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Working from Home Can Be Good for Environment

Telecommuting, also called teleworking, is gaining respectability in today’s business climate. Running a home based business, or working for a company but working out a home office makes sense on so many levels. Some of the main advantages to teleworking are saving the time and expense of commuting and to saving the environment.

Teleworking is becoming a mainstay in the current work environment. According to the U.S. Labor Department, about 14 million workers were telecommuting part-time in 2004 and 7 people million were running businesses from home.

Teleworking saves the expense of driving to work every day. Anyone who drives a car knows the many expenses of fuel, maintenance and insurance. While you might not want to get rid of your car, working from home can save wear and tear and the subsequent expense.

While saving the expense of driving, teleworkers also help the environment because they are not adding to carbon emissions from commuting. People who live and work out of their home are able to put their time to most efficient use while saving the expense of commuting.

Teleworkers do use energy and incur additional costs in operating their home office. Equipment like computers, lights, cell phones, fax machines and copiers all use energy. Use the equipment wisely to cut down on electric usage and energy costs.

ComEd Electric Company has recommended several tips to help the environment and to save money when working from home.

1. Pay close attention to home energy use. About 15 percent of household electricity use comes from consumer electronics.

2. Turn off or unplug any unnecessary electronics. Equipment that is left on 24 hours a day eats up energy. Turn off copiers, printer and fax machines when they are not in use.

3. Look out for phantom load. Phantom load is the energy that electronics use even when they are turned off. They may only use a small amount of energy, but it does add up. To prevent this unplug the equipment entirely.

4. Unplug any unused equipment when not being used. This includes battery chargers, power adapters and cell phone chargers.

5. Turn off lights and electronics in your home while in your home office, including stereos, video games and televisions.

6. Light your office with compact fluorescent bulbs.

7. Select office equipment that has the ENERGY STAR ® designation because it is more efficient and saves energy costs.

Managing energy usage in your home office is one of ComEd’s 12 Ways to Green campaign. The campaign aims to education customer in ways to save money and to reduce their carbon footprint.…

Green Your Home on a Budget

Each room of your home represents your personal style. From the mocha café walls in the great room to the brilliant red abstract painting you found at a local art show, your tastes, style and personality can be found throughout your home. And wouldn’t it be great if each room conveyed your personal style and was eco-friendly too?

Making eco-friendly, green choices can be challenging, But when you take the time to learn about how products are made, what ingredients they use and where they come from you may find a greater appreciation for the items you interact with everyday. And fortunately, making more eco-friendly choices doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take a lot of time. Read on to discover some simple, affordable ways to add green style to throughout your home.

Kitchen

Admit it. You have a drawer full of items saved for special occasions, many of which never see the light of day. And chances are hidden deep inside the drawer are those linen napkins you received as a wedding or house warming gift. Never used, but ready for the day they will be. Well, today is the day.

Using cloth napkins instead of disposable paper napkins not only adds style to the table everyday, it also saves valuable resources and money. Unlike throwaways, cloth napkins can last several years which means you can save hundreds of dollars over the life of the napkins. And since cloth napkins are so compact in size, you can easily throw them in with your weekly load of towels without adding extra loads to your laundry. Or if you prefer a more casual look, consider turning old t-shirts into napkins. Fun and whimsical, soft and absorbent, once your favorite t-shirt becomes too worn out to wear, turn it into napkins by cutting into 6 x 6 squares and stitching the edge. The t-shirt napkins are simple to make, and easy to care for since no ironing is required.

Before giving old pots and pans the old heave-ho, consider turning them into a decorative accessory. Teflon pans, recently cited by the EPA as a possible cancer risk when used to cook at high temperatures, can now transform to become a holder for dish towels, plants or even cook books. Remove the handles from smaller pots and pans and they transform into a cabinet organizer for clips, twist ties or packets of seasonings.

Bathroom

Possibly, the least favorite room to clean, the bathroom is surprisingly simple to green. Simple things like losing your plug in air freshener which can actually emit toxins into the air and replacing it with essential oils can create the air quality of the room. Simply place a drop of essential oil of cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus on a cool light bulb. When the lights are turned on a toxic-free, fresh scent filters through the air. Another trick to keeping your bathroom smelling fresh is to dab a cotton ball with your favorite essential oils and hide inside a basket of towels or discreetly on a shelf. The scent will fill the air and can be refreshed as often as needed.

Bedroom

The perfect place to start greening your bedroom is with bedding. Although cotton is a natural fiber, it typically requires pesticides and fertilizers to grow. The Sustainable Cotton Project estimates that 12 pounds of synthetic chemicals and fertilizers are applied to every acre of cotton in the United States. Organic cotton is grown without the harsh and toxic chemicals that often end up in the waterways and pollute the earth for years to come making it a more eco-friendly choice.

Another luxurious, yet green option is bedding made from bamboo which is naturally environmentally-friendly, antibacterial and soft. Bamboo fabrics are made from bamboo fiber yarns which are naturally silk-like and easy to dye, making it possible to find the perfect color to match the color scheme of your room.

Consider transforming your room into one inspired by the tropical colors of Caribbean or the warm colors of the American Southwest with clay and milk paints. Made naturally from clay, clay paints and plasters are available in a range of natural earth tones and textures. Another …

What to Look for in an Environmentally Friendly Paint

At one time you had to pick either a paint color you really wanted or a color that was just ok, but had fewer chemicals. Today you can have both. Environmentally friendly paints now come in more colors than ever before. More paint companies are mixing in fewer chemicals and some have reverted to using earth and food materials. Using an environmentally friendly paint will help lower or eliminate volatile organic compounds and you won’t add pollutants to the air indoors. What should you look for when buying an eco-friendly paint.

 

Low or no-odor – If your main concern is what happens to you while you’re painting, go for low- or no-odor paints. Anyone with chemical sensitives or is prone to headaches needs to be cautious when using paint. Low- and no-odor paints have no odor once dry and no off-gassing. These are a good idea when you need to use the room soon after it’s painted. 

Zero VOC
 – Expect to pay more for paints with the least amount of VOCs (5 grams/litre or less). Be aware that added biocides and color tint will raise the level of VOCs listed on the paint can. Look at the label when buying paint to read the precise number of VOCs. For a truly environmentally mfriendly paint avoid ingredients like acetone, ammonia, and crystalline silica (a known carcinogen).

Water-based paints – Enjoy a lower-odor painting experience with water-based paints, rather than oil-based paints. You can wash these paints from brushes and rollers with water, no extra solvents required.

VOC content – Don’t just go by a big “low-VOC” label on the front, which is the paint equivalent of “low-fat” label on cookies and crackers in the snack aisle. Read the details of the VOC content on the paint label. A paint with up to 250 grams per liter (g/l) of VOCs can be labeled low-VOC.

Seal of approval

Since government regulations and industry standards have been slow to match consumer fervor for environmentally-friendly paint, finding an environmentally friendly paint can be hit or miss.

A number of non-profit organizations set specific environmental standards for different products, including interior paints. The organizations independently certify products and brands meeting those scientifically-tested standards with a seal. Look for products with certification from any of these organizations when buying an eco-friendly paint: Green Seal or GreenGuard.

Natural substances

* Paint like an Egyptian – One option is to look to the earth. Paints made with a mix of water, porcelain clay, chalk, and pigments are eco-friendly and natural.

* Go vintage or retro with milk paints – Milk paints, used in Colonial America are an eco-friendly option. They also gained popularity in the 1970s. The paints use milk casein, combined with other ingredients including food-grade bamboo cellulose and food emulsifiers. Some ancient wall paintings were made with a combination of milk, lime, and earth pigments.

Bees’ wax, mineral and plant dyes, and essential oils – Other natural paint products use these natural ingredients. If you want a naturally good scent while painting look for an eco-friendly brand containing essential oils. Typical scents tend to be in the citrus family, with refreshing aromas of lemon or grapefruit.

Sources:

Green Seal

Green Guard

Paulette Rossi, “VOCs: It’s More than the Odor,” Northwest Renovation

Joe Barrios, “Three Certified Eco Friendly, Low VOC Paint Brands,” Eco Village Green

“Non-Toxic Paint – No-VOC Paint,” Greenhomesofmaine.com…

Business: Pester Power in Marketing, Now Schools

Nag, nag, nag they go on and on about the things they have seen on TV, items someone wants to sell. These are our little ones, those who hold on to our hearts with their very voices and this is what advertisers have been using for years to increase their sales. Funny thing, these voices same have the means to push for other things, better things for us all. One such young voice is Martha Payne a nine (9) year old who is using her voice to speak out against politics. She is following the same as other students who once videotaped their teachers in class doing nothing; only Martha is doing it to the lunches. The school system has already seen what happened when these teachers were held responsible, now the politicians do not want to be the next ones held responsible.

Pester power is the ability for children to want to something so bad they continue to pester adults to get it. Advertisers have been using this in one form or another since the beginning, but the laws are carefully crafted around such to prevent seen abuses. Still the fact children have the means to direct and control some family spending has given them influence in many factors. Schools are looking for more income so they are allowing marketing to students in exchange for funding. The influence children have over the family spending also has influence outside the family. Those attempting to corrupt the political processes are also aware of such and do not want such influence out of their hands.

The sound of little voices is influenced by what is taught to them and how they react to such teachings. Just as we have gained more information about the recycling and global warming, we have also seen these same voices speaking out as well. But they did not stop there, they carrying cameras, taking photos of what real life is like for them. This was done on the streets, about gangs, racial thoughts, and even in the classrooms, all to make some change happen. But those who are attempting to control their lives also are taking actions to prevent such freedoms.

Political forces do not want what they can not control taking actions, describing what things are really like in a way that others will see and understand is action. The power these little ones have has been used to push political agendas for many years, from birth control, abortions, and even save sex marriages. But when these same speak about the matters they understand and yet this is outside the established political control, fear is generated. It is from this fear actions were taken against Martha Payne. Efforts taken were meant to serve the adults’ interest, the concerns of the educational system them being developed once more for the adults not the students.

Our current educational system has many flaws, exploited and abused by the organizations developed to protect the adults involved, few concerns left for the students regards. These adults influence the political operations, wages, conditions and education our children receive. Yet as the children are attempting to take actions for their regards, cameras have been instrumental in gaining the evidence which clearly shows how they are being treated. We may choose not to believe everything the children are saying, but it is hard to refute the photographic and movie evidence they have been making. This is the evidence Martha has been able to gain, with a camera she has pointed a finger at the school lunches.

Education and nutrition are going hand-in-hand in politics these days, all the way to the White House under control of the First Lady. With such emphasizing on school lunches is it a wonder our children are taking notice of what happens as well? They have to eat this stuff, if it is not suitable, not being fed, or even not being eaten this is important. The public has a right to hear from our children what they see and have to go through every day. But political forces have for years wanted to reduce and even eliminate this point of view, for the fear of them being seen …

What You Need to Know Before Deciding on a Caller ID Spoofing Company

There are a few important things you should know about caller id spoofing services before you decide on just one. This article will bring attention to the important things you should look for in any spoofing service.

What you need to know about caller id spoofing services

This is what matters when it comes to caller id spoofing. I put these here for you.

There are a few quick notes about caller id spoofing cards and services that you should know about. Knowing about these tips will allow you make the best decision before going out and spending money on a service.

It does not matter how you use caller id spoofing

  • Doctor needing to disguise home number
  • Worried spouse wanting to find the truth
  • Calling back an unknown number
  • Responding to classified ads
  • Hiding your location
  • Just because

What does matter is your security

You want a company that knows what they are doing and even more critical, you want a company that plays by the rules. This is important because there are spoofing services that have already been shut down. The most important thing about caller id spoofing is the company you trust.

Do not waste your time, go with a company that really knows the legalities involved with caller id spoofing.

Caller id spoofing is easier when you have useful, quality features

Call quality, usefulness of features, and ease of use should not be forgotten.

What good is a caller id spoofing card if it does not work completely or sounds terrible and fake? Make sure the company you choose for caller id spoofing lets you try the product before you buy it.

Pay attention to call quality as that is so important if you need to have others listen to the them in the future. Another thing you should always look at before deciding on a caller id service is their online control panel. Some services will come with an interface you can access on the Internet, those are the services you want to look into.

Some services are better than others. Research and go with the best.

I am not going to waste your time

The truth.

I use and trust the smart people at SpoofCard because they know what they are doing, the recorded call quality is incredible, and the male voice sounds just like that guy from the Saw movies.

I said I was not going to waste your time and I meant it. I have tried a number of caller id spoofing services and so far, SpoofCard is the only one that I will talk to my friends about because their whole operation is legit and respectable.

Do not pull out your credit card for any caller id spoofing service unless the company you are planning to do business with lets you try out their service first. Some services will require you to download something and some do not require software. I recommend choosing the company that does not require you to download an application.…

How To Build The Perfect Home Library With A Relaxing Twist

Even with the increased popularity of e-books, the home library remains an essential element in decorating for passionate readers, but also for people that are just looking to create a relaxing and educational room in their house.

A house without a library lacks personality, it is like a room without windows, or as Marcus Cicero used to say, like a body without a soul.

On top of that, a house filled with books everywhere in piles, even if it looks unique, it is not the best example of a functional home. It is easy to find a compromise, by creating a home library that reflects your personality, and it offers relaxation at the same time.

 

Where to put the home library

You will probably have a complete room to use it as a library, but even if you don’t, it will probably occupy a large part of your living room. If you are looking for multiple usages for your chair, you can buy a massage chair for health to use both for your home library and for watching TV.

It also depends on how many books you have. If you are the type of person that buys more books than one can read in a lifetime, you will probably need a tall room and many shelves. However, vertical home libraries are a lot more stylish these days. It is a major change compared with the trends some years ago, recommending short but wide libraries that could take up an entire wall.

If you are buying a tall library, you can also think of a tall ladder. This way, you can arrange the books you already read on certain superior shelves, to keep the ones you want to read handy on the inferior ones.

Besides this, the library place in your house also needs a small cupboard, where you can keep your glasses, book signs and every little accessory you need for a perfect reading experience.

The key part of your reading space will be the armchair, for two main reasons: first, it will be in the center of the area, being seen as an important part of the layout, and it must also be comfortable for the long hours in which you submerse in the world of your favorite book characters.

If you are thinking about creating such a space for your parents and you know they like to fall asleep while reading, you can think about buying them a massage chair for health. However, be aware that actual reading might be affected by the comfort given by these modern devices.

If you are looking to give a twist to your home library and make it unique, choose a smart lighting system besides your massager for health. Good lighting is needed not only for reading, but also for highlighting the personality of your little piece of heaven.

Add some organic elements on the shelves such as small flower pots, pine cones and other decorations. Another useful trick is to use special supports for collections of your favorite authors, or for books that you want to highlight in the setup.…

Going Green at Home is Easy Buying Guide

Going green in your home is easier now than ever before. There is a wide selection of recycled, non-polluting or otherwise green products for your home on the market to help you go green.

The Simple Green company has a green cleaning product that works good and smells wonderful. Naturals. Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care is derived of chicory, coconut, corn, palm, naturally occurring minerals, salt, sugar, and water. There is nothing else added. The combination is biodegradable, non-toxic, and has never been tested on animals. The bottle is 100 % recyclable PETE and is made with at least 25 % post recycled content and printed on with soy inks. Naturals Multi-Surface Care is available online at Simple Green for only $3.99 for a 32 ounce bottle.

Garden hoses have a bad reputation for being toxic and adding more trash to the landfills. However, the Gator Hyde is trying to lighten up things a bit. This garden hose is drinking water safe and non-toxic, made with 50 % recycled material. This garden hose is up to two times lighter than leading hoses, and up to three times tougher. There is a nickel plated ends to prevent harmful substances from transferring to the water. Available online at Green Home at $32.50 for 25 feet or at $90 for 100 feet.

Everyone knows that composting is good for the environment, but many people don’t want to do the work of traditional composting. The Tumbleweed Compost Maker is going to change their minds because it is so easy to do. Just thrown in the food scraps and yard clippings, give a daily spin and the compost will be finished in as little as 21 days. The Tumbleweed Compost Maker can produce up to four times the amount of compost in the time it takes to make one by traditional methods. This is available online at Green Home.com for $199.

Dental floss isn’t usually thought of as a polluting product, but it also has a green counterpart. Silk Floss by Radius is a luxurious way to keep your teeth healthy. Dental floss made from pure and natural silk is low abrasive and removes plaque effectively. Silk Floss comes in a six pack and you will receive two packs for $40 at Green Home.com.

Dogs can also go green with a Hemp Dog Harness. Made with Eco-Tech webbing and sturdy side release buckles, the Hemp Dog Harness is a wonderful green dog accessory. The hemp harness is fleece lined, adjustable and comfortable. Comes in Apple Green, Orange and Purple. These are available at Green Home.com and comes in packs of two for $38.

This is only a small section of products that you can use in your going green quest. However, this is a great starting point.…

Use of Eco Friendly Goods

Man is aware of the conservation of environment. Conserving our environment is our moral responsibility. We must conserve our biosphere as it is, if not better for our descendants. The future depends on the decision which we take, as individuals, as a society and as a nation. First of all, we have to decide to stop the destruction of earth and its scenic beauty. To achieve this we have to encourage the use of eco friendly goods.

As people understand the necessity to protect the environment the demand for eco friendly goods is increasing. Earth friendly goods are the environment friendly products; they help us to live the green life. They are very useful in our day to day routine. The more the eco friendly goods are used the better. They help us to prevent the increasing pollution and lead us to better living.

Many of the eco friendly products are made from hemp. It is one of the only sustainable or biodegradable products available. It is ultimate eco fiber. Eco friendly goods are made up of many other natural resources like bamboo, organic cotton, soy, flax, wool and many other earth friendly resources. They are biodegradable and do not cause harm to the earth and its environment.

Majority of earth friendly products are created by small business owners, including family businesses. These businesses strive for perfection in the creation of their one of a kind item as their success depends on satisfaction of the consumers. Day by day people are becoming aware of its essentiality to use the eco friendly goods so the small companies are striving to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly products.

By purchasing products from the earth friendly network we help to support small businesses, families and most essentially the future of mother earth. We should understand that after all saving the planet begins from us. We should take care of every small thing we can. Slowly it will lead to development of the society and environment. There are eco friendly products which meet all our healthy living needs.

For instance the sustainable wood furniture, complete eco friendly bedroom sets are available and even singularly available. Such products must be used and our bedrooms will become eco-bedrooms. Natural latex mattresses are great alternative to the traditional chemical laden bed or popular temurpedic. For individuals with allergies or chemical sensitivities, such eco friendly goods are really useful.

There are many other eco friendly goods like hempseed which is a nutritious food source. Gel cap supplements are substitute to oil. The other widely popular eco friendly products are hemcofee, hemp flour, hemp seed, snacks, various personal care products, eco bags, clothing and much more. It is a never ending list.

Use of eco friendly products saves energy, helps the environment and it does not harm the eco system once flushed down the plughole. Eco friendly products do not contain pesticides, herbicides, solvents or degreasers, SLAs, parabens, phthalates or chlorine bleaches. They do not contain anything which is harmful to the environment. Use of eco friendly products is necessary, important and every helpful for the overall development.…

Finding and Buying a Green Home

About ten years ago we were considering solar panels for our home, but found the price a bit prohibitive for our budget at the time. Looking back, we should have figured out a way to do it. Now being green is so much more expensive.

The good news is because of the current economy housing prices have dropped significantly so purchasing a home that is already green or finding a less expensive home and making green renovations is definitely an option.

If you are thinking of buying a new home and want to take steps to ensure the home you buy is eco-friendly, here are some things to look for as you shop.

Location is an Important Green Consideration

Actually, whenever you purchase a home experts will remind you that location is an important factor in your decision, because while you can change the look of your home, it’s a lot more difficult to change the location. So make sure you put location high on your list when shopping for a green home.

Specifically consider how the home is set on the property in order to take advantage of the sun all year round. If it’s an older home, look for vegetation that offers shade (properly placed trees that protect rooms from the hot summer sun) and noise abatement. Look at the lot for things such as rainwater runoff and possible rodent infestation from nearby fields.

Another green consideration is the home’s location to retail, schools and public transportation. Being able to walk or ride a bus or train to work, school or shopping not only helps the environment, it may reduce your home insurance rates.

Make Sure the Home Was Built Green

While many people think of LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification when it comes to commercial buildings, there is actually a LEED for homes, too.

While the certification process for homes is extensive, some of the things required include the use of products which are locally produced (this means extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the home), fitting the home with ENERGY STAR® lights and a programmable thermostat, and using water resistant flooring in the entryway, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and spa areas – no carpeting.

You should also be sure the home is properly insulated (i.e. insulation with the appropriate R-factor, a measure of heat loss) and that there is weather-stripping on all doors and windows. And speaking of windows, while they are great for the natural light they offer, look for eco-friendly, energy-efficient windows that are NRFC rated (National Fenestration Rating Council).

Finally, make sure the home was built with a good plumbing system. An ENERGY STAR ® tankless water heater which eliminates the need for a 40-gallon hot water tank and heats the water immediately (no wait time), plus you’ll want low flow toilets, showerheads and faucets. And check to see if there is a graywater (also spelled greywater) disposal and recycling system for reuse of irrigation and laundry water.

Select Green Flooring, Appliances and Landscaping

If you’re moving into a new home, you may have the opportunity to select many of your own amenities such as flooring, appliances and landscaping.

When we were recently shopping for new flooring for the dining room, they steered us toward bamboo and cork because they are natural, non-toxic, and durable. They are also quite beautiful. In addition to reclaimed wood, linoleum, and stone tile, they are considered the top eco-friendly flooring choices.

As for appliances, keep the ENERGY STAR ® label in mind for your refrigerator, ceiling fans, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer.

On the outside of your home, look for non-invasive, drought-tolerant, native plants with low irrigation needs. Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil and plant trees along sidewalks, patios and driveways to offer shade. Also consider landscaping which discourages invasive species to minimize demand for synthetic chemicals.

There are a lot of ways to make your home more eco-friendly and these are just a few of the things to mull over as you look for you new green home.…

How to Make Your Home Greener?

There are so many people in this world who really likes their home to be green. But, it happens that they won’t be able to make out, how they can make their home greener. There are people who make the efforts to keep their home greener but they struggle to keep the home greener because they don’t know how to maintain it. Here are some ways that can help you to make your home greener and will help to maintain it.

First of all let us consider the people who want to make their home greener and there is nothing at their home. Some people believe that making their home greener means planting trees and plants. But, that is their misunderstanding. There are so many other things apart from planting trees that can make your home greener. But, yes planting trees is also an important option. When you are thing to make your home greener, that is the first option to be used.

Let us talk about the plants you can plant in your home to make your home greener. The first plant you can think of in your house is one of your favorite plants, a Christmas tree. Yes, Christmas tree is one of the best trees that is easy to plant in the house because normal home temperature conditions are best suitable for it. Place a Christmas tree at a place in your house that is safe from direct sun light because direct sun light is not suitable to this plant. The biggest advantage of planting this tree in your house is that it gives your house a fascinating look.

Another plant you can think of planting in your house is the money plant. Yes, it is known as money plant that gives the beautiful looks to your house. It is a plant that takes the support of straight bar (or any other support) to grow on. Probably, you might think that why it is called as money plant? Because, it is said in the history that by growing these plant in the house, people can grow richer in terms of wealth.

The above shown examples are most favorite ones that people likes to have in their house otherwise there are so many other plants that you can consider to plant in your home that can give an attractive look to your home and can make your home greener.

Another considerable option with growing trees is to paint the walls of your house with the greenish color. This will certainly help you to feel greener house. There are so many options available in the green color, it always depends on you what color you want to have to have your house greener.

Another option with planting tree is to tie green nets in the windows from where direct sun light is coming in a day time. Because of this, direct sun light coming into your house will be converted into the green color that will help you to make your home greener. Go for dark green option while you think of tie a net on the windows.…