5 Easy No-Cost Steps To Make Your Home Green

5 Easy No-Cost Steps To Make Your Home Green

Going green is smart for the environment, your family and your finances. A green home is safer and healthier than one filled with dangerous chemicals. It doesn’t require a great deal of effort, and most of the green tips can be started just by changing a few of your habits. Get the kids involved to make a greater impact, and improve the quality of your everyday life and save money by embracing green habits throughout the home.

Save Water

Make the transition from baths to showers, and try to make those showers as short as possible. Use a timer to turn it into a game and see how fast you can exit the shower. When washing hands or brushing teeth, start turning off the water while you are scrubbing. Wash small loads of dishes by hand, and use a basin of soapy water to rinse dishes rather than letting the water run over them.

When it comes to using the machines around your home, wait until you have a full load of clothes or dishes. Defrost food in the refrigerator rather than with hot water, and only use enough water to cover noodles or vegetables when boiling them.
If you have a leaking faucet in the home, take the time to fix it. Even a slow drip can add up to wasted gallons in a short period of time.

Save Paper

Start reusing scrap paper by letting the kids draw on the backside of junk mail or printed items. Rather than using paper towels for cleanups, grab a dish cloth that can be washed. Go electronic whenever possible for paying bills. Most banks offer this service free of charge now, and you’ll reduce the waste of paper and envelopes. You’ll also save by not having to buy stamps. Some companies offer benefits like discounts when you use their online statements rather than paper bills. Whenever possible, opt out of junk mail and unsolicited advertisements to stop the flow of paper into your home.

Reduce Plastics

Cut back on the plastic entering your home by taking a few easy steps. Instead of using plastic bags for sandwiches and lunch snacks, use reusable containers that can be washed. Rather than using disposable plastic bottles that are thrown out all the time, opt for reusable sports bottles and fill them with tap water or drinks from home. Use a water filter at home to avoid spending the money on bottled water.

There are countless plastic containers that are thrown out every day, but they can be used for storing leftovers, food, crafts and other small items. These include butter, yogurt, sauce and other containers. When you go shopping, take your own reusable cloth bags so the store won’t give you more plastic ones. When you do bring plastic shopping bags home, use them to line your small trash cans.

Save Energy

Saving energy is good for the planet and it lowers your utility bills. When you aren’t using appliances, take a moment to unplug them. Some items, like phone chargers, pull energy even when you aren’t charging the appliance, so take the time to unplug electronics that aren’t in use You can also invest in smart surge protectors that allow you to shut down power to a bank of electronics without actually unplugging anything.

Teach the kids to turn off lights when they leave a room. During the day, open the curtains and shut off interior lights to bring in natural light. Reduce the dry time on your clothes dryer to avoid overdrying clothes, or hang them out on the clothesline to dry in the sunshine. People in their old age who are looking for a place where they can spend their retirement should look into energy efficient retirement homes. They usually have lower costs while providing greater amount of comfort.

Green Cleaning

You can also save a small fortune by switching to green cleaning methods. Vinegar is a fine cleaner for polishing mirrors, disinfecting toilets and scrubbing hard surfaces. Lemon juice is excellent for removing greasy stains, and it can be used as a non-toxic bleach on clothes. Olive oil makes a great furniture polish that nourishes the wood and shines it.

The beauty of these tips is that most of them cost nothing to implement, yet they will help you save money. Start embracing the green lifestyle today to lower your expenses and make your home safer. In addition to helping your finances, you’ll also help the planet.

 

Alissa Young is a community manager and property caretaker at MeadowBrookPoint where she tries to make sure that every home is as green as possible.

 

5 Food Items That Can Cause Cancer

5 Food Items That Can Cause Cancer

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You probably do not think about food being carcinogenic. And you are right, because food that is natural does not cause cancer. But unfortunately, man has succeeded in manipulating natural food to make it inexpensive and hassle free to produce. Food is processed using chemicals to preserve, add taste and color. These additives have transformed food into carcinogenic agents.

Here are 5 foods items that can cause cancer if consumed on a regular basis:

Soda

Soda is a normal item in most households and the number one reason for obese children in the US. It is loaded with sugar and useless artificial ingredients. Soda has no benefit whatsoever and it causes more harm than good. A single can of soda contains 10 packs of sugar. Apart from other health concerns, soda increases the risk of cancer. According to a study carried out by the University of Minnesota, people who drank at least two soft drinks per week were at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Dark colored soda contain 4-metthylimidazole which is a chemical process byproduct used for creating artificial dye to give color to sodas. This chemical has been linked with cancer. Recently Pepsi as well as Coca Cola announced modification of the chemical in question.

Processed Meat

Meats which have undergone processes such as smoking or salting, or which contains chemical preservatives have a high risk of causing colon cancer. Most processed meats contain a carcinogen called sodium nitrate. A study carried out in 2005 by the University of Hawaii revealed that the risk of pancreatic cancer was increased by 67% upon consumption of processed meat. Hot dogs particularly are made of those parts of the animal which are otherwise discarded. After an extensive research involving clinical studies about the relationship cancer and diet, the World Cancer Research Fund came to the conclusion that consumers should stop eating processed meats. These include sausages, pepperoni, hot dogs, salami etc.

Potato Chips

Apart from the fact that potato chips contain high amounts of trans fat, sodium and glycemic carbohydrates, they also contain a carcinogenic substance called acrylamide formed due to high temperatures. According to professor Dale Hattis of Clark University, acrylamide causes a number of cancers in people consuming potato chips.

Apples

Before you rush to any conclusions, apple as a fruit is very healthy; however it is the pesticides that make them unfit for human consumption. According to a survey carried out by the Environmental Working Group, among all the fruits, apples are highly contaminated by pesticides. When more than 700 samples were tested, nearly 98% contained pesticides. Other fruits with high amounts (90%) of pesticides include grapes, oranges, cilantro and strawberries. Not only are the pesticides toxic, they are also linked with certain kinds of cancers. So it is time to put a stop to this by buying organic foods.

Farmed Salmon

According to David Carpenter, M.D, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany, farmed salmon not only has low vitamin D but is also high in contaminants and carcinogens along with pesticides such as DDT. Carpenter states that such salmon can be consumed only once in every 5 months without the risk of getting cancer.

These are just a few of the food items we consume that pose the risk of cancer. We should become more aware of what goes inside us. Supporting local farmers who grow food organically and buying their produce can help us keep cancer at bay.

Author bio: Ralph Coleman is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) prides in providing the best cancer treatment solutions to patients who have endured to various cancer types.

Top Story – Why Are All The Guns Sold Out And Hard To Find?

Top Story – Why Are All The Guns Sold Out And Hard To Find?

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As more and more disasters happen, it seems as though everybody has a different reaction. Some people are working harder than ever to get their concealed weapons permit, and get the best protection for themselves. Others are looking towards the government to regulate and take away certain weapons.

No matter which side you fall upon, it is hard not to notice the drop in availability of guns around certain areas of the country. This begs the question: why are guns becoming so hard to find? And why do the production companies not just make more?

Increase purchases

There are certain circumstances that increase sales within the public. Justin Bieber claims to like a certain brand of clothing, and pretty soon all teenagers are sporting the same logos.

When Hostess shut down, people clamored to buy out every store of their Twinkies and Ding-Dongs. I have friends who went and fought their way through the chaos to buy the last few boxes of Twinkies. Their plan was to sell them on eBay after some time had passed, hoping to make some money off of them.

Unfortunately for my friends, the Twinkies brand will be bought by another company, and sold under a different logo than Hostess. They might get a little extra cash for the Hostess brand, but nowhere near what they would have gotten if that was the last day a Twinkie would ever be produced. The same type of thing is happening now, except with firearms.

My brother-in-law is all about guns and the right to own them. He attends gun shows, and proudly carries with his concealed weapons permit wherever he can. When there were questions about the future of firearms, he made sure to purchase the gun he wanted as soon as possible. He wanted to make sure and have what he wanted before he could no longer buy it.

People are nervous about the legislation some government officials are pushing for. There is such a wide spectrum of opinions; it is hard to know exactly what is going to happen in the future with availability. There are people buying guns for every reason, whether it is for protection, or to exercise your right to carry. This is causing a huge demand for something that has a limited supply.

Regulations

In certain states the regulations are getting stricter. It is preventing the way gun manufacturers look into the future for producing their line of firearms. If the regulations are set in place, the gun manufactures will have to discontinue at least a part of their products.

By their logic, there is no reason to beef up the means of production for a line that will be short lived. The gun manufacturers are keeping at their normal pace in anticipation of the changing rules, despite increased interest by the public.

No matter which side of the gun law debate you fall on, there is no denying that changes are happening in the way guns are bought and distributed. There are people trying to make changes within the industry, some in favor, others against. No matter your opinion, it is best to be informed on the changes that are happening, and learn how they directly influence your life.

By +Cassie Costner

Cassie writes for cannonsafe.com on the ways to keep a firearm safe. She is interested in the way legislation influences gun sales, and what motives consumers to purchase a gun.

How The Air In Your Home Is Killing You

How The Air In Your Home Is Killing You

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The Good and Bad of Indoor Air Quality

When you own a home, there are a lot of things you have to worry about. From basic repairs to home security, it can be tough to keep up with everything. There is one thing, however, that should never fall off your radar: the quality of the air in your home. Good air quality can lead to healthier lungs and an overall better quality of life, but bad air quality can have disastrous consequences.

Good Items for Indoor Air Quality

UV Lights: Getting UV lights installed in the air ducts of your home helps to destroy viruses and bacteria. Ultraviolet lights are powerful enough to kill viruses and bacteria that the human eye cannot see. What’s even better is that purchasing UV lights is not extremely expensive and they are easily installed in your duct work.

Filters: If you look around your home, you probably have several different types of filters. There is a filter in your vacuum, in your pool and even screen doors are a type of filter. Your air conditioning system and your furnace both uses filters too. How are these filters good for your indoor air quality? Well, the filters remove larger particles from the air and prevent you from breathing them in.

Vacuums & Mops: Anything that is used to clean your home almost always improves the indoor air quality. Vacuums are a great product to improve the indoor air quality because they help to remove allergens and dust flying around your home. Mops help to kill bacteria and viruses that could also affect the quality of air that you breathe.

Bad Items for Indoor Air Quality

Cleaning Products: One reason so many families are switching to non-toxic cleaning products is because of the toxins in many cleaning products sold on the market today. When you use strong cleaning products it can harm your ability to breathe correctly indoors. If cleaning products don’t completely eliminate the bacteria they can create new viruses that are immune to cleaning products.

These products also irritate your eyes, face, and skin. If you are going to use these types of products, then you need to ensure you are mixing the cleaning products correctly. Also, make sure you are using proper ventilation while cleaning.

Smoke: Smoking inside of your home can really create bad indoor air quality. Smoke stays in the home for long durations of time. It also affects everyone in the home and not just the person smoking. Even with proper ventilation, smoke has a way of staying inside the home and affecting the air quality.

Carbon Monoxide: An invisible gas that reigns in the home of many people is known as carbon monoxide. If you have this gas roaming in your home, then your indoor air quality is compromised. Placing carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home could be a lifesaver. Homeowners that suspect carbon monoxide should have their home inspected by a professional.

Conclusion

Quality air in your home may not be something you think about each and every day, but maybe now is a good time to start. By replacing the bad items in your home with the good items such as ventilation, plants, and non-toxic cleaning products you can dramatically increase the quality of your indoor air.

Written by Blake Quinn.

Secret Pleasure – How To Keep Your Vibrator Quiet

Secret Pleasure – How To Keep Your Vibrator Quiet

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Forget about diamonds: vibrators are a girl’s best friend. These wonderful little sex toys are designed to give you a fantastic buzzing sensation on your sensitive clitoris which will result in many powerful, body-shaking, earth-shattering orgasms. Vibrators are small, discreet and very easy to use. However, their only issue is the sound that they make.

Depending on the size and strength of your vibe, it likely makes a buzzing sound when you turn it on due to the motor inside. Many women are worried that the other people in their house, such as flatmates or family members, might hear the buzzing noise and wonder what they are up to. It can be difficult to get turned on and really enjoy yourself when using your vibrator if you are self-conscious about all the noise it is making. Even if you are using the vibe with a partner, the loud buzzing noise can be distracting.

So how can you make sure that using a vibrator is a quiet experience? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Buy a Quiet Model

When you are shopping for a vibrator, look to buy one that is advertised as being very quiet. It might be worth it to pay a little bit more for a higher quality vibe so that it will be better constructed and less noisy. You can also read reviews online for that particular type of vibrator and find out whether or not other users find it noisy.

As a general rule, hard plastic vibrators tend to make more noise because they have motors and other parts that will rattle around and the noise will resonate through the hollow plastic case. A vibrator that is covered in rubber could possibly be quieter because the rubber will absorb some of the sound.

You could also cover the vibrator with a jelly sleeve or an extender. This can help to lessen the noise and it will also add some ribs or nubs and a different feeling to your sexy love toy.

Keep it Well Maintained

When your vibrator motor starts to make a lot more noise, it’s time to take a close look at it. Sometimes there can be a loose wire or a battery that doesn’t fit well in the casing which is rattling and causing the noise. If you can fix the problem, the vibrator will likely run a lot quieter.

Turn on the Tunes

Another way to cover up the sound of your vibrator is to mask it with another sound. While you are using it, turn on the stereo and play music or turn on the TV. The chances are that if anyone else in your house is listening to what is happening in your bedroom, all they will hear is the sound of the TV or the music.

The other noise will also help to obscure the sound of the vibrator so that even if someone can hear it, they will assume that it is part of the music or the television show.

Mute the Noise under the Covers

Another great way to disguise the noise of your vibrator is to cuddle underneath a thick comforter while using it. The sound will be muffled by the blanket so that it is not able to be heard. Also, you will be warm and snug while you are enjoying the pleasures of your wonderful buzzing best friend.

Don’t let the noise of a vibrator stop you from enjoying all the pleasure that it brings! There are many ways to keep things quiet so you can keep your pleasure a secret.

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