We all know the importance of conserving energy by using items run on electricity, gas and water only when needed. But how many of us are actually aware of the role played by small architectural changes in our homes such as windows and doors? For those who find this idea relatively new and unique should read the following changes that make your home more environmentally friendly in the long run.
Wider Windows with Good Quality Material
Windows are the source of fresh air and light to a home, if windows are placed smartly with a good sense of architectural design it reduces the need of electricity consumption during day time. It also ensures that the ventilation of the house is well planned, which in turn makes the place more pleasant and healthy to live in. However, even with the right window spaces, some houses often need some planning and spruce up for utilizing it properly. For instance, installing windows that can be maintained and cleaned regularly and easily makes the air coming through the window more clean and fresh. Having a reliable company install your windows also ensures that a guarantee of how long it will last and how environmentally friendly it will remain comes in the package. Therefore, smart decisions made when installing windows make your house environmentally friendly. Check out the services of Doors Wide Open at their official website for some of the best recommendations in Windows and Doors for people living in Canada.
Invest in a Good Insulation System
People living in colder climatic regions need a good insulation system installed at home to preserve the energy that is invested in producing a good heating system. It significantly reduces the cost of heating and energy consumed in the process, for starters check out any free insulation assessment service that would guide you to the areas of your home that need this system the most. Windows and doors that have gaps or places that can leak in air are also pointed out by such assessment teams. By changing your doors and windows to better quality ones, and installing a reliable insulation system one can preserve ample amount of energy in the long run.
Living in an old home does not give you reasons not to adapt to the green revolution. All it takes is a little creativity on how well you will use Mother Nature’s given gifts and how you will be able to preserve those gifts so it can be passed onto the next generation. Yes, it is easy to start on a green home by building it with eco-specific features from scratch, just like some business offices and commercial spaces for rent in NYC. But by using what you have and learning what you can about being eco-friendly, you, too, could be a good global warrior.
You do not need to source your home’s power through solar energy or grow all your food from your yard to be considered earth friendly. There are basic means to make a strong impact to the environment.
For one, pay attention to your trash disposal system. Reuse and recycle whenever you can. It is also helpful if your home would consume as little waste as possible and if you ensure that whatever solid waste you are contributing to the community are disposed of properly.
For another, you must keep watch on your energy consumption, making sure that your home appliances are not energy hogs. Dispose of that old refrigerator that’s eating up a good amount of your electric bills. Replacing old items with energy-efficient ones will help trim down your home’s energy demands.
Another basic eco-friendly routine that’s often overlooked is water conservation. Although it is not really difficult. By simply using a glass or cup when brushing your teeth rather than allowing your faucet to run through, you can easily save a good load.
Keeping “green” in mind is also advisable during your regular supermarket trips. Commit to non-toxic cleaners, which are not only harmful to the environment but to your family as well. Always read the labels and look for eco-friendly ingredients in anything that you buy. To save the environment and save money at the same time, resort to homemade cleaners composed of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, plain soap, and water.
Living green does not require much of an adjustment, really.
The environment is under attack in the US from their own government no less! The US government is spending the incredible sum of $7 billion dollars of tax money to deploy microwave communication towers across the whole country. It’s called FirstNet and the amount of dangerous radiation it will spread across the environment is, to put it bluntly, sickening – in more ways than one.
Effect on Nature
It has already been proved that bird life will suffer from this exposure. Studies have already been carried out showing that migratory birds will abandon their nesting sites, their plumage will deteriorate, they have trouble with movement and will ultimately die.
Bees, frogs, bats, butterflies, all will suffer the dreadful consequences of this horrific wave of radiation. Green life – trees, plants, even our waterways will be tainted and the knock-on effect will be felt the world over. Crops will fail, leading to food shortages. Clean water supplies will disappear and even the animals we breed for meat, milk, eggs and cheese will be affected.
Effect on Human Life
Human beings exposed to microwave radiation will exhibit a number of health problems including:
- Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep
- Skin problems
- Heart problems
- Neurological problems
- Increased risk of cancer
- Reproductive issues
Why is the US Government Doing This?
They say that they are setting up the blanket of communication towers to provide a fast and safe network for the communities and the first responder of the country. The operative word here is safety because, by putting up these towers, the government is providing anything but a safe environment.
How Can We Help?
American citizens are being urged to sign a petition to stop it from happening and everyone, no matter which country they are in should sign it – the effects will eventually be felt here, as well as everywhere else.
If you are having internet fitted to your, home, office or school, go for fibre optic internet. There are some excellent options available and all are much safer as well as faster and more secure than the use of microwave radiation towers.
Act now and please do your bit to save the environment before it is irrevocably damaged.
The environment has never been in more danger than it is right now. In major cities in China, the pollution has become so bad that there is a heavy fog that lingers around most urban areas. People need to wear masks outside to prevent breathing in all of the toxins in the air. While China may be the extreme where pollution and environmental damage are concerned, there are many other places in the world where Mother Nature desperately needs our help.
I am an environmental activist. My mission is to make people aware of the problems that our environment is facing on a daily basis. It is my hope that when people hear about these issues, they may be inspired to join the crusade, just as I was many years ago. There is a misconception that people do not help save the environment because they do not care about it. However, in my dealings with thousands of people over the years, I have found that the number one reason for lack of involvement in the environmental movement is ignorance. There are many people who simply are so wrapped up in their own lives that they are oblivious to the problems in the world around them.
The man who inspired me is a friend who is a car accident lawyer based in Vancouver, BC. One day, he saw me throw a plastic water bottle in the trash. He immediately yelled at me for being so foolish. I was surprised, but then I soon learned why he was so angry. Later that day, he drove me to a local landfill. I still remember the smell like it was yesterday. He told me that this is where my water bottle would go. As I was looking at those piles of garbage, my friend asked me if I would really want to contribute to something like this. He then gave me statistics about how long it would take a plastic bottle to break down and decompose. Needless to say, I was shocked.
I inspire people by using the same method my friend did on me. I start by showing them examples of bad pollution, then I give ideas of easy ways that they can incorporate an eco-friendly lifestyle into their daily activities. You would be surprised how many people start recycling once they see piles of plastic bottles and packaging floating in the harbors of major cities. I don’t expect people to devote their lives to environmental activism, as I have. However, if I can get them to start recycling, then I have truly accomplished something.
If I can then convince them to make the switch to a hybrid car, that is just icing on the cake. I have accomplished this on a number of occasions by explaining to people that pollution generated by cars is harming our atmosphere. I then follow up my pollution statistics by taking the person for a ride in the hybrid car that I own. Once they actually ride in the car and see that it is comparable to their own, they usually want to buy one. This is especially true when they learn that the electric charges that help to power hybrid cars can power them for greater distances than they could 10 years ago. Basically, the key to inspiring people to save the environment is to tell them simple things they can do that don’t require much effort.
Just the other day, I was surfing on the Internet to search for the perfect place to go for a vacation when I chanced upon photos of someone standing on a white sand beach that would have been breathtaking…had it not been littered with so many people and a whole lot of trash! Aside from being shocked at the fact that there seemed to be no effort to make the place cleaner or that the people in the photos didn’t seem to mind, I felt sad that they weren’t empowered enough to do something good for the environment. So due to my inspiration and motivation, here’s something about how people can be responsible and environmentally-friendly tourists while relaxing on far-flung and exotic vacation spots across the globe:
1. Avoid Using Plastic Bags
They may last up to five hundred years, but plastic bags can kill animals that ingest or get trapped in it. Ditch plastic bags that are likely to get left behind in the sand or sea, and use a re-usable canvas tote or bag for your personal belongings or shopping in local markets.
2. Travel Light
The lighter, the better! When you pack light for your vacation, you reduce fuel emissions while making it easier for you to carry around your stuff and to avoid paying for extra baggage costs in the long run. In addition, learning how to pack the bare essentials will exercise your resourcefulness as a traveler.
3. Respect Mother Nature
When they said to take pictures only, they meant it. Respect the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, returning natural “souvenirs” to where they belong such as rocks or shells, ensuring that your surroundings are clean at all times, and staying a safe distance from wildlife and animals.
These are just a few tips to make you more conscious about your actions while on vacation. Make it a habit to also inform other tourists about their responsibility to take care of the tourist spot they are visiting, even if they may live at the other side of the world. Remember: by being an environmentally-friendly tourist, you are also contributing as a nature-friendly citizen of the world. For example, when relaxing during Hawaii holidays here, you must consider that appreciating what nature has you doesn’t mean we own it; rather, we owe Mother Nature the respect she deserves.
How many times have you see people violating policies on not urinating in certain public places? No matter how many times you tell these people not to urinate everywhere, they just can’t help themselves but do it. Of course, for people who have difficulty controlling their bladder, it could really be a huge problem. If government regulations and law enforcement won’t solve the problem, then something must else be done. If people continue urinating in public places, then a lot of cities will most likely end up as huge urinals.
Of course, it is not healthy since people can inhale urine everywhere. Also, it is not good for children to see what adults are doing as they might follow their footsteps. One of the best ways to solve this problem is to support portable toilet installation projects. When there are portable toilets installed in certain public places, then people won’t have to urinate on walls or empty lots. All they have to do is to enter the portable toilets and do what they have to do.
For this project to succeed, portable toilets could either be rented or bought. Either way, it would be beneficial for the people. Some companies offer cheaper rates if you will buy the toilets instead of just renting them. Yes, this could spell expenses, but it is worth it. When people urinate on these toilets, it will be easier to clean things up. The suffocating smell of urine will also be avoided. There could also be maintenance staff to be hired to ensure that the portable toilets are kept clean at all times.
A Good Start
When people see that there are portable toilets installed in designated areas, they will no longer urinate everywhere. They will search for the nearest portable toilet. Thus, they are already being disciplined in a way. If children see that adults are no longer urinating in public places, they will most likely follow through. Also, there is no need to implement a lot of laws or catch lots of violators if everyone can just use the portable toilet, which is not that big of a hassle to use in the first place. Other more important laws regarding environmental protection can be given attention to as this problem on
urinating in public has already been solved.
Getting the Best Deal
If this will be a government project, then there will be a lot of portable toilets needed. This depends on the area that will be covered and the population in the area. Either way, it would require lots of portable toilets. Thus, it would be best if the government can get the cheapest deal possible. In doing so, there are a lot of options to compare. Online choices are also available as some online choices can offer a much better deal. As long as they provide a portable toilet of high quality and easy maintenance, it is good enough.
Make Your Home Renovations More Eco Friendly
Don’t you just hate it when you pass by a construction site or a house that is being renovated and there are slabs of concrete, steel bars and other debris littered on the street? Not only are these hazardous to residents and passersby, they are also unsightly and untidy. While there is no clean way to renovate a house, especially a very old one, there are measures that homeowners can take to ensure that the community doesn’t have to suffer.
1. Sell What You Won’t Be Needing
Once you start taking down mantles, wall panels, ceiling fans and old sofas or chairs. Set up a garage sale for the items that you know you will no longer be using. If your heart is golden, by all means give them away or just leave them on the curb for anonymous recipients to pick up. However, if you want to make some extra money too, a garage sale will be the perfect solution.
Recycling is good but repurposing items will challenge your creativity more. Repurposing means using items in a totally different manner than what it was before. For example, you can turn old pillows into a DIY project and make some sofa cushions out of them. You can choose to sew your own pillow cases from old curtains or sheets as well.
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
Renovations and demolition jobs are always messy; that’s already a given. However, as a responsible home owner, you should take it upon yourself to make sure that the streets remain clean and no neighbors are bothered by your ongoing renovation. You can do this by renting out two rolloff dumpsters. One can be used for recyclable or reusable materials suck as pieces of wood, beams, ceilings and so much more. The other one can be used to haul off debris and other waste materials. A dumpster is ideal for this job because it can be easily rolled off and brought to the recycling center or straight to the landfill. Renting is also an ideal solution since you will only be using the containers for this project.
Making your home a lovely place to look at and live in can be done with utmost respect to the people around you, as well as Mother Nature.
How? It’s very simple really. If you buy a used cargo container, you are getting involved in recycling on an industrial scale. Reusing a container means you are giving it a new life and effectively stopping it from sitting there rotting.
Most people use cargo containers for moving and then for storage of their belongings. More and more companies are now holding used cargo container sales. I found this company to be extremely helpful.
How Can a Cargo Container be Environmentally Friendly?
Believe it or not, there are a number of ways. Both new and used cargo containers, if used as part of a large construction project, can be put up in less time than normal construction methods, which saves energy.
An example of this is in the UK, the Travelodge in Uxbridge. This is the very first hotel in Europe to be made from cargo containers, 86 of them to be precise. The costs of the entire project were less than one third of the traditional method of building and the total construction time was only a few months.
Across the world, more and more people are using cargo containers to convert into housing and office space. Not only is it cheaper and easier, these buildings can be erected near to places of work, such as nurses quarters near to a hospital or student quarters near universities and colleges.
Much less room is required for a cargo container home or office than a traditional one and there is less hassle in obtaining permits and planning permission to build as well. Provided there are connections for water and electricity nearby, containers can be taken onto brown fields and put up without disturbing the surroundings too much. This means there is less impact on nature than there would be with a traditional build.
What Can I Do To Make My Cargo Container Home Environmentally Friendly?
Cargo containers have flat roofs, which makes them perfect for installing solar panels. Alternatively, if you wanted to you could grow a “green roof”. The paint used on cargo containers is a ceramic thermal paint, which means they have much better insulation, already supplied, than a traditional bricks and mortar house.
Other Uses for Cargo Containers
You often see cargo containers used for recycling other items, such as newspaper, glass, clothes, etc. Normally, the 10ft containers are used for this, although bigger ones have been used in some cases.
Charities make good use of old cargo containers by using them to transport clothes, books, medical supplies and furniture and books for classrooms to third world countries. All of these items are being recycled as well and, once the container reaches its destination and is emptied, it’s turned into another classroom or meeting place.
Cargo containers that have come to the end of their useful lives are broken down into the materials used to build them and the materials are then recycled.
Going Green – Going popular
Saving the environment is a hot topic these days and more and more people are getting involved. There are plenty of ways in which people can do their bit and one of them is to recycle. This informative website provides cargo container prices and other useful information that can help you to decide if you have a use for one or not.
As citizens of this country, we must be responsible enough to not cause environmental damage. Unfortunately, though, we are often unaware that many of the things we do in daily life cause so much environmental damage. Every time we smoke a cigarette and throw the butt on the street, buy food that was made through environmentally harmful industrial methods, etc., we end up causing great harm to the environment. For this reason, it is important for environmentalists to solve the problem of ignorance by making some noise and spreading awareness about how to live a pro-environment lifestyle. By doing so, we will definitely lessen the stresses we put on the environment.
You may not realize this, but roofing problems can actually cause much environmental damage. How so? For one, an old roof that needs replacing can actually unnecessarily increase a home’s energy usage. Although such an increase may seem harmful only to the homeowner’s finances, the increased use of energy actually puts a lot of strain on the environment. This is because we still use fossil fuels for our energy needs. It goes without saying that fossil fuels end up producing by-products that cause great harm to the environment. Fossil fuels, for one, continue to destroy the ozone layer.
The good news, however, is that there are many communities that are growing more and more aware of such a problem. Here in Toronto, so many homeowners now make it a point to replace their roof promptly when it’s already causing unnecessary energy expenditures. Although such an endeavor may seem expensive, it actually isn’t. This is because the roofing Toronto contractors do is typically offered at very affordable prices. This is even the case with the best roofers in the area. When it comes to the roofing Toronto citizens typically get, one can expect it to be done with the use of the best materials – the best part is that such materials are offered to clients at a discount.
One of the many Toronto homeowners who have benefited from the help of contractors is Willy H. Macy. Here’s what he had to say about his experience.
“For about a year, my roof was causing unnecessary strain on my home’s energy usage. I didn’t realize it until a friend of mine told me about the possibility of roofing problems causing it. After I found out about such a possibility, I immediately contacted a roofing company to inspect my home. Surely enough, they found out that my roof needed replacing. At first I was worried about the cost of such a thing, but then I found out that it wasn’t that expensive. Through the help of the roofing contractors I called, I ended up having a roof that looks so much better than the old one whilst minimizing my energy expenses. The best part was that the roofing job didn’t cost me a lot of money.”
Hopefully, this post of ours ends up convincing people to deal with their roofing problems promptly. Tomorrow, we will be talking about other aspects of daily life that often cause significant damage to the environment. Visit our site again to know more about them.
Keeping your home clean and beautiful is important as this is not only pleasing to the eye, but it would also make you feel more relaxed, which is what you need after a long day of work. Most of the time homeowners focus on the inside of the house forgetting about the outside. But keeping your outdoor clean is also equally important.
This is the first thing that people would see. Dirty walls and walkways are not pretty on the sight and they may also pose health concerns, especially if molds start to develop. Even if you are a busy person, you can still keep your home clean with the help of equipment like a power washer. Power washers or also called pressure washers can be run by electricity or gas. It releases strong force of water and it is typically used for cleaning walls and surfaces outdoors, as well as garden furniture, bikes and cars. Reading power washer reviews can help determine which pressure washer is best for you. Here are some of the benefits that you can get if you decide to purchase one.
Safe for the Environment
When cleaning surfaces with stains that are hard to remove, you would usually use stain removals, which are made of chemicals. This can be toxic to the environment. But if you use a power washer, the force from the water would be powerful enough to remove the stains without the use of any chemicals. If you have a garden or plants around the surface where you are cleaning, you would also be able to water them, which could help them grow. Depending on the areas or things that you need to clean, you may need to choose a more powerful pressure washer that has more force. Again, reading gas or electric power washer reviews can help determine your options.
Saves Time and Effort
As mentioned, the water force from the pressure washer can easily remove stains on surfaces. There is no need to do the old method of cleaning, which is brushing the stain off with your hands. This can be time and effort consuming. That is why you may want to consider getting a power washer as the time and effort you save can be used for other important things. This is something that you would find very helpful, especially if you are busy with your day to day activities.
Convenient to Use
This may be a powerful machine, but it is very convenient and simple to use. Attach the hose for the water supply, add fuel if it is powered by gas or connect it to a socket if powered by electricity and you can start cleaning. It is lightweight so you would not be having problems moving it around. You do not have to have special skills to use it. It is something that every homeowner can use.
If you have the inside of your home clean and organized, give some care to your outdoors as well. A power washer can help you keep it clean fast and easy.
As good citizens of this country, it is our duty to safeguard the environment. If you didn’t know, despite the scientific advancements we are making, we continue to harm the environment greatly. If things don’t change for the better, our world will end up becoming uninhabitable in just a few centuries. If you didn’t know, researchers have already declared that sea levels are going to inevitably rise by 13 inches in 200 years or so, and this is all because we don’t take enough care of the environment.
Still, even though we have caused significant irreversible damage to the environment, this does not mean that it is too late to save our world. In fact, if all of us start making an effort to save the environment now, we may even be able to reduce much of the damage we have made. The good news for everyone is that one can easily donate to environmental causes now, and this is by doing binary options trading at Banc de Binary and other reputable brokerages. By creating an account at Banc de Binary and consistently doing binary options trading, so many people from all over the world have been able to donate huge sums of money to their favored environmental organizations.
Now, you may be asking, what is binary options trading and why is it a great way to raise funds for environmental causes? If you didn’t know, binary options trading is a kind of online trading that people from all over the world have been engaging in since 2008. Over the past six years, millions of people from all over the world have, in fact, made it their primary source of income. Why is this so? One reason is that it is both very easy to do and profitable. After all, people just have to choose between calling or putting on an option when doing binary options trading. A correct guess always rewards players with a fixed amount of money.
Of course, one doesn’t have to make binary options trading a full-time endeavour in order to make it profitable. This is the reason why so many environmentalists who have day jobs are able to raise funds for environmental causes through it. So long as people work with Banc de Binary or another binary options brokerage that is legitimate, they can be sure that there will be no penalties placed on their trading activities, even if they’re only doing it part-time.
Hopefully, this post of mine ends up giving my environmentalist readers a great idea on how they can help save the environment for future generations. Of course, I’m not saying that binary options trading is always the best way for one to help save the environment. If you prefer volunteering and doing hands-on work in different communities, that’s fine too. What’s important is that one actually makes it a point to help out. It doesn’t matter whether you just donate money or use your expertise to help save the environment; what’s important is that what you’re doing comes from your heart.
Many people do not give a second thought about the material when shopping around for home products and accessories, given the chance to weigh the pros and cons of materials like plastics and expensive wood, these people would definitely stop dead for a second. The amount of damage and irrevocable environmental loss that takes place on a daily basis, only to replenish the needs of human beings, is simply tragic. Forests after forests have been shaved down to manufacture home products and accessories. One way to stop slaughtering our ecosystem and doing a favor to the environment and our community, is to show compassion by choosing bamboo material for fabric needs and utensil requirements at home. Here are a few benefits of using bamboo in everyday use.
Choosing Bamboo Utensils
Many utensils that are available in plastic go on forever, while this sounds like an advantage, in terms of hygiene it is not. What one needs to understand is, plastic deteriorates when placed near heat or used for an extended period of time. To avoid the harmful impact of plastic and its decomposing elements in our daily use, it should be recycled. Bamboo utensils, on the other hand, can simply be recycled, leading to greater bamboo production as bamboo grows up super fast and can take root and grow back wherever it has been composted, thus, reducing pollution significantly.
Buying Bamboo Fabric
Be it curtains, bed sheets or any other fabric that is needed for building a house, bamboo fabric is actually the cheapest and the most environmentally friendly option available. Not only does it soak up greater carbon dioxide from the air, but it even has anti-static and antibacterial properties unlike any other fabric. The extensive processing makes bamboo extremely soft and luxurious fabric, something that can be compared to Egyptian cotton and silk, but at more affordable prices. For taking a look at what bamboo sheets look like click here and check out some of the best and finest quality bamboo fabric available. Bamboo fabrics are also famous for the property of being sensitive which indicates it has anti fungal properties too.