Green Kitchens – Five Steps That Will Transform Your Home

Some say the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a place where families come together at least once a day to eat, share and just spend time together.

Because kitchens are typically high-traffic areas of the home, it’s important that they are as green as possible. There are many ways in which a kitchen can be made environmentally friendly.

Below, you will find five quick steps to get started.

1. Conserve water

  • To avoid wasting water and to lower your water bill, consider a water-saving kitchen faucet.
  • Brands like Kohler offer eco-friendly products such as Touchless entertainment faucets, which have 1.5 gpm aerators that offer water savings over traditional 2.2 gpm faucets.

2. Create a kitchen composter

  • Using a plastic bin (or wooden box), paper shreddings and red worms, keep a compost in your kitchen to collect leftovers such as bread, pasta, vegetables and fruits.
  • The results can be used to fertilize your garden.

3. When remodeling, use countertops and flooring made from recycled materials

  • Some retailers offer products made from reused materials.
  • Recycled glass countertops, plastic solid-surface countertops and bamboo flooring are just three of many options.
  • Contact a local retailer to find out what options are available in your area.

4. Install energy-efficient lighting

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are an easy way to reduce energy usage.
  • CFLs use 76 percent less energy than other lighting options, and they can be found at any home improvement store.

5. Use Energy Star appliances

  • When purchasing a new fridge, dishwasher or stove, consider going with Energy Star.
  • Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that offers products that save on energy consumption and lower your monthly bills.

Independent Christian On-Line Academy

Independent Christian On-Line Academy (ICOLA) is an on-line tutoring organization that will provide Christian secondary supplementary education (7-12) for students attending public schools in the United States.

There is a definite need. Right now public schools have separated church and state to such a degree to make them defacto Godless institutions. While they claim to be religious neutral, that is an absolute impossibility.

“Religion” is not a word that just refers to a belief in God but also any belief about God. Atheism is thus not a lack of religion but rather a religion of its own. Materialism is also a religion and as is witchcraft and the occult.

In the movie “Star Wars”, the robot, C-3-P-O, says: “I am shutting down now”. The machine was “off” and stayed that way until it was turned back “on”.

Children are not like robots. You cannot turn them “on” nor “off”. Neither can you turn their learning “on” nor “off”. They will be learning about God and Christian values all of the time, whether in public school or not.

Children are learning machines. They learn what they see, hear, and do. They also learn what they do not see, what they do not hear, and what they do not do.

If you take God out of what public school teaches, that does not leave the teaching about God to church and family but affirmatively teaches that God does not have any place in public life.

ICOLA will be acting as a tutoring provider except that the tutoring will be done in a group session on line both as a monitored forum and also as a peer self help study group. The students will be going to Public School classes during the day and then sign on after school hours for a scheduled one hour group session and then informally with a smaller study group as desired and or required.

There will be five one hour sessions each week, one for each of the four main classifications of Math, English, History, and Science plus one specifically for Christianity. The intention is to have enough faculty staff to duplicate each course offered in public school for grades seven through twelve with a limitation of about 25 students per session.

The object of the program is to enhance learning through mastery and enrichment of subject matter along with providing and supporting Christian values.

The Christian content that ICOLA will be presenting what is common to both Catholics and Bible believing Protestants within the topics of Bible history, church history, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Apostles’ Creed.

Where Catholics and Protestants have differing understandings on these topics, each will be presented.

To assure fairness, members of major Bible believing groups are invited to be on ICOLA’s Board of Directors.

Teaching concerning ordinances and or sacrements will be left to the students’ respective churches.

To summarize:

  • Get many of the benefits of a Christian Education while attending public school.
  • Help infuse Christian values into the public school system.
  • Help bring this country back to its roots as a Christian nation.
  • Help Christian youth to take their place in leadership rather than just employees.

This article is a call to action.

If you have the resources and believe you can do this yourself either individually or with your
present Christian organization, please feel free to follow this model.

If you like what ICOLA is doing, please join us.

  • If you are now attending public school, become a student yourself.
  • If you have the credentials, be an instructor.
  • Contribute to the cause.