Archive for February, 2013
Junk mail, food scraps, old newspapers, used containers – these are all common types of waste that we see on a regular basis at home. Not only is having trash lying around a huge eyesore, but it also adds clutter to your home. So, how do you reduce waste inside your house?
Here are a few tips you can follow:
- Use old shopping bags when you buy groceries and go to the market. Instead of utilizing new plastic bags from the grocery store, recycle old ones. This will reduce the amount of clutter in your kitchen and is also better for the environment.
- Use cloth towels and rags that you can wash and reuse instead of paper towels. Paper can only be used for cleaning once, whereas rags and towels can be washed and used again. Not only will it reduce the amount of garbage at home, but it will also save you money by not constantly having to buy paper towels.
- Buy products with reusable containers instead of ones that must be thrown away. Find good use for these containers like storing leftovers or creating a pot for your new plants.
- Use eStatements instead of paper billing. This way, you can reduce the paper pileup at home, while still remaining informed about your bills.
- Donate old clothes instead of throwing them away. Many people can still benefit from them. Use the same policy for other things as well. Other people will find something useful to do with it. Either have a garage sale or donate these items.
- Go paperless. If you normally write down bills for your monthly budget or create a grocery list, go paperless by listing them on your computer or mobile phone instead. It will help you eliminate the amount of trash you produce.
Senior citizens in Edmond will soon have more options when it comes to housing. There are currently no nursing homes or assisted living communities in the city, but Mon Abri, a proposed housing plan, would introduce an 87-unit housing development, including duplexes and offices for rent.
Mon Abri is being proposed by R.W. Development and will be located along Broadway and Covell Road. The plan proposes 87 units of duplexes and triplexes and up to five office building units. About 10.18 acres will be allocated to the housing units, while 1.59 acres will belong to the office buildings.
The Edmond Planning Commission has already approved the preliminary plan for Mon Abri with a vote of 4-1. Chairman Barry Moore disapproved of the plan due to the fencing issue brought about by the residents of Rock Hollow, a neighboring community.
According to R. W. Development, Mon Abri is ideal for seniors age 55 and above, but there will be no restrictions on the age of interested renters. Units up to five bedrooms will be available for rent with prices ranging from $850 – $2,000 per month.
A 18,000-square foot office building is planned for construction in front of the property, and there will be four more built in front of the Boulevard.
Concrete is a great material to use in your driveway or walkway because it adds a finished beauty to your property and allows you and your family to utilize it easily. However, concrete can deteriorate after a few years. So, to maintain the functionality and beauty of a smooth concrete driveway, it is best to pour new concrete when that starts to occur.
Keep in mind that such a project requires proper precautions and tricks in order to avoid problems while working. So, here are a few tips you can follow:
- Order the right kind of concrete. Concrete can be mixed at your project site or delivered pre-mixed via a concrete truck. If you opt for the former, you will need to know how to mix the raw concrete that you receive. If you don’t know how, consider ordering a pre-mixed concrete, so you won’t have to worry about whether or not it has been mixed properly.
- Work on a day with good weather. A moderate temperature with minimal humidity is idea for working with concrete. Even a little bit of rain can cause damage to your concrete, and too much heat can easily dry your concrete before you’re even finished working on it. So, monitor the weather and work accordingly.
- Seek help. Working on concrete is not a one man job, especially if it is a big project. You need someone else to work with you because it requires quick and careful pouring and smoothing. If you don’t finish the job within a certain amount of time, you won’t achieve a good final outcome. Wait to tackle the project until you have someone who can help you.
- Practice safety precaution. Concrete contains elements that can be harmful to the body. Work in working clothes and wear gloves at all times. Certain elements in concrete can cause burns and other skin diseases if they come into contact with your skin. If concrete comes in contact with your eyes, wash them thoroughly and see a doctor immediately.
- Use your wheelbarrow carefully. You need a strong and reliable wheelbarrow in order to transfer concrete from the mixing point to your driveway. Make sure that your wheelbarrow is durable enough to complete the job without hassle. In addition, avoid overfilling your wheelbarrow.
- Less water is ideal. You can use water to wet down the soil, but not too much. Water can alter the strength and stability of your concrete and can lead to a weak surface.
It is pretty universally agreed-upon that the kitchen is one of the most used rooms inside a house. In addition to spending the time in their kitchen cooking and preparing food, many homeowners also utilize their kitchen as a dining area, a home office extension, a place to help the kids with their homework, and a variety of other miscellaneous activities.
That is why lighting inside the kitchen is very important. Not only does it help you see clearly when engaging in cooking and other activities, but it also offers aesthetic benefits. Who wouldn’t be awed by lovely pendant lighting or the dramatic effect of under-cabinet lighting? Enhanced kitchen lighting does everything from emphasizing intricate décor in your kitchen to adding brightness to the overall design of the room.
In other words, proper kitchen lighting is important and should not be limited to a simple fluorescent bulb. So, how do you enhance your kitchen lighting?
- Make task lighting a priority – Apart from the aesthetic benefit of kitchen lighting, it needs to address the primary need for lighting. Task lighting offers a main source of light for kitchen tasks such as cooking, washing dishes, and using your appliances. So, you need to focus on these areas in order to create a more functional kitchen. For instance, under-cabinet lights can help brighten your cabinets to make them easier to work on and more conducive to finding things.
- Add skylights – Some kitchens may not be blessed with an open window, and natural light therefore cannot easily come in and brighten the room. To solve this issue, install a skylight just above your kitchen, so everything will be brighter and more natural during the day.
- Choose more artistic lighting instead of common designs – If you are looking for a kitchen lighting fixture, choose a more creative style instead of the usual patterns for lighting. Keep in mind that what you choose will be long-term and not just temporary. So, if you choose a more creative fixture, be sure it’s something that is timeless as well.
- Plan well – Proper kitchen lighting requires effective planning in order to become more functional. Plan where you need lighting the most and where you can install lights that will cover certain areas of the kitchen. This will reduce the need for trial and error and the expenses associated with it.
- Use energy-efficient lighting – Since you use your kitchen most of the time, the lights are on much longer than they are in other areas of the house. Using LED lighting can help provide the proper lighting for the kitchen without hogging too much energy.
Unemployment is still a major issue facing the country, and it has a significant impact on those without jobs, especially when they have families to feed. To help reduce unemployment and to provide assistance to job seekers, business leaders in Oklahoma are creating their own job plans. A coalition of chambers of commerce is releasing its own plans to increase the number of jobs available within the state and help strengthen the economy.
Last Wednesday, several organizations within the state submitted an 11-point plan for creating more jobs in Oklahoma. These business organizations included the State Chamber of Oklahoma, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. The job plans that were submitted focused on implementing ways to help boost the state’s economy through job creation.
The jobs plan will be considered during the 2013 legislative sessions. Parts of the plan address changes in the worker’s compensation system, health care benefits for each worker, and fully funding state education programs.