27 Apr
2022

Why an EV? Living with an Electric Car

Posted by Norman F, April 27th, 2022

Last Update: 4/27/2022

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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19 Apr
2022

Earth Day – Become more Eco-Friendly and Green

Posted by Norman F, April 19th, 2022

Earth, Reuse, Hands Holding Earth

Happy Earth Day, Tuesday – Friday April 22, 2022. 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 what is in your fridge
  • Think twice about buying new clothes or shoes, consider a resale shop or website
  • 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 3
  • Put solar panels on your roof

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Are high gas prices getting to you? Do something about it!

Toyota prius hybrid Car

It costs a lot to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A recent study released in  2012 showed that the average household in San Francisco spends 39.5% of their income on housing and transportation. Those that lived in the suburbs spent even more, probably because they had to drive longer distances. People that lived in Marin County spent 56.3% on housing and transportation, while those lived in San Mateo County spent 53.3%. Finding ways to reduce our transportation costs is very important.

How to Save Money on Your Car

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13 Mar
2022

Recycle Everything – Recycling Tips

Posted by Norman F, March 13th, 2022

Last Update: 8/2/2022

recycle bins, recycling bins

Before Considering Recycling

Lets get real, recycling is the last resort for getting rid of waste.  The vast majority of items do not get recycled. Plastics break down into microplastics that pollute our environment and animals. We’ve grown to understand that REDUCE is far more important.

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14 Jan
2022

Installing Your First Home Electric Car Charger

Posted by Norman F, January 14th, 2022

Nissan-Leaf-Electric-Car-Charger

Introduction

Anyone interested in taking the plunge with an electric car or Plug-in Electric Vehicles (EV’s) needs to investigate their charging options. Adding a charger to your garage can become a several hundred dollar project or several thousand dollar home improvement project. Each vehicle needs a different type of charger system and each house has a different electrical system.

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1 Jan
2022

TXU Energy Efficiency Rebates – Oncor Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2022

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
2022

FPL Energy Efficiency Rebates to Save Money

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2022

FPL energy efficiency rebate form
New rebates have been added.

Utility Company Florida Power and Light has a bunch of cash rebates and ways to go green.

Questions, call 1-800-226-3545.

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Solar-panel

New rebates have been added for 2021.

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.

  • $500 instant rebate Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • $100 instant rebate Gas Water heaters
  • $200 instant rebate variable speed pool pump
  • These are Instant rebates at specific stores.

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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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Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Brunch Buffet

The holidays are here!  The media has reported that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ouch. Big dinners, more alcohol, more snacks, more finger foods, tempting desserts, and appetizers. How can we work to combat those pounds?

Small Packages of Food

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