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New rebates have been added for 2019.

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
  • $350 on Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
  • $100 rebate on Gas Water Heaters
  • $75 for Smart Thermostats
  • These are Instant rebates at specific stores.

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12 Nov
2018

Costco Inkjet Cartridge Refill Service – Discount Ink Cartridges

Posted by Norman F, November 12th, 2018

Many of us have Inkjet Printers that require expensive ink cartridges. They seem to run out fast or dry out after periods of inactivity. Here are some tips to fight back.

Inkjet Cartridges Get more Expensive

In September 2016, HP issued a software update to various printers that PREVENTS them from using non HP Ink! Do not install this.  They reversed course in October 2016 to update the software again and remove this restriction.

The printers affected by the firmware upgrade are HP Officejet Pro 8610, HP Officejet Pro 8615, HP Officejet Pro 8620, HP Officejet Pro 8625, HP Officejet Pro 8630, and HP Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter, HP Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One Printer, HP Officejet Pro 6835 e-All-in-One Printer, HP Officejet 6812 e-All-in-One Printer, HP Officejet 6815 e-All-in-One Printer

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30 Oct
2018

Expanding a Solar Panel System

Posted by Norman F, October 30th, 2018

How to expand your Solar Panel system

We installed our original solar panels way back in 2004.  They have generated a ton of power for us, but after 14 years, it was time to think about adding on to our system.

Be sure to read our articles: Are Solar Panels for me?

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5 Sep
2018

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

Posted by Norman F, September 5th, 2018

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.

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31 Aug
2018

Fall Energy Saving Tips and Fall Preparation

Posted by Norman F, August 31st, 2018

fall leaves, autumn colors, tree with orange and yellow leaves

Fall coming and a chill is in the air.  It is time to get prepared for colder and wetter weather. Not only can we make our  home more comfortable, we can save on our energy bill.

  1. Conduct an energy assessment or energy audit
  2. Get your heater or furnace serviced or upgraded. Replace air filters on heaters and air conditioners.
  3. Setup your programmable thermostat
  4. Check Your smoke detectors and change their batteries. Install carbon monoxide detectors if you don’t have any. They are now required in certain states.
  5. Seal air leaks, add insulation, fix leaky air ducts. Also insulate any exposed outdoor plumbing
  6. Clean your gutters and drain pipe
  7. Tune your sprinkler system or install a Smart controller
  8. Take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficiency for wind, geothermal, solar, and more.
  9. Cut back any tree branches or foliage that is in danger of falling
  10. Check and fix your deck for leaks, cracks, and nails in need of repair
  11. If you live in the North and have a lawn, it may be time to fertilize your lawn

Going green makes the cold season more bearable and easier on the wallet.

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19 Jul
2018

Healthy Food Options to Avoid Harmful Chemicals and Risks

Posted by Norman F, July 19th, 2018

Last Update: 2/18/2019

organic oranges

Is this Okay to Eat?

Every year it seems that a new study comes up telling us that another popular food is unhealthy or causes cancer. The latest controversy in 2015 was over processed meats and the WHO declaring that bacon, hot dogs, etc cause colorectal cancer. It seems what is good this year, is bad the next.  Is Kale next?

Everyone knows about the major food groups, eating a balanced diet, and following USDA’s My Plate. Here are some healthy  food options that we have read about that help people avoid harmful chemicals.

Plant Based Diets

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1 Jul
2018

Eco Friendly, Green and Safe Sunscreen

Posted by Norman F, July 1st, 2018

The sun is finally out again. I did not realize that finding an eco friendly or green sunscreen was a difficult task, especially when one is on vacation.  EWG reports that UV filtering ingredients in sunscreen have been proven to cause bleaching in the algae that lives on coral, thus killing the entire structure. EWG only recommended 8% of the sunscreens they tested.

The Food and Drug Administration revamped sunscreen rules in June 2011. The new rules should help demystify the sun blocking properties of sunscreens.

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22 Mar
2018

2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Review

Posted by Norman F, March 22nd, 2018

Last Update: 8/2/2018

Tesla Delivery Center – Fremont, CA

We recently received our Tesla Model 3 Long Range 2018 after a long wait.  We also own a Model S 70D, allowing us to get the 3 much earlier compared to the general public. Much has been written about this excellent electric car—instead of providing a more technical review, we will provide insight gleaned from daily driving this car in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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4 Mar
2018

Energy Upgrade California (EUC) Rebates – PG&E, SCE, SDGE

Posted by Norman F, March 4th, 2018

Air purifier, gas furnace

Seasons are changing, just in time for a crazy good rebate on air conditioners, heaters, insulation, and more. A very lucrative, new limited time California energy efficiency rebate is available where you can receive rebates from Energy Upgrade California program. PG&E, SCE, San Diego Gas & Electric – SDG&E, or BVE are covered by their home upgrade incentive. Energy Upgrade California is focused on a whole house approach to saving energy, measuring the actual savings. San Francisco Bay Area information line 855-464-8484. This program ends when funding dries up.

The goal of the program:

  • Get rebates, financing, and incentives to reduce the cost of your home upgrade
  • Reduce energy use
  • Live in a more comfortable home

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26 Feb
2018

Chinese Chalk or Chinese Insecticide Chalk

Posted by Norman F, February 26th, 2018

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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