How to Live an Energy Efficient Life?

The development of technology has brought us numerous benefits. We can get hot water whenever we want, and we watch TV shows at midnight. Everyone of us is enjoying the convenience of modern life. However, there are few people who are willing to stop a couple of minutes a day to think about saving energy for our planet. The recent news about Elon Musk building the solar roof in Canada brings the concept of green life to our attention. Is there any way for our normal people to contribute to our environment and planet? The answer is yes.

Avoid leaking at home

We use our home appliances every day and take everything for granted. However, whenever something goes wrong, we feel reluctant to get it right quickly. This is easy to understand because we work every day, and we naturally want to procrastinate anything which is not urgent. We intend to lay down at our comfortable couch and forget about the leaking faucet in the kitchen. After all, it will not cause any immediate danger. However, people might not realize how much water is wasted from a leaking faucet. There are millions of people in the world who can not access clean water every day. We can simply do our part by fixing the leaking parts in our home to save millions of lives.

Installing energy efficient windows

Although the world still has four seasons, we have been used to the mild temperature maintained by our air conditioners. However, you might not realize how important it is to have energy efficient windows and doors. A triple pane window has much better capacity than normal windows to insulate temperature, sound and outside elements. A professionally installed window will save a lot on your monthly energy bill. In this way, you are not only helping the environment, but also benefit your own financial situation.

Cultivate nice habits

The concept of saving energy should be everywhere in our life. For example, we can turn off the light when we leave our house or the office. For people who have a little budget, they can buy energy efficient appliances like toilets and washing machines. Of course, if we find any malfunctioning signs from our washer, we need to call a professional appliance repair technician to fix it right away. Moreover, we can tell our kids to bear the concept of energy saving in mind.

Conduct recycling strictly

You may not know how much poisonous garbage ends up in landfills, and all of those undegradable plastics will be washed into oceans. Then the scattered plastics will be absorbed by fish and other creatures. In the end, the fish will be hunted and get back to our tables. Yes, we are eating micro plastics everyday. Does it sound terrible? A lot of cities have programs to recycle plastic, bottles, glasses, etc. All we need to do is to comply with the rules to save our planet. Especially for construction sites, home improvement projects and small businesses, the garbage size will be enormous. It is important to contact local dumpster bin rental companies to take care of your garbage properly.

When we start to conserve energy in our life, it might be a little difficult in the beginning, but when we turn those greener tips into our daily routines, we are helping our communities, and the world to be a little greener every day.

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The 4 Most Important Elements of a Sustainable Home Build

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As environmental concerns and discussions about sustainability become more widespread, many prospective homeowners are looking for ways to make their build more eco-friendly. With new, innovative technologies coming out all the time and lots of strong opinions on which eco-friendly approaches are best, designing a sustainable home can feel like an overwhelming task. 

If you’ve been dreaming about building a sustainable home but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at the four factors that will have the biggest effect on reducing your home’s footprint and enable you to live a sustainable lifestyle. 

Use utility-efficient designs and supplies

All sustainable home builds should focus on reducing water, heat, and electrical usage. Some of the most popular heating options today include geothermal heating, solar panels, masonry heat systems, and hydronic heat systems. 

To conserve water, collect rainwater and recycle your greywater. If you have lots of outdoor space, consider putting in an irrigation system in place of underground sprinklers. If you have the space and a license, well drillers can provide you with your own source of clean, safe drinking water, saving you from purchasing plastic water bottles. 

Keep in mind that although some of these features have high upfront costs, many will save you money in the long run and increase the value of your home. 

Look for eco-friendly materials

When deciding on the materials for your build, there are three main considerations to keep in mind:

  • Is the material easily renewable? 
  • Can they be locally sourced? 
  • Are they free of contaminants and harmful chemicals? 

Bamboo and wool are popular materials, as they meet the first and third criteria. Having an extensive understanding of all potential building materials is just one of many things you should know before you self-build. Even if you’ve hired a builder to do the work for you, you shouldn’t expect to take a back seat in the project. Make sure you have a firm idea about what materials you want and be ready to negotiate this with your builder. 

Less is more

Energy-efficient design or not, larger eco-friendly homes will always use more energy than smaller eco-friendly homes. How much space do you truly need to live comfortably? Focus more on building a functional, comfortable space than your dream eco-mansion. 

There are lessons to be learned here from tiny house architects. While you shouldn’t feel pressured to live in a space that small, their designs are worth taking a look at to get some ideas on how you can maximize the space you have. Less space means less waste. 

Plant a permaculture-inspired garden

Living sustainably is all about seeking connection and mutual benefit with the natural environment around you. Your sustainable home should therefore not shut out the outdoors, but seamlessly integrate into it. 

Your garden is just as important as the house itself. Design your garden using permaculture principles, which take an approach to agriculture that mimics and supports natural processes. Cultivate your own fruits and vegetables to your heart’s content while simultaneously giving back to the environment. 

That being said, sticking exclusively to permaculture principles exclusively isn’t for everyone. To reduce your reliance on the supermarket and eat locally, factor space for a polytunnel into your build to grow produce that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

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Saving The Environment One Car At A Time

Saving The Environment One Car At A Time

It is not uncommon to find the local salvage yard filled with different car models. While this may seem like a waste, an extensive process goes into ensuring that whenever possible, all 30,000 parts of each car are put to the best use. 

So don’t be so worried about the environment when you sell your car for scraps. As you will see in this infographic below, lots of junkyards are protecting the environment by making sure that they recycle as many car parts as possible. Parts like the battery, electronics, glass, plastics, rubber, fabric, steel and aluminum, can and will be used in other ways, such as being turned into fuel for cement production and asphalt. This means that none of those components will get to the landfill, significantly reducing the amount of waste that ends up there. Considering how long it takes some of these components to degrade, that is very positive. 

Aside from making extra cash for yourself, you will be doing the environment a big favor by selling your old car to a junkyard. By helping to reduce landfill waste harmful greenhouse gases are lowered, as are the levels of additional pollutants and chemicals released into the surrounding land and bodies of water.

Whichever way you look at it taking your car to the junkyard is a win-win situation. But to fully understand what goes into it, you will need some vital information, all of which can be found in the infographic.


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Recycle More Efficiently with These Small Business Tips

If your small business has to deal with the disposal of hazardous waste, then there’s a high chance that you deal with non-hazardous waste as well. Waste like this tends to have an uncomplicated handling procedure, but that being said, there is always room for you to improve. One of the best ways for you to do this would be for you to recycle more. If you want some help with that then simply take a look below.

Make a Commitment to Recycling

The first thing that you need to do is commit to recycling. It’s more likely that your business will succeed if everyone in your team is committed and this is especially the case if you look at top-level management. Top-level employees should be doing their best to set a strong example if possible, because if they don’t then you may find that your entire business suffers.

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Take a Visual Inventory

If you’re ready to get started, then take an inventory of everything that your business disposes of. Remember that aluminium,  steel, plastic, cardboard and paper are all recyclable. If you don’t have the time to do this or if you want to hire a recycling service then remember that there are services such as: https://gfcommodities.com/our-services/yellow-grease-disposal which can help you with yellow grease disposal if you need it.

Do a Waste Paper Audit

You then need to try and perform a wastepaper audit. You need to know what waste you are creating so that you can design a management and collection program. An audit will help you to know what needs to be recycled, what type of waste it is and the value. If you do this, then you will be able to streamline your process and you will also be able to make it much more efficient overall.

Recycling Supervisor

Another thing that you need to do is dedicate a supervisor for your recycling. They can be crucial to your success. The time required to do this job is minimal, but you need to have one until your program can be operational and self-sustainable. Your supervisor can educate your team as to what can be recycled and what can’t, and they can also help you to know the difference between some containers and others.

Educate your Team

You need to do your best to educate your employees by implementing an educational program. This will help your team to get motivated about the changes you are making, and it will also help you to explain the goals or the methods you aim to carry out. If you implement measures without talking to your team first, then you may find that it is hard to get everyone on the same page.

Good Maintenance

It’s vital to make sure that your progress is maintained and that it is consistent. If you know that there is a problem or if you keep on running into issues, then you need to deal with them in a timely manner. Follow up with your team about the informational materials you have and work things out as you go.

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Here’s What Your Business Can Do To Protect The Environment

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We’re not doomed to extinction just yet, but we still need to pay attention to the way we live our lives in relation to the environment around us. We are talking about our business lives as well as our personal lives, as there is much we can do to make a positive difference. 

If you run your own business, there are a few things you can do to protect the environment. 

#1: Leave your car at home

Rather than exposing the world to the toxic fumes caused by your exhaust pipe, why not cycle to work instead? Or car share, as at least there would be one less car on the roads. You could even work at home if remote working was possible for you, as there would then be little reason to use your car at all.

#2: Assess your damage

If you want to know more about the damage you are doing to the environment, seek the assistance of the experts. From energy auditors from your local utility company to the water sampling teams affiliated to marine research services akin to Gravity – visit their site – you might be able to assess your damage to the world around you. You would then have the incentive to make the necessary changes to your business before word gets about the damage you are causing. 

#3: Limit your use of paper

Do you really need paper in your business anymore? Thanks to digital marketing techniques, you can reach your customers without being reliant on door-to-door leaflet drops. And thanks to the cloud, you can now store your files virtually instead of keeping them locked away in filing cabinets. By using less paper, you would reduce your paper waste. You would also use less electricity as there would be fewer power surges running through your printers and photocopiers. And you wouldn’t have to use a lot of ink either, so you would be adding fewer ink cartridges to your local landfill. So, in all kinds of ways, by using less paper, you could do much to protect the environment. 

#4: Create a green policy

By creating a green policy, you would have a list of rules for your employees to follow. So, you could include recycling, for example, with instructions on how your staff can properly recycle the waste within your business. You could mention the appliances you use, and have instructions on when they should be powered down. And you could have rules about general behavior, such as no littering outside your business premises, and the stipulation that lights shouldn’t be left on after leaving a room.

#5: Reduce plastic waste

Rather than handing out plastic bags to your customers, you could use sustainably made alternatives. Rather than using disposable plastic cups for drinking purposes, you could encourage your staff to reuse water bottles or to bring in their own mugs from home. These are just a couple of examples, but we’re sure you can think of more. 

When you make the effort to protect the environment, you will also protect your business as your reputation will be secured. So, consider our suggestions, and do your bit to save our world.

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Life in the Stimulation

Originally posted on March 26, 2020 on changeroots.com.

What’s the latest?

  • Cases / Deaths: US : 80,857 / 1,163;  Italy: 80,589 / 8,215; World : 524,010 / 23,670
  • U.S. health response: Testing and tracking are crucial to curbing the spread; the U.S. isn’t doing enough of either.
  • Economic response: The Senate passed a stimulus bill twice as large as one from the 2008 financial crisis. The House votes on it tomorrow, Friday March 27th.
  • Bottom line: The more COVID-19 spreads, the more people die, the more drastic actions the government must take, and the more economic damage occurs.

Economic Impact

  • How bad is it: The initial economic decline from the COVID-19 will likely be sharper and more painful than during the 2008 financial crisis. Unemployment could reach 20%, compared to 10% in the 2008 crisis. 
  • Gov response: The Senate just passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill. This is in addition to $8 billion for vaccine research and $100 billion in economic aid already passed. Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, the House will vote on it.
  • Compared to 2008: The 2008 stimulus and industry bailout bills totaled $1.4 trillion.

What’s in the stimulus bill?The stimulus is an attempt to boost employment and economic output through grants, loans, and tax breaks to state and local governments, individuals, and businesses both large and small.

Who gets what? Source Politico

  • Individual Americans: 
    • Single Americans who make under $75,000 would get $1,200
    • Married couples who make under $150,000 would get $2,400
    • Parents would see $500 for each child under age 17
    • People who are unemployed would get an extra $600 per week for up to four months (in addition to state unemployment) 
  • Airline and other industry loans: $500 billion
  • Hospital Industry: $100 billion 
  • State and local governments: $150 billion

How does it compare to the 2008 stimulus 

The 2008 stimulus and industry bailout bills totaled $1.4 trillion. 

  • Individuals would receive up to $600
  • Married couples would get up to $1,200
  • Those with children would be sent $300 per dependent child

Did the 2008 stimulus bill work?

The recession ended in July 2009, five months after Congress passed the stimulus. Economic growth immediately improved. It expanded 1.5% in the third quarter of 2009 after shrinking 4.4% in Q1 2009. Within 18 months, the economy added 4.1 million jobs, after losing more than 500,000 jobs a month during the recession.

Our Post-Partisan Take

This crisis is forcing both parties to remember that everyone’s common goal should be serving the American people. The Senate voted unanimously on this bill with aspects of it that each party had to compromise on. Hopefully, this can carry forward in tackling problems beyond COVID-19 and result in more prompt legislation.

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How Businesses Can Combat Metro Manila’s Pollution

(And pollution in many other cities around the world, too!)

Metro Manila is arguably the biggest hub for commerce and business in the Philippines, seeing a vast population of workers everyday bustling across the stretch of cities to stimulate the economy. Right in the heart of Luzon, the national capital region stands a consistently busy area seeing dense crowds, many activities, and with it, some of the worst pollution seen in the country.

This state has made taking action on sustainability more critical for companies and businesses for the environmental impact and the employees’ well-being. Here are some changes that can be adopted to create positive change in the metro.

  • Eco-friendly installations

It’s become more popular and accessible for companies to make use of installations that add an aesthetic quality to their offices and base of operations while providing functional green benefits.

One popular way to achieve this is the living moss walls for the buildings and structures in the Philippines. These have been adopted by businesses that showcase being “green” and industries that want to add a splash of life into their environment.

Their benefit is that they are visually appealing and can fit into different interior designs nicely. They also actively provide better acoustic insulation and improve the air quality of the area. These installations make use of moss, which carries the benefits of having plants without the hassle of needing to constantly water them every day and expose them to adequate amounts of sunlight. These durable wall fixtures are easy to maintain and can work for any workplace.

  • Energy efficiency

One of the biggest impacts that businesses have on the environment stems from their energy efficiency. There are a variety of ways to make sure that spaces aren’t wasting energy and contributing avoidable emissions, especially since Metro Manila sees startling levels of air and water pollution, among others.

Properly maintaining ventilation and using mindful set-ups can significantly help airflow so that cooling systems don’t have to work as hard. It is one simple change that is easy to manage. Practices can be implemented that promote better energy usage with lights, equipment, and water. The use of more energy-efficient appliances, equipment, and tech can also curb a lot of the harmful environmental effects that litter the cityscapes daily.

  • Sustainable innovations

From infrastructure to operations, some of the country’s biggest players are becoming leaders for the movement of sustainability, which could incite other smaller enterprises to follow suit.

As new infrastructures are built to service operations, using materials and practices that are eco-conscious can turn the tide in climate change. Then, using the business’s platform to fund and promote causes and programs geared toward innovation in this sector can help follow through and maintain those efforts. Combining those two factors not only creates a new avenue for mindful modernization but also connects to the public in a new way.

By integrating these suggestions into a company’s practices and processes, businesses in Metro Manila can hope for a cleaner tomorrow. Even in different ways, climate change can be addressed by the workforce.

And this can go for any city or community in the world as well.

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How To Make Your Business More Economically Friendly

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Everyone is looking for new ways to make their company more eco-friendly that will also save you money in the long run along with controlling the amount of pollution you create daily. Even though many items seem great for boosting your projects they often aren’t great for the environment, so ensuring that you do some research before making a big purchase can contribute to saving the plant one bit at a time. 

Industrial air compressor 

Having an air compressor like at https://cbeuptime.com/compressor-central/ is the glue to the day to day running of your business. They can save you a lot of money in the long run as well as helping you to control your pollution. Large-scale air is released when electricity is produced so switching up your air compressor will be more economical. There are multiple air compressors that can help every sort of business. 

Cut down on your existing problems

We forget to assess how our daily routines can affect the environment, like disposing of any ink and toners from any printing safely using the facilities that are provided in the supermarket, stationery shops, and other places that can recycle them into new items. You can hire paper recycling stations if your business still uses paperwork that can be shredded and reused, or if your company can, then transferring your database and paperwork on to computers can save a lot of printing and help protect our forests. 

Lights and appliances

Switching light bulbs from the regular type to an energy-saving option can make a massive difference which can be done instantly and will save you money too. Every time you leave a room or when your business is closed for the day, briefing your staff members to turn off any lights and to switch any appliances off will leave you noticing that you are saving a lot of money. Don’t forget that items left on standby still use electricity. 

Green cleaning products

The chemicals that are in some cleaning products can be harmful to the environment and your health so keeping an eye out for non-toxic products will reduce this. You will also find that it will protect your staff members’ skin if it becomes in contact with them. Looking for moisturizers that are built into your hand washes can prevent your hands from cracking or getting dry or providing hand cream for your staff members to use throughout the day.

Plant trees or shrubs

Trees and shrubs can play a big part in our ecosystem. You could maybe create a team-building exercise to plant some trees to learn about how they can act as a filter for pollution. It can make the surroundings of your building look aesthetically pleasing and especially with trees you’ll find that they don’t need much maintenance to look after them.

Using these five ways to make your business eco-friendly will save you money whilst protecting the environment. It’s also very appealing to customers when you look to change what you do to save the planet.

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Three Clucking Good Reasons To Go Organic On Your Farm

Farming and agriculture are two of the oldest industries in the world. Our ancestors likely kept at least a few chickens, and so did their ancestors before them. In short; getting stuck into the ag-business means following in a long line of your forefathers. But, there’s a pretty high chance that the industry has changed since they were hoeing their fields and supporting their families.

Now, a focus on healthier food sources and what goes into them is forever driving farmers to consider their practices. This, alongside the vegan revolution, has left countless farmers struggling to pull the profits they once enjoyed. And, many are finding that farming alternatives like organic options are the best way to weather that storm.

Essentially, organic farming involves removing the chemicals from your processes. Instead, organic farms rely on natural pesticides and even antibiotic growth promoter (AGP) alternatives when it comes to supplementing livestock feed, etc. These may seem like pretty extreme steps away from what you know, but here are three clucking good reasons why this organic shift could be worth your while.

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# 1 – Potential for profit increases

Everyone knows that organic produce costs more, and this is perhaps the main reason to get started here. While standard farming practices have long been falling out of favor and losing money, the opposite can be seen from organic trends. In fact, produce from farms certified by bodies like USDA can typically sell for around 60% of average retail prices. This is particularly the case if you focus on farm shops, local markets, etc. Even better, you should find that consumers are more than happy to pay the difference if they can feel good about the purchase afterwards.

# 2 – An eco-focus

In the current climate, consumers are forever favoring greener companies with clear eco-focuses. And guess what? Going organic right now proves precisely that. After all, pesticides and harmful food additions are doing significant damage to water supplies, soil quality, and more. None of these is going to do you any good, and could even see consumers turning away. By comparison, that organic label proves you use only natural processes, meaning not only that your food is healthier to consume, but also that the ecological damage you cause to produce it is minimal or next to none.

# 3 – Land preservation

Along roughly the same lines, it’s worth noting that a shift to organic practices is far better for preserving your land in the long-run. Your resources (soil, water, etc.) will undeniably stretch further and reap better growing grounds than they would with the addition of nasty chemicals. As such, a farm that goes organic now is far more likely to stand the test of time than one that continues to practice harmful agricultural habits.

As if these benefits weren’t enough, making the switch to organic is often easier than you realize. All you need to do is think about alternative farming practices and habits that could make it possible.

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Helping Others As A Foundation Of Your Business Dream: Where Do You Begin?

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Everybody is trying their hand at starting a business. And for the vast majority of people, their goal is very simple: to make money. But when you are looking to do something a bit more with your business skills have you thought about starting a business that can bring about a certain type of change? It doesn’t necessarily have to be social change; it could be for medical purposes or a charitable organization. But when you decide that you want to start helping others as a basic foundation of your business dream, where do you go to next?

Understanding The Concept And The Industry

You may have some sort of idea where you would like to go but this means you have got to dig deep into that industry. Even when you are doing something straightforward, whether it’s a dental business or something in the medical industry, you’ve got to think about the knock-on effects; which can include issues in terms of productivity or the well-being of staff and patients. And when it comes to something like productivity, it’s crucial to have the technical components in place. In the modern-day, every business relies on its technology to make the business run but also improve its productivity. You can read more here about the positive impacts of an IT infrastructure for the dental industry. But needless to say, when you understand the concept of the business you’ve got an informed opinion of where you can progress with it. As good as it is to have an idea you’ve got to work hard to corner a specific part of the market but also realize that the infrastructure is essential.

Focus On Feedback

Whatever the business idea, the focus is very simple: the customers. You’ve got to work on building a relationship with customers and this is where the right marketing practices are crucial but you’ve also got to make sure that you receive proper feedback. When you’re trying to help people and they are the customers, you can have your work cut out for you. And we all know the difficulty of getting good customer service! So when you are dealing with people in terms of helping them, they could be more vulnerable, which calls for a deft approach to customer service. But you’ve also got to remember that feedback is vital because it can help to nurture the company. Positive and negative feedback is as important as each other. It’s crucial to turn negative feedback into constructive criticism. This will benefit the customer and your processes. And you’ve got to remember that it’s an ongoing task. It’s not a good idea to ignore negative feedback. And even if you receive more positive reviews than anything if you can turn a customer round from a negative review to a positive one this will make a big difference to your business in a financial sense but also in a moral sense too.

Starting your own business to help others is admirable but you’ve also got to remember that in order to make a success of it, it is still a business. This means that there are numerous components that need to remain. Learn the basics before you progress.

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