Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Let It All Hang Out: Why Line Drying is Better

In my part of the world, it is now officially summer.  And summer usually means sun-filled, warm days.  Those days are p-e-r-f-e-c-t for line drying your clothes.   Instead of firing up the dryer, why not harness the power of the sun and fresh air to dry your clothes?   While it may sound like a major inconvenience, I can attest that it really isn't.  Whenever possible, I hang our family's (clean) laundry out to dry.  Sure, I have a dryer like most modern households, and I use it (as little as possible), so I won't pretend like I don't.  It's kind of a philosophical thing with me, but I won't bore you with that.  Back to hanging up the clothes... It doesn't really take that long to hang them up, and if you do it right, there is no need for ironing (score!!) when you take them down and / or fold them!  So here are some reasons why line drying is better:

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How Many Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Does It Take to Close 705 Coal Plants?

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization by Lester R. BrownThe lighting sector is on the edge of a spectacular revolution, a shift from the century-old, inefficient incandescent light bulb to far more efficient technologies. Perhaps the quickest, most profitable way to reduce electricity use worldwide—thus cutting carbon emissions—is simply to change light bulbs.

The first advance in this field came with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Replacing old-fashioned inefficient incandescent bulbs that are still widely used today with new CFLs can reduce the electricity used for lighting by three fourths. Over its lifetime, each standard (13 watt) CFL will reduce electricity bills by roughly $30. And though a CFL may cost twice as much as an incandescent, it lasts 10 times as long. Each one reduces energy use compared with an incandescent by the equivalent of 200 pounds of coal over its lifetime. For perspective, the energy saved by replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with an equivalent CFL over its lifetime is sufficient to drive a Toyota Prius hybrid car from New York to San Francisco.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Reality of Health Care Reform

This video was passed on by my cousin, Gen, of Fight Club fame.  I've watched several of this guy's videos and I think he is on to something good here.  Just a regular guy, talkin' common sense.  Take a  look!

You can check out more of Sean Croxton's stuff at http://undergroundwellness.com/.  It just may be good for you!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Something Fishy Is Going On

If you eat fish or seafood, you definitely need to see this three-minute video.  It's an eye-opener for sure and definitely raises some questions as to where the FDA is (or is not) on regulations of seafood imports and points to our overall societal ignorance on where our food comes from.  Should we really be ignoring our nation's health and safety to save a buck?

It's yet another reminder that where our food comes from matters.  Please share this with your friends and family.