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5 Smart Ways to Stay Cool (and Save Money!) For the Remainder of the Summer!

5 Smart Ways to Stay Cool (and Save Money!) For the Remainder of the Summer!

The dog days of summer are not quite over yet. It’s still time for some fun (lakeside cookouts, swimming, water skiing) and the not-so-fun (heat, humidity, and skyrocketing energy costs). Small changes can still make a difference for the rest of the summer season.  You can have a cooler, greener rest of your summer…without sacrificing any of the fun! Watch Those Windows Sunlight streaming through your window in the autumn can help warm a cool room. In the summer, it…

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Why Summer Air Can be Dangerous

Why Summer Air Can be Dangerous

The dog days of summer are sometimes stifling and almost always uncomfortably hot. For anyone daring enough to leave the comfort of their home, those two factors can be daunting enough. But summer, as it turns out, is also a key time for : air pollution, namely ozone. Ozone becomes particularly problematic in hotter months because the atmospheric reactions that produce ozone are actually accelerated by the warm temperatures, with the highest daily concentrations generally occurring between mid and later afternoon. What is…

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Are VOCs Polluting Your Indoor Air?

Are VOCs Polluting Your Indoor Air?

If you’ve ever installed new carpet, repainted your bedroom, or purchased new furniture, then you have most likely – and unwittingly – introduced VOCs into your indoor environment. So what’s a VOC? It stands for volatile organic compound, and the EPA defines it as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids, such as paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, furnishings, adhesives, permanent markers and more. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long term…

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Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Scented candles are everywhere. They’re becoming more ubiquitous in stores both for sale and, in smaller boutiques, to create an atmosphere that’s welcoming for shoppers. They’re a popular go-to for gifts, especially for people deemed “hard to shop for”, because who doesn’t love a fragrant candle? You’ll see them in spas, travel accommodations, dorm rooms, homes, parties and work settings. They create warmth and ambiance, and if a space smells a little stale or funky, a scented candle is the first thing a…

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Freshen Up The Air In Your Small Space!

Freshen Up The Air In Your Small Space!

Whether your entire home is a small space (the concept of tiny homes continues to grow in popularity) or you have that one room inside your normal-sized home that always feels like walking into Stink City, it can be a challenge to keep small spaces smelling – and feeling – fresh. If you’ve got an area of your house where it’s easier to just close the door than deal with the odor, it’s time to find a better solution! First you’ll want…

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Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Even if you haven’t heard the term “off-gassing” there’s probably a good chance you’ve felt its effects. If you love that “new car smell” but find it gives you a massive headache, then you might’ve experienced off-gassing. If your eyes started to water when you walked into a department store or home improvement store, that too could be from off-gassing. If you just installed new cabinetry or carpet and can’t help but notice how much your nose is running, or…

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