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How to Control Mold Growth at Home
by on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:42:28 +0000:
Mold growth may be the last thing on your mind when you think of threats to your health and your home. However, inhaling or touching household molds - whether its the black spots on your shower curtain or white patches on the basement floor - can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), [url=http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm]mold is everywhere[/url]. It can enter the home through open doors, vents, windows and other systems. Mold outside can also enter the home by attaching onto clothing, shoes, bags and pets.
While it is impossible to prevent mold exposure, there are a lot of ways to control its growth. One important thing to note is that mold needs moisture, food and warmth to flourish. That’s why you can see it accumulating around leaks in roofs or pipes or where there has been flooding. It also grows well on organic products such as paper, cardboard or wood. It also thrive in paints, dust, fabric and furniture.
To control mold growth inside the home, follow these tips:
Eliminate moisture sources
Check for leaks around pipes, sinks, air conditioning units, refrigerators and other sources of water, especially in the basement. Have them repaired if necessary.
Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans promptly.
Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket. Wash and dry them promptly.
Do not carpet bathrooms.
Most mold need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Make sure to dry wet areas within the day to prevent mold growth.
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3 Summertime Water Saving Tips
by on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:01:25 +0000:
Much of the country needs more water right now. Everyone knows about the [url=http://www.cadrought.com/]California drought[/url], but other [url=http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/]spots of the US are in need of water as well[/url]. Even where I live in Massachusetts is "abnormally dry" and spots are in a moderate drought.
Most people know the basic tips - turn the water off while you brush your teeth, don't over-water your lawn, etc. But here are 3 equally easy tips that you may not have considered. [url=/b/3-summertime-water-saving-tips][b]... read more[/b][/url]
Eco-Friendly Ink-Saving Fonts
by on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:33:34 +0000:
When it comes time to print something, take fonts into consideration. Most people don't think about fonts, but certain fonts use more ink than others. The smaller the surface area of the font, the less ink it uses. The standard Times New Roman is usually a decent choice because the letters are thin. There are even certain fonts purposely designed to use less ink!
[url=http://www.ecofont.com/en/products/green/font/ecofont-sans.html]Ecofont [/url]was developed by SPRANQ in the Netherlands. It was made to reduce ink usage by containing tiny holes, which reduces the amount of ink needed by about 15% in comparison to the Vera Sans family, the font in which Ecofont is based. When printed in smaller sizes, the holes can't be seen.[url=/b/eco-friendly-ink-saving-fonts][b]... read more[/b][/url]
Green Father's Day Ideas
by on Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:18:54 +0000:
This is an update of a previous Green Father's Day Gift Guide. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there...and here are some gift ideas for their families! At the bottom there are some new additions.
Father's Day is just around the corner. Thinking about what to get for the environment-loving dad in your life? Here are a few ideas:[url=/b/green-fathers-day-ideas][b]... read more[/b][/url]
A Greener Summer
by on Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:59:21 +0000:
No need to have the summertime blues this year -- let's have the summertime greens! There are plenty of excellent ways to keep your summer KEEN and GREEN!
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