Month: April 2015

Global electronic waste in 2014 worth 52 billion

The amount of electronic waste generated in the year 2014 is said to be worth nearly 52 billion dollars. About 60% of this waste is from common household appliances.  The amount of electronic waste,  contained an estimated 16,500 kilotons of iron, 1,900 kilotons of copper, 300 tons of gold, and ample supplies of silver, aluminum and other valuable resources. “Worldwide, e-waste constitutes a valuable ‘urban mine’ — a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials. At the same time, the hazardous content of e-waste constitutes a ‘toxic mine’ that must be managed with extreme care,” United Nations Under-Secretary-General David Malone, Rector of United Nations University, said. Continue Reading

The Science of Loading Your Dishwasher

A new study takes a look at how to properly load your dishwasher and it turns out we’ve been doing it all wrong.  Heck, even your dishwasher’s owners manual has got it all wrong.  So what’s the deal and what’s the best way to load your machine?  According to the study published in Chemical Engineering Journal, correctly loading your dishwasher has more to do with what’s on the individual dishes, than whether said dish is a bowl, plate, cup etc. Continue Reading

Is your Ice Maker Ready for Spring?

Spring is finally here in Cincinnati! The flowering trees are starting to bloom and the afternoons are warm enough to inspire an ice cold drink. Remember to check and or change the filter for your refrigerator’s ice maker and water spout. Water filters should generally be changed at least every 6 months. For most models of refrigerators , you’ll be able to find the specific filter needed on a sticker inside the door. If you’re having trouble finding which filter you need you can just Google your refrigerator’s models number with the phrase “water filter” and a variety of results will lead you in the right direction.  Continue Reading

Washing Machines That Order Detergent From Amazon

When Amazon announced a button that could be used to reorder your toilet paper right from your bathroom, the second you notice you are running low on April 1st 2015, many consumer’s thought it was an April Fool’s joke. Humorous as the idea may be, it was no joke. Amazon is continuing to roll out it’s dash button pilot program that allows customers to reorder common items with the push of a single button.  Continue Reading

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