San Diegans could get $20,000 off price of electric car

August 15, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk might have just ushered in the era of affordable electric vehicles with the first Tesla Model 3 cars rolling off the production line, but south of the Fremont factory in San Diego there is another great deal going on. Starting this month and running through the end of September, San Diego Gas & Electric customers can take advantage of a $10,000 discount off the purchase of a 2017 Nissan Leaf or a 2017 BMW i3. When the state of California’s $2,500 EV rebate and the $7,500 federal tax credit are added, SDG&E customers could potentially get $20,000 off the price of an electric car. The utility also offers an annual bill credit of up to $200 for driving an electric vehicle. Related: New lithium-ion battery from Japan could double electric vehicle range “All-electric cars have fewer parts which result in no oil changes and less maintenance costs,” the SDG&E website states. “Electric cars on freeways and neighborhood streets in the San Diego region reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. Moreover, when EVs plug into SDG&E’s grid they receive 43% renewable energy and no coal.” According to SDG&E, there are more than 1,100 public charging stations in the utility’s territory with plans to reach 3,500 charging stations. Charging infrastructure is increasing across the state — the California Energy Commission has awarded nearly $65 million to pay for more than 7,800 electric vehicle charging stations. + SDG&E Via The Verge Images via BMW and Nissan

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Can utility companies take advantage of the IT revolution?

June 22, 2013 by  
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When utilities embrace technology, it's on a grand scale. However, most still need an upgrade, from infrastructure to social media, Oracle experts say.

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How can I reuse or recycle a unwanted solid deodorant bar from Lush?

February 20, 2012 by  
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Kathryn has emailed us asking about reuses for a solid deodorant bar: I recently bought a solid deodorant from Lush ( this one ). It smells nice, but it’s not right for me. Other than using it to keep my sock drawer fresh, could I do anything else with it? The ingredients are listed as including chamomile vinegar, bicarb and essential oils, so I’m thinking I might be able to use it in some other cleaning function… crumble it into the washing machine? Any thoughts? Lush has a full ingredients list – and info about each ingredient – on their website — can any cosmetics experts give us their reuse opinion based on those? Most of the key ingredients are also used in their soap bars but I’m wondering if the combination of astringents in this bar might get in the way of cleaning power… anyone know? I like the sock drawer idea – I also wonder if it would be cut in half and used as a deodorant in undesirably aromatic trainers. Any other reuses to take advantage of the nice scent? What would you do with it?

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How can I reuse or recycle old PVC pipes?

February 14, 2012 by  
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We’ve had an email from Madhvi asking : how can I creatively recycle old PVC pipes? We’ve covered some reuses for guttering and drainpipes – which are increasingly plastic these days – but I thought it was worth asking Madhvi’s question because PVC pipes come in all sorts of diameters and lengths. A few months ago, when I was looking to build us a laundry basket for the bedroom, I spotted this PVC pipe laundry hamper project , which I thought was a very neat idea. Depending on the size, that could possibly be made from offcuts or the idea shrunk down if you only had smaller pieces available. In a similar constructed-with-plumbing-joints vein, I also like the idea of this PVC pipe laptop stand and this bike stand . As for smaller reuses without additional parts, I like this bathroom storage idea – I’m not sure how many people have two sets of curlers but it’s an adaptable idea, especially regarding the cables. You could use them to tidy up electric cables under desks/behind TVs etc – if all the cables go through sections of pipes, they’re less likely to be underfoot and get tangled. (If the end plugs are too wide to go through the pipe, you can cut slot in it to slide the cable through instead – this guy was doing it for something a little different but this is what I mean by a slot .) Similarly, you can use them instead of kitchen roll/toilet roll tubes for storing electric wires & extension cables when they’re not in use – we’re a geeky household, we’ve got a lot of spare wires 😉 And that’s all before we start thinking about ideas for the garden! As for actual recycling, PVC recycling has increased over recent years but it’s still not as commonly collected for recycling as some other plastics (and it’s harder to recycle too). If you have a lot of pipes to get rid of, contact your local council’s waste department to see if they can accept them for recycling – or if they’re still in a new/usable condition, pass them on to someone else yourself through eBay, Freecycle/Freegle or Craig’s List etc. How would you reuse or recycle old plastic/PVC pipes? Have you used them anywhere interesting around your home or garden?

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‘Carmageddon’ Puts Bikes Front And Center In L.A.

July 14, 2011 by  
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It’s a rare event, and hard to resist for any cyclist or skater – a 10-mile stretch of I-405 in Southern California from Highway 10 to Highway 101 is going to be closed this weekend for 53 hours in order for construction crews to widen the roadway and demolish part of a bridge. The ensuing traffic snarl is being called ‘Carmageddon.’ It is also an opportunity for Angelenos to see how other methods of transport can serve them, and cyclists and flash mobbers are planning (unsanctioned) rides to take advantage of the wide-open but closed-off roads…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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New York Gets Free, Convenient E-Cycling…For Another Week

January 17, 2011 by  
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New Yorkers are getting the gift of free, convenient e-waste recycling, but unfortunately they’ll have to rush to take advantage of it.  Apple store and service facility, Tekserve, and the Lower East Side Ecology center have put together a string of e-cycling events in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, but the program ends on January 23. New York state passed an aggressive e-waste law last year requiring electronics manufacturers to offer free recycling programs and, by 2015, making it illegal to throw electronics in the trash.  The recycling programs aren’t required until April of this year, so the two organizations put together the program to collect all of the old electronics cast aside after the holidays. The Ecology Center has been offering free e-cycling since 2003 and guarantees that all of the items collected are recycled in the U.S.

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Space Saving Sofa Stores Your Stuff. Is This A Good Thing?

October 21, 2010 by  
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Images credit Baita Design At the Baita Design Studio in Rio De Janeiro, they write about the Safo Sofa: Every time I sit on my couch I wonder why they cannot be more than just seating places… Once they take up so much room, why not take advantage of the large idle space inside them? That’s TreeHugger Transformer thi…

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8 Medical Technologies That Seem Straight From Sci-Fi

October 21, 2010 by  
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eLEGS invention, via Berkeley Bionics video We have a soft spot for inventions that can radically improve someone’s life, and with the upcoming premiere of Dean of Invention on Planet Green tomorrow night, it got us thinking about some of the more radical technologies we’ve seen come out of labs lately. Check out 8 of our favorites, including a brain-controlled wheelchair, legs that help paraplegics walk again, nano-ink tattoos that monitor blood sugar in diabetics,..

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happy hour.

May 28, 2010 by  
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Here’s a cute treat for your tweet tweets (ok, we admit that was a stretch): Etsy shop owner DeeLux Designs has come up with the perfect way to recycle an old liquor bottle – into a hummingbird feeder !  If you like showing off your alcoholism (kidding!) or just want a fun conversation piece for your backyard gatherings this summer, take advantage of a recycled bottle.  Not to mention hummingbird-safe by not using a ball-bearing in the feeder tip to protect the hummingbird’s tongue. Thanks to Melissa Adelman for suggesting this tip

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sleeper cell.

May 24, 2010 by  
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Now that the sun is rising earlier, it’s time to take advantage of that early morning natural glow. I’m talking about from you!  Because if you go to bed one hour earlier each night, you’ll not only save electricity used to keep your dark house light at night, but you’ll wake up feeling much more refreshed and ready to start your day.  While we’re on the topid of consumption, studies have also shown that you’ll probably consume more food the less you sleep (probably because it’s easy to eat when you are awake too?).  Take your time to rest and regenerate seriously – for yourself and the environment.

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