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Green Relocation: Make Cash from Trash

Below is a guest post by James Harrison, who works as relocation consultant. He regularly contributes write ups to business websites and blogs, with most of his writings based on tips for small business setups and eco-friendly moves. In his free time he plays sports mainly soccer and chess and is also passionate about reading fiction and traveling.

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Recycle waste and use it to your advantage when you relocate.

We often fail to realize the environmental impact of most of our activities. You could be surprised to know that even a regular relocation process can emit so many pollutants and lead to accumulation of huge amounts of waste. This kind of environmentally unfriendly process is ineluctable as moving is quite essential. Unfortunately, many people remain oblivious to the environment-friendly means of relocation that can also save them huge amounts of money.

Save significant amounts of money by adopting eco-friendly measures to relocate. The best way to go about with eco-friendly relocation is to recycle waste and use it to your advantage. Here’s a brief lowdown on different ways to reduce waste and enhance usability. Photo: popofatticus

Opt for recycled materials.
It is always better to choose recycled materials while packing your stuff. These recycled materials tend to be inexpensive and can also be arranged free of cost if you have friendly neighbors or friends around. Easily get old cardboard boxes, bubble wraps and other packing materials free from neighbors or friends who have recently relocated.

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Going Green: Choosing the Right Hot Water Heater

Below is a guest post by Rachel Kopp, a blogger for Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Minneapolis, a plumbing company in Ramsey, MN that specializes in water heater installation and repair services.

Going green is a great way to help make your home more energy-efficient while saving money at the same time. One way to go green and lower energy use in your home is to replace your old conventional water heater with a tankless water heater or solar water heater. Because a conventional water heater constantly heats a 40-50 gallon tank of water, a lot of energy is wasted to maintain heating levels. Learn more about different eco-friendly hot water heater options to choose the right one for your home.

Learn More About Tankless Water Heaters

A tankless water heater is also known as a demand-type unit. They do not require a tank like traditional water heaters and provide heated water on an as-needed basis. Tankless water heaters work by heating water as it passes by heating coils contained in the unit. Since the tankless heaters don’t have a storage tank for standby water like a conventional water heater, not only are you saving space, but there’s also no energy waste. This will inevitably lead to lower energy bills and a greener home.

Learn More About Solar Water Heaters

Use the sun to heat water for your home.

The installation of a solar hot water system is a good way to be green and increase energy-efficiency. These units can be used in any type of climate and do not need any type of fuel because they use energy from the sun. The water heater for your home includes a solar collector and a storage tank. You have the choice of having an active water heater or a passive water heater.

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Waste Less, Ditch Disposable Razors

We’ve covered hundreds of ways to reduce waste in your every day activities, and now we’re going to talk about disposable razors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each year 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away. Use our recycling tips to do you part and help decrease this number.

A pack of disposable razors may cost as little as a dollar, but there are more costs to disposable items that are not reflected in the actual price. Imagine what a pile of 2 billion disposable razors would look like! The good news is that there are alternatives, but you’ll have to change some consumer habits and/or pick up a new skill or two. Since shaving is a part of every day life for both women and men, it’s time to take a look at those habits and get on board with alternatives.

Alternatives to Disposable Plastic Razors

Purchase razors made from recycled materials.

Preserve razors are made from recycled yogurt cups and are completely recyclable using the Recycline postage-paid mailer included in their packaging. Their packaging, by the way, is made from renewable wood sources and is reusable as a travel case.

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Preserve razors contain 100% recycled plastics in their handles.

Use a safety razor or straight razor that you can sharpen easily.

If you think about it, if you keep buying a new pack of razors every time they go dull, you’re wasting a lot of money. Between the handles and replacement razors themselves, start keeping track of how many you purchase each week for a year and you’ll be amazed at how the cost adds up. Depending on how frequently you buy replacement razors or blades it could even be well into the hundreds of dollars! If you don’t want to spend that money on razors, and also want to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, buy something that lasts.

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The Ultimate Guide to Precycling

Did you know that packaging makes up approximately 30% by weight and 50% by volume of the stuff we send to landfills? We’re not talking about packages that you send or receive by mail, we’re talking about daily packaging- the shrink wrap around your produce or sandwich, the excess that we immediately dispose of. This amount is easily cut down throughout your activities each busy day. Your actions have enormous potential to reduce waste. One strategy is known as precycling, you prevent waste before it happens.

If we reduce, reuse and rethink before we buy things, we conserve resources, create way less waste and end up saving money too. Precycling includes such practices as buying items in bulk to reduce packaging, buying items with easy-to-recycle packaging, removing your name from junk mail lists, receiving your bills electronically, or reading amazing electronic media like RecycleScene.com instead of print magazines or newspapers.

Think of a precycle kit as kinetic waste-reducing energy; thinking ahead prevents needless waste.

Most items are easily toted along and used again the next day. Once it becomes a habit, the amount of waste piles are reduced dramatically and this is a very good thing.

Give this handy precycling list a try:

1. Thermos, plastic mug or water-bottle.

2. Cloth bag or otherwise shopping bag/lunch tote.

3. Tupperware, Pyrex or non-disposable container.

4. Silverware set.

5. Library card.

6. Sewing kit.

7. Cloth napkin.

8. Bookmark RecycleScene on your browser.

Celebrate Precycle Day, Every Day!

Precycling Helps Reduce Reuse Recycle

Morning

Instead of getting coffee in a paper cup, use a thermos or bring a ceramic mug. Be conscious of the fact that you’re creating less waste.

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How To Fix Headphones for Under $5

Headphone Repair Made Easy

How To Fix Headphones for Under $5

Headphone repair involves cutting off the old headphone jack and replacing the wires onto a new one.

How many times have you found yourself purchasing a new pair of headphones every year? This post is for people who have a pair of headphones where one earpiece works but sounds has has stopped coming out on the other side. Repair should definitely be the 4th R after Reduce Reuse Recycle. Fixing an item instead of buying something new is a practice that not only saves money, but supports a more sustainable economy where items last longer and resources are preserved.

This is easy- you can do this!

If you already have some tools, a replacement package of two 1/8″ stereo phone plugs is available at RadioShack that costs around $4. Photo: StevenW.

If you do not have a soldering tool and a pair of wire strippers, they are available online for a combined cost of about $15. This cost is already less than a new pair of headphones, as some brands cost up to $30. If you decide to purchase these tools, consider it an investment. Otherwise, see if you are able to borrow them from someone you know and keep costs down to under $5.

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