10 Celebrities Advocating for Climate Change

Studies indicate that celebrity culture has a significant influence on consumer choices and lifestyle. In a fun and lighthearted manner, I have shared interesting facts on how each celebrity has contributed towards a more sustainable world. 

I love that this idea 

  1. uses popular global figures to highlight sustainability
  2. inspires more people to be eco-friendly
  3. shows that climate change can be combated through activism

Here’s an infographic on “10 Celebrities Advocating for Climate Change”.


energyOrbit Partners with the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility to Track and Monitor Statewide Energy Efficiency Improvements

States like California can really learn a lot from Delaware’s simple but effective energy efficiency move this week. It just became the first state to take advantage of up to 70% productivity savings to better utilize taxpayer money on energy efficiency programs and Demand Side Management operations.

With plans in California to consolidate various utility DSM programs, a lot can be learned from Delaware utilizing energyOrbit to move out of “spreadsheet hell” and into a cloud-connected solution for the management of its statewide programs on things like energy efficiency rebates and energy audits.ACEEE estimates that these DSM programs saved about 200 billion kWh, more than 5% of retail electric sales in the United States that year, with some states exceeding 10% of retail electric sales already and could reach more than 20% by 2020.

The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will be utilizing the energyOrbit cloud platform.
San Francisco, Calif., February 14, 2017 — In an industry first, the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) is implementing a statewide, unified method for tracking and reporting on its energy efficiency, conservation and renewable initiatives. energyOrbit has been selected to deliver a Statewide Energy Savings Database platform for the DESEU’s Energize Delaware programs, as well as select programs at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). These groups will utilize energyOrbit’s cloud-based platform to standardize and streamline data tracking and reporting for a multitude of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs operating around the state, from low-interest revolving loans for energy efficiency and customer-sited renewables, to solar renewable energy credits procurement and home performance audits. By engaging energyOrbit, the DESEU and DNREC will have the ability to seamlessly send reports, as well as effectively share data and communicate with their industry partners.
The DESEU is a unique non-profit offering a one-stop resource to help residents and businesses save money through clean energy and efficiency. The SEU was created in 2007 by the State of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the State. Its Energize Delaware energy efficiency and renewable energy programs are focused on helping Delawareans save money, creating jobs and improving the environment. The DESEU collaborates with a variety of industry partners such as the University of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Energy and Climate.

By utilizing the energyOrbit platform, the DESEU will be able to capture and organize data and results from various energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for simplified sharing, collaboration and consistency. energyOrbit also allows Energize Delaware program implementers to manage and submit their program performance data through a simple to use, web-based interface.

“While achieving our mission of bringing the most cost effective opportunities for energy savings, it only makes sense that we would employ the most efficient, cost-effective method for implementing, tracking and reporting Delaware’s energy efficiency initiatives,” says Tony DePrima, Executive Director of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. “By engaging the energyOrbit platform, we are able to better organize, act on and report data, allowing us to continually improve our residents’ quality of life through saving money, creating jobs and improving the environment.”

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will also be using the energyOrbit platform to manage their energy efficiency programs and determine emission reduction results. Much like Energize Delaware, they also rely on outside reporting, something energyOrbit will assist in streamlining.

“One of our core missions is to get our clients out of spreadsheet hell and other non-collaborative, static business solutions,” says Udi Merhav, CEO of energyOrbit. “The DESEU and DNREC are working to better improve the lives of Delaware residents, but spending time formatting and organizing data and spreadsheets distracts from that goal.” “We are glad to know that through using energyOrbit, the DESEU and State of Delaware will be able to more efficiently report on data as well as, monitor sustainability and savings goals all at a lower cost per unit of energy saved.”

Source: energyOrbit www.energyorbit.com

Earth Friendly Products Celebrates #50YearsofGreen50 for the Environment and the Family at Natural Products Expo West

Cypress, CA (February 14, 2017) – Earth Friendly Products, the maker of ECOS™ environmentally friendly cleaning products, is marking its 50th anniversary of providing safer, plant-powered cleaning products to people around the world. The family-owned and –operated company is celebrating this important milestone at Natural Products Expo West on March 8–12, 2017, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. To coincide with its 50th anniversary, Earth Friendly Products will showcase its recently released ECOS™ for Pets! pet care line and feature many of its bestselling products at the show.
1967 was the year that launched Earth Friendly Products, as well as the Air Quality Act and the Environmental Defense Fund. It was the dawn of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1962 with the publication of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book on the damaging effects of pesticides. The first Earth Day was still three years away, in 1970.

In 1967 Earth Friendly Products began its journey as a pioneer in the green cleaning industry, innovating new plant-powered cleaners that were safer for people, pets, and the planet. Today, 50 years later, the company remains dedicated to the vision of its founder: that everyone should have access to environmentally friendly cleaners that are effective and affordable.

“From the get-go, we were a family company, and family is still at the heart of everything we do,” says Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Earth Friendly Products’ president and CEO. “As a mother, I understand how important it is to provide a safe environment for my family. We’re proud to provide families with safer options for household cleaners. We want them to know that you don’t have to compromise your health or the health of the planet to clean your home.” Vlahakis-Hanks added, “I believe our dedication to family is why we’ve been around almost twice as long as our competitors.”

With its decades-long commitment to making safer pet care products, Earth Friendly Products recently introduced its all-new ECOS™ for Pets line. This collection includes the first-ever U.S. EPA Safer Choice–certified pet shampoos. ECOS™ for Pets Conditioning Pet Shampoos in Peppermint and Free & Clear are two of over 70 Safer Choice-certified products made by Earth Friendly Products. The Safer Choice logo tells consumers that that every ingredient in the product is the safest in its class and that it has been tested for superior performance.

With its decades-long commitment to making safer pet care products, Earth Friendly Products recently introduced its all-new ECOS™ for Pets line. This collection includes the first-ever U.S. EPA Safer Choice–certified pet shampoos. ECOS™ for Pets Conditioning Pet Shampoos in Peppermint and Free & Clear are two of over 70 Safer Choice-certified products made by Earth Friendly Products. The Safer Choice logo tells consumers that that every ingredient in the product is the safest in its class and that it has been tested for superior performance.
Earth Friendly Products will also feature many of its other bestselling products at Natural Products Expo West, including ECOS™ laundry detergent, ECOS™ Dishmate™ dish soap and ECOS™ hand soap in a variety of fresh scents and sizes.

Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show. This leading convention for the natural, organic and healthy products industry attracts over 77,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibitors annually.

Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show. This leading convention for the natural, organic and healthy products industry attracts over 77,000 industry professionals and 3,000 exhibitors annually.  


Source: EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS, www.ecos.com and www.babyecos.com.

3 Eco-Friendly Household Cleaning Solutions

Everyone wants a clean home, but there shouldn’t have to be a environmental cost to live in comfort. Traditional products used to keep bathrooms and kitchens spotless are effective, but they also feature a litany of chemicals and materials that are harmful to the environment and sometimes even your health.

Today’s green-living enthusiasts are unwilling to put up with such tradeoffs — and nowadays nobody has to. Even mass-market companies are offering eco-friendly products. Combined with smaller niche producers and do-it-yourself options, we now live in a world where environmentalists can stay clean without sacrificing anything. The following list includes some of the best and most trustworthy ways to keep your household spic and span without harming Mother Nature in the process.

The method Revolution

One company, method, got out in front of this trend and managed to make a name for itself early on. It has done well to brand itself first and foremost as a cleaning product firm that destroys dirt and germs — with the tagline “People Against Dirty” — while championing its innovative ways of doing the job in an eco-friendly way. And by getting into some big box stores, namely Whole Foods, it has gotten its dish soaps, laundry detergent, floor cleaner and other products in front of consumers.

By beginning to use 100 percent recycled plastic packaging in 2006 — and recovering plastic from the ocean — it further cemented itself as the brand in eco-clean. “We realize that only a small amount of plastic will be taken out of the ocean to make these bottles,” method co-founder Adam Lowry told Whole Foods. “But we can have a big impact if we change people’s minds about their role in protecting our oceans.”

Eco-Friendly Products

While method dates back to 2000, plenty of other companies are also making waves in this market, and discerning consumers all have their individual favorites. Seventh Generation, which also uses plant-based cleaners, is preferred by many and is often even a bit cheaper. Others swear by, and only use, Dr. Bronner’s for both home and body care. While it made its name in body soap, shampoo and toothpaste, its concentrated Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner has become a big hit.

These are merely a few of the top, trendiest brands of today. Many others can be found in stores across the country, and Amway is one company with a long legacy of supplying homes with cleaning products. They offer an array of environmentally conscious options through their Instagram page.

DIY Solutions

Although eco-focused companies have devised proprietary plant-based cleaning products, there are historically-proven ways to do the job with items you probably already have around the home. And these chemical-free solutions not only work well, but they are generally a lot cheaper if you’re willing to put in a little time to mix the formula.

Baking soda and vinegar are two of the superstar ingredients in many DIY cleaners — although be careful how you mix them together to avoid a science fair volcano. The reason they are so widely used is that baking soda is an available, safe alkaline, while vinegar is acidic. Depending upon the task, either can work to break down grime, disinfect and destroy grease. Lemon juice, castile soap and various essential oils are also popular and can be used together for different purposes.

An easy and effective all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen can be made by mixing together equal parts water and vinegar and putting it in a convenient-to-use a spray bottle. Dish-washing detergent can be made from equal parts water and liquid castile soap, along with two teaspoons of lemon juice. For hard-to-clean showers and other gunky bathroom tiles, don’t bother with the dilution. Spray pure white vinegar on that mildew and leave it alone to work its magic for about a half hour. Then rub it down with a sponge and watch the wall look like new before rinsing away everything with water. Try these and other simple cleaner recipes to help save money — and the environment.

Energy Conservation in the Home! How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

I’ve written before that:

When you think of green energy technology, you might think of things like wind mills, solar panels, or biofuels. While these advancements are certainly at the forefront of green energy, technology like computers, processing chips and electronic safety systems are also doing important work in maintaining the efficiency of such systems.

Bottom line, energy efficient actions is a renewable energy.  For example:

•  Making the switch to LEDs, or movement sensors, could save up to 80% of the energy used per bulb, compared to a standard lightbulb.

• Invest in a high-capacity solar battery which is an ideal backup electricity supply solution. It allows you to go ‘off grid’ if needed.

• Appliances and equipment that carry the Energy Star mark fall within the top 25% of the most energy efficient products, on average.

This great infographic has more ideas too. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.njpelectrical.com.au/