GBA has highlighted a few software and hardware monitoring systems that allow homeowners to monitor their energy usage, sometimes down to the smallest appliance and day part.The energy-saving effectiveness of this type of tracking, however, is tied entirely to how conscientiously homeowners respond to the data, if they respond at all. More than a few analysts have noted that even the most timely and detailed usage information, when presented in isolation, doesn’t prompt significant numbers of users to change their energy-usage behavior or switch out power-guzzling appliances for more-efficient ones.This is where efficiency software company OPOWER comes in. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the firm has been attracting attention for its Home Energy Reporting System, which is designed to tell utility customers how their rates of energy use rank relative to those of other homeowners in their service area.OPOWER says its system has been adopted by six of the country’s ten largest utilities and now reaches about 1 million households. Certainly OPOWER could be used in conjunction with other usage-tracking systems, such as Google’s PowerMeter, Microsoft Hohm, Greenbox, or other, similar products being developed for the energy efficiency market. But systems like OPOWER add a zesty ingredient – peer pressure – to what consumers might otherwise view as dry diagnostic data.The motivatorAmong the utility-customer groups that receive its reports, OPOWER says, energy savings have averaged from 1.5% to 3.5%. As noted in a recent Los Angeles Times story, the company’s reports gain most of their traction from two concepts researched and described by former Arizona State University psychology professor, and current OPOWER chief scientist, Robert Cialdini: the tendency for people to conform to what most other people do and the desire for social approval.Utilities using OPOWER’s system now include Puget Sound Energy (in Washington state), Connexus Energy (serving northern Minnesota), Commonwealth Edison (in northern Illinois) and, in California, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas.The exciting thing about the Home Energy Reporting System, Todd Starnes, manager of residential energy efficiency for Puget Sound Energy, told climate news website SolveClimate.com, is that the utility saw a statistically significant reduction of use within 48 hours of customers receiving the reports for the first time.Adds Bruce Sayler, manager of regulatory and governmental affairs for Connexus: the energy savings from the OPOWER report program, which costs $10 per customer, are second in cost-effectiveness only to the installation of CFLs.For those customers who are behind their peers in energy savings, the Home Energy Reports offer customized specifics about how to boost efficiency. Each report also features a bar graph comparing the customer’s usage to his or her neighbors’ – with a smiley face or two if they’re leading the energy efficiency pack in their service area.
Tesla will be rolling not one but two new varieties of photovoltaic (PV) panels sometime this year, according to a number of published reports. Details remain skimpy.Last fall, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced the development of the Solar Roof, a PV module hidden beneath a layer of tempered glass that could be manufactured to look like one of several varieties of roofing tiles. Citing a tweet from Musk, Bloomberg Technology reported that the Solar Roof will be offered for sale in April 2017 (this month), with installations beginning by the middle of the year.Then, on April 9, the news website Electrek offered details about a second type of PV panel from Tesla. These are low-profile modules apparently mounted on top of a roof like a conventional array but with no visible hardware. Tesla describes them as “sleek,” with an “integrated front skirt” that keeps the rack and mounting hardware out of sight.Reports said that each PV panel would have a top output of 325 watts. They will be manufactured by Tesla partner Panasonic at Tesla’s new Buffalo, New York, “Gigafactory 2.” (Panasonic already offers a 325-watt panel with an efficiency of 21.76%, Bloomberg said.) Details on Tesla’s Solar Shingles Are Slow to Emerge Will a Merged Tesla-SolarCity Put a Solar-Powered Battery in Every Home?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems RELATED ARTICLES One report said that the system would use mounting hardware developed by Zep Solar.But potential buyers won’t get very far when trying to learn more about either PV product from Tesla. The original Electrek article is no longer available, apparently taken down by the news outlet for reasons that were not explained. And a Tesla spokeswoman declined to answer questions about either the new PV panels or the Solar Roof.“Unfortunately we aren’t able to share any additional details on solar roof or panels at this point,” the company said.
Visit militarysaves.org for more informationMilitary Saves Week 2016 is fast approaching! Every year, military installations and organizations around the world join forces to motivate, support, and encourage service members and military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth through a week of financial focus and education. Since 2007, more than 200,000 Savers have accepted the challenge of Military Saves Week. What is that challenge? The Military Saves Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment to exercise good financial habits, improve financial readiness, and encourage other Americans to do the same.Military Saves encourages all service members, their families, and civilian employees to take the Military Saves Pledge, and to “Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.”Step 1: Set a GoalWhy is a goal important? If you don’t know what you’re saving for, you haven’t established what you won’t spend it on.By saving for a car down payment, you’ve established that you won’t spend that saved money on a new TV instead.When you take the Military Saves Pledge, you’re asked to identify a savings goal. The top two goals selected by ourSavers are:Saving for a rainy day with an Emergency FundSaving for RetirementIf you have another goal in mind, that’s OK – in fact, it’s GREAT! The important thing is that you have a goal, and that you commit to it. That’s what the Military Saves Pledge is about – deciding what’s important to you, and taking action. One small step can lead to another, then another, until your goal is met.Step 2: Make a PlanTo take action, you need to save money. How do you go about doing that? This may be the most difficult part of the challenge – finding money to save. It’s most likely in your paycheck (somewhere) – the problem is that so many priorities are fighting over the same dollars. Housing, transportation, food – all are essential needs that MUST be met. However, when something is a priority, you plan for it. Plan to save for your goal, whatever it is, just like you plan for your rent, for your car, and for your groceries. To do that, create a budget or spending plan for your monthly expenses. Assign each and every dollar of your paycheck to a category – including savings. By including savings in your monthly spending plan, you’re committing to paying one very important bill – to yourself.Step 3: Save AutomaticallyThe theme for Military Saves Week 2016 is “Make Savings Automatic.” Automating your savings will allow you to save regularly without having to think about it. Here are four ways you can set it and forget it:Contribute to the TSP, and have a portion of your paycheck transferred into your retirement account before you get paid. Many other employer retirement plans offer a similar option – simply decide how much you want to contribute each month to meet your savings goal.Set up allotments via myPay. Designate an amount go to an account that is separate from a regular checking account – preferably a savings account! If you are paid through a different system, your employer may still allow you to divide your paycheck into different accounts.Set up regular transfers using your financial institution’s bill pay system. Automatically transfer money from a checking account to a separate savings account each payday.Tax time is a great opportunity to save for those who receive a refund. Use Form 8888, Allocation of Refund, to direct deposit your refund in up to three different accounts – make sure one is a savings account! Another incentive to this option? Visit SaveYourRefund to learn how saving at least $50 of your tax refund could win you $25,000 in 2016!Military Saves Week 2016 is February 22 – 27th – one week out of the year to focus on paying yourself first by saving.Your installation or an organization near you may be participating in the Week, offering educational workshops, events, and resources to help you meet the challenge of saving. Take advantage of these opportunities and build your financial knowledge and ability. Only you can accomplish each step of the challenge: it all begins with the Military Saves Pledge and making the commitment to save.Military Saves, managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America (CFA), seeks to motivate, encourage, and support service members and military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Learn more at militarysaves.org
Galicia-based fast fashion retailer Zara has launched a lungi-styled skirt in the market and the price tag will leave you jaw-dropped.Described as a “check mini skirt”, Zara is selling this garment for £69.99, $89.90 and Rs 4990 in the United Kingdom, United States, and India respectively.Read it at IB Times Related Items
Chakat Aboh, the consensus candidate of five major political parties in Arunachal Pradesh, on Monday filed her nominations for the byelection to the Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Tirap district. She is the widow of Tirong Aboh, who was gunned down by extremists in May soon after winning the seat on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.Three others — Yumsem Matey, Wangchu Lowang and Azet Homtok — filed nominations as independent candidates too.“I filed the nomination as an independent candidate as suggested by all the political parties of the State,” she said after submitting her papers on the last day of nomination for the bypoll slated for October 21.Ms. Aboh said she could not disappoint the people of the constituency who wanted her to take her husband’s place in the Assembly. “I am indebted to Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the leaders of five political parties for being chosen the consensus candidate,” she said.
SYDNEY (AP) — Ashleigh Barty broke Simona Halep’s serve in the final game to beat the No. 1-ranked Halep 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Sydney International.It was Halep’s first match since October after a lengthy layoff due to a herniated disc in her back. Halep won last year’s French Open and lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final.“I think it was a great match after almost four months since I played one full match, the U.S. Open,” Halep said. “I think I played a good level of tennis. She played really well. Her slice was great today, so she deserved to win this match.“But also I was very close to win. I had so many chances to break her and to take advantage, but I couldn’t.”Halep said she was pain-free but would wait to see how she pulls up on Thursday before declaring that she is over the back injury.“No pain at all. I’m happy about that. It’s a great sign,” she said. “I will recover now, and I will see how I wake up tomorrow morning.”Barty served five aces, no double-faults and broke Halep three times to reverse two previous losses to Halep last August.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece plays a forehand to Guido Andreozzi of Argentina during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)“I finally learned my lesson,” Barty said. “She gave me a belting in Montreal. I learned a little bit more in Cincinnati, but today I knuckled down and really thought about it and really gave myself a chance.“The biggest thing, I believed that I could I win. We’re both out here on the same court. Just very happy I was able to come out and execute.”The 27-year-old Halep will be at the Australian Open next week in Melbourne without a coach after parting ways with Australian mentor Darren Cahill, who can longer commit to Halep due to family reasons. Cahill had coached Halep for four years.In first-round matches, 10th-seeded Elise Mertens beat qualifier Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 and Anett Kontaveit defeated Monica Puig 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.In the second round, Timea Bacsinszky beat Samantha Stosur 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.In men’s play, Alex de Minaur beat American qualifier Reilly Opelka 6-4 7-6 (4) in a match suspended by rain after just one game on Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinals against fellow Australian Jordan Thompson.“I think I got lucky today. Reilly’s an incredibly tough opponent,” de Minaur said. “I took care of my chances. I would have loved to get the break in the second. I had a couple of chances, but I did well to focus on my serve and I’m glad things went my way today.”In other second-round matches, top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Guido Andreozzi 6-3, 6-4, third-seeded Diego Schwartzman beat qualifier Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-3, Yoshihito Nishioka defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-1 and No. 8 Andreas Seppi beat Martin Klizan 7-6 (2), 6-2.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece prepares to serve to Guido Andreozzi of Argentina during their men’s singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has insisted that the Black Caps can do better against spin than their performances in the first two ODIs of the ongoing five-match series.Stead added New Zealand aren’t used to facing left-arm wrist spinners and that they will be able to find a way to combat Kuldeep Yadav and the fellow Indian spinners in the remainder of the ODI series.The New Zealand coach’s comments come after India handed a 90-run thrashing to India in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Kuldeep Yadav starred once again as he picked up four wickets and helped India restrict New Zealand to 234 in chase of a 325-run target.Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav chipped in as the spinners picked up seven wickets between them to decimate New Zealand and help Virat Kohli’s men take a 2-0 lead.”He [Kuldeep] is a clever bowler – you don’t see the left arm leg spinner too often. He uses his googly very well, and we have to find a way to combat him,” Gary Stead said, as quoted by NZ Herald.Stead added: “In the first game, after seven overs he was 0-30 and I thought we actually played him pretty well, and maybe we’ve just got to pull back the throttle a little bit around our scoring and just be happy with 0-45 if we can.”Ranji Trophy semi-final, Day 4 live score – Karnataka vs SaurashtraThe majority of the New Zealand batsmen have been unable to read Kuldeep Yadav, who has been willy and fearless in the ongoing series. Trying to read the left-arm spinner off the pitch and playing cross-bat swipes far too often, the Black Caps batsmen have failed to gain any kind of momentum, especially in the middle overs.advertisementKuldeep Yadav has picked up 8 wickets from two matches at 16.5 and has conceded at an average of 4.78 per over. Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up four wickets and Kedar Jadhav two as the India spinners have taken 14 of the 20 New Zealand wickets in the series so far.Despite their uninspiring show against the India spinners, New Zealand coach Stead believes the team should take confidence from the way they had handled the spinners from Sri Lanka earlier this year.The Black Caps crushed Sri Lanka 3-0 in a ODI series at home in January but have struggled to find form against the second-ranked ODI side in the ongoing series.”It’s not that we can’t play spin bowling, we’ve just taken some options that haven’t been the best options at times,” Stead said.”I have faith in our guys – we played the spin bowling very well against Sri Lanka and they had a lot of spinners as well, so it’s not like we can’t, we just haven’t done it effectively. The two wrist-spinners they have here are very effective bowlers – our challenge is to find a way to be better.”India will be hoping to clinch an unassailable lead when the two teams meet in the third ODI on Monday, January 28 in Mount Maunganui.Also Read | Jason Holder, Roston Chase shine as West Indies demolish England in 1st TestAlso Read | Mohammad Azharuddin praises India’s dominant performance vs New Zealand in 2nd ODIAlso Read | Good that lot of guys are competing for one all-rounder’s slot: Kedar JadhavAlso See:
Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis questioned the Indian cricket team’s “sportsmanship” after the two-time champions’ first defeat of the ongoing World Cup to England left Pakistan’s chances of making the semifinals hanging in balance.Pakistan was banking on neighbors and arch-rivals India, who have enjoyed an unbeaten run in the tournament, to get the better of England. The favorable result would have increased the chances of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to make the semifinals.However, chasing 337 on Sunday, India could manage 306/5 in their full quota of 50 overs for their maiden defeat of the tournament to England.Taking to Twitter, the commentator and former coach of Pakistan cricket team said: “It’s not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly.”It’s not who you are.. What you do in life defines who you are.. Me not bothered if Pakistan gets to the semis or not but one thing is for sure.. Sportsmanship of few Champions got tested and they failed badly #INDvsEND #CWC2019Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) June 30, 2019Earlier, former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali and Sikander Bakht had alleged that India might lose to England on purpose to oust Pakistan from the tournament.England has 10 points, one more than Pakistan, and are back in the top four.They next play New Zealand in their last group game on Wednesday while the 1992 winners take on Bangladesh in their final group stage match.advertisementAlso Read | Attacking Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav changed the game for England: Eoin MorganAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistAlso See
The observatory was initially slated for piloting in 12 Inner City Basic Services Project communities The move will ensure standardisation and accessibility to timely and reliable crime statistical data The Ministry of National Security on September 19 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several government agencies to facilitate collaboration and information exchange for the Jamaica Crime Observatory.The move will ensure standardisation and accessibility to timely and reliable crime statistical data, to support government’s efforts at reducing the incidence of crime and violence, particularly in high risk and vulnerable inner-city communities in Jamaica.Speaking at the signing, held at the Ministry’s Oxford Road offices, Permanent Secretary, Major General (retired) Stewart Saunders, welcomed the partnership, stating that the MoU would “allow us in many ways to not only understand more about the crime that we have to confront everyday in our society, but most importantly, to assist us to have a more informed strategy, as we move forward to tackle the problem”.The Crime Observatory or Integrated Crime and Violence Information System (ICVIS) is a web-based crime and violence statistics databank covering the five parishes with the highest incidence of crime. These are Kingston, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Catherine and Clarendon. It was set up in 2011 through a grant from the Japan Social Development Fund, with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) implementing and managing activities under the grant.The observatory, which is hosted by the National Security Ministry, was initially slated for piloting in 12 Inner City Basic Services Project communities, but following consultation with government stakeholders, it was recommended that it be more broadly adopted across the five targeted parishes.In her remarks at the signing, Managing Director of the JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said that the Crime Observatory is an empowering tool.“Stakeholders in crime and violence can analyze the data and feed results to the policy level to ensure that targeted decisions are made about responding in the immediate to long-term to security risk factors, while strengthening the capacity of first responders to violence,” she stated.Meanwhile, Acting Director, Research and Evaluation in the National Security Ministry, Rochelle Clarke-Grey, stated that the observatory is a part of the Government’s strategic drive for evidence-based approach in crime fighting, and is articulated in the Vision 2030 National Development Plan, as well as the Ministry’s National Crime Prevention and Community Safety Strategy.The observatory captures data for homicides, sexual assaults, traffic fatalities, and suicides. The data is presented either once or twice per month, depending on volume, and the information is then processed and standardised in variables of gender, age, and incident context.Now in its third year, Ms. Clarke-Grey said the observatory can provide reliable and accurate data, in which the Ministry has confidence. “We are (focusing on) presenting bulletins, trying to assist requests for community data – and as such, we are moving from strength to strength,” she stated.The signatories to the MoU are: the Ministry of Justice; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); Ministry of Education; JSIF; Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN); Forensic Science Laboratory; JCF; Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP); Court Management System; Child Development Agency (CDA); Bureau of Women’s Affairs; Ministry of Local Government and Community Development; Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); Violence Prevention Alliance; and the Insurance Association of Jamaica. Story Highlights ICVIS is a web-based crime and violence statistics databank covering the five parishes
Lagos: The death toll from a fuel pipeline blast in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos has risen to 12, a senior official said, after ten victims died of their injuries from last week’s explosion. A huge fireball was sparked by vandals who broke open a state-run pipeline in order to steal petrol in the Ijegun area of the city on Thursday, in the latest in a string of similar tragedies. Two people were killed immediately in the inferno, which consumed more than 30 vehicles as it tore through the area, with a further 20 admitted to hospital, many with severe burns. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Ten of those injured have since died “due to the high degree of burns suffered by these victims, which is almost 100 percent”, said Titilayo Goncalves, the permanent secretary in the state health ministry, on Monday. “We are doing everything possible to ensure that no other life is lost,” she added. She said the remaining victims in hospital intensive care were responding to treatment. Emergency officials said security agents intercepted thieves as they were transferring the petrol to their trucks on Thursday. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The vandals then allegedly spilled the fuel into drainages and set it on fire in a bid to escape arrest. Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer and exporter, runs a network of pipelines that transport crude and petrol across the vast nation. Hundreds of lives have been lost in recent years from fuel theft that culminates in a fire or explosion. On July 1, at least 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Ahumbe, in the central state of Benue, when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as a crowd gathered to scoop up leaking fuel.