Energy Beliefs Affect Household Conservation Habits

Baby Boomers vs. Millennials: A Look at Energy Usage and Climate Change

Being environmentally conscious is a hot topic today with most individuals reporting some serious social pressure to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible. This means trying to be conscious of your daily habits and conserve energy whenever possible.

Many people would consider their home to be an oasis of sorts. It’s a place to do whatever you want without judgement. For this reason, we thought it might be interesting to learn about the household habits of people across the US. We wanted to see what happens behind closed doors. Are American citizens reducing their energy usage, or do they throw caution to the wind and continue on with their traditional behaviors? We conducted a survey to find out their household habits and our findings are below.

The first thing we thought we should uncover was whether or not individuals even believed that there was a problem in our world that should cause them to conserve energy in the first place. It turns out that people aged 18-24 are the most likely to believe in human-impacted climate change.

We discovered that people who don’t believe that climate change is caused by humans are the least likely to intentionally conserve energy.

Energy Beliefs Affect Household Conservation Habits

Residents of some states are more willing to make an effort to conserve energy over the coming year. Oregon, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Utah, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Wisconsin were the states with the residents who were most willing to change their habits. Arizona was the least likely state to make a conscious effort to change their household habits for the environment.

What does the gender breakdown look like? Of those survey respondents that stated they would not make a conscious effort to be green this year, men were the larger share of the pie, with males twice as likely as females to say they wouldn’t make an effort.

Energy Conservation Habits by Gender

When it comes to household chores, how often are Americans engaging in these necessary activities?

While dishwashers (especially older ones) require a large amount of energy to heat water and sanitize dishes, the majority of Americans report using their dishwasher multiple times a week.

Household Dishwasher Usage per Week

Compared to getting the dishes clean, the majority of survey respondents report doing laundry just once per week.

Household Laundry Habits

And what about vacuuming? While the majority reported that vacuuming takes place about once per week, 10% of respondents admitted they NEVER vaccuum their home. Hopefully, they are using a swiffer or a mop — you’ve got to keep those floors clean somehow!

Household Vacuuming Habits

Interestingly, despite the fact that older Americans tend to live in larger homes than millennials, many of their household habits are similar. A much larger home doesn’t significantly impact the frequency of chores.

Home Sizes for Millennials vs Baby Boomers

While most of these household chores are necessary to keep a home clean and organized, over-use of these home appliances can be detrimental to the environment. The younger generation clearly has a stronger belief in the impact of our daily habits on climate change, so perhaps as this subset of the population ages and forms their own families and households, they will make green decisions that help cut back on overall energy consumption.

What can you do? Opt for energy-efficient appliances when possible and make it standard practice to check-in with yourself and see if there are any small ways you can reduce energy usage in your home.


50 Shades of Green

Helping you to bring in the New year and to celebrate the entire holiday season, we offer you 50 shades of green and gift you with some fresh lighting ideas for working with this color. Green is actually a wavelength of light. Visible light is perceived as spectral colors, which are often divided into named colors. Traditional colors include: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, with red, yellow and blue being what artist’s consider to be primary colors. Green is the color between blue and yellow on the spectrum of visible light. It is evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm. It is also considered worldwide – as a healing color. Standard green often correlates to the note ‘C’, 527.35 Hertz and  517.03 nanometres.


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When shopping for new fixtures, consider a fun pop of green shading instead of seeking out a traditional or contemporary white or eggshell colored light fixture. Here are a few hues of green to consider when searching out the right fixture shade or lamp for a room:

Avocado green, Apple green, Dark green, Fern green, Forest green, Hooker’s green, Irish green, Jungle green, Laurel green, Light green, Moss green, Mantis green, Myrtle green, Mint green, Pine green, Sap green, Shamrock green, Tea green, Teal, Olive green, Army green, Bottle green, Bright green, Bright mint, Brunswick green, Castleton green, Celadon green, Dark pastel green, Dartmouth green, Emerald, Feldgrau, Green-yellow, Harlequin green, Hunter green, India green, Islamic green, Jade green, Kelly green, Malachite, Midnight green, Neon green, Ocean green, Pakistan green, Paris green, Persian green, Russian green, Rifle green, Spanish green, Screaming green and Turquoise green.


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As it is well known in Chromatherapy studies, the color green plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color does affect one’s feelings, moods, and emotions. When considering adding color to a room, whether you are completely overhauling a room or just want to add a few new elements to perk a designated area up, think about the effect light and color has on your physical self. With the added stress of shopping and wrapping gifts for friends and family, and then shopping some more to prepare food for holiday gatherings; green seems to be a color one should consider adopting. After all, tis the season to at least think about it!


Earth & Home Decor – Interview w/Pablo Solomon

Sometimes spirit essence expressed through human form, can send out a subtle message that carries the beat of a higher resonance. Visionary work is not always a bluntly noticed thing. Evolved consciousness tends to flow within the gentler, quieter rhythms of this planet – usually for very good reason; to support stable human growth. We focus today on the husband and wife pioneer-artisan team of Beverly and Pablo Solomon. Aside from a lifelong dedication to the arts in one form or another, their work continuously emotes the messaging of our connection to Earth.


Stone bench blended with natural stone and other Pablo Solomon sculptures.

Over many months of querying designers for natural home decor tips and suggestions, and in noting his penchant for incorporating nature into home, we sent a few special questions over to Pablo Solomon. We wanted to find out what it was like to be carving life designs out on the edge of a fence, when most others of decades past had become fascinated with polymers, plastics and other man-made creations. Blending nature into home decor can be a genuinely satisfying and creative DYI endeavor. If one has ever visited a gem or mineral show – it’s crystal clear that Earth provides an endless supply of absolutely stunning, one-of-a-kind creations. Quoting Pablo:

“Stones have spirits. If you listen they tell you what wonders they have seen, what lessons they have learned. The stone has waited countless centuries to show the world the beauty hidden within. Like a surfer riding a wave, I never fight the stone. I allow the flow of the stone to guide me. I never remove any more material than the stone wants me to.”


View of a 160 year old restored courtyard–all stone, with a salvaged Mexican wood gate.

What did it feel like to be on the pioneering – Eco friendly front decades ago when it was not in mainstream awareness back then?

Believe it or not, back in the 1970’s being Eco friendly was not just far from popular, it was met with open hostility. Unfortunately as we were coming out of the turmoil of the 1960’s some people associated being Eco friendly as being a hippie, being a communist, being anti progress, being anti business, etc. And to be fair there were and still are elements of the environmental movement that are anti capitalist. However, from square one I always felt that to get anything done required cooperation between business, private groups and government.

What was your environment of youth? 

I grew up in a multicultural home in a very poor neighborhood just blocks away from what may have been the most polluted waterway in America–Houston’s Buffalo Bayou which is the upper end of the Houston Ship Channel. While Houston is 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico it is the 2nd biggest port city in America. A channel lined with chemical plants and oil refineries was dredged over the years. When I was a kid it was not unusual for the Bayou to be bank to bank with dead fish and the water was often so polluted that the surface would burn. I could contrast this with stories my father told of when his family first came to the US years earlier that they would swim in and catch fish from the Bayou. However, with some federal regulations, a lot of concerned citizens and a committed business community, Buffalo Bayou has been cleaned up in a remarkable if not miraculous way. The Bayou is used for recreation and wildlife has returned.

Also in the early 1970’s was the first ‘Earth Day’. National Geographic featured me on the 40th anniversary in an article by Mark Anderson. At the time, I was actually teaching Earth Science, working at the Houston Contemporary Dance Theater and loading trucks while struggling as an artist and designer.  It is ironic that I got so much coverage in National Geographic as all I did was basically draw some posters. I think this is because so many of the real big shots eventually ruined their lives or went in various unrelated directions.


Solomon with some of his sculptures

How did you  merge a marriage and business successfully? And how did your visionary ideas then manifest in your work?

My wife Beverly and I got married in 1975. Before she got her big break with Diane von Furstenberg, she was modeling and working in communications for a big petro chemical company. Not as bad as it may first sound, as the owner was one of the biggest art collectors in the world. He would rotate great art –Picasso, Cezanne, etc. from museums to his office buildings. Her office had Persian rugs.

From day one of our marriage, we had a business furnishing cafes with antique furniture and collectibles. We were not beyond collecting furniture off the side of the road and from junk stores. Even back then, we used rocks and fossils for décor. In fact in addition to Beverly having been drop dead gorgeous, one reason that we were married two months after meeting at one of my art shows was that she loved to collect rocks and arrowheads. The first time I went to her apartment and she showed me her collections, I knew I had the right lady.

We still love to collect natural objects to use in our designs. We also love to build with stone and to incorporate it into landscape designs. Luckily we live on a historic 1856 ranch in the Texas Wine/Hill Country. We are in the middle of great rock and fossil hunting. Just down our road and over some hills behind our house is the tallest water fall in Texas at Colorado Bend State Park. (the property was once owned by Willie Nelson but he deeded it to the state in a legal settlement with the IRS).


Beverly Solomon, Owner and Creative Director of Beverly Solomon Design

How did you introduce your clients then, to try new and different things other than what the common trends were of those days?

Good design always sells itself. We were and are lucky to have clients that want design that is not  only great design, but design that works with Nature and not against it.

How does today’s decorating trends parallel with Eco efforts of pioneers of past decades?

Now the pendulum has swung as far to the Green end as possible. In fact, it has almost gotten silly. There are people selling and suckers buying anything that is promoted as ‘Eco friendly, sustainable, Green, etc.’.

What kinds of Eco friendly products do you notice your customers asking for now?

Rocks, minerals, fossils, salvaged architectural materials and décor, etc.


Pablo, Beverly and Beloved Feline Garden Guardian, Miro

Known for making the phrases ‘Green Freedom’ and ‘Vertical Greening’ household terms, Solomon has been featured in 29 books, dozens of major magazines and newspapers, TV, radio and film. He and Beverly live on a 1856 historic ranch in the beautiful Texas Wine Country near Austin. Their ranch was nominated for the highest award in Texas for Land Stewardship and Beverly was honored by the State of Texas for her work in Eco tourism. Thank you Pablo for sharing part of your journey with us! Visit them and view more of their work at: and

A Look at Cavaliere Range Hoods

If you’re in need of a range hood, Cavaliere produces a beautiful line of them. Here are some tips, stemming from customer queries that we’ve received, regarding Cavaliere features and installation procedures. Sometimes buying online can present purchase problems via information misunderstandings. Knowing what kind of unit you need, and getting the correct dimensions and installation facts prior to purchase – can save a lot of hassle in the long run.


Range hoods are usually defined by their type, such as wall mounted hoods, island hoods and under cabinet hoods. Wall mounts are range hoods that are installed against a wall. Since many older homes still have ovens that are positioned against a wall, either wall hoods or under cabinet hoods are usually needed. Under cabinet hoods fit directly beneath a hanging wall cabinet. Often ceiling cabinets are placed over a stove, in which case, the hood would fit directly under the cabinet, just over the stove top. In this case, width measurements are important. Island hoods are those that suspend from the ceiling, and hang just above a stove top that is positioned in the center of a kitchen. Let’s take a look at the Cavaliere range hoods:

Can the range hood be installed on a vaulted ceiling? This is something you will need to speak with your contractor about if they are able to do this type of install for you. The range hood comes with a telescopic chimney up to a 9 ft ceiling. You will need to purchase a chimney extension, but again you will need to speak with your contractor first if this type of installation will work for you. It is not recommended.

I want to install the range hood below the minimum height requirement. Can I do this? It is not recommended from the factory, but you can still do this. Please ask your contractor on the steps. You will need to cut the chimney.

My ceiling is only 7 ft and 7 inches; can I install this range hood if I mount it a little above the maximum mounting requirement? All Cavaliere range hoods require a minimum ceiling height of 8 ft. You have to have at least an 8 ft ceiling to install their hoods. If your ceiling is under 8 ft you will need to ask your contractor if he is able to cut the hood for you and make a proper installation that will work for you.


Does the unit come with a built in damper? If not what kind should I buy? The unit does not come with a damper, but the manufacturer has flappers you can purchase that will fit.   You can purchase an external damper from a local source.

Are the range hoods brushed or polished stainless steel?   Brushed stainless steel.

Is there an option for an external blower? Cavaliere hoods already have the blower installed inside the hood.

Does Cavaliere sell a trim kit to go around the upper chimney, like crown molding? No they do not.

How do I get a chimney extension for my Cavaliere range hood? You will need to know how high your ceiling height is. If it is above 9 ft, then you will need a chimney extension.   Cavaliere has chimney extensions that are for a 10 ft, 11 ft and 12 ft ceiling. Please note: the sizes of the chimney extension refer to the ceiling height; the chimney extension itself is not 10,11,12 ft, etc.

What gauge is the stainless steel? 19 gauge.

What type of stainless steel? 201

Are the lights white or yellow? The lights have a yellow tint to them.

What is the aluminum duct size? The aluminum duct is 6 inches for the 218 series and 8 inches for the AP238 series

What about the noise? On the highest fan setting, it’s about as loud as a running refrigerator.


Do they fit all cook tops? Cavaliere range hoods are equipped for all residential cook tops and ranges. The range hoods 6 speed levels will give you the option to control the settings airflow.

What is the difference between single chamber motor and dual squirrel cage? A dual chamber has two separate squirrel cage fan blades that will take air individually. The single squirrel cage fan blade uses one large blade only.

What is the difference between stainless steel baffle filters and aluminum? Stainless steel baffle filters are more durable in the long run and easier to clean. Aluminum will need to be changed out every 3-6 months depending on how much you cook.

Is there a re-circulation feature on under cabinets? Cavaliere under cabinets do not have a re-circulation option. All under cabinets must be vented outside.

What is the light bulb replacement? The model is a GU10 35 watt. If you get a GU10 LED bulb, you would lose out on the option of dimming the lights.

Can an under cabinet be vented out from the back? No, all under cabinets vent out from the top. Only the model UC200 can vent out from the back. It is only 280 cfm.

What is the distance from the stove to the hood for installation? Please refer to the installation pdf. It will show the maximum and minimum mounting distances one can install the hood at for the most efficiency.

Can the unit be sold without the vents on the upper chimney? No, the unit cannot be sold without the vents on the upper chimney. Some units have the option for a re-circulation kit. (sold separately)

Cavalier is a specialist in complete stainless steel range hood collections, incorporating the latest technologies with superior components, making them a leader in the industry. Cavaliere focuses on the design and development of every product utilizing a unique understanding of the kitchen environment, ergonomics, aesthetics and integration within the home or workplace. View all Cavaliere products.

Choosing the Best Desk Lamp

Sometimes, the work space you’ve created to do your computer work needs a little extra help when it comes to lighting. Not everyone can dedicate an entire room to become a formal and well lit office, especially if one is renting an apartment or is trying to combine an office area with a living room. As people downsize across the US, it is common now-a-days to use one room for two functions. But then how does one adequately light certain areas of the room and maintain an ambient environment for the whole room? Lets look at the difference between task lamps and table lamps for a moment, to help you in choosing the best desk lamp.


Desk lighting may not seem an important factor initially, but try working with insufficient light and it will become quickly clear that having the proper lighting is essential. Having a well lit space is not only for carrying out tasks at hand – but for general health as well. When your area is too dark, you may lean forward too much for extended periods of time, placing strain on the neck, back and even the eyes.

Most people will take a long time to select just the right desk chair – because they know that they will be sitting for possibly hours at a time. Proper back support, adjustability and the right size chair, suddenly become of paramount concern. But people tend to skimp on the lighting and consequently, can suffer physically as well. What does one do when the general room lights are not enough?

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What size is your desk area? Is there room to place a lamp on a desk? Might a floor task lamp work better for the work area? Maybe your area double serves as a creative area for crafting where you need a brighter light source for doing detailed work. Will you need to move your light around on occasion or would you prefer one that clamps to your desktop?

Think about task light vs lamp light….

Lamps are generally created as accent lighting, to be used on side tables in bedrooms or living rooms. They tend to give off a softer glow than task lights, which are crafted to provide a stronger beam of light to a small area; specifically for reading or doing detail work. Standard lamps tend to have thicker shades which help to mask the eye from the bright bulb. They tend to be built from one non-flexible and decorative center stand, which can lend creative flair in terms of the color, or styling of both the fixture and the shade. However, lamps don’t offer as many options as task lights do.


Think about bulb type….

Halogen lights are energy-efficient and excellent as task lights. They have a tungsten filament, which gets hot and emits a great deal of visible light, whereas a normal bulb is not as efficient. However, halogens are twice as hot as standard bulbs. When outfitted with more delicate or fringed shades, it’s not always wisest to use halogen bulbs on standard lamps. Fluorescent lights are very efficient but tend to be more expensive than incandescent bulbs. Full spectrum bulbs emulate natural sunlight and are incredibly well-suited to task lighting applications. LED’s run cooler than halogens and offer another option for creating bright light to a small area.

Think adjust-ability….

Adjustable task lamps can have variable height settings so that you can control whether the light is sharper or more diffused. Therefore, some are crafted with flexible necks so that you can bend the light according to your needs. Some have dimmers that offer three levels of brightness. In any event, you want to be able to control the brightness of your work area, without having to squint from the bulb that’s emitting the light.

It costs very little to re-design a work space area and outfit it with the correct lighting. Sometimes all it takes is one extra, well placed fixture. Sometimes adding other lights to the area, such as a low hung pendant or a wall sconce in conjunction with a task light will suffice. So long as you feel comfortable and well supported by the light you need sitting at your workspace, almost any combination will do. Don’t be afraid to experiment over a period of a month or so, moving the fixtures you’ve purchased around to get them in just the right position!

How To Clean a Crystal Chandelier With Apple Cider Vinegar

Remember the day you installed that beautiful foyer chandelier and how excited you were to step back and take in the exquisite view? It cost a pretty penny but it was worth it because you knew you’d have it for many years to come. And it changed the entire look of your entrance way – made the doorway area much more inviting and appealing to arriving guests. Maybe you purchased a stunning dining chandelier and have spent many months having family meals under it’s showering light.

Crystorama Chandeliers

But months later you’ve noticed something has changed. The fixture doesn’t dazzle you as much as it originally did. At first you can’t figure it out. Was it just your excitement over having something brand new that overrode the fact that it wasn’t as beautiful as you initially thought? It still looks clean on inspection, but somehow it’s…well, it’s just duller! It doesn’t sparkle like it once did. Something has happened to the luster of the crystals and now it’s really noticeable… maybe not to your invited guests… but to YOU! What happened? How did it loose it’s initial shine? Can something be done to get back it’s initial sparkle? The answer is yes! Here are some easy crystal cleaning tips to regain that original shine:

Though your fixture does not appear caked in dust and dirt, every home has floating air particles that carry elements of debris. You’ll usually recognize it as ‘cooking grime’ in the kitchen, when you find yourself cleaning the greasy film off of your appliances. That grease comes from cooking elements (oils that precipitate out from steam), which settle often on the range hood. But in a dining room or a foyer, it’s not grease that is the culprit; but actually very fine specks of general house dust that first begin to adhere to the crystals. Outside debris from nature might even be partially to blame when a foyer light is constantly exposed to the outside elements via the doorway. Over time, the crystals accumulate a light film of this microscopic debris, clouding the original luster of the crystal teardrops. There is a relatively easy way to regain that sparkle – without having to separate and scrub each crystal. You may have to pull out the ladder if it is hanging in a foyer, but the rules for cleaning are the same whether it is located in a dining room, a bedroom or a foyer.


Here’s the things you will need:

1 large plastic sheet (for covering tables or floors)
1 roll of 1 inch masking tape
1 box of plastic baggies
1 bottle of apple cider vinegar
1 empty spray bottle
1 cup of  water

1. To be completely safe, turn off the power where you will be working, at the breaker box.
2. Spread directly below the chandelier, the plastic cloth; to protect a table, furniture or just to keep your floor area clean, if it is a foyer fixture you are cleaning.
3. Cover all the candelabra light sticks with a plastic baggie. Wrap the baggie around the candlestick, and secure the plastic at the bottom of each candlestick lightly with a piece of tape. (Do not wrap the tape so tightly around the stick that you can’t later easily remove it). This will protect the sticks and bulbs from getting wet.
4. Mix the one cup of water with one additional cup of apple cider vinegar and pour the mixture (equal parts) of both into the spray bottle.
5. Lightly spray the entire chandelier with the vinegar solution, concentrating more on the dangling crystals which hang below the candlesticks. Give the chandelier a good rain bath, lightly saturating the crystals with the vinegar-water mixture. For full coverage, you should move all the way around the chandelier, spraying as you go, and moving the ladder to do so if you must. Try not to twist the chandelier. If it is a relatively new chandelier, there is no need to wipe the crystals. Just let it air dry.
6. When it dries, you will see that the crystals now appear as clear and sparkly as the day you bought it.



Besa Lighting

If you haven’t cleaned your chandelier for a year or so, you may need to use a lightly sudsy washcloth to gently rub each crystal teardrop. Over time, grime can build up and make it tougher to get the crystals clean. After gently rubbing them, respray them with the vinegar mixture. (A second option would be to re-wet the chandelier with a second or third dose of the apple cider mixture to see if repeated sprays help dissolve the grime film.)

When fully dry, remove the tape and baggies and restore power. There was no scrubbing. There was no painful disassembling of each individual crystal. There was no arm sore chore of re-hanging the separated but now-clean crystals. All you really did was safely give your chandelier a gentle rain bath. The apple cider vinegar did the actual work for you. Recommended cleanings of this type are three to four times a year. If you wish to stretch out your cleanings to only once or twice a year, then purchase a fluffy dusting stick and lightly dust every month. This will help to keep all of your chandeliers as bright and beautiful as the day you bought them!

Adding Elements Designed by Earth

Whenever a room is in danger of looking too cold or impersonal, designers know that they can add character, warmth and life with natural materials. Adding elements designed by Earth can bring us back to nature in small, subtle ways; re-introducing us to the life-giving properties that our planet has always provided us. And while humans will always find a way to place a price tag on anything that can be sold, many of the items you see below do not necessarily have to be store bought. DYI projects to re-cycle side-of-the-road give-a-ways, and items found at roadside lawn sales cost little and if arranged well can create an exciting displays of nature – sans the cost.


Reclaimed or salvaged wood: If you want to add instant warmth to a space, wood pieces are ideal room items. Whether you incorporate salvaged wood as an accent furniture piece, or simply strategically place a few pieces about, aged wood can keep a room from looking too slick and new. Natural wood combined with stones or crystals, create a magical element of ‘living nature’. Note the striking porcupine quills in the center image.


Crystal objects: Accessories like geodes, sea glass or glass bottles that serve as votive holders or vases add a touch of earthy beauty to any surface. Try styling these pieces on a tray atop an ottoman, on top of a stack of books on your coffee table, or with a mix of books and art on an étagère. Not only are crystals themselves, one of Earth’s most beautiful  treasures, no two crystals are alike – so you can be the true and proud owner of many one-of-a-kinds. Coffee table crystals are great conversation starters and help to reflect candle-light in a room. Some geodes, like ‘septarian nodules’ date back millions of years and have quite a colorful story behind the creation of them.


Crystal clusters: naturally radiate energy into the surrounding room or space and also are used to absorb negative energy. They are often used to cleanse a room or other stones by leaving the stone to be cleansed overnight on the cluster. Crystals have long been used in metaphysical, yoga and meditation circles as they are very appealing to hold, to which some individuals even claim to feel the energy emanating from them.


Plants: One of the best ways to add some natural appeal to your space is with plants. Banana plants, fiddle leaf fig trees, and other large potted varieties make a strong statement, and they literally add life to the room. Try grouping sets of succulents and houseplants in matching or complementary pots and use them as a centerpiece on your dining room table. As noted in the image above, simplicity and just the smallest touch of plant life can create a calm and soothing environment.

We wish to thank Denise Figlar Wilson for providing the above images and decorative suggestions on behalf of DecorAid, an award winning group of interior designers. Find them at

Products that Protect Backyard Wildlife

Wildlife1Jeco Water Fountains

Consider Running Water Fountains

One most important and yet, usually overlooked way of protecting backyard wildlife, is to maintain a flowing outdoor water fountain, year-round. Most people consider only placing a birdbath in a garden as a way of enhancing it visually. Though the thought of attracting pretty birds ranks as a high second reason that people purchase them; there are other, more important reasons to place one in the yard. Purchasing products that protect backyard wildlife, also protects and stabilizes the neighborhood environment.

Excessive Heat – with the climate change issues we have been experiencing in the last few years, all areas of the world are experiencing weird weather. Winter storms and winds are stronger, and long standing heat waves are causing droughts. Birds and other small animals are subject to these harsh new changes just like we are – sans protective houses. In times of excessive heat, water becomes a highly sought after life property that is absolutely necessary to survival. When natural resources that animals are used to using suddenly dry up – they are stressed and forced to find water anywhere they can. This can mean crossing dangerous highways or traveling for miles before they even find relief. It can also mean drinking from tainted water sources such as gasoline puddles and chemical sprayed garden trough’s.

Excessive Cold – If water just sits in a fountain bowl in the winter, chances are it will freeze solid and become a completely useless offering. By choosing a running water fountain, it will be much less likely to freeze solid, which will enable the wildlife to survive through the cold and frigid weather. It also enables the fountain to offer water year-round. Neighborhoods that offer small relief stations for birds and other small animals help keep the environment ecologically sound. In purchasing an outdoor water fountain or bird bath, one may be doing more for the Earth and its animals than one might think.

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Use Fully Enclosed Backyard Fire pits

Most homeowners at some point, invest in a backyard barbeque grill, chimenea, or back yard fire pit. These items are not only ideal for entertaining guests all throughout the spring and summer seasons, the entire family can actually make use of them year-round. Yet many people don’t even think about the wildlife, when it comes to making a smart grill purchase. Many chimenea’s and fire pits are often left to burn down at the end of an evening, long after the owners have gone inside. These open holed ovens are a disaster-in-waiting for the night oriented wildlife that might have been attracted to the remnants of burger on an open grill. Slowly dying embers don’t always put off a soft glow, and can appear like natural stone or wood material – until stepped on. Seared little feet can’t rinse off under icy cold water at the kitchen sink to get relief. Foot injuries for four legged critters can be fatal. By purchasing gated, mesh covered fire pits and grills – one can help to protect wildlife from unnecessary injuries.

It’s not always the wildlife that traverses your yard space. Your child’s friends, the pet dog, a neighbor’s open wandering cat all utilize the same space to romp about and play. Eliminating dangerous products from the yard such as folding chairs when it storms, and closing garbage can lids to prevent hungry critters from becoming trapped can help save a life, even when you are not aware of it. Just today, yours-truly-blog-writer took the office trash out back only to find a juvenile raccoon crouched in 90 degree heat, head down in absolute desperation while trapped at the bottom of the dumpster. One look in his beautiful beady little eyes told his entire story of final resignation and utter hopelessness. A happy ending ensued. Co-workers and I released him from the dumpster and restored his sense of freedom.


Consider All Weather Wicker


All Weather Wicker Conversation Set by Jeco

Every few years, and it goes without saying, a spring-time review of last year’s outdoor furniture often provokes a weary sigh. Did we forget to rinse down the pieces before storing them for the winter? Has the dirt and grime has now settled comfortably into every nook and cranny? Are the cushions faded or grimy enough to cause you to spontaneously burp to your guests, ‘Oops, let me wipe that quick, before you sit down’? Might we have left them out a bit too long and dead fall leaves made permanent imprints, that now won’t remove with even CLOROX? These are all signs directing you to go look for new furniture. But what should you buy?


All Weather Wicker Patio Deck Box by Jeco

Consider all weather wicker. With durable, all-weather resin wicker over a powder-coated steel frame, this kind of product is built to withstand anything life throws your way. Unlike real wicker which dries out and cracks, resin wicker is flexible and fade-resistant, which means it stays like new season after season. What’s more, all-weather wicker doesn’t absorb water and also allows for air flow, making it the perfect choice for the poolside! All weather wicker is virtually maintenance-free and cleaning it is as simple as spraying it down with your garden hose or wiping it clean with a solution of mild dish soap and water. That makes it Eco-friendly too – because you’ll save on water, and won’t need to use caustic cleaning agents to get the mud and dirt off.


Introducing the Over-sized Zero Gravity Recliner by Jeco

Additionally, if we segway off to the pool area, one might think about relaxing in an Over-sized Zero Gravity recliner. This chair has a shade built into it to protect you from the sun. The removable drink tray is great for keeping a beverage at hand. The locking mechanism allows for an infinite number of recline positions and a headrest is provided for additional comfort or use as a lumbar support. The recliner, made of high strength and durable powder coated steel frame, folds for easy storage and transportation. It comfortably supports up to 300 lbs of human weight. The fabric is made of textilene, a long lasting outdoor grade fabric. It comes in twelve exciting color combos.

The Spring and Summer seasons should be all about relaxation, family festivities, restoration and contemplation about life’s forward moving journey. Easing out of household duties, including the pesky after-winter yard work should be a pre-spring priority, so that by the time both seasons arrive – you’re already there.

3 Reasons To Consider Green


Stunningly Beautiful Imagery and Product Lines by Crystorama

Today, we give you 3 reasons to consider green as an interior room or home decor color. Out of the full spectrum of colors available to mankind, the ones most soothing to the human soul are the blues and greens. What is it about these colors that calm the human spirit and are so unusually restorative?

Firstly, green and blue are two of Earth’s most abundant colors. The color green denotes life, nature and constant growth and renewal. In Sanskrit, the chakra center associated with green is the human heart chakra. There is even an unseen and cosmic life-force frequency of green light flowing through us that many of us may not see necessarily, but we all naturally feel.

Secondly, Earth has herself, a fundamental resonate frequency, (otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance), which is approximately seven and a half beats per second (7.5 hertz). Earth’s frequencies are intimately linked to human brainwaves, as well as the human system overall.  As everything is made of energy, we are far more dependent upon Earth’s rhythms than we are aware of.

The basic point here is that we are a fully organic species. Our organic body constitution is therefore, dependent upon many life force properties that Earth provides to us; such as green foods and blue water. As our natural affinity is to resonate with and be supported by Earth frequencies, the color green itself helps to remind our bodies that we are perpetually connected to the planet, despite the fact that we’ve blocked those supportive energies via the cement homes we build. Green has been used in hospitals and schools for centuries. That’s something to think about, even if you are a non-believer in what skeptic’s term it – pseudoscience.


Hinkley – Another Great Indoor / Outdoor Lighting Source

Thirdly, whether or not one believes in auras and chakras…most humans will readily admit that they feel far better outside in a warm and sunny atmosphere, than indoors, provided it’s not too hot out. Golfers won’t readily admit that they all convene on the green – not so much to network – but to escape the pressures of the everyday office and corporate rig-amoral. Who wouldn’t feel greatly relaxed on an expansive carpet of green surrounded by lush trees and occasional ponds? Who’s kidding who?


Zuo Modern – Contemporary and Bold Designs

There is another type of green, other than the more muted tones and hues of the color, that not only serves to invigorate, but can also instantly perk the human body into a feeling of regeneration. Those tend to be the more bright and lime colored greens, the brighter sea-foam greens and teal-blue-green hues, which reflect the brand new leaves of spring, blue skies and sunlight combined – to inspire a sense of youth.

Various shades of green have their effects on the human psyche whether some choose to label it something mystical or others poo-poo  any ‘healing’ validity whatsoever. The bottom line is that for many people, green does it’s thing on us no matter how we define it or question it. And that ‘thing’ is almost always 100% positive….unless of course we’re talking green mold. Consider green if you haven’t before and see how it affects you. You might just be surprised at how great you feel!