Monthly Archives: June 2016

Air Conditioning Tips for the Summer

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With the summer heat already upon us–and still intensifying–I, like many of you, will flock to the nearest air conditioner available to survive. Unfortunately, the summer heat can hurt you where you might not expect it: your wallet. Those ever-present AC systems that we cling to can use a lot of energy, and therefore, money. I put together a list of ideas that I found around the web that I found useful to help cut down on air conditioning costs this summer. Below are some of the most important tips that I’ve found. Other than the ones below, I found that energy.gov is good for general energy-saving guidelines. [Some tips came specifically from their page on AC energy saving]

Air Conditioning Energy Savings

  • As often as you have your AC going at full blast, turn it up at night or when you’re simply not at home. You’ll (obviously) save energy and money if it’s not running while you’re not around to bask in it.
  • Support your AC system with a fan or two. The circulation of air indoors can go a long way towards cooling it down.
  • Limit how much you use your stove-top. They introduce a lot of heat into your kitchen when you use it. If you must use it, try using it in the evening when the room will be naturally cooler.
  • If you have had the same AC system for awhile, it may be worthwhile to either replace it or make sure its properly maintained. If it’s working at a less-than-optimal efficiency, then it has to be active for that much longer, and therefore consume that much more energy.
  • Similarly, if you find your workplace sweltering, there are companies that specialize in commercial HVAC systems. If it does need to be maintained, then I know that the BP Group is one company that specializes in HVAC repair.

That does it for this post. Below, I shared another video I found for you to watch. It has some additional tips to try out!

Spring Award Highlights

This spring has been full of glamorous award shows including the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, and the Tony Awards. Talk of who was the best dressed, predictions of who would win which awards, and other show-biz talk took over mainstream media. Here are some highlights from this spring’s shows:

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The Academy of Country Music Awards: From Katy Perry and Dolly Parton’s duet, to Nick Jonas joining Kelsea Ballerini on stage to sing her hit song “Peter Pan,” to the tribute to Joey Feek, this year’s ACMs was a night to remember. Breakout artist Chris Stapleton took home 4 awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for “Traveller.”

The Billboard Music Awards: With a lineup including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, P!nk, and more, we knew the BBMAs would be a hit. The Weeknd won the most trophies of the night, in 8 categories including Top R&B artist and Top R&B album. The night was full of crazy and wonderful moments, including the debut of Adele’s new music video and a beautiful, tear-jerking tribute to Prince performed by Madonna and Stevie Wonder.

The Tony Awards: Hamilton was the talk of the town this year, taking over the Tonys with a record-breaking 16 nominations. It won 11 categories including best musical and best score. Host James Corden was charming and hilarious, performing his own mashup of a number of famous Broadway songs as part of his opening skit. There were lively, dance-filled performances from the cast of School of Rock, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, and others.

The celebrations are not over yet. We still have the MTV Video Music Awards to look forward to on August 28th, and the Emmys later on in September. If you can’t wait that long for the excitement that award shows bring, then host your own! You can make it as extravagant or low-key as you want. Invite your friends, order trophies online, and have the time of your life!

3 Ways to Preserve the Resale Value of Your Phone

There is a large market for the buying and selling of used phones. If you are looking to sell your old phone, don’t worry. There are plenty of people who want to save money and avoid any hassle by making a quick trade of cash for phones. Here are some tips that will help you preserve the resale value of your phone in case you plan to sell it in the future:

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1. Protect Your Phone. While there are many people interested in buying used phones, nobody wants to buy a phone that looks like its been used. Invest in a strong and durable case to avoid the scratches and dents that will take away from the appeal of your cell phone. Don’t be distracted by the cases with the cool designs that are flimsy and do little to protect your phone from damage. Screen protectors are also helpful tools that prevent the nasty cracks that may appear on your phone’s screen if you drop it too hard. Accidents happen, so it is important that you invest in the cases and protectors that will keep you covered.

2. Pick the Right Time to Sell. If you put your two-year-old iPhone 6 on the market the same week that the iPhone 7 comes out, you probably won’t get much interest from potential buyers. There is something about having the latest version of any device that appeals to people, so selling your phone while it is still the most current existing model is a better idea if you want to make a decent profit.

3. Maintain the Battery Life. Battery life is one of the most important qualities people consider when purchasing a phone. Everyone is always on the go, and they need to make sure their phones can keep up with them. Things like keeping your battery cool and not running it down to empty all the time make a big difference in the long run.