Archives for 2011

Quick Tip: Businesses use Videoconferencing to Reduce Travel Expenses

Videoconferencing. Both Google and Microsoft love it. SAP, in the retrofit of its Palo Alto offices, says adding videoconferencing equipment has had a quicker payoff than any other green technology. Microsoft has reduced travel costs by 30 percent per capita with videoconferencing.

Microsoft using the xbox Kinect to create a virtual video conference. One of many new innovative ideas.

Reduce travel costs $$$
Reduce carbon foot print  <3 world
Keeping the team together- it is easier for a team of people to make a video conference then to all be flown to a certain destination.

Keep Bugs Out of Your House or Building For Good

NJ is home to some beautiful backyards, but with this privileged comes ants, bees, wasps, and all those unwanted creatures. These insects can cause extensive damage to the wood around your home, crawl inside your home, and even ruin electrical appliances. Learn how to keep the beauty of your home and keeps bugs out and away from your home. [Read more…]

Eco Ed is featured on CNBC. [Does investing in Home Energy Efficiency make good financial sense?]

CNBC: Eco-Friendly Home Savings

Click Image to watch CNBC interview Eco Ed on how he invested $100,000 into his home with a five-year return. He now lives in a gorgeous, historic home that has an energy bill that earns him money. Learn how you could do the same.

CNBC uses Eco Ed’s home to explain the financial benefits of investing in a “green” home.  After installing solar panels, insulation, and other energy efficient technology, his house was 80-90% more efficient and put cash in his pocket!

Should I be afraid of tap water? Not at all.

Ask Eco-Ed…

Dear Eco-Ed:

I’ve recently read about the elevated Arsenic levels in our water.  I’m now confused about what to do.  Isn’t Arsenic poisonous?  Should I be scared to drink my water?  To shower in it?  How can Ridgewood Water be providing us water with all of these chemicals in them.  I’m using only bottled water these days for drinking, but know that the plastic containers are not the right thing to do either.

– Seeking Clean Water in Glen Rock

Dear Seeking Clean Water:

I have heard this concern raised recently, since Ridgewood Water notified local customers of the issue, so let me state a few facts to put this in perspective.  Ridgewood Water gets its water from predominantly aquifers, while United Water sources mostly above ground reservoirs.  While it is true that in a single well in Glen Rock (out of the over 50 wells that Ridgewood Water operates) tested at arsenic levels of 5.75 Parts Per Billion.  This well was then closed down, while the issue is being addressed.  This level exceeds the New Jersey standard of 5 ppb, although it is well within the national standard of 10 ppb.

In our water source, there are over 100 chemicals/minerals that Ridgewood Water routinely tests for.  Contaminants are from many sources.  Arsenic, along with radium, uranium and others occur naturally in rock formations, and are present in our water in miniscule amounts.  Other chemicals find their way in from manmade sources, pollution, runoff, fertilizers, discharge by industries, etc.  These are typically the ones that the water companies have to be more cognizant of.  There is a great debate going on now, because of a natural gas harvesting technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “Fracking” as it is more commonly known.  This process, in its current form, is known to contaminate entire watersheds with harsh and carcinogenic chemicals.  It is allowed because oil and gas exploration companies have been given exemption from Clean Air/Clean Water laws, and they hold much lobbying power in Washington.

So what is an acceptable risk for our arsenic issue? What makes 5 ppb okay and 6 ppb punishable by law? Why is 10 ppb OK for the rest of the United States?  These numbers are essentially guidelines set forth, based on many factors, which may or may not be relevant.  This is not an emergency situation.  Our water companies must adhere to these standards, and we are provided with the cleanest and safest drinking water on the planet.   Surprisingly, many bottled waters are derived from municipal water sources much like ours.  However bottled water is not subject to the same standards as drinking water.  They may or may not go through additional treatment or filtering.  Bottled water also has huge pollution issues, as the water is pumped from far away, shipped using fossil fuels for transportation, and then there is the obvious,  the creation and disposal of trillions of plastic bottles.  If you walk along the street, or in a park, you can see firsthand how many of these never make it to the garbage can, never mind being properly recycled!

If you want additional security, beyond trusting our municipal water source, there are many positive options.  You can have a filtration system installed in your home, simply install a Point-of-use filter onto your tap, use a Brita-type filter, and use refillable, re-useable containers.  I would advise everyone to become more aware of the importance of clean water, and to become active in protecting it.  Let your elected officials know, because many large corporations are spending a fortune to “persuade” Congress to allow them to contaminate our water sources.  If the Clean Water Act had not been passed, we would have much more dire issues than .75 ppb of Arsenic!

What is an Energy Audit?

Learn how an energy audit can help save you money, improve comfort in your home, make sure your family is safe, and more. Eco Ed’s energy bills actually generate cash. The first step is getting an energy audit if you would like the same for your home or building.
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“This Old House” Writes About Eco Ed and His Historic House

This Old House, an Emmy Award winning TV series and magazine, interviewed Ed on how he restored his home to be The Most Sustainable Historic Home in New Jersey.

Learn what Ed and his wife did to save $2,100 on their heating bill and how it works!