The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope.
It was on Memorial Day weekend in 1925 that the summer blockbuster was born—well, was introduced to the movie going crowds. It wasn’t the first movie with sound or a “talkie” that launched the summer blockbuster tradition—it was air conditioning!
Before Paramount Pictures Corporation installed a mechanical system that cooled the air in their celebrated movie house on Times Square in New York City, going to a summer movie was a hot, sweaty event. It would not take long for a movie theater to become unbearable as it filled with people coming in from the heat outdoors.
That’s right AE3Q’s owners (Kirsten and Melissa) took to the course. They picked up golf clubs and gave it a wack. Kirsten and I were so excited to try our hand at golf. We were asked by a great friend to play a foursome on a beautiful Arizona morning in northwest Phoenix. After 18 amazing holes and driving erratically with a golf cart, Kirsten and I left our first golf experience sunburned on one knee and with big smiles. The golf bug was in us.
Recently, I was reading the April Edition of the Women’s Day Magazine and I found multiple recipes where I thought “I can make that.” And I was right! I made 4 recipes. Following directions is my thing. I love following directions. The challenge is getting the final product to look like the photo in the magazine. Although all 4 of my creations did not look like the photos, they each had their own taste.
Yesterday, Derrer Financial hosted an educational meeting. The evening meeting was broken up into multiple sections and the 1st and 3rd section was about wine and the theme was “California Dreaming”. The 1st section was about white wines. The white wines included: Schramsberg 2008 Blanc de Blancs, St Supery 2012 Estate Oak Free Chardonnay, Calera 2010 Chardonnay, and Unity 2012 Rose. The 3rd section was about red wines. They included: Talisman 2006 Adastra Vineyard Pinot noir, Martin Ray 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, and Terra Valentine 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. What a wonderful presentation and education!
ENERGY STAR’s website for K-12 schools, slogan is “Partnering with ENERGY STAR is a commitment to your students as well as to the environment.” ENERGY STAR reports the annual energy bill in the primary and secondary schools is $6 billion, yes with a B. They also comment that non-efficient schools are using about 3 times as much energy as schools that are energy efficient. The ENERGY STAR website mentions that an ENERGY STAR labeled school costs $0.40 per square foot less than the average schools.
Has this happened to you? Maybe you just had your ductwork cleaned and sealed and a new air conditioner and/or furnace installed with the high SEER rating (the best on the market). But once you start to use it you notice a month later that your bills are higher than last year and the year before. What is going on? You are thinking, “The new unit with a high SEER rating should be lowering my bills.”
In February I attended the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) annual convention. Approximately 1 week before the event I received an email from Tru Tech Tools that they will be hosting a booth at the convention. They listed the booth number so you could locate them easily. Then they threw in a bonus item. They would be having 3 drawings for 3 prizes, therefore 1 prize a day. Tru Tech Tools encouraged in the email to stop by say hello and enter the contest.
Recently I visited two different hotels in two different states that had two different water conservation strategies for the occupants of the hotel. In February, I attended the Indoor Air Quality Conference in Orlando, Florida. I spent 3 nights at what I will refer to as the Orlando Hotel. There was a card in the room asking to reuse towels and sheets to conserve water from the laundry process. The bathroom sinks had aerators (I was unable to see the gallon per minute (gpm) on the faucet).
Forbes’ recent article, “10 Real Reasons Why 2013 Will Be the Year of the Woman Entrepreneur,” caught my eye because they interviewed NAWBO leaders and AE3Q is a member of the local Phoenix NAWBO chapter. AE3Q does not just belong to NAWBO as a member but we are involved with committees and fundraising events. Therefore, I decided to read the article.
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