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A green stimulus package for your eyes, ears and mind…


  • Today 11a-7p and Tomorrow, Oct 4, 10a-6p, The Baby Show NYC is at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues.  Featuring a Green Baby 101 seminar by Inhabitots from 2:30-3:15 today, Parents Discovery (ongoing free seminars on how to keep baby healthy and happy), and several exhibitors with the latest clothing, accessories and toys for babies.  Treats by Petite Abeille at the Organic Cafe.  Tix in advance $20/1 day or $30/2-day. Tix at door $30, or $40 for 2-day pass. Kids under 5 free, others, $5.
  • Bike Miami Days’ Second Annual Event is tomorrow – Sunday, October 4 with lots of activities and live music from 9a-2p.  Explore the heart of Miami CAR-FREE — on foot, by bike, skateboard or any other form of self-propelled transportation. more @
  • In honor of Ken Burns’ doc, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (and to spread the word about the importance of protecting our national parks for future generations), The Sierra Club is giving away a trip to Yosemite and San Francisco as part of their 100,000 Champions for National Parks campaign. Their goal is to get to 100,000 names by tomorrow, October 4th – All you have to do is sign their statement of support for parks at Tell them your favorite national park and your name will be added to the scrolling list of “Champions for Parks” on their homepage.
  • 4th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference Oct. 2 & 3, 10a-5p. Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, FREE admission.
  • Green Building Show Thursday & Friday, October 8 and 9; held At NJExpo Center. Tix $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Produced by Go Green Expo, created for both builders and homeowners.
  • Learn How to Save Green When You Shop Green by blog-pal, Karen Schiff, co-founder of Ecobunga. (more…)
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Turbine Boss – prevent attic vent heat loss

turbineboss1.jpgHomeowners who have turbine attic ventilators, (those spinning fans on the roof of one’s home), lose a lot of heat in the winter when warm attic air gets sucked out by cold outside winter temperatures.   Covering or sealing the vents can cause all kinds of problems – the solution – install a self-regulating Turbine Boss and you can make your attic ventilation system much more energy efficient.  The Turbine Boss’s Thermostatic Controller automatically stops the turbine heat loss in winter by closing the vent when temps go below 40 degrees and opens when they rise above 80 degrees. Just install it and forget it.

turbineboss2.jpgThe gadget easily fits inside the existing turbine’s cylinder.  No batteries needed and it installs in both new and old ventilators with just a screwdriver – comes with a 25 year warranty and no maintenance required.

Now you just have to get over your fear of heights to install it.

$29.95 @ turbineboss’s online store or at your local Home Depot

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copper sinks can kill germs


Here’s a new reason to go with a copper sink in you kitchen; recent studies have concluded that copper possesses the ability to kill up to 99 percent of bacteria, including super bugs like MRSA, within two hours of contact.  Research also has shown that H1N1, commonly referred to as the swine flu virus, likewise does not survive on copper.  Based on a review of the studies and its own independent lab tests, the United States Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year announced that copper has antimicrobial properties, capable of killing bacteria as well as viruses.

the sink pictured above can be found @

UPDATE: links were removed

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