Met Éireann’s forecast for Donegal this week isn’t promising much sun as there is still a lot of rain and heavy showers to come our way.Temperatures will be quite high ranging from 10 degrees to 19 degrees throughout the week.There will be scattered showers followed by sunny spells mainly each day with the overall outlook of being quite mild. Make sure to put on a coat and take an umbrella with you when leaving the house as you aren’t guaranteed dry weather for long. Weather: No summer for Donegal yet as rain remains this week was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:weather
With Black Friday behind us, it’s time for my annual Christmas shopping list — ideas for energy-saving and green living gifts this holiday season. Most of these products can be purchased locally — benefiting the local economy. Discounts may be available for both in-store and online purchases.Concept SL-100 Solar-Powered LED Security LightI haven’t actually used this product, but I read user reviews of some of the leading solar security lights, and the Concept SL-100 32 LED Solar Security Light with Motion Detector seems to be the top-rated product right now. It is installed without an electrician and requires no connection to your home’s wiring system. A small (two-watt) amorphous-silicon photovoltaic (PV) panel charges a lead-acid battery that powers a motion-sensor-controlled outdoor light source consisting of 32 individual LEDs. The manufacturer claims comparable light output to a 20-watt compact fluorescent lamp with ten hours of continuous operation on a full charge. The PV panel can be mounted up to 12 feet from the light. List price: $79.95. (I looked everywhere but was unable to track down the actual manufacturer; information on the product can be found on Amazon and many other websites.)Belkin Conserve Switch Surge Protector with RemoteThe problem is that a lot of our electronic equipment keeps on using electricity when it’s turned off. Home entertainment centers, TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, computer monitors, cable modems, and wireless routers often consume electricity 24/7. The Belkin Conserve Switch Surge Protector allows you to quickly and easily turn off all the devices plugged into the power strip using a wall-mounted, wireless switch. Sure you could save as much energy with a simple power strip if you remembered to turn it off when you weren’t using the equipment, but convenience means a lot. The remote switch for this Belkin surge protector can be mounted right next to your light switch–making it easy to put an end to these phantom loads. List price: $39.99.Water Heater BlanketIf you have a storage-type water heater, “standby losses” account for a significant portion of its annual energy use. Those standby losses can be reduced by fitting the water heater with an insulating blanket. Most are made with fiberglass insulation and vinyl facing. Use care if insulating a gas-fired water heater; for safety reasons the air inlet must not be blocked. Cost: $15 to $35, depending on product; rebates may be available from some utility companies or energy offices.Public Transit PassLooking for gifts for employees? In an urban area with a public transit system, consider transit passes. You will encourage an energy-saving and pollution-reducing alternative to commuting by automobile — and you might actually improve productivity at the workplace, by allowing employees to relax or check e-mail on their way to work. Cost: varies widely depending on location, duration of pass, etc.Hand RakeHand rake? It’s a great alternative to a gasoline-powered or electric leaf blower. It saves energy, is easier on the ears (yours and your neighbors’), reduces pollution, and gets you outside to enjoy the fresh air. Available in bamboo, plastic, and steel. Cost: $8 to $60, depending on quality.Caframo Ecofan for Wood Stoves and Gas StovesThis is not only a functional present that can help deliver heat from your wood stove or freestanding gas stove, but it’s also a really cool gadget that demonstrates the fascinating process of thermoelectric power generation. When the Caframo Ecofan is placed on a hot surface, the base heats up, while an upper metal surface remains much cooler. A thermoelectric material sandwiched between these two layers uses that difference in temperature to produce electric current. Technically, this is called the Seebeck effect, after the Estonian-German physicist Thomas Johann Seebeck. With the Caframo Ecofan, the electricity powers a silent fan that pushes warm air rising from the wood stove into the room. List price: $159.99 for the larger three-blade model (#802). Different model sold for certain gas stoves.Accutire Digital Tire GaugeSome pundits made fun of candidate Obama when he touted the energy-saving benefits of keeping tires properly inflated, but he was exactly right. The Accutire MS-4021 Standard Digital Tire Gauge is the best-rated digital gauge on the market. With a tire-pressure range from 5 to 150 psi, it works for bicycles as well as cars and trucks, and the accuracy of 0.5 psi allows precision monitoring of tire pressure. For highway driving, keep tire pressure at the upper end of the recommended inflation range to reduce rolling friction and improve fuel economy. The downside is that it does require small batteries that have to be changed after a few years. List price: $14.99.The book “Your Green Home”All right; I’m a biased judge of the value of this book, since I wrote it. But if you have a friend thinking of building a new home, this is a great starting place. Published in 2007 by New Society Publishers. List price: $17.95 from your local bookstore.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of those blogs by e-mail — enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any BuildingGreen.com blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. 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Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Mindshare equals wallet share. The greater your share of mind, the greater your share of wallet.You are either leading your clients or they are leading you. For decades, salespeople have been taught to uncover dissatisfaction and to sell their solutions. The challenge with this approach now is that it is too reactive for the disruptive age in which we find ourselves. It’s passive and reactive in a time that calls for initiative and a proactive approach.Waiting and ReactingIf you are waiting for your prospective or existing clients to tell you what is broken so you can fix it, you are operating in reactive mode. Anyone can walk into your prospective client’s office and asked them what sort of issues, challenges, and opportunities they’re working on. But if the prospective client already knows these things, you are following the client. There are a lot of people who would prefer to follow the client, allowing them to determine exactly what they need for themselves.Leading and Taking InitiativeLeading the client is different. Instead of waiting for your prospective client to decide that they have a compelling reason to change, you get in front of them and provide them with that compelling case for change before they have even recognized that need. You provide them with their next big idea, their next initiative, and their next breakthrough. That’s leadership. It’s how you own mindshare.Leading the client is difficult. You have to possess deep business acumen. You need to have the situational knowledge, those experiences that inform your thinking and provide you with the ability to help chart the appropriate course forward. You have to understand the trade-offs that your prospective clients are going to need to make as they take a step into the unknown.A Proactive ApproachProactively helping your prospective clients avoid challenges before they recognize them is a far more powerful space to occupy than the traditional role of waiting until your prospective client has enough of a compelling reason to change to begin searching for help. What do you know that your prospective client doesn’t know yet?What can you see clearly that your dream client has not yet begun to notice?What are the competitive threats or future opportunities your prospective clients should be pursuing now that aren’t even on the radar?
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa on Saturday reviewed the preparations in Goa for the Lok Sabha elections next year and also launched an “Accessible Election Plan for Goa” to make it disabled-friendly. Speaking to press persons after meeting officials of the Chief Electoral Office (CEO) here, Mr. Lavasa said most of the preparatory work in the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Goa was complete. The officials, he said, were also trying to generate an awareness among voters related to poll procedure and familiarise them with any new changes in the existing voting mechanism. “The objective is to involve the community and people at large, to make them understand various procedures. If there are changes that have taken place in the procedures, familiarise them and see if the stakeholders including the political parties, are satisfied,” Mr. Lavasa said. The CEO Kunal, said the Accessible Election Plan for Goa contains deadlines for completion of various accessibility measures and works. The Election Commission has been putting in place across the country measures to make elections most accessible based on the guidelines from the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Meanwhile, Avelino De Sa, president of Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) said, “We are happy that Mr. Lavasaa has launched the accessible plan, but also very disappointed that the disability sector in Goa was not consulted when formulating the plan.”“Chief Electoral Officer, Goa has to take the NGOs in the disability sector into confidence when working on accessible elections if he wants our support. We are also very disappointed that the Office of the CEO,Goa is still not accessible for persons with disability(PswD) even after two years. This shows their commitment towards PswD. We hope the CEO will take accessibility for PswD more seriously and work towards an accessible election with the cooperation of NGOs in the disability sector in Goa,” said Mr. de Sa in a statement here.Mr. Kunal told The Hindu that the office of CEO cannot be said to be inaccessible, but it needs to be made accessible as per set standards. “The work has been assigned to State Public Works Department and will be completed before National Voters’ Day (January 25),” he said.