Bills are a daily reminder to us that our money is never really our own.

With constant payments going to toward the gas, electricity, water, phone, insurances, food, rent, mortgage it’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed and frustrated as we’re forever stuck running on the spot, never advancing anywhere.  Some days it seems that all we work for is to pay the bills never mind having any money left over to put away for a rainy day.

There is a solution that increasingly more people are opting for these days allowing them to save more money at the end of the month in reduced utility bills by living independently of the main energy grid.  Not only does this save money as you essentially produce your own energy but you can actually make money by selling your excess energy back to the power companies.

The concept of “net metering” came about during the 1970’s when Federal legislation named the “Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act” was passed enabling any residential energy producer residing in the United States the right to sell excess power to their local energy provider at retail rates.  There are currently over 30 states in the US that support net metering, to find out if yours is one of them you can find out here:

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®

Earth 4 Energy is the ideal solution if you wish to choose this path.  Not only do you get to keep more of your hard earned money but you’re also doing something beneficial for the environment at the same time.

With Earth 4 Energy you’ll learn how to assemble your own solar panels and wind generator. The advantage to these forms of energy is that they are fully renewable unlike fossil fuels where there is only a finite amount ever produced and when that runs out, that’s it.

The usual set up costs associated with independent energy is usually steep and without of reach of most people, however with Earth 4 Energy you can learn how to be up and running for under $200.  You’ll find that the savings over time will enable you to recoup your cost within a year, a shorter timeframe if you choose to sell energy back to the power company.

Why alternate energy sources are the way to go:

As mentioned previously because the energy source is renewable and unlimited and doesn’t harm the environment as it captures, stores and expends energy, in fact there are no carbon emissions associated with this form of energy production.

Using “Photovoltaic” systems such as solar energy reduces the need for energy storing dry cell batteries.  Sadly batteries when past their usefulness are discarded into our landfills at a staggering rate of 3 billion, and that’s just per year.  These batteries are laced with toxic chemicals such as Mercury and Cadmium and Lead and corrosive acids like sulphuric acid which can cause severe burns when in contact with the skin, and like with any landfill, each has the potential to leak and leach contaminants into our environment.

Incorporating solar and wind energy into your life on a bigger scale reduces the need for these batteries and the less they clog up and pollute our landfills.

This is one of the cleanest sources of energy production that doesn’t emit CO2 greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, in fact over a 30 year period you would have saved over 7 tonnes of CO2 emission just with your energy use alone.  That’s one huge carbon footprint reduction.  This also means that you’re contributing to cleaner, emission free air for the future which means better health for everyone.

So if you want to reduce your lifelong carbon footprint by over 7 tonnes and truly do something of benefit for your environment, then using Earth 4 Energy could be the solution you’re looking for.

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I have two parakeets who aren't the least bit hand tamed, so any like I have read of pretending you eat it and then offereing it to them will not work. Anyway, I have tried several times with a lot of different foods I tried mixing bits with their seed (I'll get to that in a second) but they eat around it, I have tried to leave the food in the dish all day, but they just walk/poop on it, and I have tried only offering fresh food without seed and they just screamed the whole day. Foods I have tried are Banana, fresh peach, frozen strawberries (thawed), cherries (sans pit), mashed blueberries, seedless grape, garden fresh organic corn (I know it's garden fresh and pesticide free because we grow it) (off the cob), canned and fresh green beans, canned peas, peanut butter, graham crackers, boiled cabbage, crushed saltines, bits of boiled chicken (cooled). I said I'd get back to the seed thing, I am switching them to pellets as soon as possible, what brand/style do you reccomend? cont.
I have been wanting to, but I am scared of low quality pellets that claim to be complete, but may not be, what kind do you use and reccomend, Currently, I am supplimenting their seed with vitamin drops because I don't have pellets and they won't eat fresh foods, how can I change this? Also, so I HAVE to sepreate them to finger train them? I bought my first parakeet, Riko, last year and he seemed lonely even though I spent hours with him, trying to train him, so I bought him a buddy, who WAS named Lola, but Lola is now Tiger because she's really a he. Then Riko died of the flu and thankfully Tiger didn't catch it, but then Tiger was depressed and lonely and so I bought him a friend named Jade, which is the two I have who won't eat fresh food. I don't want to seperate them, but I guess I will if it's the ONLY way to do it.

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Until around the turn of the 21st century before it officially had a name, road rage was just simply thought of as impatient drivers with intolerance toward anyone else sharing the road with them.  These days it seems that you can’t turn on the television or surf the internet without hearing some new “rage” related condition, such as the likes of email rage, computer rage, Myspace rage, phone rage, internet rage, believe it or not “line range” where an elderly woman was run over by a shopping cart, but get ready for it, now there’s “wrap rage”.

The smart people at Amazon.com heard the cries and frustrations of a nation and answered their call by creating “Frustration Free Packaging” for their physical products.  If you’ve opened a toy encased in plastic you’ll no doubt have experienced this for yourself at some point, short of needing an instruction manual, or a hammer to free a toy from its plastic prison.  After a while, even Barbie’s Mona Lisa smile turns to a smirk at your unwrapping incompetence.

Amazon.com has aligned themselves with some big name market players like Mattel, Fisher-Price, Microsoft, Transcend offering around 19 products containing 100% recyclable  packaging materials that have themselves been created from at least 50% recycled materials.  CEO Jeff Bezos intends to employ this type of packaging for all of Amazon.com’s physical products in the future.

Keeping their eye on the eco-prize has its share of long terms benefits such as reduced waste ending up in the landfills, its affiliated partners building a reputation of being cleaner and greener while saving money on reduced production costs associated with this new, minimized packaging.  Green definitely has its rewards.

In addition to reduced packaging waste, Amazon.com has devised a way to further help the environment by using its employees “Amazonians” to identify and amend any inefficient energy practices within its organization.  And if the name Amazonian wasn’t special enough, this group of  people are known as the “Earth Kaizen’s”, Kaizen translated from the Japanese phrase meaning “change for the better”, an apt name for a group dedicated to making that happen.

Earth Kaizen’s are essentially all employees from Amazon.com at every level whose fingers are all on a common pulse for the conservation of energy.  As an example, Earth Kaizens in the Lexington, Kentucky, fulfillment center realized that a large amount of the bulk storage facility went unused during weekends yet the power remained on at all times.  120 lights were permanently turned off resulting in the savings of nearly 500,000 kilo-watt hours, enough electricity to generate power to over 30 homes in Kentucky for a whole year.

The bid to go greener isn’t just a passing fancy with Amazon.com who recently diversified by adding a “green” range of products to their inventory, which you can find on Amazon’s “Green Page”.  It sports products for every aspect of life from electronics to baby products, home and garden supplies, children’s toys, grocery and household supplies, wind and solar power generator kits, books, shoes, etc.

Amazon.com’s Green Page has 3 different sections for the green enthusiast, Ease Into Green, Eco Chic and Go Extreme Green.

Their “Ease Into Green” section is for those wanting to do their part for the environment in baby steps by incorporating little green aspects into their daily lives, like using greener household alternatives in lieu of their less eco-friendly regulars, light bulbs, storage containers, garbage bins, etc.

Eco Chic is their range of clothing constructed from sustainable materials as well organic products for baby, beauty and bathroom and a range of environmentally sound furniture.

Go Extreme Green is for the diehard green buffs who want to take their green living to the next level.  The types of products this
market want are alternative energy sources to help them live semi independently or completely off the main power grid, eco-designed shower heads for conscious water use and hydroponic kits to grow their own gardens.

If you want to purchase your everyday household items while helping the environment at the same time, then Amazon.com’s Green Page is the way to go, whether you want to ease into green or jump with both feet into it, Amazon.com has the solution for you.

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