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Want To Save Money With Your Business? Go Solar

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have been contemplating putting solar panels on your roof, the below information should help you make the right decision on if this is right for your company. If you are having repairs done on your current roof, or are going to install a new one, it is the perfect time to have the commercial roofing company install the supports that are needed for the solar grid panels to be installed. Keep reading to learn how your company can benefit from going solar. Save Money Solar power will either eliminate or drastically reduce your company’s electric bill. No matter the size of your company, this savings can have a big impact for your business. If your solar panels produce more power than your company needs, you may be able to sell this power back to the utility company to make even more money. This is known as net metering, which measures the difference between the amount of power that is produced by your solar panels, and the amount of power your company uses. How this works depends on the state that you live in. In most cases, solar panels come with a long warranty, and will provide you with power for many years. Maintenance Free A solar power system requires very little maintenance or no maintenance at all. The only time you would have to do any maintenance is if you use batteries instead of being on the grid. On the grid means your solar system is connected to your electric service provider. If you are off the grid, you will generally have to use batteries as backup power. You would have to ensure the batteries are charged properly, and replace them when they go bad. Green Company Because you are using solar power, you will reduce the amount of fuel your company uses. This reduces pollution and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. You can also use this as a marketing tool. If people know that your company is fighting against global warming and is environmentally friendly, it may generate more business for you and give your company a great image. Contact a solar power company, like USA Solar Electric, to learn of the benefits solar panels can offer you. They can come to your business to help you determine the size of solar panels your company needs. This is important, because if you do not have the right sized panels, they will not generate enough power for your...

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Tips For Safely Storing Diesel Fuel And Gasoline On Your Job Site

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you need to store diesel fuel or gasoline on your job site, then it is important that you store it safely and correctly. Incorrect storage can lead to health hazards, environmental damage, and unnecessary damage to your machinery. Follow these tips to ensure that the diesel fuel stored on your job site is safe and secure at all times: Place Your Large Single-Wall Storage Tanks Inside Concrete Dykes If you will be storing fuel inside of a single-wall metal tank, then you need to place the tank inside of a concrete dyking system. The dyking system will prevent puncture of the tank from passing heavy equipment. Additionally, the concrete surround will keep trucks from driving into your fuel tanks and causing an explosion hazard.  Never Fill Machinery with Fuel When It is Hot While your employees may be impatient and want to fill their fuel tanks with diesel while the machinery is still hot, you need to require that they do not do this. While filling hot saves time on the job site, it also leads to spills and injuries caused by handling hot parts and evaporation inhalation. By requiring that your job site be a cold-fill only site, you can lower your risks associated with fuel injuries.  Never Fill a Fuel Storage Can Anywhere Other Than the Ground Both diesel fuel and gasoline produce flammable gasses that can combust if they come into contact with a flame or spark. Filling a metal gas can on a metal truck or piece of heavy machinery can cause a spark if the can slides on the metal surface. For this reason, you should always place your gas cans on the ground and fill them there. Never fill a can in the bed of a truck or while it is sitting on machinery.  Create an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Diesel and Gasoline Emergencies Finally, your company has an environmental and safety responsibility to create a plan to handle any fuel emergencies that may arise from any diesel or gasoline that is stored on your job site. Where ever there is fuel stored you have an added risk for fires, explosions, and spills. To this end, you should prepare an emergency plan for what to do in the case of a fuel emergency, and you should take the time to train all employees and contractors who are working on your job site how to handle such emergency situations if they should arise. For further assistance, contact a local diesel depot, such...

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Do You Live Near A Nuclear Power Plant? Minimizing The Risk Of Radiation Exposure And Contamination

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Thirty states in the US have nuclear reactors. There are 99 reactors for 61 nuclear power plants. You should be more worried about a problem with one of the reactors than your town being hit with a nuclear bomb. This means you need to be aware of the ways to minimize the risk of radiation exposure or contamination. If your home is within 50 miles of a plant, a nuclear accident will result in contaminated food and water. It is important that you always have a supply of these inside your home, preferably in the basement to last for a week or two at a minimum. To further prevent health problems from the radiation, nuclear shielding measures should be understood.     The Floors of Your Home Believe it or not, your home can be an effective nuclear shield. The best shielding occurs under the ground and in the middle of the building. To have the best shielding, have a basement that has a sub-level to it. This is where you should have your supplies stored and where you should go in the case of an emergency. A regular basement will be the next best thing. If you do not have a basement, get to the middle of the house. If your home is three stories high, go to the center of the second floor. Contact a local outlet, such as Nuclear Lead Co., Inc., for further assistance. What Your Home is Made Of For the absolute highest protection, use lead in the walls of the area you are using as a fallout shelter. If this is not possible, concrete or brick is the next best thing, the thicker and denser the better. If you live near a reactor, a brick house is a good idea, this includes having the internal walls made of brick too. Sealable Vents To keep contamination from coming in, make sure there is a way to seal all the HVAC vents. Have a plan in place to be able to disconnect the air conditioner from the external wall and seal the opening. If you have a fireplace, make sure you can completely close off the chimney. It is a good idea to have caulking on hand to go around all the doors and windows too.  While sealing up the house, or staying in the sub-basement is only necessary in a nuclear accident, having a house made of materials that provide nuclear shielding will help protect your family from the radiation that occurs in the atmosphere no matter how close you live to a nuclear power...

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To Bag Or Not To Bag: 3 Common Waste Management Issues That Could Be Your Fault

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

It doesn’t matter if you have city waste management services or if you use a private contractor for your waste pickup, there is usually an issue. The truth is, issues with billing or with pickup dates are rarely the problem. The majority of issues stem from pickup related problems and guidelines that customers may be overlooking with their trash company. If you have ongoing issues with your waste management provider, consider the following guidelines that can be caused by customers and not the company. Bagging Items When you get in a rush to get the trash out, usually the night before pick-up, you may be asking yourself if you really need to bag up everything. The answer for most waste management companies is a resounding yes. There are various reasons for this, including the fact that some companies still have waste workers on the truck that have to fish out the trash if it gets stuck in the can or drops from the side of the truck. If it isn’t bagged, they have to put their hands on it and this could put them in a dangerous situation where they are exposed to chemicals or toxic items including needles. If your trash isn’t picked up, and your can is full of unbagged trash, take a few minutes and bag it up before the next pickup. Glass Items Some waste management companies will have guidelines regarding the proper disposal of glass items in trash bins. Some state they will not pick up glass items while others will have glass picked up with recycling on a specific day of the month or week. If you are tossing large amounts of glass, like baby food jars or coffee jars, into your trash and it is being overlooked, then chances are you are overlooking the proper way to dispose of the glass. Revisit the guidelines or contact your waste management company to ensure the proper steps for glass disposal. Traditional Garbage Bins There are times when you clean the yard, clean the house, or do some weekend projects. These tasks can lead to a larger amount of waste than you would normally have. You may be tempted to place your can out alongside traditional garbage bins to make sure all the trash is picked up by waste management. The truth is, many waste management companies will only handle their can and leave your cans untouched. Instead of using this method, consider calling the company to determine if you can get another can or if there is a drop off area for your remaining trash and waste. These are just three of the common waste management issues that could be your fault. If you are experiencing these issues try revisiting the guidelines or discussing the problem with your waste management provider to find a better...

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Five Myths About Mice And The Truth Behind Them

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Although mice have lived alongside of humans for millennia, many myths still abound about these tiny little creatures. In some cases, the myths surrounding their existence make it harder for homeowners to successfully remove mice from their homes. If you want a mouse-free home, here’s the truth you need to know about some common mice myths and misconceptions: 1. Myth: Mice love cheese. Fueled by cartoon fantasy, many people bait their mice traps with cheese. Mice will eat cheese, but they are not very discerning gourmands and will also eat their own feces. If you really want to successfully bait a mouse, think about the foods they eat in the wild and serve that up on your traps. Seeds and nut spreads work the best and are the most beloved mice snacks. 2. Myth: Mice are not prolific breeders. The world is full of commentary on the breeding power of rabbits, but that reputation is only related to the fact that rabbits are one of the few mammals who ovulate on demand rather than cyclically. In spite of that fact, all of the rabbit-based breeding sentiments should be refocused on mice. Mice are the most prolific breeders in the animal kingdom. They take only 19 to 21 days to gestate, they are fully grown and ready to breed by 50 days of age, and their litters have an average of six babies. That means that if a single pregnant mama mouse moves into your home, you could have well over two dozen mice in your house in less than three months. 3. Myth: Mice can be seen if they are living in a house. You don’t have to see mice to know they are there, and in many cases, homeowners do not see the mice that have infested their homes. Rather, they find proof such as mouse droppings along their baseboards, under sinks, and in the corners of rooms. Additionally, if you see a mouse, it is usually an indication that many more are hiding in the walls as well. 4. Myth: Mice only live in very dirty homes. Mice are opportunist, and they will move into homes where there is food available. However, you certainly don’t have to be a slob to attract mice to your home. Mice can smell the tiniest dropped crumbs and thrive off them. In fact, mice have such a strong sense of smell that some airline companies use mice to detect explosives.   5. Myth: Mice are scared of people. In most cases, mice will run away when they see people, but they are not innately scared of you. Mice pee constantly to mark their territory, and if they decide that your bed or the inside of their couch is their territory, they won’t hesitate to run there. To learn more about mice removal, speak with a business like Environmental Services Pest...

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Purifying Water While You Are Camping

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you go camping, you want to be prepared with plenty of water. While you can bring water with you, it’s a good idea for you to have a plan for purifying the water around you in case you run out of your own water supply. Whether you are at a public campground or camping near a stream, you should never assume the water is safe to drink. It can contain different types of bacteria and even parasites. You can purify water in a variety of ways and you can learn about some of them in this article. Use chemical tablets – You may want to bring some chemical tablets with you on your camping trip. The chemical tablets don’t take up a lot of room in your gear and they can purify a good amount of water. Tablets use an array of chemicals to kill the harmful bacteria the water may contain. They are also extremely easy to use and can purify water quickly. You do want to make sure you read the label so you are aware of the expiration date. Use a filter – You can find portable water filters in all shapes and sizes. There are even water filtration straws. These straws are easy to carry in your gear and they filter the water while you are drinking it. This makes them a great choice if you plan on spending a lot of time near the water and away from your camp. The straws work by putting the water through a mini filtration system contained in the straw while you take a drink. One straw will last you for a good amount of time. Read the information on the packaging for the brand you buy for the exact amount. Use bleach – Adding 2 drops of bleach per 1 liter of water will also kill bacteria. You want to mix the bleach into the water well and let it sit for about a half an hour before you drink it. When you drink the water, you will find you can’t taste the bleach at all. Boil the water – Boiling water is one of the most effective and efficient ways for you to purify your water. You can boil a good amount of water by the campfire in the evening for the next day. You want to put the water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Once you see the bubbles, the water will be safe to drink. Wait for the water to cool and transfer it to a sealed container. You always want to make sure you are prepared when you head out to the wilderness. Make sure you plan on having a backup plan in case something happens to the water you brought. To learn more, contact a business like AK Quality Water Conditioning...

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Dispose Of Your Household Pesticides The Right Away

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are many hazardous products in your home, but few are as bad as a household pesticide. If you decide that it is time for your family to turn to safer pest control methods, such as the use of boric acid, you will still need to figure out what you will do with your old pesticides. Don’t Pour the Pesticides Down the Drain The worst thing to do is to pour your pesticides down the drain. Doing so will place a lot of strain on your municipality and if the pesticides end up in the ground water or in a nearby stream, you will harm wildlife and may also contaminate the drinking water. For example, Dimpylate can impair the nervous system. Look Up Local Regulations Regarding the Pesticides First, look up the pesticide to make sure that it is still legal for the pesticide to be stored. Many pesticides are banned and must then be disposed of, so you might face a fine if you do not take prompt steps toward eliminating the pesticides. Read the Product Label Begin by checking the product label. Often, pesticides will have instructions on how you are allowed to dispose of them. For example, you might need to deactivate the chemical by adding another chemical that neutralizes it. Often times, there is a number you can call to put you in touch with a nearby pesticide disposal location. Always contact a local resource because state regulations can often be stricter than federal regulations in regards to hazardous waste management.  Dispose of the Pesticides Following Instructions If you are given permission to simply pour out the pesticides, make sure that you wear protective gloves while doing so. Also, wear protective gloves when rinsing out the pesticide container. Do not reuse the container for any other purpose. The label might also ask you to dilute the pesticide before you dispose of it. Follow the exact instructions for doing so. Usually, if the container is completely empty, you are allowed to simply place it in the trash. Contact the Manufacturer Contact the company that produces the pesticides to find out if they have a program where they will take back the banned pesticide. They will often be better equipped to dispose of the pesticide in an ecologically sound manner. Clean Your Equipment You will also need to clean the equipment that you used to apply the pesticides. It is best to clean the equipment at the site where the pesticides were last applied since contamination will not be a concern there. Clean not only the tank, but all of the tubes and nozzles connected to the equipment....

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Metal Detecting: Innovation Hits The Scrap Yard To Make Separation Easier

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While steel and iron are easy to separate from scrap piles using magnets, other metals such as titanium, copper and aluminum are harder to sort. But scientists and researchers have come to the rescue, developing new techniques for sorting solids and liquids and cutting the time and cost involved in separating scrap materials. University makes machine to accurately sort light metals. To help keep unsorted metals out of landfills, researchers at the University of Utah have developed a mechanical metals separator that’s accurate and cost-effective. Every metal has a reaction to a strong magnetic force, generating a magnetic current unique to the metal. These frequencies have the energy to move metal pieces. By tweaking a magnet, researchers can get different metals to move in graduated amounts, causing each metal to fall into its correct bin. The setup requires only a large magnet and a frequency controller, meaning it’s cheap enough that most scrap yards will recoup the cost of the unit within a year. So far, however, the technology only works with small pellets. But it’s a great breakthrough in sorting lighter metals. Scientists use two-step process to extract rare-earth metals. There are numerous rare-earth metals that can be recycled from old computers, phones and other electronic equipment. The problem is, there’s no simple, cheap way to remove and sort these materials from electronic waste. Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, part of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, have created a two-step process for extracting the valuable metals. The first step involves melting the scrap with magnesium. Lighter rare-earth metals are drawn to the magnesium and are later recovered from it. The second step involves melting the material with another substance to extract the heavier metals. The process should lead to faster, more economical recovery and recycling of rare-earth metals. Scrap metal compactor helps machine shops separate fluids. Machine shops generate a lot of metal waste, from turnings to chips. Some of these trimmed metal pieces or worn components may be coated with oils, coolants or cutting fluids. Cleaning the fluids from metal waste makes recycling it easier, but there’s also a cost savings in recycling the fluids. One new machine separates these fluids from the metal while also compacting metals for transport. Machine shops can fill them up and have the waste transported to the scrap yard, knowing they’re being environmentally friendly by recycling the fluids as well. It’s good to know that scientists and researchers are constantly learning and discovering new ways to help us sort metals and keep them out of our landfills and waterways. The future holds a lot of promise for green, sustainable metal scrapping. For more information, contact Get Green Recycling Co. or a similar...

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Asbestos Removal & Renovating A Home: What Must Be Done Before You Start

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When remodeling, it is vital for your home to be inspected by an environmental specialist before you remove any materials that may possibly contain asbestos. Removing materials containing asbestos will put you at risk for getting cancer, which can happen if asbestos is inhaled. Find out how materials with asbestos should be removed and what a professional will charge to do it for you. What Should Be Done Before Removing Materials That May Contain Asbestos? An environmental specialist will have to visit your home to inspect the materials that you are removing for the renovation project. Some of the materials that sometimes contain asbestos include drywall, floor tiles and insulation. You must get permission from the city agency in charge of environmental quality before you can do anything, and they will automatically send a specialist to your home when you alert them of your project. If there is asbestos in the materials being removed, you may have to get a permit to carry out the task. However, small amounts of asbestos can usually be removed without a permit. It is also possible for the environmental specialist to not allow you to remove any materials on your own if friable asbestos is found in your home. The reason is due to friable asbestos being highly harmful and placing your health at risk for mesothelioma. It is important for materials containing friable asbestos to be removed by a trained professional to keep you safe. How Much Does Professional Asbestos Removal Cost? When your home is inspected by an environmental specialist, he or she will let you know every area that contains asbestos. The cost for removal will depend on where the asbestos is located and how much is being removed. You can expect a professional to charge you an average of $1,500 to $30,000 to get rid of the asbestos in your home. No matter how much asbestos removal ends up costing, it is in your best interest to get if removed as soon as possible. Renovating a home can be exciting and having to wait for an asbestos inspection can be frustrating. However, you must not move forward until you have been granted permission to remove certain materials to avoid harming your health and releasing asbestos into the environment. Contact an asbestos removal company like Alm Abatements to make sure harmful materials are moved the right way! In many areas, DIY removal is actually illegal, so be sure to work with experts to keep yourself and your wallet...

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Your House Is Full Of Recyclables, Not Junk

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When planning a major housecleaning project, don’t assume that everything you don’t want is junk to be thrown away. Your home is full of items that can be reconditioned or recycled. Do some research on local recycling centers to find out which ones can take the following items off of your hands. Large Appliances You may have an old refrigerator in the garage or clothes washer in the basement that you’ve been meaning to throw away. If they are operational at all, an appliance refurbishing company will take them to recondition and sell. Many will offer to pick them up for free. If they don’t work at all, you can still get rid of them at a scrap metal company. Small appliances such as toasters and microwaves are often not recyclable. Call around to small independent repair companies and you may find someone who will take them and try to get them working again to resell. Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures Metal sinks, tubs and shower stalls can be given to scrap metal companies. If you have an old porcelain tub, sink or toilet that is not chipped or stained, they can be recycled. Fiberglass showers and bathtubs cannot be recycled, but you can recycle the glass doors on a shower. Flooring Scraps Some of the materials left over from a remodeling project can be recycled. A carpet that does not have stains or water damaged can be recycled but the pad under the carpet needs to be thrown away. Ceramic tile can be recycled if it can be salvaged in large sections. Granite and marble tiles can be reused if they aren’t cracked. Local recycling centers that handle construction waste may take broken tiles to be crushed for fill. Other Home Remodeling Waste Roof shingles made of asphalt can be recycled into roadway repair material. Wooden shingles can be recycled as mulch. Any large pieces of wood left from a roof or attic project can also be recycled. Old plumbing materials such as steel and copper pipes are recyclable. All plastic drain and water pipes must be discarded. Steel and copper electrical wires can also go into the recycling bin. Some exterior remodeling materials can be recycled such as cement blocks, clay bricks, and stones from a walking path or retaining wall. Yard and Garden Materials Donate excess bags of topsoil, peat moss or fertilizer to a local community garden along with any gardening tools you no longer need. They can also make use of any flower pots or seed trays. Your home is full of items and material that can be reused or recycled. Don’t just fill up a dumpster the next time you do a major house cleaning project. Sort through the house for things that still have some life in them. Contact a recycling center like American Northwest Recycling for more...

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Moving Out? Keep These 4 Things In Mind When You Rent A Dumpster

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you plan to move to a new house, a dumpster rental can be a great way to dispose of items and furniture you will not need in your new house. However, there are a few things to keep in mind so that the process goes smoothly. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you rent a dumpster. Find Out If You Need a Permit If you get a dumpster without the proper permits in some towns, you will have to pay hefty fines. Save yourself some trouble by heading to your local building permit office to find out if you need a permit for your dumpster. Your town may not be the only authority you need to check with. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, you might not be permitted to have a dumpster unless you get permission from the association board. Make a Plan Once you’ve called a dumpster rental company and know when the dumpster will arrive, you have to make a plan about how you will get the job done. Since you are moving, if you already have the keys to your new place, think about moving belongings to the new place before the dumpster arrives. That way, when the dumpster gets there, everything left in the house can go in the dumpster. If you don’t yet have a place to move your things, try gathering the things you plan to throw away. Put them as near to the door as you can, so when the dumpster arrives, you need not travel far to get to the things you want to get rid of. Fill the Dumpster Properly You may not have thought very much about how to fill the dumpster; you might plan to toss things in there. However, when you fill the dumpster in an efficient manner, you will be able to fit more things inside. That may save you money, because you won’t have to get another dumpster in the future. How do you fill the dumpster properly? To start, break down as much as you can. Instead of tossing empty cardboard boxes into the dumpster for instance, break them down until they are as flat as possible. If you have furniture you can disassemble into smaller pieces, do so to make more space in the dumpster. Save plastic garbage bags until after you’ve put in everything else you want to dispose of. That way, you can stick the bags into empty spaces. Keep the above tips in mind, and your dumpster rental experience will be a success. You can move with only the things you want to take, and the dumpster rental company can take the...

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