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Use nature to clean indoor air

Use nature to clean indoor air
News from Washington Times:

CHICAGO October 27, 2012 - Prior to the energy crisis during the 1970s, we lived and worked in places that leaked air incessantly. The air inside homes and buildings remained only an hour or two before finding itself back outside. This was good for our health but bad for energy costs so we began insulating and caulking walls, roofs, windows, and any suspicious looking crevices.  

Energy consumption dropped but so did the quality of our indoor air. Now, inside air sticks around for five or more hours before escaping. The trapped air picks up contaminants from electronics, carpets, furniture, and cleaning solvents. These toxins float about with the dust motes until we inhale them.  

The simplest and most beautiful solution to this problem is bringing nature indoors. Plants are extremely effective air cleaners thanks to photosynthesis. Any pollutants hang gliding about a room are absorbed during photosynthesis, washing the air. 

TIP: NASA researchers suggest that one potted plant per 100 square feet of space will do an excellent job of filtering indoor air. That means about 15 to 20 plants will keep the air fresh in an 1800 square foot home. 

Photosynthesis Refresher continues on Washington Times

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Tips on preparing for East Coast superstorm
News from The Hour:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers tips on how to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and other tropical storms. Sandy is expected to be especially disastrous when it merges with a winter storm system, bringing powerful winds, rain, snow and storm surge along the Eastern Seaboard.

Before the hurricane:

– Know your surroundings and whether your home is in a flood prone area. Determine where you would go — and how you would get there — if you were ordered to evacuate

– Cover your home’s windows, either with permanent storm shutters or marine plywood at least 5/8 of an inch thick

– Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed

– Clear clogged rain gutters

– Secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, trash cans and anything else that could blow away.

– Install a generator for emergencies


– Listen to the radio or TV for information

– Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors

– Turn off propane tanks

– Avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies

– Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water

– Stay indoors during the hurricane…………… continues on The Hour

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