05/15/16 08:09 - ID#60491
Clean Air dinner
I love breadsticks.
Last Modified: 05/21/16 07:44
04/26/16 09:31 - ID#60476
Earth day recycling at Hazman
They take gasoline, paint, fertilizer, batteries - even styrofoam, vinyl and all the plastics you normally can't recycle. You do have to pay for everything you dispose - but you it's your fault for generating it. The same thing is free at the Erie County drop off, but that's twice a year and we always seem to miss it.
We had a ton to get rid of, and only paid $25. Most of it needed to go (like the gas/oil/paint thinner nightmare), but I felt bad scrapping the electronics that were functional but obsolete. I mean you could probably still use (e:terry)'s 15 year old PS/2 ball mouse or those bundles of phone wire, but why?
Last Modified: 05/06/16 10:37
03/19/16 02:46 - ID#60442
Ban the bag
I would 100% support an outright ban, if not a tax of $0.50. If they tax it I think all the money should fund a litter pick up program.
I went out to the backyard today and picked up some of the trash that blew in/was thrown over the fence this winter. Just 11 plastic bags alone, plus the usual chip bags, Tim Hortons cups etc. That's not even counting the 5+ bags I pick up a week on our front lawn.
You can email your county legislator and the executive and tell them that you want the study on the ban funded, and a law passed.
If you live in Allentown or anywhere on this map
your legislator is Barbara Miller-Williams at BMW@Erie.gov
Mark Poloncarz can be emailed at email@example.com
You can find all the rest of the legislators on this page:
Last Modified: 03/19/16 02:48
01/03/16 01:59 - ID#60385
We're number 7
We always did terrible because of the tortoise and his insane heat demands. But now that he's solar powered in the desert, and we are a little, we're number 7!
This one covers October/November, when we only had solar panels for 3/4 of November (but still a sunny November). You can see our out of control power consumption pre-panel.
I'd like to make it to number one. I think we could do it.
Interestingly I read this article the other day about racial/class disparities in solar panel interest and purchase. It also talks about how some utilities try to pitch home solar panels as a reason to raise rates, especially for lower income houses. Isn't that crazy? Shouldn't they be trying to incentivize everyone to reduce their demand on the grid during the day (aka peak usage when the expensive gas plants turn on)?
Last Modified: 01/03/16 02:06
08/13/15 12:53 - ID#60160
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06/16/15 01:30 - ID#60054
I hate the Buffalo Preservation board
Some (3 of 20) of our solar panels were denied by them last Thursday. I have so much to write about it I don't even know where to start, so I'll have to flesh it out later, including the recording I took.
Last Modified: 06/16/15 02:21
05/11/15 10:25 - ID#59989
Not so clean air
On our bike ride around town, we came across Montante or whoever they sub out to started to demolish Gates Circle. it was so dusty on Linwood and it wasn't even windy. While I don't think the building is pure asbestos like (e:Paul) no one wants to breath in concrete dust.
I don't know who to report them to if it happens again but I bet their permits rely on mitigating dusts and emissions. I'll make sure to take more pictures next time.
Last Modified: 05/19/15 01:12
03/21/15 02:27 - ID#59919
Third world buffalo
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03/08/15 01:45 - ID#59890
Tricked by the coop
The "Natural Value" scrubbers are made of "tough fibers and abrasives" which I take means plastic since they point out the sponges are cellulose (so are 3Ms, so I assume they're all from the same factories).
I can't believe I fell for it. I really hate all greenwashed marketing, especially for packaged stuff like this. It isn't even good at it. Usually it'd be a regular plastic brillo pad wrapped in brown paper to give it an "earthy" feel, called "Bob's Sea Sponge" , with maybe a GMO and Gluten free label on it. On the back would be a folksy story about how Bob's Natural Sponges loves his artisian sponges, and how he feels about urban farming or kale or something. I really think I could be a marketer.
Last Modified: 03/08/15 11:17
01/17/15 10:04 - ID#59758
I think I'm going to need to string more line up. I can't wait until summer and it'll be even easier.
In other news of my energy kick I took a look at the hot water heater efficiency. According to the energy star label it seems it was mid grade for when it was built but I need to find out when that was. The label's benchmark is for 1994, so maybe then. I wonder what advances have been made since then.
In my dream world it would be a green powered tankless electric water heater. I'm not sure the capacity of of solar here would support that, but even a gas model would be so much more efficient than maintaing a hot tank of water all day.
Last Modified: 01/17/15 10:06
- going out