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LizzieWeakley

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The fall and winter season is the coldest time of the year when harsh weather conditions are common. For many households, it can be difficult to stay warm and cozy without causing your energy bill to increase dramatically. If you want to keep your home energy-efficient without sacrificing your level of comfort, there are a few important steps to take.

Eliminate Drafts

Drafts that are present in the home can increase your energy usage and make the heater work harder as it attempts to raise the temperature of the interior setting. Eliminate drafts by caulking holes or cracks that are present, which can allow air to enter the home and also escape it, according to energy.gov.

Tune Up Your HVAC Unit

Hire a professional to inspect your HVAC unit before the fall season arrives to determine if any issues are present with it. They can examine the parts and clean up the system to ensure that it runs more efficiently during the colder months of the year. You can also have heating oil delivered to your front door from a company like Bucksfuel.com to ensure that you keep your energy costs low with a convenient service that will allow you to stay indoors. The furnace filter should also be replaced once a month or every few weeks, depending on how frequently it's used.

Cook in the Oven

Using the oven to cook casseroles and baked goods is an easy way to feed your family while also heating the interior setting. You can enjoy comfort food throughout the fall and winter seasons while reducing the use of your HVAC system when the oven is in use.

Use the Fireplace

Rely on the fireplace to stay warm and cozy with wood that can be burned to heat the home. The fireplace will keep your energy usage to a minimum and is a natural way of keeping the chill away on gloomy days.

You can also set the thermostat to prevent it from fluctuating throughout the day. Turning it down by 10 degrees will also allow you to save while sleeping at night when extra blankets can be used to stay warm.

Keeping your energy usage low doesn't mean that you have to freeze during the fall and winter season. With the right steps taken, you can reduce your global footprint and avoid spending more to create a cozy setting that is comfortable to spend time in until spring arrives.

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With summer heat looming just around the corner, it’s time we look into ways to keep our homes cool and energy efficient. While it’s incredibly tempting to turn up the A.C., we all know how that will impact the electricity bill. Fortunately, there are several energy efficient ways to keep your house cool this summer.

1.Highly reflective window film

Windows allow the sun’s energy into your home which in turn can increase the temperature, reflective window film can block up to 72% of the sun’s heat in the summer, lower energy cost and can even prevent heat loss in the winter.

2. Invest in a dehumidifier

Air that is saturated with water makes it more difficult for sweat to evaporate, this explains why it feels so much hotter on humid days than non humid days. By investing in a dehumidifier, you can easily lower the perceived heat of your home by reducing the humidity. Humidity also provides a breeding ground for nasty bacteria.

3. Insulate your attic (or get an attic fan)

The top of your house absorbs heat from the sun each and every day and the hot air in your house rises. By insulating your attic, you can provide a barrier between your home and the hot air in your attic. Moreover, getting an attic fan can help blow the hot air out of your house and even further cool your home.

4.Paint your roof (or apply a reflective coating)

We all know that to stay cool in summer, it is ill advised to wear dark colors. So why do we have black roofs? By changing the color of your roof to a lighter one or adding a reflective coating, you can reflect some of the sun’s heat and energy. The less heat being absorbed by your roof, the cooler your house will be.

5. Tune up your air conditioner

Depending on the age of your air conditioner, you could be losing a lot of cool air through yours ducts. By hiring a professional like those from Amyotte’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd. to tune up you’re A.C., you could potentially save a ton of energy and keep your home cooler! Tuning up you’re A.C. system can also reduce operating cost by increasing efficiency.

Keeping your home cool and energy efficient this summer most likely a top priority. So instead of turning your A.C. to full blast, try out some of these simple yet effective tips to keep your home cool.

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Park cleanups are a helpful way to heal the environment and to beautify the community. When planning a successful park cleanup, organizers should consider all the necessary details in order to make the event a success. Hosts of local park cleanups should keep the following information in mind:

Use Eco Trash Bags

When cleaning the park up, it's important to avoid contributing further to polluting the environment with plastic trash bags. As regular trash bags take over 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill, participants in park cleanups should avoid using these bags at all. When cleaning up the park, hosts should provide participants with eco-friendly alternatives like compostable trash bags, These bags are made of organic materials that won’t cause any additional harm to the environment over time.

Rent an Industrial-Sized Dumpster

With over 100 million pounds of garbage found in the nation’s parks every year, hosts of park cleanups need a suitable way to dispose of this garbage. With a dumpster rental of an industrial-sized container, volunteers are able to effectively collect and dispose of trash. Once the cleanup is complete, the dumpster will be picked up and the park will be trash-free.

Highlight Sections with Safe Access

From the trash left by park visitors to debris from trees and plants, navigating a park cleanup can be dangerous if the necessary precautions aren’t taken. It is up to the cleanup’s host to identify the safest sections of the park for volunteers to clean. This way, participants can work in teams to clean the park as efficiently as possible.

Speak with Proper City Authorities

While it is possible to perform a park cleanup with a few people during an informal event, this isn’t the ideal way to plan a park cleanup. For cleanup to have the most impact, interested parties should get in contact with the city government. When planning a community event like a park cleanup, it’s best for the organizers to speak with the proper city authorities beforehand.

As parks are the responsibility of the government, events like cleanups should always be ordained by the authorities in charge. Once the go-ahead is given by the city, it's time to publicize the event and search for volunteers.

Cleanups help to bring the community together as dedicated residents work to keep their local parks beautiful. With these four tips, your next park clean up will be a success.

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It's always a good idea to be a conscientious consumer. If you know that companies are producing dangerous products, for example, you should hold them responsible for those actions. Doing so, though, can seem difficult. If you're looking for ways to make a difference, you may want to try undertaking the actions below.

Do Research on Toxic Materials

The best place to start is to know what's really causing harm. Don't just take the internet's word on what constitutes a harmful material - do some research on your own to figure out what's really dangerous and what's not. You might find that companies are using materials that can cause a great deal of harm, yet their actions fly under the radar. Arm your self with knowledge before you do anything else.

Buy Natural Products

Your next step is to avoid giving money to those companies that actually make harmful products. A good way to do this is to find natural alternatives that don't use toxic materials. While the cost can be a bit higher, you'll be sending a message to other companies that their practices aren't acceptable. The actions of a single person might not make a huge difference in a corporation's bottom line, but they'll start to listen when enough people make the switch.

Sue When They Cause You Harm

If you are harmed by a company's products, you need to hold them directly accountable. This means retaining personal injury attorney services and suing them for the damage that they've caused. Not only do you deserve restitution when you have been hurt, but the company deserves to be punished when it's taken actions that can hurt consumers. By bringing a suit, you'll be helping the rest of the market.

Spread the Word

If you really want to make a change, you can't be silent. Instead, make sure to both talk about what you've learned through research and about the alternatives that you have found. You certainly don't need to spend all of your time proselytizing, but you should speak up when you think doing so can make a difference. If you are willing to share what you've learned with others, you can turn a small act of defiance into a real movement.

Remember, holding companies responsible for their actions requires a real effort. Do the research, find alternatives, and hold them directly accountable when necessary. If you're able to spread your message, you can make a legitimate change in the world.

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A more energy-efficient community is a goal that is reachable nearly anywhere. There are a number of different ways that a community can become more energy-efficient. The key is to find those areas of the community that use the most energy and then work to lower that use. It is also helpful to work to increase to the overall green nature of the community at the same time.

Cutting Energy Use and Lower Costs

The first step in creating a more energy-efficient community is to cut energy costs by lowering use. It can be hard to do this without affecting users. One of the best ways to not negatively impact others, but still lower energy costs, is to install more energy-efficient lighting. Just a few years ago this was not a cost friendly proposal. But with the rise of cheaper high quality LED lighting and lower wattage traditional bulbs, it is a far easier choice to make.

Great Green Space Use

Heating and cooling urban areas uses a lot of energy. Finding a more energy efficient way to keep humans comfortable as they go about their day is very important. Smart use of plants and other natural features is the smart way to lower energy use. Trees and green spaces help to soak up the summer heat during the day. At night, they act as biological filters to remove greenhouse gases from the air. Plants and green space can be set up either on the ground or as part of the building themselves. A living green roof made of soil and hardy grasses can naturally absorb the sun's heat. This reduces the workload that the air conditioning units have to handle.

Public Transport Options

Putting in well-designed mass transport and cycling lanes is another way to cut down on energy use in a community. The skills of someone with a
master’s of civil engineering can be used to create routes that will encourage community residents to ditch energy hungry private vehicles. By using buses, trams or subways larger numbers of people can travel for the same energy costs. If citizens are encouraged to ride bicycles instead of driving for short trips, energy use will go down. Public systems succeed worldwide when they are planned well.

There are many great ways for a community to lower its energy use. Choosing the best option for each community is important. Whether it is as simple as screwing a new LED light bulb into every lamppost or as complex as putting in cycling infrastructure, the world is better for it.

 

 

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Technology has changed the way of doing things in this modern age. The conventional way of doing things was very tiring and full of inconveniences. Over the years, technology has been able to facilitate business transactions, and it is possible to transact online without paperwork. In this piece, we have outlined several ways a business can be able to transact without going through endless paper works.

 

Electronic Payments

 

Electronic payments have made it easier to do business transactions. At the same time, the electronic mode of payment has proven to be more efficient than the conventional way of making payments. For instance, Paypal has made it easier to buy goods that are sold online, without having to be physically present in the store. The platform has incredibly increased the number of sales for businesses. It is because of how convenient buyers find payments to be and how easy it is to make payments.

 

Moreover, the online payment method makes it easy for a business to make payments because of its exceptional payment tracking system. Also, a business can pay its employees directly through their Paypal accounts if they want to avoid paperwork that are associated with bank payments.

 

Furthermore, businesses can also be able to transact through the business to business system where businesses can be able to do b2b payments without involving any paperwork.

 

E-Signing Solutions

 

E-signing solutions, enable you to sign legal payment documents without having to go through the processes of dealing with papers. You can send your documents securely, and get the appropriate signatures quickly and efficiently using the system. It is very efficient because it saves businesses from going to unnecessary meetings to sign off documents.

 

Blockchain Technology

 

Blockchain for business is an efficient way of making business payments because it has a distributed ledger technology. The ledger allows both parties involved in the transaction to view the information simultaneously, which builds trust. Today, businesses also allow their customers to make payments through blockchain technology.

 

The technology uses digital coins such as bitcoins, for instance, in making the transactions. Blockchain has revolutionized how business is done today by eliminating all the paperwork done during transactions. Every person using blockchain has a cryptocurrency wallet. When making payments, all they do is transfer funds from their wallet to the recipient's wallet. It is a fast and convenient way of transacting in business today.


Generally, technology has simplified transactions in business today by providing efficient ways of transacting without paper works. Paperless transactions are a growing trend that has facilitated the growth of businesses. Follow this link to learn more about electronic commerce, and how to go paperless doing business transactions.

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Overfishing has become a major concern among environmentalists. All fisheries are aware of illegal, wasteful fishing practices that are putting the local fish populations at the risk of being depleted. Alaska is one of many regions that has strict fishing regulations. People who consume fish should do their part to eat more sustainably.

Don’t Eat Endangered Fish

Do not eat fish species that are on the endangered list. It’s easy to find this list by doing a simple search online or visiting the Marine Conservation Society’s website. Environmental organizations provide lists of fish to avoid and to eat on a regular basis.

Eat More Sustainable Fish

Eat more fish that are sustainable, meaning they are in abundant supply. Sardines are a plentiful, fast-growing species that are found in many locations in Europe and North America. Alaskan salmon, clams, oysters, tuna, mussels and mackerel are caught responsibly by modern fishermen. Prepare meals that are more sustainable like a salmon or tuna recipe, and save the rare, exotic fish for special occasions.

Buy Local or Seasonal Fish

Buy fish that is caught and sold by local fishermen. They are more likely to use smaller nets and use less destructive fishing techniques. Buy less of the kind that is overfished in the oceans, caught in large nets and shipped over long distances. Also, buy fish that are available only during certain times of the year.

Buy Organic Fish

Organic fish is grown, caught and sold in its natural state without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Organic fish products have a long list of stringent requirements that they must pass before being labeled as organic. Organic fishing is not as common as traditional fishing that includes the use of longline nets. Buying organic fish is another conscious method of preserving different fish species.

Read the Label

Know the origins of your fish by reading the label. Some fish have sustainable labels. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has blue labels that indicate which wild fish and seafood products are certified to meet their standards of sustainability.

Everyone enjoys seafood from tuna to Alaskan salmon. However, not everyone practices safe, environmentally conservative fishing techniques. When they go out into the ocean, they take out more than they can put back into the water. Many fishermen and fisheries are taking up the practice of eco-fishing. People who love seafood are encouraged to eat sustainably to protect the wildlife in the oceans, rivers and lakes.

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Drinkable water is the Earth’s most precious resource. It is essential to life, but often in short supply. And despite what the steady stream coming from our taps suggests, it is a finite resource. It is incumbent on all of us to do what we can to limit our water usage, allowing us to build a sustainable future together. But what can you do to help reduce your usage? What adjustments need to happen? What habits need to change? There are countless little things you can do that add up to make a major difference. These three ideas are a good place to start.


 

Fix Leaks

 

If you have leaky plumbing, then you could be wasting gallons and gallons of water every week without even noticing. A drip here and there might not seem like much, but if it’s constant it can add up to a major source of waste. If you can’t fix the leak yourself, contact a plumber to get the issue taken care of.


 

Don’t Let Faucets Run

 

It’s become perfectly normal behavior to let faucets emit a constant stream of water that we only use occasionally during the completion of a task. Take washing dishes, for example. You most likely leave the faucet running not just while you apply the water to the dish, but also while you scrub, while you dry, and while you place the dish on a drying rack. All that time, unused water is needlessly falling down the drain. If you respected water for the precious resource it is, you’d be a lot more careful. Only turn the faucet on for those moments when you actually need the water. This same mindset can be adopted for brushing teeth, washing your face, and so many other activities.


 

Use an Energy-Star Washing Machine

 

Doing laundry accounts for a huge proportion of a household’s water use. You can greatly diminish your usage just by switching to a more efficient machine. Energy efficient washers also use less energy, meaning they’re an overall slam dunk when it comes to environmental responsibility. You should also steer clear of top-loading washers, which tend to use much more water than their front-loading counterparts.


 

Water gives us life, and we should respect it as a resource. If you want to do your part to avoid wasting water, take the aforementioned tips to heart. When it comes to conservation, a little effort goes a long way.

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With vehicle emissions a hot topic and budgets strained by the cost of gas, fuel economy has become increasingly important. Many car buyers wonder how to find a fuel-efficient vehicle that suits their needs. Here is a process for finding a fuel-saving vehicle and still getting what you need out of your next vehicle purchase.

Choose a Suitable Vehicle

To make the most fuel-efficient choice, consider what the smallest vehicle is that suits your needs, advises Energywise. A compact car can offer great fuel economy, but if you work out in the country, chances are you need a pickup, and if you have several kids to haul to soccer practice, you may need a van or small SUV.

Once you determine what type of vehicle you really need (sedan, compact, SUV, pickup) look at what the smallest vehicles are in that category.

Consider Hybrids and Electric Cars

Electric cars give you the best efficiency. But when driving long distances, charging becomes an issue. Also, the cost of electric cars may be out of your price range.

Hybrids are great because they solve a lot of the issue with charging, but they can be cost prohibitive. If they are in your price range and will work for you in a suitable vehicle, electric and hybrid vehicles offer incredible fuel economy.

Fuel Efficiency

Once you have determined the type of vehicle you want, look for the best fuel economy in its class. Remember: not all cars have better fuel economy just because they are smaller. The fuel-economy ratings indicate what you can expect under average conditions.

Fuel efficiency ratings are an average because environmental factors, such as hills and mountains, high or low temperatures, and altitude affect fuel economy.

Driving habits also play a big role. Drivers who routinely exceed the speed limit, are prone to hard braking and aggressive acceleration, and who put off maintenance—like oil changes and refilling the tires—always end up with fuel economy much lower than their vehicles average.

Get Rid of a Junker

The fastest way to become more fuel efficient is to get out of an old car and into a new, fuel-efficient model. Older cars don’t have today’s technology, so their fuel ratings (when they were new) are much lower than today’s options.

Also, as the parts in older cars wear out, their fuel economy slips because the cars have to work harder to maintain the same performance level.

Oftentimes, the best way to get rid of an old car is to sell it for cash to a self-serve used auto parts shop that tows your car from home, such as U Pull & Pay.

With carbon emission awareness on the rise and gas often costing an arm and a leg, finding the right fuel-efficient vehicle helps the environment and your pocketbook.

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If you are like a lot of people, you might just turn your air conditioner on when you need it without really putting much thought into its efficiency. However, focusing on air conditioning efficiency is smart for a few reasons. These are some tips that can help you do so.

Have Your Air Conditioning System Professionally Installed

If you are having a new air conditioning system installed in your home, it is not a good idea to try to do it yourself. Even though you might be tempted to try to figure out how to do it on your own so that you won't have to hire someone, you'll probably want to call a company like A-1 American Services to do it for you. Then, you can ensure that your system is installed properly so that you can avoid future problems.

Create "Zones" in Your Home

If you have a larger home with a fair amount of square footage, you may want to consider creating "zones" in your home. For example, you may want to cool your bedrooms separately from the rest of your home. Then, you can keep the more commonly used areas of the home nice and cool without wasting money on cooling other parts of the house that won't be used as often.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can be a wonderful decision for just about any family. With this type of thermostat, you can set your thermostat so that it suits you and your family's lives. For example, if you and your family members are gone all day at work and school, you can adjust your system so that it only turns on right before your family members get home. This can help you greatly reduce your cooling bills, since you'll only be cooling the home when there are people there rather than cooling a completely empty house.

Keep Your System Properly Maintained

Springing for regular system maintenance for your air conditioner is important. Even though you might want to skip an appointment if your system seems to be working properly, it's not a good idea to do so. Instead, keep it maintained so that you can ensure that it operates properly and to prevent future issues.

If you are someone who is concerned about wasting energy, then you probably know how important it is to ensure that your air conditioning system is as energy efficient as possible. Additionally, working to achieve maximum energy efficiency with your system can also help your system last much longer with the need for fewer repairs. Fortunately, giving these four tips a try can help you make your system as energy efficient as possible.

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As time rolls on, it is becoming increasingly apparent how much we impact the world around us. Be it the seemingly small choices we make--like what to watch on a Saturday night--or the bigger choices involving a person's livelihood, each decision has a grander importance that goes beyond ourselves; even if we don't realize it. Negative choices as well as positive ones have far reaching impacts that can last for years to come. That's why it is so crucial for households to do their part in reducing the negative impact they can have on our beautiful environment.

Softening Water
There are many homes that have already made the switch to softened water. An extremely large number of homes still rely on the water treatment implemented by their water company. This leaves people using hard water that is chalk full of minerals, chemicals, and possibly bacteria that can be harmful. Softened water is meant to lessen said harmful elements coming through people's pipes. However, numerous water softeners use salt. The use of salt can generate waste water filled with salt brine and destructive chemicals that are released into the environment. Using softener systems that are salt-free produces a positive reaction for the ecosystem as well as for a healthier home.

Tankless Water Heaters
Conserving energy is a popular topic nowadays and for good reason. According to
plumbers in Spanish Fork, UT at Professional Plumbing Systems, traditional water heaters use a good amount of energy to keep the tank warm all day long. Tankless water heaters cut the cost of energy usage by only heating the water that's being used at a given moment. It's a simple, dollar friendly way to conserve precious energy.

Less Electricity
It turns out, kicking it old school is not such a bad thing. Using natural lighting instead of constantly relying on electrical luminescence is a better route when it comes to reducing negative environmental impacts. Instead of flipping a switch and staying super incognito inside four walls, open up those blinds. Let the glorious rays of the sun illuminate the rooms that have forgotten what a natural glow looks like. But, if natural sunlight just doesn't cut it, make sure to purchase or install products that are certified as eco-friendly, like Energy Star or Bosch appliances.

Change Roofing
This may seem like an expensive route to take, but the end result is a great pay off. Many people don't realize that even the material of a home's roof can impact the environment. Replacing standard asphalt shingles with green roofing materials can save energy throughout the seasons and long term financial resources. One of the most eco-friendly rooftops are those made out of recycled shingles. These shingles are constructed out of waste materials like rubber, wood fiber, and plastic. Since these roofs are long lasting, they lessen landfill waste, the need to consume more raw materials, energy costs, and pollution.

These are just a handful of ways a home can lend a helpful hand in the fight to preserve our world's health. The choices are simple, and the outcome will far outweigh the cost of making a change. The impact of our actions are hefty. Neglecting the environment could lead to dire consequences for our families and the families we share this thriving planet with.

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There are advantages and disadvantages to having a tankless water heater. The main advantage is that your home can be more energy efficient. There are also other benefits that you might want to consider. Here are some of the reasons that investing in a tankless water heater is better for your home.

Less Overall Waste

A water heater that has to hold your hot water in reserve is wasting a lot of energy in doing so. This is because it has to run frequently in order to maintain the temperature of the water, even when you aren’t using it. When you stop to consider the environmental impact that having an appliance constantly running has, the overall waste is significant.

No Tepid Water

You may have a problem in your home with running out of hot water on those busy mornings. This is because once you’ve depleted your supply of hot water in the tank, it takes time to reheat the water that’s refilling the tank. A tankless water heater is more of an on-demand type of system. What this means is that it heats the water as you’re using it. This makes it more efficient, and therefore, less wasteful.

Lower Energy Bills

By far, one of the greatest benefits to a tankless water heater is that your energy bills can be reduced. On the flip side, there is a larger upfront invest in the purchase and installation of the tankless system. Many homeowners find that the initial costs will pay for themselves with lower energy bills and the longer lasting lifespan of the tankless water heater itself. If you’re interested in installing a tankless water heater in your home, look into using a company like Ez Flow Plumbing to help you with this project.

Reduced Floor Space

Another benefit is that you can reduce the amount of floor space that’s required by using a tankless water heater. This can prove to be beneficial if you’re short of extra space in your home. A tankless water heater also tends to be safer. This is because there’s less of a chance of the tank becoming damaged or degraded. In some instances, a damaged water heater could present a safety hazard for your home and your family.

Increased energy efficiency is only one aspect of a tankless water heater. There are numerous other benefits that you may not have taken into account. Consider these reasons when deciding if this is the right choice for you.

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As long as it's working properly, you probably never give your septic tank much thought. After all, it doesn't exactly have a glamorous job. What it lacks in glamour, though, it makes up for in importance, silently working to remove the waste from your home. What you may not realize is that, in addition to performing a vital task, your septic tank is actually quite environmentally friendly. To help give you a greater appreciation for your septic tank, here are a few ways that septic tanks help the environment.

A Natural Process

Unlike so much in today's world, a septic tank still relies on natural processes to do its job. Using naturally occurring bacteria, your septic tank works hard to break down the waste from your home. This prevents potentially harmful chemicals from being released into the environment, helping to protect the soil and water in your area.

Reduces Pressure on Garbage Dumps

Since it works independently of the city sewer system, your septic tank helps to reduce pressure on your local garbage dump. This is because many sewer-based systems are forced to dispose of the solid waste in the garbage dump because there is too much waste for bacteria to break down naturally. Given the already-crowded conditions at many dumps, anything that can be done to divert waste away from the dump is a welcome advancement for environmental protection.

Diverts Pollution from Oceans

Another advantage of being independent of a public sewer system is that there's no risk of anything you send down the drains in your home ending up in the ocean. City sewage treatment plants do what they can to remove potential pollutants from wastewater. However, most wastewater is only filtered to a certain point before it is sent to rivers and oceans. If you have a septic tank, though, your waste collects in the tank until the tank is full. When the tank is emptied, you can be sure that with your own wastewater treatment system, all of the waste products will be dealt with in an environmentally friendly manner.

Less Electricity Usage

Although it doesn't take any electricity to send wastewater down the drain, when that wastewater arrives at a treatment plant, a lot of electricity is used. When it comes to a septic tank, though, there is no electricity required since everything happens thanks to gravity and chemistry. This helps to reduce your carbon footprint even as you're contributing to the health of the ecosystem around you.

 

Though septic tanks have considerable environmental benefits, they must be properly maintained in order for these benefits to be realized. That means maintaining the health of the bacteria population, avoiding pouring harmful substances down your drains, and having your tanks professionally cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. If you follow those simple steps, though, you will be able to rest easy knowing that your septic tank is helping the environment

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One of the first expenses that new homeowners incur is their energy bills. Unless the house has just been built, there are usually several ways to reduce energy costs. And, even if owners do live in a new residence, there are measures that they can take to minimize their energy bills, some of which are quite simple. The solution is not just turning out lights in rooms that are not in use.

Idle Electronics

For one thing, there is a great amount of electricity used by idle electronics. Many people leave their computers, phones, and other devices on when they could shut them off and conserve much energy. For, the electricity consumed by idle electronics in the United States is equivalent to the electricity generated by as many as 50 power plants. This idle time costs households from $165-400 per year. Using power strips for the electronics can save money when owners turn off the strips that end idle time.

Repairs to the Home

Often the benefits of heating and air conditioning systems are minimalized by several areas of the home. Doors and windows can allow drafts if not sealed well as together windows and doors account for 20-25% of energy loss. The addition of storm windows is helpful in reducing energy costs. Repairing ceilings, wall vents and floors, too, can eliminate nearly 30% of energy loss. Closing off wall outlets not in use also helps reduce about 10% of air leaks. In addition, replacing old heating and air conditioning systems with a heat pump reduces the energy usage and expense in a home because heat pumps transfer heat from one site to another. For instance, it uses the outside air to produce cool temperatures inside and vice versa. Thus, a heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling the interior of a home.

Ductwork and Roof Repair

Another important repair that can be made to conserve energy is on the ductwork of the home. This ductwork should be well-insulated as should other areas such as exterior and interior walls, floors above crawl spaces, attics, cathedral ceilings and the roof. Windows need to be caulked and sealed as do doors. Of course, roof repair is essential to containing heat in cold weather since heat rises. A well-constructed roof also prevents water damage and mold from invading the home. Roofing companies provide many types of asphalt composition shingles, stone-coated steel and metal roofs.

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Many people don’t realize that homes are becoming more efficient every year, and eco-friendly technology is now being adopted by countless architects, design teams, and contractors. That type of technology is the perfect option for anyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint while keeping their energy bills as low as possible.

Tankless Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters are incredibly inefficient because they must constantly keep a large volume of water at a very high temperature. It also takes quite a bit of time to heat up more water once you run out, and that can be problematic for larger families. With a tankless water heater, the water will only be brought up to temperature as it is being used, and that means you will never run out of hot water or waste excess energy.

Smart Home Tech

Smart home technology has exploded in popularity in recent years, and those gadgets can be used to control almost every facet of a house. Even if you don’t plan on adding smart devices all over your home, you should still consider installing a smart thermostat. That type of device will learn your family’s habits and preferences, and it is going to turn the system off or adjust the settings when no one is home or everyone is sleeping.

Solar Panels

If you really want to improve the efficiency of your home, then solar panels are going to be a great investment. Putting a solar panel array on your home’s roof could reduce your electrical bills by a significant amount or even allow you to sell some of that energy back to the city. Solar panels can often be installed within a matter of days, and that technology could potentially pay for itself within a few years.

High-Efficiency Appliances

While your HVAC system is probably responsible for most of your energy consumption, your other appliances are going to use up quite a bit of electricity as well. Household appliances have gotten incredibly efficient within the last decade, and most manufacturers are now designing them to be as eco-friendly as possible. Those who haven’t replaced their appliances in quite some time should at least consider upgrading their washers, dryers, and dishwashers.

Many of the construction materials that are used to build homes are changing as well, and some of those materials are extremely good at insulating and have a very small impact on the environment. That includes materials such as recycled steel, bamboo, cork, precast concrete, and plant-based polyurethane.

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Going paperless must have been the dream of many practitioners, considering the fact that mountains of paperwork can be generated on a daily basis in medical practices. Not to mention, there are immense costs associated with this. Large scale paper use translates to a good amount of money spent. In addition, storing files, intake forms, referrals, test requisitions, bills and notes calls for additional storage space, which means not just more money, but time and effort are also required for managing all this. On the contrary, when medical practices switch to paperless offices, they reap the benefits of creating less carbon footprint and having low costs and fewer clusters of files to organize.

 

How to Get Started

 

Many medical offices still rely on pen and paper, amassing huge piles of hard copy data with no end in sight. This is due to multiple reasons: doctors are reluctant to transform their enormous amount of data, they don’t have the time to do it and they simply do not understand how digitalization can facilitate them significantly. The transition from a traditional data generation mode to a paperless digitized mode doesn’t have to occur all at once but initiated through small changes at a time. The gradual conversion of paper work can start by feeding data electronically for some forms like registration forms.

 

As a practice begins to reduce reliance on paper, medical record storage space is less needed. Experiencing the benefits of switching to an electronic format one step at a time motivates doctors to continue with this transformation. To make things easy, a good place to start is patient intake forms. Allow patients to use Kiosks or tablets to fill in basic information and schedule appointments. While scanners can help convert existing data that includes medical history of patients, diagnosis, personal details etc into electronic files.

 

How Much Time It Takes

 

Once physicians become familiar working with a new technology or method of data accumulation, they comfortably spend time with their vendors to scan important data and purge information which is no longer needed. Physicians also have to train their staff to carry out the processes of reviewing new electronic records for accuracy. This whole process of transforming their office can take up to 6 months or more. Physicians can dedicate one hour a day to this process to smoothly complete their upgrade to digital technology. In fact, there are many ways to go about this.

 

Select the Type of Upgrade You Want

 

Depending on the type of upgrade physicians choose to undergo, they can save themselves more time and energy. Some methods can be more efficient and less challenging to adopt. Outsourcing medical billing, for example, is a method that uses strategies specifically designed with medical practices in mind. It covers the whole aspect of billing by preparing claims, managing communication with insurance carriers, handling report submissions and pursuing settlements. This way practices are spared frustrating and time consuming tasks, ultimately saving time and energy.

 

Streamlining the office workflow into a digitized format not only makes the whole process a lot easier but it also eliminates waste and contributes to reducing the greenhouse effect. Medical practices can now operate with a green approach, serving humans and the environment altogether.

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While trying to be more environmentally friendly is a commendable goal, a lot of people are wary of making the lifestyle changes it requires. One of the more prominent concerns that people have is the cost required to “go green.” As it turns out, not only can it be affordable to go green, but you can actually profit off of many of the efforts involved. Here are just a few ways that anyone can cash in on environmentally friendly choices.

Tax Incentives

Any time you can write something off on your taxes, it is always a welcome surprise. However, did you know that by purchasing a solar panel system for generating energy for your home comes with a 30% tax credit that you can use as a tax write off? This federal tax incentive has been extended on through 2021. While you can really save on your taxes using this form of alternative energy, you must act before the end of 2021 to take advantage of this government tax break. Using solar energy can also save you money on your utility costs by supplying energy to your home that you don’t have to get through a service. While most people double up by purchasing energy alongside their solar panels, the panels themselves cut down on how much energy you need to buy elsewhere, and many companies will pay you for the excess energy that your solar panels generate.

Trading Cash for Recycling

If you have old appliances or scrap metal laying around, then you might be able to turn these items into cold hard cash. Most scrap metal services will pay you for any metal you can bring to them, including old radiators, appliances, electronics, and so on. While most wires can’t be directly recycled due to their rubber coating, there are places you can sell those, as well, where the rubber coating is stripped and recycled separately from the wire inside. Other recycling services will pay for cartons, recyclable plastic containers, and other materials depending on their specialty. Taking advantage of this is great for the planet and also gives you some extra spending money from what otherwise would just have been trash.

Energy Savings

Going green does more than just earn you cash, however. Eco-friendly lifestyles and behaviors also encourage you to be more efficient with the money that you already have. Replacing energy inefficient appliances, such as your dryer or HVAC system, with energy-efficient models can really help you keep more of your monthly income. This is because energy efficient appliances tend to use less electricity; thus, helping to keep your electric bill at a minimum. Most newer models have been upgraded to meet modern energy efficiency standards, but finding Energy Star rated appliances can take your energy savings one step further.

Saving Water

Whether you are doing laundry in a water-saving washing machine or flushing a water efficient toilet, the amount of water you save matters. While the earth is composed mostly of water, only less than 3-percent of this water is actually drinkable. The rest of the water is salt water and not suitable to use drinking. So, using water-efficient appliances cuts your water bill down and, at the same time, it helps out everyone else by preventing our planet’s drinking water from being used up to quickly. To take your water conservation a step further, you can invest in a greywater recycling plant that can be installed on your property to treat and reuse non-drinking water, or greywater, for your sprinklers, toilet, and other appliances.

While many are wary of the costs of green living, it’s clear that there is more to be gained than lost from making those lifestyle changes. Whether earning cash from recycled items, getting tax incentives from renewable energy solutions, or saving money in utility costs, there are a lot of ways that anyone can gain from protecting the planet. Eco-responsible living is a benefit both to the planet and individuals, and should be highly considered by anyone who wants to live responsibly while making ends meet.

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Installing solar panels is one of the best ways homeowners can live more sustainably. While there are several upfront costs with switching to solar energy, the ROI for solar panels makes this investment well worth it. Read on to learn how installing solar panels can save money as you help to take down big oil companies.

Cut Down on Electrical Bills

One of the most significant ways you'll benefit from installing solar powers is by reducing your electric bill. These panels make it possible for homeowners to stop relying on utility companies as this switch to solar power will ultimately save 50% a month on electricity. With solar panels on your home, you’ll be able to harness the sun’s energy to power your house, as long as the sun is out.

In the event that the sun isn’t present, you’ll be able to use electricity from your utility company. While this backup electricity comes at a cost, using the sun to power your home is free.

Save on Maintenance

Many homeowners are frequently charged by their utility company for maintenance fees or costly repairs. Relying on the sun as a power source makes it easy to skip out on these expenses. Once your panels are installed, you’re much less likely to encounter maintenance issues. With this in mind, you can easily consider the cost of installing your panels as a one-time fee for free power.

Enjoy Steady Electric Costs

It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to pay more during peak seasons like summer and winter. Whenever you’re using more electricity to heat or cool your home, relying on a utility company will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Similarly, the utility companies themselves are vulnerable to the fluctuating natural gas, oil, and coal markets, leading to even more unpredictable pricing.

If you’d prefer to deal with steady electric costs, consider investing in panels. By using the sun as your power source, you'll protect yourself from being susceptible to fluctuating electricity costs.

Take Advantage of Tax Credits

Tax credits are another way many homeowners benefit from using solar energy. Many states offer individuals that rely on sustainable energy sources clean energy grants and SRECs or Solar Renewable Energy Credits. These credits are an incentive for homeowners to install panels as they will cover up to 30% of the installation costs.

Solar energy is a great way for homeowners to live sustainably as they avoid contributing to the wasteful practices of big oil companies. As you learn more about solar panels, keep these four benefits in mind.

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Installing solar panels is one of the best ways homeowners can live more sustainably. While there are several upfront costs with switching to solar energy, the ROI for solar panels makes this investment well worth it. Read on to learn how installing solar panels can save money as you help to take down big oil companies.

Cut Down on Electrical Bills

One of the most significant ways you'll benefit from installing solar powers is by reducing your electric bill. These panels make it possible for homeowners to stop relying on utility companies as this switch to solar power will ultimately save 50% a month on electricity. With solar panels on your home, you’ll be able to harness the sun’s energy to power your house, as long as the sun is out.

In the event that the sun isn’t present, you’ll be able to use electricity from your utility company. While this backup electricity comes at a cost, using the sun to power your home is free.

Save on Maintenance

Many homeowners are frequently charged by their utility company for maintenance fees or costly repairs. Relying on the sun as a power source makes it easy to skip out on these expenses. Once your panels are installed, you’re much less likely to encounter maintenance issues. With this in mind, you can easily consider the cost of installing your panels as a one-time fee for free power.

Enjoy Steady Electric Costs

It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to pay more during peak seasons like summer and winter. Whenever you’re using more electricity to heat or cool your home, relying on a utility company will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Similarly, the utility companies themselves are vulnerable to the fluctuating natural gas, oil, and coal markets, leading to even more unpredictable pricing.

If you’d prefer to deal with steady electric costs, consider investing in panels. By using the sun as your power source, you'll protect yourself from being susceptible to fluctuating electricity costs.

Take Advantage of Tax Credits

Tax credits are another way many homeowners benefit from using solar energy. Many states offer individuals that rely on sustainable energy sources clean energy grants and SRECs or Solar Renewable Energy Credits. These credits are an incentive for homeowners to install panels as they will cover up to 30% of the installation costs.

Solar energy is a great way for homeowners to live sustainably as they avoid contributing to the wasteful practices of big oil companies. As you learn more about solar panels, keep these four benefits in mind.

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Industrial companies have a responsibility to make sure that they do everything that they can to protect the environment. Your boiler can contribute to greenhouse gases. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to make your boiler more eco-friendly.

Insulate the Valves

There are many places that will remove the insulation when they perform maintenance and never put it back. However, you can increase the efficiency of your boiler by insulating the valves. Insulating the valves will reduce heat loss. It will also reduce the risk of burns and increase comfort.

Make Sure That Your Boiler Receives Maintenance

Your boiler requires maintenance just like every other appliance that you have. You will need to have a professional perform maintenance at least once a year. Professionals can ensure that your boiler is working properly. They will also be able to perform a tune-up, which will help your boiler work at its peak.

Use SCRS

You will need to purchase SCRS for water tube boilers. SCRS is short for selective catalytic reduction system. If you use SCRS, then you will be able to control the flow of energy in the boiler. You will also be able to control the way that the energy is dispensed.

There are several other benefits that you can reap from using SCRS. You will be able to reduce carbon emissions. You may also be able to save a lot of money on your utility bill. Furthermore, your boiler may last longer.

Clean the Water Side

If your boiler is leaking, then it will waste a lot of water. That is why you will need to inspect your water heater on a regular basis. You will also need to clean the water side on a regular basis. Hardened water can turn into scale. If scale builds alongside your boiler, then it can cause your boiler to overheat. This can cause your boiler to start leaking. You may end up needing to get expensive repairs.

Boilers can contribute to many of the environmental issues that we have today. However, you can still do your part to make your boiler more eco-friendly. You will need to insulate the valves. You will also need to make sure that your boiler receives regular maintenance. Furthermore, it is a good idea for you to use SCRS and clean the water side on a regular basis.

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The key to flipping a house successfully is to keep costs low while still creating a property attractive enough to fetch a high sales price. While you can't cut corners, you can reduce your prices by using recycled materials in many parts of the flipping process. Below are four areas in which recycled materials can make a huge difference.

Recycled Wood

Wood can be incredibly expensive, especially if you're looking at something that's more aesthetically appealing than what you can get at contractor-grade. Wood that's been recycled from other homes is not only far cheaper than what you could get from a lumber yard, but it may also be ready to be put in the home immediately. Certain types of recycled wood can also give a property a unique look, which in turn can raise its sale price.

Recycled Metals

Metal prices always seem to be on the rise. If you need metal for anything from decor to wiring, it's best to look at recycled options. Finding copper recycling vendors can be a great way to get access to a metal that's in high demand and still stay within your budget, while recycled steel might help you to undertake some great projects without having to sacrifice in other areas of your home. Always go with recycled metals when you can.

Recycled Glass

Yes, even glass can be recycled. While getting recycled windows might seem like a cost-saving choice, you may also want to choose these windows because of the character that they give your home. They may cost less than what's currently on the market now, but some recycled glass has a unique look that will bring in style-conscious buyers. Definitely consider recycled glass when you're on a budget but want to add some special to a home.

Mulch

Mulch can be surprisingly expensive when you get it from a supplier. While mulch has many practical and decorative purposes, realistic flippers know that it's essentially a replaceable resource that can eat up far too much of a landscaping budget. Given that there is virtually no difference between 'new' and recycled mulch, it simply makes more financial sense to go with the cheaper option. Not only that, but natural recycled wood mulch is much more eco-friendly than treated decorative mulches.

Choosing recycled options can keep the cost of flipping a house down while adding some unique touches to a property. Whether you're seeking a look that makes use of reclaimed materials or you're dealing with a tight financial situation, recycled materials make sense. If you can spend less money on these materials, you'll be able to splurge on special features without endangering your budget.

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The type of roof you choose plays a major role in the amount of energy your company uses for heating and cooling. Given that climate control is responsible for the lion’s share of your energy usage, it makes sense to take steps to lower those expenses as much as possible. Today’s business owners are looking to green roofing solutions to lower their costs and to conserve natural resources for future generations.

Cool Roof
Roofing materials that absorb heat create several problems. Overheated attics that result from these types of materials shorten the lifespan of the roof and radiate heat into the building, stressing the HVAC system, driving up energy usage and shortening the serviceable life of the HVAC unit.

Modern roofing materials are engineered to reflect the sun’s energy and to quickly re-emit absorbed heat. Thanks to modern materials engineering, cool roofs can be covered in asphalt, metal or tile, and they can come in a wide array of colors.

Cool roofs are instrumental in lowering energy bills and increasing the overall energy efficiency of the buildings they cover.

Long Life Roof
Traditional asphalt roofs are designed to last an average of 20 years, but a long life roof can last 50 years or more. These roofing systems are green in the sense that they divert waste from the landfill because a traditional roof will have to be replaced an average of three times for every long life roof installation. These long-lived roofs are typically metal or slate, but modern engineering and innovation have created 50-year roofs from rubber, recycled tires, and even asphalt.
What makes these shingles last so long is their ability to reflect the sun’s energy which also makes them energy efficient.

Living Roof
Covered in vegetation, some roofs are literally green. This type of roof goes by many names: vegetative roof, green roof, and living roof. A living roof can be flat or pitched. It can be covered in grass or artfully landscaped.

The popularity of green roofing in cities is increasing as people recognize the combined benefits of natural outdoor spaces and the energy saving properties of a roof that doubles as a park. In addition to increasing your office’s energy efficiency, they have been proven to benefit the environment and your employees’ morale in immediate and direct ways.

All green roofs can increase your office’s energy efficiency, but a vegetative roof can also provide a pleasant escape from the city’s heat and barrenness. Whatever route you choose to go green, you will be benefitting both your bottom line and the environment.

 

 

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Going green isn't just about doing what's best for the environment. You can save a large amount of money by choosing to rely on more renewable and efficient sources of heating in your home.

Combined with the numerous government credits that may be available to you, the long-term savings of switching to green heating sources may mean that you save even more than you might believe.

Let's examine some ways that you can utilize green technology to improve how efficiently your house heats, which in turn might help you save dramatically on your energy bills.

1. Switch to Solar Drum Heater

Solar heaters are incredibly efficient when compared to regular heaters. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can cut your energy costs by 50% by using an Energy Star qualified solar water heater.

You can further extend those savings by utilizing a drum heater that prevents heat loss. Heaters from companies such as Powerblanket can do this in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, which means that you may be able to dramatically cut your expenses due to wasted energy.

2. Utilizing a Programmable Thermostat

Thermostats directly control when your house is heated. By utilizing thermostats that offer a programmable functionality, you can exclusively heat your home only when you are present.

More advanced thermostats offer more features, which includes Internet connectivity. This can allow you to keep the temperature reasonable and your heating costs down even when you're not at home.

3. Insulating Your Home

Another effective way to keep your home energy-efficient is to insulate your home. This reduces the frequency that you need to heat your home by ensuring that significantly less heat is lost to the outside.

For example, fiberglass insulation can save 12 BTU each year for every BTU used to make it. Other environmentally friendly insulation options are also available.

4. Consider Geothermal Heating

The Earth constantly releases a certain amount of heat from far beneath the ground that can be utilized as a source of energy. This heat has little to no carbon emissions, and it can be found almost anywhere in the world.

This can make it a perfect option for heating your home efficiently. Consider installing a geothermal heating device to cut your energy usage considerably.

Green Heating: Keeping Your Energy Bills Lower than Ever Before

While green heating may seem more expensive than conventional types of heating, there are numerous ways that it can reduce your energy bill. Couple this with the thousands of dollars available in government rebates to see that it may save you more on your energy bills in the long run than you ever thought possible.

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The benefits of going solar are pretty incredible. You can make your home a lot more energy efficient by simply making use of solar panels. Here’s how it works, and why you’ll want to consider getting them put up on your own house.

How They Work

First, the solar panels will need to be placed over your roof. Then, you can sit back and expect them to do all of the work for you. It’s that simple.

The sun will provide the panels with the light they need. This will be the same light that you and your family make use of daily inside of your home. Solar panels do a remarkable job of acquiring sunlight, even on overcast days when the sky is full of clouds. As a matter of fact, the sun’s rays don’t have to directly rest over the panels. The light will still be absorbed by them. This is another great aspect of solar power that’s of considerable interest to websites like SolarPanelStore.com.

You Can Save Money

Going solar is inevitably going to save you a lot of your hard-earned money in the long run. Why’s that? You’ll no longer be relying on your old energy for light. That’s right. This means your energy bills will be a thing of the past.

Maybe you want to have your friends over to watch an important football or basketball game. You’ll be paying for the electricity that’s being used to broadcast the game on your television, and you’re planning to buy pizza and wings for the event, too. You’ll even have to spend extra gas money to pick up a friend, who lives a little too far away.

Using solar power won’t cost you anything, so you can feel free to turn on your lights and leave them on all night if your party ends up lasting that long. Saving a little money here and there may not seem like a big deal now, but even small expenses truly do add up over time. Also, you’ll have the option to spend that money you saved on something a little more exciting than energy.

These days, it can be particularly difficult to make enough money to provide for both your needs and your wants. That being said, you need to make sure that you aren’t paying for any expense that isn’t absolutely necessary. Energy is one of them, so you should consider switching over to solar power as soon as possible. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Most European food production companies, fortunately, have strict regulatory requirements and specifications which make the foods safer and more eco-friendly. However, there is more that we can be doing than following the letter of the law. If food companies are interested in making a difference, here are a few ways to ensure their products are as eco and customer-friendly as possible.

Avoid toxic additives

Additives are added to food during production or preparation to improve the appetizing appearance and flavor of dishes, keep food edible for a longer time, and increase the shelf and storage life. Studies have found that more than 90% of the average American food budget is spent on over-processed foods, and more than 400 additives are used in various recipes.

There are three types of additives:

·        Natural ones extracted from natural food sources.

·        Synthesized copies of substances that occur naturally.

·        Artificial ones which are chemically synthesized.

Although not all of the additives are dangerous and can be consumed with possible minimal risk, some chemically synthesized ones can be harmful in various ways and cause adverse reactions such as allergies, digestive disorders, respiratory issues, skin problems, hyperactivity in children, a significant reduction in one's IQ level, and other ailments.

Artificial sweeteners in sugar-free foods particularly have a harmful carcinogenic effect and can reduce intelligence, affect short term memory, and can also result in brain or kidney tumors, diabetes, depression, anxiety attacks, migraines, and other disorders. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is used in savory dishes, canned soups, frozen dinners, and salty snacks. The substance excitotoxin can lead to obesity, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, depression, and more. Trans fat is formed by hydrogenation and is added to increase shelf life but can also increase a bad cholesterol level. A general tip would be to read ingredient labels, cut back on additives, and replace processed foods with fresh ingredients that do not contain such additives.

Improve sanitation techniques

If you are in the food production business, you should be concerned about the quality of the products and the cleanliness of the production facility. A great step towards better sanitation in your production is to use a complete line of industrial 3A sanitary filtration products that include certified strainers, replacement parts, assemblies, and filters that are suitable for a wide range of capacities and applications such as those manufactured by SaniClean Strainers, a Newark Wire brand, and similar companies with their products.

You can also use food-quality conveyor belting that is designed to be sanitary, safe, and easy to thoroughly clean. The maintenance of proper sanitation and cleanliness on a food production line is critical as well. Setting up a schedule of cleaning times is important whether it is every few hours or at the beginning or ending of shifts. Finally, give employees sanitation training and update refreshers from time to time so they will be aware of food handling and sanitation practices.

Use eco-friendly food packaging

Also called green packaging, sustainable packaging, and environmentally-friendly packaging, it should be non-toxic, biodegradable meaning it will break down in a landfill, compostable, reusable, recyclable, sustainable, and manufactured from natural products or recycled products or through low-impact means.

Safely dispose of wastes

Be sure that the process you use for food waste disposal is consistent with your food safety management system such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point HACCP), Environmental Health team of the local authority, or to the Food Standards Agency that governs your area. Make sure that your waste is taken by an authorized collector and that it goes to a legitimate treatment disposal site.

Countries around the globe have realized that we must all act to reduce the impact of trash on our planet. When trash doesn’t compost or biodegrade, it has already become a long-term problem to find space for it, plus it is an eyesore and a logistical nightmare. Being part of the solution will help to save the planet and demonstrate corporate responsibility and values.

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