Computer Software That Helps Track Energy Use

Solar_PowerEnergy conservation is one of the most important things that a person can do. Even small changes in a person’s energy conservation can add up to huge changes in overall energy consumption in the course of a year. Multiply those changes over many people, and the energy savings is huge. So what are some methods that a person can incorporate into their daily routine that won’t take much effort, yet will save lots of energy? Here are a few ideas.

Computer Management
Many people tend to leave their computers on all day because they take too long to start up and shut down. A few simple tricks can allow you to speed up the boot process of your computer so that you can quickly turn it off when you’re done, and have it up and running in 30 seconds when you’re ready to use it again. The energy saved in between is quite a bit. Using software such as RegCure Pro you can easily optimize your computer so that it runs and boots much faster. Also consider that you might have spyware or malware on your computer causing it to slow down and bog. These software tools are very safe and affordable and can easily help you out.

Energy Tracking Software
There are lots of different energy tracking software apps out there that can help you to optimize your energy use. These programs might require a little setup, but they can help you to identify patterns in your energy use, and to figure out different ways that you can make small changes to improve energy use. Things such as opening blinds during the day to allow solar to heat your house in the winter, as well as planning on turning off your water heater for long vacations (you don’t need it to be running constantly if you’re away for a week).

Push Don’t Pollute
Today I rode my skateboard to my local coffee shop instead of taking my car. This is a small way that I can save the gas I use as well as get some fresh air and exercise. If you live in an urban area, consider walking, skating, or biking to your destinations if at all possible. If you’re young and fit, take the time to enjoy your physical ability and get out there! And if you want to get in shape this is the best way to start. Look up bike routes on Google maps to figure out the best ways to get to your destination.

Use An Automated Learning Thermostat
If you can, get one of those automatic learning thermostats that can be controlled from your smartphone. The popular Nest is a great idea. If you’ve got your heat scheduled to turn on right after you get off work, but you end up going out for happy hour drinks, you can easily switch the thermostat to stay off for a few more hours. Over the course of a year, these savings really add up!

As you can see there is a lot you can do. Everything in small amounts will add up very quickly, and you can rest easy knowing that you are doing your part to save energy and the environment.

Boosting Computer Security In A Time Of Increasing Danger

computersecurity2The danger of credit card fraud from hacking is fast becoming a very very common thing as hackers get more advanced and more and more transactions are conducted online.  The recent large scale attack on Target that exposed the information of over 70 million customers has brought this issue to the forefront of everyone’s minds.  The current fraud protection measures we have in place are clearly no longer enough, and the credit card companies are looking into chip-based EMV systems that will have an additional encrypted chip embedded in the card that would make duplicating them much, much more difficult.  The target for the switchover is in 2015, however, as card companies must gear up for the change.  It will cost money to switch to the new system, however the impact of fraud now is threatening to outweigh the cost of switching systems.  It’s just getting too crazy.

What else can you do to protect yourself from credit card and identity theft?  Well, ensure that you’re constantly monitoring your credit card bill.  Many companies will have fraud detection and alerts in place.  However, sometimes false charges can sneak by the filters.

Another thing to do is to ensure that your computer is free from spyware and malware.  Keysniffers and other viruses can easily steal your data and send it on to a criminal third party.  Using programs such as Spyhunter 4 and Norton 360 are excellent ways of protecting your computer and your online safety.

Never send your password or any similar info to a company if you get an email asking for it.  A company will NEVER ask you for your password.  These are phishing attempts and should be reported accordingly.  In addition, keep your guard up and use your best judgement.