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Earth Day Dallas 2018

Posted: May 10, 2018 in GREEN, Uncategorized
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Dallas holds one of the largest Earth Day festivals in the world!

A film festival begins the week before Earth Day and several week nights you will find dinner banquets being held for targeted interests to discuss the advances in certain industries.

As Earth Day weekend arrives, music stages and vendor booths are set up. These first few years of the festival have averaged between 1500-2000 vendors and 30-50 films and 10-20 music acts.

In the past I have arrived late and struggled to do everything I wanted because there is so much going on. This year I made sure I arrived by 10am and had a few things written down that were scheduled at specific times.

There was a thunderstorm predicted to pass through from noon to 4 so there were only a few hundred people when I arrived. Growing up in Nebraska, I have no fear of a moderate rain storm but wet weather will stop most Texans from driving. It was unfortunate for everyone involved because Saturday’s attendance would be way down. I would not be back on Sunday but I’m sure Sunday would be way over the average attendance if it cleared up.

I took advantage of the short lines and began at the Electric Vehicle (EV) car show. Porsche, BMW and Lexus EV’s were amazing.

 

 

 

 

Outdoor activities like yoga and a few of the music acts were delayed by the rain so I went to several presentations on Industrial Hemp.

 

 

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After the panels ended, I spent an hour browsing the vendors. The new Virtual Reality display had a curved big screen with a control that you could use to look around you 180 degrees.

 

 

 

 

I ended the day by going to watch Louie Psihoyos’ newest film “The Game Changers”. It does a wonderful job of interviewing Vegan’s with superior human abilities and physique. He makes sure that there are plenty of scenes with scientific tests that present facts about the health problems with meat. It also reminds us about some of the problems caused around the world by big agricultural feedlots which are the result of the demand for meat products.

 

 

The finali of the night was a Foo Fighters concert next door but the $70 ticket was more then I wanted to pay to see their show so I headed home. The only thing different then past years worth mentioning is that there must have been an increase in the food truck fee because the entire food truck section in the midway was empty.

Favorite Links of 2018

OpenMindProject.com

ProjectsForGood.com

 

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Here is a list of GREEN companies or Organizations to help  our readers gather information about them. Please add to this list by leaving comments.

Updated: 1/2018

Resources:

http://green.yahoo.com/

TreeHugger.com

http://newdream.org/

http://earthshare.org/

 

FOOD:

http://www.garden.org/seedswap/

http://www.homegrown.org/

http://www.almanac.com/forums/seed-swap

 

Solar:

Jehu Garcia (Best YouTube Videos)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMfCkN1juSa49DJFYltOTw

 

Solar Panel Deals:

Flexible – http://j35.us/136wFlexSolarPanl  $159/ 136w

Framed – http://j35.us/100w-100-solar  $110/100w

 

Power Pack Battery Deals: http://mailchi.mp/jag35/december-lithium-batteries

NCR18650B – $16 per 100w of power storage. Most efficient & close to the best price available. BUT SHIPPING & WIRING VARIES ON QUANTITY and the unit available.

Tesla 3kw Module: ($25 per 100w) $750 /ea. unit. Full power pack WITH A COOLING SYSTEM. No extra wiring needed to save time for near the same cost of purchasing smaller units and connecting them together.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/252144461952?rmvSB=true

Battery Management System (BMS) Deals: http://j35.us/Batrium

Battery Maintenance Chargers: http://j35.us/Elcon-5Kw-Charger

 

Plumbing (Composting Toilets)

Consider an incinerating toilet by Incinolet!
https://incinolet.com/product-category/toilets/

 

 

Ecoglo

photoluminescent lighting

http://www.us.ecoglo.com/emergency-lighting-products/

 

Momentum Textiles – NON PVC Fabrics!

https://www.themomgroup.com/momtex.html

PLA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polylactic_acid

 

 

Green Autos:

Electric:

Better Place Cars – http://www.betterplace.com/

 

 

NEBRASKA

building

Lincoln Green Building Group.com ~ Joyce Coppinger ; Straw Building Consulting and Green Activist. Joyce provides some of the best email updates in our circle.

Here is the link to the current newsletter from the Nebraska Materials
Exchange. www.knb.org/exchange_link.html

If you are looking for some type of material for construction, plumbing,
arts and crafts, yard or garden project, all types of purposes and uses, you
can list the items with the Nebraska Materials Exchange. They give you a
code and people who search their database can contact you directly to tell
you more about the materials they have listed, and you can negotiate with
the owner if you’re interested. You have to go to them to pick up the
materials in most cases.

It’s a great service of Keep Nebraska Beautiful. KNB is supported primarily
by grants and provides one of the first and best recycling/reuse operations
in the state.

energy

Nebraska Green Fuels Coop / NebraskaGreenFuels.com ~ Northeast Nebraska ; Franchise movement to train people how to produce their own BioDiesel and provide fuel (natural gas, electric, hydrogen, ethanol, diesel) distribution stations using gas station store fronts. Tim Frentz co-Founder (tfrentz@hotmail.com)

JPL Energy / JPL-Energy.com ~ (Joe) Omaha (Turbines and uncommon products)

Reviews :

Tim Frentz (NGFC)

“I use a hydrogen car power unit in my van and a 320w wind turbine from JPL. It is too early to provide result reviews but the sales and delivery process was excellent. the hydrogen units out perform comparable models. Joe can help consult on several other renewable solutions like thermal water heat and solar lighting.”

PRAMAC ~ Kearney (RevolutionAir Turbine)

J.D. McClary Fnd. 2008

Nebraska Energy ~ Kearney (Ed Toribo) ;

Reviews:

Tim Frentz (NGFC)

“Ed has a good personality and distributes a monthly newsletter to keep the public educated. I have not done business with him but I have attended some of his seminars and I recommend you consult with him.”

National Renewable Energy Lab ~ (Winds For Shools Program and Wind Power for America) Dan McGuire

Nebraska Power / ~ Solar Power in Grand Island ; Providing Solar Powered Well Pumps for Livestock ; John Niedfelt

Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems / NeRenew.com~ (Company is building a 501c3 division for operating seminars called Nebraska Renewable Energy Association ; A 6k sq. ft. warehouse for Algae Oil creation, bioDiesel refinery and Seed Press Machinery ; A off grid farm to display renewable solutions including a methane digester and (CSA) Community Serviced Ag based growing center with orchards, honey, meats and vegetables. Robert Byrnes Owner

Testimonials / Reviews:

Tim Frentz – (2008 volunteer and current NE Green Fuels Coop Partner)

“Byrnes is 99% business. People from his past have done things like use his contacts to underbid him on jobs or take his training and compete directly with his service offerings.  I recommend you keep relations strictly professional because he is easily offended from these past experiences. His knowledge and ability to install solutions is high. My experience with Byrnes was as a volunteer worker and partner. When I could no longer afford to work for free, Byrnes’ became rude and harsh with me. I was instructed to sever all ties. I loaned equipment to the cause and was denied access to recover my property. Items were placed in a driveway and I was not allowed to search the property for left out items. I invested in a 15% ownership of the Green Fuels Coop and have been requested to move forward as a silent partner or sell back my shares. I am left out of company correspondence and Byrnes refers to my loaned office equipment as permanently property of the Coop. Proceed with caution!

Allen Fleischman – Tekamah, NE  Solar Farm

Ho-Chunk Community Development Corp. – Winnebago Install

ANTI Green Groups:

http://kochindustriesfacts.com/ (Wichita KS)

Koch supports groups that oppose Climate Change and tries to convince their employees through company communications ($48 million contributed as of 11/2010) ; 300 separate oil spills totaling over 3 million gallons ; release more then 33 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air annually ; hosts a retreat for the rich and powerful to discuss how to keep the distance between them and the middle class and many more sad causes against humanity.

Boycott the following brands: Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle® , Soft ‘n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. The company’s leading European brands include Lotus®, Colhogar®, Delica®, Tenderly® and the Demak’Up®

http://www.kochind.com/IndustryAreas/forestry.aspx

When we find a cause in need of support, our members work together to help.

What does enlightenment mean to you? Below I am listing some detailed examples of what it means to me.

Some cultures put more emphasis on the philosophy then others. Some cultures just have a modified version with a different name.

Regardless of where you are in the world, you will find beings on the path of enlightenment. If keywords like peace, love, kindness, forgiveness, health, fitness, nature, knowledge and so on key your attention, then you are on the Enlightenment path.

If you choose to reach further and attain a higher state of enlightenment, this guide is for you.

 

First, you must care for your self above all else. Your body, spirit and mind are the temple that you build your enlightenment upon and they need to be strong in order to shine your light onto others.

Internally you need to be knowledgeable of the science of breathing. The yin of human life requires oxygenated air aprox. every 4 minutes, water every 4 days and nutritional energy within aprox. 4 weeks to live. By the life law of yin, this means breathing is the most powerful form of enlightenment.

Those who have reached the highest levels of enlightenment, do so by mastering ancient breathing meditation techniques. Read “The Science of Breath” by Ramacharaka for detailed guides on how to use breath to reverse illness and many others benefits. Contact me for a free copy.

A healthy human body is over 60% water. Hydration health and nutritional diet are the next most important paths to enlightenment. Drinking at least 64 ounces of pure fluids daily is needed by the average human to maintain maximum health levels. A proper intake of fluids is needed to digest the solid food nutrients that follow.

The oldest of human artifacts and ancient scriptures support the claims that humans are meant to be herbivores. Plant based diets not only achieve a higher level of health enlightenment, but they also provide a solution to some of the world’s biggest evils. The “animals for food and resources” industry is the root of deforestation, the extinction of animals, animal cruelty and many more evils blocking the path to enlightenment. If you want more help getting over an addiction to meat, just watch some of Louie Psihoyos’ films like “Racing Extinction”.   I can get you copies of any of these films you like. It is not just about food consumption either. The slaughter of living creatures is also taking place to provide you with beauty products and medicine and much more. Researching the ingredients of products and refusing to support anything living being based is a major step up on your path.

Moving on, let’s talk muscular and circulatory enlightenment. All around fitness is crucial to happiness and other enlightened emotions. Physical forms of yoga, weight lifting, cardio, Reiki, massage and such have the power to transcend you to a new level. I escape the material world every few months to focus on these methods. Living outside of a temple in a modern day industrialized nation like the United States makes it very hard to maintain or increase your physical enlightenment. Frequent trips to solitude are needed to reset and vanquish the clutter blocking your path. But in the mean time, while you are caught in the rat race, do some random tummy tucks/push ups/squats and such throughout your day to stay balanced. If you are shy and concerned with what those around you will think, then you are failing to surround yourself with other enlightenment seekers and this will only block your path.

Beyond the physical, think about how you spend your time. Are you volunteering and helping contribute to enlightened causes around you? Are you spending the daylight by unplugging and venturing to enjoy hobbies outdoors? Do you think about how your actions affect the world and do your enlightened best? Simple actions like recycling, growing your own food and harnessing your own energy can change the world for the better over night if enough of us do it!

Treasure your freedom and defend it through these enlightened methods. Live in the moment; appreciate life like it is ending today! Grasp every second like you are on a vacation and the end is near, because it really is closer than we sometimes realize!

Peace, love, forgive, enlighten.

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*This is such a detailed description of life at Spiritual eco communities like Standing Rock, that I just had to re-post it.

In only a few months, a small encampment of a few Lakota people dedicated to protecting the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) became the center of international attention, swelled to house up to 14,000 people at its peak in early December 2016, and was supported entirely by volunteers and countless donations of both money and goods.

Many people from around the US and beyond traveled to North Dakota to support this fight for indigenous sovereignty, treaty rights, and environmental justice. Residents of the resistance camps existed within a capitalism-free zone, where nothing was for sale and everything from delicious meals to winter camping gear to expert medical care was available for free.

I first visited Standing Rock in early November 2016, and returned to spend five weeks in late December and January volunteering as a white ally to the indigenous “Water Protectors.” I spent my days splitting firewood, cooking meals, installing woodstoves, doing small carpentry projects, shoveling snow, sharpening chainsaws, doing dishes, and—on one rare occasion—livestreaming footage of police violence from the frontlines. During both visits I lived at Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest of the three Water Protector camps and the location closest to the front lines of the fight against the pipeline. Oceti Sakowin is made up of many smaller camps organized by tribal group and other themes, and I quickly found a home at Two Spirit Nation, a community of two-spirit, queer, and transgender Water Protectors from many different indigenous nations, as well as their non-indigenous allies.

Most of my observations here will center on the deep winter weeks at Oceti Sakowin Camp, when nighttime temperatures regularly hit -25 degrees Fahrenheit, daytime temperatures sometimes failed to creep above zero, and cold winds whipped the open plain. The gift economies of direct action camps and festivals are easier to fathom in warm months, but during this period we all depended on the gift economy for our daily survival in a very real way. It’s notable that as of my departure in late January, not one person had died at the camps—compare this to large urban centers in cold states that see regular deaths from hypothermia among the houseless population under similar conditions.

Lin Migiziikwe Gokee-Rindal, an Anishinaabe Water Protector, was impressed with the collaborative culture at the camps. She reflects that she was “touched and inspired by the ways in which the people showed up for each other and how people in close proximity quickly became family. In harsh conditions and under extreme circumstances, a culture of mutual aid and a framework of traditional Lakota values…led to a thriving and close-knit community.”

What did this gift economy provide for us?

Housing. The winterized camp consisted of many army tents, wall tents, tipis, yurts, and a few tiny houses and RVs. Nearly all were heated with woodstoves, sometimes supplemented with small propane heaters. Most people slept on cots padded with several sleeping pads. You had to know someone at camp to get housing easily, but in an emergency you could spend one night in the warming tent maintained 24 hours a day near the Medic station. Arctic sleeping bags and endless piles of blankets were readily available for free if you hadn’t been able to bring your own. Residents in each structure took turns stoking the woodstove throughout the night.

Food. Some camps had their own kitchens that would cook two or three meals a day, but there were also several public kitchens in the camp that would feed anyone who walked in their doors looking for food. All the kitchens were staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked with donated ingredients. Meat is a staple of the Lakota diet, and I ate many meals of deer, buffalo, and elk meat donated by local hunters and ranchers. Sometimes we’d get a chance to eat Indian Frybread Tacos and other local specialties. At Two Spirit Nation, we had two sizable tents full of canned goods, granola bars, butter and cheese, pasta and crackers, tea and hot cocoa, meat and fish, and endless boxes of winter squash and root vegetables. Much of it was from organic farmers from Maine to Oregon, who had donated their extra crops to support the cause. Even in late January we still had enough food to feed our 15-person camp for another few months…or at least until the first real thaw, when all the frozen meat and produce would go bad.

Water. When it never gets above freezing, liquid water becomes a commodity. A heated water truck would make the rounds of camp most days, and small groups with access to a car would fill up five-gallon jugs offsite. The trick was keeping them unfrozen, so we usually kept them in the living spaces, which we heated around the clock with woodstoves. Melted snow was used only for dishwater, since persistent rumors circulated about harmful chemicals being sprayed in the atmosphere over our camps (as of this writing, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support this).

Sanitation. Oceti Sakowin Camp boasted two composting toilet tents. Each large army tent contained 15 stalls, with two attendants supervising them 24 hours a day. The attendants kept the tent heated with a woodstove, and changed the compost bags when the bucket in a stall got close to being full of sawdust, toilet paper, and human waste. One side of each tent was reserved for “Moon Stalls” where tampons, pads, and baby wipes were always available in each stall. The toilet system was one of the most organized parts of the camp, although exactly where our compost was going to go after it left camp in those nice biodegradable bags remained somewhat mysterious.

Security and Fire Response. An indigenous security team equipped with two-way radios monitored the two gates of camp 24 hours a day, and did patrols around camp. A second Women’s Security team was formed in response to several assaults at the camp, and maintained a safe housing space for women and two-spirit people. Three or four times during my stay, we woke in the middle of the night to people yelling “FIRE!” and rushed to the scene of a blazing tipi or shack, probably set afire by poor woodstove management. While these fires were too far along for our small fire extinguishers to make a difference, there was usually a person in full firefighter gear present who could probably have rescued anyone stuck inside. While the victims of these fires generally lost everything, they could easily get a new set of winter clothes and a new arctic sleeping bag from the donations available in camp.

Medical Care. The Medic Wellness Area boasted winterized yurts and tipis for doctors and street medics, herbalists, bodyworkers and acupuncturists, midwives, and mental health workers. All these services were available at no charge. A licensed doctor was usually on duty in the medical yurt, and there were free-for-the-taking stations for herbal tea, fire cider, basic medical supplies, hygiene items, and condoms. At the time when I departed, three healthy babies had been delivered at camp, and the medics had handled countless front-line injuries from rubber bullets, chemical weapons, concussion grenades, and water cannons.

Fuel and Firewood. Firewood was consistently the most sought-after commodity in camp. Somehow regular deliveries of whole logs consistently showed up, and each camp would send a few people with a chainsaw and truck or sled to get wood for the day. The general rule was to cut enough wood for your camp, and then cut some more and leave it for people who didn’t have a chainsaw. We all split the wood back at camp, and took turns stocking all the heated structures for the day. Every Saturday a propane truck arrived and filled our empty canisters with fuel for cooking and heating. I suspect these deliveries were paid for out of larger donation funds administered by Oceti Sakowin Camp or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Winter Gear. Endless bags of donated clothing and bedding arrived at Standing Rock during October, November, and December. Much of it was unsuitable for arctic conditions, but there was enough high-quality gear to outfit the winter crew of Water Protectors (about 600 people) several times over. Anyone could visit the donation tents at any time and take anything they wanted.

Tools. Each smaller camp had an assortment of tools, and there was also a large construction building that would loan out any power tool you could think of as long as you left your ID with them as collateral. They provided everything from electric drills to ladders to chainsaws to a sewing machine. They also had 2x4s, particle board, and screws that you could ask for, and they’d give you what you needed if you could show them a sensible construction plan and materials list.

Spiritual Leadership and Ceremony. There were a few heated gathering spaces of different sizes that hosted everything from daily prayer circles to a huge Christmas Eve dinner with traditional singing and drumming. There were also several sweat lodges that any indigenous spiritual leader could use for the traditional Lakota Inipi ceremony of prayer, healing, and purification.

Use Your Imagination… The abundance of physical donations led to a lot of things being creatively repurposed. My buddy and I cut up donated sweatshirts to make crocheted rugs for the living spaces, and unraveled donated sweaters to produce yarn to knit extra-warm wool underwear. I pulled from the scrap pile outside the construction building to build shelves in our living space, and countless donated blankets were used to seal out the draught in winterized tipis. Whatever you needed, there was probably a way to make it with the tools and materials available at camp.

The gift economy at Standing Rock manifested itself according to the principles of indigenous culture. The Lakota people name generosity and compassion as two of their core values, and I saw those values in action every day. Much of the system depended on each group taking just enough for their own short-term needs, and leaving the rest for others. At home my instinct is to stockpile what I need for my own survival (two years’ supply of dry firewood, etc.), but that sort of strategy has its roots in the questionable idea that individual survival is possible without collective survival. In the capitalist economy of mainstream culture, it’s common for one household to thrive while an adjacent one is struggling to meet its basic needs. Houseless people freeze to death huddled next to spacious and luxuriously heated buildings inhabited by more “successful” folks.

In contrast, at Standing Rock we defined success as our collective survival. Therefore we took just the firewood that we needed, checked on the elders every day, brought food and coffee from our kitchen to the compost toilet attendants, and helped anyone who asked us for assistance. This culture of abundance seemed logical and easy in a situation where our needs for survival were simple and a steady flow of money and donated goods was pouring in all the time. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would take to create a steady-state gift economy, which could exist without these flows from the outside capitalist world.

When I finally left Standing Rock my friend and I stopped at a co-op food store in Minneapolis to obtain some much-dreamed-of fresh vegetables to munch on. It was such a shock to be asked to pay for food again. It made me wonder what it would take for our larger society to turn its ship around and set a course for a more generous and compassionate form of economy. It seems that these values arise in us spontaneously when a natural disaster hits and we are suddenly in a survival situation, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Hurricane Sandy in New York City. The rest of the time, our whole economy depends on a me-first, get-ahead value system based on competition and survival of the fittest (or, in a rigged system like ours, the most privileged). When luxuries and conveniences become symbols of status, we tend to become self-serving.

When people become passionate enough about collective survival, luxuries and conveniences lose their appeal. How can we help each other prioritize our collective well-being? How can we encourage ourselves to expand our definition of “the collective” to include the Lakota concept of “all my relations”: the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the stone people, the star people? When we listen to the prayers of indigenous people and orient our values in this ancient way, the path to a truly sustainable gift economy can unfold before us.

For further reading on pre-colonization economic history and gift economy theory, see The Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.

Murphy Robinson is a wilderness guide, hunting instructor, and founder of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont. She lives in a Tiny House on a community organic farm in the mountains. You can contact her through her website, www.mountainsongexpeditions.com.

*turn on our social media alerts to follow the action live. 360 videos and event highlights are starting around noon Saturday and continue until Sunday night.
Saturday morning 9am: 

Boarded the train for 100 mike journey into Dallas. I could feel the stress from home melting away. A train ride is much simpler and more enjoyable then flying and more scenic than a cruise boat. Each have their benefits but for a short journey, the train is the way to go.
11am – Arrived downtown and boarded city train to Fair Park.

11:45? – Arrived at Dallas Earth Day.

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Posted: February 6, 2017 in GREEN, Secrets, Table Of Contents

I am a sustainable living consultant and contractor. If you are interested in a project, my initial consult is free and then I provide you a draft contract bid for further services. 


My fee’s are recommended costs but I live on the free will donation market system and my clients usually donate additional goods/services/funds to the causes my Helping Hands Movement sponsors at http://Netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

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Below are my current encouraged prices as of 2014


CONSULT SERVICES (plus travel costs)

-Complete Sustainable LIVING consult $250 (includes 18 hr over night site visit)

-Multilevel OFF GRID ENERGY system blueprint $100 (includes 12 hr site visit)

-Multilevel FOOD PERMACULTURE system blueprint $100 (includes 12 hr site visit)

-Multilevel EMERGENCY PREP blueprint $100 (includes 12 hr site visit)

-Single application blueprint $50

-Solar production training $50 plus material costs

(includes building of any application such as Panel, water heather, dehydrator etc)

-BioDiesel fuel production training $150 plus material costs

-Wind or Gear Driven Energy production training $50 + materials

(bike, treadmill, magnetic etc)

-Hydrogen production training $100 + materials

(create a gas production unit to power carburetor combustion)

-Gasification Production training $150 + materials

(create a methane gas unit for cooking or to power carburetor combustion)

-Permaculture Training $150

(Must include system blueprint purchase. Includes landscaping layout, pond & chicken coop design)

-Emergency Prep Training $100

(Must include system blueprint purchase. Includes shelter, food, energy & protection design)

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PRODUCTS

-Solar Panels (MonoC not PolyC)

(<$2.70 per watt when buying in small quantity; aprox $1.50 per watt in large quantity ussolardistributing.com or wholesalesolar.com, or $1 per watt make your own w/ purchase of solar production training from http://tinyurl.com/o9ec4fe on ebay)

http://energyinformative.org/best-solar-panel-monocrystalline-polycrystalline-thin-film/

 

-Dual Micro Inverters for panels in shade – $140 per 2 panels (Enecsys or EnPhase?)

http://tinyurl.com/6r63eec

wholesalesolar.com

http://www.enecsys.com/contact/where-to-buy/

http://www.simpleray.com/Solar-Inverters-s/4.htm

 

Dual Micro Inverters

-Power Inverters (Grid Tie In 500w $119 1kw $225) (OFF Grid Battery out 1kw $195)

 

-Charge Controllers (avg $4 per amp)

Mounting Hardware (avg cost $30)

http://tinyurl.com/ozr624b


-Wire and Connectors (MC4 connectors $1/ea. ; 6g $.89/ft ; 8g $.68/ft)

http://www.freesunpower.com/wires_cables.php *typical 60wat 12volt panel = 3.5amp/hr

 

-Solar Water Heating Systems (varies on setup)

 

-Wind Turbine (300w w/ free spinner technology $300) No load controller needed on <500w turbines

*600w max load controller/brake $150

http://tinyurl.com/kpmojjr

 

-Batteries

Trojan (varies on location of availability)

http://www.trojanbattery.com/

MicroHydro Systems (varies on setup)

http://www.homepower.com/articles/microhydro-power/basics/what-microhydro-power

 

-Methane Digester

http://sshomestead.com/forum/index.php?topic=583.0

 

 

USED PRODUCTS available (guaranteed to work near good as new with few hours)

Prices vary upon market availability. Contact me. I provide a product source report for $25 which will be credited back to you with any consult purchase.


LABOR +$45 each additional hr

ENERGY system installation $200 plus misc costs based on system specs

*Most projects will vary upon size and details. An estimated project cost will be included in the draft contract bid.

Once upon a time I had a nice list of Earth Friendly eco products compiled in this blog but it has vanished. Or maybe I just published it in a dream?

 

Regardless, there are some good products that should replace the waste in the world. Plastic party items for example, should be replaced with HEMP or other organic based cups, plates, and utensils.

I will get back to updating the sources for these items soon but for right now I wanted to link some biodegradable packaging items I just stumbled upon.

 

PACKAGING PRODUCTS:

http://www.autobag.com/Bag-and-Pouch-Materials/EarthAware_Recycled_Biodegradable_Materials

Similar product on Amazon – http://amzn.to/1Lzeoax

Eco Packaging

 

 

TOOTH BRUSH:

Bamboo handle with biodegradable (non PVC) bristles

http://amzn.to/1TN9Tfq

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Responsible water conservation is critical to the survival of the human species on Earth. One of the best detailed posts explaining this can be read here:

http://www.appropedia.org/1.6_GPM_or_less_low-flow_shower_heads#Flow_Rate_Calculation_Table_in_Gallons_per_Minite

This page cites a few great studies on water conservation and the future of our planet for our children.

 

As population continues to grow and impending global climate change brings new environmental challenges, water demand will also increase in the future. Indeed, research indicates water demand is currently exceeding supply, making conservation efforts crucial if we hope to maintain an adequate water source. Rolston St. Hilaire (2009) of New Mexico State University asserts, “The lack of water has the potential to jeopardize our food supply, disrupt fragile ecosystems, alter alliances among constituents, and threaten our way of life.” [29] Thus, to avoid the possibly catastrophic consequences of squandering our much needed water supply, the public must assume an active role in conservation. Helen Ingram (2009) of University of California-Irvine reports that following extensive studies on local, regional, and global water use, a team of scientists concluded that, “A crucial part of the path to water conservation involves paying close attention to the dimensions and scales that define how people interact with and understand water.”[30]

 

I lived in a home in 2015 and in this blog I am using the utilities as a case study for supporting factual figures. We had 2 adults and a 7 year old and a 3 year old.

There are aprox. 70 gallons in bath tub’s fill line.
We used half per bath… say 35 with 1.5 baths a day at 30 days …

We used aprox. 1575 gallons a month to bathe.
The Avg shower is 8 min but we took closer to 10 minutes.
We used a low flow 2 gpm (gallon per minute) shower head.

You should get one like these I link here if you do not have one yet.
We took 1.5 showers per day x 30 ….

We used Aprox. 900 rounded up to 1000 gallons per month to shower.

The Avg flush is 5 gal … say we avg 8 flushes a day x 30 …

I highly recommend using a composting toilet where possible. I also encourage you to read about how most of the coastal cultures use SALT WATER sewer systems rather then wasting their fresh drinking water.

Here is a link to some ideas for low flow toilet upgrades.

 

We use aprox. 1200/month to flush

The Avg hose flow with a spray handle or thumb press
Is 35 gal per minute and we water our garden 2 min day x 30 …

We use aprox. 2100/month to water our food

*if calculating a yearly amount this should be decreased by 25% to account for indoor green house watering during the winter.

We ran our faucets at 20% for aprox 5 min a day
7 gpm x 5 x 30 …

We used aprox 100-200 gallons a month via faucets

 

IN TOTAL we averaged 4-5000 gallons of water used per month.

 

In essence: start small. Changing your shower head to a low-flow alternative is a quick and easy way to start on the personal path to water conservation. Federal programs like the EPA’s WaterSense make low-flow shower heads accessible, while new technologies like water aeration devices and screw turbines give low-flow shower heads comparable pressure to the luxury of higher gpm heads. If you are building or remodeling a deluxe new bathroom, top end premium shower heads can meet your spa like needs. On the other hand, if you are attempting to retrofit your home to save money, simple add on kits make updating your shower head a logical, inexpensive option.

 

In Hawkins Texas, we are billed $11 per 1,000 gallons. How does this compare to your water provider?

 

Life

Posted: April 20, 2015 in CAUSES, GREEN, Secrets, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy

 LIFE

This is a preview of the full length book “LIFE” by author, Tim Frentz. Available for only $9.99 by transferring payment to via paypal  to tfrentz@hotmail.com or email for directions on other payment options.

*Here is a sneak peak at some of the knowledge shared in LIFE… Some details like account id’s or passwords are left out for our paid subscription members who have purchased a copy of our eBook. Live well with the help below!

 

CHAPTER 1: HELP it

 

 

CHAPTER 2:  SIMPLIFY it

 

CHAPTER 3: MAKE it

 

CHAPTER 4: STRETCH it

How’s to Use Technology Efficiently?

We are most often asked, “What TV/Internet/Phone SERVICE cost the lowest”?

Answer 1: The introductory rates for new customers transferring from a competitor are the best in most cases. This is followed by customer retention offers. These usually involve a bundling package with Phone, TV and internet all together.

IF you are in an area with multiple options, you want to call your current provider and tell them about their competitors offer and most of them are authorized to match the offer by switching you to the customer retention plan. IF not, then you switch your service and once the introductory rate expires, you go through the process again. IF you have three competing services available then you are able to continue the cycle by going in rotation. Some companies will not offer an introductory rate until you have been away for more then 365 days. With only 2 providers, you may need to go without service a day or 2 for the 1 year requirement to expire.

Each provider is constantly changing their “new subscriber plans” in order to steal business away form their competition. These deals are not as good circa 2014 as they were in the past because the government has allowed far too many large corporations to merge.  (click to view details)

In 2014, a merger between Comcast and TimeWarner is nearing approval  as well as a vote on the internet neutrality law. The neutrality law could allow Comcast full approval to regulate and censor the internet like it is in China!!!

We update the details of these offers in this chapter as they change.

Answer 2: Mobile Phone services are often not included with the other services. IF this is the case, you want to make sure you get the maximum amount of phone lines and bundle your plan together with friends you trust and split the bill. This saves you hundreds of dollars a month!

Answer 3: DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO TV service. Everything on TV is available through the internet.

You want to get a mid speed service and connect your computer to your TV. Between tv streaming services like wiziwig and full media control systems like XMBC.org, you will find everything you desire. There are a few exceptions with HD streaming and the occasional freeze frame, but don’t complain for saving over a $1000 a year.

 

Audiobook Sources
The non-commercial, nonprofit and ad-free project called LibriVox is on a mission to “make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the Internet.” They are fulfilling this dream by scouring the virtual stacks for public domain books, which are then read and recorded by a fleet of volunteers. If you love this and have a knack for reading, you can also volunteer to record books for the organization. See the nearly 6,000 titles available here.

 

A new language
Looking to learn French? Need to brush up on your Urdu, Czech or Icelandic? The ever-helpful Brits at the BBC World Service offer free online language lessons. They provide essential phrases in 40 different languages; and for Greek, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and Portuguese, they give complete courses and phrases, audio and video, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests.

 

MOBILE PHONE OPTIONS

TracFone.com has 180 minutes; 180 texts; 180mb data for $21 (fees included) for 3 months. If you use more you can get 750mb for $20 and an additional 180 minutes approximately for an additional couple of dollars a month! Hopefully you are in a good coverage area for them. The average user can make do with this by using wifi apps as much as possible for additional voice calls and most of their data needs.

 

FREEBIES!

There are a lot of freebies out there. You just need to know where to look. The free listings under Craigslist are on my daily bookmarks and alerts.

 

Educate Yourself
7 places where you can get a free online education include honorable institutions as MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

 

Free eBooks
Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 and is the oldest digital library. As of March 2012, it had more than 42,000 titles in its collection. Most of the items in the collection are the full texts of public domain books and they are all available to anyone for free. The most popular titles at the site are classics like Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. Downloads are available in a number of formats, including Kindle, EPUB and Plucker; they can also be read directly online.

 

Free Road-trip Vehicle

Auto Driveaway matches drivers with cars that need to be delivered to another state. You pay a refundable deposit and the cost of gas, and drive someone else’s car to the location where they need it.

 

Free Food

Swap your garden goods at farmers markets with others to get those items you are tempted to go buy at a grocery store.

If you really want something that you struggle to grow yourself, consider a food bank. There are always food banks in churches or community centers every few miles. If you are in debt and making every effort to budget your expenses the best you can then these food banks are for you. Don’t be embarrassed to go ask for food. A bunch of the fresh food spoils and goes to waste at food banks because not enough people collect it. Think of it like you are saving food from going to waste.

You can save hundreds of dollars a month to put towards your debts. Show up an hour early or stay an hour late and volunteer so you feel better about it. Now take that extra money and put some towards expanding your garden and put even more towards your debts.

 

Use mykidseatfree.com for a state-by-state search of restaurants that want to feed your children for free.

FreeBirthdayTreats.com shares a list of birthday specials. It is constantly changing so visit the website for the most current info please.

Here are a few others to check out;

SheSpeaks.com (samples)

General Mills (pssst.generalmills.com)
Kraft (kraftfirsttaste.com)
StartSampling.com
AllYou.com

 

Free Seeds

Join and post to seed swap forums. Here is the most used one I know. http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/exchind

Connect with farmers at the local outdoor markets and produce stands and form a local seed exchange. I encourage you to learn all about seeds at SeedLibraries.org and SeedMatters.org.

 

Free Fresh fruit
For a “pick your own” experience without paying for it at a farm (although we support that, too), there’s an app called Find Fruit. With an interactive database that includes the location of thousands of fruit trees on public land nationwide on a standard Google Map.

 

 

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER 5: SPEND it

BANK THEFT

From time to time, you will discover that a bank itself, will perform a shady act of business with their account holders. It is not lawfully an act of theft but to you and I it sure is.

I try to tell everyone around me about the benefits of doing business with your local community credit union. They are there to prevent all the shady acts being done by the big corporate banks. The credit unions give you ownership shares and dividends on their earnings instead of trying to sneak them out of your accounts and passing them into public trading stock holders wallets. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION and GET YOUR MONEY OUT OF BIG BANKS PLEASE!!!

 

One example happened when Wells Fargo purchased Wachovia Bank. From 2008-2011, Wells Fargo changed account limit fees and interest rates on Wachovia customers to force them out of high interest yielding Wachovia accounts grandfathered to them as part of the merger deal. My very own FREE 5% savings account was affected. The account allowed a maximum deposit of $100 per month to earn 5%. The first move by Wells Fargo was to change the account numbers to match Wells Fargo’s “SYSTEM”. The second move was to then change the interest rate to .05% and start charging fees. They could now do this because the account # had been changed and the original Wachovia account no longer existed. The third move was to suspiciously have a security leak causing a fraud theft on the account. In order to recover the stolen funds, I had to formally close the account for good and transfer it to an account that cost me $4.95 a month just so I could get my credit back. This removed the last of any proof the account was still active in case of a future class action settlement against them. I lost hundreds of dollars in savings thanks to this action.

 

Another example is Capital One bank in 2013-2014. I had an account that cost $4.95/month if my average balance was below a certain amount. I never logged into it because I just used it for savings and an auto payment for a Capital One credit card. I had email alerts set for minimum balance and it never sent the emails. One day I got notice in the snail mail that the account has been charged off and another notice that my credit card payment was returned. I didn’t even get a notice for insufficient fund fees being charged to my account. When I logged in and looked at the history, my access to records only went back 12 months but all 12 months had been changed and my balances had been altered to reflect a $8.95 monthly fee deduction. Capital one had stolen at least $59.40 from me and I had no idea. Who in their right mind is paying $8.95 a month for checking account??? I then also had $35 overdraft over the limit fee and another $35 insufficient fund fee and then had to pay $121.35 to their collection agency. I also had auto deposits for my book sales going into the account which they applied towards the negative balance and kept from me.

It took me a month and half and two complaints on file with the FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerFinance.gov) to eventually get 12 months of $4.95/month over charges returned rounded up to $60.

 

CREDIT CARD DEALS

These are always changing with the rapid decrease in the credit economy. We don’t condone credit card use, but if you must, take advantage of the offers and then pay it off and close the account at the end of the introductory offers.
There were no super awesome specials at time of publishing so tell us if you find a good one and we will consider adding it to the next updated version. Here are some expired offers from the past.
BEST BUY: FREE UNLIMITED Companion FLYING for 12 MONTHS!!!!

 

CHAPTER 6: LIVE it

 

HOME REMEDIES

We do not approve of spending money at stores on products we can make simply ourselves. This chapter is dedicated to all of the many solutions that surround you right now as you read this.

 

PEST CONTROL

Make a simple nat, fly, fruit no see-um catcher by simply cutting a bottle in half and turning the top upside down with some water and nectar or food substance below it. Flies are not good at finding their way back out of a bottle lid hole.

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FOOD related

 

Garden, Garden & Garden some more!!!
Starting a garden is one of the smartest moves you can make at home. 90% of the food now found in a name brand market are full of chemicals and packaged with earth poisoning packaging. Even organic health food store’s can not tell you exactly what is in their food.

If you are starting a garden on a budget, see How to get free seeds for your first garden. Soil should be built up by adding compost and other nutrients during the dormant season. Find your local dairy farmer and go purchase directly from them after discussing their use of growth hormones and feed stock.

 

Fresh fruit
For a “pick your own” experience without paying for it at a farm (although we support that, too), there’s an app called Find Fruit. With an interactive database that includes the location of thousands of fruit trees on public land nationwide on a standard Google Map.

 

Keep rice wrapped in a paper towel, within your zip locked bags of produce to slow down aging.

 

Grow Kenaf in your house. It absorbs carbon dioxide faster per plant than any other plant/tree on the planet. It is edible and can be used for everything that hemp can be used for without concerned looks by visitors. (Even though growing non marijuana medicine budding hemp strains is completely legal anyway.)

 

Trees
The Arbor Day foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. For $10, you receive a six-month membership that includes a number of goodies, along with 10 free trees. You can mix and match which trees you want, or get a set, like the flowering tree package which includes two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two Eastern redbuds, and two golden rain trees. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation for the deal.

 

Soup stock
Keep a “scraps container” in the FREEZER and every time you have vegetable peels, onion skins, leek tops, herb stems, garlic ends and any other part of a vegetable that would otherwise go to waste, stick it in the container. When you have enough, sauté it all in olive oil in a deep pot for five minutes, add water, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour and add salt and pepper. For other ideas to put your kitchen scraps to work, see 20 uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels.

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE

Improve tooth enamel and other dental health by swishing sunflower, sesame and coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every other day. Read: http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

 

WHAT NATURAL TREATMENTS are available for Shingles?

Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus(VZV), also known as the chicken pox virus. Once a bout of chicken pox has passed, the virus remains dormant in nerves in the spinal cord.

As a result of compromised immunity due to increased stress levels, illness, older age, injury or immune-suppressing drugs, the residual virus can re-emerge and follow nerve pathways to the surface of the skin, where painful blisters with burning and itching occur.

Apple cider vinegar compresses prove to be a useful shingles treatment for many. Mix a 1:1 up to a 1:4 ratio of water to vinegar. Soak a smooth cotton cloth in the solution and apply to the blisters and pain-affected areas several times daily.

Zinc and vitamin E salve is another option. By combining OTC zinc ointment with a capsule or two of natural vitamin E (not synthetic DL-tocopherol) and a tablespoon of high quality aloe vera juice, this effective pain-relieving salve can be applied to the affected areas with good results.

Studies have shown regular use of capsaicin creams help with postherpetic neuralgia, the residual nerve pain many suffer from after a shingles outbreak clears up. These are readily available in health food stores and drug stores and can be purchased online.
There is a vast range of other proven and folk remedy options for shingles.

 

Acupuncture treatments, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, and essential oils. Herbs believed to be useful for the condition are licorice root (deglycyrrhized should be used), St. John’s wort, reishi mushroom, garlic, propolis, echinacea, passion flower, and lemon balm. Their effects range from anti-viral to immune modulating and from to anti-inflammatory to pain and anxiety reducing.
What else can be done?

While the above natural shingles treatments help millions, the real key to controlling shingles outbreaks lies within the immune system. Strengthening and modulation of a person’s immunity may prevent the reactivation of the virus,and thus prevent the painful episodes of blistering and nerve pain.

Below are some nutritionally-based options to consider:

Shingles is sometimes called herpes-zoster, highlighting its relation to other herpes-based viruses. Studies have shown that taking 1000 mg of l-lysine (an amino acid) three times per day has proven effective in interrupting the replication of the virus by competing with its need for the amino acid l-arginine. Therefore, it’s also important to avoid arginine rich foods such as nuts and seeds, chocolate, red wine, tea, coffee, beer, gelatin, and more. Maintaining a low-arginine diet for an extended period of time will support other anti-shingles efforts.

Proteolytic enzymes, which mean literally protein-digesting, have a proven history of effective anti-viral and anti-inflammatory usage. Cautions include not taking them with other blood-thinning medications and only using very high-quality products, often available only through natural health practitioners.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E all have long-standing overall health and immunity-enhancing benefits.

 

In 7 things you can make instead of buying, see how to make cleaning supplies, craft items and cosmetics, to name just a few of the free-ish things you can put together.

 

Duct Tape It!
The variety of things you can craft is limited only by your imagination. A scroll through 20 clever uses for duct tape may inspire you to create a variety of items.

 

CHAPTER 7: SHARE it

 

*Nearly 100 home remedies are listed in the full edition of the book. Just msg tfrentz@hotmail.com to purchase your $9.99 copy today.