eLearning | specialize in your preferred energy related sector

eLearning | specialize in your preferred energy related sector.

We respectfully invite Veterans, Active Military and / or their Families (as young as 8 years of age) to benefit from FREE Energy Industry related eCourses.

Honoring our Veterans and creating their accountability / oversight / support of our Home School Program.
REGISTER NOW, classes begin November, 2012

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Illinois is 8th in United States for Green Buildings

Illinois is 8th in United States for Green Buildings.

Energy Quote

Energy Quote.

Explore this link to see how your business or residence can significantly reduce energy expense by reducing demand on the electric utility company.

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The Great Leadership Challenge

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by Jim Rohn

If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills, and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent. What’s important in leadership is refining your skills. All great leaders keep working on themselves until they become effective. Here are some specifics:

Learn to be strong but not impolite. It is an extra step you must take to become a powerful, capable leader with a wide range of reach. Some people mistake rudeness for strength. It’s not even a good substitute.

Next, learn to be kind but not weak. We must not mistake weakness for kindness. Kindness isn’t weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. We must be …

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toxic CFLs vs. non-toxic LEDs

toxic CFLs vs. non-toxic LEDs.

Visit http://ecoAnalysis.us

to view Catalog and begin replacing incandescent and toxic CFLs with LEDs.

Do not fear a healthier indoor environment.

pounds of paper delivered to your door, what for

Either I should start using my yellow pages, or I should opt out 🙂

Opt Out of Yellow Pages, White Pages & Phone Books Delivery, National Yellow Pages Opt Out Site

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Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship

Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship | Video on TED.com.

Students Create Dirt Cheap Solar Solution for Disinfecting Water : TreeHugger

Students Create Dirt Cheap Solar Solution for Disinfecting Water : TreeHugger.

U.S. To Announce Home Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Reprint from Reuters

Date: 10-Nov-10
Country: USA
Author: Steve Holland

U.S. To Announce Home Energy Efficiency Initiatives Photo: Reuters/Lee Celano
Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana November 7, 2010.
Photo: Reuters/Lee Celano

Vice President Joe Biden is to announce a series of initiatives on Tuesday aimed at helping middle-income Americans make their homes more energy efficient and boost job growth among home retrofitters.

The goal of the measures is two-fold — help Americans keep down energy costs while at the same time laying the groundwork for a larger home energy efficiency industry.

“Together, these programs will grow the home retrofit industry and help middle-class families save money and energy,” Biden is to say at the event.

The funds might be used insulate attics or put double panes on windows to trap heat in the winter and cold air in the summer months.

President Barack Obama, under pressure to reduce the stubbornly high 9.6 percent jobless rate, hopes the energy efficiency business and green technologies will be a future source of strong job growth.

The initiatives include a new loan program from the Federal Housing Administration through which Americans can get federally insured loans from private lenders to pay for home energy improvements.

Homeowners under the initiative will be able to borrow money for as long as 20 years for the projects, the vice president’s office said. It will begin as a two-year pilot program.

Biden will also announce that the Energy Department will launch a pilot soon under which contractors can tell homeowners how efficient their homes are, on a scale of 1 to 10.

The idea is to help homeowners make decisions on what home improvements are needed and provide an estimate on how much money could be saved by making retrofits.

Biden will also announce an Energy Department proposal to create a uniform set of guidelines for workers in the retrofitting industry to follow.

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

Competitive commercial – residential Electric Rates for TX

Rates for 09/17/2010

Commercial Rates
12 months
24 months
36 months
Houston Zone (CenterPoint):
7.05 7.35 7.59
North Zone (OnCor):
6.82 7.10 7.32
South Zone (AEP Central):
6.80 7.06 7.25
West Zone (AEP North):
6.59 6.82 7.08
Residential Rates
12 months
24 months
36 months
Houston Zone (CenterPoint):
10.5 11.1 13.3
North Zone (OnCor):
10.3 10.9 12.9
South Zone (AEP Central):
10.3 10.9 13.3
West Zone (AEP North):
10.3 10.9 12.7

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Weekend Without Oil To Help Teens Reduce Consumption

by Chris Tackett, Fayetteville, Arkansas on 08. 5.10

Take Action

We’ve been focused on educating people about reducing their oil consumption (see our Minus Oil series), so when we heard from DoSomething about their Weekend Without Oil it was as if the idea had been plucked straight from our heads. With a goal of getting teens to reduce their oil consumption, the Weekend Without Oil will be held August 21 & 22nd, so mark your calendar!

Find out more about the Weekend Without Oil and how you can participate below.

About The Weekend Without Oil
The Weekend Without Oil aims to help teens (and anyone willing to participate) recognize the many ways that their day-to-day activities increase oil consumption and provide ideas for how to reduce it. Participants are given a list of personal actions they can take and are asked to make a pledge to participate in the weekend-long event. While the activities are personal, by taking the pledge to participate on the same weekend as many others, the participants are able to see what their small personal actions can lead to on a larger scale.

Supporters of the event include Do Something, ClimateCounts.org, My Gulf Action, Mobilize.org,  @BPglobalPR, AOL Lifestream and TreeHugger.

Weekend Without Oil Action Items
The Weekend Without Oil is targeted to teens, so the list of action items may not sound relevant to all readers, but I think there are enough substantial actions to make this list a nice starting point for anyone wishing to reduce their consumption of oil. Some are about specific things to do that weekend, but all can be turned into regular habits for added benefit. On the Weekend Without Oil page, each action item is listed along with more info on why it is a good idea, so be sure to visit their page for the full list. Here is a shortened version of the list:

1. Walk or ride your bike.
2. Enjoy the outdoors.
3. Use reusable bags.
4. Eat less meat.
5. Don’t buy new make-up that weekend
6. Drink tap water:
7. Don’t always buy the newest gadget.
8. Don’t buy new DVDs or CDs.
9. Skip buying new clothes that weekend
10. Head to your local library or read online.

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why I am grateful

Here are a few of the many reasons

my attitude of gratitude grows daily.

attitude is action

Image credit given to http://fotosearch.com and CSea Perkins

Volusia / Flagler County Florida EcoNet Event

Herb and Butterfly Festival

Wondering how to best use that mulch you have been composting?  Learn from the experts.

Very exciting Eco Event through “The EcoNet”, see details below and links to additional information … CSea

Florida EcoNet

Unify & support efforts creating a progressive & sustainable environment for all

Florida EcoNet (The EcoNet)

Florida EcoNet (The EcoNet) has invited you to the event ‘Full Moon Butterfly & Herb Festival’ on Florida EcoNet!

Check out “Full Moon Butterfly & Herb Festival” on Florida EcoNet

Florida EcoNet (The EcoNet)

Time: June 19, 2010 from 10am to 2pm
Location: Full Moon Natives Nursery
Organized By: Full Moon Natives

Event Description:
Saturday, June 19
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Schedule of Events

10:00 – 10:45 Learn How to Make Your Own Herb Infused Vinegars by Linda Johnson
BYOB and you can create your own custom blend, please select a clear, narrow neck bottle with a cork.

11:00 – 11:45 Butterfly Gardening w/Native Plants and Herbs by Kevin Bagwell

12:00 – 12:45 Herb Culinary Lesson by Barbara Kieran
Chef Barbara will be preparing an Herb Encrusted Turkey Breast, Basil Pesto, Savory Bread Dip and Rosemary Lemon Punch – which you get to sample!

1:00 – 1:45 Growing Herbs in Containers, Gardens & Landscapes by Kevin Bagwell

ongoing Planting a Dish Garden by Carla McDougal
Demonstrations throughout the morning in the nursery. Bring your own pot, purchase your herbs and we will help you plant your dish garden.

Let a butterfly land on your cheek….FREE Butterfly Face Painting by Cat

Spend the morning with Full Moon Natives, bring your camera – the wood ducks, butterflies, egret or woodpeckers may be out. We’ll have sitting areas so you can enjoy the serenity of nature or test your skills with a game of croquet or holey board.

Seminars are free to the public – reservations are requested so we have handouts available for all participants. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Call 386.212.9923 or email your reservation to vette@fullmoonnatives.com

See more details and RSVP on Florida EcoNet:

http://floridaeconet.net/events/event/show?id=4966905%3AEvent%3A971&xgi=44eaiCY3y5tAik&xg_source=msg_invite_event

About Florida EcoNet

We are currently serving the Volusia & Flagler counties. Our first pilot project is turning Downtown Daytona Beach into a green district.

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biodegradable pen walks the talk at Harbec

SOURCE:  Biodegradable Pen Oozes Style and Non-Toxic Ink

by Jacob Gordon, Nashville, TN on 04.23.10

It’s easy to see why the disposable pen makes a worthy addition to any list of wasteful things you can live without. One need only look at Chris Jordan’s striking images of dead albatrosses, their insides riddled with snarls of plastic detritus, to be reminded of the tragic fallout of our disposable culture. But if working within the paradigm of the disposable pen is a credible endeavor, New York-based design firm DBA seems to have outdone themselves.

The DBA 98 biodegradable pen is 98% bioplastic, is manufactured at a wind-powered factory, and its packaging is 100% post consumer. Even the ink avoids toxic ingredients.


Not too shabby. The exterior casing of the pen is made from a potato-based plastic that is free of genetically modified organisms. The reservoir is made from a “renewable, biodegradable fiber,” and the ink is composed of a few simple ingredient: water, non-toxic pigments, glycerin (a food-grade sugar alcohol), and sodium benzoate (a food-grade preservative).”

As for the factory where the pens are made, Harbec is in Upstate New York and is powered by an on-site wind turbine, exceeds ISO 14001 standards, and runs some of the most efficient equipment around.

“Harbec also uses a full fleet of hybrid and zero-emission vehicles and innovative rain water-assisted cooling systems.” Anyone up for a factory tour?

Keep an eye out for DBA’s forthcoming line of additional products, including a space heater, neato dishrack, and dehumidifier. Their Muji-esq quills will be sold at the Cooper-Hewitt design store, Project No. 8a in The Ace Hotel, and a growing list of locations.

SOURCE:  Biodegradable Pen Oozes Style and Non-Toxic Ink

Play it safe!

Children are curious but they are also more sensitive to substances in the environment.

Protect children from accidental poisoning by locking up your household cleaners, pesticides, paint thinners, and other substances.

Household products are safe and effective when used properly. (yet most of them quite toxic)

Remember to read the label.

685KB, runtime 0:41) | More ways to prevent poisoning.

Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm
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Melaleuca tree

There are a multitude of non-toxic and non-caustic cleaning products available on the market.  We found the tea tree oil based Melaleuca products to work the absolute best without spending more.

Another BENEFIT of the Melaleuca products is that those engineered with the tea tree oil are magnified with safety! 

The tea tree oil is the strongest naturally occurring cleaning, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral substance known to man. That natural power goes a very long way to living in a safer environment!

Reducing pollutants into our waterways is not thought of typically; this is yet another benefit of these products!

Can’t put a price on our Children’s safety but it sure is nice when we don’t have to go over budget for that safety!!!

CSea Perkins

Green Life Tips

    Source:  http://agreenliving.net/

    eco respect

    Eco-Friendly Printing and Office Tips

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 01:18 PM PDT

    Paper is a big problem from an environmentalism perspective.  Every day, we come in contact with a lot of paper, and we mostly throw it out!  Americans consume more paper per capita than any other country in the world – more than seven hundred pounds per person! Others have serious paper consumption problems as well (Western […] Related posts:

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    Ditch your Answering Machine and Switch to Voice Mail

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 12:46 PM PDT

    Although not an idea that jumps right to mind, experts are showing in study after study that by using voice mail, less energy is consumed and results in less hazardous waste than the use of answering machines. In the same way that power plants are responsible for producing considerably less pollution than if everyone ran their […] Related posts:

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    Avoid Overnight Shipping

    Posted: 22 Apr 2010 05:50 PM PDT

    Little Things Make The Difference Did you know that the way you have goods shipped could be having a big environmental impact?  Overnight shipping burns a lot of fuel per item – the most inefficient means of shipping.  That means that it’s important to select regular ground transportation for your mailing needs, not rush delivery, if […] Related posts:

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