The International Furniture Fair, Cologne 2012 – Review

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The International Furniture Show has just taken place at the IMM in Cologne (16th 22nd January 2012).

Organisers claim the show is the most important furnishing fair in the global primary furnishing market. Right from the beginning of every year the trade fair presents the new international furniture trends and surprises with numerous marketable innovations in a wide range of categories. The broad range of furniture and related products on offer is combined with high standards of quality and an excellent presentation. The fair also provides an effective platform for young designers to engage with both trade buyers and the public. The trade visitors value the trade fair’s business atmosphere and high standards of organisation and services. The days of the fair that are also open to end consumers provide the exhibitors with ample opportunity for product and market tests, the consumer find information and suggestions. In close connection with the extensive programme of events that will take place all over the city of Cologne, imm cologne is for one week the center of the international worlds of furnishings and design. Key attractions are German manufacturers like Rolf Benz as well as top Italian furniture providers like Porada and Bontempi Casa.

imm cologne is the central meeting place for exhibitors and decision-makers from all the world’s important markets especially Europe, but also America, Asia and the Far East. The diverse mix of visitors makes the trade fair highly interesting for exhibitors.
The event aims to cater for all the target groups that are relevant to the furniture business and ensures an extensive selection will be present at imm cologne: contacts from all areas of the trade and industry, contract business experts, professionals from the architecture scene and up-and-coming young professionals. The visitors come with the intention, and the means, to do business. Many are buyers, specifiers and interior designers.
Together with imm cologne, the new trade fair format LivingInteriors will be showing perfectly staged interior worlds consisting of furniture, bathrooms, floors, walls and lighting. It is aimed at trade visitors and consumers alike. Many potential buyers will attend the fair on the public days (Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January and will get an exciting overview over holistic living and interior design concepts and their products.

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How To Determine Solar Panel Price

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On turning the pages of history of mankind through ages, there is no dearth of instances wherein man has tried his ingenuity to harness the ever present solar energy to his advantage. While most of the experiments ended with a magnifying glass being used to light torches, the first device which successfully concentrated the suns rays was a solar energy cooker designed for an African safari. The credit of this invention was bestowed on a Swiss scientist, Horace de Saussure, and it was this discovery which laid the basis for the creation of the first modern solar panel in 1954. Being a novelty in that era, this device was exorbitantly priced but dedicated research through the years has resulted in the solar panel price in India to spiral downwards with the intention of making it affordable by all and sundry.

One of the main determinants of solar panel price in India as well as the world over is the type of panel which is chosen by the user after having gauged his requirements. In spite of the availability of myriad options, solar panels exist in two avatars namely flat plate collectors and evacuated heat tubes. While a normal flat plate collector is economically priced, when it is fortified with evacuated pipes, its price simply shoots through the roof. This is owing to the fact that these pipes are highly priced and on being installed greatly enhance the efficiency of the panel as well.

Yet another factor which makes a difference in the solar panel price is the size of the panel as also the scope of its usage. If the solar power requirement is limited to a single room with a window, a panel worth a few hundred dollars would suffice but on the other hand if the entire house depends on solar energy for its requirements then the cost is likely to run into thousands of dollars. An important recommendation in this regard is that any household should not depend solely on solar power and must have a back-up system to account for cloudy days and extra requirements.

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How To Select The Right Swimming Pool Heater

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Swimming pool heaters are essential if you want to use your pool after the sun has set or if you want to enjoy a longer swimming season. There are many different types and models of pool heaters available to choose from and it’s important to have one that meets all of your needs. While the many available choices and the number of considerations that need to be taken into account may seem overwhelming when purchasing a pool heater, it doesn’t have to be that way. Simply by determining the answers to a few questions before you start shopping, you can greatly narrow down what you’re looking for and make your choice much easier.

Whether you’re in the market for a heater for an above ground swimming pool or an in-ground swimming pool, you will have a number of different types of heaters to choose from. To begin with, different models of pool heaters are powered by different energy sources. For example, swimming pool heaters can be powered by electricity, natural gas, propane or solar energy. The power source that will be right for you will depend upon what is available in your area as well as your preferences with respect to operation, efficiency, cost and environmental impact.

The specifications for swimming pool heaters will typically use BTUs, or British Thermal Units, to express the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of your pool by one degree Fahrenheit. Most models of pool heaters will fall somewhere in the range of 75,000 BTUs to 400,000 BTUs. The higher the BTU rating, the faster the unit will heat the pool water. Therefore, it’s not surprising that higher BTU ratings also come at a higher cost. The speed that you need your heater to warm up your pool at will depend upon your pool usage. For example, if you only want to heat your pool for weekend use, you might want faster results. However, if you are keeping your pool at a constant temperature throughout the swimming season, you might not mind if it takes a few days to raise the temperature of your pool at the beginning of the season.

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Most Popular Fixes To Increase Home Comfort And Energy Efficiency

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Keeping your home comfort levels high while maintaining an efficient home does not have to be difficult. In fact, there are several small things you can do around your home with very little money that will increase your comfort levels while decreasing your bills.

Insulate Electrical Outlets and Switches

A lot of energy is lost through drafty switches and sockets. You can purchase small kits at any big box retailer or home improvement store that will allow you to insulate all of your switches and outlets. Depending on the size of your home, you can typically do this for under $50.

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Stocking Your Aquarium

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So you desire to have your personal freshwater tropical aquarium fish, but don’t know where to start?Purchasing a fish aquarium may possibly appear like an uncomplicated task even so tropical and saltwater fish need unique care and attention to live a happy life.

Betta fish, also called Siamese fighting fish are one of the most common kinds of fish found in houses across the world. A correctly maintained and hygienic tank will help your betta remain in good health and raises its life span.

Salt water aquarium fish demand quite a bit additional upkeep and care than their freshwater counterparts require. A lot of new aquarium keepers are frightened off by saltwater aquariums for fear that they are tough to take care of. The standard concept is to acquire a good sized tank for the reason that marine fish are used to a substantial living space and will not adapt well to a very small space. Your saltwater tank preferably should be fabricated from glass, in addition to the lid, mainly because if you use metal or aluminum it can decay when in contact with the sodium in the water and could become hazardous to your pet fish or corals.

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