Monthly Archives: December 2015

How To Achieve Significant Energy Savings By Upgrading The Lighting System

Many homes and businesses are changing to LED lighting to save on energy and of course to improve their lighting systems. However, it does not mean that the project will solve all lighting-related problems and energy waste issues. Before you make an investment on LED lighting, make sure to take a closer look on your existing lighting system and environment.

Replacing your lighting system with LED can be expensive and it may not solve all your lighting issues. For example, if the overhead luminaire is in a wrong location relative to a work surface, the luminaire must be moved or the work surface itself. If there are obstacles that block light or create shadows, the obstacle must be moved. If the obstacle is fixed and cannot easily be moved, the existing lamp can be replaced with a much lower wattage so that shadows can be eliminated and at the same time save on energy usage.

One of the common issues with lights is dirt and dust. Instead of adding or replacing lights, a better option is to clean the lenses so that they will look like new. Many luminaires have adjustable shades and a different setting can improve lighting.

Replacement of magnetic ballasts is an upgrade but not necessarily to the whole system. Ballast’s can be upgraded and this will result into considerable every savings. For example, a warehouse that uses High Intensity Discharge (HID) luminaires has to replace the magnetic HID ballasts with eHID for the best advantages.

Electricians can add controls like automatic dimmers, daylight controls and occupancy controls to achieve significant energy savings. Conductors do not have to be upsized for significant improvements; it is enough to upsize the backbone conductors. Electrician emergency service can identify power quality problems and make the necessary corrections. It is important to address low power factor (LPF). If the existing ballasts do not have a PF correction, the manufacturer can suggest a possible fix for the ballasts.

Electrician emergency service has a commitment to provide exceptional workmanship and professional customer service. The experienced electricians can deliver the right solutions for significant energy savings in your lighting systems.

US Sales Rise Short Of Expectations

Last month, the gauge of US consumer spending took a sharp rise as the holiday shopping season kicked off in a brisk start. This suggests a considerably enough momentum in the economy of the country for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates soon for the very first time in over a decade. The Commerce Department said in a statement that the retail sales which did not include gasoline, automobiles, building materials as well as food services increased by about 0.6 percent after a 0.2 percent unrevised gain the other month. The so-called core retail sales will correspond closely with the spending component of the consumers of the gross domestic product.

The economists polled by the Reuters made a forecast that core retail sales will increase by at least 0.4 percent. Consumer spending in the US accounts for more than 2/3 of the activity of the economy and the figure surprisingly slowed down in the months of September and October. The moderation came despite having a tightening labor market wherein the household inform started to lift up. The latest sign of the strength in the economy is in the consumption support expectations which the Federal Reserve will raise the benchmark overnight interest rate from almost zero when the policymakers conclude the two-day meeting next Wednesday. The rates in the US have not been raised since June 2006. The overall retail sales increased only by 0.2 percent last month as the automobile sales fell and when the gasoline fared cheaper in the market. The retail sales edged up only by 0.1 percent in the month of October. The sales in automobile slipped by .4 percent in November which is the largest decline that happened since June this year and fell by 0.3 percent last October. Although the automakers was deemed as the industry with the strongest sales last month, the units that there sold were slightly below the sales in October. The receipts at service stations fell by 0.8 percent after it declined by 1.0 percent last October. Even the sales reported by Paper Mart were also affected along with the other retailers in the market.

 

Rules To Follow When Choosing a Domain Name

When choosing a domain name, much consideration must be taken since it is basically the same as choosing a company name. Remember that the domain name serves as your address in the online world and that is what people are going to use to find you and identify you. For this reason, you must choose a domain that would fit you and one that you can easily promote.

Here are rules you should be following when choosing a domain name.

  1. List Related Keywords Down. What you can first do when choosing a domain name is to list down phrases or terms that go well with the type of service you are offering then choose 5 that you are sure you can use. Afterwards, add prefixes or suffixes to these words and choose one that can best fit your company. Don’t forget to play around with these words until you find something good.
  2. Focus on Uniqueness. The domain name you choose must stay away from other existing domains. You may find it difficult if you choose a domain name that sounds familiar with an already established one. You might end up confusing people as well as getting legal problems.
  3. Dot Com Names are Preferable. If you are concerned with getting brandable domain names, great traffic and even recognition, it would be best that you choose dot-com available domains. Most people still think that dot-com (.com) is all that is out there.
  4. Easy to Type, Easy to Remember. Make your domain name striking but easy to type so that people don’t get frustrated with typing your domain name. Doing this would be good for marketing as people would be able to remember your domain much easier when they share it with their friends via word of mouth.
  5. Stay Away from Hyphens and Numbers. Domain names with hyphens and numbers perform poorly in the search rankings and they are not easily remembered.
  6. Avoid Copyright Infringement. If you don’t want your website shut down, you would best be following this.
  7. Incorporate Your Brand. Choosing to include your brand in your domain name can greatly help your company. Branded names are more striking to consumers than those that aren’t.