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How Confidence Contributes to Personal and Professional Successes

Written by David Jones on October 3, 2014

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After years of turning into their mothers, women are pushing back the clock to feel more youthful and beautiful. This beauty has unleashed a new sense of power for women, whether they’re at home, in the workplace, or out in society.

Confidence depends on more than appearance. A positive self-image goes a long way toward how women carry themselves and their residual impact. For women dealing with visible signs of aging, a 35% reduction in wrinkles can make a massive difference in self-esteem. (more…)

Trends for Home Improvement and Design Features

Written by David Jones on October 2, 2014

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Home improvements that include interior design upgrades are becoming more and more popular. Full kitchen and bathroom renovations are common and people are spending for interesting, attractive and innovative designs to make their homes more efficient, functional and use the existing space in a creative way. (more…)

How to Lower Your Heating Bill in 7 Simple Steps

Written by abovepop on September 16, 2014

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As the hot days of summer 2014 come to an end, most of us will be seeing colder weather fairly soon. Regardless of what your heating bill has been in the past, there are ways to lower the amount you pay while staying warm and cozy.

Don’t compromise your comfort or your wallet; you can have both.

Tips to reduce your heating bill

Let’s take a look at a few of the easiest methods for lowering your heating bill this winter:

  • Turn down the thermostat. This may sound obvious, but too many people leave their thermostat a few degrees higher than it needs to be, and then wonder why their bills are outrageously high. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, “The rule of thumb is that you can save about 3 percent on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat [full time].” Additionally, just turning it down 10 degrees while you’re away at work can save you around 14 percent.

  • Use fans correctly. Many people share a number of common misconceptions about household fans during the winter. Most homeowners incorrectly assume that ceiling fans are only for summer use, when they can actually be used for heating purposes. Try spinning your fan clockwise during the winter to mix trapped heat with cool air. As for bathroom and kitchen fans, did you know they can remove a large percentage of your home’s heat in just one hour of operation? To preserve your savings, turn them off as soon as they’ve finished the job.

  • Tint your windows. Large windows are notorious for letting loads of heat escape. According to Sun Tech Glass Tinting, applying window tinting to your home’s windows can “reduce heat by up to 80%, and electricity bills by up to 40%” during the summer. The opposite is true during the winter, because window tints keep heat inside. This is a simple and cost-effective solution that provides a significant ROI in a matter of months.

  • Replace weatherstripping. Worn down weatherstripping can lead to unnecessary drafts and leaks around windows and doors. Some experts suggest as much as 7 to 12 percent of a home’s annual heat loss occurs around windows and doors. That’s a hefty chunk of your monthly bill.

  • Portable heaters. For homeowners who typically stay in one or two rooms throughout most of the day, using a portable heater can be a cost-effective way to stay warm while reducing overall heating costs. Yes, the heater uses electricity, but the cost of running a portable heater is much less than heating rooms you aren’t using for the most part.

  • Install curtains. Appropriately using curtains can help you stay warm and save money. During sunlight hours, opening the curtains will enable solar radiation to warm your living space. Then, closing curtains at night can slow the release of heat through your windows.

  • Use existing heat. Some of the best tips are the simplest. There are a number of household activities you can do that naturally produce heat. For example, when you take a shower, leave the door open so steam can flow freely through the house. When you’ve finished baking in the oven, open the door and let it warm the kitchen.

Lowering your heating bill and staying warm are not mutually exclusive activities. By following these helpful tips, you can enjoy the best of both worlds this winter.

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Streaming Entertainment Lessens Piracy … But is it Enough?

Written by David Jones on September 9, 2014

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Entertainment piracy has come a long way since it began. Bootlegging movies in black and white and recording tapes from the radio to sell to your friends never had a fraction of the impact that modern, digital piracy has had on the entertainment industry.

As with Internet security in general, every measure of technology invented to crack down on piracy has been met by a more skilled method of undermining it. “Piracy is a form of theft, hands down,” declares criminal defense attorney Channing Neary.

“You are enjoying a product without giving back to the industry or to the individuals who created it. This practice is inarguably unlawful and unethical.” As a result, the entertainment industry continually seeks ways to defeat digital pirates.

Where enforcement and controls have failed or been overcome, entertainment experts say compromise will more likely diminish the frequency of illegal downloading. Different sectors of the entertainment industry are taking steps to end piracy and uphold the integrity of the work. (more…)

Technology That Helps You Learn

Written by David Jones on September 5, 2014

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It’s that time of year again. You’re packing the kids’ lunches, sending them off to the bus stop, and spending a little more time focusing on your personal needs.

While they probably aren’t happy about the transition from summer to fall, it’s much needed. Not only is it time for you to rest up after long vacations, camps, and busy days on the home front, it’s also time for them to get back to work and start learning again.

Equip your young scholar with technology

While you don’t have a lot of say about your children’s curriculum, teachers, or schools, you can prepare your student by equipping her or him with technology that makes the most out of the kid’s time in and out of the classroom. (more…)