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  1. Owning your own home has been the American dream for decades and with the option of choosing manufactured homes or mobile homes, there are plenty of options to fit every budget. Choose from a variety of designs, sizes, and pricing levels. Find your dream home and settle in. Benefits of Manufactured Homes While there are a number of reasons to consider manufactured or mobile homes, one of the most basic is affordability. In today’s economic climate, it can be difficult to find a dream home that’s in one’s budget. However, because manufactured homes are produced on a larger scale, the manufacturers can purchase building materials at significantly lower rates. Beyond affordability and the building process, other factors which add benefit to manufactured homes are quality, safety, customization, amenities, eco-friendly, and energy efficiency. Manufactured Homes vs. Mobile Homes – What’s the Difference? A manufactured or prefabricated home is a type of housing assembled in a factory, then moved to a specific site. A prefabricated structure built in a factory, then permanently attached to a block or chassis before being moved is a mobile home. Though similar, these homes share some important differences which should be understood to best fulfill a homeowner’s housing needs. Manufactured Homes to Fit Every Budget While manufactured homes look like a traditional home, including multiple stories, mobile homes do not. One aspect these prefabricated homes do have in common is quality financing options. However, the financing is somewhat different because once a manufactured home isassembled;it isconsidered real estate property. This means this type of home qualifies for a typical mortgage. On the other hand, a mobile home falls under the auspices of financing similar to that of auto financing. Mobile home financing is a great way to not only help you build your credit, but by paying your monthly mortgage and insurance on time you may have the opportunity to apply for a manufactured home mortgage at a later time. No matter your budget or credit score, these homes offer financing to help make your dream a reality. With this selection you will find a home that fits your style, your family needs, and best of all, your wallet.
  2. You want to add some lighting to your garden. It could just be a few flood lights, or you may want to light up a specific section of your lawn. There are safety reasons to have lighting around the outside of your home too. Whatever you choose, having solar lighting could be the best decision you ever make. Solar lighting takes power from the sun. If you’re not yet convinced, here are four reasons to choose solar lighting solutions today. Free Lighting Solutions One of the biggest benefits of solar power is that it is free. There is no need to pay an energy company, so you can save a lot of money over the course of the year. As mentioned, all the power is taken from the sun. And the sun does not charge for that right. The sun will be there throughout the year, even when there are clouds. You can even have a storage facility for the power, which will then make sure you can use solar power on a night. Even if you look at no other reason, opting for solar because it is free should have you sold. There Are Some Tax Breaks Not only can you save money, but there is the chance of making money. There are a number of tax breaks available for those who use solar power. This is because governments understand how important it is. There are too many other forms of power running out now, and there are worries over the global warming situation. Governments are giving incentives. While there is an upfront cost for your solar panels, you can soon make that money back. Think about the money you can save each year on your income tax. Renewable Source of Energy There are a lot of worries about energy sources running out. This is causing the cost of energy to increase, because the supply is lower than the demand. Solar power is completely renewable. The sun is not going anyway! It won’t run out as more people start using the sun to power their home or garden lighting. There is no limit on the amount of sun that you can benefit from, except for the limit of time that it shines in your area. Of course, at night you can’t gain sun power but that sun will always come back. Help the Environment Remember that mention of global warming? You are doing so much for the environment by opting for solar power. You’re making the world a better place for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There’s little risk that they will run out of energy sources or struggle with the extremely high costs of sources. There is also little risk of global warming causing major problems. It’s time you looked into solar energy options for your lighting. The four benefits above are ones that you will instantly start gaining. Just imagine the amount that you can save over the long term. There are many suppliers of solar lighting, including Eliossive.com. Author bio: This guest post was written by Joseph Lodge. He chose solar lighting to power his garden, and highly recommends Eliossive.com. It has helped him save money and feel great about helping the environment.
  3. The benefits of digital printing

    Digital printing began back in 1993 and has since become something of a phenomenon in the commercial printing world, largely due to the numerous benefits that it offers printers, publishers and customers. As well as providing a number of attractive cost advantages, this method of printing can bolster the green credentials of any business. If your company is looking for ways to reduce its environmental impact and improve profitability, it may be worthwhile turning to digital printing solutions. For example, expert label manufacturers such as Labels Plus can offer high quality digitally printed labels that no longer require the expensive printing plates used in traditional printing methods, achieving a more cost effective process for shorter print runs. With more materials becoming available for digital printing, as well as the ever-increasing capabilities of its technology, the quality is now virtually indistinguishable from traditional printing. If you are undecided about whether or not to utilise digital printing methods, here are some of the main advantages to help make the decision process a little easier. Eco-friendly Unlike traditional offset printing that produces high levels of waste, digital printing eliminates many of the technical steps involved. Not only are the films, plates and photo chemicals bypassed, the ‘make-ready’ is also practically non-existent, significantly reducing the need for various printing materials. This slimline printing process helps to minimise the environmental impact in terms of paper and chemical waste, with no need for bulk prints. Digital printing technology is suited to short print runs and uses a distributed model that prints at several locations at once. As copies are closer to their end-use, this helps to lower the carbon footprint of print transportation. Speed Digital printing offers a quicker turnaround time due to its minimal set up. Simplifying the printing process by removing traditional plates and film means that the completed product can be delivered in a shorter time period. With digital printing, it’s possible to get next-day, or even same-day delivery whereas offset printing will take longer. As digital data is stored on an external database, changes to text and graphics can easily be made to each piece. This enables companies to quickly personalise their message to their audience without slowing down the press. Digital printing offers a fast and flexible way to produce multi-colour prints of various designs. There is also less drying time involved, as the product is produced in its finished form. Cost effective Not only is digital printing time-efficient, it can also help businesses to make financial savings. Because offset printing is suited to long print runs, customers will often be tempted to order high quantities resulting in a large number of copies being disposed of. The flexibility of digital printing allows you to order the exact amount that you need, meaning fewer redundant prints. As such, there’s no need to worry about the risk of having to get costly add-on orders if a few additional copies are needed at a later date. Printing in shorter runs to match the exact quantity of prints needed is highly beneficial for small businesses who want to print small volumes in a cost-effective way. The reduced variations in the setup also make it more effective for small print runs by reducing operation costs. Variable data printing Digital printing allows businesses to personalise each print with content that is relevant to their customers. While conventional offset lithography techniques employ a ‘one size fits all’ approach, digital printing technology can produce variable data, such as names and addresses. This allows commercial printers and publishers to bolster their marketing strategies and communicate more effectively with their customers by producing highly targeted printing material that is unique to the recipient. Not only can this increase customer response rate, it also further demonstrates how waste can be reduced.
  4. For most of the developers, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and preparation of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is just one more document, which helps them to acquire permission from the Planning Authority. Well, that is not the case, if you look at the brighter side. How important is Environmental Assessment (EA)? Well, EA can really prove to be a very important and worthy document for the proposed project. In fact, keskkonnamõjude hindamine is one of the important parts of the planning process of any proposed project. Project Managers can use EA to accomplish different objectives. EA includes all the shortcomings of the projects and thus it gives an opportunity to the project manager to overcome those weaknesses. Obviously, EA alone cannot help you correct all the weaknesses of the project, but if designed and executed properly, it can prove to be a valuable tool for future modifications and implementations concerning the project. If the preparation of EA is more complex, other planning activities can help the preparation of EA and as a result all the planning activities will be given due importance. Benefits of Environmental Assessment: Most government and supportive agencies consider EA as a major tool that helps in improving the proposed project for future. It gives the project manager the time to explore new possibilities and alternatives to shape the project even better. The major benefits discovered of the EA process related to the project sponsors are: Cost and time invested in project implementation is reduced Better modifications and cost saving options for the project are explored Overall acceptance of the proposed project is increased. Overall performance of the proposed project is improved. Proposed project ensures following of laws and regulations. Since all the aspects are studied meticulously, any future expenses concerning modifying the project are lessened. The major benefits discovered of the EA process related to the local communities are: Local environment stays healthy. Human health in maintained and improved Resources are used optimally. Minimum conflicts over the issue of use of natural resources Increases the community knowledge concerning the project The right time to initiate Environmental Assessment: Well, start now. There is a golden rule when we talk about EA and it is start at the earliest possible stage to get the most out of it. As discussed earlier, EA is a part of your planning process, but to mention more precisely, it can be the first step of your planning process. The goal of EA is to understand the physical, environmental and economical effects of the projects on environment and hence it will benefit the project if started as early as possible. Think it like this, isn’t it good to know at the earliest, all the factors that will adversely affect the objectives and progress of the proposed project. Also, if the EA is undertaken at the later stages, the amendments suggested by the Planning Authority will turn out expensive to implement. An early and precisely carried out EA will help you get rid of all the factors that will hinder the progress and growth of your project. Additionally, it will help you maintain a good community record, the information shared between the project manager, EA team, and local community will help you open the new horizons of development. Author's Bio: Stephen Heyer is an expert on technologies related to environment energy conservation. They also provide environmental impact assessment or keskkonnamõjude hindamine services to their clients. Please visit their website for more info.
  5. Shocking eco facts

    Carbon dioxide is commonly viewed as “a bad thing” but of course it’s absolutely essential for life on Earth. Plants need CO2 to exist and the gas forms a crucial part of the Earth’s atmosphere. However, there’s a delicate balance to be struck and currently people are putting too much of it into the mix, which most experts predict will lead to further global warming. As we are beginning to understand, a small rise of two degrees Fahrenheit is expected to impact on food production, leading to 5-15% lower crop yields, and increase the risk of flooding caused by rainfall by between 3% and 10%. Depending on what we do over the next few decades, many experts believe that the temperature on the planet will rise on average by between two and 12 degrees F by 2100. Even now in Britain, more than 300 species of plant face extinction and across the globe, one in six mammal species are in danger of being wiped out. Here are some more shocking eco facts that we can all think on and act to change: · Every one of us uses around 55,000 litres of water every year on average. · A leaking tap wastes up to 13 litres of water every 24 hours. · It takes 50 times the energy that batteries produce to manufacture them. · Each of us, on average, bins our body weight in rubbish every three months. · Power showers can use even more water than a bath. Eco shower heads that mix air with water flow can cut consumption by more than 50%. · Replacing a traditional 100 watt light bulb with an LED bulb, spotlight or downlight can cut electricity consumption by up to 90%, paying for itself through savings in the first year then continuing to save energy year after year, with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. · Installing just three LEDs in every British household would deliver enough savings to cover the costs of street lighting across the country. · People can cut up to 10% from their heating bills by turning their thermostats down by a single degree. · British homes spend £2.2 billion annually on electricity to freeze or cool their food and drink. A top-rated energy efficient fridge-freezer uses 60% less energy than older appliances. · British households consume nearly a third of the country’s total fuel annually and produce around the same proportion in CO2 emissions. · Appliances and gadgets left on standby waste around £900 million a year in energy. · About 30% of energy used in Britain and 38% of the country’s carbon emissions are for transport. · Soft car tyres can add 5% to fuel bills. · Around 30% of car trips are for work. · Public transport uses less than half the fuel per person per passenger mile than private vehicles. · Air travel produces almost as much CO2 annually as the amount generated in Africa. · Only 15 years ago, food in Britain travelled half as far as it does now. · Over the last 130 years, the ten warmest years have been since 1978. · A plastic bottle degrades in around 450 years. · Britain uses around six billion glass bottles and jars every year · 500 million plastic bags are used every week in the UK, with each bag taking up to 1,000 years to degrade fully. · Wales reduced plastic bag use by 90% through a law directing shops to charge 5p per bag. · Lake Windermere, the UK’s largest lake, could be filled with the country’s rubbish in only eight months. · For every product purchased, 16% of the cost is for packaging. · Nearly 50% of the contents of dustbins in Britain could be recycled. · Each year, Britain produces around 15 million tonnes of food waste, with nearly half of that from households. · By doubling the number of sofas reused in Britain, the country would save roughly 52,000 tonnes of CO2. Simple energy-saving steps and easy changes in behaviour can take the sting out of these worrying climate statistics. Mark Sait is managing director of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.com, a full-service efficiency partner helping businesses and households reduce energy and water consumption, and cutting carbon emissions to improve sustainability.
  6. There now seems to be a far greater sense of urgency regarding the need to develop reliable renewable energy options. The realisation that fossil fuels are depleting and our dependency on oil is such that the planet is not able to sustain us for evermore is helping to drive a host of new ideas. Here is a look at some of the innovative ideas that are being developed so that we can hopefully reduce energy usage in the future. Chemical energy storage We all know that batteries act as chemical energy storage and are used in our everyday lives, bit they their capacity can be seriously up-scaled using the latest technology, allowing future energy generation to become more efficient and financially viable, by harnessing this power on a commercial level. There are already a number of solar energy plants around the globe that are able to harness a high concentration of solar energy and then use an industrial-scale salt battery for thermal energy storage. Having these large salt batteries in place means that the excess energy generated by the solar plant can be stored efficiently when demand on the grid is low and it is not needed and then subsequently released when demand increases at peak times. Smart heating solution for UK properties Just as it makes sense to save energy in our homes by installing insulation, it also makes sense to try and reduce our level of energy consumption in the first place. This is now possible with such new technologies as the Nest Learning Thermostat which is an intelligent solution that will help customers to reduce their energy bills by improving their usage efficiency. Nest was recently acquired by Google, and they have teamed up with npower who have developed a new tariff scheme that comes with Nest as a part of the bundle. The product works by learning your preferred temperatures and adjusting your heating settings around this information and your regular daily schedule. The device connects to your phone or tablet and even has the ability to detect when the house is empty and adjust the temperature accordingly. Vehicle-to-building technology This new technology is being pioneered by the motor manufacturer Nissan and is aimed at companies who have a fleet of electric vehicles plugged into their on-site garages. The vehicle-to-building technology essentially means that energy stored in the vehicles can be transferred to meet the buildings demands when not in use and then transferred back to the cars when needed. Storage innovations like these are set to grow as more forms of renewable energy are added to the grid. Using the ocean waves The UK would seem a good candidate for this technology given our proximity to plenty of water, so it will be interesting to see if we are able to take the lead from projects already underway in other parts of the world. The U.S are the first to implement a commercial grid-connected underwater tidal turbine. The Ocean Renewable Power Company is attracting a lot of interested parties who want to use the technology for themselves. A Japanese delegation recently visited the project to learn more about the technology. Japan is committed to producing 30% of its total power using offshore methods by 2030, so this procedure would help them achieve their goal. Super-efficient solar cells Conversion efficiency is all about what percentage of light hitting the solar cell is actually successfully converted into electricity. The typical conversion percentage is somewhere between 18 and 24 percent but Silicon Valley solar manufacturer Alta Devices have just set a new record. They managed to achieve 30.8 conversion efficiency using ultra-thin solar cells that can generate a lot of electricity from a small surface area. Smartphone and tablet manufactures are definitely interested in this development. It means being able to generate sufficient power to run your mobile and a whole host of other small devices like smoke detectors and remote controls by using these super-efficient solar cells. Waste into power The commercial production of clean energy from plant waste is now a reality. Ethanol derived from corn was once regarded as a climate-friendly alternative to gasoline. There are now conflicting arguments as to whether it actually releases any less carbon dioxide when you evaluate its full life cycle. Cellulosic biofuels are now being seen as a more eco-friendly option for turning waste into power. There are more cellulosic plants being planned and the current annual target of 17 million gallons is a figure that industry experts believe will be easily surpassed in the next 12 months. Floating wind turbines Standard wind turbines require extensive construction and are limited to waters that are no more than 60 meters deep. This puts a restriction on the amount of offshore real estate available for development but the coast of Scotland is playing host to a viable solution, the floating wind turbine. A Norwegian-based company Statoil have begun work on creating a hub of floating wind turbines just off the coast of Aberdeenshire. The turbines require just a few cables to keep them anchored and crucially, they can be placed in water up to 700 meters deep. This opens up the opportunity to create huge floating wind farms that can generate a substantial amount of renewable energy in the future. The hub based off the Scottish coast will be the largest in the world and Japan are even working on a similar idea. They are creating the world’s first floating electrical substation. Rapid advances in technology are helping to provide some reassurance that we may well be able to provide the energy resources that we need in the future. Madeleine Lucas has been working with technology for decades. With an eye for energy concerns and emerging renewable tech, she enjoys blogging about the practical applications of research and new technological ideas.
  7. These days, wastage of different resources is the most killing issue of our planet. Its impacts are quite terrible. However, if we want to protect our environment sincerely, then there are easy steps to consider. Reducing, Reusing and Recycling are the three very important R’s that needs to be followed to sustain our earth for our children and grand children and create a healthy environment for each one of us. Wonderful ways to Reduce waste You may think checking the production of waste itself is the solution for the problem. Being humans, we cannot think of this kind of ideal situation where no waste is produced by us. We can only find and implement effective ways to reduce it. Here are some of them. ● While you are on shopping, choose paper bags and containers made with reusable materials. Buy products in bulk. It must be remembered that eco-friendly purchasing methods will lead all of us towards less wastage and toxicity. ● Companies can contribute greatly to the reduction in wastage by choosing appropriate packing methods that uses recycled elements. This will increase their profit along with maintaining environment because in most cases, the environment -friendly materials are very economical. ● Another efficient method is waste sorting. Divide waste based on dry and wet materials involved in it. Since this method separates biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage, the natural wastes can be used again. This will create less trash in landfills. Think on the techniques to reuse items Here are some tips for reusing bits and pieces of items that you are thinking to throw away. ● Bags made of paper can be used as wrapping material. Also, twist ties may help you to secure loose things together such as wires. ● Used envelops can be used as scrap papers for making notes. ● Old clothes can be converted into attractive cushion covers. ● Donate your computer - Yeah, that’s really a rewarding thing. Many organizations exist, which runs computer donation programs efficiently. They may also give you a real reward for it. ● Many Taaskasutuskeskus contribute towards social welfare along with valuable maintenance of the environment. The money earned out of the purchases made at this centres are given to the needy people or donated to educational institutions. Get to know the benefits of Recycling ● Recycling is an amazing method of turning waste products into new ones. It helps to make maximum use of resources. ● It helps in protection of the environment in the most poised manner along with reducing the impact of global warming. ● Collection of items like batteries, different types of oil, plastic, glass paper, cell phones, etc is included in recycling programs. It benefits people in many ways. ● No person would like to live next door to a landfill. So, one of the important benefits of recycling materials is that it reduces landfill space. To conclude, each one of us can contribute a little towards protecting our surroundings by taking some basic steps. It is our moral responsibility. We just need to change few of our habits to produce less garbage at first place. Author's Bio: David Fontaine works with one of the reputed reuse centers or taaskasutuskeskus in Tallinn. They redesign the old items and give them new purpose and value. For more info, please visit their website today.