Members were encouraged not to engage in any work stoppage by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). Upset over hiring practices that have reduced the number of stevedores (people employed at a dock to load and unload cargo from ships) in some of the nation’s major ports, workers were set to strike. An emergency meeting between the ILA and Congress has momentarily cooled the issue and hopefully a resolution can be found without further union action.
(World Maritime News)
It is February and with spring around the corner here is a list of 10 things to help you declutter your garage.
- Old paint
- Unused sporting equipment
- Duplicate tools
- Motor oil
- Unfinished projects
- Newspapers, magazines, catalogs
- Anything for which you have no clue what it is or how it got there
(Realtor.com; by Julie Ryan Evans)
On January 23 the European council adopted new rules for ports. They are designed to create financial transparency and make the port services market more accessible to new providers. These new rules should start being enforce by April 2017.
(World Maritime News)
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Energy Efficient Updates
Whether it was built in the 19th century or constructed in the last few months to your precise specs, no home is ever truly finished. Never has this been more true than it is today, when state-of-the-art developments in construction methods and home appliances are helping to make homes more energy efficient. Here are just a few suggested top energy efficient updates available that you can perform on your home.
Caulk It Up
A caulk gun is a cheap and easy way of making your home energy efficient that doesn’t require any fancy appliance upgrades. All you have to do is spot a crack and fill it up. Weather stripping is another addition that, when placed around doors and windows, can cut back significantly on the amount of cold air that seeps in your home during the winter or hot air that creeps in during summer.
Take a Peek in the Attic
If you’re moving into a brand-new home, you may not need to reinsulate the attic. But if your relocation has found you in a home that’s been lived in for some time, one of the first things you should do is check the attic for the amount of insulation you’ve got. Hiring a professional to blow another few inches of insulation into your attic could make a huge difference in keeping the warm air in and the cold air out during winter… or vice versa during the dog days of summer.
If the home you’re moving into was built prior to 1994, there’s a good chance that your toilets could be out of date. Installing a low-flow toilet can decrease your water bills significantly. Also, upgrading your home’s faucet fixtures can make a sizable dent in lowering your water consumption.
Upgrade Your Appliances
You don’t have to sink a fortune into solar panels on the roof of your home to perform green home updates. If you have a traditional water heater, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. This will decrease your overall carbon footprint, provide you with hot water on demand and lower your yearly energy bill by as much as 25 percent. You can also do away with older versions of your refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer combos in exchange for models that are even more energy efficient than the top-of-the-line Energy Star appliances of yesterday.
If you’re not sure where you stand with respect to the energy efficiency of your home but you want to cut back on your emissions and save yourself a wad of money in the process, consider having an energy audit performed. This involves having a professional come to your home to perform a number of tests, after which they’ll tell you exactly where you’re wasting energy and what you can do to improve your circumstance. Contact your local energy company to ask them if they perform home energy audits. If not, they may at least be able to recommend a professional in your area.
(World Maritime News)
Moving into a new house can be an exciting time. We have some expert unpacking and moving tips that will help you get settled quickly.
Call your new utility companies to set up services the day before you expect to move in. The first few days in your new home will be much more comfortable if you have electricity, water and heating or air conditioning!
Develop a plan for where you would like to have your furniture placed in the home, even if it’s a simple drawing. This will save you the trouble of moving furniture by yourself after your movers depart.
Start with a fresh palette by cleaning your new home before the movers arrive.
Be prepared to pay your driver for the moving services. Depending on the company you hire, accepted forms of payment could include cash, traveler’s check, money order, cashier’s check or even pre-payment via credit card.
If you can, have two people in the new home on move-in day. One person can make sure everything from your inventory list is unloaded and the other can tell the movers where you would like the items placed.
Check items off the inventory list as they are unloaded from the truck. If you discover that anything is missing, contact a customer service representative at the moving company right away.
Consider hiring a babysitter if you have small children in the house and put pets somewhere where they will be safe and out of the way.
Keep in mind that many moving companies will offer additional services for a separate charge, including electronics installation and unpacking.
(source: United Van Lines)
Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.
While the holidays are a characteristically joyous time of year, they can also be hazardous if simple safety precautions aren’t followed. Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season.
- Do not use electronic near water
- Never sleep with electronics under your pillow
- Keep batteries safely stored in their packaging they can be deadly if swallowed
- Do not leave space heaters unattended when in use
- Keep decorations at least 3 feet away from any open flame
- Never play with fire
- Do not run cords under carpets, rugs, furniture, or out of windows
- Do not overload outlets
- Sometimes less is more be careful not to over decorate
- Always turn off decorations when you’re sleeping or leaving your home
- Inspect all decorations and discard any that are damaged or worn
- Keep your natural Christmas tree hydrated and water it daily
(Source: United Van Lines)