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How Much Money Can Energy-efficient Windows Really Save You

Some homeowners are reluctantly putting off the decision to replace their windows because they’re not sure if they will recoup their initial investment. Still others are putting the decision off until they see what’s going to happen with the economy.

Is replacing your windows with energy-efficient windows really worth the investment? How much money replacement windows will save a homeowner depends, of course, on numerous factors. At the top of the list is the type of window you choose and there are plenty to choose from. There are single-panes, double-panes, and triple-panes. There are coated and uncoated windows. There are windows with hard coating and windows with soft coating. There are windows will gas filling and there are windows without gas filling. Some windows are filled with Argon, some are filled with Krypton. Decisions. Decisions. Where does a savvy homeowner begin?

You don’t need to be Einstein to deduce that dual-paned windows will save a homeowner more money on their energy bills than single-paned windows. But does the same hold true with triple-paned windows? Will triple-paned windows save you more money than dual-paned windows? Here’s what Energy Star, a government agency which promotes energy efficiency, says: “All energy efficient windows have at least two panes, but not all double-paned windows are energy efficient. Twenty years ago, double-paned meant energy efficient; today, advanced technologies have enabled the development of windows that are much more efficient than traditional clear-glass double-paned windows.”


Ceramic Curling Irons Is Really Good

There are women who are blessed with naturally straight hair. But such people would also wish to try out creating beautiful curly locks occasionally. Curling irons are introduced for such people who wish to create sexy, bouncing curls easily and quickly. With a professional, high quality curling iron, you can experiment any curling styles as you wish on your hair easily without damaging your hair. Thus, a curling iron helps you to change your looks to match any occasion everyday by yourself without the need for frequent salon visits. Modern curling irons are designed in such a way that anyone can try out any hair styles on their hair at the comfort of their hair without the help of a professional hair stylist.

Women with a passion of changing their looks always scout for the latest hair styling tools and products in the market without understanding the quality of the product. Any product, especially a thermal styling tool should only be purchased after you are fully assured about its quality as you can ruin your hair forever with a poor quality styling tool. If you wish to create beautiful curls by safeguarding your hair from the extreme heat of the device, then a professional ceramic curling iron would be the best choice for you.

Ceramic curling irons are designed with advanced ceramic technology that helps in protecting the hair from any kind of damage while offering beautiful, curlier and healthier hair. Ceramic materials are capable of generating plenty of negative iron and far infra red rays that help in heating the barrel evenly and stably, thereby offering not much damage to your hair. Along with the smooth and silky hair result, a ceramic curling iron helps in eliminating damaging spots, frizz and preserves the natural moisture of your hair. As compared to ordinary curling irons that heat the barrel unevenly and make the hair frizzy and damaged, curling irons with ceramic plates offer gentle application on your hair without causing any damages.


Repairing Scratches in Laminate Flooring

When I moved into my home, the floor in the living room had just been refinished with beautiful honey toned laminate flooring. It was beautiful and it fit my decor perfectly. The only problem was the fact that one of my chair had popped a cap, unbeknownst to everyone involved, and it wasnt until a few weeks later, when I went to rearrange a few pieces of furniture, that I noticed it. Much to my horror, the gleaming floor beneath the chair had become a scratched mess and I shuddered at the thought of having to fix them.

Now, Im sure that I am not the only person who has had to deal with scratched laminate flooring. In fact, Im almost positive that the problem is universally shared. The simple truth is, if you are going to own laminate flooring, at one time you will own scratched laminate flooring. Most people would simply sigh and shift the furniture around to cover the evidence, something that I actually did for a few months, but laminate flooring can be fixed without having to tear out pieces and replace them.

Most repairs in laminate flooring are pretty minor. A glass may have fallen and gouged a small hole or the kids may have scraped a toy car, minus wheels, across a small section. The scratches and holes are simply surface damage but they definitely detract from the once shiny beauty of your floors.


Modern Dollhouses- A Surprisingly Wonderful Hobby

Looking for a getaway? You know, the kind of place that you can go to escape from the stress and pressure of, well, just living. If that is what you are looking for then you need a hobby. And the hobby that I would like you to consider is building, or at least collecting, modern dollhouses.

Your initial reaction is likely, You have got to be kidding! How is that a getawayor an escape? Sounds like a toy for kids.

Well, actually, I was right where you are a while back. I surely wasnt looking for a hobbyand even if I was, anything associated with dollhouses would be the furthest thing from my mind.


Max Furniture Is The Name To Know For Your Home Furnishing Needs

When you are shopping for furniture to place in your home you can get frustrated traveling from one big box furniture store location to another searching for just the right furniture pieces to meet your needs. Too often the the results are the same – you end up spending too much for your furniture selections and you get customer service that leaves much to be desired. At Max Furniture you will find top quality furnishings for your home at unbelievable prices. You will also get treated to service that is second to none.

Max Furniture is an online furniture retail site that has been providing customers with great choices of furniture for their home since 1999. You will find a wide variety of furniture selections to choose from for the bedroom, dining room area, living room, bathroom, game room, home office and even the areas you may have outdoors. You can also find great accent furnishings such as curio cabinets, side tables, chests and cabinets, fireplaces and stools just too name a few of the great items available. You will see an average savings of 25 percent to 75 percent off of average retail prices. All furniture purchased through Max Furniture is covered under the Lowest Price Assurance guarantee which means that you are given the best price available on your desired furniture selections. If however, you find the items cheaper at another online furniture site, we will match their price.

Ordering your furniture through Max Furniture is very simple. Make your selections at their website and continue on to the checkout area. For people looking for financing options, we have you covered. We offer interest free financing options with approval or layaway plans that you can utilize for a six month period with as little as little as twenty percent down. Your furniture items will shipped to you and is covered by the white glove delivery and set up service. This means that your new items will be delivered and set up in the area you choose. All packaging materials will be removed for you. This leaves you to just relax and enjoy your new home furniture items. For areas in Hawaii, Alaska or various international territories you may need to pay for special delivery charges however, you will still get the same great delivery services.


Replacing Old Ceilings with a Multi-Purpose Metal Ceiling

Thinking of remodeling your home? Look up. Your first project may be hanging right above you. Your ceiling is often a seriously overlooked aspect of a house’s appearance. While walls, flooring, and exterior work is important when it comes to remodeling a house, frequently, if all of these features are newly remodeled and completed and the old ceiling remains, the whole house can still appear unfinished.

A ceiling can make a house look unfashionable and outdated. At the same time, a new, up-to-date ceiling can be the final puzzle piece that serves as the finishing touch for your remodeling.

Of course, the first thing you must do when planning to remodel a ceiling is to remove the existing ceiling. You can either have it done yourself (if you have enough time) or prefer an expert to do it for you. With the help of a certified handyman, you can enjoy trouble-free installation of your new ceiling as well as create a more professional and seamless finish.


Lessons Learned From A Failed Energy Efficiency Project

INTRODUCTION
You would think that energy efficiency is relatively simple: perform an energy audit, install the retrofits and then reap the energy savings. Unfortunately, it doesn”t always work that way. We performed an energy assessment of several stores of a major retail chain in the San Francisco Bay Area and identified a handful of low-cost retro-commissioning measures that had very promising potential. We quantified the expected savings and costs and returned after the project was installed. We then measured the savings using various methods and found either minimal or negative savings. The problem we discovered was that on nearly every measure, the contractors had repaired the hardware, but through various means had ensured that energy savings would not occur. This paper provides an account of the failed project at one store and the steps we took to remedy it. Specifically, this paper stresses the importance of Measurement and Verification and Commissioning of the retrofits.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING
The store, located in San Francisco, belongs to a well-known national retailer, whose name we will not divulge. The store is an aggregate of 3 buildings which have been joined together to comprise almost 1,000,000 square feet, of which over half is selling floor. Stock rooms and offices comprise the remainder of the space. The different buildings range between 8 and 11 stories tall.

The three buildings comprising the store were built at different times from the 1920s to the 1980s. Originally the buildings had different air handling, chilled water and hot water systems. Over the years, through energy conservation and facility improvement measures, the chilled water systems have been merged into one system.