SO You Want to Save Water? #Infographic

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February 16, 2015 · 5:36 pm

How to use ENERGY in your home MORE EFFICIENTLY #Infographic

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Natural Tinea Versicolor Treatment

We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grows out of control, a skin disease called tinea versicolor can appear.Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It’s also named pityriasis versicolor and is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on your skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the skin disease, which appears as a rash, is the result.

The infection can happen for any of the following reasons:

  • Oily skin
  • Hot climate
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Weak immune system

Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The condition can affect people of any skin color. It’s more likely to affect teens and young adults.

Signs and Symptoms of Tinea Versicolor

Acidic bleach from the growing yeast causes areas of skin to be a different color than the skin around them. These can appear as individual spots or patches. Common signs and symptoms of the infection include:

  • Patches of skin that may be white, pink, red, or brown and can be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.

Tinea Versicolor Natural Treatment

FungaSoap® cleansing wash helps relieve the discomfort of itching and dryness associated with athlete’s foot while it cleans and refreshes skin. This patented soap is enriched with tea tree oil – an essential oil used as a disinfectant and antiseptic for centuries.

Instructions:

Along with the FungaSoap Tea Tree Oil, purchase a bar of Lava Soap.
Scrub the tinea versicolor patches with the Lava Soap and leave the soap on for 5 min. to exfoliate the skin and fungus. This will allow the FungaSoap to penetrate deeper, and helps begin dry out the oils and moisture from the skin
Thoroughly rinse off the Lava Soap.
Apply the FungaSoap liberally to versicolor patches and let it sit for 15 min. A tingling sensation will probably be felt on the areas where the tinea versicolor is present.
Rinse well but do not wash treated area again with any soap.
Dry area thoroughly.
Repeat treatment once daily.

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Fireplace Efficiency Tips

Inefficient fireplaces can cost you  heat and money this winter. Follow these tips to save money and energy:

  1. Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use. An open damper can result in up to 10% loss in home heating loss.
  2. Be sure to close fireplace doors to lessen heat loss. If you do not have glass doors, install a chimney draft guard to reduce heat loss up the chimney.
  3. Check for air leaks around the fireplace hearth. Leaks should be properly sealed with caulk.
  4. Check the seals around your fireplace flue damper—if the seals aren’t tight, you could be losing home heating through the chimney.
  5. Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warm air back into the room.

These tips should keep you warm in your house all winter.fireplace

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Seal Air Leaks to Conserve Energy

Properly sealing cracks and openings in you home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. You may already have identified obvious air leaks, but you will need to do a bit more investigation to find the less obvious gaps to properly seal your home. 

Here are several tests that can be used to check for air leaks:

  1. Window Seal Check – Shut the window on a piece of paper. If paper can be pulled without tearing paper, than window should be resealed.caulk_18230501
  2. Visual Gap Check – After daylight hours, shine a light through closed window and door seam and have a partner confirm if light is visible on other side.
  3. Hot/Cold Air Check – Use your hands to feel around door and window seal checking for cold or hot air coming in through a leak.

Common areas to check for leaks are between brick and wood siding, between foundation and walls, and between the chimney and siding. In addition, you should inspect around these areas for leaks and drafts:

  • Door and window frames
  • Mail chutes
  • Electrical and gas service entrances
  • Cable TV and phone lines
  • Outdoor water faucets
  • Where dryer vents pass through walls
  • Bricks, siding, stucco, and foundation
  • Air conditioners
  • Vents and fans

 Home Pressurization Test

If you are having difficulty locating leaks and drafts, you may want to conduct a basic building pressurization test:

  1. First, close all exterior doors, windows and fireplace flues.
  2. Turn off all combustion appliances such as gas burning furnaces and water heaters.
  3. Then turn on all exhaust fans (generally located in the kitchen and bathrooms) or use a large window fan to suck the air out of the rooms.

This test increases infiltration through cracks and leaks, making them easier to detect. You can use incense sticks or your damp hand to locate these leaks. If you use incense sticks, moving air will cause the smoke to drift, and if you use your damp hand, any drafts will feel cool to your hand.

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Ways to Have a Green Christmas

Here are a few ways you can make this Christmas season more eco-friendly:

green christmas1. Buy Less 

Gifts can fit a practical need and need to be bought new, while other are gestures of thoughtfulness. Find gifts that fit without overspending. 

2. Christmas lights

Solar LED lights are the most energy efficient lighting options. Convert those older light strings to save money this holiday season.

3. Wrapping paper

Instead of wasting loads of money on wrapping paper, save your children’s artwork throughout the year and wrap your presents in them. The kids will love seeing their masterpieces being handed around the family. Also, consider using gift wrapping paper from recycled materials.

4. Shop online

Rather than driving around shopping centers and mall car parking lots for hours wasting gas and time, then having to plow your way through the hordes of people in the shops, consider shopping online.

5. Reuse

Reuse or recycle gift packing materials, Bubble wrap can be stored for reuse, or recycled.

6.  Use eco friendly wrapping paper

Choose wrapping paper made using fibers such as hemp or paper using recycled content.

7. Make a list

Make your list and check it twice… Make sure you make a list of all the people you would like to give gifts to, this will reduce the amount of spontaneous purchases. You will also have the time to research online for the cheapest and best options or purchase.

8. Durable decorations

When purchasing decorations, buy good quality or make them yourself from reusable or recycled products. Good quality decorations may cost more up front, but they won’t need to be replaced as often

7. Christmas tree choices

Whilst artificial Christmas Trees last longer, the plastic used to make them can be quite toxic to our environment. Consider purchasing a real Christmas Tree or better yet substitute with an native tree. You can keep it in a pot through the holiday season than plant it in your backyard at the end of December.

8. Green gifts

Consider only purchasing eco friendly gifts. These gifts will tend to be unique will lighten your footprint this holiday season. The products available are often made from recycled goods or are made only of sustainable products and consist of eco friendly packaging.

9. DIY cards and gifts

Make your own cards and presents – these gifts are more likely to be treasured, extending their life cycle. You can also reuse last year’s cards by using them to make gift labels for this year.

10. e-cards

Instead of sending traditional Christmas Cards to family and friends, which cost both money and resources, reduce your carbon footprint by sending an e-card with a personal message.

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Product Review: Smart Faucet

The Smart Faucet is a 1.5gpm aerator with an antimicrobial handle that controls water flow from the faucet. Water only flows whensmart_faucet4 the handle is depressed, although there is a locking disk for continuous flow when needed. Installation may require a wrench but is easy and installation only takes a few minutes. The Smart Faucet requires no batteries or electricity to control water usage.

The Smart Faucet reports savings of up to 15,000 gallons when compared with a standard 2.5gpm aerator and the company offers a one-year limited warranty on parts and components.

Save water while you are soaping up your hands or brushing your teeth with this automatic faucet shut off valve. Great for disabled, elderly, children, arthritic hands or any situation where you don’t want to touch the faucet handles. Set the water handles to desired volume and mix after installing, push back on the lever for water. Let go of the lever and it shuts off the water.

Features:

  • Beautiful chrome finish Faucet Shut Off Valve
  • Installs on most bathroom faucets in minutes
  • No batteries, No electricity, No plumber, No special tools
  • Antimicrobial handle
  • Made in the USA

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