Freecycle Everything You Can

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Have you ever been to freecycle.org? If so, good for you! If not, then you need to. I learned of Freecycle from my girlfriend. She is always on Freecycle finding stuff or getting rid of stuff.

Just what is Freecycle? Freecycle is a Network that is made up of 4,751 groups with 6,757,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Plus membership is free.

I always fall back to that old saying when telling people about Freecycle “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. We used it the other day when we were cleaning the garage and found these little, old Christmas tree penguin ornaments. We threw them on Freecycle and a day later a lady came by and picked them up off our front porch. What’s neat is you don’t even have to meet the person; you just make an email arrangement and leave the goods on your porch. The cool part is that the penguins didn’t go into the landfill, and somebody didn’t have to go buy new penguins, plus they got them for free! The lady wrote an email a couple of days later telling us she loved the ornaments. Cool huh?
So, now you probably want to go check it out. All you really need to get started is a Yahoo account. If you have a yahoo email account that will work too.  Freecycle listings are through Yahoo Groups. Once you get your Yahoo account situated, go to http://www.freecycle.org, click on browse groups and select your state and city. Next click “Visit Group Page”, then join the group. At this point the Freecycle group will be added to your Yahoo Groups list. This particular group requires a membership approval; it’s nothing bad, they do this to keep the spammers out. Upon approval, you are ready to give and get. Have fun with Freecycle, and remember before you toss your “junk”, Freecycle it.

The Bakersfield Freecycle group now has over 3300 members who are helping keep thousands of pounds of “stuff” out of landfills each year. Click the link below to get directly to the Bakersfield Freecycle group
http://www.freecycle.org/group/US/California/Bakersfield

-Kynan Chambers
www.savebakersfield.com



TED Unit Helps Save Energy

the_energy-detective_02I will admit, I love gadgets, and gadgets that help save energy and money are even better!  Not too long ago, my household utility bill was a major monthly expense ($500+ some months). My home is 2500 sq. ft. with a swimming pool.  My wife, myself, and our two children live in the home year round.  Over the past two years my family and I have been focusing on reducing our kWh consumption.  We have changed incandescent bulbs to energy efficient CFL’s and have even started using LED lighting. We have also upgraded our older appliances to newer Energy Star rated appliances.  Within a few short months, we were able to cut our kWh usage in half! Over the first year alone, our annual energy bill was slashed by 2600 dollars.  Now, with the help of “The Energy Detective”, I am saving even more energy, and energy equals dollars.

Last month I purchased “The Energy Detective” also known as TED.  TED is an energy monitor that allows my family to see our kWh consumption in real time!  TED can also keeps a running daily kWh total.  The TED unit was also super easy for my electrician friend Tim to install. Once the TED unit was installed and up and running, I was enthralled with turning different lights and appliances on and off to check their kWh draws. (Click Read More to Continue)

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