Refrigerator Recycling Programs

127628_9999Have you ever thought about what happens to your fridge when you buy a new one and the moving men take the old one away? I can’t say that I have ever thought about it really. But a refrigerator is a large mass of steel. They say that an average refrigerator aged 10 years or older contains about 123 pounds of steel and recycling this steel helps to save energy and other valuable natural resources. Knowing all of that makes me want to make sure refrigerators get recycled properly, getting the most out of something that is no longer of use as it is.

How to Recycle your Fridge or Find a Recycling Program:

1. Check with your local utility – Local utilities support refrigerator recycling programs. To view recycling programs by state click here.

2. Recycle your old fridge when you buy a new one – Many appliance retailers will pick up and recycle your old fridge when you purchase a new one from them.

3. Talk to your local scrap metal recycler – There are many of scrap metal recyclers that can recycle your old fridge, just make sure they are going to properly recycle your fridge. To view the Steel Recycling Institutes recycler locator click here.

4. Heavy-Trash Pick-up – Some towns may offer heavy trash pick-up programs for appliances.

Water Conservation Tips

1134582_84373599Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. Not only will your water bill go down, but as you heat less water, your gas or energy bill will also decline. If your whole community conserves, you will also pay less fees for water-related services. Droughts, flooding, and other extreme weather events worsened by climate change are also making fresh water an increasingly scarce commodity.

Below are 11 helpful conservation tips:

  1. Check every faucet and toilet for leaks. Even a slow drip wastes a lot of water each day.
  2. Take short showers and shallow baths.
  3. Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or scraping the dishes or washing your hands.
  4. Don’t use the toilet to flush away tissues, gum wrappers or any other small scraps. It is not a trash can.
  5. Be careful to water the lawn, not the sidewalk or street.
  6. Do not use a hose to clean off the driveway. A broom is better.
  7. Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator, then you won’t have to run water to cool it.
  8. Use the washing machine and dishwasher only for full loads.
  9. Landscape your yard with drought-resistant trees and plants.
  10. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
  11. Take preventative measures to keep your pipes from freezing and breaking.

Kelly Ripa Introduces New Eco-Friendly Washer & Dryer

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On April 13 in New York, Kelly Ripa launched the Electrolux Limited Edition Eco-Friendly Washer and Dryer in Kelly Green.

This Earth Day Electorlux and Kelly Ripa offer Americans a colorful way to renew their commitment to living green. The signature design features of the Electrolux washer and dryers are, fast wash/dry time for small loads, 83% more energy efficient, and uses 56% less water.

Electrolux and Kelly Ripa have teamed up to raise funds and awareness for Global Green USA to help support their healthy green schools initiatives across America. As part of its Earth Day campaign, Electrolux is making a $1 donation to Global Green USA (with a minimum of $20,000 and maximum of $25,000) when you plant a flower in our virtual flower garden.

Every day you log on and plant a flower in our virtual flower garden you are automaticallyentered for a chance to win an eco-friendly washer and dryer from Electrolux in the new limited edition shade – Kelly Green.

For a limited time, from April 12 – April 26, 2009, save 10% on energy-saving laundry appliances.

Earth Day at Amazon

earth-day-savings_header_v249339087_April 22 is Earth Day, and what better day to save on Eco-Friendly, Green, Toxic-Free products. Amazon has a list of products from household furnishings, clothing, to gardening tools, where customers can save on organic groceries, home products, CFLs and more. So if you are looking to save some green on green products you will find everything you need at Earth Day Savings and the savings last all month long.

Learn how to  go Extreme Green, be Eco-Chic, and Ease into Green with help from Amazon’s Top 5 lists.

Amazon along with Energy Star will be hosting the Earth Day Sweepstakes. Five first-place winners will receive two ENERGY STAR-qualified powerhouses: a Toshiba laptop and a Brother multifunction printer. Fifteen second-place winners will receive the Brother printer. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Earth Day Sweepstakes by April 22, 2009. See Official Rules for details.

The 2009 Green Gadget Buyer’s Guide

From the magazine Fast Company, I ran across this article, The 2009 Green Gadget Buyer’s Guide. Its meant to make you laugh but the products are definitely worth using and will save you energy, money and help you become more environmentally friendly.

294644_7872Wall Mounted Efficiency Toggle(the light switch) – This device can achieve a 100% reduction in power usage and activate the natural light in any room.

ioAerial Garment Purifier(clothesline) – Engineered in Switzerland, this razor-thin cord harnesses wind power. Set up is a snap: Arrange wet garments along the ioAerial to initiate dehydration. Cycle completes in 3-4 hours.

Subaquatic Flow and Volume Regulato(Brick) – Made from recycled material, the regulator is the new tiger in your (toilet) tank. Simply drop it in and enjoy substantial savings on water usage.

Smarter Car(bike) – Introducing the only human-powered, zero-emissions vehicle on the market! SmarterCar is based on proven technology handed down from the 19th-century German artisans.

Eco-Friendly Textile Restoration Kit(needle and thread) – Lose a button? Don’t toss the entire suit. Cut your waste – and your wardrobe budget – with this chemical free textile-refurbishment tool. Handheld, user-friendly, and compact, this precision instrument allows you to reattach buttons, mend holes, adjust waistlines and even Eco-convert entire outfits into reusable shopping bags.

Onpipe Rehydration Service(Drink from the faucet) – Scientist have discovered that not all H2O is produced in Fiji or France and the small mountain principality of Dasani. OnPipes proprietary high-bandwidth network delivers always-on, in-home renewable  drinking water from local sources. OnPipe Premium offers both cold and hot services.

Anti-Solar Panels(vertical blinds) – The anti-solar movement first began in exotic and ball-of-fire-hot Aruba. Combining special opaque paneling, an adjustable vertical axis, and a full 120-degree variable angle for light displacement and absorption. Anti-Solar Panels will be all the buzz this summer. Fully compatible with the Wall-Mounted Efficiency Toggle.

Population-Density Moderators(condoms) – These little wonders pay for themselves almost immediately. Over population is the single most significant contributor to carbon emissions, resource consumption, and road rage. Reduce your ecological footprint and save hundreds of thousands of dollars without compromising your lifestyle.

10 Easy Ways to Live Greener and Not Break the Bank

1. Sign up: The easiest way to live green is by first signing up with your local Garbage company for the recycling service. Make sure and read the rules as to what can be recycled because some non-recyclable items put in the bin could cause the whole bin to be dumped into the landfill. For helpful guidelines click here.

2. Start a Bin: Keep a bin for recyclable items that aren’t so easy to recycle. Light bulbs, beer bottle caps, caps from other products all can be recycled. Wait until you have an amount worthy of sending away or dropping off at a store. Home Depot has a CFL Recycling Program.

3. Set Your Thermostat: Turn your thermostat down at night when you are sleeping, keeping it down for approximately 8 hours. As long as the temperature in the house has time to get from 72 degrees down to 65 degrees and then stay at 65 for a period of time, you’ll save energy and money.

4. Conserve Water: If you run water while you are shaving, washing or brushing your teeth, shut it off and only run it when you need it. If you are waiting for water to get hot, run the water into a bowl or pitcher to use later for watering plants.

5. Change a Light Bulb: If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

6. Use a Power Strip: Plug your TV, DVD player, stereo, printer and the likes into power strips and when you leave a room turn off the power strip to save energy.

7. Support your Local Farmers: Typical grocery store produce travels nearly 1,500 miles before it ends up on your plate. All this traveling burns fossil fuels and results in carbon emissions. Buying from local farmers means you’re not only getting the freshest food possible, you’re saving energy.

8. Do Full Loads: The average American family of four washes about 540 loads of laundry a year, which consumes up to 21,000 gallons of water, and more than 150 loads of dishes, which uses about 1,500 gallons. Combining half-loads, choosing short cycles, and using cold or warm rather than hot water in the clothes washer racks up savings.

9. Adjust Fridge and Freezer Temp: Refrigerators eat up the most electricity in the house. Maximize effificiency by keeping the fridge at 37 degrees F and the freezer at 0 degrees F.

10. Stop Junk Mail: More than 100 million trees’ worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year – that’s the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months. In a recent post I wrote about how to Stop Junk Mail and Help the Environment. This post will give you websites that can help you stop your unwanted mail.

Eco-Friendly Hair Flat Irons

If you are in the market for a flat iron, here are a couple of choices. Flat Irons that actually use less energy and their companies are Eco-friendly are always better choices than buying from the unknown.

Turboion Croc Infrared Flat Iron 1″:

  1. The Turbo Ion Croc Infrared flat iron has a worldwide patented “Infra-generator” produces an “excessive” amount of healthy, indirect, far infrared heat – fast acting heat that styles quick and keeps hair conditioned.
  2. The Croc Infrared iron sports the industry’s first environmentally friendly “Green FND Digital Display”.
  3. The unique plate design is “dual plates” – split with one full ceramic heater under each half. That’s 4 heaters in one iron – the fastest, most even heat you can get!

Original Superstar Flat Iron 1″:

  1. The Original Superstar flat iron boasts damp to dry capability and tourmaline for added negative ions and maximum moisture and shine.
  2. Superstar showed the world that you don’t have to be one to look like one – check out the straightener that proved it to the world!
  3. Plus, JRS Superstar is committed to environmentally friendly manufacturing, so it’s a green choice too.

4 Natural Ways to Help with Mood Swings

In women, mood swings are often related to hormonal fluctuations and may occur before the monthly period, during and right after pregnancy and during menopause. But female hormones aren’t the only culprits: Men, also, can get into funks—over a cloudy sky, a spouse’s offhand comment or just a stressful day at work.

Many people have decided to take anti-depressants when faced with the decision of what to do to control those mood swings. But these aren’t the only way to take care of them, if you do your research, you can find all natural ways to remedy these hormonal imbalances, which are so much better for you.

Chamomile – Chamomile helps to stabilize the mood swings sometimes associated with PMS. It should be noted here, however, that if PMS or menstrual difficulties are recurring, the affected woman should probe more deeply into what is causing this imbalance. Serious nutritional or physical problems may be at the root of these problems and should be addressed as soon as possible. From Price-Pottenger Nutrition Forum.

Food – “The link between food and mood is becoming much more known in a lot of ways,” says Lynn Smith, a Boulder, Colo., dietitian who helps patients use dietary changes to wean themselves off anti-depressants or avoid going on them. For instance, low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter built from the amino acids found in vitamins B6, B12, folic acid and other nutrients, may result in insomnia, depression, increased sensitivity to pain and aggressive behavior. Low levels of dopamine and nor-epinephrine – built up with the help of magnesium, B12 and folic acid – leave people feeling irritable and moody. Fatty acids Omega 3 (fish oil) and Omega 6 (certain vegetable oils) also have been shown in some clinical studies to be associated with mood stabilization. We tend to reach for sugar because it quickly spikes levels of feel-good serotonin, dietitians say. But it also spikes blood sugar levels dramatically within 10 or 15 minutes. When the body tries to stabilize itself, it overcompensates, dragging the level exceedingly low within 25 to 40 minutes. Low blood sugar is associated with depression, fatigue and anxiety. From LJWorld.com. Check out: Good Food, Good Mood: How to Eat Right to Feel Right from Amazon.

Hydrotherapy – The next time you need to chill out, fill your tub with water just slightly cooler than body temperature. It should feel like a hot bath that’s beginning to get a little chilly, says Dr. Tori Hudson, a naturopathic physician and professor at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Soak for 20 minutes, adding water as needed to maintain the temperature of the bath. From Mothernature.com.

Exercise – Physical exercise releases damaging stress hormones, virtually moving them out of the body, generates endorphins (feel-good chemistry), increases levels of serotonin and balances the brain. Exercise also generates new nerve cells in the brain and enhances the connections between brain cells, which chronic stress shrinks. That can trigger depression, which shrinks the brain even more. However, there is great news. Exercise reverses this process; in fact, exercise causes the brain to grow and flower. After you exercise, you reap the rewards of the relaxation response both physically and emotionally. From Lifestyle.aol.ca.

Eco-Options at The Home Depot

The Home Depot has made it easier than ever for you to identify products that make a difference, once choice at a time. Save energy, save water, improve air quality and create a healthier home. All you have to do is look for the Eco Options logo throughout The Home Depot stores and online.

Below are some of the Eco Options they offer.

Eco options that use less energy, reducing the amount of electricity needed.

Hampton Bay 68″ Aluta Ceilin Fan: Innovative blade design moves more air for increased comfort. Raise your thermostat in summer and use your ceiling fan  to help cool, which can save energy & money.

LG 4.0 CU. FT. Extra-Large Capacity Bahama Blue Washer: Cut energy by up to 50%, plus save up to 7,000 gallons of water each year.

GE 25.4 CU. FT. Stainless Steel Sid by Side Refrigerator with Dispenser: Cut energy use by up to 50%, external controls with actual temperature display and ultraflow64. Eliminates the guesswork in setting refrigerator temperatures.

Skylark Eco Dimmer: Save energy and save the mood! Saves at least 15% energy and extends the life of incandescent bulbs.

Honeywell 5-2 Programmable Thermostat: Save up to $150 a year.

Conserve water inside & out.

Pegasus Cottage Chair-Height all-in-one Elongated white toilet: Cut water use by up to 60%. Uses 20% less water than a 1.6 GPF toilet and 60% less water than a 3.5 GPF toilet.

Delta Water Amplifying Shower-head: Easy to install shower-head uses only 1.6 gallons of water per minute. Uses 36% less water.

Dual Faucet Aerator: Cut water use by 1.5 gallons per minute. Uses less water during everyday use.

Ashfield Bath Faucet: Uses 20% less water and has drip-free ceramic disc valves.

Wireless Moisture Sensor: This innovative device works in conjunction with your current water timer. It automatically tests soil before watering and only turns on when the soil is drier than the desired moisture setting.

Eco Options that improve air quality through reduced emissions.

IFD Germicidal Tower Air Purifier: Clear the air and cut energy costs at the same time. 99% Hepa performance.

Paloma 199,000 BTU Gas Indoor Water Heater: Save money by heating water only when you need it.

Freshaire Choice Latex Flat Paint: A revolutionary paint inspired by the need to improve air quality. Its the first-ever and only tinted paint to contain no VOC’s.

The Big Energy Gamble

The other night I was watching a TV program on PBS NOVA “The Big Energy Gamble”. I enjoyed all aspects of the show. They covered every angle and view from the skeptics to the experts on living green.

They shared about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, the legislation, also known as AB 32, aims to substantially cut the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions and to promote the use of renewable energy.

Marlo Lewis, Jr., a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is on the other side. He believes that we are making a very big gamble with California’s economic future with Californias law AB 32. He believes energy prices will go up and that you will begin to see Job Flight and Capital Fight from California.

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ed Begley, Jr. are both known for their environmentally friendly ways of everyday living. They shared ways that they cared for the environment, from solar boosted hot water system, low water-use garden, bicycle riding, and living in energy efficient homes. And one of California’s largest companies, Google, in 2007 installed solar canopies on its parking lots to satisfy 30 percent of its headquarters’ power demand. Providing shade to the parked cars and clean power enough for 1,000 homes.

Physicist Steven Chu believes that if we continue to put CO2 back into the atmosphere the way we’re doing, I think there’s a high probability that some very tragic things might happen. We are looking towards increased water shortages around the world, a decrease in the agricultural productivity in many places, especially, most critically, in the developing countries of the world. The wonderful thing about California is that the entire state is engaged in the climate-change problem. Both sides of the aisle, the Republicans and the Democrats, know there’s a problem. They’re willing to invest resources.

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist, thinks that California can lead the way for the rest of the country when it comes to energy issues. On the one hand, this is where Chevron, one of the great oil companies, is housed. But at the same time, it’s the most energy-efficient state. It is truly progressive when it comes to clean-energy technology, including the clean cars of the future. They really are coming up with American solutions to the problems that they helped create.

This truly was enlightening. You can read the full article or watch the video online. It also is split up into 6 chapters, choose the one you want to watch or watch all 6. Very informative program. Click here to watch online.