* Turn off lights, TVs and other appliances when they are not being used. Many of us with use the remote to switch off the TV or stereo, leaving the appliance running on standby. * Wash laundry in cold water. This does just as good a job,it keeps your colours bright, and saves lots of energy. Also if you do need to use the dryer, then ensure the clothes are as dry as possible after washing, eg, they have gone through a fast spin so that there is minimum excess water. This will reduce drying time considerably. * Take short showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath. * Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, which are four times more efficient and last about eight times as long. * You can also control the intensity of your incandescent bulbs with dimmer switches to save money. A bulb dimmed by 25 per cent uses 10 per cent less energy. No matter what type of lighting you are using, always turn the lights off when you leave a room. * Install motion sensors on light switches. * Using a low-flow shower head can save up to 15 per cent of hot water costs; aerators on your sink faucets can reduce water use by about 10 per cent. * Use small appliances such as a microwave, slow cooker, electric kettle or toaster oven instead of the stove. * Take clothes out of the [...]
A recent study has revealed that plastic waste will take 300 years to get mixed in with soil.
To make plastic wraps clingy and flexible, ingredients called plasticizers are used. This particular ingredient causes cancer and other health problems. All plastic wraps available in the market should be approved for microwave usage by FDA, so make sure that you are reading that labels on what you buy, i know that sometimes i am looking for what is on sale or a good deal in general, I always use plastic containers labeled as “microwave-safe” luckily nowadays most are microwave safe, i now avoid buying cheap made in china crap from the dollar store to heat up food.
On a whole, avoid plastics and use alternatives whenever you can. I used to heat up soups, beans, pasta sauce, and leftovers in plastic containers in the microwave, now when possible i pop them in a pot and heat them on the stove. We need to leave our children a clean natural world to live in, we all use the 14 words, securing our childrens existence also means leaving them with a beautiful world to live in. Morrigan
Yogurt – Good about a week past the sell by date
Milk – Stays fresh 2 to 3 days past the sell by date, Whole milk spoils faster than skim.
Eggs- Fresh eggs last several weeks past the sell by date. Toss any with hairline cracks.
Cheese – Hard cheeses like Swiss or Parmesan last for weeks if wrapped tightly. Soft cheeses like cream cheese last a week once opened.
Lunch meat – Good for about 3-5 days after opening
Meat – If fresh, cook or freeze within two days. In the freezer, steaks and chicken last 6 months or more; pork chops last 3 months; ground beef, ground pork or pork sausage last 1-3 months.
Pickles etc – Toss every three months or if the colour or consistency has changed.
Sometimes we all get bored of how our home looks like and want to make changes without spending too much money on it. Not all decorating ideas require much time or money investment. Here’s a few tips on how to make a new look for your home:
-Try rearranging your furniture. Take them away from the walls and position them in different angles. A sofa that is arranged diagonally across a small living room makes the room look wider, for instance.
-Try painting a wall. You can paint one wall with your favourite color and make it draw attention. You can hang some nice art on that wall and place some furniture there. However, make sure that the color is not in conflict with the other objects and fabrics of the room.
-Buy plants. They always bring some fresh looks into the room. If you’re not the type who has a green thumb you can also buy silk plants and trees. Nowadays it’s hard to distinguish them from real plants!
-Lay a rug-area. It’s a great way of creating a conversation area. You can lay it at an angle beneath the coffee table.
- Use mirrors and pictures. Hang pictures that reflect of who you are. Try ornate frames. With mirror, try positioning it so that it reflects some nice view. You can also frame photos of your friends and family and place them on shelves and tables. This makes the room look cozy and comfortable.
-Use group figures. If [...]