How to make your Business “Green”

In today’s busy marketplace, going green can have more impact than ever before, and not just environmentally. As markets and niches are becoming more diluted with competition, going green can help small businesses stand out from the crowd. If you don’t have the capital or you aren’t the owner of the business – going green doesn’t necessarily have to be a costly investment.

As a start, consider making these easy-to-do changes:

– Replace light bulbs with energy efficient ones.
– If it’s comfortable outside and appropriate, let the wind be the air conditioner
– Choose to clean with greener products, as an alternative to harsh chemicals
– Re-claim furniture and fixtures, a little TLC can go a long way!
– Consider placing plants around the business, or making a “living wall”
– Use recycled material for bags and receipts and/or make them optional
– Buy energy efficient equipment
– Follow the rule of – turn it down, turn it off.
– Cut extra packaging out

Forget ‘Smart Homes’-You Need a ‘Smart Office’

Smart homes are all the rage these days. You can control your home’s temperature, lighting, and even monitor it remotely. So this brings up the question-why does your office get left behind? The answer is that this doesn’t need to be the case. Using this technology for your office instead to create a ‘smart office’ can lower your stress and really save you time and money to boot. Here are a few ideas to achieve a smart office and how it can help you in the long run.

Smart Lights

Energy management is a huge thing these days and saving on electricity costs through lights is a great way to get it done. Smart lights have the ability to change lighting conditions based on what’s currently happening in the building. If there’s no one there then they will shut off. If someone is walking along a hallway when it’s dark, the lights can shut on and off in sequences as they move along the hallway so it uses only the light that you really need.

How to set up a Roof Garden

As more and more people reside in tighter living spaces, and available land to build on becomes scarcer, increasing numbers of people choose to create a roof garden to provide them with some garden space. If the idea of having a roof garden appeals, then read on to find out all you need to know.

Why have a roof garden?

Even if you don’t have the space to own a conventional garden, a roof garden has tons of appeal in itself. In many cities, where living space is tight, roof gardens are highly sought-after and can add value to the price of your property.
High up from the ground and away from the noise of traffic, a roof garden can be an idyllic oasis, providing stretching vistas and intriguing skylines.
As well as being good for the environment, this garden in the sky has other benefits too. It has been suggested that a roof garden acts as natural insulation, which can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
If there is a storm, a roof garden can decrease water runoff as much of the water is captured by the plants. Some experts believe that a roof garden can increase the life expectancy of your roof, as the garden protects it from fluctuations in weather and temperatures. It may even lower the risk of fire.

How to create a roof garden

Do Electric Bikes Make You Fitter?

There is a common misconception regarding electric bikes – that they do all of the hard work for you! While it is true that they do complement the pedaling power of the cyclist, as well as providing assistance wherever needed, it is important to note that they are not the same as a motorbike or scooter.

Because electric bikes reduce the level of effort required when compared to a regular bicycle, they offer the perfect way to bridge the gap between no cycling and cycling on a regular bike.

Health experts universally agree that even modest amounts of regular exercise are far more beneficial than no exercise at all and as such, these bikes are ideal for helping people of all ages to enhance their fitness. Even seemingly mundane tasks such as going to work, college or the shops on an electric bike can help to provide significant benefits to the health of the rider.

There is a strong school of thought that even believes that riding an electric bike can prove to offer better exercise than a regular bike due to the fact that e-bike owners tend to use their bike more. Riding an electric bike is often so exhilarating that it does not actually feel like you are exercising, which makes people far more likely to stick with it.

China is the new Go-Green Model

China has been the target of environmentalists worldwide and also within its own borders. This is mainly due to the diminished air and water quality due to massive industrialization in recent years and the use of coal as heating and also used to produce oil.

Oil produced from coal has twice the CO2 emissions as burning coal alone. So is it possible that China may become the Go Green poster child of the industrialized world? It is not only possible – it is very likely.

China is a giant canvas for painting a green picture for the world. Chinese officials are aware of the enormity of the problem but have also implemented equally large plans.

The combination of sustainable natural resources and alternative plans for the use of coal and plastics have put the country on the track to showing the greatest improvement environmentally. This is a plan that has been criticized for its slow track path but nonetheless, it is a plan.

They built the Great Wall one stone at a time and they will clean up the environment one city at a time. Some of the implemented plans and sustainable resources that will be part of a greener China include:

Lower My Bills – Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

It’s not that hard to save on your electricity bill at all. Take a look at some useful tips:  

1. Kеер уоur heating running efficiently. Yоur furnace iѕ thе mоѕt expensive appliance in уоur house tо run. In fact, household heating accounts fоr 60% оf аll energy uѕеd in thе average home. Make ѕurе it iѕ operating аѕ efficiently аѕ роѕѕiblе bу replacing itѕ filter еvеrу twо months.
A great option iѕ tо purchase оnе оf thе reusable filters thаt саn bе washed оn a regular basis. You’ll pay mоrе fоr thеm but thеу lаѕt fоr years ѕо in thе еnd thеу cost lеѕѕ thаn disposable filters. Thе fеw minutes it will tаkе уоu tо properly care fоr уоur furnace саn increase itѕ energy efficiently bу аѕ muсh аѕ 50 реr cent.
2. Install a programmable thermostat. Heating аnd cooling уоur house whеn nо оnе iѕ home – оr whеn еvеrуоnе iѕ in bеd – uѕеѕ аn unnecessary amount оf energy. Thiѕ iѕ bad fоr thе environment аnd bad fоr уоur checkbook!
Inѕtеаd оf wasting thаt energy, buy a programmable thermostat аnd set thе temperature tо bе ѕеvеrаl degrees cooler (or warmer in thе summer) during thе night аnd whеn thе house iѕ empty. Yоu саn easily hаvе it back tо thе temperature уоu likе bу thе timе уоu wake uр оr arrive home.

Speak Kindly To AND About Yourself

“Speak kindly to AND about yourself. No more “I’m so stupid” or “This is a dumb question” or “I am so behind!” Words create LIFE. ~Sandi Krakowski~
It’s well-known knowledge that negative self-talk comes from negative talking to a child hammering in that little one’s head like “you’re so stupid!” “dummy!” “you’ll never amount to anything!”

Have you ever heard those words as a child? Do you find yourself believing those words? It doesn’t have to be a parent it can be any person that’s supposed to be a role model to you. I know that as a child I grew up with soooooo many negative words.
It took me quite a long time to finally realize that I am not stupid or dumb or anything else negative that I was told as a child. And I know I am not the only one, in my work as GED education instructor, I have seen plenty high school dropouts with low self-esteem as a direct result of belittling their capabilities in their childhood.
It’s verbal abuse and it’s amazing how many adults abuse children verbally.

Go Green in 2017

Recycling, reducing waste and lowering energy costs are just some of the options that businesses have to go a little “greener” in 2017. There are plenty of reasons for you to go green personally, but why would a business bother with it? After all, small businesses are all about the bottom line.

In reality, going green can have a big impact on your profits in more ways than you might think. It’s even a fundamental value many small businesses will flaunt to develop loyal customers.

You can lower you energy costs, which is a big portion of your overhead. Encouraging your employees to turn off lights and computers while on break or at the end of the day will produce big effects.

However, how do things like recycling or encouraging car pools help to save you money? They may not. In fact, they may actually make you money! Offering green technology at work is a great way for employers to attract talent and consumers. People are losing their loyalty for companies at the same time they’re increasing loyalty for themselves and their careers. Use what you can to keep them attracted to you and check out some cool, easy ideas for going green in 2014.

Is The Appeal Of IKEA Furniture On Its Last Legs?

The roots of IKEA can be traced way back to the early 1940’s when founder Ingvar Kamprad first began to sell furniture under the IKEA brand name. However, back then IKEA was only a small business that had virtually no impact on the furniture market. The same cannot be said about IKEA today.

Since then the company has expanded rapidly, spanning across multiple continents and has impacted the global furniture market in numerous ways. The biggest way was the introduction of flat packed furniture, which allowed people to save money if they are willing to assemble the furniture themselves. Although nowadays flat pack furniture isn’t anything special, as many other companies have jumped on the bandwagon, back then it was a revolutionary idea.

However, there have been rumors that IKEA flat pack furniture is starting to lose its appeal. This article will discuss whether these rumors are true by looking at some of the advantages and disadvantages of IKEA style, quick to assemble, flat pack furniture.

People Still Want Cheap Furniture

The biggest reason people tend to opt for purchasing IKEA furniture is because of its low prices. The reason why the price of IKEA furniture is so low, is because they can fit more goods into shipment crates because the furniture hasn’t been assembled. This helps to keep transportation costs right down, meaning they can sell the items to their customers at low prices.

The Top Gadgets for Students

In today’s  ever changing technology business professionals as well as students want to have the gadgets that make daily life easier. Gadgets such as smartphones, digital cameras, and tablets, come in quite handy for business, for learning, and for pleasure.

We, the staff of MyCareerTools, a website about GED classes, advise students to use gadgets as much as possible. They are not helpful, maybe, but can make routine tasks fun.

However, it’s hard to figure out which ones to buy. That’s where this list comes in. These items can be purchased for not much money, especially at sites like Newegg. So, what are the top 3 gadgets on the market for business professionals? You’re about to find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note is basically a hybrid-both smartphone and tablet computer. Needless to say, it’s one of the hottest gadgets on the market right now. First off, the Galaxy Note has a 1.6 GHZ dual core processor with 16 GB of memory, which can be expanded to 32GB.

It currently runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system but will be upgraded to the newer Android operating system very soon. There are also the standard features on any phone or tablet computer-a 2 mega pixel camera on the front and an 8 mega pixel camera on the back. Whatever you use it for; this gadget has the respect of its competitors because of its features, which are many.