Archive for April, 2010

We recently compared our electric bill from this past March to March 2009 and we were pleasantly surprised!  While last year, we used 830 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, this year we used only 554 kilowatt-hours (kWh) through conscious efforts to reduce the amount of energy we use each day.  That’s a difference of 33.25%.  We attribute this savings to 3 things:

  1. Line dry clothes instead of using the electric dryer
  2. Replace the lightbulbs in the fixtures we use most with compact flourescent and LED bulbs
  3. Make better use of the programmable thermostat



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Edited to reflect that EIO no longer uses Hillside Farms milk, now has a minimum delivery requirement of $15.00 and charges a $3 delivery fee.

Milk in glass bottles, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, butter, bread, juices, iced tea, soups, chicken, beef, ice cream, and many more staple grocery items delivered to your door!

If you live anywhere in Luzerne or Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, EIO Farm Fresh Home Delivery service will deliver to your home, office, or dorm for a fee of $3 per delivery.  You can schedule regular deliveries weekly, every-other-week, or monthly.  Their online ordering system makes it easy to place an order and make changes or you can call their toll-free customer service line.  If you can’t be home for the delivery, they will place your order in your cooler and kindly pack the cooler with ice if needed.  If you have a refrigerator in your garage, they’ll stock that, too.  The variety of local foods they provide is quite impressive.  Here are some details about the Pennsylvania businesses whose products are available through EIO. (more…)

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In phases 1 and 2 of this series, we learned how to germinate herb and vegetable seeds then introduce them to a light source to encourage the growth of leaves.  Once the seedlings have achieved 4 fully developed leaves – the two birth leaves followed by the two true leaves – they are ready to be transplanted into potting soil and fertilized.  Eventually, the birth leaves will wither and fall off because the plant no longer needs these primitive suncatchers.  Up until now, the plant has not needed nutrients from the soil because the seed holds all of the energy it needs to form the true leaves.  But at this point, the plant needs nutrients to continue developing.  We provide these nutrients by transplanting the plants into suitable soil and providing some form of fertilizer.   (more…)

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 Happy Earth Week! 

April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  It’s a good time to reflect on the changes you can make to your life to live more in harmony with nature.  Whether you make simple changes at home or at work, or go all out and participate in a large-scale Earth Week activity makes no difference.  But, if we each do just 1 thing to be a little more green, it could result in measurable impact. (more…)

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It’s time to set out your feeders filled with nectar in preparation of the 2010 arrival of our ruby-throated hummingbird friends.  Why now?  Hummingbirds, who are migrating to Northeastern Pennsylvania in early to mid-April, feed by sight on regularly followed routes, called traplining.  Place your feeders in a permanent location before mid-April, and you will attract hummingbirds as they arrive and set their pattern for the year.   (more…)

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