- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQaEO5LfUHIFor Sale
- Single Family
- 3 Beds
- 3 Full Bath
Rare and beautiful in heart of Terrace Park. 3000SF of move-in ready space with updated kitchen/baths, spacious entertaining areas. Charming built-ins, gleaming hardwood floors, new roof, windows and siding. Finished Lower level, 2-story garage, stone trimmed patio, side-porch and large backyard. Quick walk to school
Listing Provided by:
Kevin Duffy, Comey & Shepherd
Agent Phone: (513) 602-6000
Your office does not need to be a dull, dingy office space. Add some plants to your office or cube and not only improve your spirits but also your air quality. A 2010 University of San Diego study showed a green office not only improved productivity by 4.9 percent but also resulted in 2.9 percent fewer sick days per worker. Put these suggestions to work for you in your office.
- Create a recycling program: Almost all kinds of office paper can be recycled. This is also true of plastic, aluminum, and cardboard. If your office doesn’t already recycle, contact your local recycling agency and find out what needs to be done to get started.
- E-cycle: Those computers and printers are recyclable. Don’t toss them out, find your nearest toxic waste recycling center and take your old equipment there for safe disposal. Also consider using a service like Gazelle.com where those recyclables translate to money saved. Or check local schools or libraries which may be in need of a charitable donation.
- Teleconference: Cut travel costs by using video technology like Skype , WebEx or Gotomeeting ; click these links to learn more. Web conferencing has gained a strong presence in the business world by connecting anyone, anywhere in real-time. Users can share desktops along with phone conferencing and video.
- See the Light: Switch to fluorescent light bulbs and save yourself up to 30 percent on your energy bill which more than makes up for the higher cost of the bulb.
- Buy a Plant: Modern office buildings spew out hundreds of chemicals from the new carpets, paints, upholstery, computers and plastics. Plants help to naturally filter out these toxins from our air and brighten the office on a dreary afternoon. Click here to learn which plants are best to buy.
- Paperless Society: A paper prevention program provides twofold savings: paperless offices cut not only your supply costs but electricity usage as well. Shred your old paper and use it for packing materials in shipments offsetting costs. Save your used paper for scrap notes instead of buying sticky notes, which gum up recycling machines costing recyclers plenty in clean-up efforts.
- Re-Ink: According to InkRecycling.org, 350 million ink cartridges pile up in our landfills each year. Many manufacturers and retailers now offer ink refilling or cartridge recycling. Check out InkRecyling.org and learn about how you can not only make money off that empty cartridge but also reduce your carbon footprint and perhaps even use these items as a school fundraiser to help your community.
- Spread the Word: As you implement your company’s waste reduction program, let vendors and other business associates know you have new standards for yourself and are looking to partner with companies who are like-minded in their greening efforts.
- Use Recycled Products: Support recycling efforts further by using recycled paper and toner in the workplace and keep manufacturers of recycled products in business. Using the service of a toner recycler can save consumers or companies approximately $50 per refill.
- Recharge Your Cell Phone: Those old cell phones which sit in a drawer or closet gathering dust can be recycled and re-used by launching a corporate cell phone recycling program. Have employees turn in old phones which can then be sent to a recycling center for cash as part of a charitable donation. Or the phones can be refurbished and sent to troops overseas to call family back home. Click here for phones4charity.org or recycling.com to learn more about how to make this happen in your workplace or community. And again, Gazelle.com is a great place to recycle old phones as well.
If you are moving and aren’t sure where to begin, take a look at some of these tips for successful packing.
Use strong containers that are in good condition and can be secured tightly with twine or strapping tape. these can usually be purchased from your moving company. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe, and other special items.
Label each box with its contents, which room it should go in, whether it is fragile, and whether it should be loaded last so as to be unloaded first.
Don’t load more than 50 pounds into any one box, and make sure that the weight is evenly distributed.
Cushion contents with newspaper or other packing material to prevent breakage. Use newsprint paper or tissue paper for items that might be soiled by newpaper. Towels and cloth napkins are great for wrapping fragile items.
Pack books tightly in small boxes. Alternate bindings and wrap valuable books separately. Have your rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in their wrappings for easier handling.
Remove all breakables and liquids from drawers and pack them separately. Seal medicines and other containers to prevent leaking and pack them in a leak-proof bag or container.
Pack linens and clothing in drawers, but don’t overload them.
Carry all valuables with you. Do not pack jewelry, documents, coin or stamp collections, or anything that will be difficult to replace. The contents of a safety deposit box can be moved for you by your bank.
How is it that people turn garden waste and kitchen scraps into “black gold” that they can use in and on the soil around their trees, flowers, shrubs, vegetables and plants? The rotting process that happens when organic materials are piled on top of one another, layered and kept moist produces the best thing in the world for things that grow: compost. Compost that is placed on the soil’s surface actually feeds the soil and helps it to drain better. It also attracts worms and causes all kinds of microbial activity, which is so healthy for plants. Here are simple steps to get started:
- Find a spot for your pile, away from vegetation and in a somewhat sunny spot.
- Construct a wire cage that is a least 3′ X 3′.
- Create a base of broken twigs. This allows air flow and drainage at the bottom of the pile.
- Add a layer of leaves. Try to mix green and brown together. Green is nitrogen-rich and brown is carbon-rich. Add kitchen scraps too (never animal products as they will attract rodents).
- You can speed up the decomposition process by adding one cup of blood meal, or finished compost which already has all of the necessary micro-organisms and bacterias.
- Drizzle the pile with water to keep it moist and turn it.
For more information about composting see Eartheasy.
People can make small changes in everyday life to reap the benefits of huge water savings. The Environmental Protection Agency’s experts say that not only are our drought-prone states in big trouble with water shortages, but that sooner or later the rest of the country will be affected by shortages as well. Shocking but true: the average American citizen uses 1,600 cups of water per day. To do your part to help conserve this precious resource, here are some tips.
- To see if your toilet is leaking water, simply place a drop of food coloring into the tank. If this color shows up in your toilet without flushing, unfortunately you’ve got a leak. Fixing this leak will save you 200 gallons of water per day.
- Installing an aerator on kitchen or bathroom faucets cuts water use all the while keeping a smooth and high-pressure flow. Or, go for the gusto and install a high-efficiency shower head.
- Install a high-efficiency toilet. They use anywhere between 20% and 60% less water than regular toilets.
- Install a water re-circulating pump or even a tank less water heater.
- Upgrading to an ENERGY STAR washing machine will save you 7,000 gallons of water per year. This is enough water to fill three backyard swimming pools!
- When doing your spring planting, choose low-water use plants as well as drought-tolerant grass, ground covers, shrubs and trees.
- Mulching also cuts down on the need to water.
- Install timers and rain switches/sensors on your sprinklers .
- Consider a drip irrigation system for your garden.
If everyone in the United States installed water-efficient appliances, our country would SAVE 3 trillion gallons of water, which equates to 18 billion dollars per year!
Not only is bamboo beautiful to look at, but it is one of the most sustainable materials out there. Other harvested hardwoods are clear-cut and then need another thirty years before harvesting again. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass and is used for so many things that when the last part of a stand of bamboo is harvested, it’s very likely that the first part has already recovered. In other words, it is almost impossible to deplete bamboo’s availability. When bamboo is used for flooring it is sliced, pressed, molded and then carbonized. Carbonization is when the bamboo is exposed to heat so that it will harden.
Bamboo flooring comes in traditional plank styles and is installed similarly to traditional hardwood flooring. It is made with a tongue and groove, an underlayment is set down and then the fitted pieces are tacked down with a nail gun. Bamboo flooring maintenance is almost identical to other hardwood flooring, except that water should be removed as quickly as possible as bamboo’s fibers will expand more easily. Simple sweeping and mopping with a gentle cleanser will be enough to keep it looking clean and beautiful. Avoid getting gashes in the wood as bamboo is more difficult to buff or fill in than hardwood flooring.