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Workplace Winter Safety Tips

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Slips and falls happen year-round, but winter ice and snow create a more hazardous environment that increases the risk of injuries for your employees. We put together a list of workplace winter safety tips for employers and employees. A proactive safety plan that addresses slips and falls not only enhances worker safety but also minimizes potential costs from workers’ compensation and fines.   Employer Winter Safety Tips Walkways An active effort needs to be made to prevent ice build-up on walkways, de-icing walkways, and clearing walkways. Make sure all walkways and passageways are clearly marked and well lit. Remove Hazards Keep all walkways, stairways and other work areas cleared of ice and snow. Before you shovel the snow at your workplace, do some stretching exercises first. When your muscles are…
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Holiday Party Planning for Your Business

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Holiday parties can be a memorable celebration for most companies. You create an experience that not only boosts company morale but also increases employee satisfaction. There are several things to consider when planning your party, and the price is always a factor. Companies with a small staff and a small budget can still host a memorable holiday party that packs big fun. Start with the Basics for Your Holiday Party When planning your holiday party, start with the basics. You need to create a plan with details for the employee holiday party. Theme, venue, time, date, guest count, food and beverages, decor, and agenda must all be considered before you begin to plan your event. • Do you want a theme for your holiday party? • Should we decorate the…
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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers and Drink Recipes

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If you are preparing a Thanksgiving meal for your family and friends and need a few last-minute appetizers and drink ideas, we put a few together for you. For starters, there are cranberry brie bites, a turkey veggie tray, or a turkey cheese ball, all easy to make. Your guests will love the Thanksgiving-themed drinks. Start with an apple pie martini or Thanksgiving punch, and end the evening with a glass of spiked mulled cider. Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes   Cranberry Brie Bites Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 8-oz wheel Brie 1 17.25-oz package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed All-purpose flour, for dusting ⅓ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF and line 2 baking sheets…
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Energy Efficiency Tips to Save You Money

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By making a few upgrades to your home or office, you can save money on your utility bills and improve energy efficiency. As a business owner or homeowner, it is important to keep your office or home running efficiently. Energy efficiency will help you save money on your utility bills and help the environment thrive. Earlier this month was Energy Efficiency Day, a time to think about making some key upgrades that will improve the efficiency of your home or office. According to Wallet Hub, “In the United States, energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income.” Money Management states, “If you’re working with a budget, and trust me, you should be, your utility costs should be no more than 8-10 percent of your monthly…
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Top Trends for the Construction Industry

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General Contractors and builders have to keep up with the latest trends in the construction industry in order to stay ahead of the competition. In 2019, construction companies and builders are more inclined towards integrating new technologies into their construction projects in order to transform their operations. Incorporating the latest industry trends and technologies enables Albrite Building and others to excel in their work. Here are some of the latest construction trends transforming the ways in which projects are planned, designed, and executed.   Green Construction Green construction is rising in 2019. Its purpose is to build environmentally friendly and resource-efficient projects that involve every aspect of construction from planning and design to execution, demolition, and cleanup. Green construction practices greatly benefit the environment, as 20 percent of global emissions…
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Home Renovations and Remodeling Trends

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Are you looking for a home renovations and remodeling company? Any renovation project regardless of the size can be overwhelming. Whether it is a kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation, or a laundry room remodeling project. Albrite Building can assure you that your job will be done precisely, efficiently, and exactly how you envisioned it.   Kitchen Renovations Kitchen Cabinets Did you know that more than 40 percent of homeowners choose white cabinets when renovating their kitchen? While white is still the top choice for cabinet color, no two whites are created equal. Many paint companies offer over 100 shades of white paints. Some homeowners are moving away from the bright whites and selecting an off-white. Creamy, off-white cabinets with other warm finishes like wood and a blue-gray tile create a calm…
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Fruits and Vegetables Container Gardening

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If you live in a townhome or condo you can still grow fruits and vegetables, not in a garden but in containers. Container gardening is ideal for those with little or no garden space. In addition to growing flowers, gardeners limited to a balcony, small yard, or only a patch of sun on their driveway can produce a wide variety of vegetable crops in containers. Basil, chives, thyme, and other herbs also are quite happy growing in pots, which can be set in a convenient spot right outside the kitchen door. Container gardening also adds versatility to gardens large and small. It's easy to grow vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, squash, strawberries and more in containers. Just be mindful of the size of your pots as well as your plants. Container…
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Chicago Remodeling Contractor and Office Renovations

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Office renovations are often challenging. It is a huge undertaking for a working office. Businesses make renovations to their office for a number of reasons, and the remodeling contractor must understand the particular reasons behind a project. Office renovations involve modifications to the interior of a building and can be minor or a major renovation of the space. Keep Communication Open with Your Remodeling Contractor If the business is renting its office space, the renovations become tenant improvements. The remodeling contractor may have to deal with the building owner and you, the office tenant, depending on the lease. It is always important for the contractor to keep in close communication with both parties. Schedule a meeting with a few staff members and the remodeling contractor to discuss the office renovations…
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Home Renovations for New Home Buyers

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According to a recent survey by realtor.com, nearly 60 percent of the spring homebuyers are considering purchasing a home that needs renovations. With the rising home prices and limited inventory, new home buyers are willing to spend more than $20,000 on home renovations. While home renovations can be costly, home shoppers are optimistic they will get a positive return on their investment. Kitchen Renovations Upgrading a kitchen was the No.1 home renovation chosen by nearly 30 percent of new home buyers. A kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where your family gathers for meals, and where friends meet, the kitchen is the center of daily life. Albrite Building offers professional and affordable kitchen renovations. Our designers will create a layout that maximizes your space, budget, and vision. We…
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Smart Office Technologies for Office Buildings

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We live in a world where businesses can turn on lights, lock and unlock doors, and adjust the temperature, from anywhere. Smart office automation systems have gained popularity due to the overwhelming success of computer-to-computer communication. As smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices continue to advance each year, we now have access to smart technologies that were once reserved for the elite. Smart technologies can be wired into the structure of an office building with a central control panel. They can also be added through external devices like electronic plug adaptors or standalone sensors. These automation systems create smart offices, connected over wireless networks and linked directly to a mobile device allowing users to control smart devices from an app. The smart office users benefit from added security, comfort, energy…
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