Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cesspools Vs. Septic Tanks

New York's Long Island is famous for being home to some of the most prominent and wealthy families in the United States. It is also infamous for being home to one of the most environmentally dangerous types of plumbing that has ever been used. Cesspools are still in use all over Long Island, with some estimates figuring nearly half a million homes with cesspool plumbing.

What is cesspool plumbing? A cesspool is one of the most basic forms of plumbing. It usually involves hooking all of your plumbing in a building or a house to flow through one outbound tube, where the wastes collect in a "pool." Whereas 400 years ago, these pools were actually just a puddle of filth, more modern Long Island cesspools are made from concrete blocks. What makes these cesspools so dangerous, is that the waste is simply held there in its toxic state, where it waits for cesspool pumping, where professionals can take the waste away. In the time it is sitting there, the waste poses a danger to anyone nearby, to the ground soil and groundwater, and always carries the possibility of a cesspool emergency or full cesspool collapse.

Whereas a traditional cesspool sits in its raw state, a septic tank system pumps purifies itself through chemicals and a self-imposed septic tank pumping process. These types of wastewater systems are much more safe for the environment, and many residents of Long Island are making the transition from cesspool to Septic. For those that still have cesspool systems attached to their homes, you need to be made aware of the dangers.

Not only are these cesspools dangerous to the environment, but they can also collapse, causing a sinkhole that can be powerful enough to swallow a person or a small car. This is why it is so necessary to realize the dangers, and to maintain and repair any existing cesspool carefully through a professional.

Going Green With Furniture

Personally, I am always trying to find and dream-up new ideas for "green" ideas. I just love searching-out and trying these innovative ideas for lessening our carbon footprint and putting us back into harmony with nature.

Recently, a friend and I were talking about where our biggest wastes were -- in terms of natural resources. As it turns out, cheap furniture is one of the biggest wastes in the retail industry. This article really made me open my eyes, and see that  -- even though I consider myself a naturalist, and try to reduce waste in every corner of my life -- I too have been wasting resources by throwing out old furniture and replacing it with another cheap replacement.

Read the entire article here, or on the Fremont Furniture Co. blog online.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Give to a Good Cause, Before Tax Season

Photo Courtesy of Nature's Vision Fundraising

Tax season is creeping up on us quite quickly now. How are your finances looking? Are you wishing you could have had more deductions and/or write-offs this year? Well there is still time for you to do a good deed, and get some money back from the government as well. 

Donations are a great way to ease the burden of your taxes from year to year. There are plenty of incentives and benefits from making monetary donations to the various green fundraising and non-profit organizations; the trick is that you need to know what your limits are, how they will effect your end of the year taxes, and which charity, fund, effort, or organization you would like to donate to.

The most important thing to do before you donate, is to speak with your tax professional or CPA and find out what your donation limit is -- there is only so much you can donate in a single tax year without incurring taxes. Your limit depends on several factors including, salary, dependents, tax brackets, and other factors that change from person to person, and circumstance to circumstance. 

Once you know your limits and how a donation value will effect your end of year taxes, you need to select an organization to donate to. This is completely up to your tastes, standards, hobbies, or your opinions. The only requirement is that the charity must fall under the rules and requirements set forth against any organization that wishes to be designated as a not for profit charity. This is where coordinating with your tax professional can come most in handy. 

To learn more about non-taxable donations, green fundraising efforts, or other benefits you can attain through donations, visit Nature's Vision Fundraising at:

Friday, January 4, 2013

Your Own Secret Garden

Photo Courtesy of Gothicarchgreenhouses.com

There is something ethereal and wonderful in nature that warms our hearts and leaves us with a relaxed feeling of pleasure. Getting back to nature has long been touted for its health benefits; hiking, gardening, camping, and other outdoor activities give us needed exercise and desired pleasure. Stating the facts, adults over the age of forty that own and tend to their own gardens have half the risk for heart attacks as those who don't spend any time gardening. Additionally, gardeners have a 67% less chance of developing diabetes than non-gardeners. The health benefits aside, having your own garden is a very comforting feeling.

Gothic Arch Greenhouses is making this feeling more readily available to Americans this year with special deals on its greenhouses for personal, commercial, industrial, and institutional uses. The prices on greenhouse kits and greenhouse supplies have been slashed this year as there are more and more people eager to have their own greenhouse. The rise in popularity of organic and non-genetically modified foods, coupled with an overall "go green attitude" in the American Public, have led to more and more homeowners adding a greenhouse to their property.

The benefits of having your own greenhouse are immense. The health statistics alone prove their positive benefits, but if you need more of a reason to install a greenhouse, just think of the relaxing times you can have in your new secret garden.

Visit www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com today to start browsing through greenhouse styles and options.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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