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Green Home Cleaning Tips and Hints

 
 
 
February 20, 2015 | By: Admin | No Comments
 
 
 

Having a clean and nice home that looks both presentable and clean is a must for most homeowners, but cleaning such a place will require you to be quite diligent in your work. It happens to be a job that will never end, making you work hard and often if you want to keep your home looking spotless. There are many details to keep in check, such as washing curtains, upholstery cleaning, oven cleaning, kitchen cleaning in general, window cleaning and so much more. There are also equally great opportunities to keep your cleaning efforts green, following these tips ahead and hiring London House Cleaning Ltd.:

  • Cleaning mirrors and glass

You can really let go of your usual window cleaners, as they tend to contain ammonia inside, using something else instead. All you will need to make cleaning less of a chore is to mix several tablespoons of lemon juice with about a liter of water or so. You can use this to cut the grease in most locations on glass and scrub it clean. You can also do the same by using rubbing alcohol and witch hazel, but you will need a good squeegee as well if you want to avoid using newspapers for such a task. Lint rags are also a viable solution, especially if you want to stick to a reusable solution that doesn’t rely on squeegees. You can also use washing leather, assuming you can find one nowadays.

  • Polishing your furniture pieces

Keeping your furniture well polished will mean you need to do this carefully if you want to stay green. As other substances are pretty unpleasant when it comes to toxicity, you would do well to pay special attention to the types of metal polishes you plan on using, especially when it comes to spot removers and toilet cleaners among other solutions. Most of what you will work will often have pretty unpleasant chemicals within, so you should do your best to avoid such cleaners whenever you can. You can instead use something else, mainly as mix of olive oil and lemon juice that works wonders when it comes to polishing surfaces. Using this in equal parts will create an excellent solution you can use, especially on wood as long as you use it within reason. Mixing some salt into it will create a paste you can use to buff some surfaces to a shine, but it will work well only if you use finer salt crystals and nothing larger than that.

  • Cleaning floors

Water and vinegar will get the job done, especially if you want to mop any ceramic tiles, linoleum or even wood if you mix them together at about a cup of vinegar per two liters.

  • Making use of baking soda

You can use baking soda for a number of purposes, such as removing any smells from your carpets while you clean, scrubbing away mold and more from your bathroom and kitchen and even when cleaning clogged drains. Just mix it with vinegar for that last task and see how the chemical reaction fizzes up and removes the clogs if you do it fast enough.

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BYOD: Saving the Planet One Device at a Time

 
 
 
February 16, 2015 | By: Admin | No Comments
 
 
 

Bring your own device, or BYOD, is one office trend that is quickly gaining popularity. Adopters of this policy use their personal devices for work purposes, rather than the company issuing devoted work devices. Gartner reports that one out of two businesses will require their staff to provide their own devices by 2017.

While employees used to have dumb phones, now nearly everyone has a smartphone that can handle their work load. For example, the iPhone 6 has built-in 4G LTE that provides faster internet connection speeds and a Wi-Fi calling feature that allows for better mobile coverage. And, another huge advantage for BYOD policies is that they are environmentally friendly because they reduce waste and transportation emissions and encourage recycling programs.

Reduced Waste

It makes sense to only run one device per employee as opposed to separate sets for business and work. By eliminating one set, you help reduce the amount of obsolete technology in the future, the amount of raw materials needed to create the device and the energy required to transport it to the end consumer.

Additionally, cellphones contain high amounts of precious metals. Americans throw away over $60 million in gold and silver every year just from their outdated devices, according to DoSomething.org. For every million phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. So, by eliminating a device for each employee, companies can be part of the solution instead of the problem.

Less Product Transportation

When buying the latest mobile device, one thing people tend to overlook is the sourcing of raw materials and components that go into their production. These raw materials typically are sourced internationally and need to be shipped to China or other major manufacturing destinations. For example, tantalum is found in such diverse locations as Australia, Brazil, Canada and the Congo, explains Lenntech. Once it is mined in these locations, then it needs to be transported somewhere else to be used.

Furthermore, once the phones are made, they then need to be transported to the wholesalers and then to the retailers and then to the end-consumers. By the time the process is complete, the components have traveled thousands of miles before the phone is even switched on.

Recycling Programs

Some businesses take environmentally-friendly practices a step further by instituting cellphone recycling programs. More than 70 percent of mobile phones can be recycled, but only 14 to 17 percent are recycled annually, explains e-Cycle. Phones contain dangerous substances, such as lithium, cadmium and lead, that can contaminate the soil and groundwater if not disposed of properly. So, these in-company programs ensure that phones are correctly disposed of instead of contaminating landfills.

All major cellular providers have take-back schemes that allow customers to recycle their old phones. For example, if you are buying the new iPhone 6 from T-Mobile, you can hand in your old iPhone 5 for them to recycle for free. Additionally, T-Mobile allows you to turn in cellphone batteries, accessories and tablets to be recycled at any of its locations.

Overall, BYOD is a trend that intends to stay in the workforce. With 90 percent of American employees already using their personal smartphones for work, according to a Cisco survey, BYOD programs can help your employees, profits and the environment.

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3 easy tips to prevent breathing volatile chemical compounds when cleaning at home

 
 
 
February 13, 2015 | By: Admin | No Comments
 
 
 

 

Cleaning at home usually takes place every week and there are some cleaning things to do every day as well. However, the big home cleaning is that cleaning that continues longer, but only once or twice a year. Changing the wardrobes for the winter and the summer or vice versa is only a hint of what`s to come. There are also complex procedures for deep cleaning rugs, carpets and other upholstery at home, while the windows may look like the easiest part of the journey, but they require a lot of patience and the exact type of cleaning solution as well. So, take your free time to consider all the types of detergents and the solutions needed for the big seasonal cleaning. The chemical compounds should be applied strictly according to their labels and the most important thing is to take all the measures to prevent breathing volatile chemicals during the cleaning itself. The protective gloves, masks and eyewear are very useful items, but next are few other tricks and easy tips to follow to reduce the volatile compounds even more.

It comes to choose the best week of the season for cleaning. It usually takes place twice a year somewhere in the early springtime and the late autumn, but it all depends on your location. For example, the first springtime days might be yet windy and crisp, and so the cooler air reduces the evaporation by contrast to the hot warm summer days. Another important thing to keep in mind is the wind. A great idea is to try not to leave the doors or the windows open when it`s windy and especially while cleaning with detergent solutions in the meantime. Open the doors and the windows so the fresh air to enter, but after finishing with spraying detergents onto the windows or the carpets, for example. Therefore, the volatile chemical compounds form tiny little droplets, which can fall straight down freely instead of floating through the air in all over the room.

Another easy tip is to wait for a cloudy springtime or an autumn day for cleaning with volatile compounds. This is due to the invisible power of the sunshine rays, which enhance the evaporation quite rapidly. You can try this on a window – just spray onto its glass shiny surface and make sure that the sunlight beats straight on the window. Before you have finished scrubbing with a clean cloth or a squeegee at the one section of the window – the other section might already be dry. The fast evaporation due to the direct sunlight causes the long darker dirty lines and stretches, which aren`t visually pleasing and you have to repeat each section time after time. Because of that, try to clean the windows when there is no wind nor a direct sunlight. The evaporation is less and so the risk from breathing volatile chemical compounds is less too.

Reducing invisible compound particles often means to reduce common allergens in the air, especially when you have pets or domestic plants. You can go through one simple step after finishing the deep cleaning of carpets, furnishings and upholstery. It comes to deodorizing and sanitizing all the rooms and the objects in it. Always use clean towels and clean water, while the sanitizing agents also make the clean effect longer lasting.

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4 Steps for Solar Startups on their Pathway to Success

 
 
 
February 09, 2015 | By: Admin | No Comments
 
 
 

As the cost of traditional energy rises, homeowners are seeking “greener” energy options and solar energy is the solution. Solar Energy Definition reports that, although only 1 percent of American households currently use solar panels as the only energy source, solar energy is still one of the fastest-growing types of Earth-friendly energy in the world. For entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of a solar energy startup, this is the time to enter the industry.

To start strong, there are definitive steps a new solar company must take.

Step 1: Think about the customer

Clean Technica advises solar companies to know everything possible about their audience when developing marketing and business plans. Think about what makes people tick in regard to solar power. The main points to consider include the consumers’ concern over high utility bills, the price of fuel and perhaps their desire to live the green life.

By using advertising and social media to to educate potential customers about solar energy and explain its affordable alternative to traditional energy sources, solar startups are already at a major advantage.

Step 2: Team up with established organizations

The next step is finding like-minded businesses to partner with and that already support the expansion of solar energy. Why is this important? From a marketing perspective, a partnering company is another resource for spreading the word about your company to their social media pages and blogs.

Great example: Apple Rubber and Nissens Cooling Solutions. An article on the Apple Rubber blog shares the news of a partnership with Nissens Cooling Solutions to develop and produce a specialized rubber mount that is strong enough to withstand the intense power of a wind turbine. The mount will also allow the cooling system in the turbine to properly adapt to the surrounding environment. By posting an article about their partnership, Apple Rubber helps spread the world about Nissens Cooling Solutions and their eco-friendly mission.

Step 3: Focus on what works

Sometimes small business owners feel obliged to apply certain marketing techniques simply because it’s “the right thing to do.” But it’s important to rethink ineffective marketing tactics. Example: instead of spending hours handing out business cards and raising awareness about solar energy options, it may be more conducive to spend that time focusing on other (new) ways to get the word out. It might be an obvious fact, but it is crucial for solar startup owners to focus time and efforts on what works and ditch what isn’t.

Step 4: Seek out funding from different sources

Expenses during the first year are typically enormous for a solar startup; this is due in large part to not having the resources to run a day-to-day operations department, which needs to happen before completing any sales. Tip to owners: research grant funding from both private and federal sources and also inquire at banks to see if you qualify for business loans to help the company run smoothly during its first year.

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The Hazards of E-Waste

 
 
 
February 04, 2015 | By: Admin | No Comments
 
 
 

The Hazards of E-Waste

The role of electronics in the daily lifestyle has increased immensely in the recent decades. Electrical appliance inevitably shaped the contemporary life. Their impact can be felt in almost every area. Although, the benefits of electronics are undeniable, there is a hidden side of these appliances. The current dependence on technology created a new type of waste.

Electronic waste is accumulated at an increasing rate. These appliances get obsolete and replaced very quickly as new technology is introduced every day. Landfills are flooded with old electronics that are no longer used. There is a better to dispose unnecessary devices. Recycling centres and green waste removals will handle the problem in a more responsible way.

Types of E – waste

E – waste refers to the any kind of unwanted electronic devices. You can literally find everything at the junkyard. E – waste covers everything from cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, printers, TVs and DVD players to household appliances and other media.  The problem is that these devices are made of multiple parts that require different type of recycling. Furthermore they also contain heavy chemicals and metals that emit toxins. These volatile substances can have an adverse effect on the environment and the human health.

Dangers of E – Waste

Usually the only part of an electronic product that you see is the outer shell. The inner mechanical organs that make the device function are not only essential, but also toxic. You can find a variety of hazardous metals and other chemical compounds that hide inside the seemingly safe device.

The jeopardy comes from ingredients such as mercury, cadmium, lead, copper, arsenic, nickel, beryllium, chromium, barium, silver zinc, and gold. Some of these elements are incorporated in the design of the circuit boards and smaller parts like computer chips and wiring. Many electrical devices include various flameproof chemicals that might constitute a potential threat.

Generally, these items are safe to use in your daily routine. A problem occurs when the devices break. In this case they can leak and contaminate their surroundings. This is what happens when the electronics are drop off in the waste disposal depot. Eventually the volatile chemicals of the e-waste can get into the ground or emitted in the atmosphere. In result the nearby communities get affected. The evidence might not become evident immediately, but they will surely lead to negative outcome.

A Solution

Many countries have begun taking precautions. Some companies have the policy of taking back unnecessary electric devices and recycle them. Here is what you can do E – cycling is the easiest way to get rid of old devices. If your electronics are in good condition, you can offer them in different site or give them away to friends or charity. If you the item are damaged, you can check if your retailer accepts electronics or bring them to a recycling centre. If you are using the service of Rubbish Waste Ltd., be sure that they involve green and safe practices.

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How to Deal with Humidity at Home

 
 
 
January 27, 2015 | By: Admin | No Comments
 
 
 

The air we breathe and walk through all the time contains moisture, but the air temperature is what keeps this level high or low. When the air is warm and it comes in contact with a cold surface, this results in condensation which becomes a breeding ground for mold spores that circulate around the air as well. High humidity levels make a muggy home, which makes upholstery cleaning, carpet cleaning, kitchen cleaning, and bathroom cleaning a huge chore that becomes harder in time and may need the services of professional cleaners.

Our daily activities will end up creating more moisture in the air, things like drying clothes, washing; cooking and even our very presence in a room without proper ventilation can easily create more humidity. Once the air contains too much moisture it cannot hold, it reaches a saturation point when it turns back into water and you can see condensation occurring. To keep that from happening around your home and dealing with the subsequent problems such as mold, wood warping and more, you can do quite a few things. The following tips will give you more information on the subject and ways you can stop condensation:

  • You can focus on the use of extractor fans around your home, specifically areas rich in humidity such as the kitchen and bathroom. Shutting the doors to these rooms while the extractor fans work will get the job done in most cases, but it will still not be enough in the long run for most problematic areas.
  • You can also focus on using dehumidifiers, which provide a tangible and easy to use solution for small and large spaces. They work on extracting water from the air by using different filtering systems and disposing of it into a container you can empty later down the line. Whether they use a desiccant, ionic membrane or thermoelectric cooling really doesn’t matter, the end result is drawing the moisture out of the air and deposing it into a container.

  • You need to ensure your rooms will always have proper and adequate ventilation at all times. Trickle vents on your windows will also help a great deal, but you would do well to do more to keep your air away from the saturation point. Using heat recovery ventilation units will allow dumping damp air from your home and bringing fresh air back inside your home through a different grille, then putting it through a heat exchanger so it will be warmed up before bringing it back in. You can also buy a central exchange system which draws moist air out of your home, dumping it outside from all rooms and bringing in clean and fresh air in.
  • Make sure you have walls with sufficient insulation so they will be warm and that they won’t become a cause for condensation in the long run.

 

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