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  2. Getting your family and home ready for an emergency doesn’t need to be bad for the environment. In fact, many homeowners are surprised to hear that “prepping” can actually reduce their carbon footprint when done correctly. Here are some eco-friendly tips that will help you get your family ready for emergencies such as storms, floods, and power outages. Buy Supplies That You Are Going To Use Anyways Many of the food products that are put in survival kits aren’t designed to be very tasty. The point of an emergency ration is to be as lightweight as possible while still providing you with enough calories to survive. Instead of buying bland survival food, you can stock up on nonperishables that your family will end up eating anyways. Most experts agree that families should have a good mixture of canned and dried foods that will last for at least a year. That includes dehydrated fruit, cereal, canned vegetables, canned meats, nuts, rice, and pasta. Invest In Second-Hand Gear Even though emergency gear can be expensive, there is a large second-hand market for most of these items. Those who spend a little extra time searching for supplies might be able to stock their entire home with second-hand items that have never even been taken out of their packages. In addition to scouring the internet for deals, you can also take a look at local military surplus stores in your town. Buying brand new flashlights, first aid kits, and other emergency supplies is only going to send more unused items to the dump. Make Your Home Self-Sufficient Making your home as self-sufficient as possible is good for the environment and a great way to prepare for emergencies. The first step in this process is to make sure that your home has an alternate source of energy, like a standby generator from Anderson Water Systems. If a natural catastrophe causes rolling blackouts, then you will be able to take your entire home off the grid so that electricity can get to hospitals and other emergency organizations. Those who live in a colder climate should also consider investing in a secondary heating source such as a wood furnace. Having a well-stocked home and comprehensive plan for emergencies will keep your family safe during these terrible events. With some research and a little bit of planning, you can make sure that your emergency preparations have almost no impact on your neighbors and the environment around you.
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  4. Winter can be a brutal time for your family as well as your pets, and your whole crew may spend much of your time indoors where it is safe, warm and cozy. However, winter weather can be harsh on your home in different ways as well. Some of the more common types of winter damage that homeowners may have to deal with actually can be prevented when you take a few steps to prepare for the weather conditions to come. Ice Dams on Your Roof Heavy snow and ice on your roof can be potentially damaging because of the added weight on the roof, but this is not the only issue that cold weather presents to your home. When your home’s attic is not properly insulated, several patches of melted snow and ice may develop in pools over warmer areas of the roof. These can ultimately cause water to unnaturally pool up and even to flow upward into the shingles. Roofs are not designed for water to flow upward, so leaks commonly occur when this happens. Adding a new layer of insulation in your attic can prevent uneven heating. It can also help you to reduce heating bills in the months and years to come. Ruptured Irrigation Systems When the temperature is very low outside, the temperature of your soil may also plummet. Any water that is inside your irrigation system’s pipes may freeze. As water freezes, it expands. This exerts outward pressure on your pipes, and they ultimately may leak or rupture. This can waste water, and it can also result in the need for expensive repair work. Winterizing your irrigation system, or having a company like Hydrotech Irrigation Co. do it for you, is a great step to take to prevent this type of damage. Tree Branch Damage When snow and ice buildup on tree branches, the branches may become heavy with the weight. Branches that may not normally touch your roof, windows or siding may now brush against them regularly and cause damage. Some tree branches may even break under the weight of snow and ice, and this could damage the roof of the side of your home. Trimming branches away from the home in the summer or fall months is a smart idea. As you can see, there are several types of property damage that can be caused by winter weather conditions. As common as these issues are, they can easily be prevented when you spend time preparing your home for the weather conditions that will soon arrive.
  5. In case your company has not taken the necessary steps to become eco-friendly, you need to take the challenge head-on. Taking the initiative to reduce waste and going green is a great way to becoming efficient and saving money for your business. A lot needs to be done to ensuring our working environments are sustainable for the future generations. Below are four eco-friendly practices that will help you reduce your company’s machinery carbon footprint, and save money for your business. Take Part in a Local Electronics Recycling Program Recycling your used electronics provides materials that are reusable to repair and build other electronics, and also help in building the economy. More jobs are going to be created at the same time; the environment is going to be protected. Buy Used and Refurbished Electronics Organizations can save a lot of money if they buy refurbished desktops, laptops and servers. There are times where you can save up to 50% of the cost of purchasing a new product. The interesting thing is that the refurbished products are usually slightly used or just unboxed. Consumer laws restrict manufacturers to sell products that have a company seal. Refurbished products also go through numerous test before they are resold. Pull the Plug You are not always working on your computer 24 hours of the day, depending on the type of work you do. Before you leave the office, ensure to turn off all computers that are not being used. You can use one power strip where several computers are plugged in. This will make it easier for you to ensure that no appliance is pilfering energy secretly. You can also set your computer to shut down at specific times of the night. Ensure that you save more energy by using energy saving appliances and fluorescent light bulbs that are compact, to reduce energy consumption. Go Green on Heating and Cooling Heat your office when it is occupied to a maximum of 21 degrees Celsius, and 16 degrees when it is unoccupied. Cooling and heating set points have to be set apart by 2 or 3 degrees Celsius so that the air conditioner does not turn on and off. Machine coolant on the air conditioner as well as any other company machinery needs to be checked on a regular basis so that the air conditioner functions properly, so make sure to be in contact with a company like ETNA Products Inc. Besides coolant, you can place caulking and weather strips to minimize the loss of heat from the doors and windows. Conclusion There are several ways in which you can make your business environment eco-friendly by making your office machinery eco-friendly. You need to ensure that your company understands the available options and they are aware of what is needed, and what can make a difference in the working environment. Join the movement of going green and make the world a better place.
  6. When thinking of ways our lives impact the environment, most people often worry about their carbon footprint, recycling habits, and other common concerns. While it may surprise you, one area of your home that can have a dramatic impact on the environment is your plumbing system. Thankfully, there is a recent trend among plumbing companies to adopt more eco-friendly technology and most of these solutions are widely available. Low Flow Toilets Toilets use a serious amount of water, accounting for about 30 percent of all home water usage. Plumbing companies have taken notice and have increasingly moved towards the installation of low flow toilets. These environmentally friendly alternatives work just as well as older models but use anywhere between two to five times less water per flush, an impressive savings of water that quickly adds up throughout the year. Sustainable Landscaping There’s nothing wrong with wanting a healthy, green lawn and backyard, but irrigating your property can take a significant amount of water. This is especially true during low rainfall periods, to the point that many towns across the country periodically reduce or outlaw the use of sprinklers and other lawn irrigation. Plumbing companies have found an eco-friendly answer to this in the form of grey water irrigation systems. These systems save water from tubs, showers, sinks, and other fixtures that, while not suitable for drinking, can be cleaned and recycled to hydrate the grass and shrubs that adorn your property. Better Faucets and Showers Toilets aren’t the only offenders when it comes to wasting water. Whether in the kitchen or the bathroom, old, inefficient water fixtures waste gallons of water each year, negatively impacting both the environment and your water bill. For example, older shower heads can go through nearly three gallons of water in as little as 60 seconds. Eco-friendly shower heads and faucets not only save water, but provide the same level of water pressure, allowing you to wash your hands, hair, or dishes just as effectively without unnecessarily wasting water. Efficient Appliances While upgrading your kitchen faucet is a start, dishwashers and other appliances hooked up to your home’s plumbing can also waste significant amounts of water. Just as water fixtures have been improved, so too is the market ripe with eco-friendly appliances that use less water to accomplish the same job. Energy efficient washing machines and dishwashers are designed to get the most use out of every drop of water and incorporate more effective heating components to increase the water’s temperature while using less energy. Secure Pipes Whether by leaking grey water into the soil or poorly retaining temperature, the pipes that provide water to the various parts of your home are the most important area to consider when decreasing the environmental impact of your plumbing. Modern pipes use more effective insulation that prevents heat loss as the water travels from the boiler to its destination, thereby requiring the use of less energy overall. Likewise, this insulation makes cracking of pipes during winter less likely, thus preventing leaks of grey water into the surrounding soil. Do Your Part Protecting the environment takes group effort. While plumbing companies like Rakeman Plumbing provide the tech and installation skills needed to update your home, it’s your responsibility to identify areas of your property’s plumbing that could benefit from eco-friendly alternatives. Simply add upgrades incrementally and before long you’ll be doing your part to preserve nature while still living comfortably
  7. The many benefits of children’s exposure to nature have by now been well documented. Children lucky enough to make natural playgrounds part of their daily lives enjoy better focus and fewer physical health problems, among other things. In addition to benefitting children in personal ways, surrounding kids not only with nature but a culture of environmental stewardship ensures that they’ll be more likely to pass this legacy forward. What communities can help parents do this? Burlington, Vermont Vermont has many things to offer that could make it the perfect spot to raise your children. And the “Green Mountain” state isn’t simply a name. The state is now one of the country’s environmental leaders. The Vermont Environmental Consortium has helped guide local, state, and national businesses towards green economies since 2000. The Vermont Law School with its groundbreaking Environmental Justice program has been shaping political and legal policies for decades. And Vermont has set the standard for organic agriculture and eco-tourism for the rest of the country. Burlington, the state’s largest city, is near or at the epicenter of much of this. It hosts the state’s university, as well as the ECHO Science Center. And groups here have been heavily involved in the cleanup of iconic Lake Champlain. The city’s Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront department offers more than 35 day camp and summer programs to help youngsters both enjoy and appreciate the environment. Madison, Wisconsin Another “university town”, Wisconsin’s capital has had environmentally friendly business, home, and hospitality programs in place for years. Famous for its dairy farms, nonprofit groups have worked with farmers to reduce agricultural waste and start recycling programs. The city has 260 parks which include a zoo and a botanical garden. These outdoor venues offer many programs over the summer, a number of them free. The city also offers public swimming and beaches at sparkling Lake Monoma. Madison has two nature centers with environmental programs as well. And the University of Wisconsin’s greenhouse offers both public displays and demonstrations on sustainable gardening. Seattle, Washington It’s got Starbucks, Amazon, and the Space Needle, but Seattle’s greatest legacy may be its environmental policy. The city boasts green procedures that govern everything from private cleaners to restaurants. Environmental programs for children can be found at levels ranging from school curriculums to parks and day camps. A city department works with residents at all levels to insure sustainable growth and prosperity. As a result, Seattle will be an environmentally sound place for many future generations. There’s no single thing that will guarantee environmentally sound living for children. But start by selecting a community that makes the environment a partner and part of the community. After you find the perfect spot for you to move to, you might want to use professional movers, like Bekins Van Lines Inc, to get you there. This is a good beginning for raising a healthy and environmentally aware child.
  8. More and more people are worried about the planet, which is probably why many are making eco-friendly choices when making purchases. For one, more people are hunting for eco-friendly cars that they can feel good about. The only problem is that trying to get a car that won't kill the planet can be a little overwhelming, but the following tips may help. 1. Consider Fuel Switching to an eco-friendly car could mean switching to more eco-friendly fuel. The options that you have include biodiesel, diesel, and electric. You want to make sure you know where your charging or fueling stations are before you choose a car that runs on either of these fuels. You do not want to find out that your nearest charging station is an hour away. 2. Focus on Needs You cannot forget your needs when purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle. More car manufacturers are creating eco-friendly cars, so there are several options for you. You need to think about cargo space, towing capabilities, passenger space, and even off-road capabilities. In essence, you need to make sure that your eco-friendly car fits your lifestyle. 3. A Good Selection It is easy to focus on the details of the car and overlook the importance of the dealership. You need to find a car dealership such as Young Automotive Group that has enough cars for you to choose from. A large selection is definitely a good sign, but you should also meet with some of the salespeople to ensure that they are knowledgeable about eco-friendly cars. 4. Look for Certification The next thing you might want to do is check the EPA certification on the car. The EPA grades eco-friendly cars using the SmartWay Certification program, which should allow you to choose the most eco-friendly car that you can buy. You can go to the EPA's site directly to see the vehicles that are currently graded, or you can talk to your car dealership salesperson about the choices that are available in their car lot. These are just some tips that could help you find a car that will make your life easier without killing the planet. Remember, several vehicles do not run on eco-friendly fuels but are still eco-friendly because they give you more miles per gallon than ever before. These types of vehicles should also be a possibility just in case you live in an area without many eco-friendly re-fueling or charging options.
  9. You want your home to be safe and clean, but you also probably don’t want anyone in your home to be exposed to harsh and toxic substances. Unfortunately, many chemicals in cleaners are not safe. But the good news is that you can just as easily clean your home with simple, homemade green cleaning methods. Sink Scouring What could be less expensive or fresher than using a tried-and-true method to clean your sinks, showers, and tubs? The key ingredient is baking soda, and you can simply sprinkle it on a surface to be cleaned, then add a little water. For enhanced cleaning benefits, add a couple drops of essential oil like tea tree oil or lavender oil. Drain Cleaner Drains in bathroom and kitchen sinks as well as tubs and showers can get dirty and smelly over time. Address that issue by keeping all drains clean. Simply sprinkle some baking soda in the drain, and then pour a bit of vinegar in there. The mixture will fizz some. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes or overnight, and then flush it with hot water. Some companies, such as Coastal Plumbing Inc., know that if your drain is having a serious problem, you might want to look into using a drain cleaning service. They will maintain your drain so that it works like new. Countertop and Surface Cleaner It is important to keep the surfaces in your kitchen looking clean. This includes the countertops and refrigerator shelves. This is an easy cleaning issue to address. Get a 32-ounce spray bottle, and fill it almost to the top with water. Then add about 25 drops of grapefruit seed extract. Shake up the bottle. You now have a spray cleaner that has zero chemical odor yet cleans through grease and dirt very effectively. Laundry Powder There is no need to use laundry cleaning products that are filled with chemicals that you have to breathe when you use the products. Instead, opt for green and homemade laundry cleaning methods. One great option is to use washing soda powder along with borax powder for washing clothes in all temperatures in the washer. Use about a tablespoon of each item for a regular-sized load of clothes. When you use homemade and green cleaning methods and products, you have greater peace of mind in knowing that you are not using harmful, harsh chemical products. And a huge bonus is that cleaning becomes much more pleasant and even fun.
  10. “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” ― Luther Burbank Yes, flowers are one of the best gifts by nature that makes your life more colorful and vibrant. Even on your worst times, a glimpse of flowers can bring solace. Similarly, in the harsh and dry winters, flowers can add a rainbow of colors by its presence. But, if you are wondering how can flowers survive the harsh winters then, you must not have heard about the flowers that only blooms in winter. Here is a list of 7 wonderful and beautiful flowers to keep you warm in the winter season: Carnations One of the beautiful and common flowers that rules during winter season are Carnations. These long-lasting blooms are commonly known as “pinks” and have a spicy floral fragrance. Found in different hues of colors, carnations symbolize love and fascination. Hence, a bouquet of carnations is perfect to convey your love for your dear ones. Gerbera Daisies Gerbera Daisies are just another significant flower that blooms in winter. These blooms are found in several colors like yellow, red, white, orange and pink. Rewarded as the fifth most popular flower in the world, Gerbera Daisies symbolize purity and cheerfulness. So, whenever you want to cheer up your dear ones, you can send them Gerbera Daisies. Lilies Lilies are one of the notable winter flowers often used in decoration. You can often see them in winter weddings or festivals. Lilies are perennial flowers which symbolize royalty and purity. Found in a variety of colors, Lilies also symbolize rebirth, motherhood, and fertility. Pansies Pansies are a staple flower for gardeners in the winter season. These cheerful blossoms can add so much of brightness to your garden. Like most of the flowers, pansies also symbolize the love your heart holds for another person. An interesting fact about Pansies are that they are edible and are a good source of nutrients. Calendula Also known as “Pot Marigolds”, these flowers are similar to daisies in look and are found in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, and other pastel hues. These beautiful flowers are also considered sacred in India and are used in religious rituals. Calendulas generally symbolize cheer, happiness,and success in life. Winter Jasmine These are evergreen shrubs that grow up to 4 to 6 feet wide. The peak blooming season of this aromatic and heavenly flowers is the late February and the early March. Associated with love, these snowy white blooms symbolize beauty and sensuality too. That’s why garlands of white Jasmines are often used in weddings. Daffodils These trumpet-shaped yellow bright flowers can uplift and energize your soul by its presence. These blossoms are also known as Narcissus and come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, pink, white, and several others. Oils extracted from daffodil plants are used by people to reduce stress. Daffodils symbolize creativity, energy, vitality, and memory. These were some beautiful flowers that blooms in the winter. You can easily get order these flowers from online flower shops. Suppose you want to send a bouquet of Gerbera Daisies in Mumbai then, all you need to do is to order your flowers from the best online flower shop in Mumbai to experience an impeccable delivery service. So, send your loved ones one of these flowers to brighten their day this winter.
  11. In today’s world, concern about the environment is at an all-time high. This is especially true regarding recycling, since communities across America have implemented recycling programs to reduce the garbage going into landfills. As people learn about recycling, it’s becoming very popular. If you’re interested in transforming the planet, here are four practices that can be implemented into your daily life. Recycle Your Aluminum Cans According to Waste Management Corporation, Americans drink one beverage each day from an aluminum can. However, even though the cans are 100 percent recyclable, less than half of those cans are recycled. For cans that are recycled, they can be put back on the shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days, and there are over 10,000 locations across the nation that purchase aluminum, making it very easy to recycle these cans while making a few extra bucks. Corrugated Cardboard With more and more people shopping online these days, households have an endless supply of corrugated cardboard taking up space. Some companies, like Ware Disposal, know just how helpful it can be to the planet when resources are recycled. However, it makes far more sense to take them to a recycling center, where they can be converted into chipboard that’s used to make cereal boxes, paper towels, and copy paper. Car Batteries The most recycled product in the United States, car batteries are a virtual goldmine in recycling circles. With more than half of the battery being made of lead, it can be used to create new car batteries. Along with this, the batteries contain several pounds of plastic, which can be used to create various new products. And finally, the battery’s sulfuric acid can be recycled and used in new batteries, converted to sodium sulfate for use in fertilizers and dyes, or neutralized and purified, enabling it to be released as clean water. Most automotive retailers will accept old batteries, as will recycling companies such as Ware Disposal, which as a zero-waste company handles all facets of solid waste and recycling. Computers With thousands of computers tossed out in the trash every day, it’s vital they be recycled. Containing plastic, metal, and glass, virtually the whole computer can be recycled. And don’t forget peripherals such as keyboards, printers, speakers, and external hard drives, all of which can be recycled as well. By becoming aware of what can be recycled and how doing so can benefit the environment, it will be easier than ever to help transform the planet.
  12. While corporate measures and government initiatives do their part in limiting pollution, truly preserving the planet requires the help of every individual. Though it may seem small, doing your part to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle can have a profound impact on the environment. There are plenty of ways you and your household can easily reduce your carbon footprint. Proper Waste Disposal With waste disposal as simple as dragging a can to the curb, most households put little thought into where all that trash ends up. Unfortunately, even more fail to pay attention to the rules and recommendations set out by their local waste disposal service on how to separate waste items. While it’s perfectly fine for biodegradable items like food waste to safely decompose in a landfill, items like batteries or recyclables like plastic and aluminum should be separated so that they can be dealt with in a safe and sustainable way. Take the time to separate your household’s waste so that in can be disposed of properly. Use a Trash Compactor Plastic trash bags may be convenient, but they are one of the biggest contributors to pollution around the world. Plastics can take as long as 500 years to break down in a landfill, so considering that Americans alone use over 100 billion plastic bags a year, plastic recycling and reduction is one of the most vital ways your family can reduce its carbon footprint. A simple way of doing this is to install a trash compactor. By compressing trash through a company like Pro Star Roll Off Dumpsters, your family can dispose of its waste more efficiently by fitting more waste material per trash bag, drastically cutting down on your plastic use throughout the year. Insulate Your Home If you’d like to help the environment while also saving money, insulating your home is a simple way to accomplish both. While your home’s heater may feel like it’s doing a great job, poorly insulated homes leak much of the heat produced by their climate control system, effectively wasting energy and increasing their carbon footprint. Check your windows and door frames for gaps where heat can escape and use window fixtures that help to trap in heat. For smaller spaces, consider using a space heater occasionally instead of solely relying on your home heating system. Use a Water Filter Once again, plastics are a major contributor to pollution problems. Another major source of plastic is disposable drink bottles, which clutter landfills and recycling centers around the country. While recycling these bottles is helpful, a better choice is to reduce the number you use. Rather than relying on bottled water, purchase a filter system for your kitchen sink so that you can enjoy clean, delicious water year-round. Purchase a refillable travel bottle for when you’re on the go. Not only will it reduce your waste output, but you’ll also save on your grocery bill by no longer needing to buy cases of water. Shop In-Season Eating strawberries and other produce items year-round might be delicious and convenient, but the cost to the environment is astounding. Produce that is out-of-season in your region must be shipped from across the world in ships that put out massive quantities of carbon dioxide. Do your part by learning which food items are in-season, and if you can, try to purchase some of your grocery items from local growers. Every Bit Counts When it comes to saving the environment, every little bit counts. You can easily lower your family’s carbon footprint by making simple changes to how you shop and deal with waste. By adopting these habits you will not only lower your own family’s impact on the environment, but also inspire others in your community to take steps towards more sustainable living.
  13. The roof protects your home interiors from snow, wind, hail, storm, rain and sun. It also ensures that heat from either the outside or inside does not leak to either side. If the roof is energy-inefficient, it may be costing hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs. Here are factors of your roof that may impact on the energy efficiency of your home. The Level of Insulation Ideally, energy efficiency is ensuring that the temperature out there does not affect the indoor temperature. One of the areas where outdoor temperature may influence your indoor temperature is the roof. The insulation levels in your attic determine whether the house losses some of the cool air during summer or gets cold during summer. Inspect the attic insulation regularly. Install additional insulation when necessary. Quality insulation also protects the roof from damage due to condensation in the attic. Ventilation Your roof requires some ventilation to offload the excess heat that may be hidden in the attic. During the cold weather, the trapped heat in the attic may thaw the snow prematurely and create ice dams. Ice dams eventually become points of weakness and leakage on the roof. You may end up with expensive leak repairs or roof replacement. During the hot weather, trapped heat may make your cooling systems less efficient. Therefore, it costs you more to cool the house that you should. Moreover, poor ventilation may tap moisture under your roof and cause damage to the holding beans and the roof structure. Trapped moisture can lead to mildew growth and rust on your metallic fixtures. Color The color of the roof also affects the energy efficiency of your home. Dark-colored roofs usually absorb lots of heat during summer. They can heat up to over 150 F° in a hot summer. The extra heat is transmitted to the attic and other materials in your home. This increases the indoor temperature thereby raising the energy consumption of your air conditioning systems. You end up paying more to keep your house cool. Consider light-colored roofs or roofs made from light-reflecting materials. You can also seek the help of professional roof contractors such as Stevens Roofing Corporation to help determine best colors to reflect heat. This enhances your energy efficiency and keeps your home cooler. Cut your energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of your home starting with the roof. Install the right roofing when building or refurbishing the house. Check the above elements to lower your energy costs.
  14. Every time you do business with a company, you’re indirectly supporting them. If you purchase from a company that’s committed to environmental issues, you’re helping to protect the environment. But if you’re providing profits to a company that’s heedless of green practices, you’re working against the environment. In many cases, the difference is not so obvious. Here are some ways to tell whether a business is eco-friendly. Internet Searches The easiest way to check on a company’s reputation is to type their name into a search engine along with a word or phrase like “eco-friendly” or “environmental policy”. If that company has any associations with green practices, something will come up, either positive or negative. Companies that are dedicated to the environment will share news of initiatives, partners, philanthropic support, and related activities. Ecologically harmful companies, on the other hand, will be linked to EPA violations, toxicity law suits, and similar accusations. Look for Evidence Some companies claim to be eco-friendly when their green initiatives are non-existent or marginal at best. It’s a baseless PR tactic. Instead of accepting such claims on the company site or social media conversations, check for things like sustainability or social responsibility releases. Truly green businesses will often publish data or reports providing documentation of their efforts. You may find links to these reports or external sites where they can be found. Claims are one thing, but fully prepared reports, especially if they have the approval of an environmental body or organization, are harder to fake. Check for Awards or Certifications You can also search the websites of reputable environmental organizations to see if the company has earned any awards or mentions. It’s easy enough for imposters to present a eco-friendly logo on their site, but a real organization will be able to verify this. If the company is making any claims for a particular cause, such as saving endangered species or eliminating greenhouse gases, find a charitable organization related to this and see if it can be corroborated. Learn About the Company Explore the company’s website to discover what kind of practices they engage in. For instance, metal companies should be using aluminum or powder coatings, such as those by Rattray Blasting & Coating, to prevent rust or heavy metals from leaching into the environment. Do a little research to understand what eco-friendly standards for its industry the company should observe and whether they’re mentioned. Don’t be shy about contacting the company directly to ask questions. If they’re proud of their green strategy, they’ll be happy to talk about it. A little bit of research will tell you whether a company really is eco-friendly. If they don’t appear to be, you should reconsider supporting them.
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  16. If you’re like most people, you want to live and work in the cleanest, healthiest environment possible. One of the most significant factors in maintaining a comfortable space is by improving your indoor air quality.To help everyone fine-tune their indoor air conditions here are five tips for you. Follow Your HVAC Maintenance Schedule—Your HVAC System is essentially the Control Center for your comfort. Air Conditioning Units last from 10 to 15 years, so getting regular maintenance helps assure that it operates at peak performance when the heat and humidity rises. Additionally, scheduled maintenance helps with early detection of operational issues so you can avoid expensive repairs later. Ductless or Mini-Split AC Units—Ductless and Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units are a convenient and cost-effective way to add cooling capabilities to older homes without traditional ductwork, as well as apartments and workspaces with little or no access to air conditioning. The absence of access to ducts no longer has to be a reason to be uncomfortable and suffer in the sweltering heat. Ductless AC Units from companies like All American Air & Electric, Inc. are affordable, flexible, and can be customized to maximize the air comfort and quality in your home or office. Duct Cleaning—in homes and buildings that use Forced Air Heating and Cooling, ducts play a significant factor in determining overall air quality. Ducts are notorious for collecting dirt, dust, and dander, allergens, and irritants which degrade indoor air quality. Reduce the accumulation all of these contaminants to breathe easier. A UV Light System—for those who are serious about optimizing their indoor air quality, a Continuous Air Purification System (CAPS) offers an ongoing mechanism for air purification using UV light treatment technology. All air gets filtered. Microscopic contaminants including spores, viruses, and other bacteria are trapped, so they don’t get circulated. Portable Air Treatment Systems Investing in a high-quality area air treatment system is an affordable option. They offer an alternative for cleansing the air without making a significant investment. These systems remove odors, bacteria, dust, and dander in the immediate area they’re used. Air quality is something that everyone should be concerned with since it directly affects your health and wellbeing. Regardless of your budget, there are steps you can take to decrease the dust, dander, germs, and irritants that get dispersed throughout your home or office, which result in improved air quality.
  17. Eco-landscaping is about making a difference in your yard, the one that results in making surrounding a healthier place that reduces water, soil and air pollution. The advantages of such responsible approach are reasonable savings in time, money and maintenance. The eco-friendly method is growing in popularity for its obvious reasons while creating and designing an eco-friendly landscape is not more complicated than designing a traditional garden. It does take some planning and involves maintenance, but all the efforts invested in a project like that are nothing compared to benefits. Planning For starters, you will have to make basic analysis and assessment of the yard. Determine the ground thickness by running the water to see how it is draining and where the ground is soaked the most. That way you’ll know where to plant as well as where to place hardscape. Check which areas get most of the sunlight and which ones are in the shade. Decide which area will serve its specific purpose, meaning where you will place a patio, play area or flower beds. This way you’ll know ahead what materials and plants you will be using and what will structure the basis of your eco-friendly yard. Downsize the lawn Having a smaller lawn means there will be less mowing and you will use less water. Limit your lawn by placing artificial grass or synthetic turf. Create walkways and paving and make sure to use low-maintenance materials like concrete, bark or gravel. You can use permeable pavers to direct rainfall back into the ground. Place gazebos or benches to fill the space in the yard that won’t require any watering. Eco-friendly mowing Since there will be a lawn that needs mowing, consider using a reel lawn mowers. Although mowing can go a bit slower than with gas or electric mower, reel mowers are true eco-friendly device since they are a perfect example of energy conservation. An alternative to reel mowers are the mowers powered by rechargeable batteries. Plant low-maintenance plants Consider planting native plants since they are best suited for the environment. Also, try choosing drought-resistant plants because there will be less maintenance while planting them will save water in the long run. To reduce the usage of water, try to group plants with similar water requirements. Plant some ornamental grass, pansies, and marigold. Planting clover is recommendable since it is insect and weed repelling plant. Clever landscaping Strategically planted trees and shrubs around the house can act as an insulation and save you up to 20% of your heating and cooling costs. One of the best landscape design firms advises planting deciduous trees on the sunny spots next to the house. That way the trees will provide the shade in the summer, while they will allow more sunlight in the cold months. Also, vines can be used to cool some areas. Watering To reduce water waste, install drip irrigation system that brings water directly to plants. Watering with automatic irrigation is more effective while the technology allows you to program it the way you want. You can set the system not to release the water while it rains. You can use rainwater, previously conserved in barrels to water the lawn and the flower beds. When watering in the summer, always water in the late evening and early in the morning to avoid evaporation. Weed and insect control Avoid using chemicals to fight or to control weed, but take some preventive measures like planting in raised beds, preparing the soil, using landscape fabrics and mulching. To get rid of the weed you can use corn gluten or vinegar, only make sure to use it carefully since it a strong herbicide that can harm other plants. The last stage of fighting the weed is an old-fashion move of pulling the weed from the ground. As for insects, learn more about companion planting and see how your plants can benefit from it. Fertilizing Learn to make and use compost and keep the chemical fertilizer away. Composting is the best possible way to keep your ground properly fertilized, aired and watered, while it will significantly reduce the amount of trash that ends up in the landfills. Almost anything can be used for compost, starting from grass clippings and leaves to fallen branches, food scraps, coffee filters, tea bags, newspapers, cardboard, etc. Going green takes a bit more than these few tips since it extends further on the maintenance and how you care for the environment aside from the yard. Remember to recycle and reuse all the materials and to establish a sustainable eco-system in your home and your yard. Do your research and create an eco-friendly garden that you will enjoy in years that come. An effort toward the healthier environment is worthy of praise so design your garden and be proud.
  18. As you already know, modern times provided humanity with plenty of benefits, but on the other hand, all these possibilities created a consumerist society as well. Our planet is in danger, and we are to blame. Once I’ve become aware of the problem, I’ve decided to completely change my lifestyle. It wasn’t that easy in the beginning, and as the time went by, new habits were adopted and my household began to produce much less waste. In order to successfully create a new zero-waste lifestyle, you’ll need to make a bunch of small changes. The text below will provide you with some of the most important steps I took down the road. Cut down on plastic One of the greatest human-caused problems is the uncontrolled use of products made of plastic. Try to avoid plastic bags and bottles at any cost. It is much better to replace them with reusable ones. I’ve read somewhere that between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed by world population during each year. Start being a part of the solution, and invest in new reusable bags, or even try out your skills and make your own. Stop using disposables My kitchen cabinets were stacked with paper towels, napkins, plastic bottles, straws and much more. That is a lot of waste, and you should give your best to avoid using these products. A lot of trees are getting cut on a daily basis just so we can have paper towels in our homes. You don’t really need them, so go ahead and replace them with reusable rags. Purchase some stainless steel or bamboo straws and use cloth napkins. Create a travel kit Buying a takeaway cup of coffee or a meal can save you some time and effort, but you should think about the future of our blue marble as well. Of course, if you get well organized, you can keep enjoying delicious takeaway meals. You’ll just need to pack a lunch container with a spoon, knife, fork, cup, and cloth napkin. Put the kit in your car and use it for all your meals. Of course, you may start preparing your lunch at home and save a lot of cash every month. This strategy is completely waste-free, and I guarantee you’ll adapt very quickly. Recycle When I talk to people about recycling, their first association is plastic bottles. Well no, you shouldn’t purchase plastic bottles at first place. Of course, if you have some at your home, recycle them at once. The real recycling begins when you do it using old light bulbs, cartridges, batteries, electronic parts etc. Install a special bin for these items, and take them to a place for safe disposal once in every six months. Declutter on regular basis We can’t talk about zero-waste lifestyle if your house is cluttered with old magazines, mail, documents, pieces of furniture you don’t really need etc. Use the next weekend to start cleaning your living space. Ecology is not just about plastic, it is about healthy habits and wellbeing. If your goal is to feel better while at home, go ahead and start getting rid of everything you don’t use anymore. Of course, you’ll wish to save some personal belongings, and that’s ok. In that case, trustworthy self-storage facility can be a great solution. If you, for example, live in Newcastle area, you could rent a remote storage unit in one of the best companies it has to offer and put all your stuff in there. Set up an organic garden If you have some spare space in your backyard, go ahead and engage in organic food production. You’ll provide yourself with the great hobby, and most importantly, you’ll start eating really healthy vegetables. A lot of gas is used and carbon-dioxide released into the atmosphere before the food arrives in the nearby market. Most of those vegetables riped during the transport and have been treated with chemical solutions which are bad both for your and planet’s health. Stop supporting this malpractice, get yourself a pair of gloves, garden hat, a few hoses, and start digging. Compost Once the summer has ended, clean up your garden and start composting. There are plenty DIY ways to create a composting system at your home, so don’t hesitate and start learning. Keep in mind that you can compost nearly everything organic. Use stuff like food scraps and paper, and if you have to buy take away meals, do it at the stores that pack them in degradable materials. Your garden will be very happy the next spring when your cover it in your home-made compost. This simple move will keep the soil healthy and fertile, and you’ll get much more food in the years to come while saving on artificial fertilizers. Conclusion As you can see, there are a lot of ways to start living a zero-waste lifestyle, and I’ve shared just my first steps. Make sure to stay motivated, and don’t let others discourage you. Like every other change, this can be hard for you as well, but it will repay generously in the long run. Your living space will be much healthier, you’ll feel better knowing that you did everything you can to save the Earth, and hopefully, your friends and family will join you.
  19. There is no question that the world is ready for solar energy. In the United States, the Office of Energy Efficiency estimates that the growth of major solar energy installations has grown by more than 1,700 percent since 2008. While most installations have been of the utility, industrial and commercial kinds, residential systems are expected to grow exponentially through the end of this decade. In 2017, electrical vehicle manufacturer Tesla announced its intention to start taking deposits on residential installations of an advanced solar roof panel system complete with transformers and batteries; this announcement has sparked considerable interest from homeowners who are now looking up at their roofs and wondering what they would need to do in order to get some panels installed. In essence, there are three important things for you to consider before weighing the possibility of going fully solar: Roof Inspection When was the last time you had your roof inspected by a professional company like Burke’s Roofing ? Unfortunately, many homeowners wait until they spot a leak or an ugly brown stain on their ceiling panels before they resolve to call technicians for roof repair services; this is about the only time an inspection is conducted, and on many occasions, the findings are not pleasant. A roof inspection is a must before installing heavy solar energy panels on top of your house; in fact, you may want to do this now before the next winter or rainy season so that you can budget for repairs accordingly. Ventilation Your current roof system has a particular ventilation arrangement that may not be fully compatible with the intended roof panel installation. The vents may need to be relocated and tested so that they preserve the level of energy efficiency your household requires. Roof Leaks In rainy climate regions such as South Florida, some homeowners will notice a roof leak during a heavy tropical storm or when a hurricane makes landfall. In many cases, the leak seems to be manageable because it is limited to a drip and does not seem to spread across the ceiling; in other words, these leaks are nothing that a pan or bucket will not solve, and they tend to not be an issue until the next hurricane or spectacular rainstorm arrives. The problem with this nonchalant approach is that it could be ignoring serious issues such as missing shingles or damaged flashing, which would certainly need to be repaired before solar panel installations. In the end, the state of your roof will determine whether you can really take advantage of solar energy production. Do not attempt to forego roof inspections and repairs before solar panels are installed.
  20. For many people today, green energy is a huge concern. We want it from our companies, but don’t often practice it ourselves. At home, solar panels are a great way to reduce the environmental impact your home has, with a host of other positives, like: Lower Energy Bills The most obvious boon of solar panels is reduced energy costs. Depending on the amount of sun in your area, the break-even point for solar panels can be as little as two years, though the average is six to eight. To maximize your savings, consider contacting a licensed electrician to complete the installation, as they can work to best optimize the placement and wiring to bring about the lowest costs and highest yields. Average savings number in the tens of thousands over twenty years, increasing for sunnier locations. Secure, Reliable, Independent Solar energy comes from the sun, which comes with a number of benefits besides being clean and free: it can’t be monopolized, we know when it’s coming, and no one can limit our access to it. When it comes to energy sources, it’s the only choice a homeowner can make that affords them control; once you own solar panels, you have access to energy, period. Increase Home Value Research has shown that market demand for solar panels is strong, with buyers willing to pay a premium for homes already outfitted with systems. The average increase in resale value is around $5,911 per kilowatt, putting the typical 3.1 kilowatt system at a nearly $18,000 jump. In addition, you can enjoy increased roof longevity, as solar panels provide some protection from the elements, and lowered cooling costs, as they reflect sunshine in the summer. Tax Incentives No matter where you live, there’s more than likely some sort of energy incentive. Federal tax credits are numerous and more localized government on the state, provincial, county, or municipal level. There’s also the rise of power purchase agreements to watch, as homeowners can enjoy solar panels for zero initial investment with these agreements wherein the solar company owns the panels while the purchaser pays them off monthly. In today’s eco-friendly market, solar panels are an achievable reality for more and more homeowners. Beyond the lower energy bill, they provide numerous benefits like those listed. That’s not to mention their decreased carbon footprint, enabling you to help the environment from the comfort of your own home.
  21. How to Protect Your Home's Foundation

    The foundation of your home, is, by no surprise, the most important aspect of it. While others may argue, the fact that your entire house depends on the integrity of your foundation means that any damage that might occur to it, can be drastic. Since your entire house literally sits on top of this concrete base, any little mistake in its design means that the problems will increase as you go up. Ensuring you protect your foundation will mean longevity and hassle-free home maintenance. Here are ways you can protect your home’s foundation. What is the Foundation? To begin with, for those who are unaware, the foundation of your home is made from a combination of materials, with the most common being made from poured concrete or concrete block, and a poured concrete footing system. With the majority of North American homes being built this way, it’s safe to assume that your house was also. During the construction process, it is vital that the foundation is poured and dried at level. Any dips or slants will cause structural problems throughout the rest of the house, making it a headache to fix and to sell. Ways to Protect Your Foundation Now that you are enlightened on what your home’s foundation actually is, here are some ways in which to ensure it is protected, and remains its integrity and strength. Make Sure the Ground Slopes Away: Keeping water away from the foundation of your home is critical in ensuring it stays dry and protected. Ensuring your backyard or front yard are sloped away from the house will enable runoff water to flow away from the house, instead of towards. If it is sloped towards, water will likely seep into the foundation, causing flooding in your basement and structural damage to the concrete base. If the ground is sloping towards, you’ll have to either call a professional (depending on the severity) to level out the ground, or fill in the areas with dirt yourself, if it’s not too difficult. Clean Out Your Gutters: While generally keeping your gutters clean is a good habit for good water runoff, it’s especially important to ensure the water from rain and other precipitation doesn’t get backlogged and then seep into your house. Ensure they are pitched correctly so that they water flow is away from your home, and clean them at least twice a year to remove any buildup that can cause clogs. Inspect Your Downspouts: As with your gutters, make sure your downspouts don’t have any leaks or holes present. Also, make sure they are pointing away from the foundation of your house, rather than just next to it. Monitor the Foliage: Especially during the fall, leaves, trees, and foliage tend to shed everywhere. Managing plants and vines that are up against your home is helpful in ensuring they don’t have an active part in trapping moisture and dampness against your home when they are wet. Try not to plant any trees near your foundation either, as they can soak up the moisture that prevents the foundation from cracking. Water your Foundation: While this may seem contrary to what we’ve been saying about keeping water away from your foundation, no moisture at all can result in cracking and shrinking in the spoil of your foundation. Giving it a good soaking during the summer at periodical intervals will help prevent this from happening. Warning Signs You Have a Problem: While you may have implemented these preventative measures, if there is a problem with your foundation, you should be able to see warning signs pretty clearly. Here’s what to look out for: If you see pooling occur, especially after a rainstorm, this is a good indication that something isn’t right. Water gathering in pools around the foundation of your home means the ground isn’t level and water is seeping towards the base. Hiring a professional to both level the ground and pump the water away from the house is most likely the best course of action here. Water leaks don’t always show up easily, so looking out for water stains on the walls or ceiling is a good way to tell if anything is wrong with the house. You might notice it as well with discoloured baseboards or musty smells. Inspecting the perimeter of your home will let you know if there is a problem. If you see cracks or breakage, this is not a good sign. Making sure the siding, whether it’s brick, wood, vinyl or metal, is at least six inches above the bottom of the foundation is helpful, because often times, dirt and debris can make its way in there and shrink the clearance area. This provides a place for moisture to invade. If possible, power wash and clean away this dirt and buildup to improve the clearance.
  22. If you're concerned about the state of our environment, there are many easy ways that you can become part of the solution, instead of being part of the problem. One simple area that the environmentally-conscious can focus on is water conservation. The average person in the U.S. uses between 80-100 gallons of water per day, so every drop you save can make a world of difference. To get you started, here are 4 easy ways to conserve water: Turn Off The Water While Brushing Your Teeth After you wet your toothbrush, fill up a glass of water to use for rinsing and then turn off the faucet. Leaving the water running while you brush sends an average of 5 gallons of water right down the drain. You won't be inconvenienced at all, and the water savings add up quickly. Properly Insulate Your Pipes You may already know that proper pipe insulation can save you electricity, but it can also help you conserve water. By maintaining higher water temperature, you'll cut down on the water wasted when you wait for hot water to come out of your faucet or shower. An estimated 280 million gallons of water that have been allowed to cool is wasted every day, so every second counts. Use You Water Meter To Check For Leaks When you know you won't be at home, make a note of the water meter reading before you leave. When you come home, check to see if there's a discrepancy. If there is, you've got a leak somewhere in your home. Leaks can occur in pipe fittings, faucet connections or toilets. If you think you have a leak but have trouble finding it, bring in a professional like L.J. KRUSE COMPANY or someone in your area, to solve the problem. Use Rainwater to Care for Your Garden If you have a large garden or lawn, you're probably using a massive amount of water to care for it. First, plant drought-resistant grass that requires less frequent watering. Next, install a rain catch system connected to your home's gutters. You can choose storage barrels of various sizes to suit your needs, and you will have a renewable supply of water to keep your garden healthy and hydrated. You'll Make an Impact If you take the time to implement these 4 easy water conservation methods, you'll be helping to prevent the waste of one of the Earth's most precious commodities. By giving a little bit of attention to daily habits and usage, every individual can come together to assure that our water supply remains plentiful and accessible to all.
  23. Whether it is repair or renovation, home damages are always a crucial concern for each one of us. You have a plethora of things to take care of; you need to spare your time from the daily hustle and bustle and the most essential, you have to budget your home repair. At times, we fail to figure out the damage at an early stage and have to bear a massive expenditure for its repair. Hence, it is always advised to inspect your roof at a regular interval through and take residential roofing services if required. Despite the inspection, if you cannot find the damage, here is the information on how to find out the leakage of your roof at an initial stage to avoid the unnecessary expenditure. Ø Use The Flashlight: The very moment you saw the damage on the roof, you should make sure to check in depth the source of leakage. It is highly essential to know the roots of leakage to understand how dangerous is it. Take a flashlight and head it towards the highest point of the house. Check the attic that is directly above the leakage area and makes a thorough inspection of the leakage depth and its surrounded area. Ø Turn Off The Lights: The leakage is undoubtedly severe if the light can come through it. Quite a few times, due to the internal lighting, you don’t get to see how much is the roof affected. To check the severity, switch off your lights and check if the lights are coming through the walls and ceiling. If you see the signs of lights, contact your residential roofing company at the earliest. Ø Check For The Reflections: It is an excellent trick to find out the source of leakage. See through the flashlight whether there is any reflection coming through. The reflection of lights coming through roofs gives an idea of the affected area. If you are unable to see the reflections directly through the flashlight, shine it around the suspected area. The water reflects well so if there is any such leakage, you will be able to see it quickly. It is noteworthy that the metal or glue can also reflect like water so don’t conclude that it is damage by merely seeing the reflection. Ø Examine Intrusive Objects: If you didn’t find any reflection, check for any intrusive or out of space objects in the roof. A misplaced roof, or an out of space seal is quite simple to identify. Once you find anything misplaced, broken or cracked, simply have a close look so that you can see whether it causes the leakage or not. Ø Silent The Surrounding: Once you have examined your eyes, its time to test your ears. At times, you may not get the source of leakage through the flashlight or such other mean. Under such case, when you can feel water leakage, try to put your ears and figure out from where the water is coming. Ø Scrutinize Your Pipes And Drainage: If you could not find out the source of leakage from the above tricks, check the pipes and drainage. The leakage from the gutter and drainage is quite challenging to figure out. The exterior drains and tubes can be the cause of leakage that needs to be checked properly. However, make sure the pipes are clean and properly connected. Now, check each of them by pouring water into it. With this mean, you will be able to find out the source of leakage. If none of the above tips works, its time to call the professional. When the damage is too deep, it is natural that you cannot find the source and you need the right residential roofing services. So, you know the drill now. Don’t wait for anything. Find the solutions today.
  24. At first glance, it may seem like the struggle to protect the environment is counter to the government’s goal to boost GDP and to provide the highest quality of life to its many citizens. However, the reality is that many green initiatives also benefit the government in various ways. With a closer look at how green building policies are impacting the environment and the government, you can see how beneficial these programs truly are when you incorporate them into your next projects. Construction Improvements There are many aspects of construction that can destroy the environment. For example, natural habitats can be eliminated through construction. The depletion of natural resources, the effects of erosion, the emissions in new construction HVAC systems and more all play a negative role in the environment. It may cost the government millions of dollars or more to combat these issues. However, green construction initiatives are designed to work more cohesively to minimize the effects on Mother Nature, and this means that the government can save money related to addressing these issues. Water Management Solutions The amount of fresh, clean drinking water on the planet is a source of concern for many. The government is typically tasked with supplying water to the public through utility services. New construction projects that have green practices in mind can contain the natural drainage on the property and can capture rain through the guttering system. This allows the property owner to more successfully take advantage of natural rainwater for irrigation and more. There are also desalination efforts available in areas close to the coast. Desalination systems allow the property to create its own fresh water supply without having to rely on the public water supply. Wastewater Management Improvements Dealing with the wastewater produced in buildings and homes is a governmental concern as well. This water must be properly contained to avoid polluting waterways or contaminating the fresh water supply. New construction projects may use their own purification systems or treatment systems. In addition, some grey water may be re-used in toilets without having to be treated. In some cases, wastewater management facilities can be protested, or their construction contested. This is where a masters of diplomacy degree comes into play to make sure necessary facilities can be built or operated while keeping nearby businesses and homeowners happy. While the issue of new construction and urban sprawl must be addressed, you can see that some construction projects are actually beneficial to the environment and the government. If you are planning a new construction project soon, carefully review modern green practices that could be incorporated into your plans and that could benefit the environment and those who plan to spend time in the building.
  25. While it may come as a shock, winter is one of the worst months for negative human impact on the environment. From neglecting good recycling habits to irresponsibly using energy, many people fail to consider their environmental impact during the colder months. If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, there are plenty of ways to go green this coming holiday season. Stick with Seasonal Produce While grocery stores carry strawberries, kiwis, lemons, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables year-round, it’s often at the expense of our environment. Shipping in out-of-season produce via ships results in massive carbon dioxide emissions, contributing significantly to global warming. Thankfully, apples, clementines, and plenty of other winter seasonal foods are readily available and can be enjoyed guilt-free. If you don’t have the patience to learn which products are in season, stick to stores that carry locally sourced produce rather than imports, as their selection will reflect the most sustainable options. Optimize Your Home Heating With temperatures dropping, most homeowners are dusting off their heaters to keep warm. Before winter fully sets in, schedule an appointment with an HVAC company like Derek Sawyers Smart Energy Heating & Air to have your climate control system evaluated to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible. An optimized system will save you money on your energy bill and also protect against dangerous malfunctions, especially with gas heaters that can emit harmful levels of carbon dioxide if they aren’t serviced regularly. To help support your heater, make sure windows, door frames, and other areas are properly insulated to maximize how well your home retains heat. Salting and Shoveling Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s easy to pack on pounds during the holidays. Rather than paying for a gym membership, get an outdoor workout by shoveling your front steps and driveway instead of using a snowblower or plow. These methods require the use of gasoline or electricity, emitting harmful environmental gases or upping your energy bill respectively. By shoveling walkways yourself, you can lower your carbon emissions and indulge in a few extra desserts guilt-free thanks to the intense workout. If you have some time to spare, consider shoveling your neighbors’ properties to add a little more money to your gift-buying budget. Recycle Your Christmas Tree There’s nothing wrong with opting for a natural Christmas tree, provided you put it to good use after the holiday season is over. Pine needles make excellent mulch, so if you have a garden patch in your yard, carefully remove the branches and shake the needles over your designated spot. If there’s too much snow coverage, simple store a healthy supply of the needles in a sealed plastic tote or other container for later use during planting season. Christmas tree needles decompose slowly and do not mold, so long term storage is perfectly safe. If you’re the DIY type, you can get some use out of the trunk as well. Its round shape makes it the perfect base for building some natural drink coasters, and a good sized tree should give you plenty of material to make a few extra to hand out as gifts next year. Use Water Responsibly While there’s nothing quite like a hot bath or shower during the winter months, you may literally be pouring money down the drain. Simply lowering your home’s water temperature a modest few degrees not only helps the environment by lowering your energy consumption, but can also save you some money on your next bill. Dropping your hot water temperature from 140 degrees to 120 will still give you plenty of warm water for baths and dishes, but can also cut your annual bill by as much as $60, giving you a few extra dollars for buying presents while also lowering your carbon footprint. Year-Round Sustainability Every season offers its own unique ways to reduce your negative impact on the environment. During the winter months, focus on responsible energy usage, eat in-season foods, and find creative recycling methods for your Christmas tree, wreathes, and even wrapping paper. With a few simple steps, you can fully enjoy the holiday season while making your life more environmentally conscious.
  26. Solar energy has never been more popular, and in the United States alone, the number of solar installations is 17 times greater than it was less than 10 years ago. Still, the vast majority of solar installations are used to power homes and businesses or provide additional energy into the electricity grid. However, the fact is that solar power actually has a great number of uses—especially in times of an emergency or natural disaster. When disaster strikes, solar can quickly become your best friend by providing the following potentially life-saving benefits. Solar Provides Backup Power Whenever You Need It If you truly want to be prepared in case of a power outage, a solar backup generator is most definitely the way to go. When the local power grid goes down, you can switch over to your solar generator to ensure that you still have electricity when you need it. Although you may need to monitor your power usage, a solar generator like those offered by Renogy can still allow you to have lights, keep your food cold, etc. As long as the sun is shining, your solar generator will continue to produce power and thus ensure you won’t be near as affected by power outages. Helps You Stay Connected in the Event of an Emergency A solar generator also enables you to charge your phones, tablet and other handheld devices. There are also a number of smaller solar chargers that can be used for the same purpose. In this way, you can ensure that you are able to stay connected and can get up-to-date information about the emergency or disaster situation. Although your ability to make calls or get online will obviously be dictated by your local network, solar can still ensure that your devices remain charged and ready to use whenever you have a signal. Keeps You Prepared for Any Eventuality In the event of a hurricane, tornado or another major natural disaster, there is a high chance that the power could be out for days, weeks or even months. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to begin the cleanup process and start getting back to your normal life until electricity has been restored. This won’t be nearly as much of an issue for you if you are able to rely on solar to power your essentials. Whether it is used to keep food or life-saving medicines from spoiling or simply to ensure that you don’t have to eat by candlelight, solar allows you to be prepared for any long power outages or other disruptions to the electricity grid. Based on this evidence, it is obvious that solar energy can be a huge help during an emergency or disaster situation. Although solar won’t make it any easier to overcome the loss or devastation of a disaster, it can still ensure that you have access to electricity when you need it most. In this way, solar power really is an emergency essential.
  27. It doesn’t matter how shiny and beautiful your building is inside and out, strong, powerful odors can get trapped inside. It is not only essential that a building look clean, it should also smell clean. There are a number of steps that can be taken to ensure that clean and fresh air is flowing through at all times. Locate the Source of the Odors Far too often people tend to grab cans of deodorizers, candles, incense, and other products to fight bad air odors. The first thing to do is find out the root cause of the odor. Make sure the inside of the building is thoroughly cleaned and deodorized. Bacteria can set up in areas of the building and cause odors to permeate. Two areas in particular that should be checked: bathroom and kitchen. Both areas are cesspools for germs. And both should be thoroughly scrubbed and free of trash, foods and other things that can set up odors. How is Your Building’s Ventilation? The ventilation system can carry odors from place to place. A clogged ventilation system can cause offensive odors to permeate through your building. Call in a professional to make sure your system is running correctly and is free of anything blocking the air. It wouldn’t hurt to call in an environmental air quality consulting service, like Stephenson Environmental Management Australia, to investigate air quality issues. Bad air can cause health concerns. They can perform air tests to find out the source of the problem. Use the Right Cleaning Supplies The building should be cleaned by products that kill the source of the germs, not mask odors. Products like Pine Sol, Lysol and others germ-killers are the best. There are a number of sweet-smelling products on the market that do little to kill bacteria and germs. The simply cover up odors temporarily. Get a good disinfectant and get rid of the source of the problem. What’s Inside the Walls? Do you have dead critters inside your walls? As sickening as it is to believe, sometimes rats, raccoons and other small animals can get inside the walls and die. A professional will have to come in to remove the dead animal and patch up holes to prevent others from coming in. If your building seems to lack fresh air, sometimes enlisting simple steps can fix the problem. If you follow certain steps and the bad air persists, call in an environmental air quality consultant. They can get to the root of the problem.
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