Tag Archives: Earth Day

Change by Choice or Change by Necessity?

I hope you have participated in some way today in celebration of Earth Day.  Our challenges are global and difficult, but not impossible to solve.

So many thoughts are screaming to be voiced today, but I want to suggest one thing to ponder…. Do you want to change by choice or change by necessity?

The first option is exciting, innovative, and proactive.  The second choice is purely reactive, and will most certainly be unpleasant.  I have to say that we are already experiencing some of the unpleasant!

The question begs to be asked on many levels… not just concerning the environment.  Change is happening rapidly in all aspects of our lives!  Do you want to be part of the excitement, the innovation, and the proactive creativity?  Or do you want to experience the unpleasant—- the uncertainty, failure, and slow recovery of reacting to the inevitable?

I know what my choice will be!  I’m Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….  You can find me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom


Life in a Fishbowl

In anticipation of Earth Day tomorrow I wanted to share a brief thought with you on the subject,  in the hope that a mental image will convey the importance of keeping our fragile planet clean.

Picture in  your mind a goldfish bowl.  It has been neglected and the water has become polluted.  Debris is floating on the surface, along with a dead fish.  Algae has grown on the glass, making it hard to see through the water.  The smell is bad, and there is nothing to do but throw it out.

The image is powerful and poignant.  It is a microscopic version of our planet.  We fail to see the tragedy in the fish bowl before it is too late, just as we are failing to see the tragedy unfolding all over the earth.

Most of you reading this live in areas that are clear enough that there is no sense of imminent danger.  The sky is blue on a sunny day, the air smells fresh, and a gentle wind blows.  But occasionally, and unfortunately too often, there is an air quality alert.  “Stay indoors if you have certain health conditions.”  Some of you reading this may live in industrial areas or large metropolitan areas where smog has become a frequent problem.  For other parts of the world, particularly China and India, the pollution is overwhelming and people are dying, just like the fish in the goldfish bowl.

We are trapped in our own filth and we refuse to see the consequences of our own actions!

It is my hope that the intense focus of the media on global warming, and the celebration  (if you can call it a celebration) of Earth Day, will not be ignored.  Open your eyes, if you can bear the sting, and see the building danger.  It won’t be corrected by governments around the world or the decisions of major corporations, it will be corrected one person at a time.  The decisions you make today concerning water and energy conservation will have far-reaching consequences.  If you believe “someone else” will take care of it, you are sadly mistaken!

Every day I try to make a difference, one home at a time.  I sell Energy Star appliances, using far less energy that before, along with washing machines and dishwashers that use a fraction of the water used in previous years.  I drive a smart car that is far more fuel efficient than my previous SUV, and the vast majority of the parts it is made of are recyclable.  But there is more that each one of us can do, step by step, to reduce the pollution of our world.

Will you start today?  Come and see me at A-1 Appliance where I can show you some great solutions for your home.  I’m anxious to help!NachoA-1_2

Thought for the day, by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…. You can connect with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmart

5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

Look for this logo when considering your new r...

Earth Day 2012 is coming up April 22, which made me think about getting  new, energy efficient appliances.  Here are some of the reasons I’ve used to convince myself that this is a good idea.

First, most new appliances are Energy Star compliant.  This means that you will save a significant amount of electricity, and in the case of washing machines and dishwashers, a significant amount of water, resulting in lower utility bills.  Here is a link to a very useful site to calculate your energy savings….I think you will be surprised:


The second, and similar reason, is increased efficiency.   Saving time, as well as money, is very important to me.  In most families, doing the laundry is not among the favorite chores, yet we all want clean clothes and fresh towels & bedding.  For example, the new Electrolux wave touch washer featuring perfect steam and an enormous 4.42 cu.ft. capacity stainless steel wash tub can save you both time and money.  Add the 8.0 cu.ft. steam dryer and save even more!

Third, adding new appliances will add to the value of your home.  Remodeling the kitchen is at the top of the list when you decide to sell your  home.  Here is a great article on the return on investment you can expect from various projects around the house:


Fourth, new appliances can be better for your family.  For example, lack of time can sometimes lead to a “fast food” diet- high in sugar and sodium.  What if you could prepare healthy meals 4 to 8 times faster than cooking in your old oven?  You can with the amazing GE Advantium oven.  By combining the power of convection baking with microwave energy, you will save time and money, while serving your family a healthy meal.  Check out this useful site from General Electric:


And fifth, don’t forget personal enjoyment of new product features.  If you are like most people, you have not purchased a new appliance in many years.  Take it from me, they have changed a lot!  For example, are you living with a noisy dishwasher?  Many new models are virtually silent!

I hope you will stop by A-1 Appliance and let me show you how you can start saving time and money today!  Our website is  http://www.a1appliance.com/


I look forward to meeting you!