Category Archives: Savings

Fixing Asheville’s Streets Together

Problems

  • Paved roads all around Asheville are crumbling.
  • Asheville needs more and better sidewalks.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive Sidewalk Improvement Plan so sidewalk funds are used where they do the most to protect pedestrian safety.
  • Poorly designed “traffic calmers” are creating traffic hazards.
  • Too many street signs are obscured by tree branches.
  • Asheville’s streets were not properly cleared of snow during the past two winters resulting in traffic accidents and disruption to local businesses.

Solutions

  • Asheville taxpayers subsidize the Civic Center $750,000 annually. Buncombe County Tourist Development Authority should contribute hotel room tax money to the Civic Center freeing up Asheville tax money for street improvements.
  • Since properly installed sidewalks last for 70-90 years, sell 30 year bonds to pay for new sidewalk construction.
  • Asheville is not a walkable city. The top priorities for new sidewalks should be main corridors such as Hendersonville Road, Old Leicester Highway, New Haw Creek Road, and Lakeshore Drive.
  • Asheville’s Public Works Department schedules sidewalk repairs based on complaints.
  • Remove dangerous traffic calmers. Trim back excessive plant growth.
  • Trim tree branches and replace broken streetlights ASAP.
  • Clear the snow off the streets before car traffic turns it into impassable blocks of ice. Utilize Public Works and Water Resources trucks and personnel for faster snow removal.

Beautiful ebooks For Young People

Tutored and mentored by a volunteer corps of design, publishing, and library professionals, young people gain practical experience, learn marketable skills, enage with interesting ideas, and help to sustain and expand the rich literary inheritance which belong to us all.

Over the past decade, millions of books has been converted to digital form by public and private efforts. But for the most part, this rich legacy is only available as either full page images with limited portability or poorly rendered textual e-books where the book’s original aesthetic functionality and design are lost. beebooks bridges this gap by combining technology with human skill and judgement to create new e-books which are:

  • Functionally beautiful, using design to enhance readability;
  • Selectively enriched with content and context from multiple sources;
  • Portable across a wide range of reading devices, displays, and formats;
  • Quotable, enabling scholars and students to refer consistently to the converted text;
  • Accessible to differently abled individuals;
  • Open for further enhancement or translation.

beebooks provides the technological infrastructure and organizational support for local sites to do the work of making beautiful ebooks. Initially starting with the over 2 million works at the Internet Archive, beebooks will evolve with the interest and opportunity of its contributing sites. To join our work and start your own beebooks worksite,

Checkway Point of Sale (POS) Accessories

CheckWay, one of Europe and Asia’s top Point of Sale (POS) machine distributors, has been manufacturing POS machines themselves. Now, they are also offering POS accessories to complement the retail.

A panel PC merges the CPU with a touch screen LCD monitor for a more streamlined, ergonomic design that saves on space. The touch screen means that there is no need for a keyboard and a mouse.

CheckWay has the following panel PC products: P10T ($ 1,094.00), P15T ($ 1,232.00)

Fanless PCs are lightweight and small, yet durable PCs. They are fanless in that the PCs are cooled via heatpipes that move the heat from the video card and CPU to the outside of the PC case. The CW77 ($ 643.00) and CW99 ($ 739.00) CheckWay models may be mounted either vertically or horizontally.

Keyboards are the input method for non-touch screen displays.  CheckWay has Keyboard 78 ($ 125.00) and Keyboard 84 ($ 223.00) have 78 and 84 programmable keys respectively to make data input easier. They are also made to withstand millions of keystrokes.

Customer Displays ($ 129.00) provide easy-to-read and clear information to clients and staff alike. These may be swiveled and tilted to give clients the benefit of visibility. The multimedia variant ($ 169.00) has the ability to play videos to further showcase products and impress customers.

Industrial monitors come in Touch and Non-touch variants. The non-touch variants (10 inch non-touch, 8.4 inch non-touch, 15 inch non-touch) are compact and energy-efficient. They are priced from $ 183-$ 320. The 15 inch touch screen model ($392.00) is both dust and spill proof, ideal for tough environments. The angle may be adjusted to up to 90 degrees and is detachable. Like the non-touch monitors, they are also energy- and cost-efficient.

CheckWay’s Equipment Stand ($ 63.73) allows for product display and sales promotion. Get one to stand next to your POS and attract customer attention with this multi-platform display.

The CheckWay Receipt Printer ($ 215.00) is designed to be compact and versatile to save the most space. It does not consume a lot of power on the side, saving you on operational costs.

Barcode Scanners scan barcodes easily by using high beam focus. The ID 1500 ($ 189.00) and ID 1000 ($89.00) models are gun-type, handy scanners, while the ID 3000 ($ 205.00) is a vertical scanner.

Keep your cash safe in CheckWay’s Cash Drawers ($ 89.00-99.00). They are adjustable and removable for ease of use, and come in vertical and horizontal variants.

Allow customers to check product prices before purchasing and spare employees the hassle of answering price questions with CheckWay’s Price Checker. The ergonomic design allows the device to be placed in compact spaces, without hindering product and shelf displays.

About the Author

Michelle Mantel is a professional freelance writer he work with Retail POS and other industry clients. Michelle is currently a featured Content Contributor for Checkway.com.

6 Simple Tips to Saving Energy at Home

Whether you’re looking to save a few dollars on your electricity bill or want do your part in keeping the planet green, There are a few fundamental steps you can take to save energy at home

The main thing to recognize is saving energy doesn’t require massive sacrifice. It’s all about being conscious of how Valuable a resource energy is, and taking practical steps to use what you need but only what you need .

As well as learning about how to save energy, it’s a great idea to do a five minute home energy audit every couple of years.

Saving energy and doing your part for the planet can be as simple as taking a few steps here and there to cut back on what you don’t need. Below are six simple but effective tips that you can use to start reducing your energy consumption today.

1. Energy Efficient Appliances

Choose energy efficient appliances that have the Energy Star stamp of approval, and turn off appliances when they are not being used.

Energy Star is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Its mandate is to increase access to, and awareness of, energy efficient technology for homes and businesses. This system has been implemented in several countries around the world.

2. Heating

If it’s as cold as Siberia outside, you don’t need to make it a tropical paradise inside.

Keep the thermostat set to a temperature that you are comfortable with in a few layers of warm clothing.

Turn down the thermostat before you retire to bed and compensate by snuggling under a warm blanket.

3. Hot Showers

As a general rule, water heating accounts for around 30% of household power consumption.

Insulate your hot water cylinder with a cylinder wrap. Just like wall and roof insulation, cylinder wraps give huge benefits in blocking heat-radiation, meaning your cylinder element doesn’t have to work as hard and doesn’t use as much electricity.

Also, turn your water temperature down a notch to save energy. Not only does too-hot water take extra energy to heat, it can be detrimental to the health of your skin and hair. It can be dehydrating in cold weather, when most people are already prone to having dry skin.

4. Alternative Heating

Instead of using traditional home heating methods, you could go with other options.

If you live in an area that’s sunny during the day and chilly at night, consider investing in a solar water heater.

Solar water heating is the most cost-effective (and lowest capital investment) form of residential green energy.

Also, use a traditional fireplace with real wood during the winter. Not only will you save on electricity, but the authenticity of a real fireplace gives a cozy atmosphere during winter.

Using a fireplace can be much less environmentally abusive than relying on coal-produced energy sources if you choose a clean-burning local wood and make sure it’s been adequately dried.

If you’re building a new home or commercial building, consider a design that incorporates passive heating and cooling. This basically involves designing the structure to retain heat in winter, and stay cool in summer.

Passively heated buildings often actually cost less to construct as they don’t require expensive appliances such as air conditioners and heat pumps – not to mention the enormous power bill reductions.

5. Lights

Although many people feel far more comfortable in a well-lit home, don’t forget that the more lights you have on, the more energy you are burning.

Only have the lights that you need on, and switch off lights if you are the last to leave a room.

Switch to energy efficient bulbs, which consume less energy and provide brighter light.

Consider installing sensor activated lights in your hallway. You don’t have to remind yourself to turn them off, because they automatically turn on as you walk up the hallway, and turn off five minutes later.

As well as automated energy savings, sensor lights are a very cool feature, especially if you choose something like wall mounted splash lights. Plus you won’t have to fumble around for the switch in the middle of the night – particularly good if you’ve got young children.

If you’re building, research lighting design and “daylighting.” This is building that makes use of natural light flows, as well as things like placing lighting at the optimal height (to get sufficient light with less lighting fixtures) or in the optimal proximity to walls.

6. Washing Clothes And Dishes

Make a conscious effort to start the dishwasher only when it’s full – more work gets done using the same amount of energy.

When washing clothes, use cold water whenever possible – particularly for things like towels.

Most of the energy it takes to run a washing machine goes to heating the water.

7. Fix Drafts

Install caulking to make sure there are no air leaks within the home.

This will simply result in you spending less on heating and air conditioning.

Most older homes have some level of draft gaps, which means heating has to run continuously in order to compensate for outgoing hot air and incoming cold drafts during winter, and vice versa during summer.

Learn more about finding energy-drain areas of your home and complete your own home energy audit checklist.

Now You Have The Power

By implementing the above energy saving tips in your home, you will not only cut down your electricity bill, you will also reduce your carbon footprint, and in so doing, contribute to a greener planet.

Sustainable energy supplies have recently become a hot-topic and have garnered alot of public and political awareness and support.

Up until this urgency became windspread, the common focus was solely economics and growth. The great developments of the Industrial Revolution introduced a not-so-great belief that energy resources would be infinitely provided by the earth – void of any consequences.

Today we have a much more indepth understanding of literally everything under the sun, including the knowledge of how to live more harmoniously with the environment. The pieces of the puzzle to solving global problems can come down to many individual choices, which aren’t limited to but include taking a look around your home or office to identify small areas for energy improvement.