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Energy Tax Credit

It’s that time of year again, and I know everyone is so looking forward to doing their taxes!  Well, maybe not actually doing our taxes, but we sure are excited for that big check to come in the mail!

If you have been adopting a greener lifestyle, get ready to reap the benefits!  There are several different energy tax credits that you may be eligible for!  I am going to lay them out for you in a “nutshell,” but please click on the link below to find out more details!  And if you are not eligible this year, check them out so you can find out what you can do in 2012 to get in on this cashbox!

Products Eligible for Tax Credits Through 2011

Biomass Stoves

HVAC

Insulation

Roofing

Water Heaters (Non Solar)

Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Products Eligible for Tax Credits Through 2016

Geothermal Heat Pump

Solar Energy Systems

Wind Energy Systems

Fuel Cells

Vehicle Tax Credits

Plug-In Electric Vehicles

The credits I have listed below are only the federal tax credits.  To learn more about state specific incentives, check out the link below!

http://www.energysavers.gov/financial/70010.html

Happy Tax Filing!

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Recycle Your Water Bottle… In the Toilet?

One of the most simple tips I have received to become a more “green” citizen, is to recycle a water bottle in the tank of your toilet.  This simple step will turn your boring and outdated John into a fabulous and earth conscious, low flow toilet.  Of course, if you would like to save even more money on your water bill, you can also place a half-gallon jug in the tank.  However, proceed with caution.  If you displace too much water, your toilet will most likely clog more often, if you are the type of person who flushes an entire tree of toilet paper down the drain. Hint: Sometimes less is more folks! 

The reason this simple step will make such a difference is because toilets are the largest consumer of water in the entire household.  Americans flush a whopping 4.8 billion gallons of water down the toilet, every day.(1)  It is easy to see how such a small change will make a large difference very quickly.  The installation is quite simple, and I will outline the steps below.

1. Finish drinking that delicious spring water from your water bottle and then remove the label.  You don’t want soggy pieces of paper floating around in there!

2. Fill the water bottle halfway with pebbles or sand and the rest with water.  Then, twist the cap back on.  The reason you fill the water bottle with sand is because you don’t want it sliding around in there, causing a raucous.

3. Place the water bottle in the tank gently, and away from moving parts.

4.  Place the lid back on the tank and voila! You have created an instant upgrade for the environment and to your pocket-book!

The reason I chose this topic to start off my blog is because in places all around the world, water is quickly becoming an extremely precious commodity.  Over the last century alone, the use of water has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase.  And, while there is enough freshwater on the planet for the current population, people go without water because it is wasted and distributed unevenly.(2)

Please do the environment, yourself, and thirsty people everywhere a favor, and either recycle that water bottle in your toilet, or use that tax refund to buy a shiny new low flow toilet!  If you try out this fantastic tip, please comment on how much it saved you on your water bill and if it is as easy to do as I claim!

Happy Flushing!

1. http://www.idealbite.com/tiplibrary/archives/toilet_talk Ideal Bite, Toilet Talk

2. http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml United Nations, Water Scarcity

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Welcome!

Today is the beginning of my post-college writing project.

I am a 24-year-old idealist who has not found contentment in the daily grind of a 9-5 job; I know I am not the only recent graduate facing this issue.  One of the things I have missed most about college is the continuous learning and research that a structured class schedule creates.  Thus, I have decided to begin a writing project to see where it takes me.

For this blog, I will be posting every day…or at least attempting to.  However, the posts will vary between being the main entrée and some smaller appetizers to keep everything light and kickin’.  I am choosing three topics that I am highly interested in, the environment, natural health, and my faith. However, this is a project that is open to growth and change.  That being said, I may drop topics, or add in others as I discover what I enjoy writing about the most.

I am completely open to doing extensive research on all sorts of topics within the parameters I have set.  So, if there is something you would like to know more about, please let me know and I will see what I can dig up!

Let the journey begin.

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