|A spicy kitchen|
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Mindful Living & Green Design --|
The EPA introduced Energy Star in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote
energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computers
and monitors were first. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment,
lighting, home electronics, and more. Through using ENERGY STAR labeled products, Americans saved enough energy in 2009
alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 30
million cars - all while saving nearly $17 billion on their utility
Purchase only Energy Star household products. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by
the EPA and US Department of Energy.
Keep all your appliances in good working order. Not making needed repairs or keeping up with recommended maintenance makes the appliance work harder thus wasting energy and shortening its life.
Unplug small appliances & electronics when not in use (toaster, microwave). An Energy Star study reports that 40% of the electricity that home electronics use (such as computers and cable boxes) is consumed while the
products are turned off. Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/energy-vampires
Inspiration - color
Spices for sale in the market in Istanbul. I find myself returning to the warmth of these colors again and again. Look below at curry, saffrom, cumin, paprika, garam masala and the ever popular "meat ball". (Maybe that's the Department of Lost in Translation?)