Natural Ways To Repel Pesky Mosquitoes

One of the annoyances of outdoor activity in the spring and summer is the presence of mosquitoes. Although toxic pesticides are the most widely known method of repelling the insects, there are effective natural alternatives.

The simplest way to avoid mosquito attacks is to limit your outdoor activity during prime feeding times. Mosquitoes typically feed around dusk. They are also prevalent in areas with standing water. If you need to be outside during this time of day, wear long sleeves and leg coverings. You should avoid wearing heavily scented perfumes since mosquitoes seem to be Read more »

Organic and Environmentally Friendly Ways To Eliminate Garden Pests

Organic pest control methods result in healthy vegetable gardens. Start with the soil. Soil lacking in nutrients will stunt the plants. The weakened plants produce more carbohydrates, and that attracts harmful insects.

Identify the pest. Responding to an infestation without identifying the pest first can result in eliminating beneficial insects.

The strong odors from garlic, onions, chives, herbs, rhubarb, tobacco and fish repel pests. Vegetable and mineral oils suffocate soft-bodied pests like aphids. Soaps or detergents added to sprays deter pests. Slugs and snails are attracted to Read more »

Go Green, Baby!

For parents already committed to green living, using cloth diapers is a natural step towards treading lightly on the planet. Disposable diapers rank third on the list of single use consumer products taking up landfill space, prompting many eco-minded parents to jump on the cloth diaper bandwagon. Some opponents state that the water and energy consumption used in laundering cloth diapers off-sets the benefits of shirking paper diapers, but a quick look at water consumption statistics for manufacturing disposable diapers puts that argument to rest. The manufacture of disposable diapers uses roughly 2.3 times more water than using and washing cloth diapers. That’s a lot of water!

Water isn’t the only thing using cloth diapers will save. Disposables diapers are a paper product made from the pulp of trees. An estimated 1.8 million tons of pulp are used each year in the production of disposable diapers. Cloth diapers, however, are a made of various materials that will break down more quickly over time. No one knows how long a disposable diaper will remain intact in a landfill, as they are a relatively new product in our society, but there have been estimates that these diapers will remain visibly recognizable for well over 100 years. They are built to last, and last they do.

Some parents remain concerned they will see a noticeable hike in their energy costs if they switch to cloth diapers, but a comparison of your Amarillo electric rates with the cost of disposable diapers will put your mind at ease. Babies will go through approximately 9,000 disposable diapers from the time they are born, to the time they are fully potty trained. Using disposable diapers will set the family budget back at least 2.000, not counting the disposable wipes most parents use in conjunction with disposable diapers. Using cloth diapers takes that number down to 1/4 that cost if you launder your diapers at home. This is a significant savings that not only reduces your carbon footprint, but your household expenditures as well!

Electric Vs. Gas And Our Environment’s Well Being

Taking care of the environment is the responsibility of every citizen young and old alike. Whether it be teaching your children not to litter or simply to turn the water off while brushing their teeth. Teaching children that their actions have an impact on the environment will bring up future generations of those who care about our planet.
Among the many ways to help conserve our planet is energy conservation. We all need to do our part to conserve as much as we can. We can use natural lighting by opening curtains instead of turning on a light. Skylights Read more »

How To Make Vintage Automobiles More Environmentally Friendly

Vintage automobiles are popular with collectors, enthusiasts and those with a passion for driving. The technology used in older models and generations of vehicles can be a far cry from today’s equipment, making them less than environmentally friendly. Learning more about any modifications, augmentations and procedures that can reduce the impact of older cars on the environment would be very rewarding.

The poor gas mileage, fuel economy and the lack of emission controls make vehicles from the past a potential threat to the future. Read more »

Can The Gasses From Landfills Be Utilized?

Landfill gasses are produced when the organic materials in a landfill decompose. These gasses are composed of approximately 50 methane, a greenhouse gas that is harmful to the Ozone layer, approximately 50 Carbon Dioxide. Utilizing these gases as a renewable fuel source can serve a double benefit by providing energy and decreasing the escape of harmful methane from landfills.

More than 550 landfills in the country are currently working to harness power from the gas produced in landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there is probably that same number of other landfills that could be converted to serve the same purpose.

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Harmful Substances Found In Our Landfills

We are a nation of garbage producers. The average American creates about 4.5 pounds of garbage each day. Once this detritus is taken to the local landfill, we forget all about it, including what it eventually becomes, and how it can harm people and wildlife.

Although our country’s landfills are considered to be sanitary, they are still the source of a number of problems environmentalists are studying. Looking at the way landfills are contributing to global-warming as well Read more »

How Does Cigarette Smoking Affect Our Atmosphere?

For those who are not familiar with what cigarettes are made with, they contain ingredients that emit harmful gases into the air. The levels of nicotine and tar produced by cigarettes was shown to be higher than levels of pollutants found in vehicles using diesel fuel. The tests were conducted to analyze what is referred to as particulate matter. In the tests which were conducted, cigarette pollution far exceeded the pollution given off by car exhaust fumes. Read more »