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High Efficiency Incandescent

If have serious issue with compact florescent light because…

  • No one looks good in florescent light
  • CF bulbs contains mercury
  • Only select models dim
  • They burn out a lot sooner than advertised
  • They dont work with all light switches, especially the high tech ones
  • Or they will flicker, even when off, if you are using a high tech light switch.

Though mostly they just make my eyes hurt and give me headaches. Philips has come out with a line of High Efficiency Incandescent (HEI) light bulbs called Halogena. They work like normal bulbs but produce twice the amount of light for the energy consumed. Making them very close to CF in efficiency.

I have slowly started to replace all my dim-able lights in my house with these:
Philips HalogenaPhilips 40-Watt R20 Halogena Energy Saver Reflector Flood Light

They work great. No hum or flicker while dimmed. The color of the light is white with a slight warmth to it. Overall I think it is a great find.

You can buy them at Amazon.com or in stores at Home Depot. The only bummer is that few other companies are doing this. GE stopped their research into this technology in 2008 probably due to the fear that incandescent lights will be banned like what is happening in Europe. I hope that is not our future too.


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LED TV

Samsung LED TV UN46B7100 SideSamsung LED TV UN46B7100 Front

I am in love with this new Samsung LED TV. Not only does the performance make me drool but that it is eco-friendly. The claim is that the LED TV uses 40% lower power consumption and an ultra low power consuming standby mode. In addition no mercury, lead, or volatile organic compounds are used in the construction which means it is clean and safe to recycle.

Though, one of the coolest things about it is that you can connect it to your network with Medi@2.0. This allows the user to do a lot of interactive things without having to connect a computer to it.

Internet@TV – Content Service: Receive content from Yahoo!, Flickr, and more via on-screen TV widgets.
DLNA®: Sync your connectable home electronics and display remote content on your TV.
Pre-loaded Content Library™ (Flash): Enjoy hours of built-in entertainment features then personalize it by adding content that’s available online.
USB 2.0 Movie: Show digital home movies, photos, PC presentations and more on your TV, using the remote.

Here are some of the stats
All of it is 1080P (1920×1080) including the PC input.

40″ Model (UN40B7000)
TV without stand: 39.2” x 24.8” x 1.2”
TV without stand weight: 32.6 lbs.

46″ Model (UN46B7000)
TV without stand: 44.4” x 27.8” x 1.2”
TV without stand weight: 39.0 lbs.

55″ Model (UN55B7000)
TV without stand: 51.7” x 32.1” x 1.2”
TV without stand weight: 48.9 lbs.

Inputs/Outputs:

  • 4 HDMI ports v 1.3
  • Anynet™ Plus (HDMI-CEC): allows peripheral AV devices such as a DVD player to be controlled by a Samsung TV remote control.
  • 2 USB 2.0 Movie
  • 1 PC Input
  • 1 Ethernet
  • 1 Optical Sound output
  • 1 Component Video inputs

Specs:

  • Built-in digital tuner
  • 3,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • Response time: 4ms response time (this is good)
  • Auto Motion Plus 120Hz™: Reduces blur and enhances image detail when viewing fast motion video sequences.
  • HD-Grade pixel resolution: High resolution pixel density is combined with a built-in image scaler to handle inputs from a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources.

Features

  • Medi@2.0 (see above)
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) (from any source to any source)
  • Game Mode: with one touch of a button it enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games.

Rock Band anyone?

Oh and if you want to buy one for me, I hear frys.com is having an amazing sale on them.  🙂


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Loremo

Loremo

In my search for a new car, I am constantly amazed at what is finally coming to market. This is one of the coolest new cars that fit my requirements of eco-friendly with some cool factor. Loremo stands for Low resistance mobile. With 150 mpg a price tag of under $20K and no weird technology to make it work, the Loremo LS is sure to be a hit when it comes to market in 2010.

Loremo


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Feeling green

Greenhouse Gas Offset Certificate by Dennis Mueller, on Flickr
I got in my Greenhouse Gas Offset Certificate (check out Carbon Footprints in the Sand)! But before I can feel all self-righteous about how green I am, I still have a huge problem in that I can sum up in one word: Plastic

Like most people I primarily use petroleum based (polyethylene) plastic bags for all my food storage bags, produce, trash (non-compost) and recycling. The environmental impact of something that takes hundreds of years to decompose, does not recycle well, if at all and kills thousands of animals every year is just astounding to me.  And paper sacks generate as much as 70 percent more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags…  

So today I did some research today on corn based plastics. The cost is about 5-40% more than traditional plastic bags but they work about the same. They are not as durable or long lasting as high end plastic equivalent but they do work very well with fresh produce. There are two great companies that have biodegradable alternatives, Trellis Earth and BioBag.

BioBag is conveniently available through many local stores and online as such retailers like Amazon.com. However if you don’t buying in bulk, Trellis Earth online web store has all the popular sized bags with free shipping.


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I now use the green bin!

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[Repost from tribe.net]

Did you know that the city of San Francisco composts?

My objection to composting had been simple: Compost is messy and it smells.

Since my green bin is outside, I either have to take the compost out every night before it smells up the house or I need to find a container that does not stink and that I don’t need to clean. And if I do need to clean it, it is dishwasher safe.

Compost pail, charcoal filters and compostable trash bags on Amazon.com:

Stainless Steel Compost Pail 11×7.25-in. $36.43 (+S/H)
Pack of Two Charcoal Filters (each filter lasts 6-12 months) $5.93 (+S/H)
BioBag Biodegradable 3 Gallon Trash Bags (150 count) $19.91 (+S/H)

With shipping to SF it costs less than $0.60 per month to conveniently recycle my food scraps and not smell up my kitchen. I reduced my costs to less than $0.50 per month by purchasing Biosak 125 Compostable Bags from Costco South San Francisco (10th St. SF was out when I checked) for $13.99 (+tax).

Here is what you CAN compost: [http://www.sfrecycling.com/pdf/compostggss.pdf]

  • All Food: fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, bones, rice, beans, pasta, bread, cheese, and eggshells
  • Food-soiled Paper: waxed cardboard, napkins, paper towels, paper plates, paper milk cartons, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, wooden crates, and sawdust
  • Plants: floral trimmings, tree trimmings, leaves, grass, brush, and weeds

The following items are NOT accepted in the green cart:

  • Styrofoam
  • plastic bags
  • plastic flower pots or trays
  • diapers
  • kitty litter or animal feces
  • rocks, stones, or dirt


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Cafeteria Trays | /dev/null

Colorful Trays
Many college campuses have started to remove cafeteria trays from the menu. This has a very positive impact on the expense, the environment and people’s health. It takes ½ gallon of water to clean each tray. Without a tray, people take 25% less food and waste a lot less food. In addition it is becoming a trend to install napkin dispensers that only give one napkin at a time.

With all the current college campuses that are participate, it is going to save 10,000,000 gallons of water, 23,000 trees, 500,000 gallons of gas and 5.5 Kilowatts of power this year alone. What do you think would happen if this same principle was distributed to all college campuses, middle school and high school?


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Mothra Attacks

20080616-Mothra Attacks

So in my eco-friendly desire to be a good citizen, I have purchased on too many organic bulk food items without understanding the real risk and consequences of my actions.You might think, well he is doing a good thing but you would be wrong!Because of my foolish green eating hippy ways, I have gave birth to Mothra and she has spawned hundreds of followers who have now taken over my house.AHHHHHH!!!!

The Indian Brown Moth is a nightmare.It is nigh impossible to destroy and infests almost any food, packaged or not.Only way to really get rid of them is to remove anything that might be food or breed upon, and yes, they eat about anything.This is really difficult since they don’t need to lay eggs only in food.

So here is the tid bit to help you prevent an infestation (note the prevent part):

Put all grains, rice and pasta in the freezer for 4 days after purchasing.This will kill any potential infestation.

If you are an unlucky soul like me, here are a few good sites on what to do to combat the problem.I will let you know how it turns out in the next few months.

http://www.kendall-bioresearch.co.uk/domestmoth.htm#moth2ctrl
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/Pubs/insect/05598.html

Once you take the steps above, you can also use the Safer Pantry Pest Trap that uses pheromone that attracts the male moths.There is no poison involved…

UPDATE 1 Month Later

2008-07-21-Mothra's Spawn
Mathra’s spawn still lives. The Safer Pantry Pest Trap that uses pheromone that attracts the male moths does work but only better slightly better than any other sticky surface. They are not very intelligent or fast moving. We also spend time killing most of them by hand with ease and the vacuum cleaner is always a safe alternative for those hard to reach areas. Apparently this is going to be an issue for a long time to come so we have taken to using Lock & Lock food storage to store and protect food we don’t keep in the frig or freezer. It works well though we are not storing any grains. I am hoping they decide to move out before we are forced to.