How the Environment Can Impact Your Business

By this stage, the majority of us are aware that the environment is in a state of flux. Indeed, the climate seems to be changing faster than many climate scientists have predicted. And it’s important to remember that this means more than just slightly hotter temperatures. If that’s all it was, then we’d probably all accept it (well, those of us who live in chilly climates). Alas, that’s not all it will be. There are a bunch of changes that could spell major trouble for all sectors of society, including business owners.

In this blog, we’ll run through several ways in which the environment could impact your operations.

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Flooding and Storm Damage

Even places that have never had to contend with flooding are finding that it now poses a threat to buildings. The changing climate means an increase in the number — and severity — of storms, too. Both of these things can affect your commercial premises, causing damage, loss of power, and structural damage. There’s nothing you can do to prevent inclement weather, but you can ensure that you’re in the best position to withstand the elements by fortifying your building and getting business insurance that includes storm and flood damage. That way, you’ll have some financial security should the worst happen. 

Land Erosion

One of the other ways that businesses can be affected by nature is through land erosion. If you run your business close to the sea, then you may have to think about encroaching erosion. It might not be an immediate threat, but if the shore is eroding, then it could be something that you need to deal with at some stage or another. The best approach is to take action as early as possible. Good erosion control bags will help to protect sand, sediment, and soil from shifting. And in the process, it’ll protect your business premises — and your business.

Supply Chain Issues

No business exists in isolation. The majority depend on multiple other businesses to work well. For instance, you may source your products or materials from other businesses. And these companies may operate from a different country entirely. If that region experiences weather-related issues, then you may face issues with your supply chain, and that’s something that can seriously disrupt your operations. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan should your primary suppliers be unable to fulfill their duties. 

Changing Legislature

Finally, your business may be impacted not by the environment directly but by legislation that is enacted to protect the environment. While governments around the world have been broadly slow to react to the threat of climate change, they are finally beginning to take action. Some of these approaches involve limiting the materials that companies can use or the volume of emissions they’re allowed to emit. In the future, your business may face laws that restrict your operations. However, this is broadly a positive thing since it forces companies to adopt earth-friendly practices, which will set them up for the future. 

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Keep Your Environmental Impact To A Minimum In These Vital Ways

It has quite simply never been so important to do all you can to minimize your impact on the environment. If you are keen to make sure you are doing this properly, there are a lot of things that you might want to bear in mind along the way. As it happens, there are many simple and even easy steps that an individual can take which can help in keeping your environmental impact down. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of them, and see how you might be able to bring them into your own daily life easily enough for the sake of the planet.

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Change Your Means Of Transport

If you were to calculate your ecological footprint, one of the major things that would go into that would be what mode of transport you tend to use. Some modes are quite simply much more damaging than other modes, and this is something that you need to consider if you are serious about maximizing your impact. Swapping your car for a bicycle, or using public transport to get to work, is a really good way you can do this, and it’s something that you are probably going to want to consider at least. You might find that it actually makes the commute a lot more enjoyable as well.

Look At Your Diet

What you eat is actually the number one thing you should look into if you want to reduce your effect on the world. If you are eating lots of animal products, then you are having more of a damaging effect on the planet than those who avoid animal products. This is not a judgment thing, it’s just a fact that farmed animal products cause more ecological damage than just crops. So if you want to change the world one step at a time, a good first step is to reduce or even cut out completely your consumption of meat and dairy. This might be easier than you assume, and the results can be fantastic and immediate.

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Stop Flying

If you tend to use planes a lot, this is the other main thing that you should revisit and look into if you are keen on trying to reduce your environmental impact as much as possible. Stopping flying is going to mean that you are much more likely to be able to keep your impact to a minimum, and it’s one of the easiest things that you can actually do in this regard. It’s just a case of reducing your holidays abroad, and taking alternative transport when you do go abroad. If you can do that, you’ll already be making a significant improvement to the state of things as they are. This is something you can feel really good about as a result.

Those are just some of the major things to focus on if you really want to keep your impact low, so make sure you are considering these at least if you want to do that.

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4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Sustainable In Your Home

You might be thinking about how to make your home extra self-sufficient because of an emergency, the interruption of local utilities, or the fact that the weather isn’t as stable as it used to be. Your home’s ability to be self-sufficient depends mostly on whether or not you can provide its energy. A lot of people are trying to change the energy sector by relying less on fossil fuels and more on solar and ground heat pumps. But based on where you live, you might also need to buy a generator or think about cutting back on your needs. 

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Let’s look at a few ways you can live without reliance on the big utility and service companies.

Find Alternative Sources Of Water 

Aside from the energy your home uses, you need to make sure you have clean water. Acquiring this off the grid isn’t as easy, but it is possible.  You can also use rainwater collection locations to fill basins that you can use for gardening and watering animals.

Deal With Waste 

With a newly drilled well, you can make sure that all the water is coming into your home comes from nearby. But where does it go after that? What happens to the trash is much more important. One option is to build a septic system, which should be done with the help of experts who can help you make sure it works well. When you have a septic system, keep in mind that you will need to take care of it regularly and have a professional company empty it. It will help keep it from falling apart and hurting the environment around it. It is also a good idea to start using plant-based cleaning products to get rid of other types of waste in your home.  

Recycle Where Possible 

It might be simpler to start from scratch and build a home that can do more for itself. If you choose this route, try using recyclable materials and building materials. If you have lived in your home for a while but would like to live as sustainably as possible, choose as many used and recycled products as you can. This helps you stop relying on big stores.

Grow The Food You Eat 

If you have land to grow on, you can grow your own food and become less reliant on stores and the fossil fuel-powered logistics systems that keep them running. If you’re new to homesteading, find out what you can grow near you and take things slowly at first. If you get the hang of it, you can grow more and even build a greenhouse so you can grow some things out of season.

Being self-sufficient can help you get away from the system, but to get started, you’ll have to work harder and spend a lot of money upfront. If you’re lucky, you already have some of the above. Also, don’t forget to find out if there are any grants or tax breaks in your area for people who make their homes more energy efficient. A lot of what you need could also be found used.

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Top Tips to Plan a Fulfilling Retirement

Top Tips to Plan a Fulfilling Retirement


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Whether you are thinking about your retirement, you are close to retirement age or you have just retired, you want to have a solid plan in place to ensure it is good and fulfilling. Most people will think about their finances and put a good plan in place. While this is vital to surviving your retirement, there are also many other things you should incorporate into your plan to make sure you can maximize your retirement and be able to enjoy yourself.

It is never too early or too late to start planning. Here are some top tips to help you put together a plan for a fulfilling retirement. 

#1 Review your finances

Finances should be an important part of your planning. While it is not the most thrilling activity to complete, it will ensure that you are well-organized and have enough money to live with. Getting your finances in order will not only enable you to eat well and have fun, but it will also ensure you are not in debt and you can live in retirement without any stress or financial difficulty. 

Make sure you have the details of any pensions you have paid into over the years, understand how to claim your state pension (and ensure you are eligible), and review what benefits you are eligible to claim. You may also wish to make any investments or open savings accounts to boost your wealth. 

#2 Be healthy

Being healthy is an important part of a fulfilling retirement. Exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet will ensure you are in the best mental and physical shape of your life. If you don’t, you will find you won’t have the strength or energy to do the things you want to do and find you live a more sedentary retirement. 

Make sure you eat regular meals filled with important nutrients and vitamins, fuel your body to give you energy and exercise a few times a week. This can be anything from weight training to aqua aerobics. Just make sure it is something that you enjoy and can easily fit into your schedule. 

#3 Seek support

You should seek support in all areas of your life. 

As you go into retirement, it is likely that your usual social life will start to fade. This is normal for those who have been working up until their retirement. It is a good idea to find some hobbies so that you can have fun, remain social and build a supportive community of people around you. You should also make an effort to stay in contact with your existing friends and close family members. 

When you enter retirement, some people find that they may require some extra support for their health and wellbeing. You can source consumer directed personal assistance, also known as cdpa, that will help you stay in control of your care. 

Retiring is more than just making a financial plan. To lead a more fulfilling retirement, you should look after your health and wellbeing, and keep a close social circle.

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Engage Your Volunteers Online

When you run a charity or a not-for-profit organization, the efforts of your volunteers have a significant impact. They help with donations and volunteer their time to help your organization do the work it needs to do, they’re essential to your success.

But finding volunteers isn’t always easy. Finding new ways to recruit and engage with your volunteers online can help grow your volunteers so that you can do more of the good work you set out to do.

Here are some of the things you can do to engage your volunteers online. 

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Create online spaces to engage with your volunteers

To help you build a community of volunteers and make it easy for them to get involved, you need to create spaces where that can happen. Dedicated websites and social media pages can be a great way to get your volunteers to interact with each other, communicate key messages and campaigns and give them rewarding experiences. You can even create your own social network with an online community platform to help you create a private space to bring your volunteer community together. Regular communication can help bring people together, while also raising awareness of your activities. 

Make it easy for people to get involved

There are a lot of different ways that people can volunteer their time and money. You can make it easier to grow your volunteer numbers and get donations by giving people simple online options to get involved. Accreditation management software can make it easy to manage and recruit your volunteers, while online donation tools can make it easy for people to give and raise money. When brainstorming ideas for your organization, be sure to include an online strand too.

Come up with some easy online fundraising campaigns

Online fundraising campaigns have the potential to go viral, reaching a wide number of people and securing a lot of donations. Some of the best examples include the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Movember, which gathered worldwide recognition thanks to the power of social media. Create challenges that can be shared online and watch the donations roll in.

Tell your story online

Using your online presence to share your story can help engage new and existing volunteers and help them gain a better insight into the work you do. From sharing videos to blog posts, there are a lot of creative ways you can tell your story. Social media marketing can also help you grow awareness around your organization, helping to target people in certain areas or with specific interests to help you encourage interest in volunteering and donations.

For a not-for-profit, the internet provides a powerful way to connect with a large audience. From using your social media to creating dedicated spaces for donations and volunteers, your online presence could prove valuable in boosting the work of your organization. Consider the ways you can engage your volunteers online to make an even bigger difference to others.

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5 Tips for Making the Switch to Sustainable Products

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You have surely heard of the sustainability movement for using more natural supplies. And you may want to switch to sustainable products. Here are some valuable tips.

Buy Zero-Waste Everyday Items

One of the most effective ways to be more sustainable is to reduce your waste. All over the world, people waste silly amounts of plastic on single-use items, energy in homes, and water when cleaning or even drinking. But there are many everyday items you can reuse. These include water bottles and coffee cups, food containers, and even cleaning products. For example, organic shampoo and soaps are typically zero-waste. And hand soap refill products are becoming more popular to increase the life of soap while reducing plastic bottles.

Use Alternative and Recycled Materials

Many of the materials we use require refinement and processing in factories that make a lot of carbon. Additionally, they might not be renewable or sustainable. However, you can help make an impact with alternative and recycled materials. For example, recycled toilet paper might sound unappealing, but it’s perfectly safe and reduces forest destruction. Additionally, there are many suitable replacements for everyday items. Bamboo is one material with many uses and is replacing all kinds of stuff. Stuff like dinner plates, cutlery, and even plastic wrapping.

Switch to Sustainable Products for Energy

Energy is a hot topic at the moment because of sharply increasing costs. And you may not be aware that almost all of your energy comes from nonrenewable materials like fossil fuels, gas, and oil. But there are energy suppliers you can switch to for cleaner, safer and sustainable energy. Their power supply is typically generated by wind, the sun, underground heating, or rushing water. Even modern nuclear energy techniques are considered sustainable because of the way minerals are mined. And the end results are completely clean and carbon-free. 

Check the Manufacturing Processes

Firms must state how they convert raw materials into finished products in most countries. And in some, the packaging needs to show whether materials are recycled, sustainable, or even fair trade. So if you want to make a switch to sustainable products, all you need to do is read the labels in most situations. And if you can’t find what you need on the packaging of a product, you can always visit their website or Google it. But with sustainability becoming more popular, brands are going out of their way to becoming part of the movement.

Support Local Industry Over Big Corporates

It’s no secret that massive companies generally pollute more than small businesses. Coca-Cola, for example, has decimated the water supply of some towns where its bottling factories are located. And just Google the DuPont company for some horrific and absolutely true cases of illness and rampant resource consumption. Some brands offer “natural” alternatives to products, but they aren’t much better than the originals. However, local companies source ingredients in sustainable ways. Organic soap and shampoo and organic grocers and prime examples.

Summary

Many of the products you buy at the store aren’t sustainable. Instead, you can switch to zero-waste items, use alternative materials, and check how something is made.

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20 Ways to Make Buildings Worldwide Environmentally Friendly

The benefits of making buildings environmentally friendly worldwide are numerous. First, it can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Buildings are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, so making them more energy-efficient can help reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Additionally, making buildings more environmentally friendly can save money and create jobs. Making buildings more energy-efficient cuts down on the amount of energy they use, which reduces costs. In addition, creating green jobs in the building industry helps boost the economy and create sustainable livelihoods.

Ultimately, it is crucial to make buildings worldwide more environmentally friendly because it is good for the planet and makes good economic sense. Here are some ways to make buildings more environmentally friendly.

Global Efforts to Make Buildings Sustainable

1. Requiring energy performance rating and certification.

An energy performance certificate (EPC) is a document that rates the energy efficiency of buildings. In the European Union, all new buildings must have an EPC. That helps ensure that buildings are designed and built with energy efficiency in mind.

2. Promoting green building materials.

There is a growing market for green building materials, such as bamboo, wool insulation, and low-VOC paint. Using these materials in buildings can reduce their environmental impact and create a healthier indoor environment.

3. Geothermal heating and cooling.

Geothermal systems use the earth’s heat to provide heating and cooling for buildings. This type of system is very efficient and can help to reduce a building’s energy consumption.

4. Incorporating solar panels.

Solar energy is a renewable resource that building owners can use to power buildings. Solar panels can be installed on the roof of a building to capture solar energy, which can then be used to power buildings, heat or cool the interior space, and heat water. Solar panel installation has increased in recent years as the technology has become more affordable.

5. Using wind energy.

Building owners can install wind turbines on the roofs, including metal roofing, of buildings to generate electricity. Wind energy is a renewable resource that can help to reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

6. Implementing green roofs.

A green roof is a roof that is partially or completely covered with vegetation. Green roofs help insulate buildings, reduce storm water runoff, and improve air quality.

7. Installing double-glazed windows.

Double-glazed windows are more energy-efficient than single-glazed windows. They help keep heat in during the winter and cool air during the summer.

8. Using low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures use less water than traditional fixtures, which can help to save water and reduce water bills.

9. Creating rainwater harvesting systems.

Rainwater harvesting systems collect and store rainwater for irrigation or other purposes. These systems can help to reduce water usage and save money on water bills.

10. Recycling greywater.

Greywater is water that has been used for showering, laundry, or dish washing. It can be recycled and used for watering plants or flushing toilets.

11. Enhancing natural lighting.

Building owners can use natural lighting to reduce the need for artificial lighting. That can be done by adding skylights or solar tubes or by painting walls and ceilings white.

12. Upgrading to LED lighting.

LED lighting is more energy-efficient than traditional lighting, and it also has a longer lifespan. By upgrading to LED lighting, buildings can reduce their energy consumption and save money.

13. Implementing an occupancy sensor system.

An occupancy sensor system is an energy-saving technology used to automatically turn off lights when a room is unoccupied. That can help to save energy and money on electricity bills.

14. Ventilating properly.

Proper ventilation is essential for good indoor air quality. Ensuring that buildings are well-ventilated can reduce the risk of health problems associated with poor air quality.

15. Using green cleaning products.

Green cleaning products are made with environmentally-friendly ingredients and are less harmful to the environment than traditional cleaning products. By using green cleaning products, buildings can reduce their environmental impact.

16. Educating occupants about sustainability.

It is vital to educate occupants about sustainability, so they can make informed decisions about how to save energy and water. Building managers can provide information about energy-saving tips, water conservation, and recycling programs.

17. Installing a green wall.

A green wall is a vertical garden that helps to improve air quality and create a more pleasant indoor environment. Green walls can also help to insulate buildings and reduce noise pollution.

18. Using food waste compost.

Food waste can be composted and used as fertilizer in buildings’ landscapes. That helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills, and it can also help improve soil quality.

19. Planting trees and shrubs around buildings.

Trees and shrubs can help to improve air quality, stabilize soil, and provide shade. They can also help to beautify the environment and create a more pleasant outdoor space.

20. Using green transportation options.

There are many ways to make transportation more sustainable, such as using public transit, carpooling, biking, or walking. Buildings must be located within walking distance of public transportation systems and must have the infrastructure to support bikers.

Clean Buildings Worldwide

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue, and buildings must become more environmentally friendly. There are many ways to make a building more sustainable, such as installing energy-saving technologies, using green products, and planting greenery. By implementing these measures, owners can reduce the environmental impact of buildings.

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Practical Tips On How To Live Sustainably At Home

Practical Tips On How To Live Sustainably At Home

With so many changes happening worldwide, people are gradually shifting to sustainable living to ensure that future generations have a safe place they can call home. 76% of Americans say that they are ready to adopt more eco-friendly lifestyles for their kids. So, what are you doing to help protect the earth? Here are a few tips on how to adopt a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle:

  1. Shop wisely

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Do you find yourself in the grocery store with a heap of items in your cart that weren’t on your shopping list? The danger of buying unnecessary items is that you would be left with waste, from your food packages to your finances. Before you leave home, ensure that you create a shopping list that consists of essential things to your home. Alternatively, you can buy fresh produce from local farms or markets so that you would not fall for the allure of packaged foods. If you want to reduce the amount of plastic waste you generate from shopping, you can bring your reusable bag. 

  1. Stop using bottles

While drinking beverages in plastic bottles has become common practice in our lives, it is not ideal for the environment and our health. Plastic bottles often end up in landfills and take up to 450 years to decompose— well past your lifetime! That means that landfills are now expanding to accommodate more plastic waste. Health-wise, plastic bottles contain potentially toxic chemicals, which could directly affect your health and organ functions when left for an extended period.  

  1. Drive an eco-friendly car

Is it time to buy a new car? Then why not consider purchasing an eco-friendly car for your home? Green vehicles release fewer pollutants into the air because they do not burn fuel, as they usually run on electricity. Over the past years, consumer preferences for hybrids and eco-friendly cars have increased, thriving the industry. Charging stations are continuously springing up, so you don’t need to ever worry about running out of ‘juice’ while on the road. Several electric and eco-friendly car product retailers like EV Powerhouse have wide selections of products you need to give your car the best performance. 

  1. Get into composting

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If you have a big backyard, a great idea to get your family into living an eco-friendly lifestyle is by setting up a compost system. It is also an excellent way of using your food waste and other materials like mowed grass, dried leaves, and coffee grounds. Composting is great for the soil, especially if you are into gardening, as it enriches and moisturizes the soil. It also reduces the need to use harmful chemical fertilizers. If you do not have backyard space for a compost system, you can try indoor composting using a special garbage bin. Ensure that you keep track of what you throw in there. Avoid foods that will attract pests and rodents and not have a bad smell. Compost typically should be ready to use within a month. 

Living a sustainable lifestyle is not a fad or a passing phase. While you might not see its immediate benefits, your future generation will.

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Eco-Friendly Car Ownership: Top Ways to Make Your Passion Kinder to the Environment

Cars release toxic fumes that hurt the environment. Hence, environmentalists and sustainability advocates promote walking and traveling by bicycle. But it’s not easy to let go of the habit of driving and buying new cars. In any angle, driving is more convenient than walking, commuting, or cycling. In the car, it’s private, the air is cleaner, and you’re in control of the wheel.

But then again, cars aren’t the friendliest to the environment. Hybrid or electric cars may be better, but producing them still leaves a significant carbon footprint. Luckily for you, you don’t have to give up your love for cars to help the earth. These hacks will make auto care and ownership a lot greener:

1. Choose Fuel-efficient, Low-emission Autos

Almost all vehicles released today are fuel-efficient and low-emission, so you shouldn’t have a problem choosing one. This is the least you can do to make your driving eco-friendlier. Plus, you can save on gas.

To know if your car options meet the standard for fuel efficiency and emissions, check out EPA’s Green Vehicle guide.

2. Avoid Driving Recklessly

Aside from risking your safety, reckless driving also increases your gas mileage and carbon footprint. Hard accelerations, slamming on the brakes, and staying idle for more than 30 seconds are the top driving habits that harm the environment. Avoid doing those and you’ll notice a big difference.

3. Stay Updated With Maintenance

Maintenance is the costliest part of owning a vehicle, so some owners skip it. But this only results in higher expenses. Poorly maintained vehicles break down easier, and their issues are often more expensive to repair.

Key maintenance includes oil changes, checking the tire pressure, and testing the engine. Of course, don’t forget to test the brakes and steering wheel, too. A well-maintained car will drive without issues, optimizing your fuel efficiency.

4. Use Eco-friendly Tires

Next time you’re due for new tires, check out eco-friendly types if you’re not using them yet. Eco-friendly tires are made from synthetic rubber blends and other sustainable materials. They have better rolling resistance than regular tires. As such, they reduce emissions and boost fuel efficiency.

5. Refrain from Topping Off Your Pump

Every time you refill your gas, stop as soon as the automatic nozzle shuts off. Topping off your pump makes the gas prone to leakage, which creates a fire hazard, and, of course, harms the environment. Gasoline can seep into the groundwater and contaminate fresh water sources.

6. Use Portable Car Wash Bay

high-quality portable car wash system can help you conserve water while you give your autos a bath. It has a bunded perimeter wall that retains wastewater and a pump that transports wastewater for treatment. Simply put, it lets you recycle runoff. You can hit two birds with one stone, saving water and reducing your water bill.

7. Use Eco-friendly Car Wash Chemicals

Instead of buying hydrofluoric acid and ammonium bi-fluoride, find eco-friendly alternatives. Harsh chemicals don’t just emit fumes, but also have side effects on your health, including eye, throat, skin, and nose irritation, eye and skin burns, rhinitis, and lung problems.

In fact, the International Car Wash Association already issued a warning against using harsh chemicals. Though harsh chemicals are only common in professional settings, you can still be part of the problem if you support businesses that ignore warnings. So if you’d truly like to make a change, switch to eco-friendly car wash products, and ensure that the car wash businesses you support use them, too.

8. Save Water

If you haven’t got a portable car wash bay yet, explore other ways to conserve water while washing your car. You can buy a pressure washer, since it releases less water than a garden hose. A pressure washer also cleans faster, and can be used for other heavy items around your home, such as your A/C compressors and garden pavers.

If a pressure washer is beyond your budget, just equip your garden hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. It can save you up to 70 gallons of water.

There’s also a waterless car cleaner. True to its name, it doesn’t have to be rinsed off after being sprayed all over your car. You can buy it from Amazon or any auto parts store.

And finally, you can go to a car wash that uses water-efficient techniques, along with eco-friendly car wash products.

9. Carpool

Last but not the least, try carpooling if you and your colleagues drive to work every day. Reducing the number of cars on the road can improve traffic flow, decreasing toxic fumes from idle cars. And of course, it saves you money on gas.

By using these hacks, your love for cars won’t ever have to come at the expense of nature again. Be consistent in using them; make it a lifestyle. By doing so, you can influence other auto enthusiasts to do the same.

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The Dangers of Drought: How You Can Protect Your Home

In the past year, we’ve faced a global health crisis that has significantly impacted the world we live in. However, what many don’t realize is that we were already in the middle of another crisis before the pandemic- the environmental crisis.

Climate change has been a decades-long issue, with humanity being the major cause of the global environmental crisis we’re facing to this day. This is due to the numerous human activities like deforestation, the burning of fossil fuels, overpopulation, and overconsumption, which in turn produce greenhouse gases and waste, among other pollutants. The effects of this crisis are seen all across the world, with ice caps melting, sea levels rising, extreme heat, and droughts. And not only are its effects threatening us, our livelihood, and wildlife, but it also threatens the future of our whole planet.

While we make the slow journey towards rehabilitating our planet, it’s also important to know how to protect ourselves whenever a natural disaster caused by climate change occurs.

How Droughts Affect Your Home

Across the world, drought affects more people compared to any other natural disaster, with 55 million people affected by drought every year. This poses a hazard not only to your health, livestock, and crops but also to your home.

With nearly half of the United States currently affected by some level of drought that is also expected to get worse in the near future, it’s important to know how it affects our homes and what we can do to protect our property. For instance, if your area is going through a serious drought and your home is built on reactive clay soil, this could significantly impact your home. This is because reactive clay soil expands and contracts, depending on the weather condition outside. If the weather is cool and the soil is moist, the material expands. If it’s extremely hot, on the other hand, this can cause any moisture in the soil to quickly evaporate and cause it to shrink.

In turn, your house sinks, which can put immense pressure and even damage the foundations of your home. Just like droughts themselves, the signs that it’s affecting your home are gradual, and in most cases, you won’t notice them until it’s too late.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Home in Times of Drought

As they say, prevention is better than cure, and the same goes for protecting your home from droughts. Knowing the preventative measures to keep your house safe during both mild and extreme droughts will not only help you avoid any damages to your home but will also protect you and the rest of your household. The best preventative measure for drought protection is maintaining your property, from inspecting your home for any needed repairs or cleaning to avoiding lighting fires. Use these tips to help you prevent foundation damage to keep you and your household safe during a drought.

Inspect Your Home Regularly

The first step to protecting your home from the effects of drought is by inspecting your home often. If you spot anything that you find worrisome, take a photo that you can use for comparisons later on. If it looks minor, just keep an eye on them and observe if anything else happens. On the other hand, if you notice something more serious, it’s important to contact a professional before it causes serious damage that could end up costing you more later on.

Some of the signs of drought-induced damage in your home include:

  • Sloping or sinking floors
  • Bouncing floors
  • Gaps between walls
  • Cracks around your home

Clean Out Your Gutters

During a drought, gutters are likely one of the last things on your mind. However, they’re more important than you think. You never know when the weather might change, and since gutters are your home’s way of rerouting water, it’s important that you keep them clean in the event that it rains. This way, you won’t end up over saturating your soil with water and end up damaging the foundation.

Keep Foundation Moist

When you think about watering, your mind may immediately think of watering plants. While this is true, what many people don’t know is that your house’s foundation needs watering too. You can help prevent your foundation from sinking by keeping your soil’s moisture at a normal level. You can do this by watering the ground and using a soaker hose around your house to keep your soil nice and moist. If you’re constantly busy, you don’t need to worry, as this only needs to be done every week.

You can also consider adding mulch to the soil near your home’s foundation, allowing moisture to evaporate more slowly, reducing your frequency of having to water your foundation.

Give Your Fire Pit a Break

Since both the air and ground are extremely dry during droughts, lighting a fire can become dangerous fast. Give your fire pit a vacation during this time to avoid any accidental fires.

If you live in areas that experience drought often such as Texas, New Mexico, and California, it’s important to always stay prepared. Remember to conserve water, make sure your home doesn’t have any leaks, and most importantly, take preventative measures to keep your foundation from drying out and damaging your home.

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