Home Heating: Money Saving Advice

When it comes to heating our homes, many of us prefer to stick on an extra three layers of clothing and ride it out because no matter how cold it gets; nothing could be that bad as to make us want to cave and face those crippling heating bills. It is the same every winter; no matter how cold it gets we fear switching on the heating or having too many hot showers out of fear that the cost would be too unbearable. Did you know however that, no matter how much you are convinced it isn’t possible; there are in fact a few things you can do in order to save money on your bills?

Saving money on your heating doesn’t always involve sticking on an extra jumper and there is no instant fix that can shrink your bill to zero. There are however a few things you can do to minimise the cost and the strain you may face as the winter continues to carry on…

  • Upgrade- Changing your entire heating system might be too much of a cost but why not instead update your controls? With old systems, getting the best heat is difficult and we often have to turn up the thermostat as high as possible but by having a new thermostat fitted you can control the temperature better and get more accurate results. Consider fitting in a timer too in order to get increasing control.
  • Shower Control- It is far too easy for a ten minuet shower to turn into a thirty minuet one, particularly in the winter which is why it would be beneficial to opt for a water efficient shower head. A water efficient shower head will ensure that there isn’t a unnecessary amount of water being used, no matter how powerful the urge to keep yourself warm.
  • Heating Oil- If you are looking to make longer term and more lasting savings why not switch to a heating oil system? Heating oil is considered to be the most efficient. With many popular systems deemed to have over 90% efficiency; you will easily be able to get the most for your money. There are also several buying groups based throughout the country which means that, if you participate and buy larger quantities of heating oil for less; you could wind up making even bigger savings.
  • Switch off at Night- From electric blankets to portable heaters, the right product can turn a good night sleep into the perfect night sleep but you may end up regretting it when that bill arrives. Heat up your house before bed and opt for a hot water bottle but keep your appliances switched off as the cost and the cost and the safety risk are not worth it.
  • Timing- No matter how nice it would be to come home to a house that is already heated; the cost would be tremendous. If you are out at work all day then leave your heating off as you are literally wasting away your money. No matter what time you get home, stick the heating on for an hour or two and your house will be thoroughly warmed up and you could make brilliant savings.

Heating bills are never easy for any of us to face however cutting costs and eliminating the financial strain isn’t difficult and doesn’t require half as much effort as you might think. The above tips are just a few of the things you can consider and hopefully they will get you on the right path to making those savings.

No matter when winter comes and how long it stays for, prepare yourself and get savvy to ensure you never have to face those scary costs again.

What Exercise Burns the Most Belly Fat At Home?

Burning fat, especially stubborn fat areas like belly fat, thigh fat and upper arm fat, can seem like an impossible task. Oftentimes, people get too caught up in burning fat with exercise. It’s important to understand that you can’t target certain areas when it comes to losing fat. This is known as spot reduction, and unfortunately, it is a myth. When you focus on a certain area through resistance training, you can definitely build muscle in that area, which will make that spot look more defined and toned. This is a good thing of course! However, you cannot burn fat in just one area.

Body fat is lost throughout the entire body when you create a calorie deficit, either through consuming less calories, exercising more, or both. If your goal is body fat reduction, whether it’s to reduce belly fat, love handles, thighs, arms or everything, your first step should be to check your diet. You need to be consuming an appropriate amount of calories, more specifically, macronutrients, that will lead to a loss in body fat. If you’re unsure of how to do this, you should read my article about counting your macronutrients to lose fat.

With that said, when it comes what exercise burns the most belly fat at home, your best bet is to choose exercises that burn the most calories per minute. By burning as many calories as possible, it’s going to increase your chances of reducing your body fat percentage. Here are a few exercises that burn a high amount of calories per minute that require little or no equipment.

What Exercises Burn the Most Belly Fat at Home?

1. Jumping Rope

Estimated Calorie Burn: 700-800 calories per hour

2. Sprinting

Estimated Calorie Burn: 700-850 calories per hour

*You can substitute things like High Knees or Butt Kickers if you aren’t able to sprint outside. Just remember, you have to think sprint speed, so they must be at maximum intensity.

3. Squat Jumps

Estimated Calorie Burn: 600 calories per hour

These are just a few great ideas to add to your at home workout. The equipment at the gym is irreplaceable when it comes to truly changing your body, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get better in the comfort of your own home. Stick with these high calorie burners and you’ll see that you truly can change your body with nothing but hard work!

Home Business 101 – Why Do You Want to Be in Business? What is Your WHY?

Starting a business is hard work. It’s not easy. There will be long hours and difficult decisions. And yes – there will be sacrifices (probably more than you can imagine). If you for a minute believe the flashy capture page on the internet where some “guru” tells you that you can sit on your couch in your PJ’s and earn “$6,000.00 per week after only 30 to 60 days of using his (or her) system”, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. On-line, off-line, from your home, or from a storefront, starting a business is having a plan, setting up your own system that works for you, and getting one customer and one sale at a time. If you are looking to get rich quick you’re looking in the wrong place in this series of articles. If, on the other hand, you’re serious about starting your own business from your home, stick with me and I’ll tell you how to do it.

Starting A Business From Home- Many people try. Few people succeed. Most of those that do succeed have a very BIG WHY

Here are a few of the reasons people give me when I ask “why do you want to start your own Business?”, and the answer/question I usually respond with:

“I need to make more money” – A/Q “WHY do you need to make more money?”

“I want to work for myself” – A/Q “WHY do you want to work for yourself?”

“I want to spend more time with my family” – A/Q “Why do you want to spend more time with your family? – what do you hope to accomplish by this?”

“I need to supplement my family’s income” – A/Q “Why – what will you gain by doing this?”

So I guess it comes down to some questions – what is your goal – your dream – what picture do you see in your mind as the end result of all your hard work and sacrifice? That dream – that picture in your mind, is your WHY. Next question – “Is Your Why Big Enough?”

That question – “Is Your Why Big Enough?” – brings to mind a couple of quotations:

“Successful people do things that other people don’t want to do.” (Jim Rohn)

“It is easier to accept a poor life than it is to work hard for a better one.”(Earl Nightingale)

Is your WHY big enough to make you do the things that unsuccessful people don’t do? To overcome the inertia that makes us satisfied to be less than we could be? It better be, or I don’t give you much chance of making a success of your new business venture.

What is your WHY? I don’t know, but down deep within you, YOU DO! Even if you’ve never thought about it before.

To better illustrate, let me tell you why I choose to finish this article on a Sunday evening when I could be watching a ball game or a movie, or taking a walk, or any number of other things I enjoy doing? What makes me get on the phone to talk to a prospect for my business when I really don’t like telephone prospecting? Simple my WHY is big enough. I know if I do these things I will achieve my goals, and at the end result of reaching all my goals is my WHY.

A quote by Friedrich Nietzsche is applicable; “He that has a WHY to live for, can bear almost any How.”

So I suggest that the route to discovering your WHY is through goal setting. Most people don’t bother setting goals for themselves, and drift through life like a ship without a rudder and no sense of direction. Why do they do that? Remember the earlier quote from Earl Nightingale? “It is easier to accept a poor life than it is to work hard for a better one.” That’s the reason – it’s easier.

Goal setting is an art that takes work and it’s hard, not easy. But I will tell you that if you take the time to examine your life, and set goals for areas you want to improve you will discover your WHY. ” How?” you ask – simple – look at your major goals and ask yourself WHY you set those goals. What will your life be like when you achieve all your goals? That point in your life, that lifestyle, those relationships – that is your WHY!

So your WHY is the reason that you do things that other people (and you) don’t want to do. The reason you work evenings, the reason you get on the telephone to talk to prospects, the reason you are willing to make so many sacrifices at this point in your life.

Is your WHY big enough?

Make sure it is big enough to keep YOU going!

Look for the next article in this series – “Home Business 101 – Are You Right For A Home Business?”