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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Newsletter: Household transportation cost management

Monday, January 5, 2015

What is all the fuss about casino sign-up bonuses?

By Paul Gray

What is a sign up bonus?

If you have recently visited an online casino or read up on any casino reviews online you may have come across the terms “Sign Up bonus”. It may not always be written as such, it could be labelled as:
  • Welcome Bonus
  • First Deposit Bonus
  • Match Bonus
  • Or any other catchy slogan
Now you may be thinking, why does a casino offer to give you money for free? Well the simple answer to this is the casino want to attract you and bring in new customers, as you are reading up on the casino or even on their website you are potentially a new customer therefore they would like to attract you into clicking the sign up button, so they do this by giving away free things, or giving you free money when you sign up.  Usually a casino would offer to match your initial deposit meaning you would have double the money to play with when you first start. You may not only see a sign up bonus at a casino as a lot of other companies do offer them, for example Master card.
Online gambling sign up bonuses
Online gambling sites use algorithms to determine payouts

Other types of sign up bonuses

There are many types of sign up bonuses other than Casino deposit bonuses, some casinos offer no deposit bonuses that will give you free cash before you even make a deposit. Which is pretty cool if you ask me, sign up bonuses give you all the more reason to want to join an online casino, if there isn’t enough already.

Now you may be thinking it can’t all be good and why do casinos really offer sign up bonuses? Just think, every casino is a business. It is like a mobile phone company. They give you deals to keep you using their network. Same rule applies for a casino, if they are to offer you deals and keep you playing on their site then you become a customer, and the number one rule in business is to keep the customers happy. From the player’s point of view, there is not really a down side to a sign up bonus. The more bonus money in your accounts, the better.

There are many other types of online bonuses which include:
  • Reload bonuses
  • Loyalty bonuses
  • High roller bonuses
  • Percentage match bonuses
  • Refer a friend bonus
  • Cash back bonus
For high roller bonuses, these are for people who spend plenty of money with them over time; they also like to give something to those who splurge on big one-off deposits. They usually offer a percentage bonus for large deposits usually over $800.

Now you may be wondering what cash back bonus is. A cash back bonus basically gives the player some of their money back. The money is given back to the players who have lost a great deal over a period of time during their gambling sessions. The way it works with most casinos is say you lose $1000 and your cash back was at 20% you would get back $200.Obviously if your account has a high number of wins the cash back rule usually doesn’t apply.

All in all

With what I have written about online casino bonuses and what others say about them across the internet we have learned that they can be very helpful, and if you are looking to start gambling at an online casino you should look into some of the best sign up offers available. More information can be found at casino city times. Just remember that with all great things there comes a fault some online casinos may limit how much you can withdraw after you have received a bonus. This happens more often with the no-deposit bonuses. Knowledge is key, the more you know the less chance you have of occurring a dilemma.

About the author: Paul Gray is an avid blogger. He has been writing for over 2 years and likes to cover all topics, he runs his own blog which you can find over at Infographics.

Image: John Seb Barber, "PKR.com" CC BY 2.0

Friday, January 2, 2015

Choosing temporary office space for your business

Temporary office space
Temporary office space reduces fixed business expenses
By Kelly Gilmour-Grassam

If your business is looking for a short-term let on office space, you’re probably wondering where to start in finding somewhere that ticks the boxes without costing you a bomb.

Whether you’re setting up your first office environment and need a starting point to test the waters, or your business has lost the lease on its current location, temporary offices can be as lavish or as basic as you choose to make them. However in a bid to get installed in your new environment as quickly as possible, don’t lose sight of costs and the real essentials.

Location, location, location

Choosing the location for your office is one of the most important considerations for this temporary workspace. It needs to be in a place that is easy and convenient to get to for your workers – with parking or good public transport links to make that morning commute less of a pain. Likewise, if you deal with a lot of customers or clients, you’ll want to be accessible to encourage them to visit. On the other hand, if most of your work is done online you may want to reconsider whether you really need that central London office.

Get cost savvy

A serviced office space might sound very convenient, but often these environments can put a high premium on facilities that you could quite easily organise yourself for a lot less. By signing up to flexible day rolling contracts for services such as telecoms and broadband, you can secure an affordable short-term solution that could make renting that temporary office space viable for your business. Especially if you already have many of the staples such as furniture and technology, serviced offices may be an unnecessary expense for your businesses.

No place like home

You may only envisage using your new office for a few weeks or months, but if you want your staff to feel motivated and your clients to feel welcome, try to make the place feel a bit more like home. A quick trip to IKEA can add a splash of colour to the workplace, and you can always take these furnishings with you when you relocate. Employees are likely to feel unsettled when you uproot them, so do your best to help them embrace their new location. Drinks after work at the local pub, anyone?

Make your time in temporary office space more memorable and less of a nightmare by thinking carefully about where you want to base your office, and where you can save costs without compromising on the essentials. You never know how long you might be based in this location – even if you think it’s likely to be no longer than a few weeks or months – so don’t rush into any decisions. And when you do move into your new office, make it feel like home for the time being and you’ll have a much happier workforce and workplace! Now start your search with these things in mind.

About the author: This article is written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, you can follow her on Twitter @KellyGGrassam. She is a freelance copywriter and wrote this article with helpful information from Option Box.

Image: Geralt/Pixabay, US-PD

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Go green with geothermal heating and cooling in your home

The benefits of geothermal heating and cooling

By Ken Uhrich

As the world over is becoming more environmentally conscious, greener options for energy are becoming more prevalent when building new homes. Solar panels have been popping up in many residential homes as a means of cutting down on energy bills. Geothermal heating is another option for building a new home that is friendly to both the environment and your wallet. Here are some of the advantages to installing geothermal heating when building a new home.

Green home energy options
Geothermal Heat Pump- Photo Taken by: Laverick
  • Low operating cost- keeping your home comfortable year round can easily be among the most expensive of your utilities. Geothermal heating units are significantly more efficient than gas or electric heaters, producing up to 4 times more energy than that of electric heat. With an efficient control system can lower a heating bill to almost a third of it’s normal rate.

  • Environmentally sound- Both the U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA list geothermal systems to be the most environmentally friendly way of heating a cooling a home. Because geothermal systems aren’t burning up gas or any other combustibles to produce heat, there’s no emissions from carbon monoxide or other greenhouse gasses. Conversely, because it uses significantly less electricity, it cuts down on the grid demand and the need for more electric plants.

  • Cleaner and safer- The other advantage to not using combustibles is that geothermal heating is a safer way to heat your home than gas. Gas leaks can lead to house fires as well as carbon monoxide poisoning both of which are extremely dangerous.

  • Less noise pollution- Both a furnace and air conditioning systems can create a lot of noise in your home, especially if you’re operating an older or less efficient system. The noise output of a geothermal heat pump is equivalent to that of your refrigerator. Giving you a little more peace and quiet as well as a more comfortable home.

  • Reliable and long lasting- While a standard furnace will last upwards of 10 years with good maintenance, the average lifespan of a geothermal heat up is 15+ which can help cut down on maintenance and replacement costs. The ground pipes for your geothermal system also come with a 50 year warranty, adding a little more peace of mind when it comes to your home.

  • Positive return on your investment- Unlike your car or a new furnace, installing a geothermal heat system brings a positive return on your investment. Between the tax credits now offered by the government for green energy solutions and the cost reduction of your utilities, installing a geothermal system for your new home will, in time, pay for itself. If you should decide to sell your home, having a geothermal system installed can easily raise the value.
When building a new home, there are always several different factors to consider, and your means of heating and cooling are no exception. While it might be more expensive to build a geothermal heating system than a furnace or central air from the outset, it’s an investment that makes up for the initial cost. Safer for both your home and your environment, geothermal heating systems are the way to go when it comes to keeping your house comfortable year round.

About the author: +Ken Uhrich likes houses. In fact he lives in one. You can drop him a line at the Custom Home Group website.

Image: Laverick,  CC BY-NC-S.A 2.0