Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Going Green Together 2017 Update

 It has been a while since I posted an update on our Green house.

the Solar Array: It has really been amazing. Our electric bill was 45 dollars this month! over all we have cut our bill by 3/4 ths. We are still selling our REC's  even though Maryland has decreased the  REC sales.  Hoping the states raises it's prices soon.

I think I told you we were having a problem with the squirrels nesting under the array. We did fix that and now we are in receiving full power.

Our lifetime Environmental Savings:
CO2 Emissions Avoided
41.6  tons
Miles Not Driven
89,763  miles
Gasoline Not Used
4,242  gallons
Coal Not Burned
40,494  pounds
Crude Oil Not Used
88  barrels
Mature Trees Grown
967  trees
Garbage Recycled
29,790  pounds
Recycles report:
At this time we are doing well. Our county has change up things that they will take now. This has caused us to rethink items we buy now.  They will not take any recycled plastics. Since most companies are now using  recycled materials, that makes it harder to  put them into the recycle bin. So, we are not buying made from recycle items.
I am repurposing items in our yard trying  to  not throw it into the trash bin. 
 Solar  Yard lighting: One thing that is high on our list is using the sun to light our outdoor area. Have found a lot of Solar powered lights. Some that stay on most of the night.  Our new underbrella's have both plug and solar. So we use the solar when we can.

 Flooring:   We had our upstairs flooring replaced with Bamboo flooring, I am really loving them. Thinking about doing the main floor also. 
How are you doing ?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Going Green Update

It has been awhile since  I posted. My life has really been busy  the last two years!  My father had  a couple Strokes and now lives with us. We have had a family member diagnosed with ALS. Daughter Graduated College and we are planning a wedding for next spring.  Maintaining two Houses 5 hours apart. Plus we had a Flood in the House and a Sewer line breakage. So, as you can see I have had little time to Post.

Things are still Hectic here however, we did have the house fully repaired ( post about that later). We had some floors repaired and used Green material. Loving the Bamboo flooring! Thinking about doing the main floors with it.

So now for all the updates:
Our Solar has been great! We had bills of only 45 dollars during some times. Even the electric company thought there was something wrong with the meter. We told them there was not We have solar and have been away a lot.  The Electric bills have decreased more than half. Our average bill as about 140.00 when all four folks are living in the home.
We did have some trouble with the squirrels. They wants to nest under the panels. This caused some wire damage. Our original installers came and did all the repairs, plus we put a wire mesh around the sides.  That makes it harder for the squirrels to get under them. We were told this is a problem with the panels. I would suggest that you have the wire mesh put on during the initial install. It is just better. Also decided to put a  Rodent controller in the Attic and leave it on. That has help also. Plus we have a Yard Sentinel critter box on the front porch and back deck. Really have noticed less squirrels activity in our yard!
The total Energy Generated since our install  11/16/09 is 47735kWh. 

List of Green Impact since start date

CO2 Emissions avoided= 72,567 pounds
Miles not driven= 78,371 miles
Gasoline not used= 3704 gallons
Coal not Burned= 35,355 pounds
Crude Oil not used=77 Barrels
 Mature Trees Grown=844

So we are very please with our solar system.

Our Green bag and Recycling update:
We have really made progress, It is getting easier and easier to use the bags. However I still need to work on the Walmart trips. I tend to be less aggressive at those stores. Will really work on making it a priority.
As for our recycle, It is really good. we have less regular trash, about 75% less. Recycles have increased for pick up but not that much. Therefore I feel we have managed to control our clutter.

We have also been giving to Charities more instead of throwing out in recycles or trash.

Plus, all of our Repairs in and out of the house has been decided on based upon Green friendly materials. Even our yard critter and insect controlling. I have done a lot of research on natural ways to garden. You can see that on my Garden blog.

Overall We have changed our Life style and thinking and made it a priority to only be Green!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Those Dreaded UTI's- Need a Natural treatment?

 Source Naturals D-Mannose 500mg, 120 Capsules

A few weeks back one of those Urinary Track Infections (UTI) started to show its head. Those are so not fun to have. If you do not catch it early on it can manifest its self into a really bad Bladder or Kidney infection. Women are so prone to these, because of our body makeup.

Going to the doctor can be such a hassle, getting in is sometime impossible on the same day you feel it coming on. Then they want to put you on Antibiotics, which I can not take the sulfa choice one.  The thought came to me there must be another choice. So I began to search.

I purchased two books on UTI treatments and preventions.  The Preventions was simple and already known to me. Wipe from front to rear, wash before sex (for both parties), urinate and wash after sex, and drink cranberry juice. Hygiene is the number one prevention. So that was okay to know but, what about treating it once you have it. That is what I really needed to know!

Well I found a treatment that is not Antibiotics.  D-Mannose herbal supplements.  you can get it at any Vitamin store. We got it at GNC and then Online. So the key to taking this is to make sure you are in the early stage of the UTI, No back pain or fever. Then 500 mg every 2 to 3 hours with a 8oz glass of water for 5 days. Yes I know you are thinking, what a hassle. But I will tell you it worked! By the second day  on it I was feeling better and by the fifth day I was fine. No UTI symptoms.  Like the fact I did not have to take Antibiotics or go to the doctor to be told what a already knew.

On the third day I added two other supplements,  Turmeric and Olive Leave Extract. Will talk about those later. For Now I would like to tell you how the  D-Mannose works. Most UTI's are caused by E-Coli from us not the food borne one.  Our makeup just can easily cause that to happen. The D-Mannose works as a magnet making it hard for the e-coli to stay attached on the wall of the bladder. When the e-coli attaches itself to the D-Mannose cell it becomes encapsulated  and get urinated out. Cleaning the bladder of the e-coli and preventing it from multiplying at a very fast rate. That is one reason it can develop into a full flagged bladder kidney infection  rather fast. So keeping a 500 mg in the bladde for every 2 to 3 hours works well in riding the e-coli bacteria cells. There were no side effects, like yeast infection or upset stomach.  One thing is you should stay away from sweets and caffeine for the five day. Stick to Water only. It will work better. Most of the juices on the market have sugar in them. The bacteria feeds of the sugar, so stay away from it, don't feed the bacteria. the caffeine is a drying agent and you want to urinate the bacteria out. So stay hydrated.

Now onto the Turmeric and Olive Leave Extract. These two herbs together help with other factors that could be playing out the the Urinary Track system. Sometimes other bacteria can be also  at play in the UTI. Adding these two will combat them.  These two herbs are known as Biofilm Busters. These works to break up Biofilm.  Biofilm are cells of resistant bacteria that can created a barrier to protect its colonies and continue to grow.  They are like a DNA strand  created by the bacteria. That is why sometimes it takes more than one dose of antibiotics to clear the infection. Adding these two helped in the last days and by the 8th day I felt good, back to normal. I took one capsule  of each twice a day with my food, breakfast and dinner.

How about a maintenance  dose to help in not getting the infections. Take two D-Mannose once a day with 8 oz of water. Take a dose of the Turmeric and Olive Leave Extract daily. I still slit it with my meals. This combination should help in preventing the Infection. If it helps and keep my system healthy it is well worth it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Going Green Together- Solar Updates

Well, this is are first real  situation with the panels. It is with the Squirrels. they decided to build a nest under the solar racks on the Roof. I noticed it about a week ago. We tried to deter them from  continue going up there. One thing we did was put a pest deterrent box in the attic. It seems to work however I still saw them up there. Order a New one just for squirrels, guaranteed to repel them with 5000 Sq ft. We called the solar power folks to come and remove the nest and chest the system.
They removed the nest and found that the squirrels had removed the roofing tiles to the wood. So we are replacing them now. They did chew a few of the wires, they are fixing that.
We need to make sure the critters do not return to the site. So we will be putting a net of some sort around the unit. This is something that that do. you might  consider that when they first put it up. It would a alleviate a lot of headache. He said that they had Raccoons set up nest under there also.
we wouldn't a thought that critters would do that on a slanted rooftop. However now we and you do too.

As for the Power bills, they have continued to decline. Last months was 45.11! Yes that right, from 200.00 to 45. We have continued to see lower bills thought the years.  The learning curve of being more frugal when are energy usage . Cutting back on a mount of things running, making light blub changes,  and turning the temp to a higher number in the summer and a lower number in the winter.
Using our pellet stove more in the winter helps also.

Some time in January we notice that our Heat pump was not working. Had to purchase another one. Went with a more efficient one and we have really notice the difference for the good.  Hopefully we will see the bill go lower.

Overall the choice we made some five years ago are paying off. We are very please with the Solar Company we used and would recommend them to you. Their service is great.