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Category Archives: kitchen
say bye-bye to extra refrigerators and freezers (especially if they’re from the ’80s or older) and save $
During an energy audit today*, I was surprised to see the resident’s electricity usage on a recent utility bill. It was about “average” for a household in the area, but seemed high for an elder one-person household. Most bulbs were … Continue reading
NEVER, probably. At least that was true for me until recently, when I cleaned the heat-exchange condenser coils, which are what cool your refrigerator by releasing heat. If the coils are covered in a blanket of dust, the refrigerator has … Continue reading
How bad can Yoplait be? Sure it’s way too sweet for me these days, thanks to tons of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), but hey, it’s yogurt. Apparently, HFCS is not the only problem. According to Good Guide’s Five Snacks … Continue reading
Take shorter showers! That’s the big take-away for today’s Water Wise House Call. The Ssnta Clara Valley Water District offers it free as part of their water conservation program. I signed up a few weeks ago as part of my … Continue reading
138ºF water. Scalding hot. Waste-of-energy hot. Hurts-my-hands-to-wash-dishes hot. Risky-to-jump-in-the-shower hot. Sure, it’s better than the other way around–no hot water–but my guess was the water heater in my house was set too high. The recommended temp is 120 F. It’s … Continue reading
Two climate change-fighting volunteers from Green@Home came by for a housecall today. I learned, among other things, that my refrigerator is too empty. Why is this a problem? Because –here comes my simplified explanation–an empty(ish) fridge has little to “hold” … Continue reading
I found a Plastics Q&A from the Green Guide helpful in sorting out the confusing world of household (and specifically kitchen) plastics. Among the topics covered: Q: Which plastic containers contain bisphenol A (BPA)? A: Those that say “#7 PC” … Continue reading
I’m not a big fan of lists of MUSTs or MUST NOTs, since I think that it’s difficult to come up with a list that is relevant for everyone. That said, those little lists that are printed on wallet-size paper … Continue reading
I love tea, so I boil a lot of water. I usually just put in enough water in the kettle for a cup of tea. And then later I boil more when for the next cup of tea. I know, it’s not … Continue reading