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Earth Day Checklist

Earth Day ChecklistEarth Day was founded in 1970 and each year on April 22 is the anniversary of what many consider the awakening of environmental consciousness. Before we started to become ‘hip’ to loving the planet we were driving around in gas guzzling cars while huge industries were producing mass amounts or pollutants and water was being wasted on a unimaginable scale. The environment was seldom a topic on the evening news and an even more distant thought in the minds of most of Americans. The year 1970 marked the beginning of this powerful movement and brought these important issues to main stream America.

It all started eight years earlier with the release of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller “Silent Spring” in 1962. Through her book she raised public awareness, concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.  Her book sold an astonishing 500,000 copies in 24 countries and is viewed as a keystone in the modern environmental movement. Eight years later we have the official birth of earth day due to a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin by the name of Gaylord Nelson,  he was inspired to do change our current laws and mindset when he witnessed the devastation of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969. Shortly after, he announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” through the national media and a strong staff of 85; they started to promote events all across America. The end result was 20 million Americans taking to the streets, parks and auditoriums to rally for a healthy and sustainable environment. This was a movement like never seen before in respect to conservation and protection of the planet.

Over the last 42 years we have had great advances in green technologies and a cumulative positive mindset towards environmental consciousness. But it doesn’t end there, and together we all have to do our part to ensure our planet stays healthy for many more generations. That’s why we have compiled this checklist of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve water. If everyone does their small part, together we can make a big difference. Happy Earth Day everyone!

Earth Day Checklist:

1)      Don’t let the water run continuously when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hair.Delta-Filter-Faucet

2)      Run your washing machine and dish washer only when full.

3)      Install a filtered water dispenser instead of buying bottled water.

4)      Switch out one day of driving with walking or riding your bike.

5)      Replace your old showerhead with a new low-flow showerhead; this could save up to 750 gallons a month. Hansgrohe-Croma-EcoAIR-Showerhead

6)      Keep an eye on your water and energy bill to locate any leaks and update older appliances.

7)      Check your showers and faucets for leaks and replace your old rough in plumbing valve.

8)      Bring re-usable bags when you go food shopping.

9)      Look into replacing your tank type water heater with a new tankless water heater. Takagi-Tankless-Water-Heaters

10)   Set a timer when you shower for 5 minutes, this will save hundreds of gallons a month.

11)   Put food coloring into your toilet tank, if it shows up in your toilet bowl without flushing, then you have a leak and should replace the toilet flapper. This could save over 500 gallons a month.

12)   Swap out incandescent lights for energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.

13)   Upgrade your old toilet with a new high efficiency toilet or dual flush toilet. Kohler-Dual-Flush-Toilet

14)   Check your faucets for leaks and replace the cartridge if necessary, it’s a great DIY job.

15)   Check to make sure your sprinkler system is not over watering your lawn and only water early in the morning or late in the evening.

16)   Keep an eye on the Energy Star rating when buying new appliances, the higher the better.

17)   Install water saving aerators on all your faucets.

18)   Instant Hot Water Dispensers are a great alternative to running your hot water or using a microwave. Hot-Water-Dispensers

19)   Support local organic farms when it’s time to shop for food.

20)   Shop for faucets that have an EPA WaterSense label that can save 20% or more than a standard faucet.

21)   Turn off all your electronics and lights before you go to sleep.

22)   Switch to paperless statements for all of your bills.

23)   Garbage Disposals are great for breaking down food waste which is harmful in large quantities when left to decompose at a Garbage-Disposers landfill.

24)   Add a ventilation fan in your kitchen, bath and utility room to remove humidity which could cause harmful mold spores.

25)   Pass it on! Teaching younger and older generations about environmental conservation is the only way we can ensure a healthy planet.

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World Imports Decorative Lighting

World Imports Decorative Lighting

World Imports Decorative Lighting has been around since 1967 and has brought lighting to a higher standard all around the world.  Their product offering ranges from classic, traditional, contemporary and eclectic. Each piece they produce is truly a work of art and their hands on approach really shines through in the design and attention to detail. The collections they hand make in some cases have an unsurpassed quality, originality and craftsmanship. They have designers traveling world who are always gaining inspiration from every corner of the globe. From a beautiful old tree in the Blue Ridge Mountains, to a wrought iron gate in Paris, to a hand woven rug in Greece, World Imports Decorative Lighting is always creating beautiful and functional pieces to make you home feel warmer and richer.

Let’s take a closer look at some popular styles of lighting World Imports Designs has to offer.

World Imports ChandelierChandeliers

World Imports offers these ‘statement’ light pieces in three distinct sizes; the 3-6 light chandelier, 8-9 light and 10 Lights or more. This is a pendant type fixture hung from the ceiling and comes in many unique shapes, materials and sizes, so there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing one for your home. Chandeliers can usually be found in entryways, foyers, porticos and dining areas. Take your time and consider the length, width and height of the room as well as any other furniture you may have in the room. If you do your homework and install the right size chandelier for your space, these pieces make a big statement and will be a definite conversation piece.

World Imports Pendant LightPendant Lights

These handy lights are very versatile and can be used in a ton of places around your home. Pendant Lights come in two very different varieties, the Mini-Pendant and Drum Shade Pendant. The Mini-Pendant can be identified by a long single electrical cord hung from the ceiling with a small shade attached at the end. The shade comes in many different sizes and materials, it can be inverted or facing downward depending on the look you desire. You can use these lights one at a time or place a bunch of them in a row. The Drum Shade Pendant is bigger in size and can be more ornate. These larger pendants are great for lighting larger spaces and usually one is all you need to get your desired lighting effect.

 BWorld Imports Bath Lightingath Lighting

Like the title suggests, these lights are designed for your bathroom. Depending on the size of your bathroom and the look you are going for, you have a lot of options to play with. Bath Sconces are attached to the wall and produce a great up or down light effect. Lighting bars are perfect for lighting up your face in the mirror and come in varieties such as the 2 light, 3 light and 4 light depending on the size of the mirror. For the ceiling there is Semi Flush and Flush Mounted lights, the Semi Flush acts as a pendant type light which is suspended from the ceiling and the Flush Mounted is installed right on the ceiling and usually has a dome shaped glass.

World Imports Foyer Lantern LightingFoyer and Lantern Lights

If you don’t have the space for a Chandelier then you should consider a Foyer or Lantern type light. These lights are usually made of metal or wrought iron and are hung from the ceiling like a pendant light. They are made to look like the lanterns of old and some of them look like they could be out of a medieval castle or Italian villa. You can find these lights on the interior or exterior usually showcasing the entryway, over garage doors, or under the exterior patio.

World Imports Wall SconceWall Sconces

You can just about always find a spot for a Wall Sconce on the interior or exterior of your home depending on the application. These handy accent lights are ideal for hallways, exterior entry, garage, patio, just about anywhere you want to add little piece of warmth and design to your home. You can get them with or without shades and in a plethora of designs to fit everyone’s design taste.

With so many variations and styles of lights available from World Imports Designs, you should have no problem finding something for your home that you can enjoy for years to come.  Sometimes just the littlest lighting additions can change the way your home feels and make you fall in love with your home all over again.

Simple Moen Upgrades for the Kitchen & Bathroom

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With the Holidays fast upon us, is your kitchen and bathroom ready for the influx of family and friends? If not we can offer you some easy advice on how to get your home ready for the winter season with these great tips using popular Moen products. Some of these suggestions are minor but together can make a big impact in the way your kitchen and bathroom look, function and feel.

Moen Preston Glass ShelfAccessorize – The most inexpensive and easy upgrades you can add to dramatically change the look of your bathroom is to add Moen towel bars, towel rings, robe hooks, toilet tissue holders, vanity shelving and mirrors, soap dishes, toilet tank levers, and toothbrush and tumbler holders.  You can find these bathroom upgrades in popular matching collections and adding just a few of these simple accessories will make your bathroom pop! Robe hooks and towel bars come in really handy in the kitchen as well to hang dish rags and pot holders. Also, adding a new Moen Soap / Lotion Dispenser to your kitchen sink is the perfect remedy for that old unsightly soap bottle that hangs out on your counter top.Moen Vestige Single Handle Kitchen Faucet

New Faucets – A bit more expensive but an easy do-it-yourself project, a new faucet can easily become the main focal point of your kitchen or bathroom. And with so many styles and finishes to choose from, there is an affordable Moen Lavatory Faucet or Moen Kitchen Faucet that’s right for you.

Shower Rod – Adding a Moen Curved Shower Rodwill bring another sense of dimension to your bathroom. Usually found in higher end hotels, adding this signature product will give you up to seven extra inches of space in your shower. And if you use S-shape shower hooks you have the added ability to hang a bunch of items like robes, towels, loofas and more.

Moen Mirror Frame KitMirror Frame – It may seem expensive and really complicated to give your bathroom mirror that rich framed wood look but that isn’t the case. A Moen Frame Kit lets you upgrade your basic mirror into a designer framed mirror in minutes! They are constructed out of wood and available in a nice offering of metallic and wood finishes, accenting any decor. The easy clip installation eliminates miter cuts making this the perfect DIY job.

Safety First – While adding all these upgrades you should also consider the safety of your family and guests. Moen Grab Bars come in a great selection of styles and finishes from a traditional look to a more ornate design such as the Moen Kingsley Grab Bar. They are also easy to install and will add a great sense of safety and aesthetic appeal to your bathroom.

Personal Touch – Along with adding these great Moen Products mentioned above, don’t be afraid to add your personal style to the kitchen and bathroom. Painting just one wall is a nice accent and will make your back splash pop or I can add a new richness to your bathroom. Adding funny or memorable photos in rich frames to your bathroom will give your guests something to admire and chuckle about, plus these photos are great conversation starters.  Try adding that old wine rack you’ve got in the basement to your bathroom. They are great for presenting rolled up towels and you can decorate the top with candles or holiday decorations.

Long after your guests leave, you’ll be able to sit back and relax in your new space knowing you didn’t spend a ton of money and with a sense of pride that you did it yourself!

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Choosing the Right Cabinet Hardware

Shop for top brand hardware at Faucet DepotWhether you are applying new hardware to the cabinets in your kitchen, laundry, bath, linen or wherever else you deem appropriate, the decision to use quality cabinet hardware and not just aesthetically pleasing hardware will pay off down the road. Be sure to consider the following elements before you make this very important decision.

Choose a cabinet hardware that you can see yourself applying throughout the house, even if you don’t plan on adding hardware to these other rooms right now. A lot of designers use this simple method, which brings a sense of continuity throughout the house. By adding these simple consistent details in the kitchen, bath, laundry etc, it will add a feeling of completeness to the overall look of your home.

Think about matching the finishes of your existing or new appliances when choosing the best cabinet hardware. Having such a large expanse of stainless steel appliances would drive the decision to add cabinet hardware that either matches or compliments stainless steel.  You can also buy new hardware that is two tones, oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel for instance. The brushed nickel will nicely compliment your stainless steel appliances while the oil rubbed bronze will leave the room open for additional design options.

Ease of use is another big consideration. What’s the point of having really nice looking hardware if it’s totally useless or cumbersome? This should especially be thought of when considering older generations. Some people can have a hard time with cabinet knobs; in this case cabinet pulls would be the better option. Remember, all of your hardware should perform as well as it looks.

You should plan on your hardware becoming pretty mucked-up, especially if you are replacing your old kitchen or bath hardware. So, another thing to think about is how easy is to clean? Sure it looks great but if you buy new cabinet knobs that have lots nooks and crannies, then your new knobs could quickly look like last night’s dinner, especially if you have children in the house.

Quality is just as, if not more important than looks. Some of the higher end designer hardware can cost upwards of $10-20 a piece! One of the industry secrets is to not buy your hardware directly from a cabinet company. Some of these specialty cabinet companies mark up their inventory more than 300%. Instead search the web for other companies that carry quality cabinet hardware at a fraction of the cost. Quality can also be associated with name; Baldwin Hardware, Atlas Homewares and Kohler are a few known as making outstanding cabinet hardware. Baldwin also makes some of the finest door hardware on the market.

Once you have selected your style, brand and trusted online retailer and have the new hardware in hand, another way to gauge quality is by weight. When you hold it in your hand it should feel solid and heavy. This is a good indication that the hardware you purchased is forged of one piece solid brass or another durable metal and will last the test of time.

Lastly, when you are satisfied with your purchase it’s time for the installation. Installing cabinet knobs and pulls is just about the easiest DIY job out there. If the holes are already drilled and to the right size, all you will need is a Phillips or Flathead screw driver to remove the old knobs and replace them with the new. If you need to drill new holes, be sure to measure twice and drill once. Use a drill bit that is slightly bigger in diameter than the bolt coming out of the new knob or pull to ensure a proper fit. Also for brand new hardware without holes, line up all your holes in a straight line using a laser leveller. This will ensure pinpoint accuracy and make you look like a real pro!

A little forethought goes a long way and these simple ideas will ensure that your design choice works will with the rest of your home and will give you many years of delight and functionality.

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Simple Tips to Conserve Water

Water ConservationConserving water is vastly becoming if not already a serious priority for most countries around the world.  It has been documented that in the next few years, more than half of all U.S. states will experience water shortages. Even though our big blue planet is covered by two-thirds water, it is not drinkable without going through a desalination process.  Although this process isn’t new or even very advanced, at this time there are not enough large scale desalination plants to provide our daily water requirements.  In fact, in 2002 there were about 12,000 desalination plants around the world in 120 countries. These plants in total can only supply less than 1% of the total world water consumption.  So as you can see this alternative is a long ways off!

The routine use of our showers, toilets, faucets, water heaters and dishwashers can add up to a lot of wasted water.  Even the smallest efforts around your home can add up to a ton of savings.  Here is a list of some simple things you and your family can do to conserve water.

Saving Water in the Kitchen

  • Do not run your dishwasher unless it’s completely full.
  • Most garbage disposals use from 2-7 gallons of water per minute, so limit the amount of times you run these angry choppers.
  • When it comes time to rinse off the dishes or produce, fill your kitchen sink with water rather than letting it run continuously.

Saving Water in the Bathroom

  • Put a timer in your bathroom and limit your showers to a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • Tubs use a lot more water so use this method of bathing sparingly. If you are a bit of a tub aficionado then try and only fill itToto Aquia III Dual Flush Elongated Toilet up half way.
  • Older toilets tend to be water hogs.  You can retire the porcelain antique and replace it with a high efficiency or double flush toilet.
  • Just like the veggies in the kitchen, try not to continuously run the water while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Low flow showerheads are another great idea for reducing the amount of water wasted in the shower.
  • Don’t flush items like tissues down the toilet; throw them in the trash instead.  To further this point, some couples don’t always flush when they go “number 1” if you get my point. The wifey and I practice this method in our home, for better or worse right?
  • Test for toilet leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank.  Check back in a few and if the color is now in your bowl, you have a leak that needs to be fixed.
  • Installing an aerator on your faucet reduces the water flow and can be installed quickly.

Save Water in the Laundry Room

  • Top load washing machines can use up to 25 gallons for each wash!  Front load machines are much better in this department.
  • Be sure to adjust the water level accordingly when you do run the washing machine.  This little step can save gallons per load.

Save Water outside the Home

  • Try and choose plants that have a low water requirement and don’t need daily drinks.
  • The best parts of the day to water your garden or lawn are the early morning or late afternoon.  You will use less water and get better results.  Also, don’t bother to water on super windy days, the water won’t get where it’s supposed to and it’s a total waste.
  • I know a lot of you guys out there are big on “Hosin Things Down!”  It took me a while to break this habit too.  I know it looks nice when everything is all sparkly and shiny but it’s a huge waste of water.  Put your back into it and use a broom instead.

Adopting some or all of these little tips into your daily routine will really save you money and more importantly our planet in the long run.  We’ve all got stuck in the habit of being giant water hogs and in my opinion haven’t really thought about water as an issue.  I’m here to tell you that it’s a major concern and epidemic in some countries.  We like to think that us ‘Mericans’ (as Bush Jr. would say) live in a bubble and that it’s someone else’s problem.  I hope as a whole we can reverse this mindset before it REALLY hits home.  And if you still think “not my problem” you might wake up one day and nothing comes out of your faucet, hey but at least your drive way looks great!  Thanks for reading and get involved!

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