Line Losses A Different Kind Of Energy Efficiency

It’s a homeowner’s responsibility to make sure that he or she is using appliances that are energy efficient. Replacing a twenty-year-old refrigerator is likely to reduce your electricity bill because a new ENERGY STAR-rated icebox has been designed to do more while using less of the juice. Energy efficiency, however, is not just a concern for the little guy. Utility companies must worry about “line losses,” the electricity that is lost as a result of the inherent inefficiency of the generation and transmission system. In places like Texas and New York, however, engineers are thinking of ways to prevent this waste. Best of all, the savings will be passed on to you, the consumer.

What causes this loss of energy in the first place? There are many reasons, including the flaws in electrical cables and the natural tendency toward entropy. (That’s the principle that says that systems tend to become more disordered over time.) Jim Landers, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, explains that small amounts of electricity turn into heat as it runs through a conductor. This is one of the reasons that power adaptors can feel warm to the touch when you try to unplug them. This unwanted heat isn’t such a big deal for appliances with short cables. When you think of power transmission cables and the hundreds of miles they can traverse, you can understand why line losses are such a big concern.

In Texas, line loss results in the waste of 6.5% of all the Texas electricity generated in the Lone Star State. While that might not sound like very much, it starts to add up when you think of it in terms of your pocketbook. For every one hundred dollars you pay for Texas electricity, inefficiencies account for $6.50. One way to reduce that amount is to replace old, lower capacity transmission cables with more advanced lines that can handle the kind of high voltages that keep the lights on in modern cities. Landers note that there are plans in place to connect the wind farms of West Texas to the rest of the state via 345-kilovolt lines that boast only 4% inefficiency.

Using Stone For Interior Design

Using natural materials in your interior design project can be a great way to get an interesting design that will last the test of time. From wood to stone, natural materials look great and can suit nearly every design theme imaginable. But using stone in your design can be a challenge, especially if youve never worked with it before. Use this guide to using stone in your design and youll be sure to get a design that you will love for years to come.

Tiles:

One of the most common and affordable ways to decorate with stone in your bathroom or kitchen design is by installing stone tile. Stone tiles can come in a wide variety of materials from granite to marble and can be used in shower enclosures, countertops and backsplashes to create a powerful design element that suits nearly any design theme or dcor. Stone tiles can be more expensive than conventional tiles but last longer and can be more durable than ceramic tiles.

How Antiques Are Symbol Of Your Rich Lifestyle

Antiques are items of old age that are attractive and popular. It depends on its various features such as age, exquisiteness, scarcity, situations, helpfulness, own touching relation and different other special features. These antiques are great example of presenting ancient age of the human culture in the present. This is general view to describe “antiques” because using to objects 100 years older. In simple word, an antique is a work which made in a past time or a decorative approach, section of furniture and another art work that was made in the past era.

Lifestyle of Antiques

Antiques are beautiful, precious and unique items which change our lifestyle. Most of the people like to collect antiques hence, there are generally two basic terms while collecting an antique that is investment and satisfaction. The antiques items are costly and exclusive every people cannot purchase this but some of the people buy the antique who loves antiques items and hobby to collect the antiques. These items are shows your lifestyle and way of life from earlier period. For that reason, this inserts the facts of collector. Most of collectors are utilizing in their house and do best care with hopes which they hold their importance and value.

Avoid This Futon – The Black Metal Futon Frame

When the futon industry was born back in the 1980s, the frames were well thought out and well constructed. Whether it was softwoods or hardwoods, the frames featured good fundamental designs made from solid wood. These futon frames would incorporate new working mechanisms and ideas in operation that made futons appealing not only in their design but in the quality of materials and construction that went into them. The futon industry was doing well and growing with these frames heading into the 1990s but then the black metal futon frame came onto the scene.

At first it was widely regarded as a great addition to the futon family of products. Finally, a futon that could be offered at a much a lower price point. Black metal frames were being imported from China, Malaysia and Taiwan. Many of the early black metal frames were packaged with an import mattress made up of ground up textile materials and a colored covering with tufts. These packages were often anywhere in price from $199 – $249 and started out in specialty futon shops as a great way to introduce customers on a budget into a lower priced futon option. It was soon discovered though that these frames were not such a bargain that they appeared to be.

The first problem with black metal frames is the round metal bars that make up the seat and back sections of these frames. Where as wood futon frames are using flat slats, black metal frames have hollow round bars. Thinner mattresses would slide through the gaps between the round bars. On wood futons this was never a problem. The other issue with the hollow bars is that if enough weight was placed on a spot they would begin to bend. The issue became so bad that a 90 day warranty was put in place by most manufacturers of these frames.

Roofing In Dallas As Compared To Other Cities

Roofing Dallas as Compared to Other Cities

Roofing varies state to state, not just in installation traditions but in color and styles available.In the Dallas area there are several roofing factories. GAF, Tamko, Atlas, Certainteed, Tamko, all have a presence here with GAF having two factories, one the old Elk plant.

If you go to any of the manufacturer sites you’ll see a zip code selector for colors and, of course, contractors. GAF, for example shows a WeatherMax and Marquis but in my 31 years as a contractor and eight years as an installer before that, I’ve never seen them. One of my new sale techs sold some once and all hell broke out. We fixed it by, as my father says, passing it on to the consumer through reduced profits. I’m not really sure I fully fathom that anything was passed on.