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Do it Yourself Energy Efficiency Projects: Your Home’s Thermal Envelope (Part 4)

Do it Yourself Energy Efficiency Projects: Your Home’s Thermal Envelope (Part 4)

The most expensive part of doing laundry is using hot water. And while you might be able to switch to using warm or cold water for your laundry, having hot water for bathing or cooking or washing dishes is an important convenience. Currently, the most efficient way to heat water for a home is an on-demand water heater. While these are increasing in popularity in the US, most homes still rely on the old tank-style water heater. Basically, its a 40 or so gallon tank of water that is heated either by natural gas or electric heating elements. True, the method works well but most of the energy used by tank water heaters is just for maintaining hot water on stand-by and ready for use. That means, it’s heating water when you are asleep or at work or on vacation. So, a lot of energy is wasted. Water heater tanks are wrapped with insulation but adding more will save energy.

Put a water heater blanket around your water heater. Most water heater blankets at the home center tend to be about an inch thick so that they can be sold in one piece but not be too heavy to be held up with tape. These are made of plastic-covered fiberglass and you wrap them around your water heater. In terms of R factors of insulation (R-value indicates an insulation’s resistance to heat flow), you will adding about 3 R’s worth.

You can make water heater blanket with higher R-values. One method is to use reflective aluminum foil insulation (a.k.a. foil-clad bubble-wrap) and cut enough strips long enough to go around your water heater twice. You could then add the store-bought water heater blanket and have an R-value of more than 7.5. With this amount of insulation, you should be able to turn down your heater’s thermostat and save even more money.

For safety, do not block any of the control panels, block off the bottom, or put any of insulation across the top of your water heater. Never obstruct the pressure release valve.

Keeping your hot water hot doesn’t stop at the water heater. Insulating your hot water pipes will also save energy and cut energy costs. Consider this: each time you turn on the tap for your shower, you let the water run until it gets warm. Let’s say the pipe from you water heater to your shower is 20 feet long. Now, that might only be a quart but that can turn into a couple of hundred gallons for a family of four in the course of a year. Also, consider that after your shower, there is still hot water in the pipe. By adding insulation, that heated water will cool more slowly. If you insulate your pipes efficiently enough, heat from the water heater will be more efficiently contained in your hot water pipes. You won’t need to wait as long for that hot water, you will waste less water, and you will save more money.

Just Venting…

There are several ways you can improve the efficiency of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). If you have an old thermostat that isn’t programmable, turn off your furnace circuit breaker, carefully disconnect the thermostat from your wall, and throw it out.

Programmable thermostats can be found for under $ 25, are commonly found in home centers, and are easy to install. They connect to the same four wire leads that hooked up to your old thermostat. By programming temperature settings in your house to be colder during the winter or warmer during the summer when you are asleep or away, you can save energy and money.

Another easy way of increasing efficiency is to monitor your system’s air filters regularly. Depending on your lifestyle, you should change the filters regularly. If where you live tends to be dusty from busy nearby streets or if you have pets, change the filters every month. In some homes, it can be done every three months.

While disposable filters are cheaper, their expense builds quickly over time. Consider purchasing two washable air filters. Washable air filters usually cost less than $ 20 and can be rinsed out in a bathtub with hot, soapy water (in the summer, I hit mine with a pressure washer). By buying two, you can swap in a clean, dry one right way when its time to change out the other dirty filter.

One way to significantly improve your HVAC is to check your duct work thoroughly to be sure the system is sealed. A home owner can save up to $ 300 from their annual heating and cooling costs by sealing their duct work. Start at your HVAC system and feel for moving air coming from small holes or gaps in the duct work. When you find one, put a piece of aluminum HVAC tape over the hole. Remember: The volume of air leaked adds up; the more leaks you have the less efficient your system is. Check the entire run of your duct work; feel for air leaking from ductwork seams and loose joints. Check at the corners where the metal is folded for leaks, too. Also, make sure that air intake vents are not blocked by furniture or clogged with pet fur.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Saver website, insulating ducts in the typical American home costs about $ 250. Duct insulation will pay for itself in energy savings in about two and a half years, and continue to save energy and money in years to come. Depending on your duct work, there are many ways of doing this. Some 6 inch and 8 inch diameter sheet-metal ductwork can be replaced with insulated flexible ducting that costs less than $ 40 for 25 feet at a home center. If you use this, be sure to attach it so that it is snug with the supply ductwork and use aluminum HVAC tape. Other rectangular metal ductwork can be insulated with reflective aluminum foil insulation (foil-clad bubble-wrap), craft-faced fiberglass insulation, and regular gray duct tape.

Remember: you do not need to insulate the HVAC system intake ductwork, just the output side.

Bounce Energy is a Texas Electric Company based in Houston. Bounce Energy’s goal is provide more than low Texas Electric Rates to our customers. With innovative and flexible plans, excellent customer service, and superior customer rewards, Bounce Energy offers a unique approach to Texas electricity.

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Online Chinese Dating – The Best way to Find your Dream Match – Part – I

Online Chinese Dating – The Best way to Find your Dream Match – Part – I

Recently I met a girl (actually the store owner) in a book store. I was mesmerized by the meticulous way she was working there. And her killer looks were also a factor which prompted me to initiate a conversation with her. Her soft voice was so soothing and calming that I wished that our conversation just go on and on. I was about to ask her out but a kid came running and encircled his arms around her fondly and called her mom. I was surprised (actually shocked) to know that the girl who I was conversing with, is mom of a five-year-old kid. I was amazed at the way this Chinese mom carried herself. Her petite features, smooth hair, soothing voice, intelligence captivated my attention. I was drawn to her beauty as well as her managerial skills. I appreciated the way she was working and balancing her personal life along with her profession.
The incident forced me to research more on Chinese girls. On the internet, I saw innumerable Chinese dating sites, which made me realized that Chinese girls are the most sought-after girls in the world. They are appreciated for their looks, features and so many other factors. Obviously a guy dreams of a girl who is beautiful, smart and has brains. She should know how to balance her personal and professional lives. Not only this, the girl should be capable enough to carry herself in the manner the way this book store owner was (this is my opinion and any other guy may differ on this).
After reading the above lines, if you too think this is how your woman should be, then Chinese girls are just the right creatures for you. Now you know the solution very well, right? Be a sport and take the next step on how to start and from where to start dating Chinese girls.
From my research I got to know that internet is flooded with Chinese Dating Websites. You can find all types of websites like, the ones which offer free services to its users; another type is paid sites where you have to pay a nominal fee to avail their services; then there are sites which offer services where you can chat with the other users and mail them etc.

In part -II of the article, I will describe more on how to start with online Chinese dating? After all, my deep research on the topic should help you as well. So keep coming back to know more about dating Chinese girls.

For more information, log on to www.onlinechinesedating.com.

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Online Chinese Dating is a Mind Game, So Play Your Moves Cautiously – Part I

Online Chinese Dating is a Mind Game, So Play Your Moves Cautiously – Part I

Dating sites have become an intrinsic part of everyone’s love life. You can get whatever you want, whether you are looking for a long-term relationship or just a casual flick. Scores of online profiles show that people are open and ready to experiment these days. However, merely creating a profile on the Chinese dating sites is not going to get you to your destination unless you follow a cogent route, which only can assure you success.
There are rules in every game, and online Chinese dating revolves around intelligible dating rules. If followed cautiously, you can rest assure about the results. Chinese dating is also a game, where you play with your girl’s mind, without hurting her emotions. But make sure you don’t step onto the boundary line and impair her sentiments and faith in love. So, here we go. A list of few do’s and don’ts, which will make your journey to your beloved’s, heart a smooth and convenient ride.
1. . Create a captivating profile. This is one of the most important yet basic among all the rules. We all know how to create a profile. Don’t we? But what is missing here is “enthralling profile” which will hypnotize your girl the moment she open it up. It’s not difficult to create an hypnotizing profile. Not at all! You just keep it simple yet classy with your description, which should be authentic and symphonize with your real persona. By the way, Chinese girls love guys who are genuine in their approach. If you imitate someone’s style or biography, you will surely entangle yourself in a never-ending web of lies. So don’t lose the game at the first step.
2. . Then comes the second most important factor i.e. your profile picture. Your close-up or a mid-waist picture is enough to let your flame know that you are no less than any professional model. But again, it should not be altered in Photoshop to the extent that your girl refuses to recognize you when she sees you in person. Don’t even think of emulating Tom Cruise or Bred Pitt’s picture, which is the biggest turn-off for any girl, and your Chinese girl is no exception to it.
Creating a profile and uploading a picture is good enough to force your girl to visit your profile ten times a day. There are certain rules in the dating game, which assure success without any glitch. So, watch out the space to read Part-II of the article to know more about the winning formulas.

Log on to www.onlinechinesedating.com, for availing impeccable reviews on Chinese dating services and other Chinese dating sites.

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Online Chinese Dating – The Best way to find your Dream Match – Part – II

Online Chinese Dating – The Best way to find your Dream Match – Part – II

In part -I of the article, under the same title and introduction, I shared my experience with a Chinese girl, not that I’m dating her, just a little bit on how I developed a liking for Chinese girls. In this article, I will introduce you to the various techniques of online Chinese dating. So keep reading, if you too are longing for a perfect match.
Recently I met a girl (actually the store owner) in a book store. I was mesmerized by the meticulous way she was working there. And her killer looks were also a factor which prompted me to initiate a conversation with her. Her soft voice was so soothing and calming that I wished that our conversation just go on and on. I was about to ask her out but a kid came running and encircled his arms around her fondly and called her mom. I was surprised (actually shocked) to know that the girl who I was conversing with, is mom of a five-year-old kid. I was amazed at the way this Chinese mom carried herself. Her petite features, smooth hair, soothing voice, intelligence captivated my attention. I was drawn to her beauty as well as her managerial skills. I appreciated the way she was working and balancing her personal life along with her profession.
You must be pretty excited to experiment with this new adventure. Isn’t it? Dating someone on the Internet has its own pros and cons. So take into account that you may encounter some nasty experience during your pursuit for a perfect match, though this is a rare case. Anyway, let us get started on “How to start with Online Chinese dating”?
The first requirement is to find a suitable site, according to your expectations and requirements. Ask yourself questions like, whether you want free service or want to subscribe to paid services? Based on your preference, you can opt for the right Chinese dating sites services for your dating rendezvous.
Make a good profile on the site you’ve selected for your dating tryst with your photos. Write your ‘about us’ section in a real manner to let the other user know more about you. This way you can connect with the right person without getting into much trouble.
Making a profile on Chinese dating Website is not difficult at all; it’s just that you need to make some genuine efforts to reach the right person.
For more information, log on to www.onlinechinesedating.com.

Making a profile on Chinese dating Website is not difficult at all; it’s just that you need to make some genuine efforts to reach the right person.

For more information, log on to www.onlinechinesedating.com.

The Energy Efficiency Tax Credit: Is it Worth It? – Part 2

The Energy Efficiency Tax Credit: Is it Worth It? – Part 2

How it Works: Windows & Water

To see how the credit works, let’s look at an example of a modest starter home: a single-story 3-bedroom 1750 sq. foot home built in 2008 on the Gulf Coast.

Replacing old-style single-pane aluminum framed windows with energy efficient windows with good air seals can save money. Upgrading windows on our little starter home to triple-pane insulating low-E, argon gas wood-framed windows can save $ 69 per year (note: windows and skylights installed after June 1 require a U-factor and SHH Coefficient of .30 or less). Factor in the tax credit for $ 1600 and you can deduct $ 480 from your 2009 taxes. Your total cash layout for the windows comes to $ 1120 (excluding installation labor). Even though adding in the energy savings brings the return to $ 549, that might not seem a big return on the first year. But the energy cost savings are immediate. Over the windows’ 30 year lifetime, this becomes an energy savings of $ 2070.

Heating water in your home accounts for 17% of annual energy costs. That’s $ 221 of Energy Star’s annual cost of $ 1,300. Most of the water heater’s time will be spent keeping the water heated for when it is eventually used. Putting a water heater blanket around it will help some, but you are still paying for this “stand-by heat” whether you use the water or not.

In our example home, the 40 gallon electric water heater’s tank is warranted for 6 years. he average lifespan of any electric or gas home water heater tank averages about 8 to 12 years depending on local water quality. The water heater tank will eventually degrade from deposits of calcite and corrosion and then leak; forcing us to purchase and install a new one. So we have several options: install a comparable electric model, install an equal capacity high efficiency Energy Star heater, or install a tank-less water heating system.

Generally speaking, electric models make better use of energy, primarily because gas water heaters lose some of their energy up the exhaust vent. A comparable non-efficient replacement may cost $ 370 (without installation labor). A new Energy Star gas water heater, meanwhile, transfers 98% of the heat to the water, leaving exhaust fumes so cooled that they are vented to the chimney by a fan. Such extra-efficient gas water heaters cost more than a baseline electric heater; or about $ 550 (without installation labor). By installing this kind of water heater, we would save $ 30 annually compared to the baseline electric version and receive a $ 165 tax credit. That’s about $ 195 recouped the first year.

Installing a tank-less water heating system breaks the expensive cycle of replacing leaking water heaters. Both electric and gas-fired tank-less systems do not store water, so they do not need to continually heat the water. They heating water only on-demand; that is, only when the water is running through the pipe. Not only are they over 80% energy efficient, you can achieve even greater energy savings of 27%-50%. Add to this the expected 20-year life-span and the return on investment ranges between 48% and 97%.

However, tank-less systems are by no means cheap; a whole house system runs around $ 1,200. But when you consider our little example house, the annual cost of $ 221 for hot water drops $ 106 to about $ 115. We also get a 2009 tax credit of $ 360. That adds up to $ 466 for a return on the first year. Of course, there’s the amenity of never-ending hot water adding value to the house at sale time.

How it Works: Insulating & Taking the Tax Credit

Heating and air conditioning account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. While air sealing and duct work sealing can improve performance, neither of these is going to compensate for insufficient insulation for the whole house. Throughout most of the country, the US DOE recommends at least R30 (about 1 foot of blown cellulose or fiberglass) for attic insulation and a minimum of a R13 (a bit more than 3 inches of blown cellulose or fiberglass) in the walls. Most new houses are built with R13 in the walls but few have R30 in the attic.

Let’s say that our sample starter home has R13 in the attic of settled blown cellulose insulation. To bring it up to at least R30, we need to add a further 17 R-value’s of insulation to the attic. The easiest way to do this is to either apply another 5 inches of blown cellulose or put down un-faced R19 fiberglass batts (about 6 inches thick).

The cost for blown cellulose to cover the 1750 sq. ft of attic space with 5 inches (or .416 feet) is 46 (16 cu ft) bags @ $ 7.50 each or $ 345. Some home centers may include the free rental of their blowing equipment as an incentive. Others may not and rental fees could be as high as $ 100/day. To make the insulation work effectively, it must be kept out of ventilation soffits and spread evenly throughout the attic at a consistent density so that no thin spots or hollows are formed.

The cost of unfaced fiberglass batts is 15 batts @ $ 50 each is $ 750. (Our sample house insulation is being added on top of other insulation there is no need for paper craft facing.) While more expensive than the blown cellulose, fiberglass batts are convenient sizes that can be positioned tightly in place.

The energy savings are evident right away. Your home will require less energy to maintain at a comfortable temperature. Typical heating and cooling costs are cut by 10% (although as high as 30% when combined with air sealing and duct improvement). Assuming you’ve done a great job as well as air sealed, that first year energy cost savings could be nearly $ 400. Factoring in the tax credit depends on the price of the insulation. Assuming the blower rental is free, the credit from the blown cellulose is $ 103.50. If we go with fiberglass batts, it’s $ 225.

So following an initial outlay of $ 345 to $ 750 (without installation labor), there’s a first year return of $ 500 to $ 625. Adding insulation also evens out the temperature from room to room; your home is more comfortable.

Let’s say now that it’s tax time and we’ve gotten together our receipts, Manufacturer’s Certification Statements, and our 2009 IRS Form 5695. Let’s also say we’ve fixed up our little example home with triple-pane insulating low-E, argon gas wood-framed windows ($ 1600), a tank-less water heater ($ 1200), and added fiberglass insulation to our attic ($ 750). Let’s also figure that we’ve air sealed the house and that we installed the windows and insulation ourselves but left the tank-less water heater to an experienced plumber ($ 1200). This leaves a total expenditure of $ 4750. This means we qualify for a 2009 tax credit of $ 1425. This also leaves us with $ 250 of worth (recall that $ 5000 limit) of Tax Credit improvement purchases to qualify for in 2010.

Meanwhile, we have also recouped $ 575 from our energy costs or a savings of about 56%. Add in the tax credit and that comes to $ 2000 as a return on a $ 4750 investment. That’s nearly a 43% return. Not even a yacht full of Wall Street CEO’s could wrangle a deal like that.

What’s even better is that Energy Star improvements like these will continue to keep energy costs low for years to come and keep money in your pocket, no matter the age of your home or how long you plan to keep it. Your home’s value will improve, too. And while it might not have a precise financial return, your home will be more comfortable.

Conclusion –Becoming Energy Self-Sufficient

There is a higher tier for energy efficiency some homeowners might be interested in. These complex yet more costly improvements will receive a credit of 30% of their total cost but have until 2016 to be placed in service. They lead not only to greater energy efficiency but to significant cost reductions and energy independence:

Geothermal heat pumps are similar to conventional heat-pump systems with the exception that they use the ground instead of outside air to produce heating, air conditioning, and even hot water. By relying on the warmth of the Earth’s stable ground temperature, they are one of the most efficient HVAC technologies available.

Solar water heaters have many different configurations but all involve passing water through a glass-topped heavily-insulated reservoir (either a tank or a tubing) and letting the sun heat it up. Some configurations can heat water on a cloudy day or when temperatures even reach -40° F.

Solar panels or photovoltaics (PV) directly convert sunshine into electricity. These are the same kind of technology that has been around since the Apollo missions to the moon in the early 1970s. Many homes in Europe have solar panels mounted on the southern aspect of their roofs to produce electricity for the home. Some big-box stores in the US have huge roof arrays that power most of the building. Though the components are expensive, the technology is evolving quickly and becoming more affordable.

Residential fuel cells combine hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air in a electrochemical device to produce electricity, heat, and water. Operating without combustion, and therefore virtually pollution free, the fuel is converted to electricity. Fuel cells produce electricity more efficiently from the same amount of fuel than internal combustion-type generators. They have no moving parts to wear out and are quiet. Heat released by the system can be used to make hot water for home use. This gives them an energy efficiency rating of 80%. Propane-fueled versions have been shown to work in cold climates such as Alaska.

Small wind turbines generate electricity by wind power. Available in a range of sizes (“nameplate capacity”) from 1 kilowatt ones mounted on your roof or chimney (about $ 7,000) all the way up to 100 kilowatt turbines mounted on their own tower (about $ 80,000).

There is also an energy tax credit for cars:

Hybrids purchased or placed into service after December 31, 2005 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $ 3,400. There is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins. Toyota and Honda have already been phased out. Credit is still available for Ford, GM and Nissan.

Effective January 1, 2009. The first 250,000 Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold get the full tax credit, $ 2,500-$ 7,500. Like the hybrid vehicle tax credits, there is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins.

So, to put it bluntly: Yes, the Energy Tax Credit is worth it because an energy efficiency improvement will save energy and money and make your home more comfortable. As you can see there are many, many ways to capitalize on energy efficiency improvements to your home; from the weekend with a caulking gun to a four week wind turbine adventure with a 60 foot crane. However, you know your circumstances and finances best. You’ll need to decide what you can do yourself and what you need a professional to do. So, get informed. The Energy Star website has wealth of information as well as links to other government websites with information about all the improvements mentioned here. Remember: These are all improvements that keep saving you money each year. Some can be improved on further, one step at a time.

You might even become so energy efficient you’ll be energy self-sufficient.

Bounce Energy is a Texas Electric Company based in Houston. Bounce Energy’s goal is provide more than low Texas Electric Rates to our customers. With innovative and flexible plans, excellent customer service, and superior customer rewards, Bounce Energy offers a unique approach to Texas electricity.
Dating Three To Find The One: Part One

Dating Three To Find The One: Part One

Love moderately: long love doth so;
Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.
~Shakespeare

When it comes to dating, the Bard got it right. Moderation is key. It keeps you from moving too quickly or too slowly when you’re getting to know new men and what they bring to your table. And the most powerful way to achieve moderation is by using the Dating Program of Three.

The Program of Three is exactly the opposite of the urban legend “three-date rule,” which dictates that you must decide by the third date if a guy is the potentially the One and have sex or lose him forever. On this dating program, you avoid that pressured decision and its aftermath: a Flame Out that usually kills the relationship. Instead you date three men at the same time without having sex with any of them. By not seeing any one man too often, you find the men who are really into you and who will stay the course. Plus, you break out of your prison of deadly dating patterns and maneuver more skillfully in the dating world. By following this program, you build your self-esteem and find men that are much more fulfilling.

Although the idea of finding, much less juggling, three guys may sound challenging — if not downright impossible! — let me reassure you: it won’t be once you begin using all the tools you’ll learn in this dating program.

Why It Works

There are sound biological reasons why the Dating Program of Three rocks!

First of all, it helps you avoid the number one mistake that single women make: the addictive moth-to-a-flame over-involvement with some new guy who is supposedly the “One,” which I call the Flame Out Deadly Dating Pattern. As Helen Fisher, the renowned anthropologist, describes in her fascinating book, Why We Love, romantic love is a real addiction. It is like shooting up cocaine or heroin, which means reason often goes out the window. When we “fall in love” our brains make large quantities of dopamine and norepinephrine, which also happens when you take speed! These brain chemicals create the excited, exhilarated and focused state that allows us to have eight-hour dates and remember every detail about what our new hottie did and said. These speed-like chemicals also can drive up our levels of testosterone, which increases sexual desire.

Second, when we fall in love, serotonin levels fall and resemble the levels found in people with obsessive-compulsive disorders. So we tend to ruminate, fantasize and obsess about our new (drug-like) boyfriends. The new love is in our thoughts all day and in our dreams at night. Your brain says, focus on him, focus on him, focus on him.

Once this process takes you over, you become like a craving coke addict. You lose touch with reality, seeing only the positives. You lose self-control. Instead you are locked on the target, the fix–hotwired and ready to do outrageous things, sometimes self-destructive things, whatever it takes to be with him. One look, one sweet word is all it takes. Even if you don’t really know him. Even if it is not in your best interests. And as you continue to spend more time together the addiction intensifies. You fall prey to:

…the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper,
irresistible–magic to make the sanest [wo]man go mad. ~Homer

If you move too quickly into the pulsing rush of love, you put yourself at risk for an agonizing withdrawal if this man rejects you. Then sleeplessness, crying jags, over- or under eating, obsessive and upsetting thoughts, all mess with your brain chemistry even further.

The Dating Program of Three safeguards you against all these dangers of love addiction. On this program you will see the new hottie less often and have a measured coming together. You will be less likely to lock on to him with a singular focus that puts you at risk. In this way you elegantly avoid getting physiologically and emotionally devastated if it turns out that he is a player or all wrong for you.

The Program of Three also stops you from having sex prematurely. Why is this so important? Simple biology. When you have sex with someone, your body drives up the levels of oxytocin both during the whole sexual act and after you leave the scene. Oxytocin, which has been called the cuddle, bonding, or tend-and-befriend hormone, creates a strong biological attachment. This means that your body may automatically start the attachment process with almost anyone you bed, whether or not you want to be in a relationship with him! Add that chemical to any dopamine surges and you’re desperately waiting for his text, email or phone call. Jumping into bed too soon means you open yourself to premature infatuation, dependency and a kind of pseudo-intimacy that almost always backfires. Then, caught in the chemical soup of dopamine and oxytocin, you will likely lose yourself.

Another benefit of the Program is that dating multiple men usually gets the guys’ juices flowing. Some men (especially achievers) are wired to compete and win in the courtship game, so competitiveness gets them aroused. When his reward (you) is not easily gained, his brain will pump out more and more of the rapturous chemical, dopamine. Extra dopamine intensifies his feelings of being swept away by love. As one love researcher puts it, “…those who want to trigger romance in a would-be lover might artfully create some mystery, barriers and uncertainty in the relationship.” When you are on the Dating Program of Three, you do not have to fake this quality of not being so available–the program automatically accomplishes this desirable state. As one of my Love in 90 students discovered, “Now I don’t have to pretend. I am hard to get.”

Dating three guys helps clarify what you want and need in a man, because you can easily and instantly compare and contrast. So for example, when Friday rolls around and ‘Sean’ is cheap and miserly, Saturday’s date with ‘Randy’ will more clearly showcase his giving nature. When you come from abundance in the land of men, you can give yourself many possibilities rather than just one.

The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little. ~Ben Sweetland

Program of Three dating is challenging, but it’s truly empowering. It allows you to be long-sighted and keep your eye on the prize: a lasting fulfilling relationship that’s just right for you. It helps you end your Deadly Dating Patterns, frees you from the “three-date rule,” and keeps you protected from all the scenarios designed to break your heart. Of course, there are definitely obstacles to creating a Program of Three, but I’ve helped thousands of women do this already, and you’re no different. You can do it, too!

Getting Started on the Dating Program of Three

I can hear you already. “Dr. Diana,” you might be thinking, “I’m still trying to find ONE man to date. How can I find three?” First of all, listen up, ladies: there are more than 41 million single men just in the U.S. right now and different ones are coming on the market all the time! And every year, there are new online dating sites that bring in whole new crops to choose from. There are men out there. No matter what your age, weight or “problem” is.

What if you have special challenges because you are African-American…over 45…a single mom… or so highly successful you scare men away? In my book, Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love I devote an entire chapter to this population group. In it, you’ll find the latest research that dispels many of the urban legends that we have about finding a lasting love relationship.

In fact, every student I ever had who was willing to consistently work the principles, no matter what her challenges or deadly dating patterns were, has been able to create a successful Dating Program of Three.

It’s not as hard as it seems. Drew, a 42-year old single executive with weight issues, was the highest bidder at a charity auction where a mentoring session with me over lunch was the prize. Here’s what she emailed me about a year later:

I particularly thought the point of ‘dating three guys at once’ was amusing at first, but then you know…. it worked. Even though at times I knew some guy wasn’t going to be the love of my life, it was still a diversion from getting involved with another guy too fast before I knew it was the right thing. I think this is the best advice ever and have passed it on to several of my friends. Last summer, I joined a large online dating site and ended up meeting a really nice guy, although at first not necessarily what I thought I was looking for. We get along great, have tons in common, and it’s by far the most mature and healthy relationship I think I have ever been in. We got engaged this past October while on vacation in Florence. He proposed in front of the Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza della Signoria. We are planning a wedding for next June on Martha’s Vineyard.

When you begin dating three men at once, you’re shifting the balance of power to be more equitable. Starting now, take a stand for yourself, a stand that says you deserve a great partner. Take your time, learn what is possible in a relationship, and start playing an active role in choosing who you’re with. Don’t wait to be chosen. Now, with all the online and offline possibilities you have an abundance of men at arm’s reach, you have the ability to pick and choose for yourself. In Dating Three to Find the One: Part II, we will detail the nitty-gritty of working the Program.

Dr. Diana Kirschner is a psychologist and love expert who has developed a unique approach that has helped thousands of single women get the love they want. Dr. Diana’s dating and relationship advice based on her Love in 90 Days courses and workshops have been featured on the Today Show, where she is a frequent guest, the Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Montel Williams and Good Morning America. She is widely quoted as a love and relationship doctor commenting on dating and couples issues in the New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, The New York Post, The LA Times, Cosmopolitan, and People magazines and in numerous other on- and off-line publications. Her new book, Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love, summarizes all of Dr. Diana’s strategies and secrets for finding love that lasts.

Psychologist, Dr. Diana Kirschner, appeared on Oprah and is a frequent guest on the Today Show. For 25+ years she has helped thousands of single women find love. Her acclaimed new book is Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love. For her etips, blog, dating articles, daily affirmations & discussion forum visit http://www.lovein90days.com

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Translating Hosting Reviews, Part I: ASP to FrontPage

Translating Hosting Reviews, Part I: ASP to FrontPage

Decoding Web Hosting Reviews, Component I: ASP to FrontPage

Host come under many names: ASP Hosting, Cold Combination Holding, Java Hosting, PHP Hosting; and also because of this, so must hosting evaluations. When searching the numerous webhosting reviews in print and on the web in order to help discover the host that the majority of addresses your particular and unique demands, you’ll stumble upon several of these “names”, these specialized kinds of web hosting products. Most of them you may not require, however the one or 2 that you do, you could require a great deal. Recognizing which sorts of organizing products you call for most will assist you examine webhosting reviews with a keener (and for that reason extra reliable, efficient, and also economical) eye.

If the hosting evaluation points out ASP Holding, it’s referring to Energetic Server Pages, a modern technology that settles a problem HTML-users have in getting their internet pages to show up precisely as they mean them to show up on every visitor’s computer system. ASP makes use of something called “server-side scripting” to allow you to develop uniform website despite the internet browser your visitors are utilizing.

If the hosting review mentions Colocation Hosting, it implies that you would really possess the hardware the datacenter utilizes to run your site. With colocation hosting, you literally buy a server and also bring it to the datacenter and also mount it as well as preserve it yourself. For less expense than a dedicated server, you obtain the advantages of a datacenter (connectivity, ecological policy, protection, uninterruptible power) while preserving 100% control over what your web server does as well as does refrain from doing. The caveat: anything you want done, you have actually reached do yourself. Colocation holding is a DIY (do-it-yourself) circumstance.

If the hosting testimonial mentions Cold Fusion Hosting, it refers to database software program created by Macromedia, the exact same group that brought us Blink and also Shockwave. Cold fusion permits internet interactivity with your databases, implying that you could quiz, index, update, as well as chart your data sources all from your web browser.

If the webhosting review mentions FrontPage Hosting it implies you obtain support as well as– most importantly– web server expansions for making use of Microsoft FrontPage software application to create your web site. FrontPage lets you develop dynamic and interactive internet sites that you can not attain with HTML alone. A FrontPage host (and just a FrontPage host) has FrontPage web server expansions allowed, which enables you to bypass using an intermediary FTP client in order to publish your site. FrontPage web server extensions give you the power to include hit counters, forms, discussion online forums, and search functionality in your web site, along with equipping you with multi-user writing, as well as remote writing and also management for better handling your website.

Remember: a single hosting carrier could very well supply many of these holding solutions, and rather likely several others not pointed out right here. Inspect the webhosting testimonials you read extremely thoroughly to find out which hosting services each webhosting deals.

See Component II of this short article next week to find out about hosting reviews for Java organizing, MySQL holding, PHP holding, SSH holding, and also Windows hosting.

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The Best Means To Be part of Lesbian Dating Sites In Only One Simple Step

The Best Means To Be part of Lesbian Dating Sites In Only One Simple Step

Lesbians have the identical choices when it involves dating as heterosexuals. They also have the identical issues with their partners. There is an old wives tale that says that lesbians don’t really date they solely go from serious relationship to serious relationship. Thus how do you only “date” casually if you are a lesbian? There some things you can do and certain places you’ll be able to go that can magnificate your odds of getting a smart time.

One possibility a lesbian has is to position a private ad, be specific in what you are wanting for during a date. You can place an advert in your native paper or on internet sites that cater for your needs. Do not forget to seem for ads that seem fascinating also.

Dating is getting harder all the time. To search out somebody so far and find to grasp, is not easy. Individuals get bored with the bar scene, and it will be dangerous just to “pick somebody up” there.

There are a number of online lesbian dating sites to appear at. Too several of them charge a fee simply to join. Why pay, when there are free dating sites obtainable that supply the same services. By trying on line, you’ll be able to take a look at additional than one prospect right from the comfort of your own home.

Free dating sites provide the service of making profiles, exploring profiles, and sending and receiving emails. The paid dating sites contact the folks you want to own a date with or to receive their emails. It sounds terribly the same as the free dating sites. When dating sites initial started, the free ones would do screening before permitting members in. Right currently, the sites only want to make cash, and anyone can join. Thus it doesn’t create sense to acquire the dating service, when you’ll get the same service on the free sites.

There are plenty of free dating sites to choose from. Some have you ever produce profiles, upload photos, read about others, write regarding yourself, contact the members, get emails, and hopefully occurring a nice date. But, a number of the free sites only supply a tiny list of people, not too many to decide on from. Then, if you are doing last a date, it might not be as sensible as you have expected.

On-line dating is a breeze once you’ve started doing it. It will be exciting and fun, but how to decide on which on-line dating website to join. A look for “on-line dating site” returns voluminous links. Do not be daunted; if you recognize what you’re wanting for and if you know what to be careful for in an online dating website, you’ll have a better time of selecting your online dating site.

The search for the perfect online dating web site begins with you. 1st, you’d should ask what sort of folks you’d like to fulfill, what sort of relationship you would like to develop and the way abundant money you are willing to spend for on-line dating privileges.

It’s important to know what kind of individuals you’d like to satisfy because most on-line dating sites have specific target markets. There are online dating sites for gay dating, for lesbian dating, and for a lot additional other classifications and categories. Once you’ve determined what sort of individuals you would like to encounter on-line, then you can slender your choice right down to online dating sites which cater to your type of people.

You furthermore mght want to work out what kind of relationship you would like to gain from online dating. That’s, are you looking for mere friends or lifetime partners? Are you into online dating for casual dating or for physical encounters? You have got to be clear on this therefore you’ll choose an online dating web site that has the most effective chances of supplying you with the sort of relationship you want.

Probably the best lesbian dating site I’ve got used is www.lesbians-dating.com. It’s thousands of real lesbian members worldwide, and every one these alternative options I’ve written about above. In addition, it’s fully free to sign up, so you actually do don’t have anything to lose. Why not offer it a go?
The Energy Efficiency Tax Credit: Is it Worth It? – Part 1

The Energy Efficiency Tax Credit: Is it Worth It? – Part 1

The US Government’s Energy Star Program reports that the typical American household spends approximately $ 1,300 per year on home energy bills. Anyone feeling the pinch of a tight economy knows they can save money from their home energy costs just by caulking and sealing drafts (air sealing), switching from incandescent lights to compact fluorescents, or even putting an insulating jacket on their water heater. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can typically save up to 20% of heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% of total energy costs – or $ 130) by air sealing their homes through caulking and sealing drafts. Furthermore, a home owner can save up to $ 300 from their annual heating and cooling costs by sealing leaks and insulating their duct work.

So, for less than $ 200 and just a few weekend hours, you can seal holes and cracks or tape over leaky duct work and potentially save up to $ 400 from your annual heating and cooling costs.

In fact, any energy efficiency improvements you make now immediately lower your energy bills and will pay for themselves over time. This is especially true when you consider the major hardware components of your home:

* Windows that may have worn weather stripping or crumbling glazing that let out cooled or heated air and allow water to penetrate and rot the sills.

* Old doors that sag, fail to close snuggly, and are drafty.

Water heaters with sediment-filled or corroded tanks that will leak and fail.

* Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) built with inefficient heat-exchangers and high-wattage electronics that waste energy and cause heat.

* Wood-burning stoves or furnaces (or other “biomass fuel”) that burn poorly, heat poorly, and release waste gases.

* Dark-colored roofs that trap heat and increase your cooling load.

And not enough insulation in your attic or your walls.

Admittedly, though, some home owners interested in making energy efficient upgrades will stare in sticker shock when they see the prices at their local home improvement store: A window costing $ 400, a water heater $ 800, and complete attic insulation over $ 1000.

But, by installing hardware with energy efficient features, particularly those that are Energy Star-rated, you will have lower energy costs beginning the day of installation and for years afterward. Energy efficient features will also enhance the market value and salability of your home and –most importantly–improve the comfort and livability of your home.

You might even qualify for the new tax credit as well.

Most home owners will be interested in the 2009 and 2010 Energy Efficiency Tax Credit for home improvements. This is a tax credit of 30% or $ 1,500 for energy efficient improvements that consumers make to their existing home. In order to claim the credit, the energy efficient improvements must be qualifying Energy Star-rated products and “placed in service” from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.

According to the Energy Star website, www.energystar.gov:

Basically you can spend up to $ 5,000 during this 2 year period on a single or multiple improvements, and get 30% or $ 1,500 (30% of $ 5,000 = $ 1,500) back as a tax credit. If you get the entire $ 1,500 credit in 2009, then you can’t get anything additional in 2010. The $ 1,500 tax credit does not double for married people filing jointly… unless both spouses owned and lived apart in separate main homes.

The tax credit does not include things like caulking and weather stripping. Rather, the tax credit aids in replacing those major hardware components of your home such as windows, doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, non-solar water heaters, or biomass (usually wood) stoves. Some installation costs are covered, such as non-solar water heaters and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC).

In addition to the credit for existing homes, there is a credit with no final cost limit for more complex yet far-efficient projects that promote energy independence: geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, electricity-producing solar panels (PV), fuel cells, and small wind energy systems. Projects like these will receive a credit of 30% of their total cost and have until 2016 to be placed in service.

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How To REALLY Use Google Part Three

How To REALLY Use Google Part Three

In Part One, we covered the basics of searching on Google.com and in Part Two we moved into more advanced search techniques. In today’s third installment we will peer into some ways of using Google you may have never thought of or knew existed.

DATE RANGES: You may limit your search to an exact date of a “range” of dates that a page was indexed by Google. To use Google’s “daterange” function, you will need to express your dates in “Julian” dates. This date format is express as an integer. To convert a common date into Julian format go to: http://www.24hourtranslations.co.uk/dates.htm

As an example, if I wanted to find pages (about a certain topic) indexed by Google during the month of May 2003, I would type in:

“spyware removal” daterange: 2452774-2452803

TYPES OF FILES: You can limit your Google search results to specific files ending in a particular extension (.doc, .txt, .rtf, .pdf etc…)

To find a file on the topic “spyware remover” in Adobe (.pdf) format you would type in: “spyware remover” filetype:pdf

You can exclude certain types of files from your search by doing a “negative” search and placing a “minus” ( – ) sign in front of the “filetype:”

ANCHOR TEXT SEARCHES: Allow you to just search the “anchor” text in web page link anchors. Link anchors are the words that appear between: anti-spyware software In this case it’s the phrase Anti-Spyware Software

PLAIN TEXT SEARCHES: By using Google’s “intext” search capabilities, you can search JUST the body text of web pages and not any links, urls or titles, just the body. Simply type:

intext:”spyware remover”

CACHE SEARCHING: This form of searching will only search for results on sites that are stored in Google’s “cache’ or memory. This sometimes can give you older versions of sites. Example:

cache: spyware.pcwash.com

LINK SEARCHES: Want to know how many and what sites have links back to your site? Just search for your domain preceded by “link:”

link: spyware.pcwash.com

INFO SEARCHING: Find out what information Google has stored about a particular web page or site by searching:

info: spyware.pcwash.com

GOOGLE’S PHONEBOOK: Yes, Google has a phenomenal phone book database allowing you to search for both residential and business phone numbers. You may use the following search orders:

FN or FI (first name or first initial), LN (last name), city
FN (FI), LN, state
FN (FI), LN, area code
FN (FI), LN, zip code
phone # including area code (ex: 111-222-3333)
LN, city, state
LN, zip code

To find the phone number of the Whitehouse you would search:

phonebook: whitehouse washington dc

To find the phone number of the John Smith in Anytown, NY you could search:

phonebook: john smith ny

or

phonebook: smith anytown ny

or

phonebook: j smith ny

STOCK SEARCHING: Google can generate results on just about any stock because they use the stock information from the Yahoo! finance pages. For example:

stocks: ebay

Phew! Now, this list isn’t even exhaustive, but it will give 99.99% of you enough information and insight to start REALLY tapping into the top ranked search engine in the world: Google.com Go have some fun!

Did you miss one of the previous search articles? Just go to: http://spyware.pcwash.com/articles_1.html

When not on his soapbox, Andrew Wroblewski is doing battle with the thousands of spyware programs that can affect you via his anti-spyware and spyware removalwebsite: http://spyware.pcwash.com where you can get a FREE spyware scan of your computer system.