Ready to take advantage of the federal government? You have until December 31. That’s when Washington puts cracks the hammer on consumer tax credits of up to $500 for energy-saving products such as high-efficiency furnaces, water heaters, windows and insulation.
If you are thinking about solar roof panels the good news is that credits of up to $2,000 will remain available for solar upgrades –including solar water heaters and photovoltaic roof panels –through December 31, 2008.
Even if you miss out, there are plenty of other tax breaks, rebates and discounts available to efficiency-minded homeowners through local governments, banks and utility companies. CNN writer Keith Pandolfi touched base on this topic last week in a this old house section installment online.
It is worth looking into if you have time to get some last minute up-grades in.
Surfing is a great way to get exercise and literally immerse yourself in what nature has to offer. On an average in any coastal town, hoards of surfers ride the waves at beach breaks, point breaks, and sand bars, along with a large assortment of other types of spots.
Although the sport is generally low-impact and popular amongst young, environmentally conscious people, you canâ€™t help but wonder how much surf wax pollutes the ocean on a daily basis. Several companies offer alternative products to the best-selling Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax, which contains paraffin and added unnatural scent.
This is not only bad for the ocean but for skin on your chest that is constantly rubbing across the wax on the top of your board during any given warm water session.
There are a few Companies on the market now dedicated to creating environmentally friendly wax from a beeswax base include Muffin Wax, Northern Light Surfboard Wax (which guarantees to be the stickiest wax on the planet and Phil’s Organic Surf Wax. I haven’t got to try any of these companies out yet, but i look forward to the opportunity. If you are by the water i recommend that you Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Inhabitat had a great write up on Ec0- Air travel that is worth bringing attention to. Air travel is getting greener- at first the EcoJet and Dreamliner lower-emissions aircrafts came onto scene, and now with a ground-breaking development from Green Flight International, biodiesel has succesfully been tested for jet usage. Developed by Biodiesel Solutions and tested on an L-29 military aircraft just last week, biofuel may just be the next sustainable frontier in the challenge to travel more eco-responsibly.
On October 5, The Biojet I, an Aero L-29 Delfin aircraft, took off from the Reno-Stead Airport and flew to an altitude of 17,000 feet. While the first tests were done with a mixture of Bio-diesel and regular jet fuel, the last flight was done entirely on 100% renewable bio-diesel fuel. According to the pilot, there was no reduction in performance compared to conventional jet-fuel. Granted, the L-29 is a rather unique aircraft. Originally built during the 1960’s and better known as Czechoslovakia’s first locally designed and built jet aircraft, the plane is rated to fly on several types of fuel which makes it an excellent choice for testing biofuels. It will be interesting to see if this test can be translated to other plane models.
Are biodiesel fuels the future for airplane flights? This test program between Green Flight International and Biodiesel Solutions was a unique and exciting opportunity to show what can be done in renewable fuels.â€ said Rudi Wiedemann, president of Biodiesel Solutions. The very idea of using 100% biodiesel to fly a jet aircraft makes a compelling statement about the possibilities for the future of renewable energy and a healthier planet.
The folks over at Particle Reconstruction have come up with another way of reconstructing old ideas to re-introduce into today’s urban market. This time they strayed away from fabrics and clothing and tried out their skills on old vintage toys and accessories. PLASTIC MILITIA is a collection of Designs You Can Play With.
Each design is original and handcrafted using recycled objects. Also available Dice Earrings & Domino Earrings, for a quick game of Craps or Bones at your next conventions break.
GO GREEN: If you are planning on going green this Halloween you couldn’t of picked a better year. On-line retailers like CCVINTAGE carry some key vintage pieces that could complete your look. This year the Classics are coming back in High Demand. You don’t have to look like a stripper fairy god mother, or a prostitute princess to have a good time. You also don’t have to spend$100 on a synthetic plastic costume that you will wear only one day then throw into an already bulging land fill. Here are a few Vintage Costume ideas, All recycled and eco-friendly. You can mix and match from your closet or run down to you local Vintage Store to grab needed accessories.
Great Classic Ideas:
Big Gay AL
Lieutenant Dangle (Reno 911)
Caveman (From Geico Commercial)
Street Fighter Chun-Li
School Musical Actors (Any of them)
Dwight (the Office)
This cool single-stem vase is a nice desktop manifestation of recycling as art. Each daisy vase is hand blow-molded from a Bicâ„¢ ballpoint pen.
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