October 16, 2012
Pardon the pun, but LED lighting in an office environment is a bright idea. More companies than can be easily counted have switched over to this type of lighting for its efficient, money-saving technology. The types of LED lights available for the workplace are just as adaptable as any other commercially available lighting product, with long-term benefits far outweighing any negatives.
First, it helps explaining how a LED light works. “LED” stands for Light Emitting Diode. These types of light function by creating an electrical charge with a semiconductor in an isolated space to create photons- in a word, light. The materials that LEDs are made from enhance the brightness of the light created. LED lights have been in use for over forty years. At first, they were used in smaller applications, such as illuminated displays on machines and items such as pocket calculators. As the quality of materials has improved, LED lights have become much more efficient and powerful for large scale lighting applications.
Of course, it’s natural that there might be concerns. Will there be extensive electrical work or costly retrofits? No. LED lights for the office are meant to work with existing sockets and fixtures. Unless your office is already in need of renovation, there should be no need to redo any part of your building. One fact that you will need to consider is the cost of LED lights. One single LED bulb meant to replace an incandescent light can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 (USD). However, many different retailers sell LED lights, so securing the best deal on a bulk purchase shouldn’t be any trouble.
Comparisons between LEDs and other lights show that the long-term savings of using LED lighting will more than make up for the high cost of replacement. Energy usage tests show that LED light fixtures often outperform traditional light bulbs, often working at least 50% more efficiently (more so depending on the product used). The lifespan of an LED light is much longer than typical fixtures and bulbs. For example, most incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of only 1000 hours. LED bulbs designed for the same fixture often have a lifespan of 100,000 hours. Also, traditional lights radiate heat as a byproduct of their energy usage. Although it may not be easily visible, traditional lights have a way of affecting the thermostat in an office as well. By comparison, LED lights emit much less heat, allowing workplace air conditioning to run more efficiently. This easily translates into money saved between your power bill, your heating bill, and the amount of lighting supplies your office will need throughout the year. In other words, your investment will pay for itself.
April 19, 2012
Commercial property is still a a solid investment in today’s real estate market, but it does take quite a bit of work to be successful in this area. Investors who don’t want to handle the day-to-day operations of a piece of commercial real estate can turn that part of the business over to a commercial property manager. Commercial property managers have a number of tasks that they are responsible for and make the lives of property owners much simpler. Make sure the people you hire are properly licensed. Find out more here.
When a property has commercial tenants, the property owner will be responsible for all kinds of building maintenance. The commercial property manager will need to interact with the tenants and make sure that all of their needs are met while in the building. For example, if the plumbing breaks, the commercial property manager will be in charge of making sure that it is fixed in a timely manner by a company such as http://www.premiereworks.com. If the alarm system on the building stops working, the property manager will have to step in and fix it quickly. The property manager must make sure that the building is always in perfect condition in order to make the tenants happy. Otherwise, the commercial tenants could try to withhold rent until the problems are addressed. View all services for commercial properties here: http://www.premiereworks.com/services
In addition to handling the maintenance of the building, the commercial property manager also has to deal with collecting rent. When the tenant is good, this is simply a matter of collecting a check or setting up an automatic bank draft. If the tenant is not good about paying rent, you may have to visit the tenant regularly to inquire about payment.
Renting Out the Property
When tenants leave a commercial property, it is up to the property manager to make sure that the space is rented out again quickly. This means that the commercial property manager must get the space up to par again right away. Then the manager has to advertise that the property is available for rent and show it to prospective tenants. This makes it possible to get the property rented out and the property owner can avoid any lost revenue.
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April 27, 2011
Have you ever wanted to help the environment while also helping yourself? Well, it might be easier than you think. When determining the different types of eco-friendly actions to take, “reduce, reuse and recycle” comes to mind. However, if a small change in home decor could benefit the environment, what is the downside? While keeping a low cost target in mind, replacement doors can range from relatively inexpensive to high priced and more extravagant. Another way to think about this lifestyle change would be through the eyes of sustainability.
In terms of specifics, replacement doors are ideal in the sense that they can improve energy efficiency. By using resources and green materials, rather than harmful and toxic components, a healthier lifestyle is already set into motion. Increasing the comfort of one’s home is truly this simple and easy. New doors will certainly reduce the normal occurrence of decay, termites and water saturation, to name a few examples. If the proper company is hired, they may be able to recycle and take care of the waste that is accumulated from the previously installed doors. There are several different types of materials that make sturdy and durable doors. Perfectly engineered to conserve natural resources, wood, fiberglass, steel and composites are just a few components that help to conserve the environment.
Replacing the doors within a home, in honor of Earth Day, would be one of the most healthy and sustainable contributions to the ecosystem. Besides finding a way to compliment the atmosphere that surrounds us, the use for these doors is positively influencing and encouraging other citizens to improve their way of life as well. The other clear reason, and possibly the deciding factor, for many to purchase these earth friendly doors is because of their aesthetic look. Thinking of ways to positively affect and give towards the community on Earth Day is a fun way to make an influence. Take a look at the options, the opportunities available to make a difference, the chance to turn your home into an eco-friendly place, and start to spread the word. Each door that is replaced can make a difference. Tell your friends and family, but take the first step on your own. Be the leader and make a difference in the world by replacing your doors.
April 12, 2011
Try celebrating Earth Day by thinking of the various ways that you might make your home more eco-friendly. You may be surprised how much genuine happiness this can create for you. Looking around the house and making a list for eco-friendly changes will definitely lift your spirits. The projects do not need to be completed on Earth Day, yet it might be nice to do at least one on that particular day. If you are choosing to plant a tree or a shrub this year, Earth Day is a great day to take the children out to help. If you do not have any children, then find that proverbial child within and enjoy yourself. Honoring Earth Day is a great tradition that can be celebrated each year.
There are many eco-friendly options:
- Assess the condition of your windows. If at all possible, make certain that you install replacement windows to save on energy consumption. Eco-friendly windows will permit heating to occur via solar energy during the cold season. Conversely, they prevent heat loss from inside the home. These windows are environmentally sound, and they will save you money.
- Check all of your cleaners and beauty products. Replace all aerosols with pump sprays. At the same time, purchase as many environmentally sound products as possible.
- Solar panels may be an option for you if you are going to put on a new roof. You will need another source of energy, but your energy usage will decrease and so will your costs.
- You may want to check into solar generators to help conserve on other types of power usage. A solar generator is good during power outages.
- Consider building a backyard wildlife refuge. Talk to a landscaper or a nursery owner. Certain plants will attract certain wildlife. A rock garden adds beauty and can create a spot for butterflies, hummingbirds and finches. Try placing a ‘toad abode’ in your rock garden. Place lots of ferns for oxygen. The backyard wildlife refuge can provide many hours of wonderful watching. Also, remember to save the birds by creating a heated water source in the winter.
- Add hanging ferns to the inside of your home. This will help to increase the indoor oxygen supply.
Making changes for Earth Day will make help to create a new outlook on life. It is one of the finer and more responsible things that people can do.
March 29, 2011
Now you can get the low maintenance, budget-friendly features of vinyl siding in endless combinations of style, color and material to create the exact look you desire for your home.
Clapboard and smooth vinyl siding are what most people think of when they visualize vinyl siding. Clapboard is composed of long horizontal panels that overlap one another. Beveled and tapered boards help to create a uniform and clean cladding appearance. Smooth vinyl siding differs only in that it has no apparent texture on the surface.
Dutch lap vinyl siding is a type of siding that combines the attractive look of traditional siding with a decorative groove that runs along the top rim of each panel. This groove helps to increase the strength of the siding, making it appear extremely uniform.
Realistic looking types of vinyl siding are a durable and classy option. With their natural looking wood grains and textures as well as staggered patterns, vinyl cedar shakes are comparable in appearance to real wood. These are great for adding a rustic look to your home. They are one of the more expensive styles of vinyl siding, but they are more durable than real wood shakes and do not require costly seasonal maintenance.
Another rustic option is vinyl log siding. This type is designed to look like log cabin siding, with a half-round pattern and textured finish, mimicking real cedar logs.
Hand split vinyl shake siding gives the rough hewn look and rustic shadowing of actual hand split siding. A variegated style is available that uses distressed wood to create an even more rustic appearance.
A less expensive yet still very natural looking option is vertical board and batten vinyl siding. This type is available with a wood grain finish or a rough-sawn texture. It has the appearance of traditional wood siding at a fraction of the cost.
Brick and faux rock siding mimic the look of actual brick or stones and are usually hung in large panels. A wide variety of color patterns are available for an aesthetically pleasing look. Often, real stones are used to create the molds and panels.
Beaded vinyl siding has a protruding beaded seam that accentuates the lines of the board, providing both a clean and traditional look with a textured surface.
Insulated vinyl siding uses a type of insulating material, typically foam, and has been shown to reduce monthly energy costs by providing greater energy efficiency as well as insulation. It also increases the siding’s impact resistance.
The lowest maintenance option is liquid vinyl siding. In addition to being virtually maintenance free, it reflects heat, thus protecting your home building from the damage caused by extreme temperature variances.
One thing to keep in mind is that the more difficult it is to fabricate and install a particular style of vinyl siding, the more expensive it will run.
March 23, 2011
Want to create a unique place for the man of the family to get away from it all? Then create a man cave! Create a place within your home to get from away everyday life and hang with your friends.
The first step is to find a place within your home to create your man cave. Think of any space in your home that could be used. Examples would be an extra bedroom that rarely gets used, part of your basement or dividing an existing room to create the man cave. If the floor is finished in your attic, put the space to good use. If you have a larger garage, put up walls to create a room. Consider adding a floor and stairs to the upper part of your garage.
Next, think about what you really want to use the room for. What hobbies or interests, if any, do you plan to pursue in your man cave? Do you want it to be large enough to entertain friends in the space? Will you be watching TV or using electronics in the man cave? Will it be used only by you, or do you want to seat several people comfortably in it? These are important things to consider. If you want to do lots of reading in your man cave, then you will need good lighting and shelves for your books. If you plan to entertain friends for football season, then you will need a TV, seating, enough space to hold several people and a way to keep food and drinks ready.
Once you have chosen your space, you will need to put up some walls. This is a man cave, so you will want privacy from others. Make sure that you have adequate electrical outlets for your needs. If you will be adding a TV or entertainment system, you will need a cable or satellite connection as well.
The final step is to decorate your space. A man cave is a room to “getaway” area, so make it comfortable and inviting to you. Splurge on some new furniture. Paint the walls a manly color. Put up some custom wall clings with the logos of your favorite sports teams – you ca easilt order these from a place that does photo printing online. If you are into firearms, display your collection. Let the man cave reflect your personality and interests. The man interested in cars could decorate with hubcaps on the walls. Consider the man cave the one room in your house where the wife has no say in the decorating and have fun!
March 17, 2011
When selling a house, especially in today’s volatile real estate market, it is vital to portray it in the best possible condition. First impressions are often lasting ones. Therefore, when potential buyers pull up to the curb or into the driveway, they should be thinking that the exterior is charming and well-landscaped, not dilapidated and over-grown. An uncared for exterior translates into a neglected interior. It also means more time and money on the buyers end to fix it up. To keep from killing the sale before prospects even get out of the car, consider doing some exterior maintenance. A little time, hard work and money will translate into stronger viewings and higher offers.
Brand new siding is a powerful selling feature for many reasons. The most immediate result is the cosmetic appeal. New siding will look fresh and unblemished. There are many siding options available including vinyl, aluminum, wood, log, composite, brick, stucco and stone. Be sure to choose the one that will appeal to the most people and will blend with the style of the house. The right siding can also offer energy savings in the form of better heat retention and cooling abilities. When you are replacing the siding, consider installing new energy efficient windows. Old windows can be drafty, retain moisture, be difficult to operate and look dingy. Run-down doors should either be replaced or given a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.
Once the house is updated, focus on the yard. Overgrown shrubs and trees need to be shaped and trimmed because unruly hedges that block windows tend to make the entire property look gloomy and desolate. Plant some colorful flowers or shrubs that bloom, and spread mulch around the base of trees and plants. Not only does mulch keep weeds at bay and retain vital moisture, it also provides a polished appearance.
Now that all the major tasks are completed, focus on the small, yet important, details. Make sure the house numbers are straight and clearly visible, the mailbox should be in good repair and the grass must be cut. Place a new welcome mat and a few potted plants around the front door. Finally, add a few solar lights along the sidewalks and driveway for safety, security and aesthetic purposes. While all these tasks may seem like a lot of work, the end result will be well worth the effort.