3 Cool Ways To Make Your House More Green

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3 Cool Ways To Make Your House More Green

Almost everyone is joining the movement towards sustainable living by recycling, carpooling, and using eco-friendly cleaners for their home and personal use. For those who wish to carry the green way of thinking into their home (other than natural cleaners) look below for some ideas.

  1. Go green energy – Installing solar panels should be a requirement for new builds in areas of the world where the sun never sets. In the U.S. states such as Arizona and Nevada benefit greatly from using solar energy. My in-laws live in Arizona and with the installation of solar panels of their roof it took what was an energy cost of $300 dollars per month during the summer down to almost nothing! There are even days when they don’t use all of the energy that their solar panels have created and with their system, that excess energy flows back into the grid for use by others and generates a credit for them. Solar panels are also a great selling point for a home since they cut monthly energy costs. There are also states that have so much wind blowing all the time that wind turbines make perfect sense. The state of Texas produces more wind energy than any other state in the U.S., and during 2013 wind energy accounted for over 8% of the energy generated for the entire state.
  2. Use the rain to your advantage – This is particularly useful in areas that are experiencing drought. Using rain barrels to collect rainwater from the gutters of a home as well as other areas of the property can save thousands of gallons of wasted water every year. Rain water typically just runs into the storm drains, so why not use it to water the lawn and the garden? The water can even be used for aquariums or ponds, as rainwater typically has very little chemicals. There are classes around the country that teach gardeners the concept of catching rainwater and many companies that sell rainwater catching systems.
  3. Stop mail abuse – Marketers have gone overboard with mailers and credit card offers that clog the average mailbox on any given day, and in turn creates more trash in our landfills. There are ways a homeowner can cut back on this trash by paying bills online, requesting that monthly statements be sent via email, and opting out of credit card offers. This can be done online at www.optoutprescreen.com, or if you wish to opt out by mail you can contact each of the credit agencies with a written request. Just be aware that they will ask you for personal information to be able to opt out of mailings, such as your social security number and date of birth. Opting out of mailings will cut back on the gas used to deliver these unwanted mailers and save the trees that are cut down for paper.

There are even appliances for the home that are considered to be green such as a composting toilet, or an electric or propane toilet that incinerates waste. Going green in the home is not a hard thing to do, it just requires a bit of time and a desire to help the environment.

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5 Tips For Making The Most Of A Tiny Living Space

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5 Tips For Making The Most Of A Tiny Living Space

If the 90’s was the era of living large it must be said that the 2000’s is the era of living small. In countries all over the world both single individuals and families are learning to live in smaller spaces and loving it. Living in a smaller space means less is spent on monthly expenses, and on the furniture and appliances needed to furnish a smaller abode. Making the most of a smaller space is easily accomplished; it just takes some creative thinking.

  1. Dual use furniture – There are many different ways that one piece of furniture can work double duty, such as using a dining table as a desk. Futons have changed through the years from the hard, unattractive pieces they used to be to stylish comfortable sofa and bed alternatives. Murphy beds, which have been around since the 1900’s are a great way to have a lovely living room set that easily converts to a bed when needed. They are highly customizable and a regular mattress can be used for the bed.
  2. Smaller appliances for smaller spaces – Manufactures are making appliances specifically to fit in the new small spaces such as compact under-the-counter refrigerators, dishwashers that are the size of a large drawer, and clothes washers and dryers that reside in one compact unit. Instead of a regular size stove, we now have “rangettes” which are much smaller in size but still have a stove and oven combo. If you don’t need the stove, a simple cooktop may be the answer for you.
  3. Use color wisely – If each room in a small space is painted a different color is can make the space feel boxy, small and uncoordinated. Using a light colored paint throughout the space will give it a light and airy feeling, and keep the eye moving which gives the illusion of space. If a color such as a light peach is used it will make the room look full of sunlight even on a cloudy day.
  4. Don’t crowd the space – a bit of minimalism is needed when living in a smaller area, as too much furniture will make the room appear cluttered. Pick pieces of furniture that will serve a function such as a bookcase that can double as a room divider. If you wish to display collections, keep them to a minimum and in the same color group. If you have several collections display them on a rotating basis as opposed to a clutter of knick-knacks everywhere.
  5. Use the light – If possible, replace kitchen cupboard doors with see through glass; this will make the kitchen appear larger. Use reflective surfaces such as mirrors on the walls to create the illusion of space. Ensure that window coverings do not block out the natural sunlight; use sheers for privacy rather than blinds which will allow sunlight to come through. If you hang curtains do so from the ceiling instead of the window frame; this will create the illusion of height in the room.

Living in a smaller space does not mean one has to give up comfort or style. With a bit of outside-the-box thinking you can turn your tiny space into the stylish home of your dreams.

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Dental Hygienist: Saving Lives

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Dental Hygienist: Saving Lives

Most people are quick to discount the importance of their local dental hygienist, but you can’t overlook their job in the medical field. Dental hygienists don’t just scrape the food out of your teeth and complain about how you need to brush more.

Hygienists are responsible for reviewing your overall oral health, which can include other areas such as your head and neck, but also taking x-rays, taking teeth impressions, removing plaque, influencing good oral hygiene, and also all of the documentation that goes along with it. It’s safe to say that being a dental hygiene is not an easy job, and requires lots of training and schooling before one can jump into the field and take on patients. It is, however, handsomely rewarding.

Each state also has a variety of specific regulations that are different from one another, so the role of a dental hygiene is often different from state to state.

What people don’t realize is the actual importance of dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth, what’s the worse that could happen? Well, poor oral hygiene can in many ways lead to oral cancer.

Drinking alcohol, using tobacco, chewing betel nut (or paan, as it is known in India), and even excessive swishing with mouthwash can all lead to oral cancer. Oral cancer definitely isn’t as fatal as some other forms of cancer, but the results can be very discomforting.

Those who do not diagnose their oral cancer fast enough let the tumors build up; the only way to remove them is through extensive surgery which can lead to removing whole parts of the face and mouth. Oral cancer is not a pretty thing, and it can all be prevented by visiting your dental hygienist to make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure a healthy mouth.

Brushing and flossing after meals and avoiding high-sugar foods can easily contribute to a healthy oral region, but avoiding tobacco and alcohol play just as much of a role.

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