San Rafael CleanKahl Consultants has come clean - with San Rafael Clean!

We took the Clean Business Pledge and became a proud member of San Rafael Clean, a local business organization.

Businesses can join San Rafael Clean to help beautify and reinvigorate our local business corridors, creating a more inviting and environmentally friendly experience for customers and the community.

Here is the Clean Business Pledge:

* I pledge to keep my business clean and free from debris, including my landscaping, the sidewalks and public area surrounding my business.
* I pledge to have adequate trash and recycling bins and pick up for my business functions and my customers.
* I pledge to educate my employees about proper disposal of trash, the need for a clean business, and provide ample options for disposal of trash including cigarette butts
* I pledge to know and follow all city codes with regard to my business.
* I pledge to acknowledge my participation as a Clean Business to my employees, business partners, customers and the general public by displaying brochures, window decals, or other Clean Campaign marketing materials, and in any way I can.

If you are a business in San Rafael, California, please take the San Rafael Clean pledge!

Who wants to reduce your energy usage and your utility bills? You can do so by air-drying your clothes as often as possible.

In Western households, the clothes dryer is the third-most energy-hungry appliance, right after the refrigerator and clothes washer. The US EPA Energy Star program does even not rate dryers, because they all use a similar amount of energy. 75 percent of US households own a clothes dryer, but only half the households in Europe own one.

Here are a few good reasons to reduce dryer usage:

Air-drying your clothes (indoors or outdoors) can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year.

The lint you scoop out of a dryer’s lint trap is evidence of your wardrobe literally wearing away. A dryer shortens the life of your clothing by over-drying items and thinning them out.

Need more tips? Sure, here you go:

* Add a little vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle to soften clothes
* When you do use a dryer, use the moisture sensor, if it has one, so that the dryer will shut off after clothes are dry, rather than continuing for longer than necessary
* Drying clothing indoors can help keep indoor air moist, a kind of low-tech humidifier.

And finally, in case you were wondering, we do try and practice what we preach - we use an indoor drying rack and a backyard clothes line MOST of the time.

Sound good to you? Wait until you read the full article with lots more great energy and time-saving ideas over at Green America:

Rolling Stone recently ran a must-read article entitled "The Great American Bubble Machine." A better title would be "How Wall Street is taking over Washington."

This article about Goldman Sachs is so full of incredible, unbelievable statements it should make your head reel.

"From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression - and they're about to do it again..."

Yes, this is another very interesting piece of opinion by journalist MATT TAIBI, a man who is always good at opinionated articles. Read it and make up your own mind!

Natural Home MagazineHomeowners pay attention! If you're looking for environmentally friendly ways to improve their house, look here!

So many great products are on this list recently featured in Natural Home Magazine, from natural linoleum flooring (I want that!) to tubular skylights (I love those!).

These great products that have become popular in the past decade. Just focus on a few and you will go a long way to help make your home healthier and lower your impact on the environment.

The Evolution of Stuff: Best Eco-Products of the Decade