This is where I share pagan ideas, crafts, recipes, and rituals. Please be aware that I believe there is no One True Way. I state my preferences, but I also have the courtesy to think you have a right to yours. Please reciprocate that courtesy.
The Power Vampires are Eating You Alive!
This is true!! I ran an experiment, recording the power useage with all my crap plugged but not in use, and then with it all unplugged or shut off using off switches on the power strips. OMG!! The savings are incredible. Go ahead. Try it for yourself. My Mom turned me on to this one. (pun intended)
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Friday, May 29 2009
Vampire power costs
There's a lot of interest in the fact that many electronic devices in our homes are using energy even while they are turned off or not being used. But, how much money do these energy vampires really suck up? For many people, the standby power used by one device will seem minuscule, but the costs can add up when you take into account just how many things we all have plugged in. What's more, many households, have multiple televisions, computers, cordless phones, and others. All... More on this story >>
"Jeff, can't we at least celebrate the holiday before you eat the decorations?" I've heard that more than once from my long-suffering wife during our 26-year marriage. You see, cheapskates like to celebrate Halloween and other holidays just like everyone else. But we grimace at wasteful rituals like throwing away a perfectly good pumpkin after using it for only a few days as a decoration. Americans buy more than one billion pounds of pumpkins at Halloween, and the vast majority of those end up in the trash. But at the Green Cheapskate's house, we eat our jack-o-lantern, every last bit of it. While some particularly meaty varieties of pumpkins are specifically grown to be eaten (including Sweet Jack-be-Littles, Cheese Pumpkins, Sugar Pumpkins, and some delicious heirloom vari…
For those of
you who don't know what washing soda is, it is the BEST stuff for
cleaning sterling silver. Put a tablespoon in a bowl lined with aluminum
foil then add hot water. Just drop in your sterling silver pieces and
it starts to fizz away. Leave on for about 5-10 minutes then take out
and rinse in cold water.