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Go Green With Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you’re interested in creating a greener, more energy-efficient home, your kitchen is a great place to start. Energy-efficient appliances will conserve energy, reduce energy costs, and create a healthier environment.


New energy-efficient refrigerators are designed to save energy while providing flexible storage capacity and convenient features. Energy Star qualified refrigerators use 15 percent less energy than non-qualified models, and models with top-mounted freezers use 10-25 percent less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount freezer models. Energy-efficient features include variable speed compressors and fans, advanced defrost systems, and humidity sensors. When buying a new refrigerator, choose a size that fits your household needs and look for the Energy Star label. Convenient features like water dispensers and ice makers will use more energy.

Stoves and Ovens

New stoves and ovens don’t have federal energy regulations or Energy Star labels, but they do have energy-efficient features. They can be powered by natural gas or electricity. Electric stoves and ovens are typically cheaper to buy, but gas stoves and ovens are usually cheaper to operate. Whether you prefer gas or electric, new stoves and ovens don’t require preheating, an oven feature that uses a lot of energy in older models. Newer ovens reach temperatures so quickly, preheating is no longer necessary. New gas stoves and ovens feature electronic ignition instead of pilot lights which reduces gas use by 30 percent. New electric stoves feature advanced burners:

* Solid disk elements and radiant elements are installed under glass. They’re easier to clean but take longer to heat up using more electricity than electric coils.

* Halogen cook tops use powerful bulbs filled with a halogen gas like iodine or bromine. They create radiant heat under a ceramic glass surface which is easy to clean.

* Induction elements use electromagnetic waves that turn the bottom of the pot into a heating surface. They provide a cool cooktop surface, accurate temperatures, and maximum energy efficiency.


Energy-efficient dishwashers save energy and water. The Energy Guide label found on all new models estimates the amount of energy used and yearly operating costs. Most of the energy used by your dishwasher, approximately 60 percent, is used to heat water. Newer dishwashers use less than half as much energy and water as older models and have energy-efficient features including energy-efficient motors, improved water filtration systems, high-powered jets, and built-in soil sensors that detect when dishes are clean.

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Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine.

Why I Can’t Login

Before we were hit by the devastating and traumaric super typhoon Yolanda I am hooked writing articles in an online hub who pays liking and commenting post. I am doing good in terms of my earning as I can reached the minimun payout in less than a week. Earning a hundred or more in a month is more than enough for me.

However for some reason I could not login to my account. I even tried searching the pseudonym I am using but I could not even search my post. Maybe my account was deketed by the admin, this is the only reason I know why I cant search my profile. But then, I received all the cashout I’ve made so I am having a doubt if my account have been deleted.

Now that I fell the urge of earning more online I am considering on making a new account, just like the other members whose account have been deleted.

Moving Forward Little By Little

It was November 8, 2013 when super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit our Province. We don’t have any idea about the storm surge, so we stayed at home because we believe that our house can stand the wind. With this, there are thousands of people lost their lives and some are still missing, my older brother and my niece are among who lost thier lives while his wife and two children are still missing. This could not happened if we were know about the storm surge. Anyway, today mark the third months anniversary after Yolanda, yet the bad exprience that we encountered in saving our lives is still fresh, especially my son who seemed to be observant on the weather.

Hence I’have been sharing the negative effect that typhoon Yolanda brought us, today I want to focus on the positive side.

Moving Forward

As most you are aware of, I and my family were badly affected by the typhoon, the super typhoon leaved us roofless and ruined our belongings. There is no need for me to put my rants and experience into words hence I choose to focus on the good side of it.

Help are Pouring

I am very much grateful that help from foreign non government organizations are pouring, I could not imagine how our life will be without those help. Ruined schools in our town are being rebuild by Koreans. They are aldo giving away school supplies to the students in town. In our barangay building and repairing comfort rooms are on going.


After three months some homeowners startef to rebuild there homes and started shopping of appliances and kitchenwares. As for my family, our priority is to rebuild our home little by little. I know we need ample of time to finally get back to our life before the typhoon. But surely in God’s time we will accomplish our goal.

Good Quality Handle

If you are searching for a good quality handle you probably know that searching for a types of handle that withstand for longer time is not easy to find. However if you will do a little research and few tapping in the keyboard there is no doubt that you can find the handle that you are looking for from the comfort of your home.

Yes, you read it right guys. You can find what you are looking for without any hassle. So if you or know someone who is looking for different types of handle you know where to go.

My sustainable lifestyle @ Elements Residences

Finding the perfect place to live in is not an easy job to do as it may sound it is. You have to consider a few important things. Above all, you’ve to lean to provide all your needs and your families need.

Food, clothing and shelter. These are known as human’s basic needs. Everyone needs a roof above one’s head and a place to park tired and weary bodies after a day’s work.

Recently, due to issues of over-population and inadequate land space in the metropolis, more real estate developers and even homeowners have embraced condominium living.

Today’s condominiums come in various types and sizes — from multi-storey high rise buildings to mid-rise or mid-level apartment or flat types and from 21 square meters studio units to large 3 bedroom units.

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Condominium living has evolved from luxury to necessity and apart from location and price, it must likewise embody comfort and convenience. With the needs of investors and homeowners in mind, GFL Metro Communities Inc., (GFLMC) has raised the bar in terms of architectural standard with Elements Eco-efficient Residences.

Elements Eco-efficient Residences is redefining lifestyle by being the only condominium in the metro that can boast of eco-efficient and eco-friendly features and amenities that are a cut above the rest.

ANC morning show host and former Ms. Philippines Earth Ginger Conejero explained the reason behind her choice of Elements Eco-efficient Residences not only as an investment but also as her potential home.

Ginger intimated that she chose Elements Eco-efficient Residences for its’ eco-efficient features; such as solar panels, green roofs, LED lights, rainwater catchment, smart controllers and low-flow fixtures. She said that the condo’s property management office, has encouraged recycling as a part of the lifestyle of all the homeowners in the units.

“Caring for the environment is one advocacy that I support and live for”, Ginger remarked. “Thus, it is very important to me that all forms of energy conservation and sustainable living are part of my lifestyle. I am glad that I have found a home that incorporates all of these plus more.”

In addition to these unique and state of the art eco-features of Elements Eco-efficient Residences, Ginger stated that for the homeowners comfort and convenience, it features functional amenities like the sky-garden, where the green roofs are located. She further explained that, “a multi-level hanging garden is incorporated in the midsection of the building to enhance the positive effects of the green roof. Together, the green roof and garden effectively reduce urban air temperatures giving one a cooler and relaxing atmosphere.

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Conejero expressed her excitement on one of the features of Elements Efficient Residence — The CAPITOL CENTER, a commercial area that will house various restaurants and boutiques where one can wine, dine and shop with friends and loved ones. It also has a fitness gym with state-of-the art fitness equipment , resort-style infinity pool with multiple water features including a children’s pool, open air cabanas and an extended wooden deck for peace and relaxation and roof-top lap pool with open air cabanas, viewing deck, and private jacuzzis; and a wellness spa for invigorating massages and sauna steam baths. “How’s that for entertaining family, friends and for enjoying your own personal time right within the comfort of your own home”, she said.

She remarked that other amenities includes: a wifi Lounge – relax in your very own wifi enabled lounge, with dedicated wifi internet access, a function room where residents can host private functions, birthday parties or other events in style, a mini theatre where you can bond with your family and friends while watching a movie or conduct a presentation.
It will likewise have a business center right at your own residential area. “This is ideal for those who work from home or for busy-bodies like me who sometimes have to be on call 24/7, rain or shine”.

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Ginger stressed that Elements Residences is perfect for single people, for couples who are just starting a family and even for small-to medium size families because it is comprised of two 28-storey residential towers with units ranging from 23 square meters one-bedroom unit to 90 square meters three-bedroom units.

On top of these, it is conveniently located on Shaw Blvd., Kapitolyo, Pasig which is just a few minutes away from Manila, Makati, San Juan and Quezon City. The towers are close to shopping areas, schools, hospitals and transportation terminals.

So if you or you know someone who are searching for a place to stay in, please do check Element Residence.

A Call and A Challenge To Conserve Water

When I was in my elementary years, our place was hit by a strong typhoon. We don’t have electricity for almost a week and no drop of water coming out on our faucet and in our neighbor’s faucets. There are no deep well in our place so we have to go to the next barangay to fetched water in the deep well.

Imagine, if you’re so thirsty but when you tried to get water from the faucet, you just squeezed a drop. Can you cook without water? Can you keep a good personal hygiene without water? In short, can you live without water? If you answered NO, then you must act now.

Recent studies showed that the Philippines is facing a water crisis over the next 10 years unless new sources are developed to meet growing demand.

“There is a [Japan International Cooperation Agency] study that says that in 2025 if we will not conserve water, there may be some problems. But of course we can always start conserving now and look for other sources,” said Edgar C. Lopez, Philippine Waterworks Association president.

“Groundwater in the Philippines may be depleted by the year 2050,” a University of the Philippines professor said in a report based on a study that started in 2006.

“The Philippines is one of the countries in Asia Pacific that is facing an imminent water crisis unless steps are immediately undertaken to improve water management,” according to a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The country is facing this unfortunate reality and we are not supposed to ignore it.

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In line with this, a group of communication professionals and graduate students from the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) is pushing a social marketing campaign to encourage the Filipino families in water conservation. They aim to create massive awareness on how important the discipline in water consumption is and what would be the worst scenarios if the Filipinos failed to act now.

The group is also hosting a Conserve Water Challenge 2013, encouraging the participants to share their creativity in presenting water conservation tips and how they implement it in their daily lives to lowered their monthly water bill. A participant can make use of video, photo collage or blogs. The best entry and the one who will proved to have lowered their water bill by applying the water conservation tips they have presented will win P5,000 cash! There are also 10 consolation prizes of P500 worth of water bill. The submission of entries is until September 15, 2013.

For more information about the Conserve Water Challenge 2013, follow them on Facebook: and on Twitter:

Water is Life. Conserve Water NOW before it’s too late.

What A Plumber Do?

So are you planning to build your home in the near future? As we all know, there are things that homeowner should consider. Aside from hiring knowledgeable electrician, homeowners should also consider hiring knowledgeable if not the best plumber in town. I am pretty sure you do not want to encounter problem as soon as you move to your new house just because you hired the wrong plumber. I remember my Aunt whose sink was busted a week after the plumber fix it.

You may wonder what a plumber really does in building your dream house. It is not about digging to secure the pipes or someone that fits to repair the pipes where the water passes through. A professional plumber does complicated jobs. They are the one who install and repair water system, plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets and bathtubs. They also install heater in your bathroom. With the above mentioned that a plumber do don’t be surprised if the plumber you hire has full of tools in his tool box. I remember the husband of a relative, I sometimes see him carrying heavy backpack and tool box. I often wonder why he needs to carry those things, now I know the reason.

Anyway, if you have problem with your sink or water system at home I happen to came across this site that will help you solve all your plumbing problem. All you have to do it visit the site or contact with customer service for inquiries. And since everybody is into social networking these days following them at pexuniverse twitter is a good idea. Saving is what all homeowners are into these days; with this everybody seems to find a solution by searching possible solution or watching diy videos online.

Should you want to know about plumbing? You can visit any links that I’ve provided.

Comfortable Bed To Sleep On

Just recently, while talking to the boyfriend about the future he mentioned that he needs a comfortable bed to sleep on. I am not actually surprised because of his way of living; he has been living comfortably all his life while I came from a simply family in the province. When the boyfriend mention about having a good bed when we are finally together, the first thing that comes to mind is getting a memory mattress.

This type of mattress is not cheap but a friend of a mine guarantee that this foam is made of good quality. How about you? Do you have a comfortable bed to sleep on? The mattress I am using may not be as expensive as the memory mattress but I am certain that is it comfortable.

The Little One Is Eager To Learn..

…how to wash the dishes.

He has been asking me to let him do our dishes but I am not yet convince that it’s the right time I teach him how to do it.
While we were having our dinner he asks me again to let him do the dishes. And, because I feel like he is really interested and eager to learn I give in to his request so I let him do it but I was standing next to him to correct if he is not doing it right. To make the story short, the little one is very proud after he finished doing the dishes. He even asked me to let him do it again tomorrow.

My friend is right; my baby is not a baby anymore. Time flies so fast and before I knew it, he is taller than me, already. At the age of 8 years old his height is already 4”6 and I am only 5”1.

Safety First

At work, our safety is very important. But we could not deny the fact that most of the time safety is often neglected. And, often times its already too late when we realize it. Why neglect our safety when our goal in working it to earn for a living.

Construction work is a type of work that needs proper gear and equipment. So if you’re in this kind of work, whether you are a construction worker or you supervise the construction, you should practice safety. I know you will seldom see a woman in this kind of work but it is not a secret that there are lots of women engineers and architect nowadays.

Are you one of the few who are into construction work? If so, I highly recommend that you wear womens steel toe shoes for your safety.

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