Got a Thirsty Ride? 5 Handy Tips on Fuel Saving

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Care Tips, Eco Friendly Vehicles, green living, How To's, Safety Tips | 0 comments

Given the outrageous cost of fuel nowadays, everyone wants to save cash by improving the fuel consumption of their vehicles. But where to start? Here’s five ways you can save on fuel.

Using the correct gear

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Driving in the wrong gear wastes fuel so use the right gear for the right conditions. Don’t force your vehicle to struggle in top gear when you’re driving up a hill, and don’t stay in the lower gears when your car would obviously work more efficiently in a higher one. By maintaining a constant speed, vehicles save energy (and fuel); by avoiding regular deceleration, which also requires reacceleration, less fuel is required. Don’t rev the guts out of your car. It’s not cool and it’s a massive wastes of fuel too. If you own a high performance vehicle, it might be worth looking into some extra parts from companies like Pure Performance Motorsport , to assist with decreasing the mileage.

Travel light

Your car might be spacious, but do you really need that sporting bag, cooler box, or sandbag cramming up your boot space? Your vehicle is not an additional storage, and additional weight equals additional fuel consumption, so it’s in your best interests to remove any unnecessary items. If it’s big and heavy, and you don’t need it on your trip, then leave it at home.

Keep the Proper Maintenance

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Don’t wait until your get your six monthly letter of service from your local car repair man; simple maintenance is something you can do yourself in as little as five minutes. It all starts with inflating your tires and keeping your air filter clean. Under-inflated tyres not only increase the risk of handling, braking, and tread issues, they significantly increase your fuel mileage, with your car having to work harder to get them rolling. Keeping them inflated could improve your fuel life by as much as three percent. Furthermore, a clean air filter will improve your mileage by up to seven percent, and save you the $50 for new ones at your next car service.

Don’t be a drag

Spoilers may look cool, however they create additional drag and ruin your cars’ natural aerodynamics – particularly on higher speeds, as do roof racks – even more so when they’re poorly loaded. Driving along feeling the wind in your hair, with windows and sun-roof opened to the max, may make you feel good, but the impact on your fuel consumption is huge. Where possible – particularly when driving at higher speeds – keep the sun-roof closed and the windows up.

Reduce your air-con usage

This one’s hard to avoid in summer, especially if you live in one of the hotter states – but it’s estimated that fuel consumption rises by around 10 per cent when the air-con is cranked. If your car is like a furnace when you first get in, simply drive with the windows down for a few minutes before switching to the air-con. Don’t forget to wind the windows up when you switch the air-con on.

Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have any fuel saving ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Lawn Maintenance Tips: How to Make Your Lawn Look Lush and Beautiful

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in green living, Home Improvement, How To's | 0 comments

lawn, watering lawn, watering your lawnWatering and maintaining your lawn is often a chore. And in the hot summer months, watering the lawn can be a waste of precious water. Here are a few ways to extend the life of the lawn and cut down on your watering time.

1. Pest-proof your garden. To give your grass a natural resistance to pests such as billbugs, webworms, any worms and chinch bugs, spread seed that has been inoculated with endophytic fungi. Grasses that are inoculated are more resistant to drought and disease.

2. Let your grass go dormant during the dry summer months. If you apply this methodology to your lawn, it will go green during the fall raining season. You will also avoid fewer disease and pest problems than if you constantly irrigate your grass.

3. Don’t overfeed your grass. Lawns that use unnatural methods to grow may develop more diseases. Lawns in the North require only one feeding per year. Apply the feed to your grass in the early fall or late summer months. In the Southern region of the US, spread only half of the lawn’s fertilizer late in the spring and apply the other half of the lawn treatment in the summer. See more tips here.

4. Water your grass early in the day — before the sun gets too hot. If you water the lawn early in the morning, you will double the amount of water that touches the lawn and reduce any incidental evaporation. Also, if you water your grass and garden before dawn, there will be plenty of time for the moisture to dry before nightfall – when your wet grass is most likely to develop serious fungal diseases.

5. Install a whole house filter and salt-free water softener. If you are interested in filtering out chemicals in your water, a salt-free water softener from PelicanWater.com not only creates better drinking water for your pets, it’s a great source of water for your lawn and garden.

6. Cut your lawn higher in the summer. An extra half-inch of grass will help to shade the roots of the lawn. A higher height protects the grass against drought and reduces the need for constant watering.

7. Promote a mossy lawn, instead of trying to cut it. If your lawn is mossy, you have a stretch of velvety green grass that requires no mowing. To promote the moss, treat your lawn with aluminum sulfate or sulfur dust. When the grass dies — rake it out, and then add water to the soil to keep the surface of the grass moist.

8. Avoid oscillating sprinklers and use the pulsating ones instead. A built-in lawn watering system is the best for watering your lawn. While the pulsating sprinklers are more expensive than the oscillating type, the investment will help your grass stay green and help it grow.

9. Watch out for compacted soil. This type of soil dries quickly because the water can’t soak into it thoroughly and completely. To keep the soil from compacting, run an aerator over the grass. The aerator punches small holes into the soil that allows air, water and fertilizer to reach the roots.

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Gift the Newly Grads with Energy and Good Health

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Appliances, Green Goods, green living | 0 comments

Do you know someone who’s graduating this year? Do you already have a gift perfect for him or her? There are actually many things we can give to our loved ones who just finished a stage in their lives and are bound to face new challenges.

Be it for leveling up to high school or building a new career, you can find a perfect graduation gift for your loved ones at Lazada Philippines. There are so many items to choose from in this great online shop but one item caught my eye. I think it’s the best choice and will not only benefit the graduate but his or her entire family as well. It’s the Koii Power Juicer.

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Power juicer, to keep the graduate healthy

Let the graduate make all his favorite fresh juices with this powerful juicer and give him energy and good health. Since the graduates have different activities, their energy requirement also differ from each other. The little graduate spends hours in playing so replenish his thirst more. Let him enjoy his favorite fruit juices and put in a small amount of his not so favorite vegetable to let him stay healthy. For the teens, give them brain food juices to keep them alert and focused with their studies. And for the yuppies, power them up with energy juices to fight stress and enjoy the fruits of their hard work.

Living green is eating healthy so make this great tool a part of the graduate’s kitchen, and yours too.

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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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