Archive for June, 2009


The world is in a recession. According to reports, the economic situation will not improve for a while to come. The media continues to give us the dreadful news. However, in spite of the current state of the affairs, it is still possible to weather this storm with your finances intact. As a trailblazer, it is obvious that you are an over-comer with strong beliefs, faith in a higher power, and a significant amount of determination. These very traits have contributed to your success thus far and will take you even farther, as long as you remain focused. Apply those characteristics to your finances and reinvent your financial life today. This is a great time to give your finances a thorough review and implement the following strategies to make sure that you are well positioned to receive your financial increase, in spite of the current economy. Free E Book financialincrease.pdf


Massive Tennessee Toxic Ash Spill Aftermath

In a single year, a coal-fired electric plant deposited more than 2.2 million pounds of toxic materials in a holding pond that failed, flooding 300 acres in East Tennessee, according to a 2007 inventory filed with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hundreds of acres were flooded by sludge in a coal ash spill from a holding pond filled with heavy metals at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant 40 miles west of Knoxville.
The inventory, disclosed by the Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday at the request of The New York Times, showed that in just one year, the plant’s byproducts included 45,000 pounds of arsenic, 49,000 pounds of lead, 1.4 million pounds of barium, 91,000 pounds of chromium and 140,000 pounds of manganese. Those metals can cause cancer, liver damage and neurological complications, among other health problems.
And the holding pond, at the Kingston Fossil Plant, a T.V.A. plant 40 miles west of Knoxville, contained many decades’ worth of these deposits.
The cost of cleaning up the massive Tennessee toxic coal-ash spill is averaging $1 million a day – and after six months they’ve barely scratched the surface of the problem, let alone figured out what the cost in loss of land, housing, and general environmental wellbeing might be. Ludicrously, coal-ash … TVA Coal Ash – Before and AfterTVA coal ash disaster on December 22, 2008. A TVA coal ash containment “pond” collapsed in Harriman, TN spilling a reported 1 BILLION gallons of toxic waste into an unsuspecting residential neighborhood. This is the largest toxic coal ash spill in United States history.

My parents, my sister, friends and family, they’ve all been devasted.

I made this video for my parents, their neighbors and their attorney to show what life was like on the river before the TVA disaster and after. What was once a beautiful oasis is now a disgusting toxic ashtray.

I emailed the video to my parents on Monday night. Then, I went upstairs to watch a little tv and went to bed. By the time I woke the next morning, the video I had e-mailed to my parents had been viewed over 700 times. I had 84 e-mails in my inbox and a message from Erin Brockovich.

That’s the power of the internet, baby.

What I read and hear from TVA officials is discouraging. The aftermath of this disaster is significant and long-reaching. It’s apparent that some of the folks at TVA just don’t ‘get it.’

The water is not “okay” and the disaster wasn’t just “bad luck” and, no, the EPA is not getting readings of high arsenic levels due to the measurements they use. In fact, the EPA is getting readings of high arsenic levels because there’s arsenic. At high levels. In the water.

The people of this community need solutions, not rhetoric. They need action, not action plans with no deadline. And, obviously, TVA needs oversight, not deference.

If you share my outrage, please share this video.

News footage came from Knoxnews, Chloe White of Knoxnews, and NBC. Photos were provided by local residents. Music in the video is the beautiful “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae and “Unstoppable” by E.S. Posthumus.

If you have additional photos or documentation concerning the TVA breach, please contact me. I am working on another video and welcome inside information! If you wish to remain anonymous, I can work with that.

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Today’s Eco-tip is about tank type hot water heater insulation.

Most tank type water heaters are quite inefficient and will cost you hundreds of dollars per year in standby heat losses. To stop this, you can also insulate your water heater storage tank.

You know how to find out if your water heater is loosing heat? Just touching your tank, and if it feels warm then its loosing heat and needs additional insulation.

Insulating blankets can be purchase from most hardware stores, which have an insulating value of about R-8. This will reduce your heat loss by about 25% which will save you about 4% in water heating cost.

*Electric Water Heaters:
These blankets are very easy to install and most people can do it themselves. You simply wrap it around your electric water tank, being very careful to leave the access panels uncovered. Also be sure to keep the temperature set below 130°F (preferably 120°-110°) to keep the electrical wires from overheating.

*Gas Water Heaters:
If you have a gas water heater this insulation is a bit more difficult. I recommend that you have a qualified plumbing and heating contractor install this insulation. This insures you in case of a fire. If you insist on doing it yourself please follow the directions here:

*You should also consider putting a piece of rigid insulation under the water heater tank for an additional 4%-9% of water heating energy savings, as this will help eliminate heat loss through the floor. Thermwell SP57-11C Water Heater Blanket Fits Up to 60 gallon Tank

Powering Your Home with Solar Energy

It has been estimated that within 20 years there will be a 50% higher demand for
more energy. One great solution is to use a form of energy that is not only
unlimited in its potential, but it is also free, renewable, and clean.
That energy is solar power and has more people taking a second look.
This free ebook describes what solar power is and what methods can be used to
save money on the power bills at home.
Feel free to give out this guide to friends and colleagues and spread it around to
as many people as you want. All I ask is that you leave everything in tact as it
is. Free solar E Book.pdf

62 Ways to Save Money at the Gas Pump

With the rising cost of gas prices…and no end in sight…everyone wants to
save as much money at the gas pump as they possibly can. You may not be
able to control the price of gas but you can change certain habits and follow
some basic guidelines to help you save as much money as possible.
Rising gas and oil prices each year mean that the average driver, who
travels approximately 15,000 miles each year in a car that gets about 20 miles
to the gallon, will pay more at the end of the year for his gas costs.
Every time that the price of gas goes up at the fuel pump by 10 cents
the cost of the average drivers gas consumption will rise by about $75 over a
This e-book will give you some tips, guidelines, and basic advice for
helping you keep reduce the amount of money that you spend each week filling
up your vehicle.
This e-book will also provide you with basic gasoline and vehicle
information as well as provide you with numerous tips and suggestions for
saving money at the gas pumps as well driving more efficiently. free-e book gas save.pdf

Gardening Compost Is Your Soil’s Main Source of Food

That’s right… organic gardening compost is food for your soil. Using many different ingredients in your compost will supply and replenish all the important nutrients that your soil needs for healthy crop growth and increase insect pest resistance.
Making your own organic gardening compost will also help reduce unnecessary garden waste going to landfills! (Nice benefit in this age of “waste”), and it’s much better to create your own fertilizer instead of throwing away perfectly good organic material. Compost will significantly save you money on expensive fertilizers as well.
Free Organic Gardening Compost eBook!

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