29 April 2012

Abraham Lincoln's Letter to his Son's Head Master

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the united states of America (1861 – 1865) is one of the world’s great statesmen for all time. Here is a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to the head master of his school in which his son was studying, a letter so typical of the man who bore malice towards none and had charity for all….

Respected Sir,
He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just, all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero: that far every selfish politician, there is a dedicated leader…

Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend. It will take time, I know a long time, but teach, if you can, that a dollar earned is of more value then five of found.

Teach him, to learn to lose…And also to enjoy winning. Steer him away from envy, if you can, teach in the secret of quiet laughter.

Teach him, if you can the wonder of books…But also given quiet time wonder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on the green hillside.
In a school teach him, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat…

Teach him to have faith in his own idea, even if anyone else tell him they are wrong…
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people and tough with tough.

Teach him to listen to all men…But teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good one that comes through.

Teach him, if you can, how to laugh when he is sad.
Teach him there is no shame in tear.

Teach them to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidder but never to put a prize tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him gently, but do not cuddle him, because only the test of fire makes the fine steel.

Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself because then he will always have some sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order, but see what can you do…
He is such a fine little fellow, my son! Dad”

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17 April 2012

9 Powerful Power Saving Tips for the World

All of these electricity saving tips cost nothing to implement. and may seem obvious but from experience most people ignore them and waste money unnecessarily. Some only require getting into the habit of thinking is there a good reason why this is switched on.

For more ideas on saving electricity and money check out saving electricity room by room.
For more information on these tips take a look at the electricity saving section.

1. Switch Off Lights When A Room Is Empty

A hundred watt light bulb switched on for one hour every day costs around £1 a quarter to run.

2. Switch Of Unnecessary Items

How often have you left the room for a couple of hours leaving the television, computer, etc on? How often have you gone out shopping on a Saturday leaving things switched on? A television left on for two hours a day can cost between £1 and £6 a quarter to run depending on the age and size. A computer left on for two hours a day can cost around £2 a quarter to run.

3. Don't Leave Items On Standby

Do you switch things off at the wall or just leave them on standby - most appliances don't need to be left on standby. The difference can be huge. A computer left on standby can cost between £1 & £3 a quarter. Ten items left on standby each taking 2 watts cost around £4 a quarter. Switch off cookers and microwaves wherever possible (resetting the clock is a small price to pay). Switching off at the wall is best as switching the unit off often leaves the appliance still using power.
4. Turn The Water Temperature Down 5 Degrees

If you heat your water using electricity try turning the temperature down 5 degrees you probably won't even notice the difference. If you don't try turning it down even further.

5. Turn The Washing Machine Down To 30C

Modern detergents work fine at this temperature and the saving in energy is worth it.

6. When You Go Away For More Than A Day Switch Off Everything You Can

Apart from things related to security switch off everything you can such as immersion heaters, central heating (if the weather is not too cold), Cookers, Microwaves, etc - you may be surprised by the savings.

7. Don't Leave Mobile Phone Chargers Switched On When Not In Use

If possible run the charger(s) overnight to take advantage of cheap rate electricity BUT remember to use a time switch as they only take 2 to 3 hours to charge.

8. Open Fridge And Freezer Doors For As Short A Time As Possible

To minimise warming.

9. Only Boil As Much Water As You Need In The Kettle

Filling the kettle full each time you boil it can waste around £3 a quarter. If you live in a hard water area keep the kettle de scaled to keep the efficiency high.

10. Maximise The Use Of The Oven

By cooking as much as possible at the same time. If you have dual ovens use the smallest one wherever possible. 

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The average person in the India uses around 150 litres of water every day in the home, with one-third of that flushed straight down the toilet and a lot more wasted. Here are some hints and tips that should help you to save water:

1. Put a brick, a bottle filled with sand, or a Hippo / Bog-Hog bag into your toilet cistern. This reduces the amount of water you flush down the toilet.

2. Don't use a hose pipe to wash the car. Use a bucket and sponge.

3. Water plants and the lawn in the evening so that the water has a chance to soak in overnight. If you water in the day time, most of the water will evaporate before it has done any good. Water you've used to boil vegetables can be used to water plants.

4. Take a shower instead of a bath and you will use half as much water.

5. Don't leave the tap running while you clean your teeth or shave. If you leave the tap running you could be wasting up to 10 litres per minute.

6. Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load.

7. Repair dripping taps. One drop per second is a waste of up to 3000 gallons per year.

8. Store tap water in a bottle in the fridge rather than running the water every time you want a cold drink.

9. Collect rainwater in a water butt and use it for watering the garden.

10. Lift the blade on your lawnmower so that the grass is cut an inch or two longer so that its roots are shaded and retain water.

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