Smarter Green Home Ideas to Recycle Wasted Energy

Our homes, green or not, waste a lot of energy. As I read articles and product reviews, I have noticed that many of the biggest energy wasters and some of the simplest solutions have yet to be discussed. I will attempt to point out these issues and provide easy solutions.

Let’s start with the clothes dryer. Many of us believe that the microwave in our home is the biggest energy puller or maybe the HVAC. In fact, our electric clothes dryer draws 9kW per cycle! If we live in an apartment, it is probably much more because we seem to have to run them longer or for more than one cycle to get the job done. This is because the long exhaust vents from the dryer to the outside is packed with who knows how many years of lint. Every bit of lent clogs the line and makes it harder for the dryer to vent the moist, hot air. Let’s think about that for a moment. We are heating air just to vent it outside – that’s wasted energy. Now, of course, it has to go somewhere or the clothes won’t dry. Why not use that already hot air …

Easy Ways to Improve Your Health in 2020

Four Simple Resolutions that You Will Actually Stick With

Many of us resolve to get healthier in the New Year. However, aiming to go from couch potato to Ironman in a year is unrealistic and potentially dangerous. Most of us will quit before February 1st even arrives. So, here are a few small lifestyle changes we can easily stick with for a healthier 2020.

10 of Anything, 2 Times a Day

Pushups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks, toe touches: pick an exercise that will get the blood flowing. It may not seem like much, but brief bursts of exercise can be beneficial. None of these require any special equipment. All are scalable. For instance, if you cannot do 10 full pushups, you can start by doing them on your knees. Another option is to start with 5 and build to 10 or more.

Carry a Water Bottle

Numerous studies indicate that Americans are dehydrated. Drinking water has countless benefits. It is associated with increased energy, fewer headaches, and reduced risk of kidney stones. When substituted for high-calorie beverages, such as soda or juice, drinking water can lead to weight loss. And, since it is free, drinking water throughout the day may …

The Ultimate Guide to Season One of NewsRadio

NewsRadio is a sitcom dealing with daily life at New York radio station WNYX. The show was created by Paul Simms and stars Dave Foley (as news director Dave Nelson), Stephen Root (eccentric station owner Jimmy James), Phil Hartman (pompous anchor Bill McNeal), Maura Tierney (overachiever Lisa Miller), Andy Dick (inept reporter Matthew Brock), Khandi Alexander (anchor/Bill’s rival Catherine Duke), Vicki Lewis (Dave’s confidante and secretary Beth), and Joe Rogan (electrician Joe Garrelli). Here is a guide to NewsRadio’s wonderful first season, which included seven episodes and began airing in March of 1995.

“Pilot”: When Dave moves from Wisconsin to be the news director at WNYX in New York, he is surprised to learn that his first task will be firing his predecessor, Ed Harlow (Kurt Fuller). Lisa is even more surprised since she was sure that the news director job was hers. Jimmy tells everyone that Dave is the new sports guy, then leaves to buy a chain of sporting goods stores. Bill is annoyed that Ed assigned Catherine an interview with Al Gore. Dave is delighted when Ed quits his job, only to find out that Ed quits a few times a week. Matthew is overjoyed to find …

Keeping Up with the Times: The News, You, and Your Money

It’s no small secret that the world is in an economic crisis, but this isn’t the main thought on people’s minds. The number one thought people are having is: How is this going to affect me? When the everyone in the world is out to get their own piece of the pie how do you know who is trying to help you and who is scamming you and extorting all the money they can?

The easiest way to try to understand what’s happening and how it will affect you is to keep up with local, National, and world-wide news. Don’t fall in to the victimizing trap many people do, in thinking that everything you see or hear will affect you. If your watching or reading a story about the American car industry starting to fail and the repercussions it will have, and you work in the food service industry, simply think about that one. Most things that you see in the news will not affect you in a direct manner, but it will help you to understand what is about to happen, and prepare for what will affect you in the near future.

If you don’t fully understand what is …

The Fear of Fox News

You ask most leaders in Europe and the like if they think the taking down of Saddam was a good thing or a bad thing. You will get different respones according to where you ask the questions. If you ask while the TV camera is rolling and they will say. America should have done this or done that but never really argree with saying. Yes, America did the right thing and is saving our behinds once again. Many around the world sighed a big relief when Saddam was taken down but cannot because of the people who vote of who they rule over. America is suppose to be seen as this big bully. Not to be trusted. Yet when the dirty work is to be done. Who does it? America. This brings me to my subject. Fox News. The left is terrified of this cable network. As well as they should be. But let’s look at conservative TV and radio. The most popular political talk shows and stories are on Fox News. Conservative talk radio has no equal. Air America couldn’t fill up my college dorm room. Yet to hear it from MSNBC and others they are the ones who …

How to Install a Flushometer Bathroom Toilet

Flushometer bathroom toilets differ from conventional bathroom toilets for of a number of reasons, but the main one is that it saves water. Also called a pressure-valve-flush toilet, it regulates water pressure and duration of flush by using a valve and a control stop. A flushometer bathroom toilet will come with one of two types of valves- piston or diaphragm. For areas with hard water, the piston valve is the better of the two.

When installing a flushometer bathroom toilet it is important to first turn off the water supply. Next, flush the toilet to get any remaining water out of the tank. Remove the lid, loosen the setscrew and remove the stopper assembly. Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the nut beneath the tank at the water inlet pipe while at the same time holding the hex net inside the tank with locking pliers. This will disconnect the water supply line.

If the tank is mounted on the bowl, remove the tank’s bolts with an open-end wrench and a screwdriver. Lift the tank carefully off the bowl and lay flat on its back on an old towel to prevent it from getting scratched. If the tank is mounted on …

Healthy Eating: How Much of What Should You Be Eating?

If you are anything like me you are trying your best to eat the right types of food in the right amounts. When trying to ensure that I was eating the proper portion sizes of the different food groups I started researching how much of each type of food I should be eating. After several minutes of searching online my head was practically spinning from all of the different advice on how much to eat and what to eat.

The Old Food Pyramid

It was disappointing to see that nutrition guidelines might still be as complicated today as they were back when I was in grade school. When I was in school I remember my teacher teaching us about the food pyramid. Now, I remember her teaching us about the food pyramid but in all honesty the only thing I remember about the pyramid was that it was pyramid shaped. I have no clue as to what type of food was located where in the pyramid. While I do remember that there were pictures of food on it I don’t remember what a proper portion size was for the type of food I was supposed to eat.

For kids like …

Common Health Risks Found in Men Over 40

Whether you’re a new arrival, or a long-time resident, your 40s are here. Now that we’ve arrived, looking back, a lot has certainly changed, though there’s one thing that will almost always remain the same throughout your 40s, and that is your body’s willingness and ability to fight-off the most common ailments that affect men in their 40s and beyond.

Our choice of lifestyle can contribute substantially to the health of men even over 40. By exercising and choosing to the proper diet, your overall healthy habits can make a vast difference in your body well past 40.

With that being said, here, are the three most common health issues, faced by men in their 40’s.

High Blood Pressure 
Long known as the “silent killer,” High blood pressure is a common and serious problem in men over 40. Symptoms may not appear until too late. Have your blood pressure checked regularly and know the meaning of your numbers. Maintaining a healthy diet and with proper exercise, can keep those dangerously high numbers down within normal levels.

High Cholesterol 
High cholesterol behaves a lot like high blood pressure in that both disorders can often be symptomless. Though it has the potential …

Soy Nuts: The Perfect Healthy Snack for a Person with Peanut Allergies

I always try to watch what I eat, but most diet plans tell you that nuts, in moderation, are excellent for snacks. If you are allergic to tree nuts, this ruins most diets. However, I recently discovered soy nuts. They are fantastic! They have the same salty, crunchy appeal as tree nuts, but without the allergic reaction.

Soy nuts are high in fiber and loaded with protein and omega fatty acids. This makes them perfect for repairing muscle after a workout and staying full between meals.


GeniSoy has a few varieties. My local health food store carries salted, unsalted, and chocolate dipped. One serving of the salted (3/4 cup) will last me as a morning and afternoon snack. The chocolate dipped are not quite as healthy, but still a great alternative for getting sweet and salty in one.

To help keep me from eating the whole bag, I take them home and premeasured my own individual servings. If you separate the chocolate dipped into half servings, they still make a great 100 calorie snack!

Sensible Foods

Sensible foods takes all the work out of measuring servings. They offer a variety of snacks all bagged in individual or double serving …

Technology, Kids and the Evolution of the Conversation

Within one day of reading last Sunday’s New York Times editorial on how technology is creating a disconnected society void of conversation, a friend of mine told me she is buying her third grader a cell phone for his birthday. I also keep hearing that the cool kids in my son’s class are constantly on their iPads or iPods using phone apps and texting apps and Face Time. So in the world of third graders, my son is actually missing out on the conversation. And because he does not have his own phone or iPod or iPad, there is actually a new, very real and physical barrier to being cool.

Now, I am not the kind of mother who makes choices to try to get my sons in the cool crowd. The conversations are not necessarily ones I want him to be in on yet. I think third grade is too young to own things that cost that much, have unlimited access to friends, or have so much of their conversational life unsupervised.

But at the same time, those if us who are writing in the New York Times, conducting studies on how computers and video affect …