Why Regenerative Braking Works!

Regenerative braking is a mechanism that reduces vehicle speed by converting some of its kinetic energy into another useful form of energy. This captured energy is then stored for future use or fed back into a power system for use by other vehicles. It is estimated that on hybrid electric vehicles one can save 10 to 25%.

NYC Taxi Cabs becoming hybrid electric vehicles will use more regenerative braking:

Tesla Motors brakes include regenerative braking
Tesla Motors brakes include regenerative braking

It has been really great to see an increase in the amount of hybrid electric car and particularly cab owners (especially NYC taxi owners).

When you accelerate, you do not need to floor it and then coast. You can slowly step on the accelerator and then take your foot off of the accelerator to coast. When you coast, you use the regenerative braking. It is much smoother and a more efficient use of the vehicle since it is moving forward and charging at the same time. While there are plenty of people that own converted EVs that like to floor it and coast, regeneration can be a very big help in most stop and go driving.




Going green can make all the difference to saving money and conserving energy and water. 

Check Home Equipment and Appliances

Check home equipment like air condition units, furnaces, dryer vents and hot water heaters to make sure they’re running efficiently.  Making sure to replace and clean filters will help maximize efficiency in your energy bills and keep equipment working longer.  Flushing hot water heaters will also ensure their lifetime value, while cleaning out the dryer vent not only helps the dryer run efficiently but could also prevent fires.

Turn It Off
In addition to swapping in energy efficient bulbs to LED bulbs, turn off all lights when you leave a room. This is one of the easiest and most effective energy-saving measures homeowners can perform.

In areas of the Western US where an ongoing drought continues, reducing water waste is essential. Turning off the faucet in between washings or adding a low flow aerator to your sink and showerhead are two great ways to save water. 

Running the dishwasher and laundry machine only when they’re full will also save resources. Eliminating one shower a week and/or minimizing shower time to 5 minutes will save 2.5 gallons per minutes.  If you’re used to a 10 minute shower, that saves 12.5 gallons per shower.  Add that up for the whole family, and gallons of water have been conserved.

Make sure you’re not wasting water without even realizing it: check for leaks in faucets, showerheads, toilets and hoses. If you have an irrigation system, check for leaks or faulty pieces that might spray more water than normal.

Monitor Temperature of Home
Rather than cranking the heat during the winter, invest in some quality warm pajamas and blankets. Similarly, you can reduce the need for AC during the summer by installing shades on your windows to keep sun out, opening windows to create airflow and planting trees in strategic locations to create shade and reduce temperatures in and around the home.  If you have some extra budget, investing in a whole house fan is another great way to pull in cool air at night during hot weather.

Invest Now
While it can take 8-25 years to pay off, you can eventually save thousands of dollars a year by installing solar power and wind power to generate electricity for your home.  Tax credits are available for homeowners who adopt the use of solar or wind systems. Updating windows, roof and insulation can also result in qualifying for tax credits.  See more: http://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits

Reduce impact on the environment by switching from harsh chemical cleaners to more natural ingredients like lemons, baking soda and salt.  Lemon juice can be used for a variety of things, including brightening grout, disinfecting the microwave, removing stains on cutting boards, removing rust spots in sinks and tubs and more. Get more tips on cleaning here: https://zen.homezada.com/2013/02/15/its-lemon-season-how-lemons-make-a-difference-in-your-home/

Start a Garden
Composting and starting your own garden not only reduces waste, but will save you
money on trash collection and grocery bills. Use a drip irrigation system to reduce the amount of water used when watering your plants and incorporate drought-resistant plants into your garden that don’t require a lot of water.

HomeZada (www.homezada.com) is a digital home platform that manages information during the entire homeowner lifecycle of owning, selling, and buying a home.  The cloud-based solution helps homeowners save money, improve value, and be better organized when managing their largest financial asset.  A Professional version provides real estate agents, builders, and home service providers the ability to improve and differentiate their service and build long-term client loyalty for increased retention and referrals.

What are your clothes made of?

As reported once in the Associated Press:
Styles in fashion are ephemeral and fickle. Those acid-wash jeans, M.C. Hammer pants, and DayGlo T-shirts you loved in middle school have long since reached “out” status (though the harem pants we saw on the Spring 2007 runways look a bit Hammer Time to us). The skinny jeans you love right now will one day follow their fate.

Though trends come and go, the clothes themselves stick around. To make room for new fashions, the average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. Mother Earth isn’t that fond of polyester, and is quite warm enough already, thank you very much.

On top of that, producing new clothes out of traditionally grown cotton taxes the environment with chemical fertilizers and pesticides; energy and chemicals are required to manufacture synthetic materials. The all-American combo of a cotton T-shirt and a pair of denim jeans, for instance, requires 1 pound of fertilizers and pesticides.

But the fashion industry is beginning to recognize its impact, as well as consumers’ desire for more eco-friendly fashion. An increasing number of independent designers and boutiques specialize in eco-conscious fashion that is more hip than hippy.

Even big companies like H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Uniqlo, which sell really cheap, trendy, and easily disposable clothing (a.k.a. “fast clothes”) are taking steps to be more eco-friendly. One way is by using alternative materials that reduce post-consumer waste and pollution.



The most ecological materials are the ones already lying around. But don’t worry — this isn’t like getting your sister’s tattered hand-me-downs or playing dress-up with leftover wrapping paper. Designers are creatively repurposing existing materials, making purses out of candy wrappers or totally new clothes out of discarded fabric and garments. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the industry keeps 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile product waste from entering landfills every year.

That is why the clothing line RevengeIs commits to producing Tees in the USA. As their owner states:

Everything on our website is conceived, born, and raised in the fine metropolitan city of Los Angeles. Our products are free-range, organic, vegetarian, and never given any antibiotics or hormones. Which is pretty easy to do… because they’re t-shirts.

Our Tees are made from Organic Cotton and Bionic Yarn.
Can any of your other clothes say that? Some super-smart folks convert plastic bottles into fibers that are woven into fabric. They use awesome technology or elf dust – either way it’s pretty amazing and we love them.


Going organic doesn’t just apply to what you eat. Now you can buy clothes made out of organic cotton, grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Less than 1 percent of the world’s annual
cotton production is organic, but that’s certain to increase as more mainstream stores carry organic clothing and customers demand it. H&M is already producing an organic cotton line.
 RevengeIs Clothing https://www.revengeis.com


Previously known as panda food, bamboo is also an all-purpose material used to make flooring, furniture, housewares — and clothes. For good reason: It grows as many as 12 inches a day, making it a highly sustainable and renewable resource that doesn’t require pesticides. Clothes made out of bamboo are incredibly durable, soft, biodegradable and antibacterial. (And pandas will highly approve.)


Wearing corn doesn’t have to mean being wrapped in popcorn garlands like a Christmas tree. Ingeo is a man-made fiber whose raw material is corn. Given that corn is easily and abundantly grown annually, Ingeo is highly renewable. And when you’re ready to get rid of your tired threads made of Ingeo, you’ll be comforted in knowing that they’ll be biodegradable, giving back to the Earth rather than burdening it.


There’s no need to go to the spa for your seaweed-wrap treatment: Now you can wear seaweed all day. SeaCell is a fabric made from seaweed and cellulose. Like bamboo and corn, seaweed is highly renewable and, when made into fabric, releases minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin E that the skin absorbs. Literally, you can look good and feel good.


A plastic dress? No, it’s not the mod sixties making a comeback. EcoSpun is a fabric made of 100 percent post-consumer plastic from soda bottles, water bottles and other beverage and household containers. Clothes made from EcoSpun — often used in fleece jackets — are soft and durable. The company says it’s able to keep almost 3 billion plastic soda bottles out of landfills each year, saving over half a million barrels of oil and eliminating 400,000 tons of harmful emissions. So recycle your soda bottle; you could be wearing it one day.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Infographic: Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Power Storage. Why Electric Vehicles Matter!


Renewable energy sources like solar and wind only generate electricity when the wind blows or the sun is out and that isn’t always when customers need power. Batteries large enough to hold megawatts of electricity are prohibitively expensive but another potential source of battery storage is fast emerging: electric vehicles.

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) storage allows the smart grid to use EVs (and even hybrids) as a distributed network of batteries that can store power at off-peak times and help power the grid when demand peaks. Here’s how it works:

1. Power is generated from a renewable source, like wind, and transferred to the grid.

2. Electricity flows from the grid to EV batteries when there is excess capacity (e.g. when the wind blows in predawn hours). The power flow is reversed when demand on the grid is higher.

3. Customers can control when the smart grid can access battery power from their EVs, which can put out enough power to run 10 houses, and even control how far the battery is discharged.

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Lowe’s Announces Professional Monitoring for Iris Smart Home Solution

Green Living Guy is a paid sponsor of this product and is currently testing the services!!! Stay tuned for more info from me.  in the meantime, here is the story!

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Lowe’s announced it will offer professional monitoring services for its do-it-yourself Iris smart home solution.  Lowe’s has partnered with United Central Control, Inc. (UCC), a U.L-listed, Five Diamond-rated central monitoring station, to offer the new service. UCC has been providing world class monitoring services for over thirty-three years. For the first time, Iris customers, who are either homeowners or renters, will have the ability for emergency responders to be dispatched to their homes in the event of an intrusion, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarms for an all-inclusive, month-to-month fee with no long-term contract required.  This addition to Lowe’s smart home offering demonstrates the company’s focus on delivering value to consumers and represents a significant entry into the professional monitoring market.

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According to the 2015 Smart Home Survey annually conducted by Lowe’s, 62 percent of adults claim security is the most beneficial reason to own smart home devices.

“Many of our customers have been interested in the added peace of mind of 24/7 protection with live professionals available to help if problems occur, but only if it was as affordable and flexible as Iris is today,” said Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris Home Systems.  “By providing customers with Iris’ easy-to-install, wireless DIY system combined with professional monitoring capabilities they can trust and afford, we are offering the most all-inclusive smart home solution available at the best value for both homeowners and renters alike.  Whether our customers self-monitor or use our new professionally monitored service, Iris is the smart home system that evolves with you as your life changes and helps make your life easier.”

Lowe’s customers in select markets and where licensing allows (TBA) will be able to take full advantage of professional monitoring for their Iris system for only $19.99 per month starting in Q2 2016. This new service includes the Iris Premium Service ($9.99 monthly value), offering advanced ways to monitor and control the home, including notifications and calls to family and friends in the event of an alarm. Also included with Iris’ professional monitoring service is the Iris cellular backup service, which provides connection when homeowners’ broadband or WiFi goes down ($4.99 monthly value). An additional purchase of a cellular modem is required to enable cellular functionality.

Iris will offer the combination of professionally monitored home security, cellular backup and market-leading home automation all for the one monthly price of $19.99 with no long-term contract required.  Customers will then be able to choose from a simple line-up of Iris services that includes the Iris Basic Service for free, Iris Premium for $9.99, or the all-inclusive Iris professional monitored service for $19.99 per month with the ability to change their plan at any time as their needs change.

“We are pleased Lowe’s chose us to be their Central Monitoring Station partner,” said Teresa Gonzalez, president UCC. “The DIY professional monitoring space is a new market and one we believe will continue to grow. UCC continues to be at the forefront of innovation within the professional monitoring industry. By partnering with a dynamic smart home market-leader in Iris, we are helping to grow the number of customers who can now take advantage of the benefits of a traditional alarm system coupled together with a smart home.”

The new service will support the primary Iris security and safety devices already available for sale today with additional devices as they are added to the Works with Iris program. Current devices that will be monitored include:  Iris contact sensors, Iris motion sensors, Iris keypads, Utilitech glass break sensors, Iris garage door controllers, First Alert smoke detectors, and First Alert smoke/CO detectors.  A minimum of two monitored security devices will be required to help reduce false alarms and an Iris by Lowe’s smart hub must be installed to support functionality.  A new customer can simply buy the Iris Security Pack ($99.99) and Iris Smart Hub ($59.99), and then be up and running with a professional monitored security solution that they can take with them as they move from apartment to apartment or into a new home, as licensing allows.

The next generation of Iris will be on display at CES Unveiled in the Mandalay Bay North Convention Center on Jan. 4 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. PST, and in the Iris by Lowe’s booth (Tech West, Smart Home Marketplace in the Sands Expo Hall, #70727) at CES 2016 from Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas.

Lowe’s was the first company to target the mass consumer market with a broad home automation solution in Iris and the first to introduce a truly open platform – allowing devices across its stores to connect with one another.  Late last year, Lowe’s announced the next generation of its Iris smart home solution, which champions a mobile-first philosophy, giving users a simpler, more intuitive, interactive way to communicate with their homes.  Iris offers value-priced products, an easy DIY system setup, free service from the day of installation, customizable rules to connect devices and a level of customer support consumers have come to expect from Lowe’s.  Iris was developed and designed for the consumer, using nearly 70 years of home improvement experience and input from its 16 million shoppers a week.

For the complete list of products available for Iris, please visit IrisbyLowes.com.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico through its stores and online at Lowes.com, Lowes.ca and Lowes.com.mx. With fiscal year 2014 sales of $56.2 billion, Lowe’s has more than 1,845 home improvement and hardware stores and 265,000 employees. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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