Techno Trash, Earth Day and Other Musings

Welcome to the first Ecogayle blog. I hope I can provide you with some useful and timely information on both real estate and environmental issues that are important to all of us. I welcome your comments and feedback.

A couple of days ago I was cleaning out a cabinet filled with useless computer cds, floppy disks, an old computer mouse, cords–techno trash.  Although I had no need for these things, I knew that the last place they should wind up is in a landfill where they would remain for hundreds of years leeching God knows what into the ground.  Well I found Green Disk, a company that will safely and responsibly recycle and dispose of techno trash for a small fee.  So I filled a box with all my stuff including some old music CDs that are now on on my ipod and shipped it off to them.  The cost–a meer $6.95 for twenty pounds or less.  Check them out at and see all the things they take.

Wednesday, April 22nd is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  There are events all over the country starting this weekend. The EPA’s 5th National Sustainable Design Expo is taking place on the National Mall from April 18th through April 20th.  If you’re looking for something interesting to do tomorrow, this is a great event.  For ways that you can take part in Earth Day activities go to

By now you’ve surely heard about the $8,000 home buyer tax credit. Here are some things you need to know.  You can’t make more than $75,000 as a single person or $150,000 as a married couple to get the full credit.  You must purchase AND settle by December 1, 2009.  You must be a first time homebuyer OR have not owned in the last three years.  Partial credits can be claimed for incomes up to $95,000 for a single person or $170,000 for a couple.

Did you know?  LED lights bulbs use 80% less energy than incandescent and 40% less than CFLs and contain no mercury. They last up to 50,000 hours.  At 8 hours a day that’s 17 years! 


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