False ecenomy fails in your home

Are you anxious to save energy in your home? Of course, you are, everyone is. Energy bills cost us all a fortune, and if you can save on the heating, the water or electricity, then you will have more money to spend elsewhere. Perhaps, you’ve been saving up for a dream holiday with the kids? Cut the costs of your energy, and you’ll have more spending money. That’s always a good thing. Okay, but let’s be honest for a moment here because the steps we take to save money on energy don’t always pay off. That’s because these steps are lessons in false economy. They are energy savings myths that have no impact whatsoever. Let’s look at a few.

Switching Off Your Fridge At Night

This is a popular idea that has been floating around for some time. The general idea is this. If you switch off your fridge and freezer, the food in them is going to say cool for quite some time. It’s not going to defrost or get warm straight away, as long as you keep the door shut. If it’s late at night, no one should be opening these doors so there shouldn’t be an issue. While this might be true, it won’t save you money. It simply takes far too much energy to kick the fridge/freezer up to the point that it should be. Essentially, you’ll end up using more than you could ever hope to save. This is just one of the false economy techniques.

Filling Up The Dryer Or Washer

If you have clothes piling up in the corner of your room, it can be tempting to squeeze as many in the washing machine as physically possible. By doing this, you think that you are saving energy because you are only putting on the washing once or twice instead of three to five times. Here are the issues here. First, you might find that you need to put them on again to get the clothes dry because they are so full. Second, you will probably be using more power if you put that much clothes into the machines. You could also break your dryer and if you do Think Tank Home have some tips on how to address fixing it. Bottom line then, suck it up and put the washer on multiple times because this is the best way to save money.

Leaving The Lights On

Have you heard about this one? Some people believe that switching the lights on and off uses a lot more power than simply leaving them on all the time. This is absolute nonsense and flicking a switch doesn’t actually cost you a lot of money at all. It certainly can’t be compared to the basic costs of the fridge being switched on and off despite it being a similar idea. The same is true for devices like laptops, computers and TVs. You should be switching them off when they are not in use. Otherwise, they can burn up your energy.

Avoid these false economy options, and you can focus on the real ways to save in your home.

3 thrifty ideas for improving your home & garden

3 Thrifty Ideas for Improving Your Home & Garden

Home improvements are fun and exciting and go a long way toward improving your property. Perhaps you’re planning to sell soon, or maybe you just feel the home is looking a little old and tired. Well, it’s probably a good time to look at ideas you could use to improve the property. The problem is that home improvements cost money, and cash is already pretty tight as it is!

So, you need to come up with thrifty, money-saving ideas that will help you improve your home and garden without breaking the bank. There are loads of cool changes you can make, and you may already have some ideas in mind for things you want to do. Here are 3 budget-friendly ideas that will help you work on improving your home and garden.

1. Less is Sometimes More

It’s important that you understand that sometimes less is more when it comes to improving the home. Often people can overdo it and try to do too much to help improve their property, and this results in a bunch of stuff that doesn’t really work together. Especially in the garden, less is more, and it’s important that you understand this. If you can keep things stripped back and a little more basic you will find this really accentuates the strengths of the garden and the home. You don’t want a property that seems cluttered and confused, and that’s why it’s sometimes better to keep things simple.  

2. Shop Around for Deals

There are plenty of places you can look if you want to get furniture or materials to help you improve the home. The best thing to do is make sure you shop around and look for sites you can find the best deals on. You can get quite a bit of awesome furniture and materials out there that will really add to your home and make it look a lot better. Getting the best deal possible is essential for allowing you to improve the property while tightening the purse strings at the same time. Make sure you do as much as you can to find the best value and even consider going for pre-owned pieces if necessary.

3. Go Greener

There is a movement these days toward a greener way of life, and it’s important to embrace that. As a homeowner in the modern world, you need to look at what you can do to improve the status of the home. Going green helps you be more eco-friendly, but will also save you money in the long run, not to mention producing a healthier home. Think about embracing renewable energy, recycling more, and upcycling unused bits of furniture. A greener way of life is just what your home needs to thrive and grow, and it’s also a thrifty way of making the property better in the long run as well.

These are just three of the great ways you can improve your home and garden on a budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home better, and this is proof of that. Coming up with ideas that will help you to achieve this is really important.

Green home: A guide to buying energy efficient appliances

Green Home: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Appliances

There are so many ways to make your home green, starting with replacing your light bulbs with LED ones all the way to installing solar panels on the roof of your home. Still, while the latter costs about $17.000 and it is easy to dismiss as ‘too expensive for most households’, what about the choice of appliances?
The price difference between power-saving appliances and their standard counterparts is not really that great, so there’s no excuse for not making the planet-saving choice. After all, when something is both Earth- and budget-friendly at the same time, it is a chance too good to be ignored. With this in mind, here is a brief guide to buying energy-efficient appliances.

Think about the size

Even though this may seem a bit too obvious, you need to understand that bigger appliances use more power and more water, it really is as simple. A massive washing machine consumes more energy to wash the same amount of laundry, so, they’re not worth buying unless you really have the need for this. On the other hand, if you have 9 people living inside of your home, it might be more cost-effective and even eco-friendlier to get a bigger appliance than to be forced to re-use your old ones more frequently. Same goes for a refrigerator and many other appliances out there.

Repairing and replacing

Another thing to keep in mind is the fact that replacing your old appliances also creates waste, therefore increasing your household’s carbon footprint. In order to avoid this, you might want to contact experts behind agencies like Total Appliance repair and ask if it’s worth to repair an old machine. Keep in mind that an older appliance and fixture spend more power, which is why replacing them still might be worth your while in the long run. Nonetheless, replacing an item as soon as it misbehaves is definitely not a good idea.

Compare estimated energy use

When it comes to picking an appliance in 2018, it’s quite easy to be efficient, seeing as how all of these devices have a displayed estimated energy use. This means that you can make a side-by-side comparison on your phone or laptop. In this way, you can make a calculation of how much you stand to save in a month or a year. Then, try to calculate how long will it take until this device covers its own cost. Sure, this isn’t always the case since you might replace it beforehand, yet, the cost reduction is always a thing worth keeping in mind.

Look at the label

Finally, this is a rule that’s applicable to both electronic devices and water fixtures. A truly green device usually has an Energy Star logo (at least in the U.S.). This symbol alone is an indicator that the device you’re looking at stands to save you quite a bit of cash. Nevertheless, there is a great difference even between various power-saving appliances and, seeing as how this is not a purchase you’re making every day, it’s always worth getting into the specifics.

As we stated in the previous paragraph, renewing your household appliances is something you do once every several years, perhaps even once every decade. This means that the choice you make right now is the one that’s going to affect both your household budget and your conscience for years to come. After all, how can you justify ignoring the ramifications of your laziness on the environment, especially in the era of the internet, where all of this information is merely a click away.

How to Overcome Challenges of Working Abroad

Working abroad is so exciting! You have probably happily entertained this thought while you were looking for available positions, and here it is! The trouble usually starts right before the move and soon after you arrive. This is because you need to overcome the moment of letting go and getting used to the new circumstances.

The language barrier

The problem number one you may have, is the most obvious one, the language. If you are generally not good with languages and you find it extremely difficult to learn a new one, choose a country where your native tongue is spoken (or any other language you already speak). This will help you cope at both, professional and the personal level. Good communication is important for all aspects of life, and speaking the same language is the essence of it.

Cultural differences

Cultural differences should never be overlooked and undermined.  If you are traveling to a country which belongs to “the same world” and has similar values to where you come from, it is easy. The differences usually seem as minor nuisances, or even quite entertaining.
On the other hand, if you are traveling to a country with a different system of values, then this is something which requires a significant amount of preparation, e.g. moving from Central Europe to South Asia.  If you want to fit in, you will have to get informed and open to their views. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Professional etiquette

This is an extension of the previous paragraph, referring to cultural differences within a workplace. Perhaps, the office does not look the way you would expect it to look. Maybe you do not have everything you are used to having. Hopefully, these are your biggest problems. If you do not manage to find information of what is considered to be “professional” in the country you are moving to, pay close attention and implement what you see.
 Of course, there are always exceptions to certain rules, but there are countries where people focus on punctuality, while in others they only care that the work gets done. Other places have businesses where overtime is encouraged, as opposed to stopping in the middle of the work and leaving at 5pm which is the case in certain countries. Eating at your desk may seem shocking to some, while others will share food and eat from the same dish with the same spoon in the middle of an office.

Conflicts with coworkers

Dealing with a conflict in the workplace is always challenging and you have to be extra careful. Any issues that may arise can be magnified by the fact that you are new, a foreigner, with possibly poor language skills, and potentially “stealing” someone’s job.
This type of conflict demands exceptional professional skills from the HR department. The chances are that they do not have enough experience to resolve this issue. This is when they should get professional workplace mediation services to assist. If they do not do it at first, remind them. A mediator will help you and your coworker understand each other’s point of view and overcome the communication barrier.

Training and support

Once you get to the new country, you will probably spend a lot of time working and learning new things. Training for a new job position is always stressful. There is a large amount of information you need to take in within a short period of time. You potentially even have to learn new skills. Doing all of that while starting off almost clueless and knowing that your position depends on it, can be very emotionally draining. It is always hard.
However, it is particularly hard if you are in a new country, surrounded by strangers without the professional, or emotional support to help you through this period. This is the right time to show confidence and ask for any further assistance you may need during the training. This will help you learn faster. Also, arrange times for long sessions with friends and family members at home, give them a call and let them be there for you.

Nostalgia, loneliness, and social life

At the very beginning you will spend a lot of time at work and with coworkers, but as you get into a routine you will have more and more time available for yourself. This free time is when people usually start getting lonely. Keeping in touch with people from home helps but is not the real thing.
You should now focus on your social life. Be open for interactions and visit events where you can meet people. Hopefully, you will manage to befriend some of your coworkers. In order to find places where you can meet people, take group courses and lessons. Find a discussion group you could join or a sport you enjoy.
You are a confident person, brave enough to leave everything behind and step into the unknown. You have been chosen by the company for your qualities and experience. They saw value in you and so should you. You should always remember these facts if you ever feel down. Once you establish your professional and personal network, your troubles will go away.

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