Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer Transportation

As the weather begins to heat up, so does the prices on gasoline and transportation. Families are going on road trips and everyone is booking a vacation of some kind. Teenagers are frequenting the malls at a much higher rate than while in school season. So what are some ideas on how to offset the high energy costs?

Simply put: use your feet. Remember those days in summer where you'd walk or bike to your neighbor's house? Or make it a day trip up to the park? As a kid growing up without an older brother or friend to drive me around, I was left with few options and biked everywhere. My grandmother, who came from a foreign country and was scared stiff at the idea of operating her own vehicle, had spent over 40 years in America without a car. As she was my caretaker most of my childhood, I realized the importance and thriftiness of using public transportation and walking.

I took that mentality through high school, through college, and so forth. I had a car for a brief time while 60 miles away from home, in college, but I soon stopped using it and took the bus. It was not only because my car was not in its best shape, but it was cheaper, too (especially in the summers, talk about a $2 ride versus the gas I burn). What's even better is that these alternative modes of transportation has always been tried and true. Walking and biking are forms of some exercise, so I am still as healthy as I was in my youth. I can still run up a flight of stairs like a 5 year-old without losing my breath, and happily stroll for hours on end.

It is true that where I live (southern California), public transportation isn't exactly the best thing around. Some people may moan and grope about walking on a hot summer's day but my grandma used to simply take out her black umbrella and shield me from the sweltering glare. I was really embarrassed about it at first but after seeing 5 sweaty, miserable kids walk past me I realized how dry, cool, and comfortable I was. Not to mention that my grandmother came from a hot country, so I should trust her practices.

I remember taking the train up to LA and passing by hundreds of cars from the 5, even if we were only going 50 miles per hour. Although taking the train or bus requires some planning, that's exactly the point of saving yourself a few bus and the headaches of traffic. Let's start walking!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Southern California’s Air Proves to be as Dirty as it is Expensive.

A recent report has shown that 28 billion annually in health-related costs is attributed to poor air quality. Both San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles are the prime culprits in this case. Both regions rank among the nations dirtiest air. Because of poor air quality the report found that there is an increase in health problems and the costs that go along with them. From missed work days because of longer sicknesses, to increased respiratory troubles to premature deaths, these figures add up to cost the state, employers and the average person a pretty penny.

One of the main culprits is the emissions from fossil fuels. Jane Hall, an economics professor at Cal State Fullerton who worked on the report states that a lot of these problems can be reduced by merely reducing combustion of fossil and diesel fuels in these areas. More energy efficient cars and better public transportation will aid in keeping pollution levels low.

So what exactly is the general cost of these air pollutions? Well in the Los Angeles area, the cost of health problems for the average citizens is $1,250 and $1,600 if you life in the San Joaquin Valley. One of the reasons of the lower cost in the Los Angeles area is because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The constant air circulation from the ocean pushes the pollution east. The San Joaquin Valley’s air pollution is trapped by mountains that keep harmful emissions in.

What We Recommend:
Luckily there are air purification units that can keep you and your family safe from these harmful factors. Air purification units differ and vary and it is important to find one that fits your needs best.

If you life in the Southern California area, or any other city with high air pollution we recommend the Airgle 750. Prevent damaging health effects and keep your medical bill low with a high quality air purifier. The Airgle 750 is ultra-quiet and super powerful to keep you breathing easy.

The Airgle 750 has received the highest Clean Air Deliver Rate or CADR out of 159 leading air purifiers. To achieve this high honor it uses a 12 step filtration process to leave the air super clean removing 99.97% of all pollutants from the air you breathe.

It is extremely easy to operate and offers both manual and remote control. The LCD control panel is a breeze to use and alerts you when the filter needs to be replaced. The Airgle 750 is extremely green as well. It uses a low power output and is made from environmentally safe material. The activated carbon filters removes troublesome odors and its optional aromatherapy, leaves pleasant smells in its wake.

Its petite and light weight allowing for you to place it easily in any room. It offers 5 speeds and has timer and a great light sensor mode. The Airgle 750 has everything you could want in an air purifier and will help protect you from polluted air, especially if you live in an area that is troubled with bad air pollution.

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