Weekly Tips for July 5, 2010

Posted on 05. Jul, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

1. GREEN – Mr. RockIt Mom and I have the discussion, repeatedly, about the waste of electricity while we sleep.  One would think a professional energy efficiency engineer would agree with me.  Yet, he continues to argue that turning a light off at the base, while the switch is on is NOT a  waste of energy.  Leaving the computers running with screen savers ALL night, mind you we have 3 in our house, is not wasting energy.  Oh contrare!! I have proven to him through bills and other research, that yes the electricity is still being sent to the lamp, even if the base is off!  And yes, turning off the extra two computers at night will save us in the long run.  Don’t even get me started about the turtle’s alleged need for 2 lamps all day and a heat lamp at night!  Here are some tips to save energy while sleeping. You may not see the savings next month, but honestly average out a year of bills and you will see at least a 20-25% savings.

 Five Ways to Decrease Your Energy While You Sleep. 

Some of you might recall, back in the day, sleeping didn’t cost a dime. There was no such thing as a refrigerator, computers weren’t invented, and cellphones didn’t need charging. Today, even while we sleep, appliances run, air conditioners hum, and clocks stay lit up all night, all the while racking up our bills. Now if we could only find a way to get paid to sleep so we can pay for all of this!

Our energy bills aren’t going anywhere, but there some things you can do to decrease your energy use while you sleep. Before you go to bed tonight, give one of these a try. Then, every night you can try to tackle another one before bed:

1. Plug your computer into a power strip with an on/off switch. Buy one with power surge protection to protect your computer during thunderstorms and electrical surges for even better use of the power strip. Computers that are left plugged in without a power strip can suck up tons of energy (and that story about how computers use less energy by staying on than turning them on and off is a myth).

2. Turn down the fridge temperature. Fruit and vegetables will keep longer at slightly higher temperatures than freezing, and you’ll save on your energy bill.

3. Put more frozen stuff in your freezer. This will keep your freezer colder longer, and will prevent the frost mechanism from kicking on more often.

4. Unplug toasters, panini presses, coffee makers, or anything else that isn’t programmed or doesn’t need to be used. All things that are plugged in can use energy while you sleep!

5. Use a ceiling fan to move warm and cool air around your home. This will circulate the air that you pay for, and keep the thermostat from kicking on more often.

For more GREEN tips, head over to ecogreenbags.blogspot.com/.

2. HEALTHY - Summer is now the new December/Holiday/Christmas Season.  We all worry about losing the battle with the diet/ bulge and overeating at the holidays, well guess what Summertime is going to thwart any diet, weight loss or healthy plans. With this BBQ and that pool party, to the beach scene, lake scene, dinners out with visiting friends and relatives, it is a losing battle.  Do not fear,  I will not let you down.  You can still stay on the straight and narrow of your health goals for 2010, it will just take some extra effort, willpower and a little more time on your exercise plans.

First, get away from the chips and dips, which make it to every event.  These are our enemies: Boulder Canyon Potato Chips, Ruffles, Fritos, Tostitos with Hint of Lime, Cheese Whiz Nacho dip, Ranch, Creamy Salsa, and “Avocado Dip”.  Hint: no avocados were harmed or used in this dip!  They were merely waved over the top for the “essence” of avocado dip.

Instead, allow yourself  a small serving of Popchips, Baked Ruffles, Baked Tostitos dips, Guiltless Gourmet Chile Lime tortilla chips, garlic hummus, regular tomato based salsa and homemade guacamole with pureed edamame.  Or even try Trader Joe’s edamame hummus, edamame guacamole or edamame salsa.  It is all good and will help you through the endless summer parties.

3. RECIPE -  Edamame Guacamole. You are cringing at the thought of edamame guacamole, but believe you me, it is fabulous. So great, even well rounded chefs have loved this dip.  Skip over to the Recipe Tab for more details.

Thought to Ponder: What three (3) things would YOU like to accomplish this summer?

It may seem comical that I am only asking for three, because you feel there are so many more.  But seriously, what three things would you personally like to accomplish this summer? 

1. Get organized with all kids’ school info, volunteering and PTO responsibilities BEFORE Aug. 1, 2010.

2. Clean out my closet and the other 2 closets I have overflowed in to.  Really break the ties with those college clothes or the “professional suits” that are so out of style they need to go away.

3. Finish my list for the website, so everyone has the list of Personal Reference Vendors for almost any event or need you may have.  I am 75% there.  Just need a little more time. 

What are yours?  Share them, because having to identify them and write/type them out, makes them more concrete and goal oriented to getting done.

Have a great week and let’s hear your thoughts.

One Response to “Weekly Tips for July 5, 2010”

  1. Ray 6 July 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    A) Funny post!
    B) We’ve never even talked about about which switch should be used to turn a lamp off, you musta talked to me while I was asleep! C) I enjoy the screen savers, but we can turn them off if you want, we should ;-)
    D) The turtle will die with no heat lamp, I read the instructions. lol!
    E) The plumbing always leaks at the plumbers house! I am carbon footprint negative, I kill watts for a living, I have few coming to me at home. Go plug the oil leak in the gulf or something you super sized SUV driver!

    xoxox, All my Love – Mr. RockitMom

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