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I. Home Appliances
Stainless steel is the perfect material for the appliance industry because it remains useful even after the appliances’ productive years. It may also be repeatedly recycled into more useful metal products.
Iron is the original metal, which is then processed into steel. By heating steel at a much higher temperature and by being alloyed with chromium, it becomes highly resistant to stain, rust and corrosion.
Household electricity consumption accounts for 20% of the total energy usage, so it is only practical for households to learn how to efficiently use electricity. With the increasing power costs, pollution, and public awareness of environmental repercussions, the US Congress passed the United States’ National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987. This regulates the energy consumption of specific household appliances like the refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, kitchen ranges, ovens, air conditioners and more. To ensure that manufacturers produce appliances that have maximum energy efficiency levels, the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Energy Policy Act of 2005 were also passed. These policies were welcomed by users who benefited with decreased power bills, lesser fossil fuel emissions from power plants and minimized pollution.
In Europe, all electrical appliances have an ‘EU energy rating label’. In United Kingdom, they have an ‘energy saving recommended’ scheme. This ensures that the products carrying its logo has complied with its strict criteria on energy efficiency.
With all these valued information, it is easier to decide on the type and size of appliances for our family’s needs. To maximize these appliances’ productive life, proper care is necessary. Here are some effective ways to use our appliances effectively.
A. Refrigerators , Freezers and Air Conditioning System
CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons were once used as cooling agents in refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners. But in 1986, a hole in the ozone layer was discovered that was traced back to CFC usage. To prevent further damage on the atmosphere, CFCs were replaced by HCFCs or hydrofluorocarbons. But eventually, it was found to contribute to global warming, too.
Through research, Green Peace developed Green Freeze, a refrigerator technology that uses a natural gas called hydrocarbon as refrigerant. Hydrocarbons do not emit greenhouse gas, and have less impact on global warming. It is cheaper, non-toxic and energy-efficient. It is currently being produced by the European, Chinese, Japanese and Indian manufacturers.
In 1992, the hydrocarbon mix of Isopentane and Isobutane were patented for air conditioners. Germany was the first to accept this. Eventually, it was incorporated throughout Europe, Asia, Argentina and Latin America. In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. adopted this hydrocarbon mix for manufacturing air conditioners.
With this development, the appliance industry has further improved the efficiency of its products. And end-users can further improve the productivity of their valuable appliances by doing the following:
1. Minimize the number of times the refrigerator door is opened. Each time it is left open for a minute, it take about 3 minutes to regain its temperature. So, the next time you need to put food inside the refrigerator, assemble them in one place to save time going back and forth. The lesser time the door is left opened, the lesser the power consumption.
2. Make sure the refrigerator’s door is sealed properly. If you put a piece of paper, and it can easily be pulled out, it means the door is not properly sealed. You may try to clean the seal for any dust first. If this does not work, then it is time to call the repairman and have it replaced. Remember, a defective refrigerator door seal will cause a surge in your power bill.
3. Defrost regularly.
4. Make sure your refrigerator does not catch any of the rays of the sun. The heat from the sun’s rays will affect the refrigerator’s temperature causing it to work harder to maintain its level of coolness. This will thereby increase the energy usage.
5. Keep the coils at the rear of the refrigerator dust-free. Dust in all appliances increases 30% of the energy consumption. Remember to also keep some distance between the wall and refrigerator to minimize the concentrated heat emitted from the appliance.
6. Insulate the sides of the freezer with aluminium foil so as to maintain cooling effect.
7. Make sure food is well cooled before putting it inside the refrigerator. Hot food lowers the refrigerator’s temperature, and will take time to regain its cool temperature.
8. Do not fill up your refrigerator by more than 75% to allow air circulation. If there is a need to unload, you can leave bread, and root crops since these can stand at room temperature.
9. Make sure your refrigerator is not placed beside a stove, toaster, oven or microwave oven. Every time these are used, the heat would lower the fridge’s temperature and efficiency, and increase the energy cost.
10. Air conditioners should be kept clean.
a. Have it cleaned by expert air con cleaners at least once a year.
b. Use a high efficiency air con filter with electrostatic filter that can effectively trap harmful
microorganisms like dirt, dust and microorganism contamination from the atmosphere. This
filter will be attached to the existing air con filter so as to catch contaminants. This filter should be regularly changed once it is clogged to assure a clean and healthy room.
Should you decide to retire or replace your old appliances, just remember that these can still be useful. Refrigerators and freezers contain many recyclable parts like the metal cabinets, plastic liners, glass shelves, refrigerants and oils in the compressor.
Refrigerators, freezers, aircon, and other kinds of old appliances can be sold in recyclable shops, or donated to institutions like Goodwill Industries and Caritas Manila, Philippines. The handicaps of Goodwill Industries fix these appliances in their shop and resell them in their second-hand store in Taguig City. Caritas Manila together with Radio Veritas, on the other hand, have a Program called Segunda Mana that repair and resell donated items at their more than twenty stores in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces to raise funds for education for financially-challenged but deserving students.
Stoves may range from one to two burners, or more depending on the cooking needs of the household. Electricity or liquefied petroleum gas or a combination of both are the most common appliance for cooking. The traditional electric stove was slow-heating, but now there are induction cook tops which are fast-heating and energy efficient.
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) heats meals faster and economically. Electrical stove whether traditional or induction heating are preferred by some housewives because they feel safer cooking without flame. Here are some ways to enjoy cooking safely and economically.
1. For safety purposes, you may close the gas regulator first before turning off the burner. When you do this, gas will stop flowing in the LPG hose, so the next time you light your burner there won’t be a surprising surge in the fire.
2. If an LPG tank has a leak, you will observe a gassy smell. In case this happens, always remember that if the LIGHTS ARE ON, DO NOT TURN THEM OFF. Likewise, if the LIGHTS are OFF, DO NOT TURN THEM ON. A single spark from your light bulb will easily trigger fire. Put a damp cloth on the stove burner, regulator and hose. Open your doors and windows and call for expert assistance to check the leak.
3. The flame should not extend to the side of the pan because that is just a waste of energy.
4. Make sure the flame is bluish. If you have a yellow flame this means the LPG is not burning correctly. Call your trustworthy expert serviceman if you see a yellow flame.
LPG and Induction Stove Cooking Tips
1. Use the right pan size for the burner. Use a tight lid cover to speed up the cooking process by trapping the heat inside pan. (This depends on what you are cooking.) If you are not cooking a lot, save time cooking by not using a tall pan.
2. Thaw frozen food inside the chiller. Leaving frozen food at room temperature exposes food to more harmful micro organisms that may cause quicker spoilage.
3. Measure the exact water needed for boiling or cooking to reduce cooking time and discarding the water that is not needed.
4. Use the oven only when cooking large dishes. For smaller dishes, use a toaster, oven toaster, or grill.
5. Turn off the oven 10 minutes before actual cooking time and allow residual heat to complete the cooking process. This does not apply to baking.
If it’s available in your region, try solar cooking.
C. Washing Machine
This appliance is a great household necessity. There are many washing machines in stores that practically suit every family’s needs. Thus, when planning to purchase or replace this appliance, we suggest that you look at the’ energy efficiency’ displayed on the washing machine. Remember to buy for the right capacity for your family’s needs, and make sure that you do not overload it. This would lessen chances for repairs.
Washing clothes can be easier and less expensive with these green tips.
1. Pre-soak clothes with baking soda. Baking soda removes stains. Just apply it directly on the stain, and let it stand for 30 minutes or more. Baking soda brightens the fabric into its original color. It is available per kilo and at a cheaper price at bakery supply stores. You can also opt to add vinegar. (More useful tips at Home Cleaners.)
2. Washing with organic laundry soap makes clothes smell good whether dried under the sun or inside the house because these are made from natural materials. It also eliminates the need for fabric conditioner because it is a conditioner in itself. To soften your towels, add a little vinegar to water, then soak towels for the last rinse. Vinegar surprisingly brings out the sweet natural scent of organic laundry soap more. The scent of organic laundry soap also deters mosquitoes at the laundry area. More useful tips at Home Cleaners.)
3. Exposure of clothes under sunlight is the best disinfectant. And it’s free.
D. Pots, Pans and Tin Cans
a. Pots and Pans
Aluminum has dominated rice cookers, kitchen pots and pans because it is cheaper in comparison to stainless steel and cast iron. But the continuous use of this metal for cooking results to memory loss and heavy metal contamination. Aluminum also lessens the efficacy of herbal teas when boiled.
To avoid these, it is advisable to purchase metal pots and pans that are made of stainless steel or cast iron. Although expensive, these last longer and are recommended for healthy cooking. Coated ceramics are good too, but it should have stainless steel as its base instead of an aluminium one because once it leaks, the aluminium will mix with the food.
Remember to choose stainless kettles, metal sieves, metal potato mashers, and metal sinks as well over its aluminium counterparts.
b. Tin Cans
Canned food and drinks are important for hurried meals and for emergencies. Tin cans are easy to recycle, but make sure these are cleaned properly before disposal to prevent bacteria like salmonella from spreading diseases.
II. Heavy Metal Contamination and Coriander Detox
A. Metal Contamination
Miners are not the only people susceptible to heavy metal contamination. We are all exposed to many heavy metals like mercury, lead and aluminium which can cause heart disease, autism, neurological conditions, infertility, thyroid disorders, autism, dementia, birth defects and more.
So, how do these heavy metal contaminate you?
1. Fish that live in the sea for a long time absorb mercury and other heavy metals from oil spills.
Fish with no scales and seafood like squid, shellfish, shrimps, and crustaceans, which are
considered “ocean janitors”, absorb more heavy metals compared to fish with big scales.
2. Silver-colored dental filling called amalgam contain mercury. If the filling breaks, mercury
would leak. But even if it is intact, its vapor spreads throughout the body, which causes
depression, anxiety, mood swings and memory loss like Alzheimer’s disease. This metal enters
our systems causing sickness like frequent headaches, bone loss, allergies, sinusitis and many
more. I am now finished with my appointments with my dentist to remove my silver amalgam
fillings. I feel relieved of its ill effects and now able to eat hot food without fear of mercury
Even braces and retainers contain mercury. According to World Health Organization, there is no safe level of mercury. The severity of mercury contamination depends on the amount of
exposure over time.
3. Some vaccines have mercury content. But there are mercury-free vaccines for babies, children,
adults and elderly.
4. Polluted air and waterways from vehicle and factory emissions are our major source of heavy
metals. Drink filtered water and avoid industrial and heavy traffic-ridden areas to minimize its effects.
5. Chipped old paints may have lead content. This should be addressed immediately because
children may pick these chipped paint and ingest them.
6. Aluminum pots and pans when used for cooking mix with our food.
7. Beauty and body care products like make-up, sunblock, and deodorant contain aluminum.
Always read the content of your favorite products. It is safer to use organic, all-natural products because it has no harmful side effects. (Visit Body Care and Hair Care for more information.)
B. Coriander Detox
All these information is very alarming, but there is a modern medical treatment that removes heavy metals in the body. It is called chelation. Chelation is administered to patients intravenously. This process is very effective but quite costly.
Luckily, Mother Nature has provided us Coriander to be the ‘Poor Man’s Chelation Therapy’ to help cleanse the kidney and other organs.
Dr. David Williams in his website www.dr.davidwilliams.com has noted the successful experiments conducted by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura of Heart Research Foundation in New York in treating heavy metal infections using Coriander.
Dr. Omura and his colleagues found no success after prescribing antibiotic and antiviral treatments for metal contamination. These infections would recur after several months and cause even more infections. Dr. Omura recommended Coriander intake of fresh or juice form regularly. Below are the cases of his two successful patients.
1. A patient after taking Vietnamese soup which contained Coriander showed significant release of mercury which was manifested in his urine laboratory tests.
2. Another patient who was having his amalgam silver fillings removed was given all the dental
precautions to prevent mercury from entering his body. Upon checking, mercury still
manifested in his lungs, kidneys, endocrine glands, liver and, heart which had no contamination
before the said dental procedure. Using Coriander, Dr. Omura was able to clear this patient
from mercury contamination after three weeks.
We have different breeds of coriander like Vietnamese Coriander, Korean Coriander and Chinese Parsely (Wan Soy or Cilantro). The leaves have different sizes and shapes, but they smell the same.
The Recommended Intake
It is recommended to take ¼ cup of tightly-packed, fresh coriander leaves including the stem- once a day- during the detox period.
Do not be in a hurry to detox. Taking more than what is recommended would be too much for the body. It would be difficult for the kidney to excrete these toxins out of the body. If this happens, it would result to more toxicity instead of a successful detoxification.
If there are discomforts like headache, nervousness, flu-like symptoms, fever or side effects, Dr. David Williams recommends to slow down detoxification to one week, 3-4 times a year.
During our detox, we noticed certain resistance to coughs and colds and better immune system and well-being. It really works for us.
Aside from being an effective metal toxic binding agent and mobilizer, Coriander is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, prevents gas and bloating, promotes liver health, and is a good expectorant. It also fights anemia because of its high iron and magnesium content.
Dr. David Williams and Christina Sarich of NaturalSociety.com also recommend to take Chlorella together with Coriander, because Chlorella binds heavy metals exceptionally well and is able to open cell walls necessary for detox. It also binds dioxin and other environmental toxins, improves the body’s master antioxidant - glutathione, and restores healthy flora of the gut.
As we minimize carbon foot print, we also reap the fruits of having a better breathing space, less or no medications costs, lower energy bills to pay, and a joyful home!
When we care for nature, nature also takes care of us. Despite the pollution in land, air and water, God gave us Coriander to cleanse us from all these unwanted contamination.
Please share the knowledge from these twelve-post series with your family and friends, and spread the good news! By sharing your own green experiences, we open the chance for others to share their knowledge, too, and together, we learn more. The bigger the circle of green friends, the more friends Mother Earth has.
Let us make our homes a happy comfort zone - an economic and a green zone!
Em-em Tinasas, MBA
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