Showing posts from February, 2010

Monitoring Home Energy Usage

In our book "The Frugal Prosumer Philosophy" we talk about the Kill-a-Watt electric meter for monitoring how much electricity you are using. It is the most inexpensive way to do that (cost about $25 dollars.) But the down size is you can only measure something that is plugged into a 110 electric socket. That means you can measure your ceiling lights, furnace fan, central air, etc.

Now for the first time there are some items out there that can do this that don't cost hundreds of dollars. One of them is the Blue Line’s PowerCost Monitor for around a hundred dollars.

Here is a brief review by someone who tried it out.
Monitoring Home Energy Usage | Click Chick |

Aquaponics, Gardening Using Fish

Being a Prosumer is about producing more of what you consume. Producing your own food is a major way of doing that. Here is a New York times article on some inexpensive and creative ideas.

Aquaponics, a Gardening System Using Fish and Circulating Water -

Aspartame changes name to AminoSweet

If you believe Aspartame is bad for you then don't be deceived into using it by its new name.
Aspartame has been renamed and is now being marketed as a natural sweetener

In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world's most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called "AminoSweet".
If you want to see how nice they make it look, go to their web site and see how they try to make it look like a good health food. Here is a prime example of how the Robber Barons work to deceive us. It doesn't matter whether you think Aspartame is good or not. They are trying to deceive people who want to avoid it.