Advertising

Imagine being at the movies, a form of escape from day to day life, and after the previews ads are run for area businessess. There is no fast forwarding through this or even time to leave the room before the show starts. I find this offense. I do not want to be sold to everywhere I go.

 

A local grocery store chain now have their cashiers pitch an “item of the week” that is displayed proudly right in front of the customer. A shopper can easily impulse buy the item, but not this shopper. Out of obstinance and resentment I won’t purchase the item.

This all led me to watch for advertisements and see how invasive they have become in our lives.

First is what I call litter along the roadside. Many of us have used this method for advertising a yard sale or selling a used car. This would be the free method. Simply take a cardboard square, write on it, and nail it to a telephone pole on a busy street near your house. No problems here for me. It is middle America trying to bring in income.

The real litter are professional signs that are on a wire frame and can simply be stuck in the ground. Within a four block area of my home I saw four yard sale signs, two homes for sale, one by an established real estate company, and one from a help you sell type of agency. Certainly a low cost type of advertising that is effective.

Two signs on a telephone pole were so small that I could not read them and hence not an issue for me except as littler.

One sign, stuck in the ground, was for a house auction which was the first I saw of that type. Really, I was not surprise. Our economy is not in the shape that our illustrious leader in Washington would want us to believe.

An impressive display was a hard wood display for an auto detailing company. This had two sides, stood by itself, and was chained to a telephone pole.

Finally the last one was a professional looking ad for a nail care center.

Once I opened my eyes and saw what was there, it surprised me. How long has this been going on? Did I just not really see it before? Are Americans so immune they don’t really notice? I think the later may be true in my case.

Annoying also are advertisements that pop up when I am browing the web. Everyone is annoyed with those. They are not solicited. They are unwanted and thank goodness for pop-up control programs.

Certain web advertising is okay with me. Many of us do it all the time as free advertising, providing a link in our signature line to either web content, Associate Content articles, businesses or services that we offer.

Most Americans advertise in one way or another in their lifetime.

My objection to is advertising that is forced upon me and advertising that litters our road sides.…

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…

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.…

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.…

Build Your Family Library on the Cheap

Have you always dreamed of having shelves and shelves of books? The theory is great, but when you consider the cost of buying so many books, you might decide that it just isn’t worth it and stick to a library card instead. However, it really doesn’t have to be that expensive to build your own home library! Here are a few tips to help you get your collection underway on a budget.

 

The first thing to do is to set aside a small amount of money each month specifically earmarked for books. This could be just the change you end up with at the end of each day, deposited into a “book jar” or you might budget a certain amount, $5-50 each month. The amount you can afford is really determined by your personal finances, but it doesn’t have to be a lot. Now, with your money, it’s time to start shopping for books!

Check out the used book stores in your area. At one time, it was possible to buy used books from these dusty shops for just pennies, but with the cost of living and the rent going up, you are lucky to find used books for $5 in most cases. But don’t worry, used bookstores often have a sale rack or a bin where they toss books that have just been hanging around too long or that are damaged. Take the time to look through these bins. Most of the books will be drivel, but you will occasionally find a gold nugget that is well worth the fifty cents being asked!

Garage sales are another good source of used books, often in excellent condition. Since books rarely sell, it is likely that you will be able to buy them at a nice, low price. If the owner seems reluctant to give a good price, ask if you can come back or call after the sale is over and buy any remaining books for a discount. Rather than pack up the leftover books, most garage sale owners will say yes. You might also get a discount if you offer to take the entire lot, instead of picking through them.

Another often overlooked source of used books is your local library. Ask when they have their sales. Libraries usually get rid of older or damaged books once or twice a year. These books will be stamped with “DISCARD” and may have the book cover marked or cut up, but they are also dirt cheap and you can find some very good books this way.

Regular thrift shops usually have a book section as well. Since these shops will often be earning off their clothing or other goods, the books will be very low priced, often just ten or twenty cents each. Many of the books will be out of date, but for novels and the like, it really doesn’t matter and you can build your library for just a few dollars.

Yet another place to get used books for cheap is the school. Schools regularly discard their old library books and sell off their out-of-date texts. This can mean big savings for you. The readers are full of illustrated stories for children and come in every grade level. They are often sold for a dollar or two, so you can pick up what basically amounts to an entire book full of stories for next to nothing!

As you can see, there’s no need to spend the big bucks on getting books for your family library. Used books are just as good as brand new ones and just a fraction of the price! So take advantage of the used book sales today and start building a library!…