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HannahWhittenly

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A heat pump works well if you live in a moderate climate. This is because it’s more efficient than other forms of heating and cooling. Here are some of the benefits that a heat pump can offer when it comes to saving money by conserving energy.

Temperature Stability

Setting your heat pump for a consistent temperature is the most efficient use of this type of system. This is because of the fact that it can run for a minimal amount of time and maintain the temperature of your home. With a standard HVAC system, there tend to be fluctuations that require more energy when the system kicks on and off. A heat pump has an electric motor that requires very little energy in order to reap a stable temperature for your whole home.

Heat Conversion

The action of a heat pump is that is doesn’t generate heating or cooling within the unit itself. It simply converts the heat that exists in the air and transfers it into your home by mechanical means. This method allows it to be the most efficient possible with the least amount of energy usage. The benefit of heat pump installation in your home is that you get instant heat for very little drain on your electric bill.

Cooling Potential

Another benefit of having a heat pump is that it can also cool your home. This is simply the heat pump removing the built-up heat from inside your house and transferring it to the outdoors. The amount of energy that’s required for this function is less than your standard air conditioning unit would require. This allows for you to have a cool home without having to worry about a spike in your electric bill during the summer months.

Reduced Electric Consumption

The amount of electricity that’s utilized with your heat pump will depend on your climate and the model that you select. There are models that will use significantly less energy than others. For the vast majority, the energy usage is less than you would observe with a standard HVAC system. This allows you to save on your electric bill and work to conserve energy. On average, a heat pump uses a quarter of the amount of energy as the more traditional HVAC units.

There are lots of benefits that you can reap from having a heat pump in your home. The energy savings are just the beginning when it comes to the ways that it can improve the comfort and sustainability of your household.

HannahWhittenly

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When you want to cut your heating and cooling bills, selecting high-efficiency HVAC equipment makes a big difference. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sets efficiency standards for HVAC systems because they’re the most energy-hungry of all home appliances. Better efficiency translates to lower demand for electricity and fuel and reduced energy bills for you.

HVAC Efficiency Ratings

When choosing central HVAC systems, look for high ratings. The DOE requires efficiency ratings on the equipment itself and its packaging. Higher is always better regardless of whether you’re buying a furnace or an air conditioner. The Energy Star and Most Efficient labels indicate products that use the least amount of energy for the best results. For example, a high-efficiency furnace uses measurably less fuel each time and requires less heating services because it runs better than regular models. Lower fuel usage helps preserve natural resources and saves you money.

Making Energy

Energy production exacts a toll on the planet, especially when the fuels to generate electricity include fossil fuels and nuclear power. While renewable resources like solar, wind and hydro have environmental impacts up front, the resources they use to produce electricity are clean. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, contribute to atmospheric warming on a continuous basis because of their byproducts. Nuclear is a clean source of energy but the nuclear waste it produces is one of the most dangerous substances on the planet.

Power Production Efficiency

If energy production were 100 percent efficient, using less efficient HVAC systems wouldn’t have the impact it does. However, power plants are not very efficient themselves. For example, coal-fired plants waste over 60 percent of the coal they consume. Nuclear and natural gas are slightly more efficient, while electricity produced by hydroelectric plants is nearly 100 percent efficient.

The phrase experts use to describe this power plant efficiency is the heat rate. It describes how much of the fuel that’s used goes toward producing electricity as opposed to being wasted. The efficiency of furnaces and air conditioners follows the same principle. The most efficient systems waste less energy.

Atmospheric Warming

If the fuels used to produce electricity didn’t have waste products like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide that warm the atmosphere, it wouldn’t be so important to use high-efficiency HVAC equipment. But when equipment needs more fuel and energy, the volume of gases going into the atmosphere increases. Since the heat they hold warms the planet, using more efficient HVAC systems helps reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

Until all power plants are 100 percent efficient or use clean, renewable fuels, it will be important to conserve energy usage. HVAC systems are front and center for conservation efforts since they use the most energy of all home appliances. More efficient systems help you save energy without sacrificing your comfort.

HannahWhittenly

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The items you throw away every day don’t have to serve just one purpose before they’re considered trash. Many of your common household items can be used again for a variety of purposes. Below, you will find four common items that you throw away that can be reused instead.

Food Jars

Your food product waste can enjoy many lives once it’s served its original purpose of storing and preserving your food in the grocery store. Glass jars and plastic jars can be used for a variety of household functions instead of being tossed into the garbage. Baby food jars can be transformed into spice holders. A plastic peanut butter jar can be repurposed to serve as a bird feeder. Spaghetti sauce jars can be used to store leftovers, to create on-the-go breakfasts, or as organizers for small household items.

Electronics

Once an electronic device can no longer handle the current hardware requirements of programs and games, these devices are usually left to linger in limbo somewhere in your home. Instead of disregarding these electronics due to their age and limited hardware capabilities, use them for other things. For instance, laptop recycling can help you utilize your outdated computer when you get a new one. Old laptops can be recycled into home entertainment centers, dedicated to playing movies while you cook in the kitchen or lie in bed. Old cell phones can be used as portable radios and music players. Old computers can be used to store pictures, documents, and other data.

Towels

No matter how expensive your bath towels are, they’ll eventually succumb to repeated use by tearing and fraying. Once your bath towels are too torn to be used any longer, don’t discard them. Instead, give them a second life by converting them into rags or washcloths. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the towel into smaller squares. These squares can be used as washcloths for washing dishes, showering, or general household cleaning chores.

Dryer Sheets

Believe it or not, these fibrous scented sheets can do more for your home than remove static from your clothes. Dryer sheets are actually very useful for dusting your home. The fibrous texture picks up dust and pet hair superbly. Their fibrous texture is also perfect for polishing chrome surfaces and removing soap scum.

Recycling is the due diligence required to balance out your consumption of goods and natural resources. It is vital to the health of the planet and the stress on natural resources, so always recycle or reuse your items when you can.

HannahWhittenly

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4 Ways A Green Office Leads To Green Profits
By now, the idea of going green in the business world is probably thought of as an overused cliché. However, you don’t have to live in Southern California and drive a Prius to reap the benefits of green business practices. In actuality, many of these business strategies save money in addition to lowering your company’s impact on the environment. Below are four examples you should seriously consider adopting. 

Go Paperless
One definite way to slash costs is to abandon printing. You should be aware that the average printing cost per employee in an office is $725 per year. If you have a lot of employees, that’s a lot of money. Thankfully, nearly everything you can do with paper documents can be replicated and even improved upon with digital files. There’s really no reason to continue using paper at all. 

Update Your Lighting
Lighting is something else that can save you money when you go green. Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, energy efficient lights can use anywhere from 25 to 80 percent less energy to provide the same amount of light. They also last a lot longer as well. This includes CFL, LED and halogen incandescent lighting. Upgrading to energy efficient lighting is one easy way to go green and save money at the same time. 

Update Your Plumbing
Similarly, energy efficient plumbing fixtures can save you a decent amount of money. They use less water to operate. Since you are likely using city water, they can certainly save money in the long run. Installing a solar water heater from companies like Clearwater Plumbing can also help to lower your reliance on other much more expensive heating options like a traditional furnace that uses either electricity or natural gas to heat a home. 

Obtain Energy Audits
Lastly, you should consider getting energy audits every year or every other year. This audit performed by a third party can tell you all the ways you are wasting energy and electricity in your office and the rest of your business as well. After making adjustments, you’ll have a much more efficient operation that wastes far less energy. Overhead such as your utility bills will shrink as a result. 

Overall, while going green may be a cliché, that doesn’t mean the trend is ever going away. Energy efficiency can do far more than help the environment. It’s also a cost cutting measure that increases efficiency and lowers overhead expense. Consider different ways your company can go green and save money at the same time.

 

HannahWhittenly

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There are benefits when it comes to the use of alternative forms of energy. Many of these benefits aren’t just limited to the increased availability of energy and the public health implications. Here are some of the ways that green electricity can work to protect the Earth.

Reduction in Emissions

The amount of gases that are emitted with traditional forms of electricity are contributing to climate change. Alternative forms of energy don’t release harmful gases into the atmosphere while generating electricity for your home. This makes them the better alternative because they are more environmentally friendly. If enough people were to switch to renewable energy sources, this could help to reduce the amount of pollution that’s in the air.

Sustainable Options

Coal and oil are a finite source of energy. This means that once they’re gone, those forms of energy will become obsolete. Alternative forms of energy are sustainable because they are powered by things like the sun and wind. Getting solar panels installed is one way that you can help to protect the environment and ensure that your home continues to have a reliable power source. Solar panel installation and wind farms can also be used to generate a sustainable form of energy for you.

Improved Water Quality

Water pollution is another concern when it comes to generating power from traditional methods. Oil spills can occur which is another concern when it comes to water pollution and damage to the environment. Another concern is the amount of water that’s required for the process. Using alternative forms of energy ensures that there’s enough water available for those that need it. There’s also the benefit of not having to worry about the amount of pollution that’s entering your water system.

Less Habitat Loss

The act of searching for more sources of finite energy often leads animals to lose their habitats. Another common cause of habitat loss is due to climate change. As the weather patterns shift, certain areas of the world will start to loss their ability to sustain life in the same manner. By stopping this cycle, you can generate power without having to encroach on established areas of habitat. In most cases, you can generate power at your home without the need to construct large facilities to get the job done.

There are lots of reasons that going with green electricity will help to protect the planet. You can do your part by promoting its use and advocating for others to do the same.

HannahWhittenly

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There are benefits when it comes to the use of alternative forms of energy. Many of these benefits aren’t just limited to the increased availability of energy and the public health implications. Here are some of the ways that green electricity can work to protect the Earth.

Reduction in Emissions

The amount of gases that are emitted with traditional forms of electricity are contributing to climate change. Alternative forms of energy don’t release harmful gases into the atmosphere while generating electricity for your home. This makes them the better alternative because they are more environmentally friendly. If enough people were to switch to renewable energy sources, this could help to reduce the amount of pollution that’s in the air.

Sustainable Options

Coal and oil are a finite source of energy. This means that once they’re gone, those forms of energy will become obsolete. Alternative forms of energy are sustainable because they are powered by things like the sun and wind. Getting solar panels installed is one way that you can help to protect the environment and ensure that your home continues to have a reliable power source. Solar panel installation and wind farms can also be used to generate a sustainable form of energy for you.

Improved Water Quality

Water pollution is another concern when it comes to generating power from traditional methods. Oil spills can occur which is another concern when it comes to water pollution and damage to the environment. Another concern is the amount of water that’s required for the process. Using alternative forms of energy ensures that there’s enough water available for those that need it. There’s also the benefit of not having to worry about the amount of pollution that’s entering your water system.

Less Habitat Loss

The act of searching for more sources of finite energy often leads animals to lose their habitats. Another common cause of habitat loss is due to climate change. As the weather patterns shift, certain areas of the world will start to loss their ability to sustain life in the same manner. By stopping this cycle, you can generate power without having to encroach on established areas of habitat. In most cases, you can generate power at your home without the need to construct large facilities to get the job done.

There are lots of reasons that going with green electricity will help to protect the planet. You can do your part by promoting its use and advocating for others to do the same.

HannahWhittenly

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Civil engineers design many structures that help to improve your life. Taking on the task of improving wastewater management in order to make it more green is a newer concept. Here are some of the ways that civil engineers are tackling the wastewater management revolution.

Run-off Alternatives

You may have noticed that there are more ways that water run-off is being handled. In some areas, a greener approach is being taken by using landscaping alternatives to handling water run-off from parking lots and streets. These green “ditches” are helping to limit the amount of water that needs to be processed by a wastewater treatment plant. Your home may also be helping by using soft-scaping in order to combat some of your run-off issues.

Use of Wetland Systems

Another similar idea is through the use of engineered wetland systems that help with the treatment of certain types of wastewater. The plants and the bacteria are the filtering system that complete the treatment process. There are a couple of types of wetland treatment systems that you may have seen. These include an open wetland system and more of a closed system in which the top layer is covered with mulch. The benefit of these engineered systems is that they are more cost effective.

Improved Delivery System

The piping is a large component of any wastewater treatment facility. There are thousands of miles of pipes underneath your city that deliver the water to it. Much of this piping is aging because it was installed decades ago. This has lead engineers to find new means of delivery that are green and won’t corrode with age. Recycled metals and types of plastic are more commonly being installed when corrosion is observed in the sewage delivery system in your neighborhood.

Green Construction Methods

The wastewater treatment facility itself may even by using green construction methods in order to reduce its carbon footprint. This may mean that your wastewater treatment facility is installing alternative forms of energy in order to perform its tasks. There are any number of greener construction methods that are becoming popular in which newer facilities can be constructed. Civil engineers are responsible for the planning and development of these newer installations so that they can better serve you and help to protect the environment.

A variety of methods can be used to make wastewater management a little greener. You may have seen these methods in action in and around your community over the years.

HannahWhittenly

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Life can be extremely busy. That’s why it’s not unusual for people to never think twice about the undeniable value of metal recycling. If you want to make the world a better place, then you should learn the ins and outs of metal recycling. You should learn about all of the things that make it so essential.

Recycling Metal Can Conserve Natural Resources

Natural resource conservation is a big deal. If you want to conserve major resources, then recycling metal can help you achieve your aim. Steel recycling can safeguard substantial amounts of limestone, coal and iron ore. It can even decrease H20 use. Substantial water levels are necessary for an abundance of metal production projects.

Recycling Metal Can Conserve Vital Energy

People don’t like to admit that natural resources simply aren’t accessible endlessly. The terrific news is that recycling metal can help hold on to natural resources. If you want to decrease any and all waste that’s associated with steel, copper, aluminum, and other materials, then regular recycling efforts are the way to go. Industrial scrap recycling can be terrific for lowering greenhouse gas discharges that are part of numerous metal production smelting practices.

Recycling Metal Can Lower Air Pollution Greatly

Metal production is a pretty complex and intricate thing. It entails the discharge of many hazardous gases. Recycling is often considered to be superior due to the fact that it doesn’t give off as many problematic gases. That’s exactly how it can dramatically decrease the planet’s air pollution levels.

Recycling Metal Can Introduce New Job Opportunities

The key to attaining a healthy planet is having human beings who are both happy and productive. Happy humans require jobs that enable them to have rewarding and well-rounded existences. Metal recycling can promote a healthy planet by introducing new jobs to it. Burning metal doesn’t call for a lot of manpower. Scrap metal recycling, on the other hand, is a whole other ballgame. Recycling metal is in many cases a project that calls for hundreds of individuals.

Human beings need the planet in order to thrive. That’s why it makes sense that the planet needs cooperation from humans, too. If you want to ensure a planet that has a fantastic future, then you should think about all of the positives of recycling metal. Ignoring the planet and its needs can be detrimental to the people of tomorrow. It can be detrimental to landscapes everywhere as well.

HannahWhittenly

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More businesses are taking an active role to protect the environment. Although this may seem like a daunting task requiring extensive amounts of time or money, it really is fairly easy to make your company eco-friendly. Here are some basic tips for going green at your business.

Reduce Utility Usage

Wasting electric, gas, and water not only runs up the monthly utility costs, but it can also strain and waste our natural resources. Switch off lights in areas that are not currently being used. Turn down the thermostat to lower levels that protect people’s health and the company assets while lowering the use of heating sources, such as gas, propane, or electric. Check the hot water tank and consider lowering the temperature to a usable but not wasteful temperature. Any electrical equipment not being at night or over the weekends can be turned off or shut down to save power.

Reuse Equipment and Supplies

If your computer begins to act up or the printer is not working quite right, think about buying a used replacement or a rebuilt model. When you buy new equipment, it costs more and also uses more new materials. Buying a used or recycled brand gives older equipment a second life to avoid wasting new materials and products that will eventually add to the growing trash collection that leads to soil and water pollution. Shop for paper supplies that are recycled, along with other office products that have been refurbished or made from eco-friendly substances that won’t harm the planet.

Clear Unneeded Debris

If your office is harboring broken machinery or equipment, don’t leave it sitting around to use valuable space and utilities. Rent a dumpster when cleaning out a new business space to get trash where it belongs. You may be able to recycle certain types of fixtures and equipment so that others can get additional use from them in other forms. Dispose of toxic products appropriately to prevent local contamination.

Buy Eco-Friendly Products

Look for environmentally-friendly cleaning products, computer supplies, and virtual storage to reduce paper use. Ask about biodegradable materials that can gradually disintegrate into the soil, air, or water. Even décor like draperies or carpets can be made from eco-friendly materials.

It doesn’t take much time or effort to operate your office efficiently while protecting the earth and our environment. Start switching to eco-friendly practices and products to keep our world green for generations to come.

HannahWhittenly

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If you have any interest at all in saving the environment or even in saving money, repurposing old or useless possessions should hold a certain interest for you. With a bit of creativity and a quick peek at the Internet, you can find hundreds of ideas on how you can put old possessions to new uses. Here are just a few tips to get you started.

Consider a Fresh Design

Getting tired of looking at old furniture is a common concern among many homeowners. After all, having something fresh and clean to look at can enhance one’s mood and can even give the home a new feel. Instead of trashing a piece of furniture, consider whether a fresh coat of paint, a new texture or a small change, such as a new lampshade or different knobs, could give the piece new life.

Get Professional Help

If you feel that you do not have a single creative bone in your body or simply do not have the time to repurpose your belongings yourself, you can count on professionals to get the job done for you. Look for a junk removal company, like AAA Rousse, that recycles old items from your home. They can help you clean out boxes of unwanted possessions from your home, and you can be relieved to know that your possessions will be put to good use elsewhere.

Improve Your Organization

One of the easiest ways to repurpose a variety of belongings is to use them for storage and organization. This is a simple way to put such items as vases, bowls, old drawers, pots and similar items to use. Also, consider putting larger items to organizational uses, such as by using an old ladder for a bookshelf.

Use Items as Decor

Not everything has to be used for its original purpose. As you saw when using items old items for organizational purposes, you can use your creativity to use items for interesting decor as well. For example, consider hanging plates on your walls, framing jewelry, or turning an old sweater into a cover for a throw pillow.

Repurposing your old possessions means that you no longer waste space storing them and do not have to add to the already-crowded nature of landfills. Plus, you can save money when you realize that you do not have to buy a new piece of furniture or decor because you have repurposed something you already have. Of course, when you absolutely cannot find any way to put some of your belongings to use, you can count on professionals to recycle or upcycle your belongings well.

HannahWhittenly

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If you want to do your part in helping the environment by conserving energy, there are some adjustments that you can make to your lifestyle. These changes will likely yield great results and will still allow you to enjoy the comforts of modern living without putting as much strain on the planet’s resources. Here are four great ways to save on your energy bill and help the environment.

Unplug Electronic Devices

You may be surprised to learn that many of your electronic devices and appliances could still be using power even when they’re not in use. Leaving certain electronics plugged into walls and power strips might be wasting energy and raising your utility bills without you realizing. Laptop computers and old cell phones are among the items that can use “phantom power” when they’re continuously plugged in even after they’ve finished charging.

Switch to Solar Power

Solar energy allows you to power your home without the use of electricity. Solar panel installation around your property will enable you to use the sun’s rays as a power source. Solar power is a much cleaner alternative to using gas, electricity, and other energy sources that are less clean and more harmful to the environment. Businesses that sell solar energy products have contractors on staff who can install all the necessary equipment and make sure that each piece functions properly.

Use More Natural Light

Along with solar power, you can brighten your home using the sun itself by simply increasing the amount of natural lighting in your home. Uncovering your windows to allow more sunlight to shine into your living space can make a huge difference. To maximize brightness, try using white or bright colors in your rooms that reflect the natural light that shines into your home. Installing more mirrors can also help. Using natural sunlight will save you from turning on as many lights during the day and can cut your energy costs.

Try Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs

Certain types of lightbulbs have been designed to use less energy while still emitting enough light. Halogen incandescent bulbs are among the best energy savers. LED and CFL bulbs also work well in many homes and still produce enough light for clear visibility. Many of these energy-efficient bulbs are also known to last longer than standard lightbulbs.

It’s possible to save energy and keep more money in your wallet by making a few changes around your home. Many of these modifications don’t require a lot of effort and are some of the simplest ways that can help you live a greener lifestyle.

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Taking a road trip with your family gives you the incredible opportunity to make unforgettable memories together, to see the sights and to relax. If you are planning a road trip, you may be thinking about the impact that your trip will have on the environment. Many trips generate a substantial amount of waste and pollution, and the guilt associated with this can detract from your enjoyment of your vacation. The good news is that you can apply these tips to your travel plans for a green road trip. 

Prepare Your Own Meals 
Road trips and fast food go hand in hand, but fast food can be detrimental to the environment in many ways. Consider that each item is individually wrapped, and a bag of food may be accompanied by plastic forks, paper napkins, pouches of condiments and other items that create unnecessary waste. Many of these items cannot be recycled, and the food is not sourced locally. On the other hand, preparing your meals limits the amount of waste generated, and it gives you the chance to pick up locally-sourced foods as you travel. 

Use Solar Energy 
If you plan to travel in an RV, it makes sense to invest in a solar kit that can power your RV while you are parked. Rather than connect your RV to a park’s electrical system and pull energy from the grid, your RV can be self-sustaining in this way. The good news is that using one of many RV solar panel kits can also result in regular savings because you will not have to pay this extra connection fee at each park that you visit. 

Focus on Recycling 
Even when you prepare your own meals, you inevitably will generate some waste. Plan ahead for recycling by bringing a few containers with you. Use separate containers to keep plastics, paper, aluminum, and glass products separate. When you find recycling stations, simply empty your containers to dispose of your waste responsibly. 

Stay in One Place Longer 
Regardless of whether you are traveling in an RV, a family car or something else, miles traveled equate to the consumption of fossil fuels and the generation of carbon emissions and pollution. Some people try to rush through each destination that they visit so that they can see more of the world, but it may be best to stay in one place for at least a few days. You will reduce pollution, curb fuel consumption and be able to explore destinations more in-depth than you otherwise would. 

While road trips can unfortunately contribute to waste and pollution, you can see that there are many relatively easy steps that can reduce the environmental impact of your trips. As you plan ahead for your upcoming vacation, consider how you can incorporate these and other green ideas into your travel plans.

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Nearly everybody knows and practices good habits when it comes to household recycling, but scrap metal recycling is the exception. Unless it’s in the form of electronics and beverage cans, many people simply don’t have much waste metal to throw away. 

Household Scrap Metal Sources 
If you have a failed appliance or a junk car with no value, the energy you put into finding a recycling center for disposal will have an enormously positive effect on the earth. You may even earn enough cash to make it worthwhile. 

Preserves Resources 
Regardless of where it comes from, recycling metal saves countless natural resources. It reduces the demand for raw materials from the metal mines, which are environmentally destructive. Open pit mines for copper create vast piles of pilings on which very little will grow. The mines use tremendous amounts of water and fuel. Recycled metal is one of the few materials that can be used over and over with no reduction in the quality of the material. The energy it saves adds up. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a television for three hours. 

Reduces Emissions 
Mining for metals uses tremendous amounts energy from mining it out of the ground, to extracting it from the ore. The industry uses heavy equipment to dig the metals out of the ground. These huge machines are true gas guzzlers. If the power plant that fuels the mine and the smelter burns coal, the creation of new metal creates even more climate-changing emissions.  Recycling scrap metal also uses resources, but it’s nowhere near the fuel or electricity that mining requires. Every can or piece of scrap metal you keep out of the dumpster keeps the planet and the atmosphere cleaner. 

Reduces Related Pollution 
Building new mines and supplying them with the equipment they require and the power plants they need costs a tremendous amount of money and natural resources. The heavy equipment alone runs in the tens of millions of dollars and power plants aren’t cheap, either. Manufacturing heavy equipment itself uses tremendous amounts of natural resources, as does power plant production. By recycling all metals, you keep the prices lower because it increases the supply of materials that are cheaper to produce than the virgin material. 

If you’re looking for ways to lower your environmental footprint, look no further than taking your scrap metal to a suitable recycling center. Doing so protects the earth and the air and will put some money in your pocket.

HannahWhittenly

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When heating or cooling a home, it can be easy to rack up a considerable electric bill without intending to, especially when excessively hot or cold months hit their peak. Fortunately, there are many ways to create a home environment that is comfortable to live in but doesn't break the bank each month. Here are just a few ways to ensure that your home won't create an intimidating electricity expense for your budget.

Make Sure Windows and Doors are Sealed 
In ensuring that a house is energy efficient, it's important to consider whether windows and doors are accurate sealed so that heat loss during winter or loss of cool air in summer aren't issues. When a house is losing unnecessary amounts of heat or cold air, an electric bill can really get out of hand fast! Low-E glass can also be installed in windows to prevent heat transfer to the outdoors when the blinds and curtains are pulled back.

Invest in Warm Clothing for Winter 
While it might be tempting to keep a thermostat on high during colder months, the truth is that good clothing such as fleece jackets or wool sweaters can often keep us just as warm as good heating. While you don’t want to leave your house in freezing temperatures, having balmy weather inside when it’s freezing outside is inefficient and will just result in you having to take off that sweater every time you come in the house. Find a happy medium and take the thermostat down a few notches in the winter so you can get some use out of those Christmas sweaters and save on the energy bill at the same time.

Invest in a Roof That Won't Trap Heat 
If you've ever seen the effect of excess air-conditioning on a home's electric bill, you've probably wondered about the best ways to keep your house cool when the sun is beating down on your home. Just as important as keeping the heat inside during the winter is keeping it outside in the summer. Make sure that your roof is properly insulated and incorporates energy-efficient material. Metal roofs have less seams by which heat can leak in or out, and it can deflect the sun away from your home. If you already have one, make sure that it is properly repaired should there be any cracks or outlets that might allow the heat to creep in. Metal roof repair is relatively cheap and easy compared to shingles, and proper insulation underneath mitigates heat transfer in any season.

Check Your Chimney 
If you live in a home with a fireplace, you might want to make sure that your flu is in good shape and that your home isn't losing much-needed heat during wintertime and cold air during summer. Without a proper ventilation that can be covered when the fireplace isn’t in use, hot air from your home will easily escape out the chimney, and hot air will swiftly mingle with cold when given an opening. There's nothing quite like a good fireplace to make a home cozy, but it's important that a chimney isn't creating unnecessary costs in terms of heating and cooling.

Remember to Turn Off Lights
When it's dark outside, turning on the lights is a necessity for most activities. However, if we're accustomed to leaving lights on in rooms we're not using, the effect on our electric bills can be devastating. Be sure that you aren't using unnecessary lights, and you might find that you'll be saving more each month. Also be sure to use any natural lighting available during the day to prevent unnecessary energy use.

Finding a balance between our summer or wintertime needs and our electric bill doesn't have to be a difficult process. Investing in proper housing materials and insulation, as well as demonstrating practical energy use, will save money every day in the way our energy in consumed. Ensure that your home is prepared for any season, and your energy budget will be, too.

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Increasingly, we are hearing more complaints about how planet Earth is being destroyed by careless human behavior. Our air, water, and soil are being polluted to the point where future existence may be in danger. Before it is too late, we should all become responsible citizens to save our planet. There are many simple, low-cost or free ways to daily keep our natural surroundings clean and attractive.

Don’t Litter

Avoid the temptation to throw empty food or tobacco containers or wrappers out the car window or on the sidewalk. Keep a trash bag in the car for the purpose. Make sure your trashcans that are put out to the curb for garbage collection are tightly closed and cannot be easily opened by delinquents or wild animals. Keep your property free of litter or loose trash, and you might be able to set an example for the neighbors.

Recycle Eligible Materials

Find out if your area has a recycling program. Many neighborhoods are now provided with free recycling receptacles and scheduled pickups, along with information on what can be recycled, as well as items that cannot. If there is no pickup program in place, look for the nearest drop-off center for recyclable items like paper, cardboard boxes, metals, and tires, among other things.

Organize a Community Clean-Up

Get together with neighbors or coworkers to arrange a clean-up day for a messy neighborhood area. It might be a school playground, a local park, or empty lots in need of a thorough cleaning. You can rent skip bins to safely and conveniently hold all the rubbish and litter that will be gathered. You can even make it a celebration by having snacks and beverages available. Children can work alongside their parents to learn the value of teamwork and community service.

Plant New or Replacement Greenery

At home on land you own or rent, you may be able to plant new plants, shrubs, or trees to help protect the ecosystem and prevent soil erosion. In public areas, you can organize a team or arrange a family day to plant seedlings on bare lots or places void of greenspace. Greenery helps to purify the air of toxic substances as well as beautifying the area for enjoyment by all.

Keeping our natural surroundings looking good and free of litter can actually ease stress and enhance a community’s value. Take small steps like these to make your neighborhood more appealing and enjoyable.

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When you want to reduce your carbon footprint, the best place to start at home is with the HVAC equipment and your water heater. These two use the most energy in the typical home and with maintenance, can use measurably less. You can also make a lasting improvement by air sealing your home and increasing its insulation. 

Maintain Your HVAC System 
Chances are, your furnace and air conditioner are the most energy-hungry appliances in your home. You can easily reduce how much energy they use by keeping the air filter clean on a regular basis. A dirty filter slows the air flowing through the air handler and increases your bills. Professional maintenance also helps. As your HVAC system run, it creates vibrations that loosen some of the parts. Dust also collects inside, especially if you don’t change the filter. An HVAC pro will clean and adjust all the parts and make sure everything is working as it should. Not only will it cut your power and fuel bills, your system will last longer. 

Don’t Forget the Water Heater 
A lot of homeowners aren’t aware that they need to maintain the water heater by flushing a few gallons from the bottom of the tank twice a year. If it’s equipped, you also need to monitor the sacrificial anode rod inside the tank. The rod attracts the same substances that eat away the metal in your tank, protecting it from corrosion. If yours has such a rod, you’ll see a nut at the top of the tank that you can loosen. When you pull up the rod, you’ll see how much is left. If it’s short and thin, it’s time for you or your plumber to replace it. Upgrading to a tankless water heater may also allow for greater energy efficiency as newer appliances are more up to date on latest technology.

Seal the Air Leaks and Add Insulation 
Until you make your home draft-free, you’ll be spending more necessary to keep it comfortable year-round. Look for cracks around the window frames and daylight between your exterior doors. Acrylic caulk and weather-stripping will stop the air infiltration. Expanding foam will seal larger holes around pipes and wires. Additional attic insulation prevents heat from leaving your home in the winter and entering in the summer. Homes in this region should have at least 10 inches in the attic. Some do-it-yourselfers are comfortable working in the attic to add more. But even if you have to pay a contractor, both air sealing and enhanced insulation have high paybacks and last for years. 

Bottom Line 
Paying attention to the condition of these major appliances will cut your ecological footprint and keep money in your pocket. Each of these tips also helps you save money and energy on a continuous basis.

Make sure to recycle and keep the Earth clean. This is the only planet we have, and we must take care of it if we want to survive as a species.

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There are lots of ways that your business can help to reduce the amount of waste that it generates. Office recycling and becoming more electronically based are just a few of the steps that you can take to minimize waste. Here are some of the other steps that you can take to ensure that your packaging is recycled. 

Encourage Customer Returns 
Some states have deposits placed on certain items in order to encourage recycling. This includes things like soda containers and paint cans. The customer will have their deposit returned if they take the item to an approved recycling facility. You may want to implement a similar system in which customers can ship back their old packaging to you. This would cut down on the amount of packaging that you'd have to make, and would reduce your waste. 


Consider Your Packing Fill 
Many businesses will use packing peanuts or air filled plastic bags in order to protect their products during shipment. The large majority of this fill is discarded directly into the trash. Look into other ways that you can protect your products in transit that aren't as harmful to the environment. For example, shredding important papers may be one solution to look into because these items can easily be recycled by your consumers. 


Look for Alternatives 
Another alternative is to outsource your packaging needs to a packaging service so that you don't have to come up with your own ideas on how to reduce waste at your business. This type of business is used to dealing with these concerns and can do so more efficiently. In the gaming industry, computer games used to be sold in the form of a disc and the packaging material. The industry has switched over to downloading things directly to their consumers' systems. You may be able to implement a similar solution. 


Invest in Biodegradable Solutions 
You may remember the packing peanuts that dissolved in water that were popular for a while. They were made out of rice flour and provided the same level of protection for your products, but reduced the amount of waste that was discarded. Coming up with ideas like this helps to reduce waste globally. Another solution is to use only recycled products in your packaging so that you can eliminate the creation of new products for at least one cycle. 

Minimizing the amount of waste that's generated is a global effort. Seek out other ideas from other businesses so that you can all work together.

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About 20 percent of all energy used in the world is consumed by commercial industry. If you own a commercial building, it is vital to think about how to save on energy in order to lower your bills and save the world’s energy supply. Focusing on these areas will have a large impact on the amount of energy that your commercial building uses.

 

Think about Lighting

About 35 percent of all energy used in a commercial building is spent on lighting. Installing LED lighting can save lots of money because they operate more efficiently than other options. Since they do not get hot, they also can be a great way to cut down on your cooling costs. Consider installing high-quality fixtures as they allow for more of the light to get where it is needed. Make it easy to control what lights are on and off so that people are not turning on more lights than necessary.

 

Consider the HVAC System

Furnaces and commercial air conditioners consume about 40 percent of all energy in a commercial building. Make sure that you have the right size systems installed as too large a unit costs more money to operate while a unit that is too small will not keep people comfortable lowering productivity. New systems are often much more energy efficient than older systems, and you may discover that you spend less on trying to maintain them. Make sure that you use the right types of heating and cooling equipment such as chillers and towers.

 

Create a Climate-responsive Design

While many architects are creating climate-responsive designs today, it is possible to retrofit a building with many of these design elements. In particular, look at your windows to make sure that they are letting in as much light as possible without cooking people working near them inside. Think about the amount of insulation, vapor barriers and air barriers that are right based on your climate.

 

Ponder Roofing

Choosing the right roofing material can make a large difference in your commercial building’s energy efficiency. Installing a cool roof can save on your heating and cooling costs. You may not even need to remove the old roof to install the new one. Think about the different areas of your building to make sure that you are using the right type in each location.

 

There are many different considerations in creating an energy efficient commercial building. Start with these ideas and use your ingenuity to apply them to your own unique circumstances. Saving energy not only lowers your bills but will help improve the world.

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All of us want to live in a clean, safe, and attractive community. However, we all need to do our part to provide a wholesome environment for work and play. If you are tired of seeing trash-strewn parks and littered playgrounds, here are a few tips that could help to form a collaborative approach to cleaning local public spaces.

Do Your Part

Be vigilant about throwing trash in public containers and not on the ground or out the car window. If you see trash in your path, put it in the closest receptacle. Teach your children how to pick up after themselves and not to litter. Gather your dog’s droppings while walking outdoors. Not only will you be doing your part, but you can also set the example for others who are watching.

Organize a Community Cleanup Day

Contact the town’s city council, the chamber of commerce, or another civic business group to suggest designating a community cleanup day. Make it festive at the rally point, possibly a local park or cordoned-off downtown area, with colorful balloons to indicate boundaries. Recruit volunteers to bring treats like cookies and punch for everyone who comes out to help. Make sure there are waiting trash receptacles and garbage bags, if needed. For extra messy areas, a dumpster rental can help when removing tree limbs, housing debris, or non-toxic dumpsite waste.

Encourage Schools to Involve Students

Teaching children to honor their civic duty is a valuable task. An appreciation for tidy areas and clean walkways is also important. Work with teachers and school administrators to possibly award students merit points for volunteering to help clean up a community area. It can be fun as well as educational as a type of field trip experience.

Get Local Businesses Involved

Companies and organizations in the area may want to get involved. Playing a visible role in a community initiative is a great way to market their business. Some may wish to donate funds for needed supplies like a dumpster or tools for weeding overgrown parklands, for example. Companies that play a significant role or help to lead the project might merit a news shout-out or a civic improvement award.

Keeping your town clean and neat is a desirable goal in its own right. Working with others to accomplish the goal is an added bonus. Everyone will love the new, fresh look of the cleanup area and possibly be motivated to tackle adjacent neighborhoods.

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Wastewater treatment is without a doubt a wonderful thing for the environment. If you’re keen to save the world, you should try it out. It doesn’t squander any waste, first of all. It safeguards humans from diseases. It even gives them access to fresh H20. If you’re looking for wastewater treatment solutions that are eco-friendly, these routes can help you greatly.

Install a Wastewater System for Yourself

Getting a wastewater treatment system for your residence can be great for your ecological aims. Installation of this kind of system can see to it that water is suitable for reuse in the future. Some companies, like Econocycle, know that in-depth filtration can do a lot for people who want to get rid of problematic particles that may be lurking inside of water.

Understand Greywater and Blackwater

If you want your wastewater treatment approach to be particularly effective and ecological, you need to first comprehend the things that make greywater and blackwater different. They’re not at all one and the same. Greywater, in a nutshell, originates in tubs, washers and sinks. It doesn’t have as many contaminants as blackwater does. Since blackwater has higher levels of contaminants in it, treating it is markedly more difficult. Blackwater is extracted from toilets. It harbors bacteria that can bring on disease.

Try Rainwater Harvesting

You can make your personal approach to wastewater treatment ecological by focusing on the conservation of rainwater. Once you gather rainwater, it can get on the path to reuse. The assistance of sturdy rain barrels can do a lot for individuals who want to save essential water. Rainwater harvesting can be help people who wish to conserve water for gardening, laundry, and beyond.

Purify Your Water

The purification and cleansing of water can be a smart approach for any household. The purification of this resource empowers human beings as it enables them for all intents and purposes to “recycle” the water that enters their lives. If you want to stop fretting over shortages, possible droughts, and even perilous and unsafe origins, purification can aid you in a big way. It can strengthen your peace of mind.

The treatment of wastewater can be terrific for people who want the confidence of knowing that they’re doing anything and everything they can to assist the environment and planet. If you want wastewater treatment that’s particularly effective, you need to concentrate on eco-friendly practices. These things can all help people who love prioritizing the environment.

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If you have bugs in your home, you can get rid of them without harming the environment. There are many green pest control methods that are both simple and effective. Here are a few great ways to protect yourself from bugs and save the earth at the same time.

Make a Garlic and Mint Insect Spray

If bugs are invading your garden, you can try making a garlic and mint spray to repel these pests. HuffPost suggests blending some mint leaves and garlic cloves in a food processor and then adding some cayenne pepper and a drop of dishwashing soap to your concoction. After boiling this mixture and letting it sit overnight, you can strain it into a spray bottle and use it to spray your plants and flowers.

Set out Some Eucalyptus Leaves

Simply placing some eucalyptus leaves around your home may be enough to keep bugs at bay. Lemon eucalyptus scents are particularly effective at repelling many types of pests. This is one of the simplest pest control methods and doesn’t involve the use of extermination to make your home a bug-free environment.

Hire Specialists

There are certain ecological pest management companies that employ professionals who know all the best ways to get rid of bugs without harming the planet. The methods that they use are highly effective and can eliminate pests once and for all. The best part of hiring these specialists is that you won’t have to do the work yourself.

Get Some Pest-Eating Animals

Certain animals are known to feed on insects and other pests and will handle the task of getting rid of your bugs for you. Chasing Green states that ducks and chickens can eat some of your slugs and earwigs. Some cats are also known to feast on bugs. Ladybugs can eat the aphids that are wreaking havoc in your garden. Having a birdhouse and birdbath along with some birdseed in your yard can attract birds that will happily eat many of your bugs.

Sprinkle Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can be sprinkled around entranceways to your home and garden to repel pests. Many bugs find the smell of coffee grounds unpleasant and will likely stay out of your space if the aroma is potent enough. Coffee grounds are also deadly to ants and can keep large ant colonies from forming inside your home or yard.

These green pest control methods are some of the simplest ways to eliminate bugs without damaging the ecosystem. You’ll be doing your part to protect your home and the planet when you get rid of your pests in an environmentally responsible manner.

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Living a green existence can make you feel like you’re doing something positive for the planet. It can actually lead to positive outcomes, too. If you want your consumption of energy to be as kind to the environment as possible, you should adopt any or of all of these strategies at your place of work or in your household right away.

Switch Your HVAC Filters out on a Frequent Basis

Heating and cooling a home can eat up a considerable amount of energy. If you want to minimize your energy use in a big way, you should switch out your heating and air conditioning system filters on a frequent basis. This will do more than conserve energy as well. That’s because it will also make your monthly energy bills a lot lower.

Invest in LED Lighting

The use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights calls for markedly lower levels of energy. If you want to minimize your energy consumption greatly, you should switch all of your existing lightbulbs out with fresh LED ones. This may require an upfront investment of money. If you wait a little bit, however, you’ll save a lot on your energy bills each month.

Reuse Energy-Efficient Industrial Transformers over and Over

You can decrease your energy use by going for industrial transformers that are classified as being energy efficient. People who want to keep waste to a minimum should think about reusing any tools, like an industrial transformer, whenever possible. If you use industrial transformers in the workplace, you shouldn’t forget about them once they’re no longer brand new. Using them over and over can minimize waste greatly.

Use Ceiling Fans Any Time You Can

You should never assume that turning your air conditioning unit on is the only way to cool your property down well. If you want to cool an interior space without employing a lot of energy, you should try ceiling fans. Ceiling fan installation can be terrific for people who want to lower energy consumption. It can be fantastic for those who want to lower their energy bills as well.

If you care deeply about the environment, the world and a brighter tomorrow, you need to take the appropriate actions day in and day out. This means that you should do whatever you can to restrict your use of energy. This is crucial regardless of your location. It can help to decrease energy use at home, at work and beyond.

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Renewable energy has many advantages. Getting your energy from the sun, wind or other renewable sources to power your business can be helpful for both your company and the planet. Here are some of the main benefits that you’re likely to see by switching to renewable energy solutions for your business.

Lower Utility Costs

Using a traditional energy source may not be financially sound for your business. Renewable energy is generally less expensive and more reliable. Oil, natural gas and other forms of traditional energy are in limited supply and costlier to harvest.

The equipment that you use to generate your renewable energy can streamline the process and put less strain on the earth’s natural resources. You may have to invest a decent amount of money for your equipment, but you’ll probably end up saving a lot of money in the long run.

Carbon Footprint Reduction

The amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere can be reduced by switching to renewable energy. As the Union of Concerned Scientists states, by releasing less of these pollutants into the air, you’ll be contributing less to the problem of global warming.

Renewable energy is often considered to be “clean” energy for its minimal production of global warming emissions. Hydro power and ocean energy emit the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases.

Improved Air and Water Quality

In addition to minimizing global warming, using renewable energy will make the air cleaner and better for breathing. The fewer pollutants that are emitted from renewable energy will also make water safer for drinking.

After your professional electrical contractors finish installing your equipment, you’ll have access to renewable energy that’s known to reduce certain health risks. Respiratory difficulties, cardiovascular problems and certain forms of cancer have been linked to the high levels of pollutants that come from traditional power sources.

A Better Image for Your Business

People are often impressed by businesses that practice environmental responsibility. By advertising that your company uses renewable energy, you may attract more loyal customers.

The fact that you use renewable energy might also convince other companies to follow suit. You’ll be setting a good example when you make the switch, and doing so can help your business establish itself as an industry leader.

You’ll reap more rewards than you’ve likely imagined when you start using renewable energy. By making the commitment, you’ll be helping to sustain the planet for generations to come. Contact electrical contractors in your areas and see which green energy solutions they can offer your business.

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People are constantly searching for ways to be sustainable and eco-friendly in the modern world. Their reasons for that are completely understandable as well. If you want to invest in electricity that can benefit the environment, you should put your focus on components that are renewable. Buying them doesn’t have to be a hassle.

Take Your Search to the Internet

Many companies that sell renewable electrical parts have a presence on the Internet. That’s good news for people who are conscious about maintaining the environment. That’s because it gives them the ability to complete their purchases online. If you’re keen on green power and its potential, you can use online retailers to shop for carbon offsets, lighting, and many other things that can help.

Look for Businesses in Your Area

People do not necessarily have to go online to manage renewable electrical product purchases. There are actually many brick-and-mortar businesses that sell items that are part of this category. Getting your hands on these products in person can help save you effort. It can give you the option to look at things with your own eyes as well. If you’re all about minimizing your carbon footprint, you should look for nearby stores that can accommodate your wishes.

Do Sufficient Research

If you want to have a well-rounded and logical eco-friendly electricity arrangement, then you need to take care and do research in advance. Figure out exactly what you need and don’t need. This can save you from a lot of frustration when searching for individual items. You may want to buy an AC current switch as well. These are popular items among many individuals these days who are passionate about renewable energy.

Get Good Recommendations

You probably know a few people who are just as committed to helping the environment as you are. Feel free to get renewable electrical component product suggestions from them. They may be able to point you to businesses that have large and varied product selections. They may be able to introduce you to books and magazines that can help you pick out the most trustworthy manufacturers out there as well. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who have experience and insight regarding renewable electrical components.

You should never be lazy about sustainability. If you can’t find the renewable products you need, take your search somewhere else. You’re bound to find what you need somewhere. You should always be devoted to doing positive things for this magnificent planet.

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Old electrical components fill up entire portion of landfills. Many of these parts could be used to make new electrical components. Here are some of the ways that society should focus its efforts on recycling over disposing of electrical waste.

Create a Program

A program needs to be implemented in cities so that you’re aware of how to go about recycling electrical components. Some cities have taken the initiative on this step and have implemented a recycling depot. These depots collect all of the electrical waste that you discard. In some places, you’re asked to bring your old components to these drop-off sites for proper disposal. Once the material has been collected, it can be repurposed.

Reuse Parts

Many of the components contained within these electrical devices still have some value. This could be in the form of gold and copper that is used to aid the flow of electricity. You can do this step at home as well. Remove the portions that still have value and repurpose them into another form. Facilities can become a certified recycler for these types of components. This allows for the proper disposal and reuse of potentially toxic substances.

Focus on New Forms

Many of the components that have value can be used in order to create new products. This can be done in an industrial setting using an industrial transformer in order to aid with the correct voltage of electricity for the machinery. Another benefit of having a centralized area for generating new components is that less electricity is used for their creation. You can also reuse some computer and other electrical components making new items for around the house.

Advertise Your Efforts

Advertising the fact that these efforts are ongoing is important. You can assist with this process by letting others know about the importance of recycling electrical components. If they aren’t disposed of properly, many of these items can be detrimental to the environment. Melting the usable portions down and reusing them could help you to have a greener source of energy. It takes time to mine and refine the minerals that are used to make new components. You already have a source to help keep the environment a little cleaner in your own home.

There are lots of ways that recycling old electrical components can help efforts to make green electricity. Advocate your local community leaders to develop a recycling program if one doesn’t already exist in your area.

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