Consume less fuel while driving_ part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 
Avoid heavy breaking and apply the pedal lightly, you are wasting fuel by breaking heavily and accelerating quickly, you can save up to 30% of fuel cost if you improve your driving in this area.
If you are stuck in a traffic jam for more than a few minutes switch of your engine if it is save or possible to do so. Restarting your engine uses less fuel than keeping it running.
There is no point switching on your air conditioner if you don’t really need it. Switch it off and open all the windows and all the air ventilation in your car. Switching off your air conditioner can help decrease your gas consumption considerably. Serviced your car regularly and don’t forget to check your tyre pressure at regular interval, and before any long journey. Incorrect tire pressure can have impact on fuel consumption adding up to 30% to your fuel bill.
Your mechanic should also check your vehicle emission and catalytic converter;
70% of badly polluting vehicles could be returned at a garage within some few minutes.
Upgrade your car to a new one, the older your motor car gets the less inefficient it can become, and the less millage you will get from a full tank of gasoline. If you have an older motor vehicle you can save your fuel by updating to a newer fuel efficient vehicle. If you buy a new motor car remember to check out the car fuel economy figure before you buy. Keeping your car washed and waxed improves aerodynamics and therefore affects fuel economy.

Save Water_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 

In the garden 

For part one see here.
For part three see here.

– Maintain healthy soil. Soils in good condition absorb water best.  
– Natural shade trees in the right position can reduce plant water use and offer opportunities for planting shade-loving native shrubs and ground covers.  
– Mulch beds and pots. This reduces water lost to evaporation by up to 70%.  
– Group plants with similar watering needs together.

 – Water deeply but less often to encourage strong root systems and hardier plants.

– Add organic wetting agents (available from garden centers) to help keep water and nutrients in the soil.

– Water early or late in the day (in accordance with current water restrictions) to reduce evaporation and don’t water when it’s windy or rainy.  
– If using grey water, choose biodegradable products with low levels of phosphorus, sodium, nitrogen and chlorine.

10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 
The first 5 ways to consume less energy you can find here.

6. Take the bus or other public transportation: I know, I know, it’s not the most pleasant thing in the world when you have to cram into a public transit vessel, but this is another of the changes that you can make that will have a huge impact. If, on a daily basis, you’re the only person using your car merely to get to and from work, you’re a prime candidate for a bus commute. Look into how long it takes to take public transit, you may be surprised at how quick it is. You’ll save a great deal of money, energy, and resources, and you’ll save all that wear-n-tear on your car too.

7. The Three R’s: We’ve all heard this enough to know it by heart; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. If you’re not recycling you’re literally throwing energy away. It takes far more time, energy, and resources to make a new product from scratch then it does to make one from recycled materials. Only buy products that have been made from recycled parts, that have been made organically, and/or have been manufactured by environmentally conscientious corporations. (say that five times fast)

8. Make meals with friends and family: This is an easily overlooked step, especially in this fast paced world we live in; co-op cooking can save a ton of energy. When you and your friends/family get together on a frequent basis to make meals, there are that many fewer stoves and dishwashers being ran that day. Not only that, but you’ll save money by buying larger quantities which also means less packaging is being used. Pretty simple huh?
9. Collect rainwater to quench your garden and yard: Lawns and foliage like H20, there’s no getting around that, but you can get around paying the utility for it. If you’re like me and you live where it rains a lot, get some barrels and store the sweet stuff. A hose attached to the bottom of a well placed barrel can have fairly decent water pressure. Refer to #1 to see why this is a simple yet important step.

10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a 10. Take control of your car: You can save a massive
amount of money/energy/resources if you pay attention to what your car is doing. Shut your car’s engine off if you’re at a traffic light that you know will take at a minute or more to change. You know those lights, the ones that never change, well that’s a prime opportunity to make a difference. Also, keep your vehicle tuned up and running well so you’ll use less gas and create fewer emissions. When cruising around the neighborhood or shopping district in the summer, roll your windows down instead of turning on the AC. But, when speeding along on the highway, having your windows down creates a lot of drag which can actually make your car use more gas, so use the AC instead. Only wash your car at a car wash, use higher octane gas, and carpool whenever possible. All of these little tricks will save you money, and the environment from getting more polluted.

Recycled objects from Africa

December 12th, 2010 - 
1. The plastic bag football
– football ball that you can see all over Africa, made from old trash

2. The car made out of drink cans

3. The metal animals made out of scrap-objects from Zimbabwe.

4. The old, painted tyre pots – from Ghana

5. The wire truck. Can be seen in South Africa and it is used by children: it has wheels and even rear-view mirrors. All out of recycled objects.

Most Affordable Christmas Ever

December 12th, 2010 - 

This article is about how to make a decent December and not a horrible January. In your Christmas planning, you must take care of some basic estabilshments:

1. Financial point of view: how much money I want to spend?
2. Schedule p.o.v : in how many places do I have to be on Christmas?
3. Hosting p.o.v : How many invites can I have?

Giving a gift doesn’t mean you have to buy the gift
– we generally think that the most money we spend for a present, the more obvious our feelings are expressed and that we proove our love more
– but you can express your feelings and communicate bu giving some things that do not cost a penny.
– homemade Christmas gifts are the most valuable gifts ever
– it could be anything: a card, a homemade gift, or anything that proove your love and show hoh much energy, time and talents you put
Start saving money for Christmas
– just think of the amount of money you wold like to have on december.
– start 3 months earlier and divide the amount in 3.
– see how much you have to spare in a month
– and then see how you can make the economies.

Watch sales
– since you have already the amount of money and you know how many presents you want to buy and got your shopping list, just take a look at the discounts you have in this period of time
– now you can find a lot of great stuff even in november
– just watch for the sales in this period of time and buy the presents on sale
– don’t let the shoppings until 23 of December
– it will be too late and you will be obliged to buy them at full price