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“Is a heat pump much better than a traditional heat and air unit?”- Emily

In simple terms a heat pump uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. Many people prefer heat pumps to standard heating ventilating and air conditioning is because there is no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home. They work best in moderate climates.


The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. If you heat with electricity, a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30%–40%. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months. However, the efficiency of most air-source heat pumps as a heat source drops dramatically at low temperatures, generally making them unsuitable for cold climates, although there are systems that can overcome that problem.”- The U.S. Department of Energy

 


 

“I would really like to go green in all aspects of my life but I don’t know where to start. Everything is much more expensive if it is considered “green”, eco-friendly, or organic. Where is the best place to buy food, like produce? Where can I get raw milk in OKC?”– Lilia

Going green can seem more expensive but one of the best ways you can go green is to buy less stuff. For the things you have to buy, like groceries, there are many ways to make organic more affordable. First off, check out your local farmer’s market, talk to the farmers because often they use organic and green practices when producing their products but haven’t bothered to become certified organic because it’s a long and expensive process.

As far as where to buy other than farmer’s markets, check out our directory to find natural grocery stores near you. Money Saving Queen also wrote a great guest post on our site about buying organic on a budget. We plan to have more posts in the future on this topic as well so be sure to check back often.

You can also help make up for increased expenses buy saving money in other areas, such as eating out less which reduces waste, is healthier and saves you money. Also we just shared some ideas to help lower your electric bill which can add more money into your budget.

As far as raw milk, in Oklahoma you have to go to the dairy to buy raw milk, one farm we know of that offers raw milk is in Claremore. The Swan Bros. Dairy offers raw milk and cheese. You can also get a milk that uses a lower heat than most pasteurized milk and is close to raw milk but can be sold in stores. It’s called Lomah and it comes from an Amish dairy in Oklahoma. Native Roots Market in Norman, Earth Natural Foods in Norman and Forward Foods in Norman all carry it. Forward Foods in OKC may as well.

Hope this info helps, these are just a few things to get you started, keep coming back to the site often for more ideas.

 


 

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Ask Green Oklahoma

“I make a lot of my own household cleaners.. I have read different things about the use of borax.. What’s are your thoughts?”– April

That is a great question April! Borax is one of those issues few seem to be able to agree on. It is toxic if ingested so should always be kept away from pets and children. It can also cause skin irritation for some people so those with sensitive skin may want to stay away from using it.

Other wise, borax is normally safe in normal amounts. Problems come when there is a large amount of contact. However, with the risks some choose to not use it. You can read this study on Sporax (a brand of borax used to control a tree root disease), while the application is different it still talks about about the effects to humans and the environment.


 

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