Suffering From Asthma? 10 Ways To Reduce Pollutants in Your Home
The quality of air in our homes can have a strong effect on our health, and too often the air in our homes carries two to five times the amount of pollutants than the air outside of the home. For those of us with asthma and related diseases, the level of pollutants in our homes can become a significant health problem making it difficult to exercise, rest, or perform daily actions. There are several ways we can improve the quality of air in our homes.
Laughing Planet and an Even Better Year in 2013
These days, most of us are concerned with environmental stewardship. After all, if we destroy the Earth, where will we live? While fixing our environmental issues is a complex undertaking, and won’t happen overnight, there are plenty things that we can do to help out, most of which don’t require too much effort. So, what are some simple ways to make your 2013 greener?
Unless you’re living “off the grid,” every bit of energy you use has some type of environmental impact. Minimize your carbon footprint by washing your clothes in cold water, instead of hot. When they’re done washing, hang them out to dry, or use a drying rack instead of a dryer. Continue reading
More Thoughts on Preparing for Winter: The Windows
We’ve been beating this drum for a week or so now, urging homeowners to get a bit more involved this year with winterizing their homes. It makes sense for the environment and it makes sense for the bottom line with your monthly energy bills, so either way you find motivation, prepping your home is a good thing.
Today we look at windows specifically, and what kinds of tips and tricks are out there for preparing the home for the cold and rainy season, when it comes to energy savings. Some statistics note that as much as 25% of your home heating and energy bills end up paying for whatever your windows do, or more precisely, what they don’t do. That means, poorly sealed or old single pane windows let heat out of the house, don’t prevent cold air from coming into the house, and so ultimately require more energy to be used to maintain comfortable temperatures during the winter. Here’s a few tricks you can try to change that around. Continue reading
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas and More
This has been a bit of an early holiday season prep week here on the blog, and today’s installment of information happens to be about the amount of waste that may all too often go overlooked when it comes to the holiday season. With Halloween right around the corner, and Thanksgiving soon on the heels of that, before we know it, December will be here. And then look out!
We found this great infographic that details just how much of an increase happens in the typical American household between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and it’s pretty absurd. When you consider how much food gets wasted, how much wrapping paper and decoration, the gas used for holiday travel, and more, it’s amazing just how overboard we tend to go. If there’s one thing we could do this year come holiday season, it’s to think a bit more about our behavior and its effects, and to take a few simple steps to curb our high levels of waste. Continue reading