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

Why an Electric Vehicle (EV)?

  • They are more green. EVs convert 77% of electrical energy into power at the wheels.  Gas cars only efficiently use only 12-30% of energy in gas.
  • Driving the average EV using grid-supplied energy creates carbon emissions equivalent to a 122MPG gas car in California.
  • EV charging for home owners is easy. Those in apartments and multi-family dwellings need to ask owners to install chargers, otherwise you will need to charge at a public facility.

Tesla Delivery Center – Fremont, CA

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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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5 Feb
2018

How to have a Green Valentine’s Day – What is Eco Friendly Green Sex?

Posted by Norman F, February 5th, 2018

Valentine's Day, Champagne, lingerie, chocolates

Having an Eco Friendly Green Valentine’s Day or any holiday, is more and more desirable these days. How can you green your Valentine’s Day?

fair trade certified flowers, roses, whole foods

  • Instead of a Valentine’s Day card, send a virtual Valentine’s Day card or make your own card
  • If you must send flowers, try to purchase flowers that were grown locally to your area or ones that are Fair trade Certified
  • Why spend a large amount of money and resources eating out, when a romantic dinner is even better?
  • Buy your meats and vegetables for your big meal from a local farmers market or from local sources
  • Buy any new garments from a high-quality used clothing store
  • Utilize reusable bags to hold gifts
  • Compost any meals leftovers, flowers, cards etc.
  • Give out green oriented treats like handwritten poems, homemade scents, and handmade arts and crafts.
  • Observe eco-friendly romantic relations

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1 Jan
2018

Con Edison Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2018

Con Edison Energy Efficiency Rebates
New rebates have been added.

Utility Company Con Edison has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy and money.

  • Con Edison has $20 rebate on eligible Dehumidifiers. $35 rebate on eligible Washing Machines. $50 rebate on eligible Dishwashers
  • $30 rebate on Energy Star A/C
  • Up to $1000 rebate on energy efficient heating and cooling equipment. Exp 12/31
  • Get a free programmable thermostat for your central air conditioning system.

Questions?, call 1-877-870-6118.

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1 Jan
2018

AEP Ohio Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2018


New AEP Ohio rebates have been added.

Utility Company AEP Ohio has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy and money.

  • Free Home Energy Profile
  • Have AEP Ohio haul away that old refrigerator or freezer energy hog for FREE and get $50
  • $50 rebate for buying energy Star qualified washing machine, freezer, refrigerator, electric water heater
  • Instant discount on qualified ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) you purchase at participating retailers.
  • Solar energy fund grants are also available for solar panel installations.

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Rebates

PG&E customers can get a big $500 back for EV ownership!

This is in addition to the $7500 Federal Tax Credit on New Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicles. Tesla will hit the limit on this credit in 2018.

BMW

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1 Jan
2018

Duke Energy Energy Efficiency Rebates

Posted by Norman F, January 1st, 2018

Air purifier, Gas Furnace
New rebates have been added.

Utility Company Duke Energy has a bunch of programs and incentives to help save energy, go green, and save money. The programs vary depending on the state you are in.

Questions, call 1-877-388-7676.

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