Saturday, August 7, 2010

Refrigerator Energy Saving Tips

Refrigerator is the most commonly used appliance in our household and nowadays it is safe to say that every household have at least one refrigerator. It has been tallied as one of household’s highest electricity consumer. Maximizing the use of one’s refrigerator can lessen one’s electric consumption which can save you money and at the same time help the environment in its fight against pollution.

Here are a few refrigerator electricity saving tips:

1. It is wise to position the refrigerator away from direct sunlight or appliances that emulate heat (oven, stove and etc.).

2. Set the temperature of the fridge to 36° – 40° F and freezer to 0° - 5° F. It is unnecessary to set the temperature lower, since it will just use more electricity by as much as 20 – 25%.

3. Avoid having an empty refrigerator as the motor tend to keep running as there is nothing to hold the cold they generate. Put a couple of containers filled with water to remedy this situation.

4. Allow hot foods to cool first before storing it inside the refrigerator.

5. On a regular basis defrost manual frost freezers when the ice build-up to over ¼ inch. Since it works harder and thus consume more electricity.

6. Keep food covered when stored inside the refrigerator.

7. Fix if door seal damage (rubber or magnetic strip) since cold air will escapes and this make refrigerator work harder and thus consume more electricity.

8. Thawing frozen foods in the fridge helps cool the fridge as they defrost.

9. Keep freezer full but not overloaded. Just give at least 1 inch of space around for air to circulate.

By putting electricity saving tips in practice, we are doing our part as an individual in fight pollution that benefit everybody at the same time save money that will benefit us.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Another amazing article that I found useful that I would like to share.  Recently I am researching about the effect of Vitamin B12 Deficiency and have found this article from Testcountry that I would like to share. Kudos to the guys who manage to give informative health related article ... Thanks

Vitamin B12 is responsible for much in the body and never is that more apparent than when you become B12 deficient. It is vitally important in the process of DNA synthesis and even has a role in neurological function. In order for the body to process B12 properly, you need to have several organs functioning in perfect harmony including the pancreas, stomach, small intestine and intrinsic factor.
In fact, the most common result of such a deficiency is a form of anemia that is specifically caused by a lack of B12. The number of red blood cells in the body drop because of the deficient B12 levels.
B12 deficiency can be caused by several things including:
  • Alcoholism
  • A lack of meat, eggs and dairy in the diet
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • An inability to absorb nutrients properly
  • Tape worm
  • A lack of intrinsic factor
While a vitamin deficiency does not sound all that serious, it really can be. The signs and symptoms along can be cause for alarm. Some common signs of this problem include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness of the extremities
  • Sore mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Cessation of menstruation
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Anemia
  • Nervousness
  • Behavioral changes
  • Enlarged mucus membranes
Yes, those are a lot of signs and symptoms. If you have a combination of the above, you should really see your doctor right away. Studies have shown that B12 deficiency can even cause nerve damage.
It can be a scary thought to one day learn that you are seriously lacking this vitamin to the point where it is adversely affecting your health. If it turns out that you are suffering from anemia caused by a lack of B12, you will most likely be treated with B12 injections and then later on weaned off of these shots to be replaced by a balance diet. If, however, you have something called pernicious anemia, you will more than likely need B12 injections for the rest of your life.
A lack of vitamin B12 can reek havoc on your body, not to mention your mind. However, with an acute awareness of your own body and proper treatment, you should be just fine.