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9 Unexpected Energy (and Money) Savers


Here are a few surprising and simple ways to cut your energy bill this season.

Put lamps in the corners: Did you know you can switch to a lower wattage bulb in a lamp or lower its dimmer switch and not lose a noticeable amount of light? Its all about placement. When a lamp is placed in a corner, the light reflects off the adjoining walls, which makes the room lighter and brighter.

Switch to a laptop: If youre reading this article on a laptop, youre using 1/3 less energy than if youre reading this on a desktop.

Choose an LCD TV: If youre among those considering a flat-screen upgrade from your conventional, CRT TV, choose an LCD screen for the biggest energy save.

Give your water heater a blanket: Just like you pile on extra layers in the winter, your hot water heater can use some extra insulation too. A fiberglass insulation blanket is a simple addition that can cut heat loss and save 4% to 9% on the average water-heating bill.

Turn off the burner before youre done cooking: When you turn off an electric burner, it doesnt cool off immediately. Use that to your advantage by turning it off early and using the residual heat to finish up your dish.

Add motion sensors: You might be diligent about shutting off unnecessary lights, but your kids? Not so much. Adding motion sensors to playrooms and bedrooms cost only $15 to $50 per light, and ensures you dont pay for energy that youre not using.

Spin laundry faster: The faster your washing machine can spin excess water out of your laundry, the less youll need to use your dryer. Many newer washers spin clothes so effectively, they cut drying time and energy consumption in halfwhich results in an equal drop in your dryers energy bill.

Use an ice tray: Stop using your automatic icemaker. It increases your fridges energy consumption by 14% to 20%. Ice trays, on the other hand, dont increase your energy costs one iota.

Use the dishwasher: If you think doing your dishes by hand is greener than powering up the dishwasher, youre wrong. Dishwashers use about 1/3 as much hot water and relieve that much strain from your energy-taxing water heater. Added bonus: you dont have to wash any dishes.


Source HouseLogic.com

Detroit's Rebirth


Tech sector leads Detroit's rebirth

With a booming tech job market and major corporate investments, Detroit may be poised to reinvent itself as a new tech hub

When it comes to tech jobs, most people think of Silicon Valley as the Promised Land. But according to tech job search company Dice.com, Detroit has the fastest-growing tech job market, boasting an eye-popping 101 percent increase from February 2010 to February 2011.

Dice says that Detroit has more than 800 available tech jobs on any given day and that the average salary of tech pros in Detroit has risen 2 percent since last year to nearly $71,500. Following Detroit is a trio of Ohio cities: Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, which boast growth numbers of 75, 62, and 57 percent, respectively. They're good stats, but still a far cry from what Detroit has to offer.

The impressive job numbers aren't the only indicator that Detroit could be undergoing a tech-fueled renaissance. Microsoft recently opened a Technology Center in the city, providing the area with development suites and offering workshops on topics like tech strategy and business software architectural guidance. The company cited research that found Detroit to be among the 10 most cloud-friendly cities as a major factor in its decision to invest in the city. And the New York Times reported earlier this year on the tremendous opportunities that Detroit presents for startups, noting that the city's TechTown business incubator now houses 150 companies as opposed to the single company it had five years ago.

Detroit certainly is among the areas hardest hit by U.S economic woes; the auto industry that had been its lifeblood has taken a beating, and the outlook was so dire that a government plan considered essentially abandoning parts of the city. But having bottomed out, Detroit is ripe for urban renewal and rebirth, and the tech sector is well-poised to lead the way.

This story, "Tech sector leads Detroit's rebirth," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Get the first word on what the important tech news really means with the InfoWorld Tech Watch blog. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.


Help Support Our Troops!


We continue to support our troops by sponsoring the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.  We are now in our third year and have already collected and donated over 12,000 phones and hours of talk time to our troops. 

On behalf of Cell Phones for Soldiers and the troops that benefit from your generous donation, thank you! Each donated used mobile phone allows Cell Phones for Soldiers to fulfill the mission of providing service men and women with the opportunity to communicate with loved ones for free.   Last month, they received 514 phones from RE/MAX Classic, which generated 30840 minutes of calling time for troops.

Thanks to kind people such as you, we can provide enriching experiences to soldiers overseas who cannot talk to their families often. One phone call can truly make a difference.

To date, Cell Phones for Soldiers has raised more than $7 million and provided more than 90 million minutes of free talk time. Due to the mobile phone recycling program, more than 7.5 million cell phones have been recycled since 2004, thus reducing the impact on landfills.

As an advocate for Cell Phones for Soldiers, please encourage family and friends to support our troops by donating a mobile device to the program.

Again, we want to express our gratitude for your contribution. The success and growth of this program is directly impacted by your considerate support.  If you have a mobile phone to donate to the program, please contact me directly at 734-502-0456 or drop by my office.  Your one donation will make such a difference.  Go red, white, blue and green by donating and recycling you phone today.

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