How to Become an Entrepreneur

A lot of people today would like to be in a home-based line of work instead of working eight to ten hour days in some role. Some individuals are also into franchising; these may seem like good ideas but if you would like to be a successful enterpriser, you do not have to center completely on franchising. You ought to look at other business enterprise models that are available.

Enquiry can be accomplished with simplicity these days, thanks to the great power of the World Wide Web. If you carry on your hunt on-line, you’ll be able to find additional business models that you could use as an enterpriser. Novices will learn a great deal from the data they can find on-line from other’s entrepreneurial experiences.

For of the many business organizational ideas you will be able to find on-line, you’ll often find it arduous to decide on the ones you like the most since there are so many to rifle through and choose from. It is easy to decide if you use your inherent aptitude, or go with what you know. For example, if one business model seems to fit you, observe it but if you have reconsiderations about additional ideas, put it on the back burner for additional research.

As an enterpriser, you ought to enquire more by accumulating as much data as conceivable about the business sector. Admittedly enough, enfranchisement is not a terrible idea, and there are pros and cons to every model. But, by opting to start your own endeavor, you are able to be the chief of your own tribe and you won’t have to pay royalties on your profits.

Notwithstanding, franchises and other on-line business sectors still offer you decent profitability. It’s all about how you run your show and your income/liabilities.

Not all people who hope to run their own businesses can accomplish their goals. Being a business owner is a lot of hard work and dedication, there are many components to contemplate prior to making that giant leap to becoming your own boss. You may have the initial capital to finance getting off the ground, even so; you can’t be positive of success and luxuriously high earnings in the time to come particularly if you do not know how to handle cash flow.

Most importantly, you must be capable of working alone and motivating yourself and your crew. When you are an entrepreneur, you are already freelance, nobody breathing down your neck to get things done..you have to be disciplined and set your own deadlines.

Embarking on a business enterprise from the ground-up demands a great deal of effort. Imagine the business organization that you are close to to opening is additionally available as a franchise, which business sector would you select? Some enterprisers, they’ll already accept franchising as it calls for less work. An accomplished business model is less expensive and less venturous. To make the best choice, you have to be willing to consider all of the rewards in addition to the disadvantages. This is an all important component of deciding on the best business model.

When you have picked out the correct template, you’ll be able to jump into process. In time, you’ll acquire the fiscal profits that you are dreaming about. All of your actions as an enterpriser must be riveted on accomplishing all of your goals and aims of the business organization.

If you would like to go entrepreneur, you must explore as much about the sector of your choice as possible. The World Wide Web can support you a great deal. You are able to get a lot by researching on the net and also by speaking with accomplished enterprisers so that you’ll have an estimation upon what you are about to take on.

Cures for Computer Distractions of the Home Based Entrepreneur

Few home based businesses operate without a computer. While initial enthusiasm may at first inspire great productivity, distractions abound for work-from-home adults banging away on their keyboards. Add to this recipe the infinite reaches of the Internet, and it’s a wonder any work gets done at all. It’s time to transform the home office’s primary fun source into a bona fide work horse.

Start by organizing the computer used for business into a serious machine. Keep the personal photographs as the desktop background, as long as you wouldn’t be embarrassed for clients to see them. The verdict is not so kind for other components of a work computer. All games and unnecessary software should be removed to keep tasks focused on money making endeavors. If the computer is a shared machine, utilize the profile function of most operating systems. Make an account for the business session so diverting programs are not available, but still stored on the hard drive for other family members.

Email is excess communication. Use a business email address and do not give it out to friends and family members. When people disregard your requests for personal email to go to a personal account, block their addresses. Personal email should only be checked on your scheduled breaks, and never for longer than 15 minutes at a time. A simple digital kitchen timer by the desk will help keep perusing periods honest. Business email should not be checked more often than first thing in the morning, and right after lunch unless a particular correspondence is expected. It will only distract you from the task at hand. Make a habit of deleting unwanted messages in the morning, and again before ending for the day.

Stop the file frenzy by eliminating chaotic folder systems. Catching yourself using Search too often from the Start menu? It’s time to rearrange the document filing system. Look for folders with similar names, or titles that aren’t clear about the contents. For example, folders named ‘Financial Documents’, ‘Accounting Files’, and ‘Account Information’ might be confusing if someone is looking for a specific customer invoice. First tier folders should be broad subject matters, such as ‘Money’, and folders nested inside should be as specific as possible, such as ‘Customer Invoices’ or ‘Supplier Invoices’. Each additional level of folder names must be more specific than the last, so a third level in the above example would then be ‘Customer ABC Company’.

Reduce mistakes with file names and watermarks. Multi-tasking is the norm, and nothing is worse than sending a draft, or worse the wrong file to a high profile client. If there will be multiple versions of a file, due to revisions or client input, put a sequential number at the end. File.doc becomes File1.doc, File2.doc, and so on. Never delete drafts of a document or proposal while the project is still in motion. Once a project has been billed and paid, the files may be moved to a back up server if disk space is absolutely necessary. The existence of these electronic files may be needed for reference, proof of work performed, or deliverance from disaster involving loss of the latest revision. Adding a clear identifying watermark such as “Draft” or “Intellectual Property of My Company Name” will further help identify a document when the file name is not readily apparent. Just don’t forget to remove it from the final version prior to printing and submittal.

When all else fails, clock the computer time. Pesky preoccupation can quickly be cured by a simple week long log of computer activity. Store a notepad and pen in a handy location, and write the start time and quick name for each task. When finished, log the stop time and start time of the next one. Notes can be as simple as: “9:12 Email to John Smith, 9:38 Proposal for Project Z, 10:04 Checked email, 10:30 Project Z again….” Startling trends and work habits will glare at you worse than a middle manager from cubicle world. On the positive side, the time log will add insight into better ways to schedule the work day so all obligations are met. Including the obligation to take a breather.

Computers are double-edged swords for productivity. On one edge, the razor sharpness cuts down time needed to process information, collect data, and manage communication. All of this is negated by the other edge becoming dull from aimless Internet browsing, email chatter, and worst of all video games. Moving from the outside work world to a home based business is a tough exercise in balance and personal accountability. Setting up simple parameters and prescriptive business practices, a savvy home based entrepreneur ensures her computer remains a tool and not an obstacle to success.

 

Tracy Morgan and the New McCarthyism

For those of you who are ignorant of history (an all-too common occurrence these days), back in the 50’s there was a U.S. Senator named Joe McCarthy who really hated Communists. Or what he though Communists were. He ruined a lot of people’s lives with a lot of unsubstantiated claims and character assassination. And he used taxpayer money to fund the witch hunt. Keep in mind that the U.S. Constitution was supposed to protect free speech. Yes, even Commie Pinko free speech. Senator Joe didn’t care and his paranoid ravings were accepted then ultimately rejected by the American populace. Now the term “McCarthyism” is an insult and synonymous with unjust, unsubstantiated persecution according to political or social beliefs.

Which brings me to Tracy Morgan. He is one funny dude. Real funny. There are comedians who are otherwise pretty normal and can BE funny. There are other, slightly-askew personalities who have it in their DNA and breathe and live funny. Tracy breathes funny. The first time I saw a Brain Fellows skit on Saturday Night Live, I knew all was not well within his psyche. And it was good.

Last week in Nashville, he was doing his stand up act. In it were some jokes and comments that were not looked favorably upon by the gay community. There were apparently some sexist jokes in there as well, I’m told, but, women didn’t get up in arms over his comments. Which leads me to conclude that either gays are more politically organized or less tolerant of insults than straight women. Both may be true.

Tracy Morgan has spent every day since then being nailed to a cross. And it’s wrong. Say what you want. The jokes may have been offensive. But isn’t that the point of the First Amendment; to protect speech that is unpopular? It’s not like he was yelling, “Fire!” in the theater or using his pulpit to seriously advocate violence against any group, like the Ku Klux Klan does. He was telling jokes about things which unnerve him.

Psychologically speaking, one’s sense of humor is a coping mechanism. Something that helps you deal with issues that can beat you down in this life. That’s why some of the funniest comedians are often the most disturbed. Maybe Tracy has had issues which brought him to arrive at his unpopular opinions. And whether or not you like it, his opinions are protected by the Constitution. And who are these critics who think the Constitution doesn’t apply to them?

However, Mr. Morgan is getting thrown under the bus by many, including some of his contemporaries. Tina Fey, yes the same Tina Fey who made a career renaissance out of looking somewhat like Sarah Palin and ridiculing her and her Down’s Syndrome daughter, is crying foul. To me, that is the height of hypocrisy. I usually find Tina Fey funny. I didn’t get upset over her jokes and I don’t get upset over Tracy’s. Whether or not their opinions amuse or enrage me, they have every right to speak their minds. And I have every right to change the channel or walk out of the venue. But that’s it. For me to call for their public flogging, like what Tracy is going through now, disrespects the man apart from his jokes, disrespects the artistic license of performance, and disrespects the intent of the First Amendment.

The pressure that political groups, the public and his co-stars are assailing him with is the sort of political witch hunt that Senator Joe made famous all those years ago. If you boil it down to its core, he persecuted those whose views were different from his, period. And it’s happening today under an illusion called Political Correctness.

Being PC is perhaps the biggest obstacle we have moving forward sociologically. It’s like putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that the N-word has beed stigmatized and shamed. But do I feel that “Black” and “White” are insensitive terms that should be parlayed into “African-American” and “European-American?” In two words: Hell, no.

All that this posturing does is push the racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia underground. It puts a happy little spin on the language, but does nothing to address the racial and ethnic schisms in our society. I’d rather know how someone feels up front than have them use non-offensive terms to my face and be closet haters. Get it out in the open. discuss it. Expose it’s flaws and eliminate it. Changing the word does little, if anything to fix the problem. And the problem is that large numbers of Whites and Blacks and Hispanics generally don’t trust each other. Gays and Straights don’t understand each other. Women and Men probably never will, but that doesn’t mean that these opinions, however invalid and offensive you find them to be, shouldn’t be protected by the Constitution and be out in the open for public debate.

Once they are out there, I’m sure the level-headed people in the world can educate the prejudiced people and we can all hold hands around a campfire. More likely, those who think they are right and holier-than-thou will find out that all of us are equally distrustful, petty, and screwed up. Then acceptance and healing can truly begin. We need to cut the legs off some people’s high horses.

Tracy Morgan is probably not right about some of the things he says. But he has every right to get people to try and pay to see him spout his views. Any of you who want to run him out of town on a rail should take a closer look at yourselves and your prejudices hidden under a veneer of political correctness first. Find and expel the demons in your own heart before you tell someone else what the can or cannot say. You may find that glossy terms are keeping you from confronting your own realities about what you believe, and some of those beliefs may not be popular either. But they are yours and they should be protected and they should be debated so that we can all acknowledge, expose, and thereby expel the hidden fears in our hearts.

It’s time to abandon this Politically Idiotic mode of thinking. It is nothing but censorship with a bow on it, designed to make us feel better about being hypocrites. It’s a mere illusion of civility that does nothing to dispel the deep-seated prejudices that should be discussed, not hidden by inoffensive buzzwords.

Tracy Morgan needs to say what he feels he needs to to be funny and prosperous. Tina Fey should say whatever she wants to as well. Even if I want her to shut up for being a hypocrite. Even if I want all those going after Tracy to pipe down, they have every right to say what they want to. But they should be ashamed of trying to crucify him. The best way to expose a hypocrite is to keep them talking. After the exposure, the education can begin. That’s how we evolve.

BP Oil Spill Promotes Green Jobs Through Oil Cleanup Effort

The April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and resulted in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst spill in United States history. Millions of gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf, and over 78,000 square miles of fishing area have been closed. One bright spot amidst this tragedy is the increase in green jobs needed to clean up the oil and to figure out how to stop the leak. Environmental activists are hoping that the push for renewable energy as a result of the spill may create longer term green collar jobs.

Green Jobs Available in Several States

Since the spill, BP has hired over 25,000 workers to assist with oil clean up efforts. States such as Florida, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi have set up specific websites for residents looking for spill response work. Approximately 400 positions have become available in Florida’s Walton and Okaloosa counties alone.

Job positions include anything from marine scientists, to field technicians, to coastal modelers. Employers include state and federal agencies, but also private engineering and construction firms, oil and gas companies, and emergency response firms. Some universities are also starting to expand research opportunities to study the impacts of the spill on wildlife and the economy.

Florida’s Monroe County is preparing for any spill impact on the Florida Keys by recruiting up to 300 unemployed residents to become Qualified Community Responders (QCRs). Coming from all parts of the Keys, these workers will receive paid QCR training on hazardous waste management. Over 500 QCR’s are being trained in five other Florida counties.

Hazwoper Certification Needed for Many Oil Spill Cleanup Positions

Many employers are willing to train on the job. One major requirement to work on remediation sites is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazwoper certification. Hazwoper stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. It corresponds to an OSHA standard that considers oil cleanup and containment an emergency response activity.

Workers that receive the Hazwoper training gain valuable skills. Topics of the training cover essentials such as toxicology, hazard recognition, medical surveillance, air monitoring, emergency procedures, and other areas. Workers who are temporarily visiting the oil spill site can do a 24 hour training; workers who will be on site everyday (considered general workers) must complete a 40 hour training.

Renewable Energy Cries Might Spur Green Collar Jobs in the Future

According to the green collar job advocates, Green for All, green collar jobs are ones that improve the environment, promote clean energy, and lift lower income individuals into the middle class. The oil spill has moved renewable energy advocates to pressure the government to address the dangers of relying on non-renewable sources and to expand the clean energy industry.

One long term goal for organizations like Green for All is to create a green economy. Currently workforce development programs exist to train youth and those currently unemployed or underemployed to work in green industries such as solar and wind energy production and energy conservation.

President Obama unveiled a plan to promote more clean energy jobs in January that would create 17,000 jobs. In his Oval Office address to the nation about the oil spill, he concluded by discussing America’s need to transition to using green energy sources and the jobs that are becoming available.

BP Oil Spill Brings Green Jobs and New Found Urgencies for a Green Economy

BP’s oil spill created a spike in job creation around the cleanup effort. Job websites post thousands of positions, many of which offer on the job training. Green energy activists are urging politicians to act now on moving towards a green economy with the hope that future employment growth can be in the green collar job sector.

Health Risks of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put together a website for residents along the Gulf coast in response to questions about their health risks and the smells they have encountered since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. Other questions have since been raised about strange respiratory illnesses among clean-up workers and exposure to dispersants and the byproducts of burning oil slicks.

General Health Risks Associated with Oil Spills

  • Respiratory issues – The oil smell can be harsh as volatile compounds are carried from the spill in the air to shore communities. Inhaling the compounds can cause the common respiratory symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath, as well as nausea and flu-like symptoms. The possibility of particulates in the air is increased when an oil slick is burned. Exposure to chemicals that affect the lungs can also irritate the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat, causing redness.
  • Anxiety and stress –Much of the reported illness surrounding an oil spill is attributed to apprehension. As residents are given information about the potential for toxic compounds being present in the air, they may complain of the symptoms. The psychological distress caused by such a disaster was studied after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. Researchers found long-term negative impacts on mental health, both in those who were directly affected economically and on the concerned general public. They have also found that localized oil spills and leaks have profound psychological effects on the communities they disrupt (Picou and Gill, The Exxon Valdez oil spill and chronic psychological stress, American Fisheries Society Symposium, 1996).
  • Dehydration – Anyone working for long periods of time, especially outdoors in the heat, can be subject to dehydration due to water lost by sweating. Severe dehydration can require medical attention. Early stages of dehydration are indicated by fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and muscle weakness, but can be addressed by increasing fluid intake.
  • Chemical pneumonia – Chemical irritation of the lungs can be caused by the dispersants used to break up oil on the surface of the water. The volatile compounds in the air from an oil spill can cause dizziness, headaches, and nausea as they displace oxygen in the lungs and irritate the respiratory mucosa, leading to inflammation.
  • Skin irritation – People should not touch the oil or tar balls formed from an oil spill in the water. The dispersants used to clean up the oil on the surface can cause a rash and dry, irritated skin.
  • Nausea – The volatile chemicals released by an oil spill can cause nausea at concentrations much lower than what is needed to make a person physically ill. Swallowing any of the water containing dispersants can irritate the stomach and cause nausea and vomiting.

Reported Health Issues Along the Gulf Coast

Residents of the Louisiana coast began complaining of severe allergy-like symptoms, including scratchy eyes, sore throat, and respiratory problems, just one month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded. Toxicologists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have monitored the levels of particulates in the air. The leaking rig was 50 miles offshore, and no particulates were being detected at that time, leading many to cite stress and apprehension. Parts of the Louisiana coast were seeing particulate levels in the moderate range.

By the end of May 2010, volunteer workers were being hospitalized for dizziness, headaches, and nausea. Dehydration and a lack of respiratory masks were cited as a cause of concern. By June 10, 2010 more than 86 workers and residents in Louisiana and Alabama had been treated for some of the minor illnesses noted above (DemocracyNow). By June 28, 2010, the number had climbed to 162 cases in Louisiana alone, 128 of which were clean-up workers (CNN). The Coast Guard also confirmed in June that two workers had died, though the causes of death were not released. Over the July 4th weekend, health officials confirmed that 400 people have become sick after swimming off the beach near Pensacola, Florida (Examiner). The exact toll may not be known for years.

 

Non-oil-related Health Risks to Volunteers

The wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico is home to a number of animals, including venomous snakes, of which there are six species volunteers along the Gulf coast could potentially encounter in their clean-up efforts (University of Florida). The bayou of Louisiana and wetlands along the Mississippi and Florida coasts are also the known habitat of the American alligator, whose sharp teeth and powerful jaws make him an unwanted guest among the workers (National Geographic). More information on the various animals and animal-related health risks are available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Home Heating Oil Prices Set to Become Extremely Volatile

For decades, the fuel of choice for many homeowners living in cool-weather states has been heating oil. The fluctuation of heating oil prices over the past few years has caused a great deal of concern, as people worry if they can afford to keep warm this winter. Sadly, the reality is that it will probably cost more to heat your home this winter than in years past.

Which Way Will Heating Oil Prices Go?

Frankly no one truly knows. There are a lot of professional traders trying to make money betting exactly on this question. But most homeowners don’t want to bet on the price of heating oil. While they would like to pay as little as possible, more importantly they want some kind of stability in the price.

Benefits of a Fixed Heating Oil Price Plan

With so much volatility in prices, the fixed price plan has become quite popular with consumers. Essentially the consumer and supplier agree on a fixed price for the entire heating season. The consumer also agrees to purchase an estimated amount of fuel during that time. The benefit to the consumer is that they know their cost is fixed.

Plus, the company sets the client up on automatic delivery and estimates when their tank needs to get topped up. That allows the supplier to better schedule their time and ensure the client receives better service.

Generally the estimates are pretty good since their software calculates customer usage based on degree days. If it’s colder than normal the supplier knows approximately how much extra fuel will be used. Naturally, the opposite applies if it’s warmer.

Drawbacks of a Fixed Price Plan

Unfortunately there’s no such things as a free lunch. The customer pays a premium in return for the security of a locked-in price for the entire season. Exactly how much is that premium? It’s very difficult to calculate, because it’s impossible to tell how much the day-to-day (spot) price of heating oil will change in the coming season. Generally speaking, the heating oil price will need to move up a fair amount, in order to benefit from that locked-in price.

The second concern is that you are often required to purchase a certain amount of fuel. Though the amount is normally reasonable (based on prior usage), there’s no guarantee you will use that much in the coming season. What if the winter is warmer than usual?

Also remember that when you sign up for a fixed heating oil price plan, you’re entering into a binding contract. Once the contract is signed it’s usually not easy to get out, not without some kind of penalty.

Is a Fixed Plan Right for You?

Everyone’s situation is unique and there is no right answer. What’s important is to take time to objectively think things though. While it may feel comforting to lock in a fixed price for your heating oil this coming season, it’s vital that you read through any contract carefully before you sign it.

Save Money on Oil Changes: Spend Less and Protect Your Car by Choosing the Right Motor Oil

If you think you’re doing the right thing by getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles, you’re probably only helping the garage, not yourself or your car. Oil change facilities love to tell you to come in every 3,000 miles, because that’s another $25 (at least) in their pocket every time you walk through the door.

The way cars are built these days, you may only need to replace the oil every 6,000 miles. And even less if you use synthetic oil.

Synthetic Versus Regular Motor Oil

Synthetic oil costs more than non-synthetic, and your oil change will last twice as long. It consists of artificially synthesized compounds which can tolerate more extreme engine temperatures. Synthetic also promises better gas mileage, and many factories recommend it. But check with your owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer advises.

Where Should You Have Your Oil Changed?

  • Definitely not the dealer, unless it’s running a big money-saving special. Independent mechanics will do just as good a job for a lot less money.
  • Look for an ASE certified facility. You’ll be assured the facility is approved by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence.
  • Ask a lot of questions and make sure the mechanics are knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Check your Sunday paper and the internet for coupons.

When Do You Need to Change the Filter?

Every time you change your oil. The filter only costs about five dollars. And if you don’t change it with the oil, you’ll leave about 10 percent of the old oil in the engine. If the mechanic says you need a whole lot of other things, ask a lot of questions. Look under the hood yourself. Some newer cars will alert you as to when you need a transmission flush or even new wiper blades.

Should You Change the Oil Yourself?

Sure, if you know your way around cars. But if you don’t, leave it to a certified mechanic. They know what they’re doing. But if you decide to do it yourself, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Five to six quarts of oil (or whatever your car requires)
  • Oil filter
  • Funnel
  • Pan (it should be able to fit underneath the car and hold about five to six quarts of oil)
  • Oil filter wrench and socket wrench
  • Bucket with a lid

Use a socket wrench to remove the drain plug. Then take the oil filter wrench and remove the filter. After the oil drains into the pan, pour it into a bucket. Make sure the engine is not hot when you’re doing this. Then, install the new filter and put the oil plug back in the drain. Remove the engine oil cap and fill with five to six quarts of oil (or whatever your manufacturer recommends) using a funnel. Replace the cap, start the engine and make sure the filter and drain plug are not leaking.

Remember, it is illegal to discard used motor oil or transmission fluid in the trash, on the ground or into sewers. Check your state’s environmental resource agency for recycling facilities. Some oil change facilities will take the oil for you and recycle it. Or go to Earth911 where you can plug in your zip code and find a list of recycling centers near you.

Which is the Best Fuel for Home Use Propane, LPG or Oil?

Oil and propane, also known as Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) especially in the UK, are both fossil fuels. All the negative aspects of fossil fuels are, therefore, associated with both LPG and oil:

  • fuel from a non renewable resource,
  • carbon emissions,
  • a risk from carbon monoxide when fossil fuel is burned.

Domestic Fuel Delivered to Remote Locations

For those in rural location, off the main gas grid either propane gas or heating oil could be an excellent solution to meet domestic fuel requirements. Both oil or propane must be delivered to the site by a tanker and be stored on site in a suitable container. The fuel could be kept in a bulk storage container discretely hidden or buried below ground.

Is Heating Oil or Propane (LPG) a Better Residential Fuel?

There are pros and cons to either fuel. Oil smells, which can be a good thing because the strong smell can be an alert signal for a problem such as a leak. Appliances which use oil rather than gas usually enjoy a longer lifespan, such as oil boilers. The longer life may not result in savings for the consumer, however, if the old appliance is significantly less efficient and one must consider the cost of buying new appliances. A new gas furnace or boiler might be cheaper than an oil one.

 

Oil is a thick smelly liquid, propane is only liquid whilst stored under pressure. Despite its name, LPG is an invisible gas, a odour has been added to it so that leaks can easily be detected. If there is a propane gas leak it will disipate in air but it should not be stored in a basement where it will pool because it is heavier than air.

Is Propane (LPG) or Oil the Cheaper Domestic Fuel?

Comparing the price per litre, or gallon, is not useful because the fuels do not give rise to equal amounts of heat per volume. Currently, on average heating the home with propane will give rise to higher fuel bills than with reisentail heating oil, but in specific areas prices can vary greatly.

Propane has a heat value of 91,000 BTUs per gallon of liquid, oil produces 140,000 BTUs per gallon. A further factor is the efficiency of the heating appliances. A modern gas boiler will be more efficient than an an oil appliance, thereby converting more of the potential heat into actual heat. The difference could be around 10% with a gallon of porpane generating 86,000 BTUs and oil 119,000.

LPG propane needs to be about one third or 30% less than the price of oil for the two to be about the same for their potential heat value. Prices in any local area can vary greatly, official US statistics based on the average cost currently puts residential propane at $2.4 USD per gallon and residential heating oil at $3 per gallon.

Which is the Best Fuel for Residential Heating: Oli or Propane/ LPG

When choosing between the two traditional fuels for a remote location it is necessary to consider the local area, what fuel is available, what do the neighbours use for their heating requirements, when are the deliveries and what are the prices.

Heating appliances and the mix used for residential heating oil have developed and improved considerably so memories of heating systems from decades past are not useful. When planning a system for heating and hot water from scratch it may be more useful to consider how modern technologies could be used and whether systems such as solar power or wind turbines might make a useful contribution.

How to Save Money on Petrol/fuel

Car fuel, gas,petrol,juice whatever you call it, it aint cheap! But here are a few ways you can help save a little bit by remembering a few things.

Turn off your air conditioning, unless you absolutely need it. Air conditioning uses an alarming amount of fuel.

Make sure your not carrying any excess weight, if it doesn’t need to be in the car, take it out!

Try not to accelerate too fast or too often, the car uses most fuel when you accelerate, so do so slowly and only when necessary, no gunning it from one stop sign to the next!

Keep the windows as closed as possible, this creates air resistance.

Take anything like roof racks etc off the car unless you are using them, they create drag and resistancewhich will use more petrol

Try to keep an even, moderate speed such as 40-50 (where allowed!)

Make sure the air pressure in the tyres is correct and make sure they are all properly inflated.

Change your air filter every 6000 miles.

Head Lice Removal with Pure Petroleum Jelly

You have discovered that your child has head lice. Now what? There are many over- the- counter remedies and some prescriptions that you can choose. However, these are not 100% proven effective and let’s face it, you are using pesticides on your child’s head. Is that really safe? It can’t be all that healthy! Not to mention that it is quite frustrating to pay all that money, go through all the steps, only to find that the lice have survived and are laughing back at you as they lay more eggs. Thus, continuing the vicious cycle of trying to remove the lice. Your child is uncomfortable, perhaps in tears. You are at your wits end.

There is a better way. I have used this method on my daughter and I can tell you it works!! It is cost effective and less frustrating for both you and your child. In first grade, my daughter came home from school with head lice. We tried every lice removal system out there and it never failed, a week later she was re-infested. That is when I discovered the Pure Petroleum Jelly method. The lice get stuck and suffocate in the jelly and are easily combed out. Even the tiny ones that you can barely see and are often missed through traditional removal systems. The jelly also help loosen the eggs from the hair for better removal.

You will need a jar of petroleum jelly (store brand is fine), two shower caps., a metal lice removal comb, a wide bristle brush , and a few towels. Now comes the fun part. Drape a towel around your child’s neck to protect their clothing. Then start applying the petroleum jelly throughout the hair. Be sure to get it all the way down to the scalp. Be generous and apply it very thick. To lighten the mood and help make you child smile, sculpt the hair in funny designs. Once you have finished applying the jelly, push the hair as much as you can on top of the child’s head. Wrap a small hand towel or “do- rag” over the hair. Finally, place the shower cap securely on top of your child’s head. Leave this on for at least 12 hours (over night).

After the elapsed time, remove the shower cap and towel or do-rag. The hair will be knotted so gently use the wide bristled brush to straighten out the hair. Gather another towel (paper towels may be better) and the metal lice removal comb. Divide the hair into small sections. Start close to the scalp and comb out the hair. You will get large clumps of petroleum jelly in the comb. Wipe it off with the towel, or paper towels and continue. Make sure you comb the entire head thoroughly.

Due to the fact that my daughter has very thick hair, it is at this point I re-apply more petroleum jelly and have it remain on her head for one more night. This extra step may not be necessary for everyone, but I like to make sure I get the job done. That is where the second shower cap is used.

It may take several hair washings to remove the remainder of the petroleum jelly. The best way to break up the jelly is to soak the hair with olive oil. Scrub the olive oil throughout the hair with your hands. Then use manual dish washing liquid to wash the hair. Do not use dish detergents for the machine dish washer.

Your child is now lice free!