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Research Headstart: Houseplants That Filter, Clean & Purify Indoor Air

Posted by kristobaldude on January 1, 2013

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Research Headstart: Houseplants That Filter, Clean & Purify Indoor Air

Logo: Air Cleaining House Plants - by Kristobaldude Designs (c) 2013

I created the “Research Headstart” feature to hopefully save you some time on certain research topics. Unfortunately, I’m just one person and don’t always have the resources to write all the articles I want to. Some of these future possible articles I’ve already done the research for, however.

That’s where Research Headstart comes in. Each post in this series represents at least one hour or more of time spent researching culling and gleaning to weed out less useful articles from the premium information. Thus, by taking 5 minutes to review the links I’ve provided for you, you theoretically will have an extra free hour (or more) to do other things that are important to you. I hope the links I provide will offer you the headstart you need to find information, answer a burning question, or write a great article. A mention of this post as a source is appreciated.

Just a few of the amazing houseplants that will help to purify your air indoors!

Boston Fern

Boston Fern

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Baby Rubber Plant

Baby Rubber Plant

Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid

Gerber daisy

Gerber daisy

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

Marginata

Marginata

Parlour Palm

Parlour Palm

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

– Kristobalude (01/01/13)

BATCH 1:

  1. http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/best-air-filtering-houseplants-according-to-nasa
  2. http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h110indoorair.html
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_air-filtering_plants
  4. http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/types-of-houseplants.html
  5. http://www.cleanairgardening.com/houseplants.html
  6. http://www.balconycontainergardening.com/
  7. https://www.google.com/search?q=air+filtering+houseplants&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=6gV&tbo=d&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&source=lnt&tbs=isz:l&sa=X&ei=bFnjUO6kDML1iwL0roGQAw&ved=0CCYQpwUoAQ&biw=1256&bih=715 (image search)
  8. http://hihort.blogspot.com/2012/06/breathe-easy-plants-clean-air.html
  9. http://theborrowedabode.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/live-a-little/
  10. https://mycotopia.net/forums/back-land/52109-g-y-o-fresh-air-grow-your-own-3-common-houseplants-clean-your-air.html

BATCH 2:

  1. http://blog.wormsway.com/post/Indoor-Plants-Purify-Air.aspx
  2. http://sroygharonda.blogspot.com/2011/07/meet-houseplants.html
  3. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/
  4. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/improve-the-air-in-your-home/
  5. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/best-houseplants-for-your-apartment/
  6. http://blogs.babble.com/being-pregnant/2012/07/10/the-top-10-most-air-purifying-house-plants/#bamboo-palm
  7. http://www.pernellgerver.com/bostonfern.htm (shop)
  8. https://www.google.com/search?q=plants+that+clean+indoor+air&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a (my original google search)
  9. http://hihort.blogspot.com/2012/06/breathe-easy-plants-clean-air.html
  10. http://theborrowedabode.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/live-a-little/

BATCH 3:

  1. https://mycotopia.net/forums/back-land/52109-g-y-o-fresh-air-grow-your-own-3-common-houseplants-clean-your-air.html
  2. http://blog.wormsway.com/post/Indoor-Plants-Purify-Air.aspx
  3. http://sroygharonda.blogspot.com/2011/07/meet-houseplants.html
  4. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/
  5. http://www.bhg.com/gardening/houseplants/care/improve-the-air-in-your-home/
  6. http://www.apartmentguide.com/blog/best-houseplants-for-your-apartment/
  7. http://witandwhistle.com/2012/09/25/house-plant-identification/
  8. http://rawedibleplants.blogspot.com/2012/02/aloe-vera-aloe-barbadensis-or-aloe-vera.html
  9. http://www.lighthome.com.au/green-building-blog/healthy-homes-plants-are-a-lifeline
  10. http://whatsurhomestory.com/indoor-plants-that-you-just-cant-kill/

BATCH 4:

  1. http://lawnpatiobarn.wordpress.com/page/26/
  2. http://plantsarethestrangestpeople.blogspot.com/2010/05/list-easy-attractive-houseplants-for.html
  3. http://inhabitat.com/7-indoor-plants-that-purify-the-air-around-you-naturally/peace-lilies/
  4. http://www.proplants.com/guide/peace-lily-plant-care-guide (shop)
  5. http://gardening.about.com/od/specifichouseplants/p/Pothos.htm
  6. http://www.wnyalive.com/indoor/pothos_golden.htm
  7. http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/air-quality/news-10-fabulous-houseplants-absorbs-indoor-pollution
  8. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/b592/dracaena-marginata.aspx
  9. http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/air-quality/news-10-fabulous-houseplants-absorbs-indoor-pollution?image=9
  10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philodendron

BATCH 5:

  1. http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week334.shtml
  2. http://www.homeandgardenideas.com/gardening/indoor-gardens/planting/buying-cheap-indoor-plants
  3. http://www.homeandgardenideas.com/gardening/indoor-gardens/planting/best-indoor-plants-wholesale-prices
  4. http://www.homeandgardenideas.com/gardening/indoor-gardens/planting/how-build-herb-garden-your-apartments-balcony
  5. http://community.homedepot.com/t5/Garden-Club-Plants-Vegetables/Houseplants-Natural-and-Beautiful-Air-Purifiers/td-p/38803
  6. http://www.google.com/search?q=how+much+do+house+plants+cost&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enUS432US432&aq=0&oq=how+much+do+houseplan&sugexp=chrome,mod=14&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=how+much+do+house+plants+cost&hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enUS432US432&source=lnt&tbs=qdr:y&sa=X&ei=TBviUPCwIMWEjAKpjoGABw&ved=0CCAQpwUoBQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.cGE&fp=75746be565b0cb2f&bpcl=40096503&biw=1152&bih=719
  7. http://www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/my-2-favorite-indoor-plants.html
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Research Headstart: Feng Shui, Feng Shui in Small Apartments

Posted by kristobaldude on December 11, 2012

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Research Headstart: Feng Shui, Feng Shui in Small Apartments

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feng shui hogar

I created the “Reasearch Headstart” feature to hopefully save you some time on certain research topics. Unfortunately, I’m just one person and don’t always have the resources to write all the articles I want to. Some of these future possible articles I’ve already done the research for, however.

feng shui bagua compass

That’s where Research Headstart comes in. Each post in this series represents at least one hour or more of time spent researching culling and gleaning to weed out less useful articles from the premium information. Thus, by taking 5 minutes to review the links I’ve provided for you, you theoretically will have an extra free hour (or more) to do other things that are important to you. I hope the links I provide will offer you the headstart you need to find information, answer a burning question, or write a great article. A mention of this post as a source is appreciated.

feng shui floorplan

– Kristobalude (12/11/12)

BATCH 1:

  1. Top Ten Feng Shui Tips from Elizabeth Chamberlain (YouTube)
  2. Feng Shui in a Studio or Bachelor Apartment – How To Apply Feng Shui in a Small Apartment (About.com)
  3. Feng Shui Tips for Clutter Clearing – Use Feng Shui for Better Energy (About.com)
  4. What is Space Clearing? (About.com)
  5. How To Feng Shui Your Home Office – 6 basic feng shui tips to create a good feng shui home office (About.com)
  6. Free Feng Shui Video Tips for a Better Home (About.com)
  7. How Do I Take the Feng Shui Compass Reading in an Apartment Building? (About.com)
  8. How To Define Your Feng Shui BAGUA Video and Tips (About.com)
  9. Feng Shui Palace | feng shui 101 | elements (FengShuiPalace.com)

BATCH 2:

  1. http://www.thespiritualfengshui.com/feng-shui-bagua.php
  2. http://goproductionsla.com/blog/feng-shui-for-dummies/
  3. http://www.kenlauher.com/feng-shui-tips/bid/5844/How-To-Use-The-Feng-Shui-BaGua-To-Analyze-Your-Space
  4. http://www.fengshuimall.com/feng-shui-bagua
  5. http://cocreatingourreality.com/group/manifestingfengshui
  6. http://www.extraordinary4life.com/feng-shui.htm
  7. http://www.fengshuiinsideout.com/feng-shui/feng-shui-basics/
  8. http://fengshuiforreallife.com/basics/index.html
  9. http://www.feng-shui-tips-for-wealth.com/feng-shui-bagua-chart.html
  10. http://www.chimachine4u.com/soqi-news6.html
  11. http://fawnachang.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/basic-feng-shui-tool-the-bagua-map/
  12. http://feelgoodinyourspace.com/2012/01/17/2012-the-year-of-the-dragon/

BATCH 3:

  1. http://openspacesfengshui.com/feng-shui-tips/2009/11/your-entryway-paint-it-black/
  2. http://fungshway.com/clear/bagua.shtm
  3. http://people.howstuffworks.com/feng-shui4.htm
  4. http://www.empoweringstyle.com/feng-shui-bagua.html
  5. http://www.feng-shui-vibes.com/feng-shui-bagua-map.html
  6. http://fengshui.about.com/od/thebasics/qt/btb-feng-shui-bagua.htm
  7. http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?msg=552.1&nav=messages&webtag=ab-fengshui
  8. http://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/qt/feng_shui_symbols.htm
  9. http://fengshui.about.com/od/mainconcepts/tp/Feng-Shui-Bagua-Guide.htm

BATCH 4:

  1. http://fengshui.about.com/od/thebasics/g/feng_shui_bagua_missing_areas.htm
  2. http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/feng-shui-bagua-map.html
  3. http://lunafengshui.com/
  4. http://openspacesfengshui.com/feng-shui-tips/2010/01/feng-shui-bagua-map/residential-bagua-map-2012/
  5. http://www.fengshuiforus.com/feng-shui-bagua-map.html#Anchor-Ba-Gua-49575
  6. http://www.lucky-feng-shui-for-life-and-love.com/ba-gua.html
  7. http://www.fengshuiform.com/bagua.htm
  8. http://www.oneblondesramblings.com/2011/01/feng-shui-or-gut-feeling/
  9. http://homeandlifedesign.com/tag/feng-shui-bagua/
  10. http://kellywhetstone.com/feng-shui-bagua/
  11. http://openspacesfengshui.com/feng-shui-tips/2010/01/feng-shui-bagua-map/

 BATCH 5:

  1. http://www.kenlauher.com/feng-shui-tips/bid/33461/Feng-Shui-Floor-Plan-How-The-Floor-Plan-of-Your-Home-Could-Be-Holding-You-Back
  2. http://www.fengshuiparadigms.com/fengshui.htm
  3. http://www.lisisoft.com/tools/feng-shui-bagua.html
  4. http://inspiredwayfengshui.com/feng-shui-tools/
  5. http://fengshui.about.com/od/usesoffengshui/ig/feng-shui-videos-hub/Define-Your-Home-Bagua.htm
  6. http://www.sandiegates.com/
  7. http://www.fengshuidana.com/2012/11/08/feng-shui-q-a-missing-the-love-area-of-my-home/
  8. http://www.fengshuidana.com/2012/09/04/love-feng-shui-q-a-the-warrior-woman-picture/
  9. http://www.baguacrystals.com/feng_shui_bagua_crystals/angel_chi_crystal.html

BATCH 6:

  1. http://www.nutters.com/fengshui.html
  2. http://www.lovingfengshui.com/html/ba_gua.html
  3. http://www.fengshuiforus.com/feng-shui-cures.html
  4. http://transformingspace.com/services/feng-shui
  5. http://irislebow.hubpages.com/hub/Feng-Shui-and-the-Bagua-An-Introduction
  6. http://www.metaphysics-for-life.com/feng-shui-in-the-home.html
  7. http://www.ifsguild.org/Home.php
  8. http://www.feng-shui-institute.org/fengshuiscience.htm
  9. http://www.youtube.com/heartcompass
  10. http://www.fengshui-spastlucia.com/

BATCH 7:

  1. http://fengshui.happyhomezone.com/bagua/
  2. http://fengshuils.com/feng-shui-tips/feng-shui-bagua/
  3. http://www.dalailina.com/2010/04/house-cleansing-with-feng-shui/
  4. http://www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com/feng-shui-desk.html
  5. http://www.the-feng-shui-secret.com/Feng_Shui/Bagua.htm
  6. http://pinterest.com/source/feng-shui-and-beyond.com/
  7. http://newamericanvillage.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html
  8. http://flyingstarfengshui.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/feng-shui-bagua/

BATCH 8:

  1. http://feng-shui.lovetoknow.com/Bagua_Map_for_Each_Room
  2. http://www.fengshuidana.com/2012/03/29/feng-shui-qa-what-is-the-right-way-to-use-the-bagua-map/

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10 Ways to Customize a Rental | Apartment Therapy

Posted by kristobaldude on October 3, 2012

10 Ways to Customize a Rental | Apartment Therapy

via 10 Ways to Customize a Rental | Apartment Therapy.

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A Renters Insurance Comparison Guide

Posted by kristobaldude on September 21, 2012

yellow high-rise apartment

After comparing a few quotes, you will find that most renters insurance companies base their premiums on the type and amount of protection you opt for. In other words, a basic renters insurance policy with a low cash-out value will cost you the least, but it will also offer you little in terms of compensation.Even if you find a renters insurance policy with coverage that includes acts of nature, be aware that there are several other types of coverage that would not be included if a disaster were to occur:

  • If you live in close proximity to an airport or military base, damage to your property by way of a wayward aircraft or falling objects would not be covered by this type of policy.
  • Mechanical failure of your heating and plumbing systems, or any structural failures would also not be deemed as an act of nature.
  • Typically, even flooding by itself would not be covered.

To figure out what type of renters insurance policy you need, you will have to evaluate your particular lifestyle, living situation and extraneous factors. If you live in a townhouse or row house, the actions of your neighbors can have damaging results. Fire and smoke damage to your belongings can occur by way of another person’s action. If you live on the first floor on a high-traffic road, opting for renters insurance with a provision for out of control vehicles may also be something you want to consider.

… (Read more here: A Renters Insurance Comparison Guide.)

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Living in an RV travel trailer full time, a few things to consider | RV Forum, for RV Travel and RV Camping

Posted by kristobaldude on April 19, 2012

Living in an RV travel trailer full time, a few things to consider | RV Forum, for RV Travel and RV Camping.

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How To Lower Your Natural Gas (Energy) Bill In Winter.

Posted by kristobaldude on June 4, 2010

Lower Your Heating Bills!

Lower Your Heating Bills!

Reducing Home Heating Costs:

  1. Lowering thermostat by just one degree in winter can reduce heating energy costs by 4%Seal leaks and add proper insulation – Only 20% of homes built before 1980 are well insulated (ergo, most homes were not very well insulated before 1980 and perhaps still aren’t).
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  3. Set programmable thermostat to 58 degrees at least 8 hrs a day (i.e.: while you are at work or sleeping)
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  5. Close fireplace dampers to prevent warm air from escaping
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  7. Bath and exhaust fans can suck out a houseful of warm air in only 1 hour! Turn off fans as soon after 15-20 minutes
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  9. Open curtains on south-facing windows during the day
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  11. Use trees strategically planted
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  13. Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season (fall-winter-spring).
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  15. Use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor, since it will naturally rise and fill the room.
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  17. Make sure your furnace receives a professional “tune-up” each year
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  19. Installing storm windows, or plastic film over single pane windows can save $50 to $125 per year.
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Source: Alliant Energy – Personal Energy Usuage Report for Winter 2008

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