almost 25% of all our food. Additional waste is created at processing plants and farms. Rotting food creates methane, a terrible greenhouse gas. Someday trash dumps will recover all this gas.  Right now, you can turn food scraps into useful matter by composting. Most local recycling programs do not support composting. Most are located in California. If your local sanitation department does not have a composting program, you can do it yourself.

What is Composting?

Composting is utilizing mother nature in turning food scraps and yard trimmings into super nutrient rich soil. It helps reduce waste and produces the best growing soil around.  Backyard composting is good for gardeners and those who have lots of yard trimmings and some produce scraps.

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23 Sep
2016

Reduce your LCD or Plasma TVs Energy Use

Posted by Norman F, September 23rd, 2016

LCD Flat Panel, Sony 40 inch LCD Flat Panel, XBR

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.

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15 Sep
2016

Recycle Drugs, Recycle Medicine – Disposing of Medicine Properly

Posted by Norman F, September 15th, 2016

dual flush toilet from Toto

October 22, 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.

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5 Sep
2016

Eco-friendly, Safe, or Green Cosmetics, Natural Make Up, Soap, and Skin Care

Posted by Norman F, September 5th, 2016

whole foods, natural cosmetics, no more toxic chemicals

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?

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30 Aug
2016

Save Money with Water Filtration – Non Green Bottled Water

Posted by Norman F, August 30th, 2016

Alhambra water delivery truck

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.”

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10 Jul
2016

Cell Phone Radiation Safety

Posted by Norman F, July 10th, 2016

Apple iPhone 3GS smart phone, cell phone

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.

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vitamin water zero sugar fructose soda obesity

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.

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17 May
2016

Swimming Pool Covers to Save Money

Posted by Norman F, May 17th, 2016

swimming pool cover

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.

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11 May
2016

Energy Efficient Hot Water Boiler & Warmer

Posted by Norman F, May 11th, 2016

Zojirushi VE Hybrid Water Boiler Warmer

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.

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Solar-panel

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.

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