Energy-efficient Landscaping Techniques

Landscaping refers to any activity that involves the actual manipulation of an area of land to improve its appearance. It is very beneficial to the home because it provides a pleasing and comfortable ambience and can add to its resale value. According to experts, landscaping can add as much as 14 percent to the resale value of a property and speed its sale by as much as 6 weeks. This is equivalent to earning back 150 percent or more of your landscape investment.

Surprisingly, landscaping has another benefit. Landscaping can help in the conservation of energy. Carefully positioned trees reduce household energy consumption for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent. Homeowners can actually save an average amount between $100 and $250 annually. Here are some ways you could use landscaping to reduce energy consumption.

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Smart Buildings – More Than Just Energy Efficiency

The smartest people in the commercial real estate industry agree–if we really got energy efficiency in buildings right using smart building technologies, corporations could save so much money that there would be little need for solar panels or windmills. While most experts are still strong supporters of these alternative energy sources, they agree that extreme energy efficiency measures could have very dramatic positive results.

On the other hand, there are an increasing number of people who are growing disenchanted with the energy efficiency movement. It is not that they are against the idea, it just seems like it is an “all or nothing” proposition, and one of the major aspects of smart building technologies is the impact they can have on OPERATIONS and TENANT SAFETY/SATISFACTION as well as energy efficiency–which solar panels and windmills don’t offer.
In our world of buildings, a world that impacts us every time we enter an office, mall, school or sporting venue, and an environment that requires a great degree of operational support, why totally ignore the operational benefits, financial and human productivity possibilities, and tenant safety/satisfaction potential of intelligent, connected, high performance smart buildings?

This new generation of smart buildings, in which an IT infrastructure is laid on top of a building and every electro-mechanical device is IP enabled and connected with the ability to send data and be controlled, can provide energy savings and a WHOLE LOT MORE. The concept of centralized portfolio control with dramatically reengineered workflow, combined with advanced data analytics and visualization, could have an equal (if not greater) impact on the operational and tenant satisfaction bottom line of a building when comparing energy efficiency and savings.

Create A Garden To Remember With This Useful Advice.

Growing green things indoors and out, bring joy to many people’s lives. Carefully planted and tended for plants can mean beauty in yards and rooms, as well as fresh food on the dinner table. Yet, despite the simple pleasures it can bring, gardening itself can seem awfully complicated. Simplify your gardening endeavors with these helpful hints.

To make your garden more productive, allocate space based on what grows best in your area instead of simply choosing your most favorite crops. Although you may love beets, if tomatoes grow better in your climate then give them more room in your garden and make your beet plantings smaller. Ask your neighbors or take a look around your area to see what grows best in your region.

There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.

Cost control for garden landscaping

You want to begin a long overdue garden project so where do you start? Some of you will go to the local DIY store and pick up one of the many flyers that these stores produce that show how to do virtually anything from putting a post into the ground to building an extension to your property.

Some of you will go to a library, hunt out the most relevant books that are available and then return home and hope that your research has uncovered the books that have all that you need in them. Then there are those who need to know how things work, who want to take control so, they will treat the project as an excuse to learn something new and will attend night school or college to achieve the desired result.

However and whatever it is that you do for your project you will need to keep track of your costs. It is no use not having a clue on what it is going to cost as you will quickly realise that unless you keep them under review they will spiral out of control and you will spend more than you intended to.

Best Cheap Electronics To Buy Online

Electronics are good, and cheap electronics are better. Cheap electronics doesnt necessarily mean poor performance and unreliability, either. There are oodles of websites dedicated to providing consumers with top of the line and name brand electronics for a great price. Just because a product has a name brand does not disqualify it from the cheap electronics category. These are 10 of the best cheap electronics that you can get a great deal on from stores online.

Cheap electronics #1: The TV. Whether you are looking for a mega name brand TV or a smaller, less known make of a TV, you will always find competitive prices on the Internet for TVs that are made by Sony, ViewSonic, and RCA.

Cheap electronics #2: Cameras of all kinds. If you are in the market for a video camera, a digital camera, or good old fahioned 35mm camera, you can find super deals online for brands like Polaroid and Thomson, you cant go wrong.