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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

Raising the awareness for a clean community is extremely important in order to create and maintain a healthy environment, with fresh air, and green areas that make living there more enjoyable than in a busy area of the city where the traffic and the noise produces a lot of pollution. Moreover, a cleaning day in your community can have many other advantages such as helping the people bond while cleaning together and have a lot of fun. All you have to do is to make sure that you involve as many as possible of your neighborhoods so that the event has a bigger impact and it will become an example for other communities as well. However, when you are planning such a big event that has a meaningful purpose, a lot of responsibility is on your shoulders. Read below the essential steps you need to follow in order to create a successful event that will be an amazing experience for all of the participants.

Create a plan

There are many details that you need to consider when you are organizing such an event. Which is why you need to create a plan so that you do not miss any essential task that you need to complete. First of all, you need to decide what kind of project do you want to base your event on. Whether it is just trash collection, beach and river cleanup, flower planting or even all of them, you have to know exactly what are the goals of the event so that you can plan everything accordingly. Secondly, after checking the weather prognosis you need to choose a date so that everyone will know when to avoid making other plans so that they participate in the cleaning day.

Create a budget

Even if it is an event that will be completed with the help of the volunteers. There are still some things that are going to cost some money. Whether you ask for the local council to support your event financially or you find some sponsors that want to support your initiative in the exchange of advertising their business, you need to look for all the opportunities to obtain a budget suitable for all the necessary tools for such an event.

Advertise the event to find volunteers

The most important part of such an event are the volunteers that are motivated and enthusiastic to work together to reach the final goals of having a beautiful and clean neighborhood. So, you have to make sure that everyone will find out about the event you are organizing so that as many volunteers as possible will come and join your cause. When advertising the event, you can use online and offline marketing venues such as Social Media, flyers, local media so that your message reaches everyone. Also, it is really important to make sure that you invite the local media to be part of your event so that other communities will see the success of your initiative and will start fighting next to you for a cleaner and healthier environment.

Choose the right organization team

Organizing such an event means a lot of tasks that need to be completed in time and many essential aspects that cannot be neglected in order to successfully achieve the final goals of the initiative. So, no matter how motivated and enthusiastic you are about taking care of everything on your own, it is going to be incredibly difficult. Moreover, it is not an individual but a social event, so the more people get involved the better it is for the success of the event. Which is why you need to create an organizing team that has people who are also willing to invest time and passion for such a beautiful purpose. Choose people that have all the necessary skills and knowledge to give you a real help in the process of planning everything and more important people that you can trust with completing their tasks in time, before the day of the event.

Prepare all the necessary tools

Once you have decided about which type of project you want to base your event on, you need to start preparing all the necessary tools for cleaning and beautifying your neighborhood and its surroundings. for cleaning the trash, you are going to have to provide the volunteers with tools such as trash bags to put the collected garbage, gloves to protect their hands, and metal detectors for the kids involved in the initiative to look for treasures while helping the adults collecting the trash. Also, for beautifying the area and flower planting there will be needed shovels, gardening materials such as plants and mulch, and paint and paintbrushes to repaint the outdoor of the buildings that have not been renovated in some time and take all the modern look from your area.

Create groups and assign specific tasks

Once all the volunteers have signed for taking part on the event, it is a good idea to stay organized in order to avoid creating a chaos when everybody will be confused about their task and assigned area of the neighborhood. In order to make sure that everybody understands their tasks entirely, organize a meeting with all the volunteers one day before the event, divide them into groups and assign them specific tasks. This way all of the volunteers will know exactly what they have to do and there will be no confusion that can ruin the event.

Have a party at the end to reward the volunteers

Once the job is all done and now you can all enjoy the new look and beauty of your neighborhood, a party should definitely take place in order to thank everybody for their hard work while taking place in this initiative. Provide foods and beverages and turn the music up for everybody to have fun and celebrate together how they successfully reached the goals of the event while working together as a team. This type of event will also make the relationships and friendships between your neighbors become more bonded.

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

Traveling far and wide has never been easier. When the urge to wander kicks in, you can now hop on a plane and the next thing you know you’re miles away from civilization and life as you know it. Maybe you’ll have to change a few transport means in between, but eventually you’re going to reach your destination. We’ve all become modern day explorers and there’s not much this planet can hide from us anymore. 

Let’s take a look at some numbers to put things into perspective. The total contribution of travel and tourism to global economy amounted to 9.25tr USD in 2019. In the same year, 4.715 billion USD were spent in global leisure tourism and in 2018 approximately 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded. What do these figures tell us? That we travel a lot.

But while scouring the earth and discovering new places, cultures and experiences is a great way to nurture your spirit and broaden your horizons, it can also take a serious toll on the environment. That’s why sustainable travel has come into focus in recent years, as an alternative to traditional tourism. While we travel, we must also think of how our actions affect the planet and find ways to minimize the impact on the environment, so that generations to come can also enjoy this world’s wonders. 

So here are some tips you can think of in-between takeoff and landing if you want to travel green and go from average tourist to superhero ecotourist.

Don’t follow the hype

There are some destinations that attract tourists like a magnet. Every year millions of travelers flock to hyped locations as if there were no other places on earth left to visit. It’s quite tempting to follow the pack and see for yourself what they have to offer, but as wonderful as these destinations might be, the crowds, the hustle and bustle, the hours spent waiting in line to see certain attractions take away some of their beauty. And what’s most important, their ecosystems are already under a lot of stress due to the high number of visitors, which means they really need a time out from tourists. So instead of adding to the numbers you can choose less popular places and give those hyper visited locations a well-deserved break. 

Do your homework 

When visiting a new place it’s always a good idea to learn a few essential things about it before you get there. Each destination has unique features and it’s worth getting as informed as possible so you can understand how you should behave once you are there and what you can do to protect them from damage. Learning about local specificities, local culture and the communities you’ll come in contact with will help you become more aware of your surroundings. By practicing empathy you’ll be able to connect better with the environment and enjoy your travel adventures while also caring both for your safety and for the planet.

Respect the wildlife 

Wild animals are meant to live unbothered in their natural environments and not be used as means of entertainment for tourists. Unfortunately, in many popular destinations you’ll see wild animals in captivity, trained to do tricks for tourists. Don’t take part in wildlife shows or attractions if you don’t want to encourage these cruel practices. 

Watching animals in their natural habitat is a unique experience, but you must make sure that your presence doesn’t disturb the wildlife. For example, if you want to go dolphin watching in the Algarve, choose a professional tour operator that follows local regulations and has high ethical standards regarding wildlife protection. 

Before adventuring into the wild, remember that wild animals are not pets, so refrain from feeding them even if they seem friendly and cute, and when buying souvenirs, make sure they don’t come from animal sources.

Choose your transport wisely 

How you travel is also important. Planes might be the fastest way to get to your dream destination, but they’re far from being eco-friendly. If you can, take the longer route and travel by train, bus or ferry. If you don’t have these options, the least you could do is book non-stop flights as they use less fuel.

Of course, in an ideal world we would all cycle our way around the world, and while you can’t use a bicycle as your exclusive transport method, you could include it in some parts of your journey. And when the odds are against you, public transportation is the second-best choice. 

Look for eco-friendly accommodation

Hotel chains are not the greatest option if you’re looking for sustainable practices. Fortunately, they’re not the only type of accommodation available, so do your research and try to find an eco-friendlier alternative that will suit your ecotourism principles and your budget. Chances are you’ll be able to find smaller, independent accommodations that are much more in sync with nature and you’ll also have the chance to get a feel of the local community. If you’re lucky enough, you could come across organic farms or eco-lodges that promote a sustainable lifestyle and are actively involved in environmental conservation.

Buy local

Supporting the local economy is another way to get involved in ecotourism. Don’t eat at famous fast-food chains just because you’re familiar with the menu. Since you’re not at home, try something different and get a taste of the local cuisine. You could eat at family-run diners in the local community or, even better, you could check out the local grocery shops, buy fresh products and prepare your own food if you have the possibility. 

As for shopping, you could always roam all the small local shops and buy as many souvenirs as you like for everyone at home, but make sure they come from local sources and were not imported from some other place half-way around the world.

Cynthia Madison

 

After numerous events have proven to be a result of climate change, people keep underestimating the effects we have on the environment. It’s important to raise awareness toward the possible dangers, a reason why environmental documentaries are considered to be a great manner to teach people from all walks of life how important a change in our lifestyle could be. We encourage space exploration and new technological developments, but what’s troublesome is how we ignore our environmental problems hopping to colonize other planets. 

There are yet so many things unexplored on Earth, so many issues waiting to be solved such as pollution, hunger and deforestation and these are just a small part form the issues we’ve encountered so far. Our world is facing serious environmental and natural resource challenges which means that over the next 40 years, demands for food will increase 70%, demands for freshwater will rise to 50% while those for energy will double. These must be solved immediately while at the same time we need to deal with deforestation, depletion of rivers and climate change.Industry, Sunrise, Fog, Germany, Factory, Ruhr Area

An Inconvenient Truth 2006

One of the most influential documentaries, An Inconvenient Truth has inspired a global movement towards what we call new climate crisis. After eleven years, this breath-taking movie motivated millions of people to start asking important questions like, “What can we do?” or “What can I do?”

Everyone at some point should start wondering about possible solutions on how to develop the modern climate movement. Fortunately, climate science had discovered a new way to improve and save the climate through renewable energy such as wind or solar which is way cheaper than the usual fuel-based energy. An Inconvenient Truth was known to be a great hit, getting to win two Oscars and two Academy Awards. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth has succeeded to raise awareness of climate change. 

Chasing Ice 2012 

Chasing Ice has surprised stunning images that breathe life into an ice world. This amazing documentary should not miss from your watch list. For those curious about how climate changes affect the world of ice, they can rely on this documentary. 

Chasing Ice offers you stunning insides on the biggest glaciers that contribute to the global sea-level rise. Moreover, this documentary is a story of one single man’s mission who struggle to gather indisputable evidence that our planet is changing. After a couple of months, a team of devoted photographers realized the bravest expedition called The Extreme Ice Survey. With a highly efficient team, James Balog has arranged extraordinary time-lapse cameras to capture the world’s biggest glaciers. 

Before the Flood 2016

This documentary has been described as a straightforward and elegant way to present climate changes. Featuring the Oscar-winning star Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama and many others, this documentary presents extraordinary suggestions on how to save and reduce climate change. Before the Flood, acclaims the Paris Agreement as being an essential boost to bring humanity to an understanding on a single issue and encourages the new technological developments as the best way to stop climate change issues. 

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste 2016

Produced by Anthony Bourdain, this alluring documentary introduces effective solutions for the 21 world food problems. It explores the food waste problem within a broken food system. They encourage the use of everything and how nothing should be wasted.

This is just another unseen problem of mankind which is yet not taken seriously. Constantly, in the United States, 40% of the food ends up on the garbage which means that more than 365 kilograms of food is wasted while the starvation problem keeps rising. This documentary will offer you valuable solutions on how to change or life-style and limit or end-up food wasting. 

Our Planet 2019

One of the most recent documentaries on Netflix narrated by David Attenborough expose issues of conservation, capturing the heartbreaking images of the hopeless species that due to climate changes have lost their home. This documentary has been harshly criticized while it offers serious reasons for how humans impact the environment. Rather than focusing on traditional documentaries that expose only the wonders of nature, Our Planet offers you only the painful truth which is exactly what the human species needs to wake up. 

More Than Honey 2012

Lastly, More Than Honey examines the decline of bee colonies and the possible motives of their disappearance. Bees are an important part of our agricultural industries, a reason why people cannot survive without them. Where there are no bees, there is no life. Huge bee colonies keep declining and human impact on the environment is the only reason why. As Einstein has claimed, “If bees disappeared man would have only four years to live”. More than Honey is a Swiss documentary directed by Markus Imhoof and captures the honeybee colonies from China, Swiss, California and Austria. Make sure you won’t miss this Oscar-winning documentary if you’re interested in the faith of our bee colonies. 

These are only a couple of documentaries a climate ranger should watch at least one in his life. Regardless of everyone’s social status and age, watching these documentaries might offer critical insights into the looming threats we’ve surrounded ourselves with. The saddest thing about this issue is that not everyone is yet aware. We’ve exhausted the planet’s resources and overrun the planet carrying capacity which extremely alarming for all the species existing on earth. 

The problem would be what type of resources we need in order to flourish and encourage the next generations. A reason why people should rely on innovations in the science area and technology. These are the only good tools humankind might use to save itself. Leaving in rapid technological development time it would be a total shame not to make use of it, and even the most influential people encourage the use of it. This as anything can be solved through education, and documentaries are a great way to raise awareness and educate people. 

Cynthia Madison

When heavy toxic metals build up in the air, water, and land, it’s more difficult for the contaminated site to support life. Environmental pollution is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. It’s a problem that affects both developing countries and not only. Even if developed countries have the necessary resources and technology to combat the introduction of harmful or poisonous substances into the environment, they prefer to encourage over-energy consumption, waste and inefficiency.

Industrialisation, which has a great impact on economic growth, isn’t a good thing for the environment. Factories use chemicals and fuels that contribute to air and water pollution. And let’s not forget about the excessive use of fossil fuels. Companies need to understand once and for all that they have a responsibility toward the environment. Business activities should be bringing benefits instead of causing irreparable losses. Make sure you do your bit for the environment. Implement environmental pollution control measures in the nick of time.

Promote air quality

Air pollution is so dangerous that it damages crops and kills people. According to the World Health Organization, about 7 million people die each year due to exposure to fine particles in the polluted air. Any solid or liquid particle that gets into the air affects its quality. Manufacturing industries are mostly responsible for polluting the atmosphere. If you’re engaged in the industry by the manufacture of products, you contribute to air pollution.

One way to promote air quality is to install a fume extraction system. In addition to protecting the environment, this system reduces noise levels and minimises running costs. It’s essential to create a fume extraction maintenance strategy. It’s necessary to install a new filter every now and then. Fortunately, there are companies that can take over this operation for you. Good ventilation is important. The design of the ventilation system will take into account air quality, energy efficiency, and environmental impact.

Write an environmental pollution policy

People are inclined to comply with the rules, so if you wish to reduce environmental pollution, write a policy that promotes environmental protection. You’ll support the preservation of the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the ecosystem, not to mention there are many advantages to be gained for your business. Highlight how you’ll manage the environmental effects of business operations. You may need to demonstrate to customers or your commitment to Mother Earth and having such a policy in place will turn out to be useful.

An environmental policy is necessary because, more often than not, environmental pollution isn’t taken into consideration when it comes down to decision-making. As an entrepreneur, you must think about the consequences of your actions and keep in mind that the negative effects take place somewhere in the future. This means that they’re not visible right away. Choose the right format for your environmental policy and don’t forget the fact that it’s personal to your business. You can craft any kind of content, but all policies must feature the same themes.

Dispose of non-combustible solid waste

As the name clearly suggests, non-combustible waste doesn’t ignite or burn when subjected to fire. Examples of such waste materials include rubbish, pieces of glass, and ash. These hazardous substances should be transported in transparent bags so that the content can be easily identified. Non-combustible solid waste can be recycled, which is the reason why it should end up in specialised recycling centres and not in the landfills. You may be under the impression that your organisation doesn’t produce a high amount of garbage. Well, you’re wrong.

Non-combustible waste is generated by handling and treatment. It’s recommended to have a waste management system in place. Determine how many by-products your company produces, reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfills, and identify collectors of non-combustible solid waste. Useless or unwanted products derived from industrial activities should be discarded in an adequate manner. It’s important to adopt a responsible attitude at all stages of production and consumption.

Support actions to reduce water pollution

Excessive water usage is threatening not only the economy but also the environment. What could be worse? Polluting drinkable water, of course. Unsafe water kills a high number of people each year and, needless to say, water pollution is the result of human activity. What happens is that pollutants are dumped into creeks, rivers, and swamps, which represent the main sources of water and sanitation. The good news is that many businesses are taking strict measures in an attempt to minimise water pollution.

What can you do? Well, don’t dispose of chemicals or cleaning solutions as you please. Set up hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal before getting started. If you discharge anything, make sure you have authorisation to do so. The solids, liquids, and gaseous substances that you’re getting rid of can possibly affect the quality of the groundwater. Finally yet importantly, tour the facility and gather background information. find out everything you can and identify prevention strategies.

Eliminate automobiles that use gasoline or diesel fuel

It’s no secret that vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel pose a threat to the environment. They emit far too much nitrogen compounds and particulate matter. Cars of this type have become subject to negative publicity and it’s not hard to understand why. If you’re serious on minimising pollution, offer employees different company cars. There’s no reason to withdraw this incentive. All you have to do is to make a few adjustments.

A better strategy, at least from an environmentalist standpoint, is to offer employees green cars. Better yet, offer incentives for hybrids and alternative cars. The employees can use the sum of money receive to purchase an eco-friendly automobile like a Tesla Model 3. You’re not going to change the world through this initiative, but you’ll get people to think about change, and that’s more important. Implement this program and reap the benefits. You’ll be able to recruit and maintain the best employees if you offer incentives to purchase hybrid and alternative cars.

 

 

Cynthia Madison

Green brands are thriving. But why? Well, when it comes to customers, they consider many variables when they decide to shop from a company or not. And lately, as environmental concerns increased in importance and mediatization, they try to find more products and services coming from companies with strong green values.

In this day and time, the general awareness of environmental issues and the continuous search of the wide audience for better, less polluting and less damaging products and services forces companies to shift their policies and internal processes to find solutions to age-old problems. The customer today is leaning towards sustainable, green and organic products. And if you are a manufacturer with nothing green about their business, well, you might be on a tight grip here and you might see your business endangered by the new consumer.

While being more conscious of your business and how does it impact the environment is important, greening your establishment will also bring you some unexpected rewards. Let’s analyse below how and why all businesses should start their green measure implementation as soon as possible.

Start Small

Simple measures (for the beginning) like ditching plastic bags are a good starting point to make your business more appealing in your customer’s eyes. Only think of priding yourself on being an eco-friendly business and handing your customers plastic bags. This will spoil the whole eco business image that you want to build. Instead, make sure to adapt your packaging strategy and switch from plastic bags to paper ones. Small retailers can even invest in cloth branded bags. The eco-conscious customer loves not only to recycle but also to reuse. Offer them this opportunity and make sure that you make this change visible. You can even send a newsletter to all your customers and informing them that your shop will no longer retail plastic bags. This will turn out to be a piece of information that most customers will love.

Include Several Green Products into Your Portfolio

While consumers today have bigger expectations from manufacturers and retailers when it comes to their environmental measures, they aren’t absurd enough to demand completely green products. This is something that may never be achieved. However, a little effort on your business part will come as a pleasant surprise and your customers will become more engaged with your brand and will end up supporting you more than your not-so-green competitors. This is an advantage that you can start to exploit quite easily.

Having a few environmental-conscious products in your offer will positively and efficiently showcase your tendency to support the environment and your customers are more likely to engage with your business. Set up a green product corner, supply local products and try to rethink your supply chain for long-term perspectives.

Slowly transitioning to eco-friendly products is not impossible at all, but it will take some time to approach this matter and adapt it to your company’s products and services.

Work on Internal Processes

Becoming a completely eco-friendly business takes a lot of work and dedication. For shop owners, including some eco-friendly products is only one part of the whole transition, for instance. They also have to work on their behind-the-scene processes and adapt those to make them more environmentally friendly. While this is a complex process, businesses who have changed their internal processes gained new customers and increased their retention rates.

Switch to energy efficient light bulbs. This is one easy step to a greener establishment. Plus, you can always encourage those entities part of your supply chain to reduce the volume of packaging when delivering goods. Waste management is another variable that you must pay extra attention to, especially as a grocery shop owner. Make sure that you put on discount all products that come close to their expiration dates. This will encourage your customers to shop for those and will make them realise that you treat with extra care the food waste matter.

Market All Your Changes

Invest in marketing campaigns that put on display all these changes, if you want to increase brand awareness and gain more customers. If you keep those only for your company you cut your business the chance to thrive. Trade show displays make amazing choices when you want to raise awareness in the shop when it comes to bio products or locally-sourced products. A “green” corner will be easily marked by these display’s presence. Make sure to include information on other similar measures that your company prides itself on. For instance, include the fact that you are now sourcing some of your products from local, bio farms, that you changed all your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones and so on. The representatives at UK Exhibition Stands claim that their clients are becoming increasingly creative when it comes to their products and lately, they began to use those to display efficiently similar changes in their shops.

“Green” Your Building

Green buildings bring the immense advantage of lowering the overall costs associated with running a business of any type. To make your building more environmentally-friendly, you have a few effective tools and actions to implement. Invest in proper insulation systems to lower your energy expenses and consumption rates. Solar panels are a great investment for those businesses why also want to become known on the market for the care and attention to the environment. Running an Energy Efficiency Audit will offer you a better idea on what your company lacks when it comes to building efficiency and what measures they can implement to achieve higher “green” standards.

These are only some of the changes that businesses today can make to make their establishments “greener” and more appealing for today’s consumer. Keep in mind that the consumer today is more attentive when it comes to such issues and concerns and not aligning your business to today’s requirements might prove a fatal error for you.

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

 

Proper nutrition is essential, especially in times when our immune system should be the highest priority. However, while many things might seem to be way beyond our control right now, the way we eat really is not. Indeed, comfort food is all we crave in times like, but a well-balanced meal should also be an integral part of your equation.

While in lockdown, you might be tempted to rely on an abundance of food delivery services and even skip important meals, thus, ignoring how you eat, what, and when you eat can be easy. Moreover, since quarantines are associated with the interruption of work routine, this could result in boredom. Boredom, in turn, comes with greater energy intake, as well as the consumption of higher quantities of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Additionally, not only does boredom trigger your food cravings, but continuously hearing or reading about COVID 19 without giving yourself a break can be stressful. This, in turn, pushes you towards overeating, particularly looking for “comfort foods.” How do these food cravings manifest? This longing comes along with a strong desire to eat, seek, and think about food.

Proper nutrition is crucial in uncertain times, particularly when our immune system needs all the necessary tools to fight back. And, because for some, the options are endless, here are some helpful suggestions regarding your lockdown nutrition.

Strategize the use of ingredients and make sure you prioritize fresh products

While nothing works well without a steady plan, you should start by strategizing and planning your food and try to avoid as much as possible a panic buying behaviour. It is, therefore, highly important to consider your needs, as well as those of others, regardless of how difficult a situation may appear to be. You can start by calmly evaluating your home food inventory and planning your intake.

Indeed, you might feel like buying or experimenting with all sorts of recipes, now that you have got plenty of time, but a better idea would be to consider and utilize what you already have in your pantry. Doing so, you can allow other access to food they truly need and even avoid food waste.

Strategizing your food intake is not an impossible task. First, consider your fresh ingredient and those that have a shorter shelf life. If fresh products, especially vegetables and fruits, continue to be available, make sure you prioritize them over durable products such as canned goods and dried fruits.

Limit Salt Intake  

Because the amount of fresh foods is likely to decrease during this period, you might be tempted to rely more on frozen, processed, and canned foods. Many of these products contain high amounts of salt. And, while the World Health Organization advises us to consume less than 5 g of salt per day, you should prioritize foods with less or no added salt. Moreover, given that you might already consume enough salt, make sure you avoid extra salt intake when cooking. If you are avid to experience a more intense taste in your foods, we highly recommend you experiment with a variety of fresh or dried herbs and spices.

Do not overlook supplements

While many people are staying indoor to help slow the spread of COVID 19, as a result, they have less access to sunlight, which is a natural source of vitamin D. Not only that but neglecting your old eating routine due to boredom and stress, might drain your body of essential nutrients you might need to fight back prompt mood changes, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

Vitamin D

Numerous studies have found that the” sunshine vitamin” helps protect against heart disease, diabetes, colds, flu, and cancer. Increasing your vitamin D intake while in isolation is optimal for your overall health and well-being.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3s are crucial for many conditions such as heart disease, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and asthma. If you need omega-3s, you should consider eating more fatty fish, like tuna, sardines, and salmon, but if you do not have fish a few times a week, you should consider supplements.

Full-spectrum CBD oil, for instance, is an ideal source of both Omega 3 and Omega 6. Omega 3 acids play a crucial role in producing the hormones that regulate contraction, inflammation and relaxation of your arteries. They also reduce triglycerides levels in your blood, which lower your risk of suffering from stroker and heart disease.  

B vitamins

There are three key B vitamins that should not miss from your diet. Vitamin B6, for example, is helpful for women suffering from depression that is linked to the PMSs and can easily be taken by eating more steady breakfast cereals, peanut butter, bananas, fish, and chicken. B12, in turn, can help you when you are struggling with memory loss and mood changes and can be found as supplements or in foods such as milk, eggs, meat, seafood and cereals.

However, before taking any vitamins and supplements, make sure to tell your doctor so you can avoid unintended interaction with medications.

Limit Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization recommends us to not to exceed a 5% sugar intake. In case you crave something sweet, try not to forget healthier alternatives to sweets. Frozen fruits, fresh fruits, dried fruits are a great option. It is easy to fall into sugar cravings while indoors, a reason why paying attention to your portions is necessary.

Practice mindful eating

In uncertain times like these, it is normal to feel sad, anxious, stressed, and scared. However, being diligent in your daily routine can help you kick out some of that stress. One great way we can do that is by sticking to a certain mealtime and plan our meal in advance.

Practicing mindful eating is a great way to maintain a healthy relationship with food.

  • Stay still while you eat. Do not eat on the go; make sure you have a seat.

  • Remove all sorts of distractions and ensure there is nothing like phones, laptops, TVs around you.

  • Resist the urge to eat straight from the package. Prepare your meal like you would for someone else. Take yourself on a date.

  • Chew your food because your stomach does not have teeth. Take small bites, taste, and enjoy the texture of your food.

  • Avoid finishing the whole plate. If you feel full, then you surely are full.

Spending more time at home will inevitably make you crave more food. But, following basic healthy living advice such as staying hydrated, being physically active, and eating a balanced diet are the best recommendations for staying healthy and sane during self-isolation.


 

Cynthia Madison

If you are running a business, then this is the right moment for you to enter into the sustainable industry and to transform your company into a green one. More and more companies consider this a great strategy, and they make their inception into the green industry. But the key is not only to make the transition, but to make sure that you are doing it right. The majority of companies do not fully understand what the transition process implies and they do not know what to do. Well, it all starts with promoting your business, if you reach the right audience, then you will receive feedback on your work, and you will quickly manage to complete the transition.

Because you are a beginner in this industry, you may have no idea what marketing strategies to use in order to achieve success. You will first have to understand the concept of eco-friendly business, and then you can create a marketing campaign. Your goal is to show your clients that your business cares about the environment.

What are the requirements in the green industry?

Numerous businesses in the industry state that they are eco-friendly, but if it were to check their products and services, you will quickly understand that they only make the claim, without meeting certain requirements. If you want people to trust you that you embrace green practices, then you have to prove to them that you are authentic. Here are the main requirements you will have to meet in order to characterize your company as a green one.

·         You have to make sure that the services and products you offer, do not contain toxic materials and ingredients and they do not have ozone-depleting features.

·         Your clients can re-use the products you offer, and they are created to be re-used over a long period of time.

·         Your clients can recycle the products you offer

·         You create the products following green requirements and you make sure they include only recycled materials.

·         You use only eco-friendly packing, made from biodegradable materials.

·         You make sure that you do not use materials in excess when you manufacture the products.

How can you market your green products?

Your clients are your priority

Transforming your business into a green one is the greatest initiative you have ever had, but you have to make sure that your clients know that you are changing your direction. Customers will buy from you only if they know what to expect from you. You have to create a message that helps clients understand what your intentions are. If you explain to them what you want to do in order to transform your company into a green one, they will continue to buy from you.

Tell your clients what benefits they have if they choose you

If you want your clients to continue to buy from you, you should make sure that you tell them what benefits they will have if they choose an eco-friendly company. Just because you offer green products now, it is not enough to reach new clients; you will have to share with them what benefits these products bring. One great way to attract customers is to share the benefits with the help of exhibition stands. Organise an event to let people know that you change the direction of your business.

When you make the description of your products, you should use certain keywords. They let people know the benefits they will have if they choose you.

Make sure that you let them know that they will use eco-friendly products. Your products bring multiple economic, social and environmental benefits.

You should also highlight the fact that your products are not toxic, and both the products and the packing are environmentally friendly.

You should also make sure that the buyers know that your products do not include toxic chemicals and other similar harmful elements. They are healthier for the persons who consume them, in comparison with standard products.  

When you promote your products, make sure to share on display stands that your products are biodegradable, and once they get into nature they will decompose into elements that do not harm the environment.

Show your support for local communities

If you are an eco-friendly company then you will show your support to the local organisations that fight for a greener world. You should support local eco-friendly programs, organisation initiatives, and different other actions that help the world become a better place.

You should motivate your employees to get involved in the process. You should establish a day when your team leaves the office and fights for a cause. You should clean the park from garbage during that day, plant trees or do whatever activity you consider that will bring a change. If you promote community involvement, people will trust that you have the needed commitment to transform your business into a green one. 

Online marketing should be a priority

If you want to transform your entire business into a green one, then you should also change the way you promote yourself. You should use no longer paper, you should use only online methods to promote your products and services. Not only that you help the environment, because you cut down the resources used to manufacture paper, but you also save money, because online marketing is cheaper than traditional one. People do not have to buy the newspaper, you can send it to their email address. If you place an online banner, you will pay less than if you place a traditional one. And you have a positive impact on the environment.

You can take advantage of social media, because this is the most effective way to get in touch with your customers and to increase your prospects. If you count on discount coupons to attract customers, you may think that you will not be able to complete the transition, because people still wait for their coupons to get to their mail. But if you send them on their email, they will have the same benefits, only, that they will not use the paper coupon, but the digital form when they will want to use the discount coupons.

Cynthia Madison

The importance of taking better care of our environment has become an incredibly popular idea which has spread all around the world. More and more people have noticed or experienced the changes of the environment which have been caused by the negligence and actions of humans who did not pay enough attention to the natural resources or how their actions affect the world we live in. Extreme weather conditions and heavy pollution caused by the traffic and the negligent production of the large factories and the individuals who do not recycle the waste they produce have become something which affects us all because it has led to numerous health affections such as respiratory problems and allergies which people have developed due to the fact that the environment which we live in is not a healthy one anymore. Here are some changes which you implement in your lifestyle to become an environmentally-friendly person.

Make your home greener

One of the most important and influential steps which you need to make when you decide to become an environmentally-friendly person is to improve your home to become a greener one. The home which you live in is the place where you spend most of your time, so, apart from the fact that by transforming it into an eco-friendly one, you are going to help the environment, you are also going to improve your health by living in a healthier environment.  There are numerous ways which you can use to transform your home in a green one such as insulating it to avoid heat loss throughout the walls of your house and reduce the electrical bills, reduce the water waste of your household by collecting the rainwater which you can use for chores such as watering the plants or lawn or washing your car, consider renting a temporary boiler only for the cold months, use sunlight as much as possible instead of turning on all the lights inside your house, use your creativity to repurpose old items rather than throwing them away, and recycle all the waste which your household produces by buying large colored cans designed for separating the waste in order to make it easier to take it to a recycling company which can make sure the waste is reused properly.

Donate

We all have numerous items which we find useless because they are not in a perfect shape anymore or simply because when we have bought them, they seemed to be incredibly useful but ended up in a drawer which we never open. Since you definitely have a bunch of clutter inside your home, you could go green and get rid of them by donating them to the people who need it rather than throwing them in the trash. Apart from the fact that you are going to help the environment by not wasting items which can still be used, you are also going to have a lot of personal satisfaction by seeing that you have made someone smile.

Use your bike or public transportation instead of the car

One of the biggest factors which have a huge negative influence on the environment is the pollution caused by heavy traffic all over the world. If you wish to become an environmentally-friendly person, you should make sure that you no longer contribute to the pollution which slowly destroys our environment and start using your bike or public transportation to travel from a place to another, rather than your personal car.

Start recycling

Apart from the fact the individuals produce a big amount of waste at their households, in everyday life, no matter where they are, they also produce waste such as plastic bags or bottles from the foods and drinks which they consume. As an eco-friendly person, you need to make sure that you look for colored cans designed for recycling to throw your trash rather than throwing it in a place where it will never be repurposed.

Go paperless

We live in the era of the technology and the internet, so, going paperless should not be that hard. We already use numerous apps for almost any task which we complete during our everyday life. So, you could, for example, opt for online billing rather than to be sent a paper bill which you are going to throw anyway and contribute to the waste produced.

Volunteer in eco-friendly activities

Since the awareness of protecting the environment has become such a popular topic, there are numerous organizations which unite the individuals who want to join the cause of taking better care of our environment. In order to be part of this cause and help the environment which we all live in, you need to consider volunteering in eco-friendly activities such as planting trees, collecting garbage at community cleanups, or spreading the awareness to people who are less informed about the best ways which they can implement in their everyday lives to give a hand in protecting the environment.

 

 

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Cynthia Madison

As we know, pollution has an enormous impact on our health. The amount of toxic matter in the air we breathe, the organic pollutants and heavy metals we ingest from our daily supply of water and food are damaging for millions of lives every year. There is a reason to be worried. An unhealthy environment causes annually diseases like heart conditions, chronic respiratory disease and stroke. These are all the products of air pollution. 

There are solutions, and each individual has the power to decrease the amount of pollution that we create. We can start by identifying a specific location or source of pollution, where we as individuals can make an actual difference. Pollution doesn’t appear from anywhere, there are small sources from large land areas that later are concentrated in streams or rivers. People, of any age, can help to reduce these problems by taking actions. If you’ve planned to make some changes and you feel an inclination towards a healthier environment, here are a few aspects you should consider:

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  1. Use Energy Efficient Products

There are many ways to decrease your household’s energy use, starting from simple habit adjustments to considerable home improvements. The main reasons why you should start taking action as soon as possible is to protect the environment and save on utility bills. Here are some simple actions you could include in your routine and house:

Adjust Your Daily Routine If you’re avid to make some changes you should purchase only energy-efficient products and start making some adjustments in the way you use energy. Learn to use energy-efficient. Whenever you’re leaving the room, turn off the lights and devices when you don’t need them anymore. You can save plenty of energy by taking care of your household task manually. Why not washing your dishes manually? It simple efficient and your energy bill will unexpectedly decrease. 

Replace Traditional Light Bulbs It’s well-known that traditional light bulbs must be replaced more often than other energy alternatives and consume an excessive amount of electricity. To avoid this, you should embrace the halogen incandescent bulbs, or light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) that last three times longer than your old bulbs and use 25-28% less energy. Even though energy-efficient bulbs are more expensive, their benefits are amazing not only for your wallet but for the environment too. 

  1. Reduce Emissions of Any Type 

Huge industries that produce a great number of toxic emissions are one of the main threats to air quality. Big businesses are already acting towards this issue. They advocate for the use of public transportation, waste control and some of them are even using technologies for fume extraction that have expanded considerably in the last few years. The environment must be protected, and everyone can do something. It only needs the right attitude towards it and a strong will for small changes.

  1. Consider Public Transportation 

If you’re willing to help reduce pollution, global warming and your monthly expenses, one of the great things you can do is to say goodbye to your car. By encouraging public transportation, you will significantly reduce the volume of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Public transportation can also be safer and healthier. People who are using public transportation tend to be healthier than those who don’t because they exercise by walking from subway stations, bus stops to their homes and offices. Moreover, you can take into consideration the reduction of costs overall. 

  1. Use a Bike or Walk

Choosing to cycle can be the best decision you’ve made in life. Replacing your car ride by walking or bicycling will not only help reduce traffic but also emissions. It’s an amazing way to stay healthy, save the environment and cut daily expenses on transportation. In particular, cities when some trips tend to be shorter, it will be much easier to choose cycling as an alternative to transportation where you’ll generate zero air pollution. 

  1. Choose Sustainable Products and Consume Less

To start reducing the amount of waste and develop a healthy life you should first imagine all the complex processes necessary to build new items from scratch. Every stage of manufacture is related to the emissions of polluting particles, chemicals and greenhouse gases. It’s clear how our consumption needs are affecting the environment. People should consume less and check twice before buying an item. Whenever you feel the need to buy new products, do some research and find some local companies that are dedicated to sustainable practices and decreasing air pollution. 

  1. Plants Can Help

Some cities suffer from environmental degradation while others preserve and improve their environmental quality.  People should take as an alternative to fighting the “urban heat island” effects by taking care of their urban green spaces. The effects of urban heat could be highly dangerous to the environment.  How do urban green spaces could fight pollution and reduce heat?  By increasing the number of bushes and trees, the heat will be alleviated by the moisture and shade. This is how plants work. Not only do green spaces provide shade in the agglomerated cities but they also produce transpiration. It is the effect of moisture that is carried from the roots to the leaves and later released in the atmosphere. This effect helps reduce the heat and release the necessary moisture in the air.

In this day and age is important to develop a strong mindset towards environmental solutions. There are answers to this problem, and everyone can act. Regardless of age and race, people should consider some small changes in their habits if they’re determined to help the environment. Many people are taking a stand, they’re waking up and going green. Simple changes will always make a big difference towards the environmental issues and you already have the  know-how. Because life is a circuit of bad and good habits, people who are aware of this fact are more likely to improve their lifestyle. There is a chance for improvement and a better world and all it requires is a strong will to make better changes. 

 

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.

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

Because the energy costs keep rising, you might be looking for ways to be more energy-efficient without causing a hole in your budget this winter. Before throwing yourself on unplanned investments consider getting a quick energy assessment so you can determine how much energy your house uses. This small assessment will include an energy rating that indicates how energy-efficient is your home and what upgrades you could choose. These upgrades might prove essential for your home and family and moreover, you’ll cut from the unexpected energy expenses you encounter every winter. As you know, there is no good investment without a well-planned budget and patience. There are definitely plenty of upgrading options so you can obtain better control over energy-efficient features in your home. Here are a couple of energy-saving must-haves to include in your home this winter.  

 

 

1.    Invest in Proper Insulation

One of the most efficient ways to keep your home warm this winter and save money is to make a good investment in proper insulation. It is well-known that a quarter of a home’s heat is lost through the uninsulated spaces in your house such as the floor or certain roof spaces. Insulating your home should be the best investment you’ve made this year because it will offer you great durability and will maintain your home cosy during the whole winter. There are plenty of guides you could use to learn how to properly insulate your home. Make short research and see which material are best for you home. You have a variety of natural materials such as sheep’s wool or why not, loose cellulose which is made from recycled newspaper. Mineral wool is known to be one of the best because it has amazing sound-insulation features and even better, has good fire resistance. 

2.    Efficient Heating Systems

Because when we talk about the most efficient home heating upgrades, we should be talking about efficiency from the perspective of financial costs and even more environmental costs. Plan accordingly and review every heating system in your house. See which one should be replaced or perhaps upgraded. Schedule in time your annual service to ensure your boiler is working properly, but if it’s more than 10 or 11 years you should consider replacing it.

A good boiler is easy to find and all you have to do is to take the perfect measurements to see where it can fit best in your house. You can even opt for a steam boiler rental for when you’re using your house just for holidays or you’re planning to move soon. To avoid extra expenses on heat, make sure you check if your radiators and boilers are working effectively and if you see some changes in your energy bill after you’ve made the upgrades.  

3.    Smart Appliances

You already know that upgrading your home for this winter requires patience and good taste in choosing the right appliances that look great and consume less. As DOE says, your appliances account for almost 15% of your house’s energy consumption. A great solution to decrease your consumption level would be to invest, for example, in a smart lighting system. This will offer you long-term durability you’ll avoid plenty of expenses because you won’t have to replace your bulbs every month. Smart bulbs, for example, are amazing in helping users to streamline their lighting system because they can be controlled very easily using just a smartphone. Another great solution for your home would be investing in smart plugs if you wish to have control or monitor your appliances energy usage. 

4.    Consider Premium Windows

This should be another long-term amazing investment that your house would need because as you know a lot of your home’s heat is lost through the old windows. We know that many people would choose old windows style just because they wish to add some charm in their homes, but this is not actually a great idea, especially when you want to avoid extra expenses on your energy bill. When you plan to make accountable upgrades to maintain a stable temperature in your home during this winter you should opt for premium windows. This would help more than you think to both save money on energy and care for the environment. 

For those who consider some improvements in their home this winter, must know that this requires more than just replacing your fridge or boiler. You should handle everything with care and patience and of course, a well-developed plan. Before throwing yourself on these investments be sure you consult in detail with your family. After all, your family needs are extremely important when you choose to make some major changes in your home.

 There are plenty of specialized companies, perfect for those who can’t handle home renovations by themselves. Above all, you could use a professional opinion before planning to upgrade your home. Make a list with whatever you consider needs improvements and negotiate with a specialist or someone who already made these changes in his home.

This won’t be an easy task and you know it because people often tend to underestimate this process. Be smart and when you start shopping for new energy-saving appliances such as light bulbs and heating systems be sure you have a well-prepared budget. This is not like you’re just buying a new pair of shoes, it’s a long-term investment that may affect your budget if you’re not doing it properly. There is a possibility to make these new small adjustments in your home without undertaking major works, but this often depends on what type of home you have. If your home is an old one, this means you’ll have more things to work at and you’ll need a proper budget to finish your project before winter. In other ways, to save energy this winter would mean to make a big an wise investment and this should be achievable if you’re planning smart. 

 

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