Green Light for Solar Power and LED

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Earth Friendly Activities, Green Goods, green living | 0 comments

It is becoming harder to ignore the ill effects of climate change every year. The number of natural calamities and weather disturbances recently experienced around the world is a glaring warning to those who continue to abuse mother earth. If you haven’t joined the green bandwagon yet, then 2014 would be a good year to jump in. A few small changes in the household can make a difference in saving the environment. For instance, switching to solar power and LED for home lighting is a great idea for a home improvement project this year.

solar power, solar energySolar technology has been available for decades now, but there are still a lot of households that have yet to take advantage of its benefits. This technology basically makes use of solar energy to power the electrical needs in the household. Solar panels and battery charging stations are needed to harvest the energy from the sun and store it for household use. The initial cost of materials and installation is often perceived as expensive but they can be cost effective for both the household and the environment in the long run.

LED lightHouseholds are projected to reap the benefits of their investments in about 10 years and enjoy free electricity throughout the life span of their solar power system. Advanced power systems usually have a lifespan of at least 30 years. You can further save on energy consumption by using LED (Light Emitting Diode) Bulbs around the house. These bulbs utilize about 80% less energy than traditional light bulbs. They also last 25 times longer and would typically take 10 years before needing replacement.

People often stop and think hard about their investment in home improvement projects. But when it comes to environment friendly and cost effective energy solutions, Solar Power Systems and LEDs often get the green light.

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Tried and Tested Spot Removers for Stains and Marks

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Care Tips, Earth Friendly Activities, green living, How To's | 0 comments

It’s tedious enough to deal with your regular load of laundry. Things are even more of a hassle when you have to deal with stains and spots that won’t come off with the single wash cycle. Although there are plenty of products in the market that are supposed to remove stains, these are not always the best solution. Besides, some of them are actually harmful to the environment. Instead of making use of toxic chemicals in your spot cleaning tasks, turn to nature’s bounty for some ingredients with powerful yet safe stain removing properties.

spot removersA few steps to your pantry or refrigerator is all you might have to take to get your hands on natural spot removers. Baking soda, vinegar, salt, milk, and lemon are not just ingredients that you can use to bake your favorite cupcakes. They are also natural spot removers that you can turn to when you need a little more than a good scrub.

Baking Soda – this is one cleaning ingredient that has been used for generations. It effectively lifts stains from fabrics with very little effort on your part. Mix a stain removal paste by combining four tablespoons of baking soda with a quarter of a cup water. Rub the paste on the stain and leave it for three hours. The stain will come out when you wash the clothes. This is effective for rust and grease stains as well as sweat stains under the arms and on the collar.

Lemon – the juice of this tart fruit is effective in removing rust and sweat stains as well. Squeezing lemon juice straight onto the stain and leaving it for a few minutes before washing should remove the marks. You can also make a lemon and water spritz that you can spray on the stains before you hang them under the sun to dry.

Vinegar – sweat stains, coffee spills, and scorch marks are a cinch to remove by giving them a good rub down with white vinegar. Run the clothes through the wash as you normally would. An added bonus is the odor control property of vinegar. Older fabric that has discolored and turned yellowish can be sponged down or soaked in a mixture of warm water and vinegar to restore its color.

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How to Clean Green

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Earth Friendly Activities, Green Goods, green living | 1 comment

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Ironically enough cleaning is actually one of the messiest things you can do in regards to the world around you. This is most disappointing due to the fact that green cleaning is actually almost as easy as cleaning with every hazardous chemical on the planet. Unless you happen to work in a hospital, or clean industrial ovens for a living you shouldn’t need to have too much of an impact on the environment while cleaning.

Never Underestimate the Basics

Fresh air, sunlight, boiling water and a little patience. These are the basic things that can deal with 90% of the problems you’ll encounter in your day to day cleaning. Boiling water for stains, fresh air and sunlight for smells. Unless something is actually growing on the thing you’re trying to clean this should at least make a bit of an impact on keeping things smelling fresh and stain free. For a little effort and not getting things done right RIGHT now you can save litres of cleaning products over a year.

Natural Alternatives

The truth is a lot of the cleaning products that harm the environment aren’t actually all that necessary. You would be amazed what simple white vinegar can do for you. Mixing it with a few other household products can clean pretty much anything. Sinks? Vinegar. Benches? Vinegar. Bathrooms? Vinegar. Baking soda, essential oils, lemon juice, any of these can be used as a substitute for a cleaning product that is horrible for the environment in certain situations. Look around the internet, a simple google search can give you a long list of ways in which you can use little things to make a big impact. Honestly almost every household chore can be handled with pretty much the exact same ease with a much less harmful product.

Dealing with Professional Products

As hard as we may try some things just cannot be dealt with by using home made products. Some chores are too hard, too delicate or just take way too much effort not to use a professional standard cleaner to do it. This doesn’t mean there’s no opportunities to lower your environmental impact. Research your product. This can be as simple as looking at the product to see if there’s a recyclable symbol, or a statement about the importance of the environment, at worst, google the product and see if someone objects to it. Simple as that.

Professionals

For the really big jobs it might be time to call in the pros, but be careful which pros you get. The fact you’re not doing the cleaning makes you no less responsible for the impact. Take a look at the website and see if they are a company that prioritizes environmentally friendly products, like AMC cleaning service over one that has other priorities.

Being environmentally friendly is important. We’re all responsible for the impact we make to the planet, especially since the only cost for friendliness is a little extra time, or maybe a little research.

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Some Eco Friendly Tips For Your Backyard

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Home Design Ideas | 0 comments

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A lot of people are becoming more eco-friendly by recycling, saving energy, and composting. However, in doing so, they neglect to include their backyard, which can be the most eco-friendly area of your home. If you are interested in making your backyard more eco-friendly, here are a few tips that are easy to do and, more importantly, are cost effective.

Plant more plants!

Plants are one of the most eco-friendly ways to dazzle up your garden. You can’t go wrong with flowers and garden beds and even hanging pots in your backyard. They’re an effective way of cleaning the toxins in the air, and they’re also nice to look at! Some popular low-maintenance and flourishing plants include lilac, Oregon grape, and tickseed, just to name a few.

Use solar-powered lighting

Many people do a lot of outdoor entertaining, so it is extremely important to have the best lighting available. There are dozens of outdoor lighting types that do not require the use of intrusive and annoying extension cords and light bulbs, with solar garden lanterns and backyard heaters, to name a couple. These can illuminate your garden in an aesthetically pleasing way, and are easily purchased through Target, Big W, Bunnings, and other backyard retailers, and more importantly don’t create a high electricity bill!

Use eco-friendly fertilizer

Eco-friendly fertilizer is easy to use, and is more nourishing for your backyard. GreenViewFertilizer.com and CleanAirGardening.com are two great companies that provide fantastic easy to use fertilizers at a generous price. If you are looking for a more natural fertilizer, why not create a compost? Composts are one of the most beneficial eco-friendly additions to your backyard and will save you money in the long run.

Use coffee grounds in your compost!

Coffee grounds are a little-known tool for enriching the soil and fertilizing your flowers. Tests show that the grounds contain phosphorus and potassium, a low-level source of nitrogen and also contain minor amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, and other trace minerals like carbohydrates, sugars, and some vitamins that plants feed on. It is extremely easy to use coffee grounds as a fertiliser. Simply brew a pot of coffee, and then toss the grounds into your compost pile and sprinkle the mixture right on top of your flower beds before watering, it’s an excellent way to boost your garden and recycle waste, and you can easily store your fertiliser in the cupboard.

Use eco-friendly tools

These days, eco-friendly tools are more accessible, and are not just limited to certain high-priced stores. There a range of different ‘green’ tools available, such as biodegradable seeds, hand held mowers, and compostable garbage bags. Ask your local hardware store for eco-friendly tools, or do a quick online search.

Install a water fountain

Undoubtedly, the greatest resource for our garden is water. However, why not show it off using a beautiful traditional or modernised water fountain? Or alternatively a wall fountain? Fountains are a great addition to an otherwise plain backyard, and some are even solar-powered by the sun. Water fountains are price fairly reasonably, and solar- powered types give you the peace of mind that you are conserving energy, are contributing to a greener society.

Websites like fabricsolutions.com.au have many eco-friendly ideas for your backyard, and by making just a few additions, you can transform your boring yard into a full-functioning, eco- friendly entertainment area that’s not only good for the environment, but good for the aesthetic appeal of your yard. Remember, don’t forget to buy some eco-friendly furniture for that relaxing backyard vibe!

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Trim Down on Car Repairs for Better Home Maintenance

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in Care Tips, Eco Friendly Vehicles, green living | 0 comments

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A Pennsylvania Home

Humid summers and cold winters characterize climate conditions in Pennsylvania. Add to this frequent rainfall in lowland areas and thunderstorms and winds during summertime. Homes in Pennsylvania definitely get battered by weather elements all year round. This means that homeowners must always keep a budget for home maintenance and repairs. A good way to ensure that there is always enough fund for home improvement is to cut down on other costs. Taking good care of the family car is one way of cutting down on unnecessary expenses.

Toyota owners know how expensive it is to buy and maintain a car. Therefore, it is important that you do so correctly to ensure that you aren’t spending time and money on repairs that could be avoided through proper maintenance. At least once a year, you should have your car inspected as well as have your oil changed. If you drive more than 7,500 miles a year, you should have your oil changed every 7,500 miles.

Taking your car to a Pennsylvania Toyota care facility is the best decision you can make when deciding where to take your car for service. Trained service staff with an intimate knowledge of the Toyota brand will carefully examine and service your car. If repairs need to be made, only Toyota quality parts will be used. This ensures that your vehicle will continue to run smoothly for years to come.

When it comes to keeping your car in good running order, you need to find a mechanic that you can trust. That is why you need to take it to a certified service station where you will work with the finest professionals in the industry. You can rest assured that you will never be overcharged or have any unnecessary work done on your car or truck. The amount you save by having your car in good running condition can be put to better use maintaining your Pennsylvania home.

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Pest Management and Beautifully Healthy Homes

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Care Tips, green living, Home Essentials | 1 comment

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Expensive decorations and interiors aren’t the only things that can make a house impressive. A spartanly furnished home can be better than a well decorated one if it is well maintained and free of clutter. However, there are times when homemakers become so focused with the appearance of living spaces that they tend to overlook hidden areas in the house where pesky insects, fungus, or even animals may be lurking around. Homemakers who want to have a clean and healthy environment in the house should also look into effective pest management for a beautiful home inside and out.

Most households have encountered pests in their homes at one time or the other. It is quite common to encounter ants or roaches in the house once in a while but people shouldn’t belittle the effect of these insects in the household or they may find themselves facing an infestation. These insects aren’t just creepy and irritating they can also endanger the health of your family. Ants can get into food items and contaminate them with germs, while roaches can spread harmful bacteria around the house and carry some allergens that can affect people with asthma. These pests are commonly found in the kitchen and can be managed by proper hygiene and cleanliness around the house and eliminating them immediately before they grow in numbers.

Rodents or rats and mice are also common pests that can wreak havoc in the house. Aside from carrying other parasites and deadly diseases like Leptospirosis and rabies, they can also ruin your furniture, walls and other belongings by gnawing on it. One of the most dangerous pests that a house can have is termite. These tiny insects can appear harmless on their own but the damage that they can do to a house can be deadly. They attack the structure of the house and weaken it thereby compromising its integrity. If left unchecked, these termites can bring the house down.

A clean and pest-free environment is the foundation for beautiful homes. There are pest control professionals that can help solve moderate to severe infestations. However, homemakers will still need to equip themselves with effective pest management techniques to keep their homes safe, healthy, and beautiful.

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