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    How does a new boiler affect your carbon footprint?

    We all want cosy warm houses and hot water on tap, but at what cost? With climate change on top of national and international agendas, reducing our carbon footprint has become something we all need to be aware of. At the rate the climate is changing and the number of species is in decline, we all need to take this seriously and do what we can to minimise our impact.

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    Reducing your carbon footprint at home

    We will all use energy every day in some form or another; it is inevitable. What matters is how conscious we are of the amount of unnecessary energy we waste and how simple behaviour changes can really add up.

    There are many other ways to save energy and, in turn, save money. Making sure your appliances are up to date, reducing the thermostat temperature by one (or more) degrees, installing a smart meter to monitor your energy usage, and using the economy setting to have shorter showers are just a few of many possible examples.

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    For seven more ways you can reduce your carbon footprint at home, see https://www.huffpost.com/entry/7-instant-ways-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint_b_59321992e4b00573ab57a383?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvLnVrLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAIEDcFJU2LpZG97yA07M6Djy5JXd5AMZbYrM9v5-T6LKK_l9yUdCn0vI9MzZyleneemfayV2kgp47bHGjO2LH8fMgRN0zFLh_TRI389AEQ1GhpEL0A8eD5ibhF6VBkxpAIMG0qcUjYqJ7NNMabQSRDyo-oOP1QOn9CsrTaNd3HYM).

    Upgrading appliances

    In many homes, the appliances haven’t been changed for years or possibly decades in some cases, and that means their efficiency will be far from optimal. Switching your washing machine, dishwasher and fridge for A-rated appliances will make sure you are getting the job done in a way that minimises the impact on the environment.

    Our boilers are one of the most significant energy users. Getting people like those from boiler installation Cheltenham to inspect, service or replace your existing boiler will have a significant effect on the energy you use.

    Modern A-rated boilers can be as much as 90% more efficient than older models. This means they run on less energy, reduce your CO2 output and provide you with the heating and hot water you want. To see the latest range of A-rated boilers and learn more about their impact, visit boiler installation Cheltenham.

    It is estimated that if we all swapped out old boilers for an A-rated model, 6.7 million fewer tonnes of CO2 would be released into the atmosphere each year. Just imagine if we all did that and all of the other things within our capabilities.

  • Health

    What Pharmacies Nee to Know About Storing Refrigerated Medical Products

    Patients and healthcare professionals should be able to trust any medicine sold or supplied for purpose.

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    To ensure this assumption can be maintained, medicines must be manufactured in licensed facilities and distributed through licensed wholesalers. At every stage, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) must be followed.

    Distribution

    Assuming manufacturing has been conducted appropriately, the next step is preparing the medicines for distribution.

    Often, products will need to be stored and transported at low temperatures; these are known as “cold chain products”. They must be stored and distributed with strict obedience to labelling requirements, particularly when dealing with ‘high risk’ medications such as vaccines or insulin, as these can freeze if too cold or spoil if too warm.

    It’s not unusual for medical products to be transported through a range of storage locations along their journey. The arrangements from one location to another are treated as an “extension of storage”, so distributors should consider each journey as unique and take the same precautions for each step as for the journey as a whole. In some cases items may be stored on shelving that you can find from used pallet racking Ireland companies and then further down the journey they may be stored on dedicated shelves or even in cold storage of one variety or another.

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    Packaging

    Cold chain items must be packed to ensure correct temperatures are maintained. For small amounts of lower-risk products being transported over a short distance (i.e. a journey time of under three hours), distributors can usually package these in insulated containers. If the journey will be longer, icepacks can be added, although they must be careful not to allow icepacks to touch the medicine.

    For larger volumes refrigerated transport may be required. This is particularly important if the journey may be delayed. Ensuring the correct medical refrigeration is used throughout the journey is vital to safe delivery.

    Delivery

    For pharmacies receiving cold chain items, these must be immediately stored in a refrigerator before checks are made to ensure transportation was completed with appropriate care.

    If the pharmacy cannot confirm products have been transported appropriately, the delivery must be quarantined whilst the supplier is questioned. Until the pharmacy is convinced products are safe, they should not be used or sold.

    Storage

    Pharmacists must ensure medical refrigeration can store products between 2 and 6 degrees C, contains an accurate thermometer, is checked daily and minimum and maximum temperatures are recorded.

    It’s recommended for pharmacies to use purpose-built refrigeration units for medication, especially if handling high-risk products.

  • General

    What do the offices of the future look like?

    Despite the increase in online-only businesses, there will always be a need to receive visitors at your place of work and provide a place for them to make themselves comfortable on arrival.

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    From recruitment agencies to business phone answering services, it’s widely recognised how important first impressions are, not least by making visitors feel valued and welcome. The reception environment is just as important; what visitors see when they walk through the door of your premises for the first time will immediately give them an impression of not just your company, but also of you as an individual.

    Comfort

    Whether they’re suppliers, customers or prospective employees, most of your visitors will spend at least a few minutes in your reception or waiting area, and they most likely will need to be offered a seat. Reception chairs say a lot about the kind of organisation you have. Are they clean? Well maintained? Comfortable? Do they all match?

    Style

    If you’re looking to replace your reception furniture, another aspect to consider is style. Do you want your visitors to sink back in a plush sofa, or do rows of chairs better suit your type of business? Are fabrics more suitable for the placing and purpose of your reception area, or is vinyl or antibacterial seating more appropriate?

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    If your visitors are being offered refreshments while they wait, you may need to think about coffee tables that are appropriate for the height of the seating, or you may need tables where you can display brochures or magazines.

    Designing your reception area isn’t so different in some ways from designing a room in your home in terms of purpose, practicality and comfort. Even if it’s a small, dedicated visitors’ waiting room where you work from home, a couple of smart chairs make all the difference. However, finding the funds for decorating and re-furnishing doesn’t have to be daunting. If you have a large reception area that needs a greater number of chairs, online outlets like Best Buy reception chairs are worth contacting for bulk prices.

    With so many styles to choose from, it’s important to get the impression right. Many office furniture outlets offer designs that are stylish and smart without making too much of an impact on your company’s expenditure.

  • Home

    Cover these home maintenance tips for winter

    The winter months can be a peak time for home emergencies, however, with a little forward planning many common issues can be avoided. Here are our top ten winter home maintenance tips:

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    Prepare for cold weather

    Buy a sack of grit and salt to spread on paths in icy weather. The salt helps ice melt faster and the grit gives you extra traction when walking. Have a snow shovel ready.

    Attend to outdoor maintenance

    Clear gutters of any leaves which have accumulated during autumn. This will help to prevent leaks and damp spots. Tidy away pots and garden furniture.

    Check your roof

    Check your roof for any loose or missing tiles, particularly after storms. Check any flat roof for leaks.

    Stock up on essential supplies

    If bad weather does hit utility supplies can be interrupted and even if you can make it to the shops, delivery difficulties can cause temporary shortages. Have a wind up or battery powered light ready to use in case of a power cut, and have some non-perishable food supplies put to one side.

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    Install or upgrade double glazing windows and doors

    According to the Energy Saving Trust, modern energy efficient double glazing can make a big difference to the comfort of your home, your heating bills and carbon footprint. Check your existing double glazing units for broken seals and call in a double glazing company to replace any broken units. If you do not already have double glazing, make installing it this winter a priority. In Worcester double glazing is available from firms such as https://www.firmfix.co.uk/.

    Inspect outdoor lighting

    The long winter nights leave us more reliant on outdoor lighting. Check that all is in working order and replace any broken bulbs.

    Insulate pipework

    Insulate outdoor taps and any pipes close to the exterior of your property to avoid burst pipes and leaks.

    Store outdoor tools

    Clean and put away any gardening tools so that they are ready to use in the spring. A coating of oil will help to prevent rust.

    Service heating

    Have your heating system serviced to ensure optimum performance during cold weather.

    Have chimneys swept

    If you use your fireplace make sure that you have your chimney swept to clear away soot and debris before lighting the first fire of the season.