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Environmentally Friendly Heating Solutions

Staying warm indoors when it gets cold outside is one of our more important concerns during the darker, colder winter months and having an environmentally friendly way to do that is becoming more and more important as the world’s natural resources are depleted. Yet despite the growing need to conserve fuel and use what we have wisely, there are millions of people living in urban areas that simply have no viable way to support this kind of sensible power usage.

The problems faced by city dwellers where power is concerned are mainly governed by the infrastructure that is in place and difficult or very expensive to change. Most cities rely heavily on electricity to supple homes with power for their needs including their heating and hot water systems and its generation is ever becoming a more expensive commodity.

Electricity for Heat

Most of the fuel used to create the electricity generated by power stations to serve the bulk of the country’s population comes from fossil fuels, or carbon based fuels that are taken from the earth including coal, oil and natural gas. Several decades ago when these fuels were plentiful and cheap, this wasn’t a problem and whole cities grew up around this form of power generation.

Families were spoiled with all manner of electrically powered appliances to make their lives more convenient and that also included electric heating devices from small space heaters, through to whole house central heating systems that included the facility to produce unlimited hot water for all those lovely showers and baths that people like to take every day.

Unfortunately, this good thing didn’t last and as oil and natural gas supplies started to dwindle the price rose and suddenly, toward the end of the twentieth century, electricity was no longer cheap. Alternatives needed to be found for sure and they are being found but the major problem for those living in the city is they are still largely reliant on electricity for all their homes’ power needs.

Cheaper Alternatives

For those living in rural areas, the abundance of alternative fuels such as wood for wood burning furnaces and stoves means that reliance on the more expensive and resource hungry electrical power supply is much less. Access to cheaper coal is another bonus that city dwellers cannot enjoy so much since it costs more to deliver this fuel in cities due to traffic congestion and lack of parking for the delivery trucks, plus the fact that wages are higher and so drivers demand greater recompense for delivering to city addresses.

Renewable energy sources have been found and are being employed but their growth is painfully slow and still only makes up less than 5% of the entire country’s power needs. Wind farms, solar voltaic electricity farms and hydro power stations are being built and put to use, but we need more of them fast!

One way that people living outside the city can help themselves is by generating their own electricity by putting up solar panels in areas that get lots of sunshine or even installing small wind turbines on their property. When you generate more electricity than you use, you can sell some of it to the power companies and help keep the power flowing through the country that way.

Portable Heating using Propane

One way in which city and town dwellers can cut their reliance on electricity for heat is to use small, portable propane fueled heaters (see: http://portable-propane-heater.blogspot.com for more details). These small units can deliver a lot of heat cheaply and readily without adding to the drain on the electric supply in urban areas.

Propane is a useful and portable fuel that can be used to run modified gen sets in rural areas or wherever they are needed as backup for those time when we get blackouts. Having one or more of these small units can literally be a life saver during times of power shortages and outages during the coldest months especially for the elderly and infirm who suffer most when the temperature drops during winter.

These are some things worth considering next time you switch on that energy hungry appliance. Ask yourself if you really need to use it. And if you don’t, why not save a little energy?

You can do your small but not insignificant bit to help the environment and conserve our resources for generations to come. Read this article on climate change and what you can do to stay warm when it gets cold.

Do You Like Extreme Workouts?

Some people like to look good and achieve the body beautiful through working out hard every day. That’s fine if you have the time and the inclination, but not everyone has that.

Personally, I don’t like to work out to extremes and punishing myself to get to that extra burn, even though I like exercising daily but it has to be on my own terms. That is why when I read some pretty good exercise reviews, I decided that this or that system was not really for me.

So Much Hype

Sure, there are always those outlandish claims that you can totally transform your body form whatever you start with to something that is going to look totally great inside ninety days is pretty cool and believable. I mean, if you are prepared to really push yourself very hard every day, then sure you are going to get a great looking body.

You are going to also build up a lot of strength in that time. So if it is a relatively fast change that you are looking to achieve, then something like the P90X is definitely a way to do that. But for me, I prefer a more normal workout schedule that doesn’t push me to the limit of what I am capable of doing.

What Are the Alternatives?

there are plenty of alternatives to getting a great looking body without so much pain, although there will be at least some you will have to endure. As they say, no pain… but really, you can get away with a lot as long as you exercise smart and do it regularly.

Some people prefer to diet their way to a slim body which is fine and often the only really doable way. You can get nice and slim that way but you won’t ever build strength or muscle definition unless you get yourself fit as well. Some people even cheat totally by wearing shapewear undergarments to give that slimmer look that would never hold up once the clothes come off and you get into a swimsuit!

Each to their own is the right thing to say here, I guess.

I like to do just enough fitness training to keep me looking slim and trim with enough muscle definition to look good without going over the top. So it’s the same old same old for me, not that I mind too much as I’m happy being the way I already am!

Can You Tell She’s Wearing Shapewear?

Would you know if a woman was wearing some kind of artificial cinching underwear to make them look slimmer and their clothes fit better? Modern shapewear is designed to be almost invisible while holding the body in place beneath clothes so the wearer looks great.

You may not know it but in amongst the guests at the party you’re at right now there is sure to be one or more women discreetly wearing body shaping undergarments to make them look slimmer and sleeker beneath their clothes! Check them all out and see if you can tell. One word of warning though, it is probably not a great idea to come right out and ask!

Working with the Right Clothes for Looking Good

A big part of working with the right kinds of clothing for making yourself look as good as you possibly can comes from gaining a real knowledge of the subject that you are getting into and that you want to get some benefit from. When you are a little overweight but still want to look like you’re slimmer than you really are in some amazing outfit or other, this can be a great help as there are some very good tips that can be found by searching around online.

With many sites being written and published by knowledgeable and qualified people who go to that trouble mainly because they want to help women to look slim while they’re busy dieting to get here by themselves, you can learn a lot. Of course, some websites are there purely to sell their visitors something, but even so they often have to provide useful information that can help some people to look good even if they don’t buy anything.

Window Shopping

It is no different from window shopping in a mall, where you can get some very good ideas from what you can see in the stores without actually having to buy whatever it is that they are selling. Once you have the information you were searching for on shapewear for women as well as some peripheral facts and techniques that you picked up along the way, then you can start in earnest to go in search of the perfect body shaping undergarments for you.

Of course it helps if you are trying to lose that weight in a more logical and planned way as well. But thanks to being in possession of the necessary facts that will help you to gain a greater level of success than you may have done otherwise.

After all, looking good while you’re losing weight is a mental process as well as a physical process that responds to the right circumstances. So knowing what they are is a huge help to making your own strategies work for you.

Breathe Salty Air for Respiratory Health

You have probably heard of breathing deeply of the fresh sea air to make you feel great and clear out your lungs. Well, it’s true! breathing the salty sea air is actually good for you and not only that, it’s good for your respiratory health as well.

The salt in the sea air has natural healing properties. When it gets inside your lungs, it actually helps to cleanse the airways of all the phlegm, dust and other unwanted particles. As well as this, it also helps to kill harmful bacteria and infectious invaders while boosting your body’s own defence mechanisms that it uses to keep things in good working order.

Natural Breathing Remedies Work

It can be quite baffling to look around at some of your friends and see those that are perpetually healthy despite leading a pretty awful lifestyle, eating all kinds of junk and doing everything they shouldn’t be doing. At the same time it can be irksome to be trying yrou level best to lead a clean and healthy lifestyle yet you end up suffering with all kinds of health problems. Not least of all a respiratory complaint that just won’t go away!

Sometimes, it is just easier to accept that some people will find it easy to remain healthy while others are prone to attract sickness and a whole range of medical problems along the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to be one of them!

You can try breathing in salty air as a natural remedy for all kinds of breathing complaints from allergies like hay fever to medical complaints like asthma, emphysema and COPD for example. There are several ways you can do this.

One is to go live by the seaside so you get lungfuls of fresh salty sea air every day that cleanse your airways and keep your lungs fresh and clear. Another is to go spend a vacation in a salt mine to get the same effect.

Or another is to simply stay put and get yourself a salt pipe inhaler and enjoy that healthy, healing salt therapy (speleotherapy) right there in your own home (or wherever else you happen to be, since they’re compact and portable).

Be Informed

With the right information in your armory, you can tip the balance between remaining an accepted wheezing and coughing wreck and instead become a much more healthy version of you. You can do that just by putting into practise the help that you will get from researching and finding out how to do it.

Far too many people simply give up and accept what they believe is their inevitable fate. But when you learn to take control of your life by doing things for yourself, you will find that you don’t have to accept any condition when there is a way to change it.

Most things in life can be changed when you make up your mind that you are going to change them because you can and not because anything is perceived as being permanent!

You can read more about the benefits of salt air therapy at clearairways.com where pipes and inhalers are also discussed and the better brands reviewed. this is to help you to choose the best one if you decide you would like to try one for yourself.

Be Smart and Walk to Better Health

There is way too much evidence to suggest that walking is darn good exercise for everyone! Not only is it good for you physically, it also gets you out of the house and into the fresh air so that you can see some natural daylight and give your body a feel good boost by getting it to secrete more of the hormone serotonin.

So there are a lot of things going for that old fashioned way of getting around the place. Not least of all it does keep you fitter and helps you keep your weight in check too.

How Healthy is Exercise?

With the growing number of overweight people seeming to keep pace with the growth in both the junk food and computer games industries, its no wonder that people are eating more unhealthily while getting less exercise than ever before. It has to be this combination that is leading to so many overweight people, but the worst part about it is that no one seems to really be taking any notice.

All they have to do is switch their eating habits into more healthy foods and then get some more exercise each day and the problem would go away in a very short space of time. The trick, I hear is that you have to exercise healthy to make the exercise that you are doing healthy!

If that sounds a little back to front, don’t worry, it will make sense soon enough. Its all about getting the right kind of exercise to increase your muscle strength while also boosting your body’s metabolism. It also helps to get out into the fresh air and breathe deeply to get your respiratory health in better shape to oxygenate your muscles so they can work harder and for longer.

When you can do that through exercise and then improve your diet, you’ll naturally lose weight and look better too! Just to emphasize that fact, here is a personal note from a guy that wrote in and asked if we could tell his story. Here it is:

Last year saw a radical change come over my uncle who, for many years had suffered with ill health mainly due to his terrible lifestyle. He worked a desk job for most of his life and almost never got any exercise. He ate like a sparrow, so he always looked thin and gaunt and what was worse, he smoked twenty a day. I guess it all caught up with him eventually, culminating in a heart attack that he luckily survived. That changed his whole outlook on life, because he quit smoking, started walking for better health and even started eating better. In about three months, he has totally changed his life around. With all the extra walking he does plus the change to his lifestyle he now looks healthier than I think I have ever seen him, while he has a spring in his step and a smile on his face that just never seemed to be there before. It just goes to show that you can’t beat getting some daily exercise in your life for improving not only your health but your whole outlook, making things seem better than they ever were, which just has to be tons better than the alternative.

Being healthy and feeling good is something most of us can enjoy if we put our minds to it. Sitting in a chair and wishing it is not going to make it happen though. It’s a case of getting up out of that chair and going for a sensible walk that is going to make a big difference to that lifestyle!

Drying Clothes Ecologically When it Rains

When it comes to getting your newly washed clothes dry when its raining cat and dogs, it’s tough to beat a big, powerful dryer. But there are portable and even vent free options available these days that can also cut down on the amount of energy you use to get those clothes dry without compromising on the result you expect to get from such a device.

Using a clothes dryer is seen by many ecologically minded folks as an extravagance or at least an unnecessary waste of valuable electricity when there is a perfectly good washing line outside. But when it’s raining, clothes just won’t dry out there on a line unless you have a specially constructed covered place for that purpose.

Low-Tech Clothes Drying Innovation

Hang on there just a second partner. What was that crazy, simple idea you just sprung?

The smart money is on putting up a covered space (if you have sufficient space in your yard) where you can put up a line and hang up your freshly washed clothing and know it will get dry eventually and the rain can’t do anything to stop it! Yup, with that kind of setup, you get to stick a finger up at the weather when those dark clouds come rolling in!

For sure, this solution is not for everyone because there are way too many folks living in apartments or condos with no yard space to use. But hey, if you have a balcony, there is still scope for covering it with a waterproof canopy. Just saying.

If you really can’t dry clothes outside, then it makes sense to buy the most economical dryer you can get (such as a portable vent free model… see: http://ventlessportabledryer.blogspot.com for more details).

Why Would You Go To All That Trouble?

OK, in our convenience ruled lives, there will be plenty of folks that’ll say it’s just a waste of time and effort to put up a covered area in your yard just for drying clothes. Especially when you could simply go buy a nice, energy hog dryer and do it indoors!

But that’s not the point, is it?

The whole idea is to try and cut down on your energy consumption which will not only help the planet and the environment but also save you some money in the long run. Ah, I see the flicker of interest now that old uncle dollar has joined the conversation!

You actually get to save rather a lot of money and energy over the course of a year when you opt to not use a dryer in favor of a covered line drying area in your yard. In fact, that area can be put to other uses as well as just hanging up clothes.

When not in use, the line could be retracted and the area used for sitting outside when it’s warm but wet. It could be a really nice quiet space for reading a book in natural daylight, listening to some music on your headphones or just generally chilling out.

There are lots of possibilities you know, when you just think of them. Check out this newspaper article on just this subject from The Guardian