15 Jun

Toxic Bubble Tea – Tapioca Pearl Tea – DEHP

Posted by Norman F, June 15th, 2011

quickly bubble tea, tapioca pearls

There is currently a scare over toxic ingredients in Bubble tea or Tapioca pearl tea that originated in Taiwan and is now available throughout Asia and in many American Asian communities. The problem originated in Taiwan because chemical firms sold clouding agents and jams using plasticizers that were used by some firms serving this drink. It was also found in other foods including dietary supplements, energy drinks, juices and jellies. Possibly carcinogenic and reproductive problem producing chemicals DEHP and DOP were present in these tainted items. The fraud for one company started way back in 1996.

Passion fruit juice, mango juice and lychee juice produced by Possmei were on the DEHP contamination related recall list. The company also supplies bubble tea ingredients, causing the scare.

The emulsifier is usually not added when making tapioca balls- a main ingredient of bubble milk tea — making contamination unlikely they stated.

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10 Jun

New low cost LED Light Bulbs and LED Lighting

Posted by Norman F, June 10th, 2011

LED Light Bulb

Now that most people have accepted CFL light bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs, a new technology, LED Lighting, is threatening to add a new wrinkle.

LED Light Bulb Advantages

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31 May

Repairing Broken Electronics is Green

Posted by Norman F, May 31st, 2011

notebook computer, netbook, dell mini 9

Electronics eventually break down.  The dilemma is then repair or replace the item. If you item is under warranty, the decision is easy – get it fixed.  Remember that many credit cards will double your manufacturer’s warranty.  Check your credit card’s fine print.

iphone cell phone smartphone

Repairing Computers, iPods, iPhones

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D-Link DIR-655 Extreme N Wireless Router

Doing more with your router – Extending wireless range – Antenna Upgrade

If you are buying a new wireless router to get better wireless coverage or range, consider repositioning your current wireless router in a different spot and adding a 3rd party wireless antenna. We bought a 9dBi gain wirelss antenna than cost less than $10 and increased our wireless coverage.  Moving a Cable/DSL modem and/or Wireless router to a more centrally located room is cheaper and more green than buying a new wireless router. Mounting your wireless router high on the wall will maximize its range, although it may be a bit unsightly.

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12 Feb

Georgia Power Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, February 12th, 2011

Air purifier, Gas Furnace
New rebates have been added for 2012.

Utility Company Georgia Power has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy and money.

  • Have Georgia Power haul away that old refrigerator energy hog for FREE and get $35.
  • Up to $400 Rebate when you switch your gas furnace to an electric heat pump. Exp 3/31
  • $525 rebate when replacing an existing gas water heater with an energy-efficient electric Marathon water heater. Exp 12/31
  • Up to $700 in rebates for whole house improvements

Questions, call Georgia Power at 1-866-446-9250.

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7 Feb

Dual Flush Eco Friendly Toilets

Posted by Norman F, February 7th, 2011

dual flush toilet

Old fashion toilets can use as much as 6 gallons per flush. We recently upgraded a toilet from a standard 2.5 Gallon per flush model to a new Toto Dual Flush model that has one button for a full flush at 1.6 Gallons (For #2) or half flush at 0.9 Gallons.  This toilet meets EPA WaterSense high efficiency toilet requirements.   It has a very good flushing mechanism that works a lot better than our decade’s old toilet.


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7 Feb

Detroit Edison, DTE Energy Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, February 7th, 2011

Air purifier, Gas Furnace
New rebates have been added for 2011.

Utility Company Detroit Edison, DTE Energy has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy and money.

Questions, call 1-866-796-0512.

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31 Jan

Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency on Heating, Furnaces, and Boilers

Posted by Norman F, January 31st, 2011

forced air furnace

The Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency – Heating, Furnaces, and Boilers expired in 2011. The President chose not too extend this tax credit. Local energy utility companies like PG&E have their own energy efficiency rebates. To find out if rebates or other incentives are available in your area, visit the ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder.

Be sure to read our article on ways to save money and energy on your energy bill.

For 2011, the Federal Tax Credit for energy efficiency drops to 10%, up to a $500 maximum. (2010 Federal Tax Credit information) Read the rest of this entry »

12 Jul

MIRA-Cool Free Air Cooler Ads

Posted by Norman F, July 12th, 2010

Mira cool Free air cooling unit ad
The hot weather is here and people are looking for ways to save on their cooling bills. Buying a new air conditioner seems to be a rite of passage into summer for some people. We take a look at one product that is being heavily advertised.

We have been noticing these ads for MIRA-Cool popping up in newspapers like USA Today and Parade nationwide promising, “Public set to get free air cooling units”… “A new miracle air cooler is actually being given away free to the first 11,337 readers who call to beat the order deadline for their first miracle air cooler to stay cool for just pennies a day”

From their website: “The New MIRA-COOL uses 95% less electricity than a typical window air conditioner, yet blast out ice cooled air to keep you cool for just pennies a day.”

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22 Jan

Recycling 3D Glasses – Recycle 3D Glasses in Movie Theaters

Posted by Norman F, January 22nd, 2010

Recycle 3D Glasses

3D movies like  Toy Story 3 are doing well at the box office.  Many movies are available in some theaters in 3D and look great.  You will pay extra ($3 locally) for the privilege and be handed a pair of 3D glasses that only work in theaters.  They had a recycling box outside but we saw many people keep their glasses.  About 70% of theaters have these boxes. The boxes are sent to a recycling center, where the 3D glasses are cleaned, checked for quality, and then individually repackaged.

3D Glasses have not other Purpose

Considering these glass only work for RealD 3D movies, people are just adding to their junk piles.  You will not get a discount for bringing these glasses into a different 3D movie.  Most people bring them home and let them gather dust. These glasses also do not work as sunglasses.  Future 3D HDTV’s use 3D glasses with active shutter technology that have batteries inside.

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