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Pros And Cons Of Organic Gardening.

Many people in this modern, health-aware age have opted to swap many of their items purchased as supermarkets for an organic alternative. Organic farming, put simply, is the growing and cultivating of produce without the use of chemicals/synthetic methods for pesticides or weed control, or fertilisation. Instead, natural substitutes are used – such as manure as a fertiliser – along with annual crop rotation, to assure the products have the highest nutritional values. This protects the soil from erosion. Many supermarket essentials such as vegetables, fruit, eggs and milk can be farmed organically, and many people are beginning to grown organic produce in their own gardens. But what are the benefits and downfalls of organic farming? Read More »

Top 6 Things You Would Rather Rent Than Buy.

The wisest consumers are aware that you do not have to buy something in order to make good use of it. You will be surprised at the things that you can rent instead of buy, and the amount of savings you can make. Here are the top 6 things you can rent instead of buy. Read More »

Hand Sanitizer – Does It Really Keep You From Getting Sick?

During the flu season, you often see people carry little bottles of hand sanitizer with them wherever they go. They use it as a quick, convenient way to make sure their hands stay “washed” at all times. Lots of hand sanitizer bottles claim that they kill as much as 99.9 percent of the germs on your hands. It sounds like an excellent tool to help keep you from getting sick when everyone else around you seems to be. But does hand sanitizer really work? Read More »

Home Improvement Tips To Increase The Value Of Your Home.

Many people think that home improvement is impossible to do by themselves. However, anyone can learn to realize simple projects and gradually acquire more skills. Home improvement is not as difficult as people think. This article will provide tips on several ways you can easily improve your home. Be realistic about any project you start. Not everything works out correctly, so you need to understand the scope. If you are prepared, you can handle things that might go wrong. Read More »

Five Things Your Child Must Do Before Making A Big Family Move.

Moving to a new home is often an exciting event for a family as they prepare for new opportunities and experiences in their new community. However, in the midst of all the packing and preparations, it can quickly become stressful. This is especially true for children, as they often struggle with saying goodbye to their friends while also attempting to adjust to the new changes that are occurring in their life. The transition to a new home can be made easier by following a few simple ideas that will help children to express their feelings while also taking actions that will help them to feel more in control of their new situation. Read More »

Health Benefits Of Air Duct Cleaning. Home Decor Maintainance.

In the past, there have been reports of people becoming ill due to the inhalation of airborne bacteria in restaurants. These bacteria often live within the ducts and air shafts inside buildings. Restaurants are not the only buildings that contain these ducts, your home or office also has air ducts running along the interior of the walls. These ducts also harbor dust, debris and bacteria which can be a health hazard to your family or to your employees. Read More »

Top Five Green Roof Ideas: Home Improvement.

Green roofs are such a simple idea that’s when people see one for the first time the common response is, “Gee, what a neat idea!!” Although Europe got a head start of the US in the idea of living roofs, AKA:”Green Roofs”, the US is catching up. The Green Roof idea is applicable to pretty much any type of building…. big or small, private or public, home or commercial. Green roofs date at least back to the early Vikings who used to use live sod for the roofs of some of their homes. Today you can see their descendants on the Faroe Islands using the same basic idea. But modern technology has truly expanded what’s possible with the idea of plants growing on roofs. Read More »

Secrets To Having A Greener Lawn: Home Gardening and Landscaping.

Sometimes, we can see lawns that are lush and green, and we may wonder how we can obtain that look for our own yards. With a few lawn care tips, we can discover the secrets to having that beautiful green grass. Read More »

What You Should Know About Your AC System.

Since heating and cooling accounts for 45 percent of total energy used in the average home, keeping your AC system in good shape can save you money on utility bills. Taking good care of your system can also lower repair costs and extend the life of your AC equipment. Knowing a little about AC system troubleshooting and maintenance can make that job much easier. Read More »

I Do…? Five Signs You’ve Found Your Dream Home.

Deciding upon a home is not a decision to take lightly. It’s a long-term commitment, and involves a lot of money, so you need to be absolutely sure before settling. The pressure can be tough, but there are some sure-fire indicators that you’ve found the home of your dreams. Think you’ve found the right home but you’re not 100 per cent sure yet? Here are five signs you’re ready to commit… Read More »

Grow A Herb Garden And Grow Your Income: Farming Business.

If you’re like most people, you probably find that it’s getting more difficult to make your pay cheque last a full month. What with inflation, dicey job markets and a global economy that is still in bad shape, it might be a good idea to start exploring ways to make extra money. Blowing your bread and milk money on slot machines is not a good idea, but starting your own little home business is. You might think that you need a special talent to start a cottage industry, like exceptional baking skills or a winning way with sewing machines, but that is not necessarily true. If you have a garden, you can put it to good use by planting a herbs and reaping the rewards of what you sow. Read More »

Buildings Of The Future – Why We Need To Think ‘Energy Efficient’.

Our planet is getting more and more crowded, and the strain on our Earth’s precious resources is becoming difficult to ignore. If current population growth trends continue then by 2050, the world’s population will have grown to more than 10 billion, with 70% of us living in cities. Maintaining our current standard of living with such a dense population will be difficult. Currently, old, inefficiently designed buildings consume around 40% of the world’s energy and result in more carbon emissions than the industrial and transportation sectors. This is simply not sustainable. We need to start making improvements to our architecture and infrastructure in order to protect our modern way of life. Read More »

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