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Friday, July 30, 2010

Feeling Drained? Vampire Energy Can Suck the Life From Your Utility Bill!

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Vampire Energy is draining wallets across the nation!  Vampire Energy is energy waste that comes from everyday appliances, like your TV, VCR, microwave, computer monitor, etc., even while they're turned off.  "Vampire Energy Loss" from appliances in standby mode, e.g., the clock on your microwave or a screensaver on your PC monitor, costs over $10/year.  A plasma TV that runs in standby mode an cost a whopping $160.00/year!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 5% of electricity used in the U.S. goes to standby power, and costs the United States about $4 billion a year.


Here are some tips to keep Vampire Energy Loss from sucking your wallet dry (these can help at the office or at home):
  1. Turn off your monitor when you're going to be away from your computer.  This saves more energy than using a screensaver, since screensavers can cost up to $100/year.
  2. Shut down your computer when you're done for the day.
  3. Unplug devices that you aren't using.  Fax machines, for example, use more energy in standby mode than when actually sending a fax!
  4. Use a power strip.  Shut off your electronic devices, then flip the switch on the power strip.
  5. Turn off lights whenever you're not using them and take advantage of natural light as much as possible during the day.
Many of these may be "no-brainers," but they can be easily forgotten!


For additional information on vampire energy, try these sites:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Join the Green Blog Hop!

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The Green Blog Hop is a "must-do" for all bloggers, especially newcomers!  This is my first hop and I've already come across some amazingly funny, witty and talented bloggers that I may never have found without doing the "hop."
Join me on this awesome journey and discover some kindred spirits along the way!


Here's How to Hop Along:

  • Create a new Green Blog Hop blog post on your blog and include the Green Blog Hop button by copying and pasting the code below.
  • Follow Going Green with NoahTales of the Wife and And Then There Were 4, the hostesses of the blog listed in the first three slots.
  • You can get additional information on the Green Blog Hop on any of the 3 blogs mentioned above.
Happy Hopping!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Putting An End to Toxic Beauty: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

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Most of us don't think twice before reaching for our toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo and other personal care products everyday.  The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is supposed to protect us by screening these products, right?  Well, maybe not so much!  The Federal Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act was passed by Congress back in 1938 to require that new products be proved safe before they were marketed.  Unfortunately, that was pretty much never done with cosmetics.  In fact, such organizations as The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Council have reported that most of the personal care products that consumers, like you and me, use on a daily basis contain several toxic chemicals that have been linked to illnesses.
The great news is that there is hope on the horizon!  A press release from The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports that on July 21, 2010, Congress introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, (HR 5786) which allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that harmful ingredients are no longer permitted in cosmetics and other personal care products.  This act, introduced by Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., aims to close the numerous loopholes in the existing and undoubtedly behind-the-times federal law (see above) that currently permits the use of toxic chemicals that have been linked to many health issues, such as, birth defects, learning disabilities and cancer, in the products that many of us unwittingly use on a daily basis.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Take This Quiz To Find Out How Green You Are?

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Most people want to do their part in helping the environment, but aren't really sure of where they stand. You're probably a lot greener than you think!  Take this quiz and find out where you stand- are you a help to the environment or are you stomping around the planet with a gigantic carbon footprint?  
Find out here: http://bit.ly/ambcis

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Is Your Job Making You Ill?

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You drive into work feeling pretty great, albeit a tad drowsy, but that’s nothing that a cup of coffee won’t fix. You sit down at your desk and begin your day and shortly thereafter, begin to get the sniffles. Your eyes get all watery; your skin may become dry and itchy. You feel a headache coming on and it becomes harder to focus. You feel drained. Your co-workers complain of experiencing similar symptoms. Ironically, as soon as you leave the building, you breathe a sigh of relief. Coincidence? I think not and I’ve got some scientifically proven facts to share with you.