Energy Conservation Ideas

Everyone wants to save money.  By using simple energy conservation ideas and investing a little time, you can save a lot of money and help out the environment at the same time.

A lot of people seem to think that conserving energy and going green will require massive lifestyle changes.  Nothing could be further from the truth.In reality you can make as big, or as small, changes as you want.  Either way  you’ll save some money.

I’ve put together a list of some things you can do to cut back on your utility bills by conserving energy, this should give you some ideas of where to start:

1. By lowering the temperature on your thermostat by just a few degrees you can save yourself hundreds of dollars, or more.

If you really want to save money invest in a programmable thermostat.  That way you can set it to lower the temperature, during the winter, when you’re not there or in bed and raise it right before you get home or get up in the morning.

By doing this you don’t have to pay to keep the temperature turned up all day and you don’t have to come home to, or wake up to, a cold house.

2. Tighten up your house and make sure your furnace is running right.  Add caulk, insulation, and new windows and doors, or at least a window insulating kit. 

That way your home will keep the cold out and the warm in.

3. Build a wind turbine or solar panels to generate part of your own energy.  Turbines and solar panels make sense for homeowners all over the country since they are cheap to build but they will meet about half of your home’s energy needs.

If energy conservation is on your mind, just use theses suggestions as a way to jump start your savings.  …

Phases In Project Management : Phase II — PLANNING

A. Uses of planning

To direct the peo­ple who are workingHelps track how the project is goingGives you an indi­ca­tion on when to cor­rect course when neededDirects how com­mu­ni­ca­tion flows; with team mem­bers and management

B. Iden­ti­fy­ing the work to be done

Here, you’ll have to be intro­duced to what’s called WBS.

WBS :  WORK BREAKDOWN STRUCTURE

This is used as a tool to Plan — track and man­age a project

How use­ful is WBS?

Helps esti­mate time and smaller chunks of workMakes it eas­ier to assign work to team membersBuild check points in your project that allows you to mea­sure progress

There are TWO main tasks involved in the WBS

Sum­mary task; The higher level tasks that sum­ma­rize the project. These lev­els depend on the size of the project.Work pack­ages; Which are low­est level tasks

C.  How to build a WBS

The best way is to start from the top lev­els (Sum­mary task) and work your way down to the bottom.Iden­tify lev­els of sum­mary tasks. This can be done by break­ing work groups down.Begin with the Scope state­ments and Deliv­er­ables.

Trade Show WBS

Note: You will have to break down work to match the fre­quency of sta­tus reports

Gen­er­ally, most man­agers shoot for work pack­ages that use 8–80 hours to finish

D. How can you test to ver­ify if you used the right break­down structure

You will have to answer these very sim­ple ques­tions, and only then would you be able to tell if you did a great job break­ing down your work structures.

Is time and cost easy to calculate?Is the sta­tus easy to mea­sure at all times?Are tasks dura­tion shorter than what is actu­ally being reported?

It’s also very impor­tant to note that some parts of the work might need to be bro­ken into three parts because of more work, but oth­ers may need only two steps.

E. Defin­ing Work packages

To make sure your team knows what to do, cre­ate work pack­age doc­u­ments that describe work iden­ti­fied in the WBS in detail.

Details include:

How famil­iar the work isThe expe­ri­ence of the per­son to whom the task is assignedIf work is unfa­mil­iar, the man­ager should turn to team leaders

The SCHEDULE

Here is the place in the project’s life time that will tell you how long the project will last and when you will need the peo­ple for the work.

The WBS iden­ti­fies the work peo­ple have to do in the project but it does not tell you how long the work will take.

Do these:

I. Turn the Tasks into schedule

The tasks should be placed in the right sequence order.Spec­ify which task fin­ish first before start­ing new ones.Note which ones start and fin­ish at the same time.

II. Spec­ify Dependencies

Esti­mate the time that each task will takeIden­tify peo­ple on your project team and assign them to task.

To know the task dura­tion, esti­mate hours and the num­ber of peo­ple to do the work

Take into account other con­straints such as dead­lines.

F. RESOURCES…

Follow High Standards of Hygiene with a Hand Held Bidet

Time to say goodbye to messy toilet paper in your bathroom. The best way to follow high standards of hygiene today is to make use of a hand held bidet. These are small sprays which can clean the buttocks and private parts. Other than toilets, bidets can also be used in the showers. The tiny holes which allow water to pass through are most convenient for use in the shower.

With the help of an easy bidet attachment, you can do away with toilet paper. If you choose an electronic bidet, it can provide you with water at a temperature of your choice. The electric bidet will also help keep the toilet seat warm, which is extremely helpful during winters.  You would not want to be greeted by a frozen toilet seat on a cold winter morning now, would you?

Installation of the new electric bidet requires taking out the existing toilet seat. The reason for this is the fitting of the bidet takes place right below the seat. Once done, the seat can be fitted back again. This is the reason that the electric bidet also helps to keep the toilet seat warm, as mentioned above.

The purchase of a bidet is entirely dependent on your budget. If you have a low bidet, then fitting the non-electric or conventional bidet may be a convenient option. On the other hand, fitting an electronic bidet will definitely cost you much more. However, if you do not mind an initial expenditure, then such an attachment will provide you with a lot more comfort than the traditional bidet. It also has other features such as built-in air deodorisers, self-rinsing nozzles and a remote control for temperature.

A portable bidet is one that can be carried with you during outdoor trips. It can fit into a bag of any size. You may not be able to find the bidets installed in every hotel room that you stay in. Once you get into the habit of using the bidet at home, you may feel uncomfortable when it is not available. This is the reason why the portable bidet is highly popular among frequent travellers.

This device is a unique personal hygiene system for people on the move. It is meant to make cleansing more convenient for all. The device also prevents discomforts caused due to infections, itching, haemorrhoids and other such problems. In short, it allows you to be clean and fresh at anytime and anywhere.…