Being Green at Work- Tips for a Greener Workplace

Lloyd Pro Group Insurance Agency in Atlanta wants to make Earth Day 2010 not just a day- but a lifestyle.  Let’s jump-start our efforts at reducing, reusing, and recycling. The good news: it’s not as difficult as it would seem. “A lot of the ways that people become environmentalists are just by following their common sense,” said Kim Mickenberg, a spokeswoman for the Earth Day Network. “It’s not only about saving the planet, it’s about saving your money,” she said. “There’s a convergence in our economic and ecological interests.”

Lloyd Pro Group and Nationwide Insurance want to help you make the transition an easy one into a better, greener lifestyle in out Deep South home, Atlanta! As an Atlanta- based Insurance Agency, we seem to concentrate of auto, home, and business, so let us help you where we know the most about! We always like to do everything we can to give you the best life and save you the most money, so here it is!

GREEN WORK TIPS:

• Avoid the traffic and enjoy your ride! Carpool when possible. If anything, carpool to lunch. Try www.erideshare.com  for people in your neck of the woods!
• Bring lunch in reusable/washable containers. Make a goal of having one waste-free lunch each week.
• Use email instead of copies whenever possible. Save to file instead of printing.
• Make sure to turn off lights, computers, coffee, and other appliances when out of the office and not in use.
• Drink coffee and other beverages from reusable/washable mug.
• Lower thermostats in your work are during winter or raise them in the summer by one or two degrees to conserve energy. Lower/raise thermostat when out of the office.
• Be sure to recycle toners, cartridges, and batteries. Don’t just throw them away. Check with Recycle Atlanta for service centers, pick-ups, and more tips.
• Batteries power lots of things in the office: calculators, fans, radios. Switch to use rechargeable batteries, which have 32% less impact on the environment.
• Make 2 sided copies more often. If you don’t have a paperless office, recycle the paper you do use. Save scrap paper for jotting notes down on… And for goodness sake, if you use time cards, go paperless on those!
• Create a recycling center in the break room. Encourage the use of this by all employees. You’ll be surprised at the participation.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Your home can look and feel a little greener!

Lloyd Pro Group Insurance Agency wants to help keep in the spirit of Earth Day 2010 and jump-start your efforts at reducing, reusing, and recycling at home. But to continue these efforts to make them year-round, we have to make a conscious effort to begin until they become more habitual for us. Turning off lights is a habit for me. Turning off the water while I brush my teeth is not. Idon’t know why.. The good news: “A lot of the ways that people become environmentalists are just by following their common sense,” said Kim Mickenberg, a spokeswoman for the Earth Day Network. “It’s not only about saving the planet, it’s about saving your money,” she said. “There’s a convergence in our economic and ecological interests.”

Lloyd Pro Group and Nationwide Insurance want to help you make the transition an easy one into a cleaner, greener lifestyle! As an Insurance Agency, we seem to concentrate on auto, home, and business, so let us help you where we know the most about! We always like to do everything we can to give you the best life and save you the most money, so here it is!

GREEN HOME TIPS:
• Unplug! Standby (or phantom) power, may be haunting your house — and costing you more money on energy bills.. Standby power actually eats up electricity on common appliances throughout your home while they’re not even on.
• Taking a 4 minute shower instead of an 8 minute shower could also save almost 10 gallons of water. If you can’t sacrifice that, replacing your water faucets with aerated ones will use less water without sacrificing pressure.
• Put a 5 gallon bucket to catch the water while you are waiting for it to heat up, then use it to water your garden outside.
YouRenew.com lets you easily sell or recycle your electronics. You can get cash for the electronics with value or ship it to the company for free and they’ll recycle it for you.
• Yes, you’ve heard it before. The simple, cheap, and very easy act of going to compact fluorescent light bulbs saves you about $30 over their lifetimes. In 6 months, they pay for themselves. Besides using about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, they also last about 10 times longer.
• If you use a programmable thermostat properly you can save as much as 15% a year on your heating bill. In the winter, keep your thermostat at 68 to 70 degrees when you’re at home or awake (the summer guideline is 78 degrees). Whether you choose to upgrade your thermostat or not, turn it back (or raise it in the summer) when you’re away or asleep.
• See this list for GREEN home cleaners. You’ll be surprised at what you read! Green Cleaners for Your Home
• Whenever possible, wash clothes in cold water. They’ll get just as clean, but without using extra energy to heat your wash water.

Lloyd Pro Group wants to be YOUR home experts. Give us a call is you have questions about your home- no matter what type of home you have. If we don’t know the answer, we will find the RIGHT one for you!

Check out our 4 Atlanta area locations for your convenience. We are in your neighborhood! Gwinnett, Atlanta, Douglasville, and DeKalb.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Being Green – Auto Tips

Lloyd Pro Group Insurance Agency in Atlanta wants to help you celebrate Earth Day 2010 and jump-start your efforts at reducing, reusing, and recycling. But to continue these efforts and make them year-round, we will have to make them habits. Like all habits, they are easy to create, but that also means breaking old, bad habits. The good news: “A lot of the ways that people become environmentalists are just by following their common sense,” said Kim Mickenberg, a spokeswoman for the Earth Day Network. “It’s not only about saving the planet, it’s about saving your money,” she said. “There’s a convergence in our economic and ecological interests.”

Lloyd Pro Group and Nationwide Insurance want to help you make the transition an easy one into a better, greener lifestyle in the deep south, our Atlanta home! As an Atlanta- based Insurance Agency, we seem to concentrate of auto, home, and business, so let us help you where we know the most about! We always like to do everything we can to give you the best life and save you the most money, so here it is!

GREEN AUTO TIPS:
• Turn off your car if you know you will be idling for more than a minute. It saves gas mileage and the environment!
• Besides the obvious reason, stay within posted speed limits. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
• Combine errands. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. I like to map out where I am going before I leave. It not only saves me gas, but time and stress too!
• Keep your tires properly inflated and aligned. It can increase gas mileage up to three percent. Dad? Are you behind me? It sounds like you!
• Check and replace air filters regularly. Replacing clogged filters can increase gas mileage up to ten percent. That’s a lot!
• Saving money on your car insurance is also a great way to save each month. Contact us for a Green Auto Insurance Review!

Published in: on April 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dierks Bentley’s “Miles and Music for Kids” coming 5/23

NATIONWIDE INSURANCE PRESENTS
DIERKS BENTLEY: MILES AND MUSIC FOR KIDS PRE-SALE
Award winning country music singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley hosts “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Sunday May 23rd.
As a valued associate, friend, local partner or policy holder of Nationwide Insurance, you have the chance to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public! This presale begins April 8th at 10am: just visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/4wrdvn to get your tickets before anyone else! Please use the password NATIONWIDE (in all caps).
For an extra $5.35, you can also purchase access to the Lake Lanier Island Resort Waterpark from 10am – 2pm on the day of show. This offer only valid during this 2-day pre sale!

You can also call your local Lloyd pro Group Office for more details or ticket info!

When: Sunday, May 23, 2010
11am – Registration for the ride begins
2pm – Ride leaves Killer Creek Harley-Davidson
3pm – Music begins at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Where: Killer Creek Harley-Davidson (Ride & Registration)
480 Alpharetta Hwy
Rowell, GA 30076

Lake Lanier Islands (Outdoor Concert & Celebrity Jam)
7000 Holiday Rd
Buford, GA 30518

What: An estimated hour & a half celebrity ride from Rowell to Buford ending at the Lake Lanier Islands for 3 – 4
hours of performances by Dierks & Friends!
Don’t miss this tremendous opportunity to see a great concert for a terrific cause! For more info on the Atlanta Miles and Music for Kids event, visit to http://www.dierks.com.

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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