Green Things YOU can do ...
I have wanted to put this page up for some
time. We live in St. Petersburg, FL and have found some great green stuff to do
for the environment that also save us a LOT of money! Some can be used in sunny
states only, but others are good for almost all of us.
FLEA and other PEST CONTROL
One day while on the Weather.com
site, I found a reference to NEMATODES for flea control. We have 4 pets
here and the cost of flea and tick control is outrageous, aside from the fact
that we are poisoning our pets.
Nematodes are microscopic worms
that live in all soils, but some are better at controlling pests than
others. I did some research and found that there are 2 types of pest
controlling nematodes. The soil has to be moist enough to keep them alive,
but they will live as long as the soil doesn't freeze.
If you call the people here and
tell them what your predominant pest is, they will make you a custom mix: http://www.hydro-gardens.com/guardian_gnat_patrol_nematodes.htm
If you have other neighbors or
friends who might like to use them, pitch in and save on shipping - the
nematodes weigh nothing, but the cooling packs make shipping expensive. So
save fuel and buy together.
MAKE YOUR OWN SODA/SELZER
I was ecstatic! The NY
Times featured this wonderful company that makes large CO2 canisters with a
reasonably inexpensive dispenser to make your own soda and selzer. http://sodaclub.com
Their special 1-liter polycarb bottles are free of BPA's and PCB's and last for
We drink 2-4 liters of
carbonated water daily and were always having to run to the store. Aside
from this, the BOTTLE ACCUMULATION was horrendous! We now make our own and
found that a cannister which is $20 when you exchange them lasts 3.5 to 4
I do NOT advise using tap water
to make soda/selzer - it tastes nasty because of the chlorine. I even
tried using Aquaquel to remove, ammonia, chlorine and chloramines, but if you
use a good filter for your water it might work. Since we drink only
DISTILLED water to begin with, we had another problem ...
DISTILL YOUR OWN WATER USING
Many years ago, I wanted to figure
out if there was a way to get clean water from the air. I read about some
great innovations developed for people in a severely arid part of the Andes
mountains where they used nets to trap water condensation from daily fog and
stored it in a cistern. I looked at all kind of countertop distillers,
Then I found the El Paso Solar
Energy Association website where they had plans for building a solar
still. The complicated and expensive part of the still is the food grade
silicone that lines the still and I thought for sure, that this was something I
would definitely screw up and I didn't do it.
So a couple of years ago, I was
pleased to find a solar still (half the size) that was already made and that you
could order and included shipping. http://solaqua.com
From 1995 to 2006 I was getting 5 gal. bottles of distilled water
delivered. As the cost rose to $7.95 per bottle plus a $2 fuel surcharge,
this got ridiculous. We stopped delivery and started buying those 2.5 gal
dispensing bottles from the grocery. But what to do with all THOSE plastic
I finally went back to solaqua.com
and ordered a distiller. The 550 Rainmaker is making about 1.5 gallons a
day or 45 gallons a month - enough for cooking, drinking water and our soda
consumption. At $479.00, combined with the sodaclub machine, it takes
about 6 months to reach the break-even point.
When we go out, we fill our thermal
covered water bottles with fresh distilled water to carry! If we want
soda, we kept some old bottles that can handle the pressure and fill those.
No, this is not a solar hot water
heater! It's much simpler than that. Are you heating water 24 hours
a day while you are away or sleeping? Why? There is a little
"gray" box that connects to your electrical panel that you set like
one of those timers that turns your lights on and off automatically.
You can get them at Home Depot for
$40 - the Intermatic 40 Amp
125/208/240/277 Volt AC Water Heater Time Switch Model WH40D89.
We heat water just before we get up in the morning and just before dinner time
for cooking or washing up. There is a manual switch, so that if you need
water at some other time, you can just turn it on and then off when you are
done. It only takes us about 15 minutes to heat the entire tank.
or six years ago, I found some net bags on the internet. I don't remember
where I got them from, but they are organic (made out of hemp), expandable and
hold 40 lbs each. There are plenty at http://reusablebags.com.
You might not be aware, but over 1000 people in India
drowned in floods because of those nasty plastic bags that clogged storm
drains. Heaven help us here in St. Petersburg if our storm drains got
plugged by bags during a hurricane.
with the cooperation of all the drugstores and grocery stores has a proposition
on the ballot to begin charging a hefty price for all plastic and paper bags if
customers don't bring their own. India outlawed plastic bags after the
incident mentioned above. Besides, why should we continue to give China
all our oil to make the damn things...? Our grocery stores just started
selling nice constructed bags for about $1.50 each that hold a LOT - buy some
and keep them in your car all the time.
grocery stores often go to local markets to buy produce which they then mark up
to outrageous prices. If you have local farmers' markets, use them
whenever possible. You might just find a lot of organic produce cheaper
than the other stuff at your grocers.
BUYING SO MUCH PREPARED FOOD - STAY GREEN, HEALTHY AND SAVE MONEY
food not only has a bunch of "stuff" in it that if you really read the
ingredients would shock you, but it uses a lot of unfriendly packaging.
bought some store bakery cinnamon cake once and we really liked it - I thought
they made it there. But NOOOOO - and when I went to buy some more and read
the ingredients, I found that they had ethylene glycol (antifreeze)
listed. I marched up to the bakery manager and demanded to know why there
was antifreeze in my food. He didn't know and never got back to me.
So I looked it up on the net - seems that it is used as a food color
preservative and is approved by the FDA! Since cinnamon has it's own
natural color, why did they need food coloring? So my attitude is
"DON'T COLOR MY FOOD if you are going to put that garbage in
it!" I do ALL of our baking now using organic ingredients except for
chocolate, nuts and sugar and it tastes GREAT!
have actually found that we can eat great meals for about $25 a week - and when
I say great, I mean things like steak, chicken piccata or marsala, lean pork,
seafood, good lunchmeat, wonderful organic breads and produce, etc. Make
enough for leftovers so that you don't have to spend so much time in the
kitchen. Remember that farmers use CARROTS AND POTATOES TO CLEAR FIELDS
OF PESTICIDES and only buy organic. We also recommend drinking only
PETS HEALTHY - MAKE THEIR FOOD YOURSELF
beloved beagle is getting on in years and suddenly started having skin
problems. We went to the local feed store where people bring pets to the
vet every couple of weeks and I noticed a lot of other dogs with the same
from allergies to the environment, your pet may be allergic to wheat or garbage
by-products normally used by pet food companies. Also after the death of
so many pets this year due to the Chinese ingredient fiasco, a lot of people
don't trust pet food manufacturers very much anyway.
once again I started doing some research. Someone told me about HALO pet
products made here in Tampa. While it is pricey, I don't mind paying a
little more for dry food, but their canned products are really steep.
However, in the nature of trying to help us all, they have some great recipes
for dog and cat food on their site: http://halopets.com.
Our dog has given us so much pleasure over the years that she deserves to live
out her days as comfortably and healthy as possible.
started making the recipe for Bravo's Bodacious Hearty Burger Stew. I
substituted organic barley for millet (both are very high in protein and B
vitamins) and you can use vegetables other than spinach (organic spinach is
fairly expensive). For my 31 pound dog, the recipe makes about 3.5 quarts
- enough for 9 or 10 days and if you buy inexpensive roasts when on sale, you
can grind your own meat and make dog food for about the same price as
Pedigree. I also buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale and grind
those as well. The food smells so good while cooking, that you want to eat
it yourself - and YOU CAN - it's not really dog food!
of the side benefits: As an older female dog, she was starting to get
those fatty tumors. Lean meat, great vegetables and carbs has caused all
but the largest tumor to disappear! She has lost a little weight (she was
never really very heavy) and her coat is beautiful!
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hope that this information has helped some of you. If you have some other
ideas, please feel free to send them so that I
can post them here.
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