22 Apr
2017

Earth Day 2017 – Become more Eco-Friendly and Green

Posted by Norman F, April 22nd, 2017

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Happy Earth Day, Monday April 22, 2017. 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 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 S
  • Put solar panels on your roof

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12 Apr
2017

California Ban on Toxic Flame Retardants (PBDEs)

Posted by Norman F, April 12th, 2017

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California has a Ban on Toxic Flame Retardants (PBDEs or polybrominated diphenyl ethers) that took effect in 2011. These commonly found chemicals are toxic and accumulate in breast milk, harming kids development. Several other states have followed California. If you live in other states, you may want to verify this. House dust gets mixed in with PBDE’s, causing this chemical to spread.

Since 1975, manufacturers of furniture have treated their products with inexpensive flame retardant chemicals. Tobacco firms have even pushed for this treatment, preventing them from having to create a fire safe cigarette. These chemicals don’t really cut down on flammability. They cause toxic gasses and smoke to occur, which causes most fire deaths and injuries.

In 2005, some fire retardant chemicals were banned. A study in 2012 that appeared in the journal, Environmental Science and Technology by UC Berkeley and Duke University, found that toxic and untested flame retardants were present on most couches that they examined. These chemicals are linked to cancer and other health problems. It is literally almost impossible to buy furniture without flame retardants. Additionally, furniture with flame retardants are not required to be labeled.

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22 Mar
2017

2017 Solar Tax Credit – Solar Rebate

Posted by Norman F, March 22nd, 2017

Last Update: April 2017

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

2016 – 2017 continues the very popular residential Solar Federal Tax Credit first enacted in 2009.  The previous solar tax credit program was capped at $2,000.  With the new credit, you can claim up to 30% 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 2016 – 2017 works especially well when coupled with a state rebate program. (CA, CT, NJ, NY)

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17 Mar
2017

Green Eco Friendly Clothes – Bamboo, Nylon, Polyster, Microfiber

Posted by Norman F, March 17th, 2017

Most people do not want to negatively affect the environment with their clothing picks. Shockingly, there are several gotchas with even this simple Choice.

Nylon, Polyster Yoga Pants, Fleece, Sweat Wicking Athletic Wear

Would you believe that most of these items shed microscopic plastic fibers — called “microfibers” — when washed? Municipal Wastewater systems flush these microfibers into natural waterways, eventually reaching the sea. This would Possibly contaminate sea life. Other recent studies show that microfibers can end up in the stomachs of marine animals, including seafood such as oysters.

Comfortable athleisure clothes are emerging as an unlikely source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a 2-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.

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MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet

Do you worry about what is in that detergent or cleaning product?  How green is it really? What do I do if it gets on my skin? Is it dangerous?

We have often cited Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS in our analysis of cleaning and construction products. What are they?

Newer SDS’s have a structured format and required information that MSDS’s were not required to have.

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New rebates have been added for 2017.

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.

  • Home energy efficiency rebates of $25 for Energy efficient clothes washers
  • $250 on Electric Water Heaters
  • $100 rebate on Gas Water Heaters
  • $200 rebate on variable speed pool pumps
  • You can print rebate forms out online and then send in proof of purchase.

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26 Feb
2017

Chinese Chalk or Chinese Insecticide Chalk

Posted by Norman F, February 26th, 2017

Chinese Insecticide Chalk

Recently I found a friend who was using Chinese Miraculous Insecticide Chalk otherwise known as Pretty Baby Chalk, Ant Chalk, Roach Chalk and Chinese Chalk.  Tres Pasitos is a Spanish name for this product.

The product is illegal and dangerous. The EPA has a warning on it too. We tried it in the past and found that it didn’t really work. I found this stuff being sold all over San Francisco’s Chinatown and it is for sale on eBay.

It does kill bugs because it contains toxic chemicals but are hazardous around kids.  Did you know that plain old chalk also works!

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8 Feb
2017

Recycle Everything – Recycling Tips

Posted by Norman F, February 8th, 2017

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How to Recycle almost Everything

We love to recycle as much as possible. The normal stuff is easy.. (Paper, Cans, yard trimming) Over the years we have added to this list of ways to recycle more difficult items.

Plastic Recycling Problems

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Last Update: 2/2/2017

The weed killer Roundup is facing lawsuits over claims that it gave people cancer, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I saw a newspaper article with lawyers looking for more victims.

The lawyers base their cancer lawsuit claims on a 2015 report from the International Agency for Research on cancer, IARC – a division of the WHO. It found Roundup aka glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic.” The report says glyphosate caused cancer in lab tests on animals and found that the chemical damaged DNA in human cells.

The Scotts Company sells the popular line of pesticides Ortho Home Defense MAX as well as Roundup. They produce everything from bug killers to rodent control products to Scotts Miracle Grow.

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30 Jan
2017

PSE&G Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 30th, 2017

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New rebates have been added for 2017.

Utility Company PSE&G or Public Service Electric and Gas has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy, go green, and save money.

Questions, call 1-800-854-4444.

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