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FYI: Radon is Still a Concern

Oct-6-2015 By Barbara Zak

Radon is a large concern for homeowners. The decision to test a property for radon gas is quite common. If radon seepage causes the gas to enter through the basement or crawl space, it can endanger residents if the property is not well ventilated.

Radon comes from the element radium. It is created when radium decays. The process of making radon from radium is natural and continuous. Unfortunately, radon can rise through soil and enter the air. Breathing radon gas can endanger people. Learn more about the harmful potential effects of radon on human health.

Radon Gas and Lung Disease

Radon gas exposure can contribute to the development of cancer. Inhaling radon gas over a period of time is like smoking multiple cartons of cigarettes. Radon gas can cause damage to the lungs. Someone who has been exposed to radon may have bronchitis, lung infections, pneumonia, or wheezing. Since many diseases share these symptoms, it is important to rule out radon gas as a potential contributor.

The length of exposure to radon gas is a significant contributor to disease. The American Journal of Epidemiology (2000) reported that radon exposure at 4 pCi/L levels over 15 years placed people at high risk for the development of certain cancers. Residential radon exposure is a serious threat that can lead to lung cancer and lung disease.

Potential for Radon Gas

Some parts of the United States have a high incidence of radon. Radon is frequently found in drinking water at higher than acceptable levels in: New England (all states), Alabama (especially northern), Arizona (especially southern), California, Colorado (especially central), Florida (especially Tampa vicinity), Georgia (especially northern), Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri (especially southern), North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey (especially northern), New Mexico, Nevada, New York (ex-New York City/Long Island), Oregon (especially Portland and Salem), Pennsylvania (especially eastern), South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (especially Austin and Amarillo), Utah, Virginia, Washington (especially northeast), Wisconsin, West Virginia (especially eastern), and Wyoming (especially eastern).

Radon Testing

Radon testing is a relatively simple matter. A radon gas detector kit is used to measure the presence of radon for up to seven days. The kit is analyzed by a laboratory to inform the residents about the presence of radon gas.

Radon Mitigation

Getting rid of high radon levels is possible. Some radon experts use a process called radon mitigation to reduce high levels of radon in a residential or commercial location.

5 Benefits of a Power Socket Meter

Sep-19-2015 By Barbara Zak

There are a multitude of ways you can save money on your energy costs. An invaluable yet useful tool is that of the power socket meter. These little gadgets plug directly onto a power socket and will record every kilowatt-hour that travels through it. When determining where you use up the most electricity in the home, these devices may be worth their weight in gold.


Many power socket meters you can buy allow you to program your cost per kilowatt-hour into the unit. This will then give you an accurate reading on how much any device plugged into it is costing you to operate. You may be shocked when you see the results from computer systems and entertainment centers.

Real-Time Data

Power meters give you information in real-time. There is little guesswork when determining what appliances and electronics are costing you the most money to keep running. The LCD displays provide a tally of power that is being consumed every second. This can provide you with information about each device allowing you to build immediate strategies for reducing the usage of appliances.


The level of accuracy may vary with different manufacturers. However, most of these units can give excellent results with a 0.2 percent variable. Information this precise can give you insight into how much power you’re actually using in your house at any given time of day.


More elaborate units are capable of forecasting electricity costs by averaging how much load is experienced on the line per day. When trying to reduce your monthly budget, information such as this can help you cut spending on power by reducing the dependence of items. For example, you may find that cutting just 30 minutes of TV time every day could make a profound impact on your annual spending.

Easy to Use

Most power meters are easy to use and can plug directly onto virtually any power socket. There is no need to rewire anything or have extensive knowledge of electricity. Although some units have features such as line frequencies and voltage regulation, the primary function of the meter is straight forward data.

Saving money on energy costs starts by having the most efficient provider. If you’re in an area supported by multiple vendors, it may be worth your time to gather additional information. Switching to a cost-effective provider in combination with using the data obtained by the power socket meter, you can potentially cut an incredible amount of money off of your monthly utility budget.

Making the World Better

Aug-21-2015 By Barbara Zak

The earth has faced many challenges throughout the centuries. One challenge is the amount of garbage that is thrown away on a daily basis. While it can be easy to accuse corporations and individuals of error, the reality is that everyone needs to address the problem.

Picking Up
Trash can be a common sight to see when people are in the city or in the country. Trash can be so commonplace that people ignore it. In fact, picking up trash may get more headlines than the amount of trash that are in various communities today. There are numerous ideas and groups that have teamed together in order to pick up trash. While these efforts must not be overlooked, an individual has the tremendous opportunity to help. The reality is that a community is immensely helped when trash is picked up and thrown away. There are some who do not like to touch filthy garbage, and that is understandable. A possible solution is to offer hand sanitizer at various garbage receptacles around a community. Therefore, people can throw away trash and clean their hands without having to worry about germs. Other people prefer to have two bags when out walking. One bag contains the garbage, and the other bag is like a glove and picks up the garbage safely. When people pick up trash, it makes a big difference.

Using Better Designs
In the past, not much thought was given to the amount of plastic that was made for designing water bottles. However, companies have been spending time and resources in order to design water bottles that do not use as much plastic. Although it is a small measure of plastic that is saved, it can add up to a large amount over time. There are plenty of other examples of companies and individuals who choose to go with or create eco-friendly products. Although some products may be pricey, the efforts do help the environment and keep the world looking good. Some groups offer financial incentives to people who create new products that can help the environment, and that can definitely motivate people.

Although the earth is large, each person makes a difference. After all, the earth can get dirtier or cleaner. The choice is up to humanity, and people are certainly giving their best to ensure that it becomes a cleaner and better place to live.