Eco Friendly Home

Making an Eco Friendly Home

With the seemingly uncontrolled population growth especially among third world countries, making an eco friendly home is far fetched. Their houses are usually small in sizes and do not have enough space for all the family members. Highly progressive countries may have larger homes and bigger land space but are not necessarily be eco-friendly.

First to consider in making your home eco friendly is the quality of air that you breathe inside your homes. Studies have shown that air inside the homes can be more seriously polluted than the air outside. Larger homes may not necessarily be healthier for families. More often than not our houses and apartments have become more energy efficient and airtight where humidity levels from cooking and our increased breathing cause mildew and mold to grow inside our homes. Odors from cleaning products, paints, carpets, curtains and other construction materials have the tendency to combine with these contaminants thereby polluting the air that we take in.

To have fresher and cleaner air inside our homes, we should have more windows where air can easily circulate in and out of our house. Avoid furniture or other items block the passage of air at our window. Interior of houses should always be cleaned. If possible avoid using carpets and heavy curtains. Light material curtain will allow air to pass thru our windows.  Wooden or tiled floors that are polished and clean are better than those with carpets.

Chemicals and other toxic cleaning materials should be kept in sealed containers. Drops or leaks may pollute the air and endanger the lives of people living the houses.  If possible, cooking area should be well ventilated. If the kitchen is small, ah exhaust maybe installed. Also, avoid burning food when cooking as it adds to the pollution of air and the smell will be difficult to eradicate inside the house. Use green cleaning products instead of those with harmful chemicals.

Another way of having eco friendly home is to use green building materials for your construction, repair or remodeling. Green building materials are available online. The manufacturers of these green construction materials offer do-it-yourself products which will help you do minor repairs at your homes.

Other simple ways of making eco friendly home is replacing your incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient compact fluorescents available in different sizes, wattage and designs. You can also switch from the conventional hot water heaters to solar hot water heaters. Savings can also be done in your bathrooms. You can replace traditional showerheads and toilets with pressurized low-flow alternative where you can save gallons of water per day while reducing your utility bills. For homes with gardens and backyards, capturing rainwater for watering the garden and cleaning porches is a practical way of saving water.

One strategy for energy efficiency in making eco friendly homes is the use of passive solar building design often used in low-energy houses. Designers orient windows and walls and place awnings, porches, and trees to shade windows and roofs during the summer while maximizing solar gain in the winter. There are plenty of ways in making your home eco friendly, choose the best way that will be most beneficial to you and the environment.

Spray On Tan Booth- A Summer Option To Quick Bronzing

Have you ever tried the spray on tan booth? If not, then you are really missing out something. Summer is around and the urge to get the beautiful golden tan is getting stronger. The problem we all are aware of is that it can be somewhat dangerous to actually go for a direct suntan. No worries when you have spray tanning booths ready with you.

The very modern and innovative spray on tan booths provides a unique option helping you get a desired summer tan. Isn’t that interesting? You get your summer tan while avoiding the health risks. With the rising demand of faux-tanning, most self-tanning service providers have come up with innovative ways to create stunning color, avoiding error during the application.

What is spray on tan booth?

Spray on tan booth is used to apply a finely even layer of non-toxic substance on your skin. This substance reacts and turns your skin color into a deep golden brown. Spray tanning booths provide an artificial suntan that can last 10 days long. Normally, the tan remains 7 to 10 days on an average. So it’s a great idea for that special occasions like a graduation or a wedding to oomph your physical beauty.

Spray on tan booth- How it benefits?

It is for sure that use of spray on tan booths is completely safe and very much affordable as well. If you wish to continue with your new skin color for the entire summer then you have to simply book suitable appointments to get the application reinstated.

In the entire United States, faux-tanning has grown to be a big and popular business. Faux-tanning produces more than $2 billion sales each year. The introduction of the spray on tan booths have sky rocketed the sales with this full-proof results.

In the tanning salon market of today, a spray on tan booth has emerged to be a fantastic addition that it worth a try. If you really want to perfectly custom color yourself that can only result from a self-tanner, then you need to try this alternative.

The spray on tanning booth is similar to any tanning bed. Most of the spray booths of today are available in the free-standing tanning spas and saloons. These booths are specifically designed similar to any normal stand-up shower. You even get small spray valves, which are strategically established in the 360 degree rotation enabling the full body application.

Where to look for some high-tech spray tanning booth?

Today, you will find more than 860 salons all over the US, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Spain and Canada, providing the best-known tanning options available. However, it will be important on your part to check with the rates as it can vary from one salon to another. Some of the salons include many tanning booths that can be helpful in the peak times and if you often find yourself short of time.

Spray on tan booth is a wonderful alternative in itself. If you are seeking for a consistent tanning product offering fitting skin color, then spray on tan booth should be your choice. So get your basic glow now.

Toyota Corolla Vs Honda Civic

The Corolla and Civic have been two of the best selling cars in the United States since they were introduced in the 1970’s.  These were always the entry level vehicles for these two car manufactures, but have grown up a little bit over the years. They are now both consider mid size cars. It is rumored that this is going to change though. With gas prices not getting any low and the EPA mandating a average fleet fuel rating of 30mpg, you are going to see cars like this getting back to there roots and getting a little bit smaller.


What is the price of these vehicles?

The Corolla is going to start off at $15,350  and top out around $20,000. A Civic will have the same starting price, but can go up to around $25,000 if you are counting the fully loaded Si Sport model that has 197hp and a navigation system.


What is the 0 – 60mph rating on these two vehicles?

The Civic Si with the 2L 197hp engine have 0 – 60 rating of 6.7 seconds. A regular Civic is rated at 7.7 seconds. The Corolla, which does not have a sport model per say, gets 7.9 seconds at its best run.


What are the fuel rating for these cars?

The sportier Corolla gets 22 city and 26 highway.  A regular standard model gets a 30/35 city/highway rating.

The Civic Si comes in at 21/26 and the basic Civic is rated at 29/36 city/highway.


Break it down. What are the best/different attributes from each car?


  • Has a more powerful standard engine
  • This is subjective, but many like the styling of the Corolla better.
  • The Corolla has a trip meter, which the Civic amazingly does not


  • Digital displays on the dash as oppose to analog for the Corolla
  • You get better overall fuel ratings with the Civic
  • The Civic gives you heated mirrors.
  • The interior ambient lighting is really cool and more interesting than what you get in the Corolla
Bottom Line
It is really hard to go wrong with either vehicle. They have both hard outstanding reputations for over 30 years. if fact, take a look around next time you are out on the road. Chances are you will see a lot of Civics and Corollas that are well over 15 years old. These things do not die.

Toyota Camry Body Kits Are A Great Way To Jazz Up Your Ride….

A body kit is a collection of exterior modifications to a car or truck. Usually it will consist of all or some of these features: front and rear bumpers, side skirts, spoilers, front and rear side guards and roof racks. There are many companies that offer alternatives to the original factory appearance of the vehicle, but many manufacturers are now producing factory fitted body kits, perhaps because the after-market industries have grow over the years.

Here are some companies that has over 45 custom body kites for the Toyoda Camry:

800 Nicollett Mall
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

Andy’s Auto Sport
396 Railroad Ct.
Milpitas, CA 95035
800 419-1152

Wicked Bodies
P.O. Box 1651, Livingston, New Jersey, 07039, USA
Phone: (973) 992-1120

Here are some exterior Toyota Camry accessories for your vehicle:

Body Side Moldings – It’s made of PVC and helps prevent dings and scrapes.

Exhaust Tip – Polished stainless steel exhaust tips with single bolt installation.

Rear Bumper Applique – Protects the top rear bumper surface.

Rear Spoiler – For a sporty, integrated appearance.

16 inch Alloy Wheels – Sporty and stylish alloy wheels.

Mudguards – Protects your Camry from nearly anything the road can kick-up.

Wheel Locks – Don’t get your wheels ripped off.

Hybrid Synergy Drive graphic – Distinguish your ride from a conventional vehicle with a body side or window


Here are some aftermarket rims for the Camry and what you might pay for them:

16 XXR 925 Wheels Rims Silver – $329 eBay
ALY69384 Toyota Camry ’00-’01, 16×6, 5 Double Spoke Silver Painted Alloy Wheel. – $149
18 XXR 502 Wheels Rims – $475
18 XXR 008 Black Wheels Rims – $419
18 XXR 507 Blue Wheels Rims – $621 eBay
18 XXR 006 Rims Staggered Wheels – $525

Parts, repair guides, repair manuals, tires, you name it, can be all be easily found for the Toyota Camry.

There Is A Wide Range Of Toyota Camry Accessories To Choose From…

Accessories are a large part of a lot of consumers final decision making process. Below you will find a list and a brief description of the lasted Toyota Camry accessories that you can currently purchase:

Exterior Extras

16 inch Alloy Wheels – Will add some flair to your vehicle with sporty and stylish rims.


Body Side Moldings — Made from PVC, it will help prevent dings and scrapes.

Exhaust Tip – A polished stainless steel exhaust tips by Valor. It installs easily with a single bolt installation, no welding required.

Hybrid Graphics — Distinguish your hybrid from a conventional vehicle with a Hybrid Synergy Drive graphic.


Mudguards — Protect your vehicle from nearly anything the road can kick-up.

A Rear Bumper Applique — Made from a tough polyurethane film, it protects the top rear bumper surface from minor scrapes and scratches.

Rear Spoiler — Spoilers are aerodynamic and sporty for an integrated appearance.

Wheel Locks — Keep your wheels where you need them – on your car.

Interior Extras

All-Weather Mats and a Trunk Tray — A 4-piece All Weather Mat set will protect your carpets and the Trunk Tray helps contain spills in the trunk.

Ashtray Cup – For those of you that still smoke, here you go.

BLU Logic® Hands-free System – Great cell phone car accessories like this integrates with your factory audio system to initiate and answer calls.

Cargo Net – Does your stuff roll around when you’re driving? I hate that.

Toyota Camry Cargo Net

Cargo Tote — This will help keep your stuff organized. It’s collapsible and adjustable for easy installation and storage.

Carpet Floor/Trunk Mat – Get a color-coordinated floor mat to protect your original carpeting while adding a little flair. Get the Honda logo, with a vehicle specific embroidered logo. The hook makes sure they don’t slide. Keeps everything nice and clean.

Emergency Assistance Kit – This assistance kit contains jumper cables, multi-tool, flash light, emergency blanket, duct tape, bungee, survival whistles, hose clamp and other vital emergency equipment.

Interface Kit for iPod – You can control it through the vehicle head unit and steering wheel controls.

Remote Engine Start – This provides the ultimate in convenience by allowing you to start your car from up to 80 feet away and will preset your A/C or heater controls so your car will be the right temperature when you get in. Sweet!

MPG For Toyota Camry Hybrid

The most recent Camry hybrid has a rating of 33 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. This gives you great hybrid efficiency.

How much does a Toyota Camry hybrid cost?

Ford Escape hybrid ratingsThe starting MSRP for the most recent model is $26,150. Your car insurance cost(for those unwanted injury claims) should be average.

The EPA figures of the 2009 Ford Escape 34 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. This Ford hybrid SUV is the most popular on the market. This will be your best gas mileage SUV.

The price is going to start off at $29,645.

Honda Civic hybrid review and ratings

The 2010 Civic hybrid has MPG rating of 40 miles to the gallon in the city and 45 miles to the gallon on the highway. Good, to say the least.

The base price for a Civic hybrid is $23,800.

Toyota Highlander hybrid price ant MPG ratings

Another hybrid SUV ringing in at 27 MPG in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, the Highlander comes in under the Ford Escape in fuel efficiency. With a starting price of $34,700 it is also priced $5000 more.

Toyota Prius Ratings and Price

With a starting price of $22,000, it is the 2nd most affordable hybrid on the market. (The 2010 Honda Insight comes in at $19,000) It’s 51 miles per gallon in the city and 48 MPG on the highway gives it he best fuel rating by the EPA.

Mercury Mariner hybrid

A 3rd hybrid SUV is the Mariner hybrid comes in both front wheel drive, which achieves 34 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The 4WD version will get you 30 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway. A starting price of $29,995 makes it a pretty good value.

Honda Insight review and ratings

Coming in at $19,800, the 2nd generation Insight is the most affordable hybrid you can buy today. The EPA has rated the mpg at 40 in the city and 43 on the highway, but it does have an Eco Assist mode that, according to many highly read auto magazines and websites, can get the Insight closer to 50 miles to the gallon. It is the cheapest car with the best gas mileage and an excellent value to say the least.

Nissan Altima Hybrid

A new comer to the game in 2010, the price starts at $26,650 and the only mileage ratings we have is 35 miles per gallon combined. We shall see how it goes.

Hyundai Sonata Reviews….They Ain’t Bad…

The Sonata is a mid-size sedan car that has been produced by the Korean company Hyundai. It was first introduced to the US market for the 1989 model year. It was designed by Hyundai and featured a Mitsubishi engine.

These are some of the spec for the first model produced 1989-1993:

  • Engine – 2.4L I4 and a 3.0L V6
  • Horsepower – 110 (4 cylinder)
  • Most of these vehicles were built in the Bromont, Quebec.

The 2nd generation was produced from 1993-1996

  • Engine – 2.0L 126 hp and 3.0L V6 142hp
  • All of these Sonatas were built in Korea.

The 3rd Generation was produced between 1995 and 2005

  • Engine 2.4L 138hp and 2.5L V6 170hp
  • 2002 model featured the all-aluminum 2.7 L  V6  173 hp
  • Sales went over 100,000 in 2004

The 4th generation started in 2006 and is still going

  • The launch of the new Sonata in May 2005 marked the opening of the company’s first U.S. assembly plant. It is in Montgomery, Alabama.


Features of the 2009 Hyundai Sonata:

  • Engine – Both 4 and 6 cylinder options
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation option
  • Heated/Cooled seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Leather seating
  • Power seats
  • Sunroof/moonroof
  • Climate control
  • Power windows
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Side airbags
  • Child seat anchors


  • The manual transmission, 4 cylinder 2009 Sonata GLS starts at $18,700.
  • The 5 speed automatic V6 Sonata Limited comes in at $26,500
  • Accessories are extra: Hyundai Sonata floor mats, for instance, with cost you $95

Tid-bits about the Sonata:

  • Beijing Hyundai launched a redesigned 4th generation Sonata called the Ling Xiang for the Chinese market with an updated exterior and revised rear seating.
  • Hyundai has scheduled a hybrid Sonata. It made its debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November 2008 and projects its release to the U.S. market in 2010.
  • Hyundai Sonota check engine light is easy to fix
  • Hyundai insurance is usually cheap

Honda Pilot Vs Toyota Highlander

The best mid size to large SUVs on the market are no doubt the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. The Honda Pilot was introduced to the United States for the 2003 model year. It is currently in its 2nd generation. The Highlander came out right around the same time and offers a few more options, like a 4 cylinder and V-6 option, as well as a hybrid option.


Seating Capacity

Both vehicles offer a 3rd row of seats and with seat 8 passengers.


Where are they made?

The Honda Pilot is made at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama.  The Highlander is currently being built in Japan, but feature models are soon to be built in Princeton, Indiana.


What is the price?

The Pilot’s base price is around $28,000 and tops out fully load at just under $41,000. The Highlander starts at just over $25,000 and top out around $38,000.

What are the styling features?

The redesigned Pilot looks looks much more ‘boxier’ and ‘rougged’ than the first generation. The Highlander shares that rugged look, but has a little bit more of a rounded look to it.


How about the interior features?

The Pilot’s interior is bigger than the previous version. There is definetly more head and leg room, especially in the thrid row of seats. An adult can actually fit pretty comfortably in that 3rd row. The Highlander has all the same features and includes a 40/20/40 split for the rear seats.


How do these vehicles perform?

The new Pilot has more horsepower and gets better gas mileage than the previous generation. It is available in 2 or 4 wheel drive and has a Variable Cylinder Management system to achieve that fuel efficiency. The Highlander shares its basic chassis components with the Camry and Sienna. I comes in 2WD or 4WD and has a4 cylinder option to go along with the V-6. If you re into being green and want a large vehicle, the Highlander also has hybrid version.


The Pilot received top scores from the NHTSA and the IIHS in all categories and was named a 2009 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The Highlander would have received a perfect score from the NHTSA, but a 4 star rollover rated squashed that. The IIHS named the Highlander an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2009.

Honda Odyssey Vs Toyota Sienna

If you are looking for a minivan, you can not do much better than getting yourself a Sienna or Odyssey. These to best selling vans are always rated in the Top 3 when it comes to minivans. (the Chrysler Town and Country is the 3rd) The minivan category is starting to get a little bit more competitive, but you can count on the fact that Honda and Toyota will make adjustments to keep themselves near the top of the market.


What are these vehicles priced at?

The  Toyota Sienna’s base price is several $1000’s lower at $24,500 than Honda Odyssey, which comes in at $26, 500. That being said, the Odyssey is going to have a more standard features to warrant the price, so make sure you look at the details.  The Sienna tops out at just under $38,000 as compared to the Honda Odyssey $40,500, but again, the Odyssey has more standard features if you look closely.


What to consumers say about these vehicles?

Well, if you go by what Consumer Reports says, the people voted the Honda Odyssey the best minivan. Who came in second? The Toyota Sienna, of course. So, if you are one to trust Consumer Reports, that is the way it breaks down there.


What is the fuel rating comparison?

The fuel efficiency is practically the same. The Sienna edges out the Odyssey in the city with rating of 17 versus 16. They both are rated at 23 mpg for highway driving.


How they rated when it comes to safety?

The Honda Odyssey earned 5 stars for front driver, front passenger, side driver and rollover crash ratings from the NHTSA. The Toyota Sienna only received 4 stars in its front driver crash test, but got 5 stars in all other crash test ratings.


Do these vehicles come with AWD?

This might be the turning point for people that live in parts of the country where there is a lot of rain and snow. The Toyota comes with AWD, where the Honda does not.The Honda does come with Vehicle Stability Assist and Traction Control which lets it handle great in bad weather conditions, but it does not come with AWD.


Bottom Line:

It is going to come down to personal preference. They are very close when it comes to all the different ratings. Both of these vehicles are going to be redesigned for the 2011 model year, so make your you stay tuned for that.

Honda Insight Vs Toyota Prius

The Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius are two of the most popular hybrids in the world. The Insight is on its second generation. It was the first hybrid introduce in the US in 1999. (2000 model year)  The Toyota Prius can out one year later and has been the best selling hybrid by far worldwide. Both are good option depending on what you are looking for in your hybrid.


How do they work?

Hybrid means “combination of two” in its simplest. For our purposes here it teams a gas engine with and electric motor to power the car. Honda use something called IMA or Integrated Motor Assist while a system called Synergy Drive. For an in depth explanation on how these exactly work, check the perspective web sites.

We will keep it simple here and break it down like this: Honda’s system uses the gas engine as its main power source and the electric motor as its assist. The Toyota uses the electric motor as its main ssource and the gas engine is secondary.


How do they drive?

With these two technologies, the Insight tends to feel like you are driving a normal automobile and the Prius tends to feel like you are driving something a little bit different. Not different in a bad way, it just does not feel like you are driving a normal car.


Which one has the better price?

The Honda Insight is the most affordable hybrid on the market with a starting price of $19,800 and topping out a $23,800. The Prius starts at $21,000 and can top out close to $30,000.

Which one gets better fuel efficiency?

The Prius is the winner in this category. The Prius currently has an EPA rating of 51 city and 48 on the highway. This is due to the fact you can drive the Prius on only electric at slower speeds. The Insight comes in at 40 city 43 highway from the EPA, but this is a little misleading. This rating is for when you turn the vehicle on and drive, but the vehicles has an Eco mode too. What this does is changes the way some of the vehicle systems work, giving you less power, but better fuel efficiency. Many tests show that it can get you over 50mpg in the Eco Mode.


How are these two when it comes to safety?

The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight received the exact same NHTSA crash test scores. 5 stars in front driver and side driver crash tests and 4 stars in front passenger and rollover tests.


How do the technology components compare?

Both have some pretty cool tech features. Both have a system that can show you how you are driving and how you can be more efficient and squeeze out a few more miles per gallon.  Both have a Bluetooth option for say hands free driving and navigation systems that are voice activated.


So there you have it, both are great options. If you do not have a lot of money, but still want a hybrid, the Insight is a good bet. If you are looking for more the best gas mileage and want to go the hip and trendy way, the Prius might be the choice for you.