BLDC Motors and HVAC Efficiency

In the never ending quest for efficiency, the HVAC industry has turned to brushless DC motors (BLDC). Comfort, efficiency and affordability are paramount in the HVAC world and BLDC motors are making those innovations possible.

According to Sinotech, the world runs on electric motors. Brushed DC motors were first used commercially in 1886. It wasn’t until 1962 that the first brushless DC motors were used commercially.

An average motor lasts 20 years. Over it’s lifetime, the purchase cost accounts for 1% of the cash spent. Ninety-nine percent of the cash is spent on maintenance and electricity. Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are from industrial energy use and electric motors provide 60% of the power used in U.S. industrial buildings. Globally, electric motors and their systems consume 43-46% of all electricity.

Motor energy use by sector in 2008 was as follows: industrial 68.9%, commercial 38.3%, agricultural 20-25%, residential 20-25%, transport 60%.

Globally, the HVAC market is expected to exceed $139 billion by 2018. Interested in learning more? See the infographic below.


Seattle Hazardous Waste Removal – Marijuana

With the new legislation in Colorado and Washington, questions have arisen regarding the removal of hazardous waste and marijuana. WasteXpress, a hazardous waste removal company, has provided a resource to shed light on how they recycle or remove marijuana waste.

Here’s a list of environmental effects following cannabis growth:

  • diesel fuel consumed for cultivation
  • methanol concentrations less than 24%
  • $14,900-$17,700 cost to rehabilitate damaged land where marijuana is illegally grown
  • release of toxic chemicals for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer
  • fertilizer waste water removal
  • 46,000 high intensity bulbs for indoor growth used in WA each year
  • High BTU products like acetone, ether, glycol etc

Fortunately, there are environmental friendly solutions for these above issues. Take a look below:

  • biodiesel fuel made with hemp slashes emissions
  • methanol incinerated for heat value recovery
  • legal cultivators can grow by following environmentally friendly guidelines
  • public water treatment plants take care of fertilizer or it’s solidified and disposed in landfills
  • toxic chemicals contained using solidification/stabilization method
  • light bulbs recycled by hazardous waste pros

There’s more! See in the infographic below.


Top 10 Mistakes Traders Make When it Comes to Taxes

Taxes are most people’s worst nightmare. Compiling a years worth of receipts, digging up transactions, and trying to save the most money possible isn’t fun. Small business owners have a lot of complications when it comes to tax time. Traders and active investors have their own sets of problems.

Fortunately, The Training Academy has provided us with a resource to highlight the top ten mistakes that most traders make when it comes to Uncle Sam and the IRS. According to them, the tax code is 73,954 pages long and contains almost 2,000 different publications and tax forms. This means that the tax game is incredibly complicated and hard to win at unless you can find the right loopholes. So let’s take a look at the top 10 mistakes.

  1. Not filing a return due to tax losses and minimal trading: failure to report minimal trading activity can lead to penalties, so file a return.
  2. Reporting gains on losses on Schedule C instead of Schedule D: IRS code limits losses to $3,000 so they cannot all be written off. Even if trading is your primary means of income, it must be on Schedule D.
  3. Paying Self Employment taxes on trading: no one wants to overpay! Trading income is not considered earned income and therefore isn’t subject to self employment taxes
  4. Mixing up tax treatment between securities, 1256 contracts, forex and options: confusing yes. They are different and therefore taxed differently.
  5. Using turbotax to prepare taxes: traders have complex taxes and cannot use the simple solution. Use an experienced firm when preparing taxes because Turbo tax won’t help you.

Curious to learn more? See the infographic below.


The Link Between Eating Disorders and Social Media

Social media has made the world a much smaller place. Connecting with old friends over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is a wonderful way to stay in touch that requires much less effort than before.

Unfortunately, social media also connects people with similar interests that could be detrimental to their health. According to Life Works, groups that encourage eating disorders have formed that prior to social media were much harder to find.

Eating disorders are on the rise, and experts believe it could be due to the pressure they feel today brought on by social media. Caused by variety of factors such as genetics, psychology, culture and environment, eating disorders are a complex mental disorder. There has been a 15% increase since 2000 and the number of children and teenagers seeking help has risen 110%. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness at 20%. Of the people suffering from anorexia, 20% die due to physical complications including suicide and heart problems.

Teens maintain a constant presence in social media, with 95% of kids 12-17 on the internet. Eight out of ten use some sort of social media and 67% use social media daily.

There are a lot of dangerous trends rising. See more in the infographic below.


The Cloud Opinion

“The Cloud” has become the new and improved way of working. Especially for businesses, cloud storage, cloud applications and cloud systems are transforming how companies operate.

With the rise of a new technology, there are always risks.

According to PerspecSys, surveys from 130 security professionals from RSA Conference show that companies are not being proactive enough to protect sensitive data in the cloud. Sixty-six percent of security professionals believe that the cloud is much more difficult to secure than on-premise systems. Only 16% believe that it’s less difficult and 18% say that it’s no different than on-premise systems.

Security protocols are important, and with the onset of new technology, it’s just as important to make sure that there are new standards in place. Sixty-nine percent of organizations have security protocols in pace while 31% do not. Of these protocols, 53% of security professionals believe that they complicate or delay their jobs while 47% believe that they don’t.

There’s more information! See it in the infographic below.


Expensive Computer Repairs and How to Fix Them

In this digital age where a large percentage of people work online, computer problems can throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. Preventative maintenance can go a long way in protecting your pictures, files and livelihood.

According to Happy Hamster Computers, the five most expensive computer repairs are data loss, broken or cracked LCD screen, moisture, overheating and a virus.

The average cost of computer breakdowns goes like this:

  • Data Recovery: $1000-$3500
  • Liquid Damage Cleanup: $200-$400
  • Hard Drive Replacement: $250-$350
  • LCD Screen Damage: $225-$300
  • Power Cord/Jack Replacement: $150-$200

There are four phases of damage recovery. First, you must repair the hard drive functionality. Next, you image the old hard drive to a new hard drive, essentially copying everything. After that, you can recover files. Lastly, you have to repair the damaged files.

To prevent hard drive loss, keeping your computer away from vibrations can do a lot! The hard drive write heads are three nanometers above the drive platter.

There’s more! Read in the infographic below.


Design Tips for Outdoor Kitchens in Portland

A rather specific infographic from Landscape East & West today tells us about how to design an outdoor kitchen in the Portland and surrounding areas. The Pacific Northwest has a different climate than other areas and your outdoor living arrangements should reflect that.

Outdoor kitchens are the new “must have” for increasing home comfort and value. The fresh air is good for everyone, and the outdoor/indoor living trend will only rise.

In Portland, you can see an average of 40.5 inches of rain per year which calls for a patio cover. There are 118 days below 40 degrees, which also calls for outdoor heaters. While it doesn’t often get below freezing, you still want to be warm and dry in your outdoor living space.

Outdoor lighting and music systems are also a must in your new outdoor kitchen. Some background music while you cook is essential just as it is essential to hosting a party. Prep areas that are weather resistant are also crucial for your outdoor kitchen. Why prep inside, when you can do it outdoors? Build a grill island in to your weather resistant countertops for optimal look.

You should also think about your outdoor garden. Place some pots with herbs or vegetables close by for fresh fare!

There’s more! Read it in the infographic below.


St Patricks Day Infographic

No matter if you’re Irish or not, most people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in one way or another. Whether you’re drinking a dark beer at the neighborhood pub, dye-ing your food green or making a full corned beef and soda bread meal, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate.

If you don’t know much about the history behind St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in luck! Liberty Tax has provided a resource to help us learn more about the essentials of St Patrick’s Day.

Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish, or so we think. Irish immigrants living in New York learned from their Jewish counterparts on how to save money. They substituted corned beef for their traditional Irish bacon to save a few dollars in their new living arrangements. Corned beef is made from a beef brisket, peppercorns, carrots, onions, cabbage and butter.

Another part of St Patrick’s Day is the beer. Consumed in large quantities, beer is essential to celebrating this holiday properly. And there is an art to it. Pouring the perfect pint is crucial when you’re drinking a dark Irish beer. The glass must be wider at the top than the bottom and you hold the glass at a 45 degree angle when pouring. Pour halfway to the harp on a Guinness glass and then stop, waiting for the beer to settle before pouring some more in the middle, allowing the head to come up half-millimeter above the glass.

Learn more in the infographic below!


Proper Nutrition and Workforce Productivity

It would make sense that a nutritious meal could boost productivity and performance. We all know that eating too much or a carb heavy meal can make us feel sleepy and slow, leading to that 3pm crash.

According to Target Logistics, providing a nutritious meal for your employees can mean an increase in ROI. Investing in your employees health can lead to higher profits.

If employees ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables four days a week, they were 20% more likely to have higher job performance. Workers who eat healthily all day long are 25% more likely to have higher job performance. Absenteeism, a much bigger problem for employers than we realize, was 27% lower for employees who exercise regularly and ate healthily. In addition, they were 11% more likely to have a higher job performance than their peers.

Certain foods have more benefits than others. For example, salmon is very high in omega-3 fatty acids and iron. People with an iron deficiency demonstrate as much as a 30% decrease in productivity. Roasted red potatoes are a complex carbohydrate and high in fiber, providing 40% of the recommended Vitamin C intake and 20% of Vitamin B6. Glazed carrots are an incredible source of Vitamin A and dietary fiber, which the latter lowers cholesterol and heart disease risk.

Coors Brewing Company has seen the results of investing in their employees in action. See what happened in the infographic below.


Evolution of Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties haven’t always been the norm for brides to be. According to Bachelorette Superstore, brides didn’t have bachelorette parties before the 1960s.

Men have been indulging in pre-wedding festivities since the 5th century BC. Spartan soldiers would gather together to toast their fellow soldier on the eve of his wedding.

In the 1600s, brides would spend the evening alone considering their dowry. (That sounds depressing!) It wasn’t until 1840 when Queen Victoria began the white wedding dress tradition. Modern handcuffs were invented shortly later in 1862. In the late 1800s, grooms to-be would take a night to say good-bye to unseemly friends.

In 1922, the term bachelor party was used for the first time in print. In the 1960s, bridal showers began to take on a more edgy feel in celebration of gender equality. The Chippendales formed in 1979 and the term bachelorette party was first used in 1981.

It’s crazy to think that it’s only been 33 years since women have started regularly having bachelorette parties before their wedding. It wasn’t until the 1990s that bachelorette parties started getting a more wild reputation

See the infographic and more information below.