Diamond Certified Blog

Hungry Eyes: Six Nutrients That Support Healthy Vision and Where to Find Them

When it comes to maintaining eye health, an often overlooked consideration is dietary nutrition. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2015)

When it comes to maintaining eye health, an often overlooked consideration is dietary nutrition. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2015)

If you’re a health-conscious person, it’s likely that you take proactive measures to safeguard the health of your eyes in addition to your general bodily health. However, while wearing sunglasses and going in for annual eye exams are cornerstones of ocular wellness, a commonly overlooked aspect of visual health is dietary consideration. According to Dr. Michael Ottati of Diablo Valley Optometric Group in Antioch, there’s a direct link between nutrition and eye health. “Getting proper nutrition is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy,” he says. “Maintaining a well-balanced diet not only supports good vision, it can also help reduce retinal problems, cataracts and disease.”

Even if you already suffer from vision problems, being conscientious about optical nutrition can still reap positive effects. Continue reading “Hungry Eyes: Six Nutrients That Support Healthy Vision and Where to Find Them” »

 Leave a comment

Posted in Uncategorized |

How a Bedtime Story Inspired Me to Get Organized in 2015

One of the best ways to increase comfort and functionality in the home is to implement organizational measures. Photo: PremierGarage (2014)

One of the best ways to increase comfort and functionality in the home is to implement organizational measures. Photo: PremierGarage (2014)

Have you ever been partway through a book or movie and suddenly found yourself staring at a reflection of your own life? Maybe you identified with a particular character’s loss, struggle or triumph, or chuckled at a comical situation similar to one you’ve personally experienced. After all, isn’t relatability one of the primary features that cause stories to resonate with us? Continue reading “How a Bedtime Story Inspired Me to Get Organized in 2015” »

 Leave a comment

Posted in Home Tips, Personal Stories, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mind Games: The Psychology of Scamming

The best way to avoid a scam is to be hypercritical when making significant financial decisions.

The best way to avoid a scam is to be hypercritical when making significant financial decisions.

Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from a representative who told me we had failed to pay for our newspaper subscription since September. He said I could pay the past due amount by credit card along with another three months in advance: a total of $400. I was so embarrassed about being late on the bill that I almost fell for the scam. Just a few days later, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a full-page ad warning subscribers that this particular company wasn’t authorized to offer renewals (almost double the usual amount) and to ignore the calls and notices sent by mail. Continue reading “Mind Games: The Psychology of Scamming” »

 Leave a comment

Posted in Consumers, Savvy Tips | Tags: , , , , ,

Locking in Your Utility Rate with Solar

Modern consumers are relying on electrical power more than ever—a fact made apparent by the growing prominence of electric vehicles. The problem is that power rates aren’t static; they increase exponentially in proportion to increases in usage. So, if your power bills are out of control, it’s time to seriously consider installing a solar power system on your property.

While solar power offers financial benefits like utility rebates and tax incentives, the single greatest savings to be had is on your monthly power bill. Photo: Sierra Roofing & Solar (2014)

While solar power offers financial benefits like utility rebates and tax incentives, the single greatest savings to be had is on your monthly power bill. Photo: Sierra Roofing & Solar (2014)

The exponential correlation between usage and utility rate is something electric vehicle owners are finding out the hard way. Continue reading “Locking in Your Utility Rate with Solar” »

 Leave a comment

Posted in Home Tips, Savvy Tips | Tags: , , , , , , ,

The 2015 Winter Diamond Certified Directory Update is Here!

2015 Winter Diamond Certified Directory UpdateHave you received your free copy of the Winter Diamond Certified Directory Update in the mail? It provides instant access to hundreds of local, top rated Diamond Certified companies across a wide range of service industries, from auto repair and landscaping to optometry and dentistry.

Every Diamond Certified company must continue to deliver on its promises to you, the consumer. That’s why we conduct ongoing customer satisfaction research, perform credential-based ratings, monitor each company’s performance, and back you up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee.

If you haven’t received your copy of the 2015 Winter Diamond Certified Directory Update, simply click this link and we’ll send one as soon as possible. Get a jump start on calling Diamond Certified companies before their schedules fill up for the spring!

 Leave a comment

Posted in Consumer News, Diamond Certified News | Tags: , , , , ,

Savvy Consumer Tip: Avoiding Weight Loss Scams

Do you know how to spot a weight loss scam? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

 Leave a comment

Posted in Savvy Tips | Tags: , , , ,

Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2014

There were a lot of great Diamond Certified Tips in 2014, but the following six are particularly noteworthy for the practical information they provide for Bay Area consumers. Visit www.facebook.com/diamondcertified for many more helpful tips in 2015!

1. Window maintenance
If your property has hard water, be sure to aim lawn sprinklers away from your home’s windows. Over time, the constant barrage of hard water can cause windows to become permanently stained, requiring special chemicals for removal. As a proactive measure, routinely treat your windows with a silicone sealant—it’ll repel rain and other sources of water.

2. House painting
When choosing exterior house paint, avoid excessive use of dark colors—they’re more susceptible to fading, particularly in areas with lots of sunlight exposure. In contrast, by going with light or medium tones, your house’s paint is more likely to look fresh and vibrant for a longer period of time. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Tips of the Day: Best of 2014” »

 Leave a comment

Posted in Savvy Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

It’s That Time Again. What’s Your New Year’s Resolution for 2015?

We are very curious.

Maybe your New Year’s resolution relates to services that Diamond Certified companies provide: you want to remodel your bathroom or get your teeth cleaned more often. Or, instead, maybe you just want to finish that novel or lose 10 pounds. Either way, we want to hear about it. Write it on a piece of paper (like we did below) and send us a selfie. You can also write your resolution in the comment section below.

Thanks for sharing and good luck!

While we wait to hear from you, here are some of the things we came up with:

New Years Resolution Post v2

 Leave a comment

Posted in Consumers, Diamond Certified Extras, Diamond Certified News, Personal Stories | Tags: , , , ,

A Field Trip to the Food Bank

‘Tis the season! Ashley and I dropped off the bounty collected from our holiday food drive at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank  yesterday and were lucky enough to get a private tour.  Given that the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the wealthiest regions in the country, I was shocked and saddened to learn that 25% of the residents of San Francisco and Marin are in need of food assistance. Consequently, I’m so grateful that there are organizations like the SF-Marin Food Bank. While they might not completely eradicate hunger, the 47 million pounds of food they distribute a year must make a dent. Continue reading “A Field Trip to the Food Bank” »

 Leave a comment

Posted in Consumer Events, Consumer News, Consumers, Diamond Certified Extras, Diamond Certified News, Personal Stories | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Savvy Consumer Tip: Top Complaints of the Past Year

Watch Chris explain the top complaints of 2014 according to the Consumer Federation of America.

 Leave a comment

Posted in Savvy Tips | Tags: , , , , , , ,

X

 Like what you see?  Subscribe and we’ll email you whenever a new post goes up. 

¤