Energy Efficiency Audit In New Orleans

Rising energy costs and growing concerns about climate change has made homeowners to look for cost-effective ways of saving money on their household bills. Building energy efficient homes and improving energy efficiency in our homes can increase their value. Even smallest changes can yield the biggest results. A number of homeowners have started educating themselves on how to make their home more and more energy efficient.
The first step in making your home energy efficient is by conducting energy efficiency audit. Home energy audits are easy to carry out and useful in identify areas for home improvement. In this the focus is on areas of lowest energy efficiency, such as un-insulated lofts, single glazed windows, open fireplaces and energy ‘eating’ appliances and improving your home’s air tightness.
Assigning home energy audit to a certified energy advisor such as Eco Star Foam is a necessary to ensure that the most cost-effective improvements are undertaken. Basic areas which energy auditor from Eco star foam will test in your home are:
Blower-Door testing.
Weatherization Programs.
Thermal Imaging Video of Home.
Duct-Blasting Test.
Furnace Flute Testing.
Moisture Reading.
Eco Star Foams energy auditors after completion of audit provide you with a full written report of the auditors findings and solutions to increase your homes energy efficiency. Energy audit has its own benefits and some of the most prominent of them being:
Make your home more comfortable and at the same time using less energy.
Prevent wear and tear on your heating and A/C equipments.
Lowering your energy bill.
Reducing airborne contaminants.
Immense help in saving energy.
North Americans people are increasingly looking at ways to improve the energy-efficiency of their homes as making substantial improvements in energy efficiency. This will save house owners money in the long run. Eco star foam provides services in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi and other regions.

How To Guide To Improving Air Quality And Energy Efficiency In Your Home

It is an easy task to improve the indoor air quality of your home while improving its energy efficiency at the same time. Knowing some basic steps is all you need to get started.

Improve Air Quality and Energy Efficiency by Eliminating Drafts

The first order of business is to eliminate as many drafts as possible. This will limit the quantity of airborne allergens that can enter your home from outside. The prevention of drafts will both improve the quality of the air inside your home and will also increase the energy efficiency of your air conditioning/heating system. Much of your high energy costs is due to loss of heat in the winter and in the summer, the loss of air conditioning,generates higher energy bills and it wastes your money and our natural resources.

Reducing drafts helps reduce the outside irritants and toxic particles that can be found suspended in outdoor air and have less chance of getting into your home.

Air Circulation Improves Improve Air Quality and Energy Efficiency

Circulating the air inside becomes very important as it allows the air to move around and the rooms will not become stuffy, stale and full of odors. Using an air conditioner to control the humidity in your home will also reduce or eliminate humidity and reduce the need for a dehumidifier which is very expensive to operate.

Create a Save Haven in Your Home

Your ability to control your indoor air quality and energy efficiency will allow you to create a safe haven in your home, This will help protected from airborne microbes such as small pox, anthrax, botulism, toxic gas, and radio active particle that can be released by terrorists or by accident.

Improve Air Quality and Energy Efficiency by Leakage Testing

A simple air leakage test is your first step you need to do to improve your indoor air quality and energy efficiency. All that is needed is a fan set up near an outer doorway. After placing the fan in the outer doorway, you will observe that eh amount of air that flows through the fan is equal to the air that is flowing through any leaks in the outer shell of the building.

If you use white smoke while you perform the leakage test, you will see openings in windows or door that are allowing your air conditioning and heating to escape or toxins to enter. Mold spores, dust, insects and pollen enter the home through these cracks.

Most people are aware of the fact that older homes are often drafty due to multiple leaks, but believe it or not, newly constructed homes can also have air leaks. It is estimated that new homes can have upwards of 300 square inches of air openings in the outer shell. If you have a ducted air circulation system in your home, these openings can create a significant level of pressure inside the home that will drive air through these openings. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that since you have a new home, you don’t have any leakage problems.

Conclusion

One final caveat. Before you go rushing out to seal up your home in an effort to improve its air quality and energy efficiency, you must make a committment to reduce the amount of chemicalproducts that you use. More and more studies are showing that the air quality within our homes is often worse than the air we breathe outside. Carpeting that gives off toxic fumes, cleaning products, personal care products and electronic equipment are only a few of the products that we use indoors that is contributing to “sick house syndrome”. So before you tackle the job of improving your air quality and energy efficiency, use more natural products in your home to keep you and your family safe.

Energy Efficiency Can Be Helped With Enterprise Energy Management Systems

Although efficiency has always been relatively defined by every kinds of enterprise. For instance, there would be companies which qualify productivity as a measure for asset efficiency. Although there have been plenty of reviews on asset and appliance energy consumption, there had been little on energy efficiency per se.

While companies are getting busy plotting their action plan, they are also giving attention to the fact that energy efficiency is of utmost importance. Measured against the pervasive threat of climate change, society dictates that business interests are inferior.

Our society presses on having each business take accountability for its own emissions and justification of such. This is an emerging threat to the viability of organizations and will now require them to adopt enterprise carbon and energy management systems as they not only begin to understand their actual positions but get ready to answer to society and legislators.

A common organization operates through the interaction of its assets. Each asset is responsible for the consumption of energy and the consequent emission of greenhouse gases. Emissions which are related to energy consumption are one of the largest contributors to climate change and other environmental degradation which should be stopped if needed.

While we are not yet at a position where the preceding statement can be viewed as black and white, we are certainly heading in that direction. For an organization to exist, let alone prosper in the future it must justify its possession of each asset and be sure that the asset is performing to ultimate efficiency. Enterprise carbon and energy management systems enable such tracking and provide a clear correlation between energy use and emissions spent.

We are very likely to see legislation. which requires consent for using energy and carbon emissions, enclosed within market forces. In this highly competitive and market-based economy, involved parties need to have openness and encourage transparency in conducting business to be satisfactorily compliant. Again, in this world a healthy balance sheet owes a lot to the performance of individual and sometimes lowly asset groups and thus the significance of asset performance tracking may not be understated.

There is a clear link between asset energy efficiency and carbon emissions and as carbon becomes a protected, trackable and tradable commodity, organizations must enable the link.

Enterprise carbon and energy management systems focus on energy efficiency and performance. Software providers such as Verisae have already amassed experience by providing such an approach to a number of retail organizations worldwide. Forward-thinking companies know and understand that although legislation would not be targeting enterprises at the moment yet, they also understand the importance of adamantly acquiring the most effective information possible.

While political debate and agendas can often slow the advance of legislation, societal opinion appears to be consolidating and organizations that are slow to take the initiative and adopt a clear path toward sustainability may indeed be very shortsighted.

Just Can’t Wait For The Next Best Thing in the Mid-Size Sedan Hybrid Segment!

When it comes to the field of hybrid and electric vehicles there is one adage that is holding true… if you want better performance and efficiency, then just wait a little bit for the next new thing.

When it comes to mid-size hybrid sedans, you’ve got a selection of the 2012 Ford Fusion, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

Currently the Camry gets 43 mpg (miles per gallon) city and 39 mpg highway, the Fusion gets 41 mpg city and 36 mpg and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and the Kia Optima Hybrid get 35 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The base price for the Camry Hybrid is $25,900, while the Sonata Hybrid is $26,650, the Optima Hybrid starts at $27,250 and the Fusion’s starting price is $28,775. From reviewing the “Build to Order” pages each manufacturer has on the internet, it appears the Ford offers the most in technology and luxury upgrades (and of course, the highest price).

The Sonata Hybrid and the Optima Hybrid both offer 1.4 kilowatt hour lithium-polymer battery packs working with a 2.4L inline-four cylinder gas engine. Currently Ford and Toyota offer four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gas engines working with nickel-hydride battery packs.

However at the January 2012 North American International Show, Ford introduced its 2013 Fusion Hybrid (which should be available by fourth quarter 2012). Ford’s revised Hybrid will have a higher voltage, lighter weight lithium-ion battery pack coupled with a more efficient, higher output 2.0L four-cylinder gas engine. Although it’s not officially got its EPA rating yet, Ford is projecting its new model to have 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway. With a combined 46 mpg rating, that’s way better than Camry’s current combined 41 mpg and Sonata’s 37 mpg rating.

Ford will also be introducing the Fusion Energi – a plug-in hybrid which will get a combined mpg rating of more than 100 mpgE (miles per gallon equivalent). The mpgE is a new rating and so with plug-in or all-electric vehicles, this will be the new EPA standard rating. This means the Fusion will have a better economy rating than the Toyota Prius (at 95 mpgE) or the Chevrolet Volt (at 93 mpgE). Also, Ford will also be introducing a new C-Max Engeri, a compact multi-passenger van, which will also be a plug-in hybrid.

But let’s get back to this 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid… this vehicle is set up so that under the right conditions, it can operate off battery power at speeds up to 62 mph. Then it will use its gas engine to add its power to the mix. The four-cylinder engine is estimated to be 180 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. This is a front wheel drive with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

Also, Ford is not relenting on its quest to be at the top of the technology heap. The Fusion Hybrid can come equipped with the newly redesigned MyFord Touch voice-activated touch-screen navigation system, the active park assist system, push button start, eight airbags, adaptive cruise control with collision warning, blind-spot information system and the new lane-keeping system. That’s a lot of technology! Each new owner may need to take a class just to be able to drive their new vehicle.

On top of all of this, Ford’s redesigned this vehicle and it definitely has styling cues reminiscent of the Aston Martin, so we can’t wait to see more of this vehicle. We are awaiting more information from Ford on this new vehicle and if it turns out the way they’ve projected… then this will mean a whole new level of efficiency and performance for mid-size sedan hybrid segment.

The 12 Signs Of Zodiac And The Influence Of Planets

Signs are one of the languages of astrology. Zodiac signs or signs tells us people try and attempt to attain the goals ascertained by the nature of each of the planets. These zodiac signs are categorized into 12 signs that may be deemed as 12 categorizations of a persons character as well.

These 12 zodiac signs are amalgamation of expressed energy. This expressed energy is then categorized through their relationship to the four elements that we know of which are: water, fire, air and earth. Likewise this expressed energy is also categorized through their relationship to the three modes that are: birth, continuity of existence, transformation or death. Looking at these three modes one could figure out that these modes are related to the three phases or what we call stages in life of a person.

The language of astrology tells us that the first mode, which is the birth mode, is also the initiating phase. In this regard, birth mode is also called the cardinal mode. On the other hand, the second mode that is the continuity of existence mode is called the fixed mode while the transformative mode or the death mode where change is present is called the mutable mode.
The twelve zodiac signs are expressed by way of the four elements and the three modes; each sign has an element and a mode from which it defines an expressed energy.

The elements—water, fire, air and earth carries in each specific zodiacs. Water signs include the zodiacs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. Zodiacs under the element of water personify emotional, receptive and sensitive traits.

Fire signs include Aries, Leo and Sagittarius zodiacs. Fire signs personify passionate, energetic, self-directing and assertive characters.

While air signs include zodiacs that personify mental, communicative and social characters such as Aquarius, Gemini and Libra; earth signs including Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn represents reliable, practical and very sensual personifications.

These personifications given are just some of the personifications that may be attributed and represented by the four elements and their relationship with the three modes. An entire book that discusses all these has already been written and thus could provide a more detailed interpretation to the zodiacs and the representations that they carry through their relationship with the four elements as well as the three modes.

But aside from the personifications, archetypes for each of the twelve zodiacs are also deemed by their relationships to the modes, and the elements. These archetypes are the following:

Aries archetypes include warrior, daredevil, pioneer, and survivor. Taurus archetypes are builder, earth spirit, musician, and conservationist; Gemini has archetypes that include teacher, storyteller, writer and Jack of all trades; Cancer has mother, nurturer, psychic or empress archetypes; Leo has performer, king or queen, comedian and child archetypes; Virgo has analyst, perfectionist, servant, and efficiency expert archetypes; Libra has diplomat, peacemaker, lover, or artist archetypes; Scorpio has detective, sorcerer, alchemist, or avenger archetypes while Sagittarius has student, philosopher, gypsy or visionary archetypes. However, Capricorns archetypes include hermit, emperor, strategist or achiever; Aquarius has revolutionary, nonconformist or genius archetypes and lastly, Pisces with high-priest/priestess, mystic, poet or martyr archetypes.

How To Improve The Us Economy – A Political Perspective

The United States has been in a recession since December, 2007, as defined by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, nonprofit research organization. But the American people, and the Obama administration along with the democrat majority congress, seem to be at odds on how to fix the American economy.

A robust economy means companies expand which results in job creation. Currently, the American people are not spending because many are not working, and those who are working are spending less, most likely due to the possibility of losing their job. Current unemployment rate stands at 9.6% as of August, 2009. A decrease in spending by the American people results in a decrease in company profits, company non expansion, and more layoffs.

Reporting on a survey by Watson Wyatt, a consulting firm, the HRSpecialist.com reported in November of 2008 that one-fourth of U.S. employers plan to have staff reductions during the following calendar year. We are now seeing this come to fruition for 2009.

So how can the US economy improve? Improvement being defined as two consecutive quarters where we do not have negative growth in the GDP (gross domestic product). The following is what we call the Steps to Economic Improvement. These are steps for consideration which hopefully result in a healthy bipartisan discussion between our elected congressman and their constituency. These steps may result in non-recessionary growth of our economy.

You may or may not agree with these steps, but at a bare minimum, these are points to consider, and ideally result in a healthy discussion with our elected congressmen, which at last check, is one of the unchanged notions of a free democratic society.

Steps to Economic Improvement:

1) The first step is to realize that it is business and not government that creates jobs and wealth within the American society. This is where we believe is the heart of the problem. It is evident that the Obama administration believes it is government that will lead Americans to economic prosperity. This is why the federal government has put forth a $780 billion stimulus package. So where is this money really going. Lets take a look at the breakdown. (source Republican Senate office, CNN.com AC360)

$780 Billion Stimulus Package:

MORE THAN $43 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS
$27 BILLION FOR HIGHWAY, ROAD AND BRIDGE INVESTMENTS
$8.4 BILLION FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT INVESTMENT
$2 BILLION FOR HIGH SPEED RAIL
$1.3 BILLION FOR FAA AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT
$850 MILLION FOR AMTRAK
$250 MILLION FOR GRANTS TO STATES FOR INVESTMENT IN HIGH SPEED AND INNER CITY PASSENGER RAIL
$100 MILLION TO MARITIME ADMINISTRATION FOR ASSISTANCE TO SMALL SHIPYARDS
$76.8 BILLION IN EDUCATION INVESTMENTS
$39 BILLION FOR STATE FISCAL RELIEF TARGETED DIRECTLY FOR EDUCATION
$13.9 BILLION FOR PELL GRANTS
$13.5 BILLION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDING
$10.4 BILLION FOR TITLE I
$6.4 BILLION FOR WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE
$3 BILLION FOR JOB TRAINING
$3.25 BILLION FOR WORKFORCE INVESTMENT PROGRAMS
$160 MILLION FOR JOB CORPS
$87 BILLION IN TEMPORARY AND TARGETED MEDICAID RELIEF TO STATES
$5 BILLION FOR SUPPLEMENTAL GRANTS TO PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES FOR CAPITAL NEEDS
$4.7 BILLION FOR STATE AND LOCAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY BLOCK GRANTS
$4.4 BILLION FOR SMART GRID
$2.9 BILLION FOR WEATHERIZATION PROGRAMS
$2 BILLION FOR ADVANCED BATTERY MANUFACTURING
$7 BILLION FOR LOAN GUARANTEES FOR STANDARD RENEWABLES
$800 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF PORTS OF ENTRY
$500 MILLION FOR FIREFIGHTERS ASSISTANCE GRANTS
$1.2 BILLION FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

As part of the 2010 budget proposal, the Obama administration has also proposed additional measures to attempt to stabilize the economy, including a $23 trillion measure aimed at stabilizing the financial system and freeing up credit. In a nutshell, auditors from the Congressional Budget Office have said that Obama’s budget would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade.

This is a large chunk of change that needs to be provided by the American taxpayer! But the question is, will all of this spending help the long term growth of the US economy? Growth being during the period of not just the next few years, but rather 10 to 15 years. We believe it will not and here is why.

2) These programs burden the tax payer. History has shown that long sustained economic growth can not take place when the tax payer is over burdened by a federal deficit. Also, when the government spends money they do not have, they print more money, which results in a devaluation of the US dollar. This results in inflation.

3) Small businesses employ just over half of U.S. workers. How do you define a small business. The Office of Advocacy defines a small business for research purposes as an independent business having fewer than 500 employees. In examining the $780 billion stimulus package, you can see that there is no real help for small business. Remember, job creation is needed for economic recovery.

4) The socializing of America will not result in long term economic growth. The massive spending that the Obama administration has proposed will result in an even greater tax burden to the American people.

Most Americans believe in the frame work and meaning of The Constitution of the United States. The first words of the Constitution “We the People” make it clear that our government was established to serve the people. The essence of a democracy was eloquently stated by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” This simply means that our elected president and congress have a responsibility to listen to the American people.

And it can be said that most Americans do not want a socialistic society for the United States. Government needs to stop spending the American tax dollar, simply because an escalating government deficit will not result in an overall improvement in our economy.

5) Programs such as Cash for Clunkers, auto industry bailouts, and the like, only in the end increase the tax burden on the American people. These massively expensive programs do very little to improve the viability and strength of most small business. Based on 2008 figures, there are 155 million workers in the United States. The car industry accounts for about 13 million of these workers. Therefore, most Americans will not benefit from the bailout of the auto industry. There is only a marginal at best improvement in the economy from such programs.

6) We do applaud the Obama administration for the injection of capital into the financial institutions, because for small business to flourish, there needs to be capital available, and commercial banks and other depository institutions are the largest lenders of capital to small business.

7) The economy will do much better when companies are left to compete in the market place with minimal government involvement. A case in point, the Reagan administration had a policy of less government during the 1980s. This resulted in long term economic growth. This is the exact opposite of what the Obama administration is trying to do.

The Obama administration was given a bad economy when Barack Obama took office. But the Obama administration has taken a bad situation and made it much worse. Many economists believe that our economy would return anyway, with minimal government involvement. In terms of the economy, the government many times creates or prolongs problems and really does not solve them. A case in point, the deregulation of the banking industry which resulted in sub-prime lending. This created an eventual financial collapse, which resulted in the down turn in our economy and our current economic meltdown.

To conclude, the concept of minimal government is an important component for a strong American economy. Letting companies naturally compete within a free democratic society, with minimal government involvement, produces a robust economy, which benefits all Americans. The writers of the Constitution of the United Sates, our founding fathers, believed that the role of government in the lives of people should be minimal. Should we not adhere to the principles of our Constitution?

By letting your voice be heard, it is the American people who in the end control the destiny of the United States. And in the end, it is the American people who will control the destiny of the American economy. Go to your congressmans website and contact them, discuss these points, express your opinion, and let them know how you feel. It is your right and duty as an American citizen.

Ensure Energy Efficiency In Your Home By Getting A Home Energy Assessment

Home energy assessment refers to the process of inspection, survey and estimation of the flow of energy in a particular building. This activity is carried out with the intent to reduce the amount of energy consumed in a building. Special emphasis is given to the fact that the resultant solution does not cause any negative effect on the output energy.

The process of energy audit is done by a professional, who surveys the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning or HVAC system of a residence. Advanced equipment like infrared cameras and blower doors are utilized to determine the appropriate solution for an effective heating and cooling of the house. Such services can be easily availed from an expert heating contractor. Their professionals carry out a thorough inspection of the entire building, beginning with the walls, ceilings & floors to doors, windows and skylights. While carrying out the process of surveying, all the places of leakage and points of infiltration of air are taken into consideration. The audit also takes into account the physical condition and efficiency of the various mechanical systems of the house. These may include the heating, air conditioning and ventilation equipment.

The assessment is made while keeping in mind factors like the local climate, roof overhang, solar orientation and the energy consumption of the house like electricity, natural gas or other energy sources. Apart from surveying the heating, cooling and ventilation systems of a premise, there are other factors that these experts take into account. These include the size of the premise where the system is to be installed, the age of the building and the renovation done to the same. Size of the premise matters a lot, as a large air conditioner will be unable to efficiently dehumidify the air, whereas a small HVAC system will be ineffective in creating comfortable conditions inside the premises. Based on such findings a heating contractor suggests remedial solutions to improve the energy consumption of the building, without making a compromise on the energy output.

The solutions offered by these experts also include Westchester heating services like furnace installation, boilers, radiant flooring, heat pumps and hybrid heat systems & geothermal systems. The cooling solutions, on the other hand, include installation of efficient and effective central air conditioning system together with cooling equipment. Maintenance and load calculations also form a part of the cooling solutions. Additionally, the cooling solutions are constituted by air filtration & humidification service and the ultraviolet light system.

Creating An Outdoor Oasis Under Retractable Awnings

The last few years saw a surge in home interior design, and that transitioned gracefully into an interest in designing a backyard with the same thoughtfulness and attention to comfort. Outdoor designs enhance the earthiness and roughness of nature, with the comfort and detail of indoors. This blend is integral to creating a polished, usable environment: the influence of indoor design brings structure and unity to the outdoor space.

Structure defines the space through construction like fences, patios, or gazebos, or through vegetation, like borders or shrubs. Modern retractable awnings are an uncomplicated and inexpensive method to introduce definition to an outdoor space without the high cost of construction or the high maintenance of complicated landscaping.

Define the Space with Retractable Awnings
Design is based on cohesion between decorating elements. For outdoor spaces, cohesion is predicated on structure, an outline for the area. With retractable awnings, the natural flow between the interior space and the new exterior space depends on the size and location of the retractable awnings:
Outdoor access, such as sliding doors
Shade needs for interior rooms; retractable awnings block heat, UV rays, glare, and sunlight, which makes them an asset for overly bright rooms or rooms with UV-susceptible elements, like paintings and photographs.
Sun orientation; retractable awnings which shade west and south facing rooms can reduce indoor temperature gains by 77%, so they are ideal for passive energy efficiency in sunny rooms
Size. The width of retractable awnings can be custom-sized by the inch, so it is possible to scale the retractable awning perfectly to match the desired location.

Incorporate drop screens to provide a natural fluidity to the area. Drop screens are mounted vertically and are lowered down. In areas around pools or for existing gazebos, stairways, or decks, drop screens mark pathways and create an enclosed feeling. Drop screens also have functional benefits, such as rain, UV, glare, pollen, and bug protection for exposed sitting areas.

Basic Design Ideas
Outdoor design is tied to the senses, and the primary sense is visual. First, retractable awnings provide a visual structure to the unordered outdoors. Second, retractable awnings create a color patter; the fabric and colors in the retractable awning define the overarching palette for the rest of the space and diffuse the ambient light, creating a subtle pervasive color.

This makes selecting the retractable awning fabric vitally important. Decide the mood or the natural element to emphasize.
Bright greens for lush vegetation.
Subtle patterns in dark greens and browns or woodlands.
Light blues, turquoises, and golds for waters and beaches.
Bright oranges, reds, and yellows for tropical or desert colors.

Subtle retractable awning features, like different colored frames, tie into the overall theme and contrast with the retractable awning fabric for visual depth. Valances for traditional lateral arm (flat extension) retractable awnings can have a dozen different patterns. For smooth and fluid environments, like beach themes, look for valances with movement to them, like scallops, with sharp angles to echo the rigidity of woods. Other distinct styles can be used throughout the space, such as fluttery sheets of fabric called butterfly awnings or fan-shaped awnings which can fit in corners.

The rest of the backyard space fall into place according to the core elements defined in the retractable awnings. The key is to pay attention to the details:
Seating, particularly with coordinating colors, luxurious pillows and throw blankets. The style of furniture is important, depending on the size of the area delineated by the retractable awning and the functional flow of traffic.
Plants. Retractable awnings cool temperatures as much as 20 degrees and provide protection from the harshest light, so it is possible to fill in the outdoor area with potted plants or types of plants which are prone to drying and heat damage in full sunlight, including ferns, some kinds of palms, flowers, and fresh herbs.
Lighting. Solar lights, strings of lights, and side lamps all provide safe and mild outdoor lighting, which can make the outdoor space enjoyable even after twilight. The retractable awning itself can support very light objects, like Chinese paper lanterns or Christmas lights, but its generally a bad idea to hang things from the retractable awning since that impedes its ability to retract.
Heating and fans. Free standing fans or outdoor heaters carry the seasonal life of the outdoor space from early spring well into early winter. Other heating options, like chimeneas, should be placed slightly outside the retractable awning, to prevent damage to the fabric from the smoke.

Retractable awnings are an interesting alternative for interesting spaces. Retractable awnings make a huge visual impact and provide the core structure and definition for planning an outdoor living space, while being a relatively inexpensive do-it-yourself project. Retractable awnings turn any outdoor space into a canvas for expression.

Double Glazing As An Energy Efficiency Measure

Double glazing involves adding a second pane of glass to the existing one while leaving a space in between. This space traps air that can act as an excellent insulator against noise and heat loss. Many people spend a lot of money buying home heaters to keep the house warm during the cold days. Windows that are single glazed usually loose up to 20 percent of heat. With double glazing however, you can save a lot of utility costs since the glazed windows and doors will conserve the heat energy in the house. During the hot days, the glazed windows keep the heat out thereby maintaining a cool atmosphere inside the house.

When looking for double glazing material that will help you conserve as much heat as possible, it is important to consider the efficiency of that material. UPVC is the most popular of the double glazing materials; it comes in a wide range of colors, sizes and styles. It is up to you to choose which of these fit into the design of your home perfectly. UPVC is also a suitable option for those operating on a tight budget because of its cost effectiveness. The material is also used when you want to make minor improvement to your home heat conservation system.

Other materials that can be used include hard wood and aluminum. Aluminum is quite durable as well as very strong. All these materials are suitable for double glazing since they do not react to adverse weather conditions, unlike wood. They are also not only energy conservatives, they also act as deterrent to would be burglars. Contrast to popular belief, double glazing does not have to spoil how your house looks; you can pick colors and styles that complement the general design of your house.

For high level of energy conservation, you can install secondary double glazing. This involves installing a second door or window on the interior side of the old one. You can save up to 135 pounds on your heating bills every year if you install double glazing in your house. You also save around 720 kilograms of carbon dioxide in the same time period.

If you are not sure about the best way to install energy saving double glazing, seek help from an energy efficiency advice center near you. Double glazing does not harm the environment in any way. On the contrary, you would be conserving nature if you adopted this natural way of conserving energy. It has been proven beyond doubt that double glazing can help you save over 50 percent of heat that would otherwise be lost if your windows were not glazed. Save energy and money by double glazing your windows and doors.

China Household Appliance Industry Will Promote The Application Of Energy-saving Technology And…

China Household Appliance Industry Will Promote The Application of Energy-saving Technology and New Materials

As reported, the Twelfth Five-Year Plan scheme draft of GPS Antenna industry has been finished, and it also has asked for advices from enterprises level, it is expected to be reported to the relevant departments in recent period. The applications on energy efficiency, major technologies and new materials will have relative quantitative task indicators. The first draft put forward that China will become a powerful country of making solar panel with 10 years of efforts, and according to this objective, it also has proposed specific economic indicators, technological innovation indicators, quality indicators, energy saving and environmental protection home appliances indicators and international indicators for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.

In order to lay the foundation for kitchen utensil power, the main task during the Twelfth Five-Year period is to guide the household appliance industry to develop toward the connotative direction through restructuring product structure, industry structure and market structure, as well as distributing the industry reasonably, and achieve the transformation of structural adjustment, industrial restructuring and upgrading and the development digital electronic products mode. As for the main objectives and tasks, the discussion draft also proposed specific measures and policy recommendations.

The person who approach drafting the plan disclosed that, at present Chinese home appliances industry must recognize the status that under the fully competitive environment, more companies are repeating the old way–foreign guidance and domestic follow on the one hand, on the other hand, they are reducing cost and achieving profit through scale management. Therefore, the importance of changing ideas and growth mode must be realized first of all. Many companies appeal to that the relevant departments should increase the policy support on developing digital electronic technology, key parts and components, and change the current situation that some key components of home appliance are controlled by others.

However, according to the draftsman, in the current complete draft, energy saving and environmental protection will be an important theme, at the same time it also has put forward relative quantifiable indicators for the specific tasks of household appliance industry development, such as how much the average energy efficiency is hoped to increase, what kind of core technology will be developed and so on; it is also hoped to increase the speaking right of Chinese home appliance standard system in the international world through guiding the technological innovation, and increase the proportion of world-class appliance brand in the industry. The draftsman also stressed that the plan also has proposed requirements for new materials application, it will encourage people to use more appropriate materials under the consideration of energy saving and environmental protection. The reporters also learned that the major technology research project that related to household appliances industry development is expected to get key support from authority department.

Analysts pointed out that it means some enterprises that take the lead in working hard in energy-saving home appliances technology and participating in researching core technology, upstream materials and components will get greater support. Except paying attention to Haier, Chigo and other whole machine manufacturers, which are innovative on energy efficiency, the compressor equipment manufacturing, new materials and other upstream companies also are worth concerning specially by investors, such as Shuangliang energy-saving, Hesheng new materials and so on.

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