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In 2016, scientists announced that the hole in ozone layer has shrunk by 1.7 million square miles and that by the year 2050 it would be completely covered. This piece of good news indicated a huge success and served as clear evidence that through collective effort and sustainable pro-environment legislation, pollution levels could be kept in check. Nevertheless, the shrinkage of the hole in the ozone layer does not mean that climate change and environmental decline halted. Unfortunately, they are at an all time high. The latest findings reveal that Greenland ice is melting at alarming levels and environmental groups point out that wildlife protection should be a given higher priority. In light of the fact that certain world powers have reduced funding for climate change research even downright denied its existence, the average responsible citizen wonders what can be done at a personal level and why such a small effort matters at all. The good news is that it does. If everyone made a few lifestyle changes, the results would be visible in a couple of years. All the overwhelming evidence for environmental decline might be discouraging, but it is never too late to take action and get involved in saving the planet, one small change at a time.  

Reduce the carbon footprint

One of the main causes of global warming is that we emit too many gases responsible for the greenhouse effect. Not only do these decrease air quality, but also lead to a rise in temperature levels. So, what can you do to reduce your carbon footprint?

Energy efficient appliances

Our modern existence relies of electrical appliances and giving them all up would be drastic and unpractical. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because quality standards have changed and there is a huge difference between what our parents used and what we use now. Today’s appliances are made with eco-friendliness in mind and they cause less emissions that older ones. So, if you are still using an old fridge, cooker or heater, consider replacing it with one that has A+ energy efficiency. It works better, consumes less electricity and helps the planet in the long run.

Insulate your home to reduce energy consumption

Paying thousands for high-end appliances is of no help for the planet if they work 24/7. Insulation can help change that. Experts at gni.ca inform homeowners that a well insulated house locks in heat, which increases home comfort and reduces the need for electrical appliances. Uninsulated houses have small cracks around windows and doors, sometimes even in the roof or in the attic and heat exchange occurs through those cracks which might not even be observed with the naked eye. As a result, you can never get the right temperature; it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, so some kind of HVAC appliance must always be turned on. This increases energy bills and releases many emissions into the air. But, if you insulate your house, this transfer no longer occurs. You can have a comfortable temperature all year round and only turn on appliances every once in a while.

Managing waste and pollution

Waste and pollution are very dangerous for the ecosystem and can cause the extinction of many endangered species. Although you might not be aware, some modern products and habits can increase waste and pollution, so here’s what you can do.

Use less harsh chemicals

Everyday things such as window cleaner and detergent can cause pollution if they are made using toxic or harsh chemicals, so you should try and switch to gentler formulas where possible. eco-friendly products are less readily available, but the search is worth it. If saving the planet is not a good enough incentive, then keep in mind that harsh chemicals are equally harmful for your health. For example, the innocent looking beaded face scrub can end up in the sea and back into our plates if we eat seafood.

Reuse & recycle

The amount of toxic waste that humans produce is incredible and there have never been more awareness campaigns for recycling. Instead of using one trash can for everything, use several smaller ones and sort your trash based on its type. Dispose of waste responsibly and always call your local recycling service to get rid of broken or old appliances. Last, but not least, re-use when possible and encourage the entire family to embrace upcycling rather than consumerism.

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Cynthia Madison

The environment is at risk lately. Everyone is pulling alarm triggers on how the actions we do affect the environment. Even though it may seem like things are still going on the way they should, changes are visible. Global warming is real, and it has numerous causes, among which you can find some of the activities you involve yourself into each day, irrationally. The principal cause of climate change is the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide traps the heat and warms the planet. Humans are responsible for this because of certain industries.

In order to obtain energy, factories burn fuels like oil or gas, which leads to carbon accumulation. Luckily, this problem can be addressed by simply modifying some of your daily habits. Simply going for UK 3M tape converters instead of the normal products you’d be using can make a difference. Most people refuse to make a change because they consider such a small behavioral modification to be irrelevant for stopping global warming. This attitude should not be promoted. Instead, one should learn more about living a greener life and the importance of such small changes for the environment.

Small changes in your daily life

The first changes you want to make are related to your daily habits. Start by easing into it. Rushing and wanting to make all changes at once won’t get you anywhere. You need to replace one habit at a time. Start by recycling and investing in recyclable products. Are you a fan of on-the-go coffee? Try to avoid Styrofoam cups, since they are very damaging to the environment. Many huge brands started to adopt an environmentally-friendly strategy. Promoting these companies and encouraging them by buying their products/services is a great way to start with.

Going to work with your car every single day is not green living. Lately, hybrid car models started to become cheaper and cheaper, so if you don’t possess a car yet, put some money aside for an electric one. In case you already have one that runs on gas, focus on carpooling. It is cheaper, much more efficient and you get to socialize more. Walking is not excluded either, in case your job is not far away from where you live. This represents your daily dose of sport and will keep you in a good shape. Plus, you’ll help the environment, so it’s a win-win situation.

People consume lots of water and light inside their homes. You can drastically reduce the use of light and water if paying more attention to your actions. Turning the lights on only when it is absolutely necessary and switching them back off when you are done is a condition. Unfortunately, most people don’t consider this relevant. It actually is, and it can make a huge difference if everyone would apply it. The same goes for water. An insignificant detail to some, letting the water running while you are washing your teeth is just a waste. Once you become aware of these habits, try to combat them and replace them.

In case you own a company…

On the other hand, if you own a company and you want to transform it into an environmentally-friendly one, you might have to invest some resources in it. Companies usually produce much more waste than a simple household, so the first step would be dealing with recycling. Finding a partner that can help you with this matter or hiring specialist to take care of your waste are both great methods to take care of your carbon footprint. As for smaller changes, you can choose other suppliers that deliver recyclable products. For instance, if your company works with a lot of plastic, focus on finding other similar providers that work with recyclable products. You can find anything that’s recyclable, even passport security labels. There are no limitations when it comes to recyclable products. The secret is to get interested in this topic and transform your business in a green one. 

Raising awareness

Don’t keep your actions to yourself. Talking about the changes you are making might inspire others to take your examples and start a becoming-green journey. The more you promote friendly environmental behaviors, the higher the chances of attracting people into it. The mentality of people is very difficult to change, but it matters tremendously. Social media and many public figures started to focus on promoting becoming green because problems are now quite serious, and the society is the only thing that can make a difference. Without modifying our behavior, the Earth will have a lot to suffer. These dramatic changes will affect people negatively and they will have a rough time living the life they desire.  

Cynthia Madison

Those homeowners who want to lower their electricity bills or minimize their negative impact on the surrounding environment can tackle small energy efficiency improvements that make a huge difference, from controlled ventilation, window treatments and advanced framing to insulation, non-traditional roofs and skylights. More specifically, those people who live in a hot climate can install fans throughout the house instead of resorting to air conditioning because not only it keeps the living space cool, but it also helps them save money. Mechanical ventilation prevents structural damage over time and health risks because it creates a cozy ambiance while reducing air moisture inflation. Another method that allows homeowners to maintain the air inside cool while reducing heat loss is purchasing linen curtains, which have the purpose to control temperatures. Optimum value engineering saves energy as well by using more insulation thus preventing the waste of wood. Houses in warm climates should have cool roofs, which reflect sunlight and skylights, which improve ventilation, lighting and heating.

 

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The kitchen is the most energy-hungry space in the house

There are many easy ways through which people can boost their home’s energy efficiency including trading incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), lowering the thermostat or opting for a programmable one, buying a front-loading washing machine, unplugging appliances when not in use, particularly in the kitchen, inspecting doors and windows in order to ensure proper weather stripping and caulking. However, what happens when you follow most of these instructions, but you still experience a shock when you open your monthly electric bill? You probably cannot find a logical answer or explanation for all the power consumed in a single month, but you probably have not realized yet that you are feeding daily the most energy-hungry area in the house, namely the kitchen. Just think about all the appliances destined for cooling and heating foods, from oven and microwave to fridge and stovetop. Obviously, just like everyone else, you cannot stop from using these appliances, but you can learn how to get the most out of them.

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You do not have to replace your perfectly functional appliances

We understand that most homeowners do not afford or do not want to invest in the latest models, particularly if their current appliances are in perfect condition so with a few simple changes, they can save both cash and CO2, in case you decide to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle. For instance, taking into account that you can reduce costs by washing your clothes at lower temperatures because the washing machine uses less electricity, you can apply the same principle to your dishwasher. More exactly, if you avoid turning it on when you do not necessarily need to, you automatically save not just electricity, but also water. You do not have to make great compromises; you just cut a single dishwasher cycle weekly.

Furthermore, make sure that you know what appliance to use for every task. This means that if you want to cook simple desserts or fast breakfasts in the morning, you should definitely choose the microwave instead of the oven because it uses less energy in order to heat the food directly, not just the air around it. Of course, if you are willing to explore wood burning cook stoves and invest money in a superior quality product, then you can feel free to use it whenever you consider appropriate. The main idea is to make sure that you reconsider your kitchen decisions if you want to increase energy-efficiency.

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Oven optimization: tricks that will help you save energy

The majority of people cannot resist the temptation of opening the oven door slightly just to peek inside and determine the progress of their cooking, but this minor gesture leads to a great amount of heat being released in the kitchen and you know it because you feel it hitting your face. Satisfying this morbid curiosity is more than possible and actually more energy efficient if you just switch on the oven light or if you know precisely the amount of time your pie needs to grow or your turkey breast to roast and you turn off the oven when the food is done. Other tricks that you should keep in mind when using the oven refer to using the right dish, preferably glass or ceramic because they represent better conductors of heat, not to mention the aesthetics, checking for leaks periodically in order to identify potential signs of tears or gaps and avoiding putting foil on the oven racks, which decreases the efficiency of convection ovens.

Since we already discussed heat, you should probably know that the most energy consuming activity in the kitchen involves boiling water on the stove. Even if you put into practice the ideas or pieces of advice mentioned above to save energy, if you continue with this practice, you are practically pouring it down the drain. Even more, people tend to waste water unnecessarily by keeping the pot or kettle under the faucet for too long and heating more water than they actually need for a cup of tea or coffee. This represents a bad habit that most homeowners out there developed in time without knowing or realizing that it actually makes them lose money.

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Mistakes to avoid when using the refrigerator

Moving on to another energy consuming appliance, namely the refrigerator, the truth is that you have to keep it plugged in so that it maintains a constant temperature and prevent all the food from spoiling. In fact, you cannot even unplug it when you leave home like you can do with other appliances in the house. Fortunately, there are ways to increase its efficiency. These refer to never putting hot food in the fridge because it will raise the temperature in the ice box, thus making its job more difficult, never leaving the freezer empty because it allows the warm air to enter when you open it, thus necessitating more energy o cool down again and ditching the automatic ice maker for ice trays. Of course, the first option is more convenient, but it also consumes more energy.

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Cynthia Madison

We as consumers also have a responsibility. We must be careful about wasteful energy usage. The more we consume energy, the more we have to pay in energy bills and pay in the form of environmental damage.

Jim Bridgeforth, President of American Power and Gas, is among the few people who seem to be really worried about the wasteful use of energy. He knows it is scarce and he is doing his part to create a renewable energy Future, one that is affordable and efficient.

In a Recent Interview with Forbes, Bridgeforth stated that 80% of all energy consumption in the US comes from the industrial sector, thus making the transition for consumers tricky as they are all sourced from the same grid. Essentially, widespread use for consumers has become something that requires a higher initial cost, which most can't afford.

Keeping in mind that not everyone is physically able to transition to renewable energy services, how can consumers play their part in the meantime? Let’s have a look at five items in your house that could cause your energy bill to skyrocket:

1.Your Refrigerator

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A refrigerator uses a lot of energy. All electrical items that cool things require large quantities of energy, refrigerators are no different.

They use 4% of all electricity, costing about $100 per year. However, you may end up paying a lot more if you don't pay attention to the small things.

To reduce the cost, make sure not to leave the door open for long. This allows the cooling to escape, forcing the refrigerator to work even harder, resulting in more use of energy and hence higher costs (not to mention it could spoil your food if left open long enough).

2. Heating

America is one of the coldest nations out there, especially some parts of it, which is why heating costs are pretty high averaging about $650 per year.

To save money, try to use other techniques, such as keeping your Doors and windows closed so that no cool air can enter your home. Other than this, install insulators and keep your house covered to make sure you do not have to use a lot of heating.

Also, keep an eye on the thermometer, make sure you remember to shut off heating and cooling systems before leaving the house.

3. Computers

Computers only use about 1% of the energy costing around $25 per year, but if you have several computers and smartphones charging at all hours, the cost may go a lot higher.

4. Washer and Dryer

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They make up about 13% of the overall energy cost. Washers use a lot of energy. They constantly move and keep the water in motion to do the job. Similarly, dryers are also expensive to use. Try to avoid doing Laundry every day, or get it down to 1-2 times per week.

It is expensive to produce heat, and the yearly cost associated with using a dryer can be as high as $325.

5. Electric Oven

If you are a fan of baking and cooking, you probably are using your oven a lot. On average, they make about 4% of the total energy consumption, which makes about $100 per year.

Go slow on over usage and you can save money.

Cynthia Madison

Environmental concerns are still a constant in today’s society. When reading news and watching broadcasts on the subject, it’s worrying to conclude how much things have worsened in this department. While worries are not diminished, numerous people however, have started to make certain changes, in order to pursue a more environmentally friendly way of living. Because the implication of a singular individual matters, setting a positive example for those around, each person should focus more on the matter. If you have decided to become a promoter of eco-friendly lifestyle yourself, you should start by greening up your household. While certain changes might require a bit more effort from your part, others will be quite simple to implement. But what exactly are people doing lately to make their homes greener? Here are a few of the changes that come as most beneficial in 2018, which you should think about as well:

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Heating

The highest level of energy consumption in your household (which of course impacts the environment) goes on heating. Seeking friendlier heating options is recommended when you are trying to green your household. Infrared heaters, for example, are an excellent choice in this department, offering an energy saving that can reach even 50 percent.  You can however analyze all your possibilities and choose one that you think will work for your lifestyle best. Moreover, if you want to maintain the temperature of your household at an optimal level throughout the entire year, without relying solely on heating or cooling devices, or turning these systems to their maximum capacity, you should also make sure your windows are perfectly sealed and your home insulated. You would be surprised to discover how much of a difference an isolation replacement can do in terms of temperature preservation and energy bill lowering. Reinsulating your property is the type of costly project that is worth every penny, and luckily, more homeowners have started to realize this aspect, and to pursue it.

Replace your light bulbs

Energy efficient light bulbs have been available to homeowners for quite some time now, but despite this fact, many households are still using traditional options. Switching to LEDs that use far less electricity is one of the first changes that you should make in your household, and the easiest as well. This decision makes sense even for those who might not have a green perspective on things, considering less energy consumption means lower utility costs. Energy efficient light bulbs will also last longer, so this solution provides you only with benefits.

Invest in energy efficient appliances

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When talking about making your home more environmentally friendly and adopting greener lifestyle routines, energy efficiency is one of the first things that probably pops in mind. While you have numerous possibilities in terms of lowering your energy consumption, considering your appliances are utilizing so much energy, replacing a few of them with alternatives that are more efficient in this department is an option worth your consideration. Taking into account the fact that you don’t exactly need to “think green” when you are getting new cutlery items and dishes, or furniture items, for example, adopting this eco-friendly purchase habits when replacing or purchasing appliances will not involve such a great effort. Since manufacturers have realized the impact they have on the environment and how much people have directed their focus on this issue, numerous brands have brought to buyers’ disposal an impressive range of energy efficient counterparts. From refrigerators and washing machines, to the common coffee maker and vacuum cleaner, almost any device you are now using in your household has an energy-efficient alterative. Moreover, this will not only be a positive decision from a green point of view, but from a financial one as well, considering you will manage lowering your bills. Check the tag of any appliance before purchasing it.

Kitchen and bathroom fixtures

You can adopt greener routines, when it comes to utilizing your kitchen and bathroom as well, with a few accessible and easy fixtures. Using less water is something that needs your attention when you desire to go green, and while you might not want to cut down on your showers, and thus have your comfort be affected, relying on low-flow faucets and shower heads is a great solution in this situation. Low flow fixtures of this kind are known for using far less water than their traditional counterparts, and you will end up saving gallons of water at the end of each month. Without having to give up on your regular water consumption practices, a reduction will be provided. Costs linked to water heating will be reduced, energy will be saved, water bills decreased – three major benefits that can certainly not be neglected. Also, incorporating these fixtures will be an easy and fast process.

Install solar panels

If you are truly committed to go even further with your environmental protection habits, the installation of solar panels is also something worth the thought. A house that can be completely characterized as green will have this feature. Solar panels will enable you to access a source of electricity that is 100 percent clean. Although the finical implication of this project might be extremely expensive for the average homeowner, and the monetary returns might be noticeable only after a decade or two, if you can afford it, and if you value eco-friendliness making the investment is, of course, advised.

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If you have always been an eco-friendly type of person, and you want to continue making a difference in a world where pollution and environmental degradation are becoming bigger problems with each passing day, greening up your home should be one of the things to start with. The ideas mentioned above are the ones that have been most widely used by people in 2018, and ones that you can easily pursue yourself. A few changes around your home can be all it takes to take green living to another level, so keep each one of these ideas in mind.

Cynthia Madison

Living green is not that easy if you don’t know how to declutter your home. Recycling and reusing is part of the process and storing away the things that occupy space without a purpose are absolutely necessary. Why? It’s quite simple – wasting space in your house leads to other complications that won’t allow you to properly live green. That’s the reason why you will surely want to learn more about the entire recycling/reusing process and how to handle the things you don’t want to get rid of entirely. Make sure you find Charleston self storage units nearby because you will need them once you are done with cleaning and reorganizing your home. Here are the tips that will guide you through the whole process:

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Choose what the issue is

·         Food

It is well-known that food bought in large quantities ends up thrown away. Well, producing this food that gets simply wasted consumes a billion hectares of farmland, kilometers of water and tonnes of carbon dioxide. The size of the farmlands used is similar with the size of Antarctica and saving the water that’s wasted on thrown-away food can fill up almost half a million Olympic-sized pools. Reducing your waste food-print by recycling is paramount, so consider composting and other methods to recycle food.

·         Energy

The same goes for energy. Starting carpooling instead of using your personal car to go to work each and every day (especially if your job is outside the city), walking to work or even buying hybrid car models, which are more and more popular nowadays are methods that could help saving energy. Energy saving light bulbs are one thing that everyone knows about. Simply changing the light bulbs in your entire house can have a huge impact on the environment. Plus, you will be saving money yourself and use it as you please at the end of the month. Analysing your appliances is part of the process. Older appliances tend to consume more energy than new ones, so keep that in mind next time you renew your house. Don’t forget to use storage units when you no longer have enough space to store things that you don’t want to throw away.

Choose what your approach is going to be

·         Repurposing

There are plenty of items that you can repurpose. For instance, you can try using toilet paper rolls to keep your cables & chords tidy and organized. Everyone knows how difficult it is to organize cables, and this is a wonderful solution to that issue. Also, talking about changing light bulbs, you can repurpose the old ones by transforming them into candles. There are tutorials on the Internet to help you do that. Old plastic CD holders can easily become bagel storage devices if you have enough imagination.

·         Recycling

Recycling is great for paper, aluminum, plastic and other waste materials that sit around your house. The easiest way would be sorting out your waste and looking for a recycling center that deals with tasks like these. Doing it yourself might be a little bit difficult, but you can always change your habits to produce less waste.

Cynthia Madison

Metal recycling can be a process complex and the majority of people have no idea what it implies. The first thing you should know is that the process includes sorting metals according to their quality and type. It is important to pay more attention to recycling nowadays, because metals are versatile and essential to a large number of industries. They can be used in the manufacturing industry to create airplanes, cars trucks, railways and ships. Also, metals are used to create domestic items as crockery and cutlery, and sometimes they are used even in packaging.  Moreover, what is amazing about metal is that they can be recycled and their properties will not be altered in the process. Usually people recycle steel and aluminum, but this does not mean that the other ones cannot be included in the process. However metals as brass, silver and gold are too valuable to be recycled, and people take good care of them.

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Why should people recycle more?

Metals are valuable materials because they can be recycled multiple times without losing their properties. The process of metal recycling in Toronto can bring you a lot of money, and this should motivate you collect every metal item you have around the house. In addition to this benefit, it is important to recycle metal, because we have to protect the environment. If people recycle metals, they help at the preservation of natural resources, because recycling requires less energy than to manufacture products from new metals. Also recycling emits less harmful gases as carbon dioxide. And where you count that recycling creates jobs, so it is important to pay it the required attention.

Collecting the metals

The most important step in the process of recycling is to collect them. You will have to carefully collect every item made from metal and place them in the right container. Make sure you place them in the especially designed containers, because other way they may lose their properties. Also, you have the possibility to take the collected metals to the local scrap yard, because you will receive money for the quantity you have collected. Every one of the metals is paid differently, so make sure to check the prices before.

Sorting the metals

When you collect a large quantity of metals, you have to take some time to sort them. In this way, you will see which one of the items is recyclable and which one is not. The quality of the metal objects is very important in the process, because a high quality recycled object will lead to the manufacture of a good quality item. Every one of the metal parts you will take to the crap center will be checked for its qualitative features.

Processing and melting

 

The next step in the process of recycling the metals is to shred them. This action is essential to promote the melting process, because in this way it is required less energy. Steel is melted under the form of blocks and aluminum as small sheets. A large furnace will be used to melt the shredded metals. According to the type of metal, a special furnace will be used. The amount of energy used to melt the metals is lower than the one of extracting and manufacturing metals from the virgin ores. The size of the furnace will influence the amount of energy and time. The process may take from a couple of minutes to multiple hours.

Purification

Once the metals are melted they have to be purified. Depending on the type of metal, various methods can be used. One of the methods used during this process is electrolysis. Some types of metals are passed under magnetic systems for separating the metals. This process is important because the manufacturers have to make sure that the final product is free of impurities.

Metals you can recycle

If you want to collect the metals around your house, it is important to know what types are recyclable. Metals are categorized as non-ferrous and ferrous, the last type features combinations of carbon with iron. Some of the ferrous metals are cast iron, wrought iron, carbon steel and alloy steel. From the category of non-ferrous metals, we can list tin, zinc, lead, copper, and aluminum. You should know that precious metals are non-ferrous metals. They include palladium, iridium, silver, gold and platinum.

Metal recycling should receive the needed attention, because it has the potential to offer multiple business opportunities. In case, you want to find more details about this subject, you can find multiple online guides. With their help, you will understand better the factors that influence the scrap metal industry, and what opportunities you can have.

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Cynthia Madison

A global concern in the late years has become adapting to an environmentally friendly lifestyle. This includes limiting the waste of different kinds, recycling and educating children in the spirit of recycling and caring for the environment. After all, recycling should become a common sense action. However, in less developed countries, only now such practices seem to emerge. However, this is not the case of Canada, a country with a long history of recycling and searching for environmentally friendly solutions continuously. For instance, this company specialised in metal recycling in Toronto has a history of ten years of helping the environment in a sustainable manner. Moreover, their services allow increasing the metal recycling rates in order to avoid over exploitation of the ferrous and nonferrous metals. Besides the large companies, we all comply with a set of rules, written or common sense rules, in order to minimise our impact on the environment. Minimising the energy consumption, creating a well-documented waste management plan and recycling are some steps we must take in order to succeed. However, our care for the environment must not be hard to understand, given the fact that we must preserve it for the future generations. Below are some simple steps we could take in order to adapt our lifestyle to an environmental friendly one.

Recycling comes in many forms and it’s easy to accomplish

Although many think of recycling as a complicated process, we must know that we only need to put minimum efforts into managing it. Take metal recycling as an example. In order to properly manage this process, we only need a minimum amount of tools, and some attention to what lies around in our houses, garages and backyards. Moreover, many have found that done regularly, metal recycling is a great way of making an additional amount of money. As a matter of fact, you only need a magnet and several containers in which to sort out your metals, if you want to succeed at metal recycling. The magnet will help you differentiate between ferrous and nonferrous metals, and the containers will host them until you reach a recycling centre. About the prices of diverse metals, you could get the necessary information from official websites. They provide all the prices for diverse metals, making it easier for you to figure out the amount of money you should get from a recycling centre. You can find waste metals in diverse objects, from empty soda cans, old automobiles, or even old cutlery and kitchen appliances. Of course, if you don’t want to take your metals to a local metal recycling centre, you could develop your own DIY projects and repurpose them in decorative or practical objects. Ideas are plenty; you only have to look in the right places.

Develop a sustainable waste management plan

Since waste management has become a serious issue and concern in the past few years, you should take your time and develop a sustainable plan. Specialised agencies came with plenty of tips and tricks, and we will present you a couple of those. Specialists advise us that before implementing a plan, we must first assess the amount of waste that we produce. Take note of the fact that waste disposal is not cheap and it is better to prevent the accumulation instead of getting rid of it. Moreover, prevention is even more eco-friendly than disposing it. You could limit the amount of waste that you produce by only using those particular materials and products that are recyclable. If not, take them to dedicated recycling centres. Light bulbs, electronic waste, they all need to be disposed in a certain way. It is advisable to find a reliable company to help you with this process, because it is in fact under strict regulations.

Invest in solutions to minimise the energy consumption

Energy audits, home insulation solutions and proper heating system installation might seem as unnecessary expenses for many. But while they minimise one’s impact on the environment, these solutions are also perfect for decreasing the energy bills a family has. Insulation will minimise the energy consumption necessary to maintain a proper indoor environment. This will decrease the greenhouse gas emissions, therefore the impact your household has on the environment. This also applies to HVAC installation services as well. Done improperly, these systems will have a higher negative impact on the environment, due to increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

These are three of the most common solutions one could implement in their household in order to reduce the negative impact of the modern lifestyle on the environment. Always try to educate your children in this way and involve them in recycling, waste management and so on.

Cynthia Madison

If you ever wondered which are the industries that generate the most waste, this article is for you. Toxic or solid waste, there are several industries which make themselves notorious though such attributes, which nonetheless, affect our health and the environment equally. Our list has some surprising industries, while others are extremely obvious. You can read more below.

Car repair shops

This may surprise many, while others, especially those working in the industry are more than familiar with the matter. Car repair shops and the auto industry, in general, is one of the largest waste-generator in the world. Especially producing incredible amounts of toxic waste – oils, paints, lubricants, not to mention the solid waste of which these are responsible. Old car parts, old vehicles, and various other components, make this industry to win a rightful place in our top. Nonetheless, certain repair shops put enormous efforts into reducing the waste generated, by implementing smart waste-management solutions, like those proposed by Mil-tek a decisive player in the waste management industry. Many auto repair shops put great efforts into minimizing the physical amount of their solid waste, especially plastic waste and use pneumatic barrels for this purpose. This may be the only solution various industries might have in order to become friendlier with the environment.

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Furniture manufacturers

Another surprising entry in our top, furniture manufacturing businesses generate impressive amounts of both toxic and physical waste. In spite of the popular belief that many have, furniture manufacturers don’t use exclusively wood in the process. Some of their raw materials are composites and in order to get those and create the furniture pieces in their portfolios, chemicals are used. Also, solvents are used at a large scale in the industry, which makes it one of the main generators of nitrogen oxides. Also, ignitable waste and paints and a series of environment-damaging chemicals result from the manufacturing process as well. The furniture manufacturing industry is also trying to minimize the impact on the environment, especially when it comes to solid waste. However, further steps have to be taken in order to achieve a sustainable balance.

The cleaning industry

This industry is mainly guilty of an enormous volume of toxic waste, as the products used in the cleaning process are rarely environmental-friendly. Chemicals are a rule of thumb when it comes to this industry, as stubborn stains are usually removed by using a strong mixture that includes high concentrations of acid-based chemicals. As environmental concerns are growing, certain companies turned their attention to more environmental-friendly cleaning solutions and products. Steam cleaning seems to be the preferred option by many players in the industry, nowadays.

The oil and gas industry

This comes naturally, as this industry is generating incredible volumes of solid waste, diverse in characteristics and handling requirements. Many of these are hazardous, but concerning is the fact that this sector is generating yearly more than 4.000 t of solid waste. If the big players in the filed would be more concerned, and would take action, the waste could be diminished at half of this number. Certain solutions are developed in order to minimize solid waste and these are suitable for various industries. Also, the oil and gas industry is generating large volumes of toxic waste. Worth noticing is the fact that some companies in the field put great efforts into finding solutions in terms of recycling part of the waste generated by their enterprises.

The printing and photography industry

Obviously, this is an industry which generates enormous volumes of hazardous substances as a by-product of its activity. While a small number of companies in the field have turned their attention to friendlier inks, the vast majority still uses chemicals and toxic inks. This fact forces them to label appropriately their waste and always dispose of it as hazardous waste. The waste disposal cannot be handled by the company itslef, the vast majority of these companies needing assistance from third-parties in order to manage this part of their activity.

The metal-working industry

The metal-working industry is a big generator of chemical waste, as the processing steps oftentimes include chemicals that are damaging to the environment and human health. For instance, solvents, heavy metals, paint and cyanides are frequently used. However, the companies that specialise in processing metals, are also forced to dispose of their waste by accessing the services of a third-party, specialised in such matters, or implementing themselves an in-house waste management system, based on all the regulations in force.

The waste-generating industries are plenty, and summarizing those is oftentimes difficult. If your company is a manufacturing one, then most certainly it produces more waste than you would like to admit. However, some pragmatic solutions that allow companies to reduce the volume of waste generated are available on the market. Make sure to collaborate with trustworthy suppliers in your journey of becoming more environmental-friendly.

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Cynthia Madison

Considering the worrying state of pollution nowadays, more people should start adopting a greener lifestyle, and contribute to protecting and helping the environment. The power of example gives each person the chance to make a difference, so regardless of how small or big, the actions you take against pollution matter. If you have started to give the topic of environmental concerns more of your thought lately, and have concluded it is time to make some lifestyle changes, receiving a few tips on the subject might come in handy. In order to call yourself an environmental friendly person, an activist against pollution you should start by making some changes with your home and family. These are the things that any person could do, in order to live a green life:

Save energy - replace your traditional heating system with a wood burning stove

In order to lower down your energy consumption, while not compromising on the comfort of your indoor temperature, replacing a traditional heating system with one that uses a renewable source of energy is recommended. A great option in this department are modern wood stoves. These home additions are known for their efficiency in terms of heating, and also give homeowners the possibility to minimize energy consumption and lower their bills with even 50 percent. The installation of a wood burning stove will be a win win situation - you will be opting for a green source of heat, that will allow you to reduce energy consumption, and at the same time you will be saving money. So give this possibility some of your consideration - you will rapidly find an affordable item of this kind just by searching on the internet.

Remember to switch it off!

Besides our heating system, there are numerous appliances found in a household that can consume a lot of energy, and thus create carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Besides buying Fireplace inserts, as mentioned above, there are other ways you can easily reduce your monthly energy consumption. Whether it’s TV left on while nobody is in the room, or a computer plugged in although nobody is using it, if you are like the majority of all other families, leaving appliances switched on probably happens with regularity. Remember to always turn off the light and any other appliance, and make sure to teach your children to do the same. Also, if you are truly dedicated to going green, you can also replace some of your home appliances with those that have reasonable energy ratings.

Replace light bulbs

Traditional light bulbs usually consume a lot of energy, and they can also burn out extremely easily, which is not at all convenient. You have the possibility of replacing these traditional options with LEDs - light emitting dlodes - or with compact fluorescent lamps.  These will save a significant amount of energy at the end of each month, and they are also characterized by a longer life span. You will soon be able to notice your electricity bills decreasing.

Reduce water use

Even if it might seem difficult at first, reducing water usage is something that you should try doing. To help save energy, as well as money, start washing your clothes in cold water, and air dry them naturally instead of using any appliances for this purpose. You can also think about installing aerators on your faucets, which can have a beneficial role. Replacing your shower heads with low flow one is also something that can be advantageous in this department. Take shorter showers, never leave water running when you are not using it, and consider native vegetation for your gardening, because it requires less water consumption. All of these details will add to your new green way of living.  

Travel eco-friendly

Yes, it might be incredibly comfortable to walk out the door, step in your gas-fuelled car and go to work or any other place. Nowadays, people have become addicted to their vehicles, and giving them up seems impossible. However, as you probably know, the production of carbon triggered by traditional vehicles is the one that affects the environment on a daily basis, and while it might seem difficult to actually do something about this issue, you can start with your own family, by minizine the patterns of carbon producing. This means, you should skip on driving and take the bus to work, consider carpooling with other co-workers, or even better, ride your bicycle. If you find it difficult to not travel by car on a daily basis, and if your budget allows you, switching to a hybrid, electric car is also a beneficial option. Traveling eco-friendly remains incredibly important.

Clean green!

Once you open your cleaning supplies cabinet and start reading the description of each product, you will discover how many chemicals they contain. In order to go green by the book, you will need to start cleaning green as well. Stock up natural alternative, ones that have a more pleasant smell. The market stands at your disposal with numerous great options in terms of cleaning supplies, you just have to look for the best ones, and perhaps do a bit of research before actually making a purchase. By making a change in this department, and adopting appropriate recycling habits, you will be making your household even more eco-friendly, and this is after all, the ultimate goal you are trying to achieve.

With today’s aggravating level of pollution, going green is something that any individual should consider doing.  If you have always been the environmental friendly type, and you want to take your principles regarding the subject one level further, adopting a green way of living, and making some changes in your home that can contribute to this goal is recommended. The ideas stated above are only a few of the many ways you can make more eco friendly choices. From installing a better heating source in your home, and thus saving energy, to traveling green, each one of these tips has their own relevance and should be considered.

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Cynthia Madison

Indoor air quality means the condition of the air that you and your family breathe inside your home. This is an important concern because you spend most of your time indoors and you could be exposed to environmental pollutants. Air pollution is largely considered as being outdoors, but the truth is that the air in your house is more contaminated. Indoor air pollutant levels are higher than outdoor levels. Indoor air pollution happens when toxic contaminants and gases infect the air. You shouldn’t assume that that your home environment is completely safe. Considering that Toronto’s environmental pollution is still causing serious health issues, you can’t afford to take any chances. Be sure. There are many ways to tell if the indoor air quality is bad.

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Get in touch with air quality experts

One of the best ways to know if you have poor home air quality is to have it tested. Sure, selecting Toronto air quality experts is a daunting task, but the Internet has made the process a lot simpler. The air quality experts will investigate your indoor air quality, thus being of great help. What the trained professionals do is offer you peace of mind. You will know for sure whether you and your family are living in a healthy indoor environment. Don’t waste your time with test kits. They aren’t reliable, not to mention that they are expensive. You should better invest your money in professional indoor air quality testing. The consultants will be able to detect even the tiniest sources of poor indoor air quality. The best thing you can do is call in the professionals.

Take notice of your allergies

It’s hard not to attribute an allergy episode to a climate change. Yet, you could be having a sensitive reaction to indoor allergens. The change in weather patterns isn’t to blame, but animal dander, dust mite droppings, and mould. They are the ones overwhelming your immune system. If you experience rashes, watery eyes, trouble breathing or you have a runny nose, then chances are that you have poor home air quality. Pay attention to when and where the symptoms appear and disappear. If allergy symptoms occur when you stay at home, you have a problem. But what if you don’t have allergy symptoms at all? Well, take notice of your loved ones. Their sensitivity is a good indicator of indoor air quality.

Investigate the indoor air quality

You can tell if your home has poor air quality by looking for sources of pollution. Know that it’s not easy to identify sources of environmental pollution and that their presence doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a problem. Here are some examples of sources of poor air quality:

·         Damp carpets

·         Old pieces of furniture

·         Heating equipment

·         Building materials

There is nothing more important than the health of your family, so don’t ignore the aforementioned sources of indoor air pollution. Look for these culprits even before you have your home tested.

Look for mould growth

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It’s not uncommon for mould to grow and homes. What is uncommon, on the other hand, is to inhale mould spores. Mould poses threats to the health. Harmful effects of mould include allergic reactions, rashes, coughing, and eczema. But these should be the least of your worries. Exposure to mould leads to infection, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Mould is not as easy to identify as you may think. The fungus is usually hidden from the view, so finding its source can be difficult. Places you need to check are the corners where the walls meet the ceiling, behind appliances, and in the basement.

Consider home improvements and repairs

Home improvements and repairs can affect the indoor air quality. How so? Making updates results in strange things. For instance, if you install a new A/C, you and your family can get sick. The filter retains all kinds of germs and bacteria, so if it isn’t cleaned regularly, it can become dangerous. Other changes that affect the home environment are removal of asbestos and lead-based paint. If you haven’t gotten to cleaning up after such projects, it’s time you did. The last thing you want is to suffer health consequences.

When it comes to determining if you have poor indoor air quality, it is better to get in touch with the experts. Trained professionals are the only ones capable of discovering the gravity of the situation. They can tell you which is the source of the indoor air pollution and how you can deal with the problem. The greatest thing of all is that the solutions provided are neither difficult nor expensive. If you have a reasonable doubt concerning the quality of the indoor air, contact the professionals.

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