The following page brings together a number of concepts which we need to have in order to create something special and improve our environment and living conditions.

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Solar Energy

Advantages of renewable energy

Supplies of fossil fuels are dwindling all over the world. Because of this, governments and environmentalists are warning people that something needs to be done to keep up with this demand. People are looking at the advantages of renewable energy and whether it is a source of power that they are able to utilize.

Another major problem with fossil fuels is that they have a terrible impact on the environment. There is a direct correlation between the use of fossil fuels and global warming. Global warming severely impacts the way of life for both human and animal species, and changes weather patterns which includes heat waves, hurricanes and droughts.

If you are looking for a bit of education on the damage that global warming plays, I would suggest that you rent from your local video store the documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. You will be surprised and will definitely want to incorporate renewable energy into the design of your home whether you are building new, or wish to make slight changes to your home to make it energy efficient.

One of the greatest advantages of renewable energy is that it is a clean green form of energy and produces a minimal carbon footprint. Because of this many, people are getting on the renewable bandwagon and choosing to use renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power and geothermal energy.

You will find that there are more jobs created with the use of renewable energy, and these are more likely to stay in the United States as well. Many of these positions offer good pay and benefits.

Another one of the advantages of renewable energy is that the government is stepping up and providing tax credits and incentive programs for people who choose to install renewable energy technology. There are currently federal tax credits available for people who choose to install solar power. These federal tax credits make up 30 per cent of the value of solar systems and can be used for both commercial and residential properties.

By making renewable energy more affordable, people are more willing to install renewable energy technology to protect the environment from further global warming if it is within their reach. Those people who choose to install renewable energy are often those same people that promote green communities. Many of these communities work hard at being environmentally conscious citizens, and do what they can to improve the environment and the world that we live in.

Green cities promote certain environmental policies for people to stick to in order to become more energy efficient and cut down on pollution and damage to the environment. Every year, National Geographic produces the Green Guide. It gives great information about a number of green issues and also lists the top 10 green cities. Is your city going to be featured in this year’s guide?

The advantages of renewable energy could fill a whole book. It is also important that we look at the disadvantages of renewable energy as well. The main disadvantage that screams out at us is the fact that it is too cost prohibitive to install renewable energy technology. Until this improves, only those that have disposable cash will be able to afford the $20,000 it costs to install a PV solar system.

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Interior Design

Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interiors, sometimes including the exterior, of a space or building, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the end user.

An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects. Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, construction management, and execution of the design.

Interior design is not about drawing pretty pictures and choosing attractive fabrics – it is about the ability to improve interior environments (commercially and residentially) not only by creating practical, personal and beautiful environments, but also by adhering to practices that protect the health, welfare and safety of their clients.

Having the innate ability – If you possess the ability to understand space, balance, harmony and scale without ever being taught, you may have the necessary artistic talent to make it in interior design. If you have a critical eye for detecting flaws in the construction of building materials and the skill to notice incorrect details and figure out how to fix them, this is a sign that you may have a natural gift for the practical side of the business.

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Home Maintenance 

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Our changing homes provide an excellent reflection of our changing lifestyles. Over the years, as our lives have become less functional and more about leisure, our homes have gone on a similar journey.

A survey of over 2,000 homeowners has looked into property development over the past 50 years and provides an interesting window into our changing lifestyles. Fifty years ago, homeowners named cooking and washing areas as the key locations for home improvements, whereas today homeowners would most like to improve their entertaining space. This suggests that the British are making the most of their homes as a social space for family and friends and are taking ever more pride in home appearances.

The major improvements in our homes over the last 50 years have been basic things like central heating, hot running water and better insulated windows, which have improved the quality of our lives immensely. According to the survey, by Anglian Home Improvements, saving on bills, adding value to property and saving on the cost of a move were the main motivations behind modern home improvements. As the UK’s housing stock grows inexorably older and the costs of energy increase, it’s becoming ever more important for people to make their homes more efficient.

As house prices increase beyond the affordable – homeowners are getting smarter and making the most of what they’ve got. Property owners are taking on serious home improvement projects such as adding a slick back-garden extension with sought-after bi-folding doors, or converting the loft into additional bedrooms or a master bedroom suite.

This can only be a good thing for the UK’s architecture and interior design industries, where professional expertise can transform a bog-standard terrace into the dream home of the future. We may not be building enough new homes, but with carefully planned development we can make the most of the ones we have.

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Technolgy

Technology has fundamentally changed the relationship between work and life. We now live in an ‘always on’, ‘always connected’ world. And the ubiquity of smartphones and social media has blurred the boundaries between work and life. For many of us, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to grab the smartphone by our bed – which doubles as our alarm clock – and check our work email; all this before we have kissed our children good morning.

Technology is impacting us all, whether we choose to embrace it or not and with devices becoming increasingly portable and fast, we can now access our work almost everywhere, seemingly only dependent on wifi connection. Technology’s greatest impacts in the way in which we work are often cited as the ability for greater precision, consistency and for easy communication – with one click we can connect with people across the globe at any time of day, making it far easier to do business with companies worldwide.