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Work In The Energy Industry? 3 Ways To Protect Yourself From Workplace Radiation

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Work In The Energy Industry? 3 Ways To Protect Yourself From Workplace Radiation

If you’re exposed to radiation during the course of your workday – even small doses of radiation – you need to make sure you’re well protected. This is particularly important if you work in the energy industry, where a good portion of your day may be spent around radiation. Even if you don’t work in a field that requires you to wear radiation monitors – devices that measure the amount of radiation you’ve been exposed to – you still need to be aware of the potential harm that’s around you, as well as ways to protect yourself. Here are three things you need to know about protecting yourself from harmful radiation. Time Limits Matter Radiation danger is directly related to the amount of time you spend exposed to the source. That means that the threat to your health goes up exponentially for each hour of the workday that you’re exposed to radiation. You can help reduce the threat to your safety by limiting the amount of time you’re exposed to the radiation. If you can, try to take breaks throughout the day to remove yourself from the area of exposure. Distance is Important If you’ve ever stood next to a campfire, you know that the intensity of the heat decreases the further you move away from the flames. That’s the same way it is with radiation. To protect yourself from the hazards of workplace radiation, you should distance yourself from the source. To ensure maximum protection, be sure to familiarize yourself with work site safety precautions. They may specify distance requirements when working in certain areas.  Shielding is Essential If it’s not possible to limit the time of distance of your exposure to radiation in the workplace, you’ll need to rely on nuclear shielding. Radiation shielding provides a safety barrier between you and the radiation. According to research, shielding from radiation exposure can be anything from a plate of window glass to several feet of concrete, depending on the type of radiation being emitted. There are different types of radiation barriers or shields that are effective in different workplace environments.  If you’re going to be working in the energy industry, you need to understand the basics of radiation exposure. The information provided here will help you understand the steps you can take to protect yourself while on the job. If you’re uncertain about the safety measures that are implemented at your place of employment, be sure to speak to your site...

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3 Tips For Reducing The Amount Of Trash You Put On The Curb

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Reducing The Amount Of Trash You Put On The Curb

All of the trash you put on the curbs ends up in a landfill and your trash could be taking up a lot of space over the years. Therefore, you might want to try to reduce the amount of trash you out each week. To help you do just that, you might want to take a few moments to review the following tips. Start A Compost Pile Do not make the mistake of assuming that you have to live on a farm or simply have a lot of land in order to make use of a compost. Compost is natural fertilizer that you can make use of in your little flower garden, herb garden, potted plants, and around scrubs and trees. Simply buy or build a little box that you can place in your yard. You will also need a shovel. Start throwing in every organic material that you have. It will break itself down over time as you turn it with the shovel, which allows oxygen to mix in with all of the organic material. You can add leaves from the yard into your compost, as well as old food items that you would have otherwise set out for the garbage company to pick up. Items from your kitchen that you can throw into the compost include coffee grinds, fruits, and vegetables. Reduce The Size Of Cardboard A single box from pasta you made the other night might not seem like a lot. However, throughout the week, you might actually be putting a lot of empty boxes into your trash. This can take up a lot of space. Therefore, you want to make sure that everyone in the house is breaking down the boxes before putting them in the trash. This means opening all ends of the boxes so that it lays flat. Purchase A Garbage Compactor Garbage compactors can be found online or in just about any home improvement store that sells appliances. Most of the electric garbage compactors on the market use a standard outlet in your kitchen in order to work. The purpose of the compactor is to take your garbage and compact it a tight as possible so that it is not taking up as much room in your garbage bags or in the landfill. With those three tips in mind, you should have no problem reducing the amount of trash that ends up on the curb. All it takes is a little effort and some creativity. For more ideas, contact your trash collector (like B-P Trucking...

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Protecting Your Home’s Sewer Line Inside and Out

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protecting Your Home’s Sewer Line Inside and Out

Have you ever thought about what it was like to live way back when indoor plumbing wasn’t in every home? Having to trudge out in the mud and snow in the dark to get to the outhouse that the family shared couldn’t have been much fun. Now, think about your home plumbing system—specifically the sewer line that carries all of that nasty waste and water away from your home into the city sewage system. Are you taking care of that crucial part of your comfortable living environment? Although the sewer lines are out of sight, they should never be out of mind. These lines can become damaged and need repair if you don’t take the time to consider what you are flushing down your toilets and running down your drains, as well as the condition of your home’s foundation, the trees that are growing around your sewage line, and even the sewage line itself. What shouldn’t you flush down a toilet or dump into a drain? To protect your sewage line from blockages, there are several things that you should never flush or dump into the drains in your home. Grease and oils—both cooking and automotive. Food—even with garbage disposals, egg shells, coffee grinds, and bones should never be introduced to the sewage system. Diapers and feminine hygiene products—even if the label says that they are flushable. Paper towels, wet wipes, stickers, or food wrapping. Cat litter—even the flushable litter. Acidic and caustic substances. Medication Condoms Paint, nail polish and remover, or turpentine. How do you protect the line from outside of your home? First, know how old your sewage lines are. If they are very old, they may be made of clay. If they are, act now before the clay cracks and crumbles, causing you serious problems. A new sewer line can be inserted into the existing pipe without even having to mess up your yard. Inspect your home’s foundation. If the foundation sinks or becomes damaged, it could cause the sewer lines that come through or go under the foundation to break. Lastly, watch the trees. Tree root damage is the most common cause of sewer line damage. Once the roots begin to penetrate the pipe, damage is going to occur. Keeping your sewer lines clean will help you prevent and catch problems before they become serious and costly to repair. Talk with your local sewer cleaning specialist, such as Tierra Environmental & Industrial Services, for...

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Understanding The Use Of Septic Systems With A High Water Table

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding The Use Of Septic Systems With A High Water Table

When your home is outside the city’s sewer system reach, you’ll have to install a septic system. Septic tanks give you an independent waste management structure, though they aren’t without their challenges. For example, if your property has a high water table, it can make septic tank use a bit more difficult. Here’s a look at what you should know to help ensure the success of your septic system despite the high water table. Why is a High Water Table a Big Deal? To understand why the water table matters to your septic system, you have to understand how both work. An underground septic system is a combination of a large septic tank and a corresponding drain field. Waste water seeps from the tank into the drain field for filtration. There are two distinct layers of water beneath ground level. The top layer is a combination of surface water, rock, air and soil. Below that is the ground water, which makes up the second layer. There are no air pockets in that second layer – it’s heavily saturated with water. The top of the ground water layer is referred to as the water table. The depth at which this layer starts can vary, and it can be altered with the season, particularly during the rainy season. If the layer of ground water is too high, otherwise known as a high water table, it can hinder the top layer’s ability to absorb waste water. And, that excess ground water may actually lead to oversaturation of the drain field, which may force the waste water back into your home or above ground. What Do I Do If My Home Has a High Water Table? There are a few things that you can do to limit the effects of the high water table on your septic system, starting with the installation. Talk with the septic system technicians about the size of the tank installed in your system. Make sure that you have a tank large enough to account for your heaviest estimated system use. If you have a lot of people over regularly, that added traffic (and potential excess waste water generation) should be taken into consideration. Once you’ve chosen a large enough tank, you should set up a pumping cycle that’s more frequent than you might otherwise expect. Pumping the tank more often will help keep the liquid from accumulating in the tank. When you keep the liquid levels from accumulating, you reduce the chances of any liquid flowing into the drain field. Finally, you’ll want to consider a water treatment system that the water can flow through before it reaches the drain field. This can help reduce the hazards associated with oversaturation, because many contaminants have been filtered out. Systems like recirculating sand fill units can treat pathogens in the water before that water reaches the drain field. These systems filter the water through sand several times in a purification effort. For professional septic tank service, contact a company such as River City Septic &...

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How To Properly Recycle Plastics

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Properly Recycle Plastics

We hear a lot about the importance of recycling.  Landfills are filling up, and when we throw recyclable items in the trash we are contributing to the landfill problem.  Many homes and businesses make a point to try to recycle items that have the ability to be recycled, such as cardboard, aluminum, paper and plastic.  However, many people don’t know how to properly recycle plastic and may be causing more harm than good when they incorrectly recycle. Types of Plastic There are seven categories of plastics, although there are actually many more types of plastics.  The plastics that don’t fit in one of the first six categories are lumped into category 7.  Of these seven categories, only the first two are commonly recycled.  Polyethylene Terephtalate (PET) is any plastic with the number 1 on it and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is any plastic with the number 2 on it.  Examples of these plastics are beverage bottles and detergent bottles.  Although these two are the most common and easily recycled, other types may be able to be recycled depending on your towns recycling facilities. Preparing to Recycle Plastic Know what is accepted at your recycling facility. Recycling takes more preparation than simply tossing an item in the recycling bin.  The first thing you need to do when preparing to recycle plastic is to know what type of plastics your recycling facility will accept.  Your local recycling program wants you to recycle, so they make this information easy to find by passing out flyers or putting it up online.  Sort your plastics.  After you know what types of plastics they can accept, start paying attention to the numbers on your plastics.  Any types of plastics that aren’t accepted by your recycling center should be thrown in the trash.  If your recycling company requires you to sort your plastics, make sure that you are sorting them properly.  Clean your plastics.  Before tossing your plastics into the recycling bin, you must rinse them out to make sure that all traces of contaminants are removed.  The Consequence of Improper Plastic Recycling When you don’t recycle your plastics properly, your recycling efforts are for nothing.  Including plastics your facility can’t recycle, failing to clean items, or including trash in your load of recyclables contaminates your entire batch.  This can result in more work at the recycling center or even in the whole batch being rejected and sent to the landfill. Automatic sorting equipment doesn’t catch everything and there is a possibility contaminants can get through.  This results in lessened durability of the new plastic that is formed.  The new plastic is then less useful.  If you are in doubt about whether a plastic item can be recycled, don’t just throw it in your recycling container and cross your fingers it was the right choice.  When in doubt, throw it out, and don’t risk your entire batch of recyclable items ending up in the landfill. To learn more, contact a recycling service center like Quantum Resource...

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Is A Water Filter Cooler Right For Your Office?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Everyone gets thirsty and everyone wants clean water. At work, the solution for most offices has been to buy five gallon bottles of purified water. A more economical and effective solution for your office is a water cooler that is attached to a water filtration system. Consider the benefits that will be outlined below to decide if this is the right choice for your office and your budget. More Affordable Than Bottled Water Bottled water is far more expensive than tap water and the costs can rack up quickly depending on how much your employees drink. In a large office this can be several gallons per day. A water filter cooler delivers water that is free from contaminants at a more affordable rate. If you factor in how much visitors to the office drink especially if you own a large customer service business then you will spend a lot on bottled water. You will also need more than one dispenser in a large office. This can get very expensive. You must also pay for the delivery of the bottled water and this can cost you a lot over time. Using a water filter cooler will eliminate delivery costs and help you to enjoy greater savings. According to quenchonline.com customers save up to 20 to 50 percent on their previous water delivery costs when they use a water filter cooler. Save Money On Paper Cups Bottled water dispensers often come equipped with a section for the insertion of paper cups. These paper cups must be supplied by management. Large offices will require a lot of these paper cups in order to match the volume of water being consumed. Large customer service oriented offices will have huge paper cup costs due to the volume of customers who visit the office daily. How Does Water Filter Cooler Work? A water filter cooler is attached to the office’s plumbing system. Tap water passes through a carbon filter. This carbon filter will remove lead, chlorine or other harmful properties from the water. Water filter coolers are capable of delivering both hot and cold water just like bottled water dispensers. Hot and cold water is dispensed from separate spigots in the same way as a bottled water dispenser. While initial setup of commercial water purification systems for sale might cost a bit more than bottled water dispensers, in the long run you will end up saving more once you eliminate the costs of using several bottles of water  and paper cups per...

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Why Should You Landscape Your Lawn?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Having your lawn landscaped by one of your local landscape companies will give you a beautiful yard that you’ll be able to enjoy.  There are many other great benefits to having your yard landscaped.  Here are some other benefits to landscaping your lawn. Property Value       One thing that gives your home the most curb appeal is your landscaping.  This will also give you an increased property value and make your home look more attractive.  While it will improve the aesthetic value of the home, it can improve the look of your home when compared to other similar homes in your neighborhood.  Know that a professional landscape company will be able to up the value of your home as soon as they are finished making your yard a beautiful area that can be enjoyed. Energy Costs       It is imperative to save energy wherever possible in order to save money, and help to conserve the earth’s resources.  Landscaping can help to control the temperature inside a home by helping to control wind and other elements around your home.  Trees, shrubbery and vines will reduce the energy needed to heat or cool a home by shading, wind breaking and helping to cool the ground around the home.  According to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, heating bills can be reduced by up to 15% and cooling bills can be reduced by up to 50%. Environmental Impact      Plants that are native to your environment will help benefit the natural habitats for animals living in your local area.  These plants will also require less upkeep, and will thrive and flourish, while more exotic plants will require more maintenance and water, costing you more.  Other ways that landscaping can impact the environment is that all plants reduce pollution in the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. Encourages Wildlife       Any flowers, plants, bushes and trees in your yard will attract birds and insects that are natives to your areas.  This will allow them to be able to make natural habitats, store food and to be sheltered from predators.  Many natural functions such as the production of honey by bees could be taking place from the landscaping that you have on your property. Functionality         Landscaping will help you to make use of your land.  If you choose to build structures to be included alongside your landscaping, you will be making your property useful.  Patio structures, fire pits, vegetable gardens and even flower beds will improve your land and help it to become functional in the process.       Having your yard or property landscaped by a local landscape company like B & B Hoffman Sod Farms will allow you to be able to make more of your land, and help out your environment in the...

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Solar Vs. Wind Power: Which Is The Better Renewable Energy?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Homeowners can create their own clean energy by installing solar panels or wind turbines. But which is the better option? Both solar and wind power offer a clean, affordable and infinitely effective source of renewable energy that produces no emissions. However, these two energy options have some distinct differences. Learn more about solar and wind power and how they compare. Solar Energy Depending on the size of the solar system you choose to install, you can save a substantial amount of money on your electric bill. According to NerdWallet Inc., the estimated yearly savings for a 3 kilowatt (kW) residential solar panel system is $600. The biggest advantage of solar energy is that it’s renewable and sustaining, meaning that it will never run out. Once solar panels have been installed, they require very little maintenance to maintain. There is no noise from photovoltaic panels as they silently draw in sunlight to transform into useable energy. Solar energy can also be produced on or off the grid. When on the grid, a house remains connected to the state electricity grid. When off the grid, there is no connection to the electricity grid and the home relies solely on solar power for energy. Other key benefits of solar power include: Increasing your home’s value Saving money on your utility bills Decreasing your carbon footprint Locking-in energy costs indefinitely Wind Energy Wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of renewable energy in the world. This clean fuel source does not pollute the air and does not produce emissions that contribute to greenhouse gasses and acid rain. Wind power is also one of the most affordable forms of renewable energy, costing as low as 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, according to The Energy Collective. Wind turbines are available in a wide range of sizes, which means they can be effectively used by both residential homes and businesses. Wind power can be especially useful in remote areas that are not connected to electricity power grids. Although these turbines can be tall and take up a small plot of land, the land below the turbine can still be used for a variety of purposes, such as farming. Other key benefits of wind power include: Wind is free and available everywhere Turbines do not emit greenhouse gasses Wind turbines do not consume water Wind energy is clean and plentiful Both solar energy and wind energy have excellent advantages that make them popular choices for homes and businesses. For more information, contact your local renewable energy...

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How To Prevent Roaches From Making Their Way Into Your Living Space

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If there is one common household pest that can make your skin crawl, it is roaches. Unfortunately, roaches are some of the most resilient insects and are very capable of traveling from home to home and finding a way in. If you live in an area that is prone to roach infestations, it is important to prevent them from entering the home altogether. Yet, this is not always easy to accomplish. Here are a few simple tricks to help you out. Seal Your Home from the Exterior Completely Roaches can squeeze through even the smallest cracks and crevices. If you have a roach problem in your neighborhood, these bugs can and will try their best to get inside your residence. It is important to do all that you can to prevent even the slightest openings that would provide access to you home. Check around windows and doors, in crawlspaces, and even around the roof for possible entry points and seal them with silicone caulking or other airtight material. Be Careful What You Bring Indoors One female cockroach can produce as many as 400 offspring in her lifetime. Therefore, all it would take is one bug brought into your home to cause a major infestation. It is actually easier to carry in cockroaches from an outside source than what most people think. These bugs are incredibly good at hiding until they get into a desired location. Electronics and appliances are infamous housing grounds for these bugs, and it is not uncommon for people to buy a used appliance and soon after discover that it was full of roaches. Be sure you thoroughly investigate anything that comes into your house that you suspect came from a place with roaches. Use Perimeter Bug Treatment to Ward Off Roaches If you are truly concerned that bugs will travel to your home, it is a good idea to talk to a professional pest control agent about preventative treatment methods that can be taken, such as perimeter spray treatment. During this type of treatment, the entire perimeter of your home will be treated with a spray that will keep the bugs from trying to enter your home. It is much easier to prevent a cockroach infestation than it is to treat an issue once there is an infestation. Taking measures to keep the bugs out of your home in the first place is the best thing that you can do to keep your home protected from these unwanted house guests. For more information, contact Mr. Bug Killer Inc. or a similar...

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How To Save On Your Propane Bill

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winter is right around the corner. This means increased use of your heat, which can lead to increased propane usage. While you want to keep your home warm this winter, you also do not want to pay too much to keep it that way. Here are some tips you can use to keep your energy bill at an amount that you can handle. Filling The Tank When your propane delivery company comes to fill your tank, it may be beneficial to hold off on doing a complete fill if the price of propane is higher than usual. Propane prices fluctuate according to the economy and the weather. There are times of the year where the propane cost is lower than other times, such as in the summertime when it is not being used. Have your propane filled during these times and have the company do partial fill ups during the colder months. Keep an eye on propane pricing. If you see a reason for the price to drop, this is when to call for a fill up. Setting The Temperature To keep your costs low, set your thermostat a degree or two lower than you normally do. In the wintertime, do not feel pressured to turn it up because it is colder outside. Keep it at a constant rate, lowering when no one will be at home. You can buy a programmable thermostat to help you keep on a schedule if you feel this will be a benefit. Lower the thermostat at night when you are asleep. Simply add an extra blanket to your bed to make up for the lower temperature. Check For Drafts You will want to make sure that there are no drafts that are letting your heat seep outdoors unnecessarily. Light a candle and move it around the perimeter of each door and window to see if it flickers. Where there is flickering, there is air. Install weather-stripping to doors and windows that are suspect. You can add a layer of caulk around your doorways and use expandable foam in areas where the gap is large. Cover Up One way to save on your energy bill is to make sure your windows have window coverings. Use thermal lined drapes and curtains to cover your windows. These act as a layer of insulation and will block the heat from escaping. Use a door draft blocker to stick at the bottom of your doorway to help keep drafts from coming inside. For more information about propane gas, contact Mills Fuel Service Inc. or a similar...

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