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Fast ways to cut your home energy bills

Fast ways to cut your home energy bills

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Cutting your energy bill doesn't have to require much energy — or money — on your part.Consumers aren't taking advantage of many simple avenues to save money, according to a new survey from marketplace SaveonEnergy.com. Only 14.2 percent say they unplug their home printer when it isn't in use, a move that could save up to $ 130 each year. Six in 10 consumers don't shut down their home computer when it isn't in use, missing out on up to $ 168.28 in estimated annual savings.(See infographic below for some of the savings tricks and payoffs.)Home energy savings strategies generally fall into one of three buckets, said Kateri Callahan, president Alliance to Save Energy. There are free behavioral changes, projects that require a small investment, and big-ticket purchases or renovations.Some of t
Office space leasing down 2% in top 7 cities during January-June: Colliers

Office space leasing down 2% in top 7 cities during January-June: Colliers

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NEW DELHI: Office space leasing fell 2 per cent in January-June 2017 to 18.9 million sq ft in seven top cities but demand is expected to remain steady in the second half, according to property consultant Colliers. "The gross office take-up amounted to 9.6 million sq ft in Q2 2017 representing a nominal 2 per cent increase quarter- on-quarter from 9.3 million sq ft," Colliers India said in a statement. Total office absorption in H1 2017 stands at 18.9 million sq ft, marginally down by 2 per cent from the corresponding period of last year, it added. Colliers tracks seven office markets -- Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune. "Despite recent layoffs' alert by technology companies due to automation and changing technology, we expect the commercial market to...
Gold loses lustre post GST rollout

Gold loses lustre post GST rollout

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Premium on gold has disappeared since the beginning of this month even as banks and nominated agencies are importing the precious metal in limited quantities, indicating that jewellers have unsold gold with them and demand has slowed since the GST regime was rolled out on July 1. In the last week of June, dealers were charging a premium of up to $ 10 an ounce over official domestic prices, the highest since the middle of November 2016. There are three reasons for the disappearance of premium on gold, said industry executives. First, rural demand has fallen to less than half as kharif sowing has picked up across India with the onset of monsoon. Second, in urban India there are few buyers of jewellery now as the wedding season is yet to arrive. Investment demand for gold in urban India i...
The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

The boss of Qatar Airways ridicules American carriers for their aged flight attendants

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GULLIVER is rarely fazed by what happens below the line of his posts. Receiving the occasional shoeing from readers—sometimes insightful, sometimes not—goes with the job. And he has certainly found his views swayed by well-reasoned arguments he finds there.But he was truly gobsmacked at the discussion that ensued from a piece last year about the sexualisation of flight attendants. The post noted a few of the seedier airline hiring practices, such as asking potential recruits, some just 15, to take part in a bikini competition, or carriers refusing to employ married women. It then concluded with what seemed to be an uncontroversial suggestion: female cabin crew should be chosen for their abilities, not for their allure.It turns out that such woolly liberal thinking is merely the product of
It just got easier to sue your bank and credit card company

It just got easier to sue your bank and credit card company

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5 stunning stats about credit cardsIt just got easier for you to sue your bank and credit card company. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new rule Monday that prevents companies from using arbitration clauses to stop consumers from bringing class action lawsuits. The clauses force people to "go it alone or give up," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Our new rule will stop companies from sidestepping the courts and ensure that people who are harmed together can take action together," he said. Many people aren't aware that their bank account or credit card contracts came with an arbitration clause buried in the fine print. But they're pretty common. Credit card issuers representing more than half of all credit card debt, and banks representing 44% of insured deposits u...