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How to Save Energy In Your Home

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There are many methods to save energy both for the environment but for your pockets as well, and in this article we enlist how you can do it:

Turn down the thermostat. Turning your thermostat down by just 1 degree can reduce your energy consumption by over 5%. You won’t even notice the difference in room temperature. On the same note, don’t heat rooms when you are not using them

Decrease the hot water temperature. Your hot water thermostat needn’t be higher than 60 degrees centigrade (140 degrees Fahrenheit). Any higher and you will only be mixing it with cold water to cool it back down for use.

Give your boiler regular checkups, especially if you have had it for a few years.

Wash economically. Only use the washing machine when you have collected a full load. If you must wash a partial load, use the economy or half load setting. Also, modern washers work just as effectively at 40 degrees Centigrade (100 F) as they do at 60 (140 F), but the reduced temperature will make a difference in terms of energy used.

Tumble dryers use up a huge amount of energy. If possible, hang your clothes on a line instead. This is better for your clothes as well.

Washing economically doesn’t just apply to your clothes. Taking a shower instead of a bath uses around 50 percent less energy.

Reuse water coming out of the tap that would drain otherwise. When you turn on the tap to wait for hot water, for example, put a container under the tap until the water is warm enough and then use the water in the container to water plants or use for other purposes.

Prevent drafts. In an average house, up to 50 percent of heat is lost through drafts. To test an area, simply hold the palm of your hand up against a door or window. If you feel cold air coming through, warm air is escaping. This is simple to fix and can save you hundreds on your yearly heating bill.

Fit draft excluders around all exterior doors and interior if needed.

Fill in any cracks or crevices on window frames, skirting boards or floors with a filler or sealant.

Turn off appliances and lighting. Turn off any appliances you are not using, especially by switching off lights when you leave the room. Don’t leave fridge or freezer doors open for longer than necessary, and don’t forget that your freezer needs to be defrosted regularly for it to run efficiently.

Turn off your computer. Leaving the screen saver on will not save any energy. Screen savers can use more energy than when you are using the computer yourself and can reduce the life of your monitor. Instead, enable the display blanking feature to automatically turn off the monitor when your computer is idle. You can save $50-$100 per year by enabling your computer to ‘sleep’ automatically when you are not using.

Insulate. Up to a third of your home heating escapes through the roof. Prevent this by insulating. Not only is it simple to do, but it’s also the most cost efficient energy saving measure you can make. If you don’t already have it, invest in cavity-wall insulation. This will prevent another third of your heat escaping.

 

Starting a Succesful Online Store in 2013

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It is sure a very tempting and profitable idea to start an online store, for some product that you think it is in demand today.  The reasons you might be thinking of why you would start an online store are:

  • Online stores are much easier to maintain ( most of them work with no intervention or need to be taken care of )
  • You can change your store’s look to the users demands
  • You can add products much faster and cheaper
  • You can reach much more people online than in real life via word by mouth or ambulant marketing
  • Much more cost-effective and profitable than real life stores, because it is easily reachable
  • Will win you the reputation of a modern business

And much more of them that i can not think of right now because i am tired. But i have friends who have started, for example a cheap iPhone 5 store. The official price for the iPhone is 500 euros but they are selling them for 300 and are making heavy money out of it. If some small guys can do that money, why should not you? As usual, internet offers us an opportunity that we can not pass so we will build our own succesful online store :).

So, the steps to creating your own succesful online store, here are them:

1 – Decide your Product

Or your product category. It would take a lot of work to open yourself a general store now (because most people don’t accept general stores lacking something and we will not be able to deal with all those suppliers out there right now either. ). I would go for technological products (because there is always a new and shiny one people want to buy to look better than their friends). A category can be, for example, technology.

2 – Give your online nice clothes

Finding your website a nice template is a good start. Choose the best template that will give the feeling of your store (for example a technology template for your technology store, or a beautiful design theme for your women articles store. Whatever the main product you are selling, your website should be easily navigable, look impressive ( statistics say that a good-themed website gets more popularity than a website that is only functional ). You can find loads of them for your preffered e-commerce script at both Theme Forest and Theme Vault websites. The trick here is to find yourself one of those HTML5 responsive eCommerce themes to make the competition look outdated next to your online store.

 

3 – Make yourself heard 

The last part of this is making yourself heard. If you are not good at online marketing, simply find yourself an internet marketer and a SEO expert. You have a high need online to get your voice heard by others. You need to get your website on social networks, get backlinks from reputable websites that already sell what you say, get good reviews about your website, and generally do a good promotion of your website.

Taking all these steps are enough to get you up and running with your new online store. See you in the next article!