Friday, May 23, 2008

California Drought?

With the Sierras snow pack down approx. 1/3 below its normal level, the drought cries are getting louder throughout California. In certain Cities it is illegal for restaurants to serve water without it being requested, along with outlawing water fountains. Check out this website. Do you think we're going to be in a drought this summer?????

Flush Flush Bye Bye

Let's talk poop. OK you can all stop giggling now. I know it sounds kind of gross but it's important that everyone understands what really happens when we flush the toilet.

If you're on a city maintained sewer system the water and fecal matter leave your toilet and travel through pipes to the wastewater treatment plant. There it is skimmed so thing that shouldn't have been flushed are removed so they don't interfere with the cleaning process. Next the raw sewage goes through a process of chemical treatment and flocculation to remove any solid materials. The remaining liquid is then sent to ponds where it is aerated and treated to kill any bacteria. Treated water is often used to irrigate fields, parks, and sometimes even pumped back to the aquifer where it will undergo natural cleansing as it passes through layers of rock and sand. The solid waste is often sold to farmers who use it as fertilizer in their fields.

That's why it's important never to flush things like motor oil, solids that can be deposited in the trash instead of Daddy's car keys.

Until the sun shines out of your arse, use an energy-efficient light bulb instead

The Euro's sure do have an interesting way of thinking. This add not only made me laugh, but made me think. I'm always wondering how far to push advertising. If you go too far you risk offending your audience. But if you do the same old thing everyone else is doing you come across boring and unmemorable. Where do you draw the line?

Although this add is extremely funny, and I won't be able to get the picture out of my head. Is the product memorable? Do you even remember the product or cause? Or will you just pass on the video to friends because it's funny? Is all publicity, good publicity?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Missy's "Green" Product of the Week

Sick of wasting all your gas stuck in traffic??? Check out this fun device by INRIX! According to a press release on May 20th, 2008, INRIX announced the availability of the world's first "third generation" routing engine. This will give the driver the quickest route depending on up to date traffic 'slowdowns'.

Save time and money! How awesome is that?

Green Fish Blender?

The World largest tidal turbine is being tested off shore in Northern Ireland. You can read about it here: . The article states that tidal electrical generation is still fairly untested. It has always seemed to me that the ocean would be the perfect place to get free (or near free) energy. But even though there is a never ending supply of potential (same as solar and wind power) there are apparently cost/efficiency issues. None the less, it seems to me that with all the geniuses and new technology that exists out there, that there should be an environmentally friendly way to harness unlimited power from tidal currents. Of course we also have to consider there are always those extreme environmental organizations that lobby to halt anything that might disturb the natural habitat, and that of course is also a factor in the construction of these types of devices.

One of the extra comments at the end of the article mentions that the blades of the turbine might be dangerous to fish…a “green fish blender”?

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Green Teeth

From the website, I found an article about green toothbrushes. A fact from the article states that on average, each American purchases 3 tooth brushes every 2 years. That's a lot of toothbrushes when you estimate that there are about 300 million people in the US!!! Some tips that suggests are:

1) Use a green toothbrush (I was surprised to find out that there is such a thing!)

2) Use an eco-friendly toothbrush holder

3) Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth

4) Reuse household items to make cleaning supplies (You can sterilize and then use old toothbrushes for dirty detail cleaning...such as cleaning between the tiles in the shower)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Ten FREE and EASY things you can do to save energy today!

This is mostly from the Smart Energy Living Magazine Online. A few things I don't agree with since this magazine is from Colorado, so I've made a few changes.
  1. Wash your clothes in cold water. Heating up water to do laundry takes up a lot of energy and doesn't make your clothes cleaner.
  2. Use a microwave or crock pot instead of the oven, or just cook larger meals in the oven and save the leftovers for the next nights.
  3. In the summer you should shut your drapes and window coverings during the day to keep cold air in, and open your windows at night to gt some fresh air.
  4. Turn the thermostat off at night. Use blankets to keep warm, and open windows to stay cool.
  5. Turn off the lights every time you leave a room. This also helps cure lazyness :-).
  6. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn it off when not using it.
  7. One day a week find another way to get to work besides driving alone in your car. Carpool!
  8. Carpool with friends when you go one outings. It's more fun that way too!
  9. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, then drive at a steady speed.
  10. Turn down the temperature of your water heater by 5 degrees. Most people have their's set to high anyways.
Hope you try at least on of these out this week, and have a good "green" Monday!