5 Simple Ways You Can Be More Eco-Friendly

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Finding ways to be more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be as involved as installing solar panels on your home or buying the latest hybrid or electric vehicle. You can do many simple things that will have a positive effect on the environment. 

Start Composting

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If you garden, put your food waste to use by starting a compost pile or bin. If you have space in your yard, designate an area where you can toss kitchen debris such as potato peels and the unused ends of cucumbers. A garbage bin can also be used for composting if yard space isn’t an option. You’ll be reducing waste while also saving money on compost and using one of the most natural methods to fertilize your garden.

Schedule an Energy Audit

Scheduling an energy audit is one of the best activities you can do to help the environment and the costs of your utility bills. An energy auditor will come to your home and determine the energy efficiency of your house. This individual will also recommend what measures you can take to improve your efficiency in a cost-effective manner. When looking for an energy auditor, be sure to find a RESNET-accredited professional.

Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse

Recycling is essential to the future health of the environment. An inordinate amount of waste is produced every day around the world, and much of it could be curtailed or eliminated if more people took the time and effort to recycle. 

If your neighborhood doesn’t have a recycling program, consider finding your nearest recycling center and make a habit of dropping off your recyclable items on a weekly or monthly basis. You can also find ways to reuse items you may otherwise throw away, such as glass jars and plastic containers.

Watch Your Water Usage

Think about all the ways you use water throughout the day, and you’ll quickly realize that you can find many ways to cut down on your water consumption. 

You can cut down on water use by waiting until your laundry and dishwashing machines are full before running them and turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth. You can also take showers as quickly as possible and take showers instead of baths. A full bathtub requires far more gallons of water than a shower.

Schedule Regular Maintenance for Your HVAC System

Heating and cooling your home, particularly during the coldest and warmest months of the year, can drive up your electricity bill and have a negative impact on the environment. Scheduling regular HVAC system maintenance will ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible. Your HVAC services technician will be able to recommend the most energy- and cost-efficient systems when and if you need a new HVAC system for your home.

The Future Is Green

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. On the contrary, many of the steps you can take to be as kind as possible to the environment are not only free but can also save you money in the long run.

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Start Your Own Massage Business with These Four Tips

This is a post from outside contributor, Nancy Evans

Massage has been shown to help people in many different ways. It can help to loosen tight muscles, relax the body to maximize recovery after an accident or some form of physical trauma, and can help with overall anxiety. If you trained as a masseuse and are looking to start your own massage business so that you can be your own boss, there are steps that you need to take in order to ensure that you are successful. The following guide walks you through the things you need to do to ensure that your massage business is a success.

Get the Proper Equipment

When you start a massage business, you need to invest in a portable massage chair that you can take to different locations. It’s important to choose a chair that is light enough for you to be able to easily carry it on your own. You also need to be sure that it folds down to a small enough size to fit into the vehicle you plan to use for transportation. You may also want to invest in candles, a small radio, and an air diffuser to help you create a good ambiance in any space where you plan to massage.

Properly Market Your Business

When first starting a business, you will be on a budget. You need to be sure to make the most of any free advertising that you can get. Social media and word of mouth are both great options when it comes to advertising your business because they are often free or very inexpensive. It’s best to run specials so that people are willing to give you a try because they feel that they are getting a discount on your services.

Talk Directly to Business that Could Use Your Services

There are some businesses who could benefit from massage services being offered within their establishments. For example, many gyms offer massages to their clients because scientific studies have shown that massage therapy can be very beneficial when it comes to weight loss. Consider talking to gym owners in the area about coming to their gym one or two days a week to give their clients massages. You can make arrangements to have the gym pay you directly so that you do not have to worry about having each customer pay you individually.

Be Willing to Travel

There are many times when businesses have retreats where they hire a masseuse to come and provide massage therapy to their employees. Being willing to travel to the retreats could open you up to a lot more business. Be sure to have a contract created ahead of time for the business owner to sign so that they are contractually obligated to pay you regardless of how many people use your services.

When you start your own massage business, it’s important to start off small. It’ll take time for people to know who you are and even more time for you to start making profits from the business. Once your business is established, you’ll be able to make your own schedule and only work with the people that you really want to work with. You’ll have more freedom and be able to live a more fulfilling life doing what you really love to do on a daily basis.