Celebrate a Green Thanksgiving

We all  look forward to this time of year.  The leaves change color, the smell of a hot meal brewing in the crock pot, family get together, friends and family gathering around a nice cozy fire.  However sometimes we forget about Staying Green and eating Healthy.  Thanksgiving is of course one of the holidays we all are waiting for all year round.  Whether you’re a vegetarian, or not there’s always something to enjoy during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Family from out of town comes in to visit and the smell of Turkey and Dumplings fill your house.  This is the time of year to be grateful for everything you have and to think of others who might not be as fortunate.

One of the things you can do to show how grateful you are is to volunteer at a local food bank, or even donate some cans of food that have been collecting dust in the back of your cabinet.  In addition to helping others there are some things you can do to help the environment during this holiday season as well.

Use your Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher make sure you use it this holiday season.  A dishwasher uses about 1/6 the amount of water as if you were to wash your dishes in the sink.

You can also make your own Eco-Friendly Dish Detergent.  Grate about 2 oz of soap and mix with Hot water. Mix in Borax and washing soda. Stir the mixture until it’s nice and thick. Pour the mixture into a container and let it thicken overnight.  You can then use this mixture when loading your dishwasher after your holiday meal.

Eliminate temptation to overeat

One tip to not over eating is limiting temptation to overeat.  When you’re setting the table for your guests this holiday season, instead of putting the food directly on the table try putting the food on a counter away from where everyone will be sitting.  This technique will help eliminate the temptation to gourge and throw more food on your plate than you normally would.  If anyone wants anything to eat now they’ll have to get up to get it, which will help them think about if they really should go for seconds or thirds.

Traveling Tips

If every family would eliminate the unnecessary need to travel this holiday season you could save about 1 gallon of fuel and we would reduce green house gas emissions by about 1 million tons.  Instead of traveling far, invite your family over to your home this holiday season.  If it is necessary to travel to your holiday destination, then make sure you set your thermostat and turn off the lights while you’re gone.

What to do with the Leftovers?

One of the first things you can do is find your local food bank or homeless shelter and donate your leftovers to the less fortunate.  Use biodegradable containers and make sure you encourage your guests to take food home with them.  If you’ve prepared a big meal there’s no sense in letting the food sit in the freezer or refrigerator for months only to be thrown out and wasted later on.  Instead portion out your leftovers so that nothing is wasted and any food that can’t be saved should be donated or portioned out to your guests.

Recycle

We know most of you probably recycle on a daily basis, but sometimes during the holidays we can forget the basics.  Clearly mark any recycle bins or areas where your guests can place recyclable items during your holiday get together.  Any plastic containers, beverage containers, or packaging should be recycled to avoid unnecessary items making it to the landfills.

Remember Holidays are all about getting together with family and friends and being grateful for what you have.  Make sure you travel safe (if you need to travel), and follow these simple saving tips to make it a safe and Green Thanksgiving this year.

Happy Holidays!

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President Eco York, LLC

Fall Energy Saving Tips

Interested in saving money this fall?

In a tough economy everyone is seeking different solutions to save money, but you should take these tips and utilize them even when the economy bounces back.

Take a shower instead of taking a bath

Typically a bath will take more water than a shower.  One simple test you can do is take a shower with the plug in the tub.  After your done check to see how full the tub gets. If you take relatively short showers, and use a low-flow showerhead then you will save money by taking a shower over a bath.

Low-flow shower heads can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%.

Turn down your water heater temperature

Set your water heater to the lowest temperature setting, which still will provide you with sufficient amounts of hot water. By reducing your water heater temperature you can decrease your energy costs.  If your water heater is in an unheated room, you can also insulate your water heater with blankets.

Lighting

Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room. You should also replace incandescence with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer.

Clean your refrigerator

Refrigerators use a lot of electricity, but by maintaining your refrigerator, you can reduce these energy costs. Vacuum the coils on the back of the refrigerator, and check to make sure the temperature is sufficient.  You will want to make sure it’s not too cold to waste electricity, but cold enough to keep your food fresh.

Open your blinds

When it gets cold the easiest way to help heat your home is by sunlight.  If you have energy efficient windows the sun can help keep your home warm in the colder months, and help keep it cool in the summer.  Solar heat is free, so utilize it to your advantage.

Lower your thermostat

First you should make sure you have an energy efficient programmable thermostat.  You should also make sure that the setting is no higher than 68 degrees when you are home, and lower the temperature when you are in bed or away.  For every degree that the thermastat is lowered you could save 2% off of your heating bill.  By lowering the temperature by 10 – 15% each day, you could be saving 10% a year on your energy costs.

Weather proof your home

Make sure you use cauk on your windows and doors. This can help keep the cold air out, and the heat inside.  Reducing the leaks in your home could reduce your heating bill by another 10%. Make sure to check doors, floors, walls, ceillings, ducts, fireplaces, fans, vents, and windows.

Rake instead of using leaf blowers

This is a simple saving tip that everyone could use.  Not only by raking instead of using an electric or gas leaf blower will you be saving energy, but you’ll also be exercising in the process.

These are just a few tips that you can use to reduce your energy costs this fall.  You can also save by creating personal budgets, and eating healthy.  If you’d like to create a personal budget feel free to check out our personal budget calculator .

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President, Eco York, LLC


Why York? | Location Location Location

When someone asks where you live, one of the first questions you might get asked is “Why?”.  This is always a good question, and can sometimes contain a lot of different answers. Sometimes these answers can be vague, or unclear. However in York this answer should be obvious. Location, Location, Location.

This is probably something you’ve heard quite a number of times throughout your life. Although from someone living outside of York they might not understand your logic.  Let’s try to go through the reasons why York is a great location!

Close proximity to other popular cities / destinations!

York has many advantages, one of which is being in close proximity to numerous locations.  We are only 38 minutes from Lancaster, 46 minutes from Gettysburg, 48 minutes from Baltimore, 35 minutes from Harrisburg, and 37 minutes from Mechanicsburg.  Those are just a few of the close cities within a short distance.

We are also only 3 hours and 40 minutes from Ocean City, MD , 3 hours and 33 minutes from New York City, and 2 hours from Philadelphia!

Public Transportation via the Lancaster Train Station can also help you get to some of these destinations in a shorter amount of time.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Cost of Living is relatively low!

 

It’s a fact that the cost of living in York PA is relatively low compared to the potential income one could make.

This probably contributes to being one of the biggest growing Hot Spots in the Northeast!

 

Picturesque views!

Professional and Free lance photographers would agree that PA is a beautiful state, especially when it comes to taking photos in the Fall.  With Rolling hills, and plenty of nature hot spots, there’s plenty of picture taking going on in this beautiful area.

Outdoor Activities galore!

Do you enjoy Kayaking, Biking, Hiking, Walking, or winter sports?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might want to consider relocating to the York area.  With Ski Roundtop just a hop skip and jump away, you can ski all winter long!

We also have many parks in the area for Kayaking, Biking, Walking, and Hiking activities.
Rockey Ridge
Lake Redman/ William H. Kain County Park
Codorus State Park
Pinchot State Park
Richard M. Nixon County Park
York Heritage Rail Trail
John Rudy Park (also has one of the best dog parks around!)

So when you’re asked the question “Why did you choose York?”.  Remember “Location, Location…”, and don’t forget “Location”!

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President, Eco York, LLC

Cheap doesn’t always mean Healthy

The dollar menu is a very common thing nowadays. However, that doesn’t mean you should feed into your temptation to sacrifice your health to save a few bucks. It’s the American way to speed through the day and grab something on-the-go to satisfy your appetite, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be that way.

There are many ways to save money, but eat healthy.

The first thing you should do is figure out a day of the week where you could dedicate even just an hour or two, to cooking. If you spend 2 hours on a Sunday cooking with healthy ingredients, you could plan healthy meals for the week. There are many sites out there for healthy recipes, here’s one i found very helpful.
Food For Fitness | Meal Planning

Buy in Bulk!
Buying in bulk can save you a TON of money in the long run. Not only will you save money by buying in bulk, but you’ll also be saving emissions by making less trips to the store.

Buy Local (refer to our previous blog entry). By buying local you get fresh ingredients which typically have less preservatives and are more healthy. You can also sometimes get these items cheaper when you buy locally as opposed to purchasing them from a chain store.

So next time you are about to go to the drive through, think about your health. A quick meal, isn’t always a healthy one, but it can be.

Remember Be Healthy, Save Money, Eat Smart.

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President, Eco York, LLC

Go Green | Buy Local

We all know how easy it is to go to the grocery store and just buy everything in one location. But do we ever take a minute to think about what buying from the grocery store might be doing to our environment?

Think for a minute about the amount of pollution it takes to get your food to the supermarket and then back to your kitchen table.  Your food was most likely either trucked in or flown in, which produces a lot of Green House Gases. By buying from local farms you are not only doing a small part to help the environment, but you are also helping your local community.  Whenever you can, buy from your local farmers markets and farms.  By doing this you will help reduce the amount of green house gasses and help support your local economy.

Not only would you be helping the environment by supporting your local farms, but the food quality is typically better than if you’d purchase your items form a supermarket as well. For instance if the food you purchase from the supermarket is shipped in from another state, it most likely will lose the quality as opposed to if it were picked the previous day from a local farm.

So next time  you’re at the store and about to put food in your cart, THINK LOCAL!

You can buy local from the following locations in York

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President, Eco York, LLC

Welcome to Eco York!

Thank you for taking the time to read our first Blog Entry.  For our first blog post, I’d like to share some information about our company and our mission.  In future blog posts we’d like to discuss How to save money & energy as well as current events which might be of interest.
Eco York’s mission is to provide a suite of products through the partnerships we establish.  We plan to add Saving Calculators of different types and Savings tips on how to save money and energy.  By visiting our site you can also search for Green companies in the area which have been approved by us and will be listed in our Green Business Directory.  Eco York is based in Central PA, but our mission extends to all parts of the country.  Location of where your company is shouldn’t keep you constrained to where you do business.  This is why we offer consultation for advice on collaboration tools which your company could use to make your company more virtual.  We hope to provide enough products and ways to save to keep you coming back for more.
Eco York also offers other software development and customer service consultation. You can visit on our “What we do” section of our site to find out more.  www.ecoyork.com
Your partner in living a greener life,
Mark Lane
President, Eco York, LLC

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