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Making depth-sensing cameras work better

Making depth-sensing cameras work better
Though these cameras have broad applications — in self-driving cars and navigation tools for the blind, for example — they do not work well in bright sunlight. “Not all light collected by the camera is actually useful,” said Kyros Kutulakos, a …
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Why you should start work at 10am (unless you're in your 50s)
Kelley says the working day should be more forgiving of our natural rhythms. Describing the average sleep loss per night for different age groups, he says: “Between 14 and 24 it's more than two hours. For [people aged between] 24 to about 30 or 35, it …
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For Better Creativity, Don't Let Your Hourly Wage Dictate How You Spend Your Day
The problem, of course, is that there are things that help you work your best and are very valuable — relationships, downtime, sunset-watching — but can't be measured with money. They inspire creativity and actually make your work more valuable.
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Making An Older Home More Energy Efficient

When a person decides to buy an older home, they may have to put some work into the exterior and the interior to make it livable. While some older homes can be bought as move in ready, there may be some work that still needs to be done. When a homeowner purchases a property that has outdated appliances, they may try to quickly replace the units with more energy efficient models.

Replacing a furnace can do a few things for a homeowner. A new energy star furnace will work better and cause less heat loss. The ability for it to produce less energy to operate and run, will allow people to save money on their heating costs.

When kitchen appliances are more than a few years old, they can drain lots of power from the utility bill as well. Older fridges are known for running on excessive electrical power. It may also take more energy to operate. Older stoves and dishwashers may also contain parts and features that can drain energy when not in use.

Homeowners who move into a home with used washer and dryers, may find that the drying machine does not work as good as newer models. It could run slower and take longer to dry clothes. People may find that they have to put several cycles on a load before the clothes are dry.

Money saved from efficient boilers can also contribute to the home’s efficiency. Providing hot water and heat to a home in an energy rated way, can help a homeowner lower their monthly bills. When bills can be lowered it can put extra money into the their pocket.

Replacing the appliances in a resale home may help to lower the monthly utility bills and create a proactive home. Changing an expired roof and updating windows can also help to keep the heat and AC in when applicable. There are many ways to create a greener home that is more cost efficient.

Once a home features everything in it that is desired, people may find that with the lower utility bills, that they can put more money into other home repairs and renovations. They may also feel good about knowing that their home is no longer wasting energy. Wasting energy could mean that heat is going out of poorly insulated doors and windows. Or that air is escaping from the roof and causing the furnace to work harder than it should. Old appliances can drag down the energy bill and not feature green initiatives.

Northern Gas Heating – the UK’s local supplier of new Combi Boiler including the energy efficient Condensing boiler.

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