Many Americans may be wondering why the use of solar power has ramped up exponentially over the past five years? One part of the answer to this question is that improvements in efficiency have made it possible to generate significant power with even a relatively small solar installation. And, perhaps more importantly, awareness that this option is available for families at all income levels and in all climates has grown. This has led more and more individuals to take advantage of this technology, for their own benefit and that of the environment.
People are living on tighter budgets than ever and are looking for ways to cut costs wherever possible to be able to make ends meet. Many people struggle to stretch their dollars and often cut out anything beyond the bare necessities or incur debt to survive. Well-informed people are starting to take back control of their financial situations by instead combating the rising costs of out-dated energy practices by installing their own solar panels on their properties.
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If you are a resident of New Jersey you have probably heard a lot about solar energy in the news recently. As President Obama called for the use of cleaner energy in his State of the Union Address, companies and universities were already transforming their rooftops to include solar . The transformation not only saves energy but it also saves the companies money. Of course, businesses and organizations are not the only ones making the switch to solar energy use as a way to clean up their act and save some cash.
In the United States, New Jersey is the second largest solar state and is steadily increasing. This is in part to the Renewable Portfolio Standard which is a regulation that aims for 22.5% of the state’s energy to come from renewable resources by the year 2021. It is one of the most aggressive standards in the United States and it seems to be working as solar panel installation continues to increase among residential areas every year. While the standard is enforced it does offer incentives for switching to solar energy and other renewable resources. Read the rest of this entry »
Before you start thinking about seriously investing in Magnolia solar energy panels, there are some factors you must mull over. You’ll need to consider your budget, your land and home setup, as well as your location. It is important to consider how the setup will work now so that you don’t make a mistake later on.
Bear in mind that not everyone is ideally located to take advantage of solar power. Some areas are cloudy, while others are covered by trees, buildings and other obstacles that would otherwise block natural light. California is actually one of the best locations for Verengo home solar panels because of its heat and ubiquitous sunlight. If you live in a location without very much sunlight, even a plethora of panels won’t help.
Life is often complicated, but your energy bill shouldn’t be. In fact, your energy bill should be simple. At Verengo, simplicity is the name of the game, and right now, getting your home “solarized” is easier and faster than ever.
Many people believe that solar power is an unattainable technology, and that it is simply too expensive for people of an average income to afford. Ordinarily, this might be true, but with a little help from Verengo Solar, and a number of government rebates and incentives, such is no longer the case.
Verengo Solar set out just a few years ago with a dream and a mission—to provide affordable residential solar, and to give customers a pleasant and simple solar experience, making a complicated switch as simple and painless as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Some simple fact checking and a quality assurance review can go an extremely long way to reduce unnecessary expenditures and wasted time. Obviously an ideal building project will go smoothly, quickly, and will be as cost-effective as possible. However, there are times when time delays and change orders happen. Reducing the frequency of these occurrences is an integral part of a successful building construction project.
A common mistake is for an owner to overlook the constructability and coordination reviews. Many owners just assume that the architect or the engineer will handle all of that. However, the reality of the situation is that the architect tends to focus on the design aspect of the building, and the engineer handles the structural integrity. That leaves a lot of gray area in between that is being left out of the plans. Read the rest of this entry »
This is the second of the areas in which you need to excel identified by Debbie Benton in CEO Material. It comprises six elements.
Feeling broadly adequate
Many people have problems with this one. Is broadly adequate enough? Surely it’s the outstanding people who get to the top? I suggest that isn’t really so. Indeed there are some absolutely outstanding managers and CEOs, but actually not all that many. If a group of middle managers were asked to name the most outstanding manager they know, I suspect that only a few names would be on each of their lists. Is your boss outstanding? Is your boss’s boss outstanding? (You do not have to share these thoughts with them!).
Debra Benton suggests that if you accept that you are broadly adequate, you have reason to feel quite self-confident, and self-confidence is what you need.
In her book, CEO Material, Debbie Benton identifies 16 areas on which you should work if you want to be regarded as CEO material. The first of these is Craftsmanship, which is a concept not generally used with reference to managers. A craftsmen is more often a skilled manual worker, who gains the ‘craftsman’ title by being especially skilled at his/her job. The author identifies four areas of managerial skill in which you should make yourself extremely competent. Let’s check them out.
Having a good track record
I don’t think too many people would disagree with this one. Success breed success in the climb to the top of the managerial ladder. But this is not so straightforward as it might appear. It is possible to be seen as ‘skilled’ if you avoid any serious stuff-ups as a junior manager. But Ms Benton, in common with many writers on management, suggests that the way to get noticed is to do something, rather than not doing something. In other words, toeing the party line and playing ultra-cautious is actually not the way to get noticed – to be seen as having a good track record. On the contrary, doing things successfully is what gets you noticed.
DA Benton, McGraw-Hill, 2009
Debra Benton is a successful consultant and author, with a long list of top drawer clients. She has previously written best-selling books including Executive Charisma, and How to Act like a CEO.
This book is sub-titled ‘How to be a Leader in any Organization‘ but could almost be sub-titled ‘Debra’s Book of Lists,’ because each chapter contains lists of characteristics and is filled with exhortations of what you should do if you want to to be regarded as a potential CEO. In her Conclusion chapter she actually lists 365 things you should do – one for each day of the year – to get yourself regarded as potential CEO material.
The author follows the same approach in each chapter. First, she gives a short bulleted list of key elements in the chapter topic. This bulleted list generally contains three points, each of which becomes a section heading a little later on. A couple of these lists are slightly longer. Then she lists the behaviors that a budding CEO should exhibit to demonstrate competence in the topic area. The list for Chapter 1 Have a Good Track Record, for example identifies 20 such behaviors, though this is the longest list in the book. Read the rest of this entry »