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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 When a homeowner purchases a property that has outdated appliances, they may try to quickly replace the units with more energy efficient models.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.

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How to Make Windows XP More Efficient

Speed up Windows XP Defrag Process.

A simple way to do that is by restarting computer before doing defrag process to let operating system clean its swap/paging files and reset them to default. Another method to speed up defrag process is by bringing defrag process at startup. You can do that easily by editing registry.

Run Registry Editor.
Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce.
Right-click a subkey RunOnce.
Select New-String Value.
Name it as Defrag and press enter twice.
Type Defrag.exe c: /f inside Value Data text box and click ok.
Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.

Defrag Process will start after you type password and press enter. Remember that the value in RunOnce will be deleted after running Defrag Process.

Clean Recent Run Windows XP Instruction List.

If you often use Run to run application, you should know that Windows XP always writes in registry called MRU (Most Recently Used). You can access it by clicking drop down arrow near Open text box.

MRU list is made in order to open the same application in the next session easily. But it will be difficult if  the list contains so many listed applications that it’s hard for you to find the desired application. Fortunately, there is a simple way to clean MRU list.

Run Regedit.exe.
Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU.
Right-click on RunMRU and select Export.
Name it as Clear Run MRU, click Save and close Regedit.exe.
Open Clear Run MRU.reg file with Notepad.
Add a minus sign (“-“) at the first of key name (in rectangle bracket).
Delete all of path keys.
Save and close Notepad.
Reboot Windows  or Log off.

Everytime you want to clean MRU list, just double-click Clear Run MRU.reg file.

Turn Off  Windows Messenger.

Windows Messenger automatically runs because of Outlook Express Program or another Microsoft web page. If you have already used MSN Messenger for chatting or video conferencing, you may not need  to use Windows Messenger anymore. That is why it needs to be removed from startup.

Open Run dialog box by pressing [Windows]+R or from Start-Run.
Type inside the dialog box: “Gpedit.msc and click OK to run Group Policy Editor.
Open Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Messenger.
Double-click “Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run.
Choose Enabled then click OK.
Finally, close Group Policy Editor.
Use Letters to Access Local Folder Location.  

When we work in Local Area Network, usually we use “Map Network Drive” instruction to mark our drives with letters. For example: C for Local Disk, D for disk partition, or maybe H for our Network Neigbourhood’s drive. We can use letter to access folder location too. Why bother do several clicks to access folder location, if there’s a simple way just by doing double click. There are many Windows users who don’t realize this. We can use an old DOS instruction called SUBST.

Open Command Prompt from Start-All Programs-Accessories-Command Prompt.
Type: SUBST x: C:\[pathname]\[foldername], where “x” is virtual drive letter and “[pathname]\foldername]” is completed path you choose. An example: SUBST Z: C:\Windows\Fonts. Now, you can access Fonts Music folder just simply by clicking Z letter.

To delete a substituted (virtual) drive:


Make Instant Restore Point

Usually you make restore point manually by clicking Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Restore. Then, you will follow the wizard. There is an instant way just by hitting one click. All you need to do is making two lines simple VBScript by using WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) to access Class SystemRestore and to make Restore Point.

Run Notepad.
Type in the first line: Set IRP = getobject(“winmgmts:\.\root\default:Systemrestore”)
Type in the second line: MYRP = IRP.createrestorepoint (“My Restore Point”, 0, 100).
Save the file as InstantRestorePoint.vbs.

Every time you want to make Restore Point, just double-click on the file. 


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How to Work More Efficiently in Your Internet Marketing Business

The story goes like this: I work all day in my job, come home and work even more hours on my internet business while neglecting my spouse and kids. How can I work more efficiently so I don’t lose my mind and become a stranger to my family and friends?

This is a common problem that creates feelings of being overwhelmed and ultimately burnout and quitting.  The solution is rather simple, but not always apparent. Efficiency is a skill – learned like any other skill.

It starts with awareness. Become aware of where you are spending your time and energy with your internet business.

For the next week or two, keep a record of all the tasks and how much time spent on each of them. Pay attention to patterns.  Are there tasks you could outsource, like article writing?  Which activities are making you money and which are just a waste of time?

A huge time waster for many people is incessantly checking email several times a day.  A good habit to adapt is to check and respond to emails at set times each day. Preferably no more than 2 or 3 times a day.

Studies have shown that distractions or jumping from one task to another creates huge inefficiencies.  Creating a routine and setting aside blocks of time without distractions will make you much more efficient. Have a plan that has you work on the most important things first. Those would be the ones that are money makers. Also, always try to finish a task before moving onto the next.

 A good rule of thumb is to set aside at least an hour – preferably 2 hour blocks of uninterrupted time to focus on a task.  It can often take up to 20 minutes to get back to where you left off if you are distracted in the middle of a project.

Close your email servers and turn off your phone ringers and let anyone in your home know that this is your working time.

Also, spend your time on what makes the most money for the least effort. This will help you start outsourcing tasks sooner than later. Picture this, you come home from work and have a few hours to spend on your internet business.  You notice you spend 2 hours writing articles that generate traffic for your business.  It is a money making task, and one that eventually can be outsourced to free up your time to work on other money generating tasks.

You could have someone else write your articles so that you can spend the time you would’ve spent writing the article yourself to syndicating and repurposing those articles to leverage your time and exposure.

When I say re purposing, I mean, that article could also be tweaked into a blog post, a video, an audio, a pod cast, etc. Syndicating is submitting it to video and article aggregators like digg, tube mogul and the like.

If you get nothing else out of this article, remember the two words, Awareness and Focus. Efficiency takes time to get good at, but the reward is so worth it.

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