Category Archives: General Green Musings

Waterless Company comes to the Rescue- A Waterless Urinal that works and doesn’t cost a fortune

After my last post, which described my experiences with waterless urinals, the totally ridiculously priced replaceable cartridges and then with my rather atrocious interaction with Terry Janssen, the CEO of EcoTech, a company that manufactures a “SUPPOSEDLY” lifetime cartridge that … Continue reading

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Eco Urinal Cartidges for Waterless Urinals – Watch out, they don’t give you what they advertise and what they do give you, doesn’t work

About a year and a half ago, after paying $45 for disposable waterless urinal cartridges that filled up, clogged, smelled horribly, one to many times, I decided to order the Eco Cartridge from EcoTechWater.  I had read about the Cartridges … Continue reading

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Do you recommend solar shingles? Is the technology advanced enough for durability and problem-free installation?We are designing a new house and would like to incorporate solar without the ugly rooftop panels.

Photovoltaic (PV) technology can be integrated into building materials such as roof tiles; the practice is known as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). BIPV has traditionally been done as an after-market add-on, so there are a lot of products out there, … Continue reading

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Renovating an old home with hardwoods and trying to get rid of cat odor from previous owner. Is there a natural solution?

We have purchased an older home which was owned by a family with LOTS of cats. The house has all hardwoods and we are trying to restore the floors and get rid of the cat odor. Is there a natural/green … Continue reading

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Does PEX tubing constitute an offgassing problem when applied under existing hardwood flooring?

Additionally, are there any water contamination issues with using PEX tubing for human-consumption water supply? PEX is cross-linked polyethylene, so there is no measurable offgassing from the material. Through one of several processes, links between polyethylene molecules are formed to … Continue reading

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Santa Monica, California Grey Water Policy

Congratulations to Santa Monica for taking the great intentions of all the people who have been working so hard for so long to get a reasonable grey water policy passed in the State of California, and throwing it in the … Continue reading

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Should you worry about the radioactivity emitted from my granite or quartz countertops?

Yes, some granites and quartz’s contain some amounts of uranium, a radioactive element.  You are safe from significant exposure to a granite that contains uranium, while it is locked in the granite and/or if it is present at very low … Continue reading

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