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Going Green In The Office

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Going Green In The Office

Going green around the office doesn’t have to include going broke. With a little creativity, you can lessen your business’s carbon footprint just like you do at home, and save money at the same time. Read on to learn how to save green by going green. Don’t Burn Daylight You can significantly trim your office building’s electricity bill by leaving the lights turned off during the brightest hours of the day. If your office has windows (hopefully, it does), there are most certainly times when it’s not necessary to have those overhead fluorescent lights turned on.  Insulate Your Water Heater Tank If you have a home office, or a small office in a single commercial building, you probably have your own water heater. The water heater is essentially a holding tank for hot water. The warmer you can keep the tank, the less it has to work. Specially fitted insulation covers can be purchased online and in hardware stores, but an unused blanket will work almost as well. Just wrap it around the tank and secure with strapping or rope. Unplug and Disconnect Make it a company mandate that all office equipment must be turned off at night. Many people still believe that it hurts a computer to shut it down every night. New computers, however, don’t have the same handicap, and shutting them down and allowing them to reboot fully in the morning is actually better for them. It’s better for you, too, because it will save your company money. Consider Solar People have very different opinions on the cost savings of solar panels. Just as with homeowner incentives, sometimes there are state government incentives for businesses that can make solar panels an irresistible energy choice. Remember that you don’t necessarily have to energize your entire office building with solar panels. Even if you only minimize your oil or electricity use by a small percentage, every little bit helps. The thing to remember about saving electricity and going green in the office is that it’s easier than you think. You’re at a big advantage, because the more employees who get on board with the idea of energy conservation, the easier it will be for each individual. Also, individual employees who might have been on the fence about the need for saving energy will be inspired and motivated by those who see going green as a necessity rather than an option. Some changes might take a small investment, but many don’t require anything more than some old-fashioned ingenuity and creativity. For solar energy, consider contacting a company such as DFW Solar...

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Small Metal Household Items You Can Recycle

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Small Metal Household Items You Can Recycle

The 2013 statistics indicate that in the United States alone the average person produces about 4.4 pounds of garbage per day. This adds up to about 254 million tons of waste for the year with about 9 percent of this being composed of metal or metal compounds. The good news is that recycling and composting of trash removed approximately 87.2 million tons of waste from getting into landfills, which is a huge increase from the 15 million it was in 1980.  However, while a lot of attention is given to recycling the large bits of metal such as cars and machinery, there are also smaller items that can be found accumulating in your home that you probably didn’t even think could be recycled. Here are a few. Hanging around Metal hangers can sometimes be the bane of your existence, especially since every trip to the dry cleaners gets you a whole new set. In fact, since it is estimated that the average American woman spends about $1500 on dry cleaning annually, this could translate to about 375 metal hangers per person that could end up in the trash. They can be recycled or donated. Since metal hangers have an odd shape, a low percentage of steel, and are often coated with a petroleum polymer, it makes them a little more challenging to recycle, so your local curbside program may not accept them and you may actually need to take them into the recycling center yourself. However, hangers can also be donated to a local artist, high school, shelter, charity store, or second hand shop, or you could even return them to your dry cleaners for reuse. Dry cleaners especially might welcome the hangers as part of their own efforts to help protect the environment. In fact, in 2013, the Dry Cleaning Institute set a target for recycling approximately 30 million hangers worldwide and participating dry cleaners in your area might still be carrying on this initiative. It’s in the keys Another metal item that tends to accumulate over time is keys. You might find yourself with a drawer full of these and no clue what they were initially used for. Keys can be recycled and are actually considered to be scrap metal. This includes broken keys. However, keys cannot just be added to your curbside recycling bins and need to be taken in to the metal recycling center and added to the mixed metals bin. Just remember to remove the key rings, whether plastic, rubber or metal. It might also be wise to call ahead to ensure that the recycling center accepts keys before making the trip. You can also ship your keys to recycling programs that use the proceeds from them to support charities such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society or shelters. You would be paying for shipping the keys, but you can think of this in the light of getting rid of the key nuisance while making a contribution to charity. That is “getting two birds with one stone,” as the saying goes. For more information about metal items you can donate, contact a metal recycling center like Cen-Tex Scrap & Metal...

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Top 5 Myths About Nuclear Energy

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 5 Myths About Nuclear Energy

Fossil fuels serve the energy needs of the world right now, but eventually they will run out. The world will need an alternative source of energy. Nuclear energy is a good candidate as an alternative, but there is a lot of misinformation about nuclear energy. Here are five myths: 1. Nuclear waste is difficult to dispose. Nuclear waste is recyclable. In this process, uranium and plutonium are separated from the waste and used again to produce even more energy. Nuclear reprocessing solves the problem of nuclear waste and is highly efficient by reusing fissionable material. If the nuclear waste can’t be recycled, the waste is stored in containers with nuclear shielding to prevent radiation from contaminating the environment. After a period of fifty years, these containers are buried in lead lined casks. For more information about nuclear shielding, contact Nuclear Lead Co., Inc. or a similar company. 2. Nuclear reactors produce high levels of radiation. Much of the radiation produced by nuclear reactors gets converted into electricity. Nuclear power plants also have many safeguards in place to prevent radiation from escaping the plant. Some of these safeguards include control rods, liquid controls, and containment rooms with nuclear shielding. In fact, people living within fifty miles of a nuclear plant only receive a .01 millirem dose of radiation in one year. In comparison, a dental x-ray provides a radiation dose of 2 millirems. 3. Nuclear meltdowns are common and dangerous. Since the Chernobyl incident, the design of nuclear reactors changed to prevent another disaster. Nuclear reactors automatically shut down once they reach a certain temperature and will not start again until the reactors cool. Modern nuclear reactors have so many safety features that the expected probability of a meltdown is one for every 20,000 years the nuclear plant operates. Of meltdowns that do occur, 2/3 would not lead to fatalities. 4. Nuclear energy produces just as much greenhouse gas as any other source of energy. Nuclear energy is one of the cleanest forms of energy. Nuclear power plants do not release any greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Much of the waste that emits from a nuclear reactor’s smokestack is steam. No carbon emissions are produced. 5. Nuclear energy is not sustainable and won’t be a long-term solution. This myth stems from the idea that uranium is running out and in fifty years, uranium mines will shut down. This is not true. Based on current estimates, there is enough uranium to last over 200 years. Thanks to modern nuclear reactor designs and recycling, this supply could stretch to thousands of years. Also, different methods of mining and enriching could provide enough uranium to last 60,000...

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Why Your Business Should Hire A Compliance Training Company

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Business Should Hire A Compliance Training Company

Are you a business owner who is considering expanding and hiring more employees? Are you wondering whether you should handle the necessary compliance training yourself or if you should hire an outside company? Here are some reasons why you should hire an outside company instead of doing it all yourself: Saves time and money: Trying to put together a compliance training package can be extremely time consuming. In order to make sure that you don’t miss anything important, you could end up spending weeks on the training materials. The time you spend doing this could cause you to miss out on getting a new client or even to miss an important deadline for a current client. When you hire a company to do the training for you, you don’t have to worry about putting any training materials together. The other company will have the materials already put together, allowing you to focus on more important matters. More legal knowledge: If you weren’t familiar with the legal side of your business, you probably wouldn’t be able to have enough customers and clients to expand and hire new employees. Even so, it’s possible that you missed some small but crucial aspect of your industry. You may also have missed new laws or regulations being enacted in your area. When you hire an outside compliance training company, their sole job is to keep abreast of industry standards and regulations. Because they don’t have to worry about other business areas, they may even be able to teach you a thing or two about the compliance standards that you should be following. Third party verification: Depending on what industry you’re in, it may be extremely important to be able to state that a particular employee received his or her compliance training. You can have employees sign papers saying that they’ve been trained, but this may not be enough, should you be unfortunate enough to get sued for some reason. The lawyer or lawyers for the other side could try to claim that the documents were forged or simply untrue. Having someone from outside your company able to definitively state whether or not a particular employee received training could wind up being essential to winning your case. Having adequate compliance training for your employees is crucial to keeping your business running smoothly. Instead of worrying about possibly being sued by one of your clients because one of your employees missed something in training, you can focus your efforts on  getting new clients and expanding your business even more. For more information on compliance training, contact a company like Environmental Hazmat Services...

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Private Water Sources And Disease: 3 Ways You Can Protect Your Family From Waterborne Pathogens

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Private Water Sources And Disease: 3 Ways You Can Protect Your Family From Waterborne Pathogens

Nearly 10,000 people become ill each year in the United States from drinking water that has been infected by bacteria, viruses, protozoa and intestinal parasites. While most people don’t die from waterborne illness, they can experience mild to severe symptoms, depending on the type of pathogen responsible for the infection.  Fortunately, most city and community water systems are extremely safe since they have to meet certain standards. Private water sources, such as wells and springs, are a different story. These sources are responsible for most cases of waterborne illnesses reported in this country. If you have a private water source, following are three ways you can protect your family from waterborne pathogens. Have Your Water Tested The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you test your water each spring. Things to test for include coliform bacteria, fecal coliform, pH, nitrates and volatile organic compounds. You may also want to test for lead, arsenic, radium and pesticides, depending on the known toxins in your geographical location. If you notice any changes in your water quality throughout the year, you should check your water quality immediately. You should also test your water if the ground around your well has been disturbed or if you do any repairs on your well.  Know Symptoms of Disease To keep your family safe, you must know and be able to recognize common symptoms of waterborne disease. If your family has any of the following symptoms, you should suspect tainted water.  Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Fatigue Weight loss Fever Chills Bloody stools If you have a private water source and your family starts experiencing these symptoms, don’t assume they have a stomach virus or a case of food poisoning. Test your water to rule out pathogens. Drink from Healthier Sources Since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates community water sources, you should try to connect to your local water supply. If that’s not possible, you can protect your family by using bottled water for cooking and drinking. However, you should keep in mind that not all bottled water is filtered using EPA standards. Look for water filtered and packaged by well-known water treatment facilities. At the very least, invest in a good filtration system and boil your drinking water for a full minute to make it safe for consumption.  If you have a private well or spring, you must take steps to protect your family from waterborne pathogens. The cleaner and safer that your water supply is, the healthier and happier your family will be. To learn more, speak with a company like AK Quality Water Conditioning...

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4 Tips To Prepare For Your Dumpster Rental

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dumpster rental should be easy–and it is. But to ensure that your dumpster rental experience is a smooth one, follow these tips to prepare for the arrival of your dumpster.  1. Clear the Space Perhaps the most important part of preparing for your dumpster rental is clearing an actual physical space where the dumpster will go. To ensure that your dumpster has been placed in a good spot, look for a location that has the following qualities: Firm Ground. Your dumpster needs to be placed in an area where the ground is firm and capable of supporting a heavy weight. While mud and dirt are generally poor surfaces for dumpster support, there are other surfaces where dumpsters should not be placed. Dumpsters can sink into new asphalt pavement, for example–especially when the weather is warm. Keep your dumpster off of a new driveway or newly paved road. Easy Access. Clear an area for your dumpster that is relatively close the site where the garbage is being produced.  Room to Open the Lid. Place your dumpster in a spot where there is room for the lid to open fully.  2. Get Proper Permission Different communities have different rules about dumpster rental. Some municipalities require residents to obtain special permission in order to rent or park a dumpster. In addition, some homeowners associations have rules and restrictions governing the use of dumpsters in front of personal residences. Your dumpster rental service may be able to direct you to the appropriate city agencies for obtaining permission, but will likely not be able to help with your homeowner’s association. To ensure that your dumpster rental is proper, legal, and hassle-free, do your due diligence and seek permission from the appropriate authorities.  3. Familiarize Yourself with the Rules of Use Before your dumpster arrives, familiarize yourself with the rules of use for your dumpster. Your dumpster company may limit or restrict the types of materials that you can throw away in your dumpster. Knowing this ahead of time will ensure that you have made appropriate accommodations, and that you have the resources you need to dispose of the materials that need to be thrown away.  4. Confirm the Dates Two or three days before your dumpster rental is scheduled to take place, contact the dumpster rental company and confirm the dates with a customer service representative. This will help you avoid miscommunications and ensure that your dumpster rental arrives on schedule. For more information about the  ways that you can prepare for your dumpster rental, speak with a customer service representative from a dumpster rental company like Tri-State...

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Four Tips That Will Help You Choose The Best Solar Energy Improvements For Your Home

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you want to integrate renewable energy into the design of your home, solar energy is a great choice. There are a few different options when it comes to solar energy; grid-tied systems can help reduce your energy bills and still have service from your electrical company, off-grid systems can provide you with all the energy you need for your home, or you can have solar water heaters for heating or hot water.  Here are some tips that can help you make the best solar energy choices for your home: 1. Find The Best Real Estate For Installation Of Solar Systems Any space around your home that has direct sunlight is valuable space. The south facing areas of your roof are great locations for solar panels. You can also use space in direct sunlight for PV solar panels to if you want a larger systems, and preserve a certain amount of roof top space to use for other systems such as a solar water heater. The water heater will perform the best on the roof, and PV panels work in arrays, so it is not as essential to have roof top space on your roof. You can also install PV panels in areas of your landscaping or on a fence line. 2. Choosing The Type Of PV Solar Panel Arrays To Use There are many different types of PV solar panels that you can have installed on your home. If you want to install a grid-tied system, flexible panels will be a more aesthetic look. If you want to have an off-grid installation, you will probably want to have a more conventional array with racking. You can also have racking installed with an adjustable axis to allow the panels to be moved to get optimal direct sunlight. 3. Adding Solar Hot Water Heating To Your Solar Energy Design While solar panels for electricity can be a great addition to your home, you may want to consider other solar energy solutions such as solar hot water heaters. Solar water heaters can also be used to help provide your home with heating, and reduce energy consumption for any heating system that you have installed on your home. 4. Improving Your Home With Low Electrical Consumption Improvements Once you have chosen all the solar systems you want to have in your home, you also have the electrical systems installed. While many home appliances need to have an AC current, some things can use the DC current from batteries and panels. You can have things like alarm systems, doorbells and even DC lighting installed in your home to reduce the energy consumption. This is something that you will probably want to do if you want to install an off-grid system for your home. These are some tips that you may want to consider when looking for the best solar systems for your home. If you need help with the design and installation of solar energy systems for your home, contact a solar installation company to get the help you need to improve your home with renewable...

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Remove Mice Effectively From Your Home

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It doesn’t matter what area of the country you live in. The presence of mice is a constant reminder that you need to do a better job at protecting your home from pests. The house mouse is the most common type of mouse that can be seen in and around homes. Mice provide many dangers to homeowners. From causing structural damage to transmitting diseases, it is important to rid your home of mice when you spot the signs that mice are present. In just one year, your resident female mouse can have up to 10 litters of about 5 to 6 babies. Having over 50 mice in your home is a scary thought. Here are 3 ways to remove mice for good.  Closing Off Entry Points If you don’t want mice in your home, you have to make sure they can’t get in. This means finding hidden entry points where they can squirm their way in. Some of the best entry points for mice include crawl spaces, fireplaces, drainage pipes, and dryer vents. Go around your home and do a complete inspection of any openings where a mouse could get in. They do not need a lot of space. Any opening bigger than 1/4″ should be covered.  Eliminate Food Sources Mice feed off the same food that humans do. When you have a kitchen with opened food containers, you are welcoming mice in. Make sure all food items are kept in sealed containers. Even pet food should be kept up and in a closed container so that it doesn’t attract mice. Your garbage holds plenty of food scraps that can look enticing for mice. Keep a tight lid over your garbage to ensure mice don’t make home in your trash can.  Set Out Poison Bates If you suspect a few mice in your home, poison bates can be very effective. Block baits and grain bates are two of the most popular types of baits used to get rid of mice. The placement of these baits are essentially to actually catching the mice. You want to put the baits in places where you suspect the mice are living. This means in basement corners, crawl spaces, dryer vents, and other common areas you can find the mice. The baits should be placed no more than 10 feet away from each other to ensure they remain effective in mice removal. Label the baits so everyone in the home knows exactly what they...

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Attack Your Attic And Beat The Clutter With Simple Strategies

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is your attic a catchall for the clutter from the rest of your home? An attic should be reserved for seasonal storage and occasionally for sentimental items that you want to keep and eventually give away to someone special. Keep the following in mind when clearing and organizing your attic: Whittle down the clutter Storage spaces typically are filled with three different types of items: active storage, seasonal storage, and dead storage. Dead storage is what comprises clutter, and is also what can be cleaned out to provide more ample storage room for your active and seasonal items. More information about these three types of storage include: Active storage is the stuff that you need to pull out and use fairly regularly. This may include cookware, reference books, or tools that you store for short, intermittent periods of time. These require convenient, accessible storage solutions. Seasonal storage refers to the things that you use less frequently, such as holiday décor, seasonal apparel, and sporting goods. These should be stored but don’t need to be at-hand. Dead storage are the things that you have not used within the past year, and that become clutter in your storage spaces. These are the things that need to be weeded and thinned out. Clean-up the stairs. The first step in clearing attic clutter is cleaning out under, on, and around the stairs that lead up to this space. Many times, it becomes a real chore to simply access the attic, which is why the clutter continues to take up valuable space in your home. Storing items on the stairs can pose a falling and injury risk, so avoid keeping things there. Getting rid of clutter Go ahead and give some of the items that you have saved for others to them now; they can enjoy the belongings longer, while you get to de-clutter your home’s attic. Donate a box or two to local thrift shops for valuable breaks at tax-time. Getting rid of your clutter becomes easier as you go; after you start to see progress, you may feel your motivation grow. Get use from your things How many times have you purchased something that you know you already have but that you simply can’t find or get your hands on when needed? The best approach is to use your things often; bring down Grandmother’s china from the attic and use it for family meals. Getting use of these things changes them from being dead storage to becoming active storage items, that you keep and use. If you find you don’t use things often, or ever, you can get rid of them. Cleaning out the attic and getting rid of dead storage items is a great first step toward reducing the clutter in the home. This will make it far easier to store active and seasonal items, keeping them accessible and available to you when they are needed. You may be surprised at how the task of getting rid of things in the attic becomes easier as it goes along, and after you begin purging some of the clutter from your home. You can also work with a company like Kimberly’s Kleaning Service to keep your home clean and clutter-free....

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5 Tips For Maintaining Fire Safety In Your Commercial Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you operate a restaurant, cafeteria or any other type of commercial kitchen, you probably know that there is always a risk of fire. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent fires from happening at all and to keep everyone safe in the event of a disaster. Implement these five things into your commercial kitchen’s fire safety plan, and you can help prevent anyone from getting hurt. 1. Install a Fire Suppression System Probably the biggest way to help improve fire safety in your commercial kitchen is to install a fire suppression system. Fire suppression systems include commercial sprinkler systems that are connected to smoke detectors; basically, when it is established that there is smoke in your kitchen, the sprinklers will automatically turn on to help put the fire out. 2. Keep Your Grease Trap Clean Failing to keep your kitchen’s grease trap clean can put everyone at risk of a dangerous grease fire. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for emptying, cleaning and maintaining your grease trap, and err on the side of caution by having it cleaned “too” frequently versus not often enough. 3. Keep Your Exhaust Fan in Good Condition Your kitchen exhaust fan works wonders at preventing smoke and fires, so make sure that you keep it well maintained. Have it inspected every year, and wipe it down according to the manufacturer’s instructions to keep it in its best working condition. 4. Establish a Good Cleaning Routine Many people don’t realize it, but a messy kitchen can be far more at risk of a fire than a clean one. If there’s grease on appliances, countertops and elsewhere in the kitchen, they can put the area more at risk of a grease fire. Plus, messy kitchens usually contain more towels, paper and other products that can catch on fire. Establish a good cleaning routine, and keep things picked up and wiped down at all times. 5. Keep Fire Extinguishers Close at Hand You should have several fire extinguishers close at hand in your commercial kitchen, and you should ensure that all of your kitchen staff members know how to use them. As you can see, there are various things that you can do to help improve fire safety in your commercial kitchen. Give these tips a try to help preserve your commercial kitchen and to help keep yourself, your employees and the people who frequent your commercial kitchen as safe as...

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