EO® Hand Sanitizers

22 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency 

Get Ready for Winter with Tips from Enviro-Log

SportsArt Fitness introduces energy-harnessing Green System with new ECOFIT Networking System

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EO® Hand Sanitizers

EO® Hand Sanitizers offer a natural, plant-based alternative to chemical laden hand sanitizers. The product is USDA certified organic, containing non-GMO organic ethanol, and is 99.9% effective against most common germs. The vegetable glycerin ingredient in it is also naturally hydrating. Beauty queen Bobbi Brown says, “The product I can't live without is EO Hand Sanitizer Spray in Peppermint. I buy it in bulk, and in a pinch it also works as a breath spray.” And we couldn’t agree more.

Earlier this year, we were introduced to these great products and this great company. The staff here at the Green Living Newsletter as been trying a variety of EO products for the last few months and not only are they eco-friendly, they are effective—and they smell great too!—the peppermint and lavender were our favorites.

EO is a family owned business based on principles of integrity over profit, and stewardship of the environment. Since the company's beginnings in 1995, cofounders Brad Black and Susan Griffin-Black have set themselves apart as early leaders in green business practices.

EO produces and ships all products from its certified organic facility in Marin County, California. In doing so, the company provides jobs for local workers and minimizes its carbon footprint by eliminating the need to transport manufactured goods. EO was one of the first non-GMO certified companies. All bottles use at least 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. And EO uses only pure essential oils, no synthetic fragrances. While holding true to its principles, EO has grown into an international company with a leading presence in the natural and organic body care industry.

To review the entire line offered by EO, to find out more, or to make a purchase visit: www.eoproducts.com



22 Steps Toward Energy Efficiency

Looking for ways to save energy and money?  www.coopamerica.org suggests “go for a big, but doable goal—10% energy saved per year over the next five years, 50% in five years!”  For the average household, 10% per year energy savings is only about 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of energy/year.

Co-op America is confident that many families could achieve the first 1,000 kwh/year of savings by washing clothes in cold water (770 kwh/yr); placing several major electronics, such as video and stereo systems, on a surge protector that can be switched off (47kwh/year); and brushing of their refrigerator's condenser coils twice a year (392 kwh/year).

Many families could get another 1,000 kwh/year reduction by replacing half of their incandescent lighting with compact fluorescents (440kwh/year), letting the dishes in the dishwasher air dry (404kwh/year), and enabling the "sleep" function on their computer and printer to go on after five minutes of non-use (259kwh/year).

Thanks to the folks at www.coopamerica.org who compiled this list, here are 22 steps you can take—each with the estimated energy savings you can achieve each year.

1. Turn off lights you're not using – There are even have switchplate reminders for you, downloadable from the www.coopamerica.org site. (2% energy savings per year, assuming an average family's energy use)

2. Schedule an energy audit – Your local utility will probably provide an audit for free, and you may also get a more comprehensive audit (saving you more money in the long term) by paying for a whole-house audit. (Up to 50% energy savings per year)

3. Don't heat or cool empty rooms – If there is a room in your house that is rarely used, close off the vents to save on heating and cooling. (Varies by size of room.)

4. Give your dishwasher a rest – Skip the energy-intensive drying cycle on your dishwasher and choose the air-dry option, or open the door for zero-energy dish drying. (5% energy savings per year)

5. Shift your energy load to off-peak hours – Because power sources must produce electricity around the time of use (without capacity for long-term storage) it is our collective peak demand that triggers the building of more polluting power plants. (Varies)

6. Turn off your electronics – If you're going to be away from your computer or other appliance for more than an hour, turn it off. (5% energy savings per year)

7. Eliminate "phantom load" – Many electronics use energy even while turned off, so your best bet is to unplug them when not in use. (5% energy savings per year)

8. Make your fridge more efficient – Keep your refrigerator's coils clean to boost its overall power, and store jugs of water in any empty space inside, because water retains coldness better than air. (4% energy savings per year)

9. Wash clothes in cold water – Your clothes will get just as clean, on half the energy. (7% energy savings per year)

10. Give up your dryer – Hang your clothes to dry on a clothesline or indoor rack. (10% energy savings per year)

11. Plug your air leaks – Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems are wasted when you're leaking out the cool or warm air you're putting in. (5% energy savings per year)

12. Reduce your water use – Simple ways to save water include fixing any leaks and replacing faucets and showerheads with low-flow options. (3% energy savings per year)

13. Cut waste through windows – Properly seal window edges, cover windows with curtains to prevent heat loss, or coat windows with reflective "low-e" films that reduce heat loss while still allowing light to shine through. (10% energy savings per year)

14. Help your hot water heater – Add an insulating cover to reduce heat loss. (1% energy savings per year)

15. Install ceiling fans – Reduce your air conditioner usage with ceiling fans. Look for "Energy Star" models that use 50 percent less energy. (19% energy savings per year)

16. Get a programmable thermostat – Automate when your heating or cooling systems come on to save energy while you sleep or are away from home. (10% energy savings per year)

17. Upgrade your appliances – Look for the "Energy Star," and you may be eligible for a tax break. (3 - 12% energy savings per year)

18. Upgrade your hot water heater – Save energy and space by upgrading to a tankless or solar hot water heater. (14% energy savings per year)

19. Green your roof – Studies have found that a green roof on a typical one-story building can result in a 25 percent reduction in summer cooling needs. (12% energy savings per year)

20. Save energy through landscaping – The US Department of Energy found that the proper placement of as few as three shady trees will save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually. (12% energy savings per year)

21. Replace your windows – In step 13, you read recommendations for working with the windows you have. Replacing your windows with more energy-efficient versions can save you even more. (14% energy savings per year)

22. Don't waste energy on TV – With the switch to digital TV coming in 2009, many people are buying new, digital-ready TVs. If you must shop for a new television, look for an LCD (liquid crystal display) screen, which uses six times less energy than a plasma screen. (2% energy savings per year)

Note: These energy savings assume an average US home, which uses about 11,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and 19,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year.

Source: Co-Op America. For details about membership in Co-Op America or for more green information and ideas, visit www.coopamerica.org



Get Ready for Winter with Tips
from Enviro-Log

Enviro-Log®, Inc., an eco-friendly, consumer products and recycling company, wants to ensure you take safety precautions to prepare your family, home and car for the worst winter has to offer. In addition to chilly conditions outdoors, power outages during cold weather can cause the temperature inside your house to drop rapidly. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there were 34 extreme cold deaths in 2010.

“The snowstorm that hit the East Coast in late October left millions of customers without power for days, which is why we encourage every household to have an emergency kit,” said Ross McRoy, president of Enviro-Log. “The basic home emergency kit should include: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight, extra batteries, matches or lighter, first aid kit, moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation, cell phone with a portable or solar charger, and an alternate heat source such as firewood or firelogs.”

The Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting an unusually cold and stormy winter, predicting severe weather for the Northern Plains, parts of the Northern Rockies and the Western Great Lakes. The Farmers’ Almanac also predicts that a very active storm track will bring much heavier-than-normal precipitation in the Northeast, along the Great Lakes, and from the Southern Plains through Tennessee into Ohio.

“We moved to a new place that came with a wood stove which is why we decided to try Enviro-Log Firelogs,” said J.C. Bell, an Enviro-Log customer in Pennsylvania. “We liked that it was made from 100 percent recycled materials. It only took one flick to light and burned for over 3 hours. We have decided that this is the fuel source we will use from now on.”

Enviro-Log also recommends the following to prepare your family, home and car for cold weather:

• Make a family emergency plan. Everyone should know what to do during an emergency in case all family members are not together. Pick a place to meet and make sure everyone knows the address of the location. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you program a family member as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know.

• Winterize your home. Insulate walls and attics, caulk and use weather-stripping on doors and windows, and cover windows with plastic. Use insulation for exposed pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. It is also important to learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

• Carry a survival kit in your vehicle. According to the National Weather Service, about 70 percent of winter weather-related fatalities occur as a result of people stranded in automobiles. You should store an emergency kit in your trunk stocked with the following items: blankets/sleeping bags, cellular phone or two-way radio, windshield scraper, snow brush, flashlight with extra batteries, extra winter clothes, shovel, tow chain, matches, traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter), emergency flares, jumper cables, snacks, water, road maps and an alternative heat source such as firewood or firelogs. Enviro-Log firelogs can be purchased at select national retail locations including Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, True Value, Rite Aid, Sears, Whole Foods, Walmart, Dollar General, Stop & Shop, Fred Meyer, Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Weis Markets, Winn-Dixie, Blain’s Farm & Fleet and many regional retailers throughout the U.S. Enviro-Log firelogs are also available in Canada at Lowe’s, Walmart, and Canadian Tire locations. More information on Enviro-Log can be found at www.enviro-log.net or by calling (866)343-6847.



SportsArt Fitness Introduces Energy-Harnessing Green System With New ECOFIT Networking System

Using exercise to produce electricity for the power grid

SportsArt Fitness, an innovative manufacturer of high-end cardio and strength products is introducing their revolutionary Green System. With a "pod" of fitness products attached to an inverter that harnesses human-generated power from exercisers, the Green System produces electricity and feeds it back into the power grid as useable energy.

The newest innovation in exercise equipment that produces electricity

Anita Miller, Senior Producer Manager for SportsArt Fitness, describes the Green System further: "Power generated by human pedaling is sent to an inverter and then to the power grid of the building. The energy generated through the Green System Products will reduce the building's energy consumption and therefore reduce the cost. One inverter is capable of linking a maximum of 20 Green System Products and produces up to 2000 Watts of power. Depending on how many pods of Green System Products a facility has installed, the energy cost savings can be significant. The more you install, the more savings you will see. Great for health, the environment and the pocket book."

The new ECOFIT Networking System and Display integrated with Social Media

The ECOFIT Networking System and Display will revolutionize usage of exercise equipment in clubs, fitness facilities, hotels, universities and schools. It's a system that shows users how much electricity they are producing on in-club digital media displays; allows for localized facility and environmental, "green" messaging on the display screen and includes a "points" accumulation system for energy created by the user. These points can then be redeemed at the club or a hotel, university or school with fitness facilities - building brand loyalty and user loyalty for the facility.

ECOFIT system users can also compare their points with other users in contests and competitions. The system is fully integrated with Social Media, includes accessible personal workout data (via the user's email address as the ID) and includes convenient iPhone applications. Users simply insert their ECOFIT card into the machine. Absolutely state-of-the-art with plug and play ease of use.

An industry first

The Green System joins an established line of eco-friendly fitness products offered by SportsArt Fitness. The launch of their ECO-POWRT treadmill five years ago offered club owners a treadmill that uses 32% less energy than the traditional club treadmill. SportsArt also offers complete self-generating ellipticals and cycles that require no outside power to operate. "The combination of our ECO-POWRT treadmill motors and our Green System ellipticals and cycles will save facilities thousands in energy costs," Ken Carpenter, Director of Sales for SportsArt Fitness said. "We welcome the entire industry to become more eco-conscious as we will continue to invest heavily into this crucial green initiative." SportsArt's Green System will reach the market in the 1st Quarter of 2012.

SportsArt Fitness is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of high quality cardiovascular and strength equipment for home and commercial use. SportsArt retains control over every aspect of component design and the overall manufacturing process ensuring proper integration, maximum performance and longer product life. SportsArt Fitness holds TUV and ISO 9001/9002 quality certifications and hundreds of worldwide patents for their innovations. For more information on the SportsArt Fitness brand and their latest products visit us on the web at www.sportsartamerica.com.