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Product Protection: 4 Innovative Tamperproof Asset Tag Designs

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In an effort to file a warranty claim, consumers may switch working parts with damaged ones or remove labels that clearly identify the unit. Resulting fraudulent warranty claims can quickly add up and dig deep into the yearly profits for your company. If you offer a warranty with your products, you need to make sure no one tampers with the internal components during the protected period. Otherwise, you will not be able to enforce anti-tampering rules that instantly void the provided warranty. Luckily, you can attach specially designed asset tags to your products to keep the internals sealed. Here are four tag designs you can consider for your products.   Void Imprint The void imprint asset tag comes in several different iterations. One of the most popular designs turns the void imprint visible in a rainbow of colors when the tag is peeled back off the item. Another leaves a stamp of the void characters on the surface of the item upon removal. The bright design makes it immediately obvious that someone attempted to open or alter the unit. Despite the underlying design, the top of the tag can include the item’s serial number, model number or manufacturing information. You can also place your company name, logo or contact information on the tag. Checkerboard Pattern You can have tags printed with checkerboard slits across the surface so that they fall apart when peeled back off the surface. The adhesive on the tag keeps the tag intact during the initial application process. After that, it is impossible to remove the tag in one piece. Your warranty fulfillment team can still remove and replace this type of tag without damaging the item. Your team may use a gentle solvent to dissolve the adhesive on the tag to remove all of the tiny pieces. Replacement of the tag keeps the unit sealed for the rest of the warranty period. Fragmented Removal Tags made from thin paper and adhered with a strong adhesive are impossible to pull back in one piece. You can only scratch off these tags using a plastic scraper or fingernail. A thick layer of adhesive residue usually marks where the removed tags were located. Furthermore, asset tag manufacturers do not sell this type of tag directly to consumers for printing, which cuts down on the number of people attempting to print their own replacement. Label each tag with its own internal code linked to the device’s serial number of another layer of protection. Unique Shape Asset tag manufacturers also sell stickers in unique shapes to product manufacturers and company owners. These die cut labels are made to order with your logo, company name and product information printed on each one. You can also order these tags in any color shade or combination of tones imaginable. Consumers cannot attempt to copy your tag design since most printable sheets only contain rectangular shapes in plain colors. Obtaining Your Perfect Tags You can often ask for a sample of asset tags to see how each one works on your products. Put the tags through the testing process to determine which ones provide the most protection. Also, experiment with placement areas to create the best seal. You will want to attach the tag in a way that prevents opening of the case and...

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5 Reasons You Need A Tablet For The Drive To Grandma’s House This Christmas

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The car ride to Grandma’s house for Christmas can be boring, especially for young children. This holiday, make sure you have your family’s tablet to use and entertain your family during the long car drive. Here are five different things you can use your tablet for on this year’s Christmas road trip. Play Internet Christmas Music To get your family into the holiday spirit, listen to Internet radio in your car as you drive to Grandma’s house. Internet radio allows you to stream Christmas music from many different free apps on your tablet. Connect your tablet to the car’s speakers with Bluetooth to play music all throughout the car. Once you have a music app installed onto your tablet, you can choose a specific genre of Christmas music, or you can get a good mixture playing in your car. As long as your tablet is included on your data plan you can use this to connect to the internet via LTE. Or, if you have a smartphone, you may be able to tether your tablet to your smartphone’s data plan. Just remember to bring your car chargers so both devices don’t run out of battery power on the drive. Sing Christmas Karaoke  Along the same idea of streaming Christmas music, you can download a karaoke app to sing along to Christmas songs in the car. Attach the tablet behind the driver’s seat so your passengers can read any of the lyrics they may need help with.  You can even play Christmas karaoke with smaller children who may already know some of the lyrics to Christmas songs. If they cannot read the lyrics on the tablet’s screen, they can still sing along. Use GPS Navigation When you are driving to a new location for the first time, it can be tricky finding some addresses. If Grandma has recently moved, or you are spending Christmas at another family member’s new home, you might need the help of GPS navigation to help you find the address. There are many apps you can download to your tablet that help you locate an address. You can attach the tablet onto the dashboard of your car with mounting brackets, or install the tablet into the dashboard. Either option will give you full access to view the tablet’s screen while you drive to your location. The voice directions can play right into your car’s speakers with Bluetooth. Take Phone Calls While you are singing Christmas karaoke songs with the app on your tablet, you may get a phone call or two. Why not tether your tablet to your phone to get the calls sent through your car’s speaker’s with Bluetooth? This will immediately stop the music playing as your phone rings. You will be able to take the call and talk on the phone hands-free. Always take care and use caution when talking on the phone while you are driving, even on a hands-free device. It might be a good idea to have a passenger take the call instead of you because one in four car accidents were caused by cell phone use this year. Most of the accidents were involved with hands-free cell phone usage. Watch Movies Many movies and television shows are available to stream through the internet from an app on your tablet....

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3 Questions You’ll Probably Forget To Ask When Shopping For Colocation Services

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re shopping for colocation services, you’re about to make a bunch of phone calls. While you gather quotes, you’ll ask each provider how many public IP addresses you can have, whether or not you need your own firewall, the size of the network pipe to your server, and whether or not you need a dedicated point-to-point connection from your office. You’ll cover everything techie, but you’ll probably forget to ask the colocation providers the below 3 important questions. 1.  What Kind Of Cooling Does The Provider Have In Their Facility? Networking equipment throws off a lot of heat, and if that heat isn’t offset by a proper cooling unit, it could damage or destroy the equipment. It’s recommended that server rooms be kept at a temperature between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit; even a few degrees above this range could blow server chips, leading to an expensive server crash.  Ask each provider you call what their method is for calculating the heat load of their facility. A reputable facility will have taken everything into consideration from the heat generated by the servers to heat produced by room occupants, lighting, and windows. The facility’s cooling unit should remove double the BTUs (British thermal units) of heat than that which is produced by their total heat load in order to be considered a safe place to store your servers and computer hardware. 2.  What Is The Provider’s Spam Policy? Many colocation service providers have extremely strict spam policies. The filtering of spam wastes valuable time and resources, and uses up unnecessary bandwidth. In fact, some colocation providers will not only punish their clients who create or distribute spam, but they’ll also punish clients if their customers or anybody who provides support to their servers creates or distributes spam. What kind of punishment? Some colocation providers will notify you of the problem if they detect spam on your server(s) and wait for a response. They may work with you to find a resolution, or ask you to find a different colocation provider and give you ample time to do so. Other colocation service providers have spam policies so strict that they will immediately shut down your server(s). While most people find spam aggravating and are glad for tight spam policies, you’ll want to make sure that you fully understand what, exactly, the colocation provider considers spam so you don’t accidentally break the rules and lose your service. Furthermore, if you have customers who frequently distribute spam on your servers, it may be in your best interest to look for a colocation provider with a more lapse spam policy. 3.  How’s The Parking? There can be a lot of parts to a server setup, and some of those parts are pretty heavy. If you forget to ask this question, you’ll likely regret it.  A colocation facility should provide easy access from your car to your server(s) equipment. It should ideally be located on ground-level, but if it isn’t, it should at least be equipped with elevators. Also, you shouldn’t have to park very far away from the building and risk dropping your expensive equipment on the long walk to the facility’s door. A great colocation facility will even provide carts for you to transport your equipment to your dedicated space. If you’re...

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Thinking About Getting A DVR? How Your New Device Could Help Your Entire Family

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are thinking about adding a digital video recording device to your home entertainment center, your entire family might chime in with their opinions. Although your kids might mention it daily and celebrate the mere idea of a DVR, your wife might worry about trying to figure out a new device. However, DVRs are super simple to use, and more convenient than you can imagine. Here are a few ways that your new device could help your entire family, and why you might never go back to your old way of doing things.   1: Parents Life as a parent can be exceptionally busy. When you aren’t working, you might be hauling kids to soccer practice or taking care of your house and yard. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a DVR, your schedule might seriously interfere with your ability to enjoy your favorite shows. Although live streaming services allow you to watch movies and television shows on demand, it isn’t always fun to log in using your remote control or laptop, find your show amongst the thousands of available options, and then wait for that video to buffer. However, with the help of a DVR, your favorite television shows and recorded movies will load with the touch of a button, and you can skip over those commercials instead of being forced to choose your advertising experience. If you and your spouse love sports, your new DVR might change your life. Because many new devices are capable of recording several shows at the same time, you won’t have to choose between games if a few of your favorite teams happen to be playing on the same Sunday afternoon. Also, because you can fast-forward recorded shows, you can skip all of the boring stuff between plays. Instead of having to sit tight as medical teams treat injured players or as referees painstakingly review recent events, you can skip ahead to the next play.  With the help of a DVR, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy your favorite shows whenever you want, without having to pay for an extra service or wait for videos to load. 2: Children Believe it or not, your DVR might even solve a few problems for your kids. Not only will your children have the chance to record their favorite shows, but DVRs also give you a little more control over the remote. Here are a few incredible features that might be helpful to you and your kids: Video Storage: Nothing is worse than trying to keep a sick child entertained during the day, especially when nothing is on television. However, because DVRs contain massive hard drives that are capable of storing up to 300 hours worth of video, you can simply queue up a few of your kid’s favorite shows- instead of boring them to death with live programming. Programming Information: Your new DVR might even allow you to see more information about the shows on television. Most systems have an “information” button, so that you can check out the show rating, runtime, release date, and theme of the episode before you hit play.   Adult Filtering: If you want to protect your teenagers from adult content, you can even activate adult filtering options. Because you can set up different users for your DVR, you...

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7 Solar Powered Inventions That Are Shaping The Future

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Solar power is coming a long way. Scientists are making solar cells smaller and more flexible, allowing more items to be powered with clean energy straight from the sun. Here are some amazing solar powered inventions that are paving the way for a greener future. Camera Strap There is nothing worse for a photographer than finding inspiration while out for the day, just to have their camera battery die. The thick camera strap around your neck should have more function right? Well now, it can. A camera strap covered in solar panels keeps the camera powered while out shooting pictures. The rich blue solar panels are stylish and comfortable. Lawnmower You shouldn’t have to burn expensive gasoline just to mow your lawn. If you find your grass growing along with the gas prices, you can buy a solar powered lawnmower. It saves money and is kind to the environment. Instead of filling your mower with stinky gas and fighting a pull cord, all you have to do is push a button. Bags & Purses If you are always on the go, it’s inconvenient to constantly look for places to charge your electronics. With solar powered bags, briefcases, backpacks, and messenger bags, you won’t have to. The bags are covered with stylish solar panels that store the power from the sun. USB plugs inside of the bags allow you to keep your devices plugged in no matter where you are. If you are traveling your business, your phone, tablet, and laptop will always be powered up and ready to go. Wheelchair Having your wheelchair die while out and about is a very scary time. You shouldn’t have to schedule your outings based on how long your transportation can hold a charge. A solar powered wheelchair not only has a small roof that keeps the sun off of you, it soaks up the sun’s energy to power your outing. The wheelchair will hold a charge and move faster as well. Paint Although solar paint isn’t available just yet, it’s in the works thanks to researchers in New Jersey. When you add the special paint to plastic, you create your own solar cells. Painting your home, car, or other items with this paint can eventually allow people to create virtually any self-sustaining item that they want. The researchers aren’t stopping at paint either. They’re planning to have an ink version that allows you to print solar cells with a personal inkjet printer. Air Conditioners While air conditioners aren’t great for the environment, they can at least become better. Running your air conditioning unit on power from the sun will save massive amounts of energy. Since air conditioning units are placed outside, it makes sense to take advantage of it. In 2007, solar powered air conditioners were put on the market. The air conditioner runs solely on solar energy, and houses a backup battery full of stored solar energy in case of a blackout or lack of sunlight. Ferries Many people ride a ferry on a regular basis. It’s a faster way to commute if you live directly across the water from your work or school. However, as far as emissions are concerned, it’s not really helping the planet. Solar powered ferries are starting to pop up around the world. They allow people...

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Five Ideal Emergency Products For Parks & Campgrounds

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Camping and hiking in the wilderness often involves cutting off the modern world and surviving with very little, but emergency help should always be available for those in need. When running a campground or park, it’s important to provide guests with enough resources and information to help them get out of any serious situation. There are five ways you can implement emergency products into your land without imposing too much on nature to prevent major disasters from happening. Use one or more of these steps to improve your park or campground. Reflective Trail Markers Getting lost in the woods can make people quite frantic, especially as the sun sets. Reflective trail markers will help guide campers and hikers even when it is pitch black out. Flashlights and other forms of illumination can help highlight these various markers. Trail Tacks: Small tacks with reflective heads can be pushed securely into trees. Both white and orange colors serve different purposes. Tree Ribbons: Larger ribbons provide better visuals and can lead hikers out of the woods. The ribbons can tie around the tree or attach using adhesive. Glow in the Dark Paint: A small square of paint can help provide a little extra illumination at trail points in the middle of the night. Emergency AED Boxes Remote locations like parks and campgrounds delay the time it takes for emergency vehicles to reach patients. Lives could be saved by installing an AED box at key points near the entry of the grounds. An AED box includes a heart monitor and the ability to send an electric shock through someone going into cardiac arrest. When installed at an exterior location the box should have weatherproof elements to protect it from rain, wind, and snow. These boxes have proven valuable in exterior city locations and can work in nature too. Emergency Telephones When an emergency does occur, it’s important to contact proper help as quick as possible. Emergency telephones can offer a direct link to park rangers or 911 services. Instead of even wasting time with dialing, these telephones can feature instant access to emergency services. When mounted to a pole and properly wired, the emergency phones can offer greater service than cell phone reception. As you browse through emergency phones for sale, it’s important to consider the different features. Weatherproof boxes help keep the phone enclosed and can prevent tampering from birds or other creatures. Additional features including casing text or lights will help visitors get quicker access to the phone when it’s needed. Tourist Center Products Even with detailed packing lists, campers tend to forget emergency items needed for an outing. By providing a small selection of emergency items, your business can help make a little extra money and have extra gear. A variety of products to include for the sale are first aid kits, rain ponchos, emergency flares, and fire safety kits. During projected bad weather, it’s a good idea to have extra stock of items. For example, if large rain storms are expected, stocking up on ponchos can really help guests out. Informational Signs A constructed sign can provide guests with valuable safety tips, trail maps, and emergency information. These signs should be located at parking areas and have a number of key features. Maps: Full maps of the area should...

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3 Options For Effective Home Security When You Live In A Tiny House

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you a part of the tiny house movement? It’s gaining in popularity as more people decide to ditch traditional housing and all the expenses that come with it. Tiny houses are inexpensive to build, have low energy and utility costs, and can be made to be portable if you like to travel. There are a lot of upsides to living in tiny houses. You just need to make sure that home security is one of your priorities when moving into one. Many would-be burglars may think a tiny home is an easy target when you’re not there. Prove them wrong with one of these three tiny house home security solutions. 1. Biometric Locks These are state-of-the-art locks and perfect for tiny houses. They offer the ultimate in protection from burglars. With a biometric lock, you can get into your house quickly using only your fingerprint. This eliminates the need to fumble around for keys. If someone is chasing you, you can get into your house in an instant and lock it from the inside while you call the police. If you’re not home and someone tries to break in, the fingerprint requirement will likely be enough of a deterrent to burglars that they will decide their time is better spent elsewhere. After all, how much loot are they really going to pull out of a tiny house (and they have no idea how much cash you may or may not have inside)? 2. A Lock on the Hitch If you have a portable tiny house, as many travel lovers do, you may be concerned more about the possibility of someone stealing your house than what’s inside it. The good news is that you can take a couple of simple steps to prevent even determined and enterprising thieves from stealing your house by making it less portable. According to TinyGreenCabins.com, you can do this by taking any wheels off of the house and installing a lock on the trailer hitch that is attached to the house. No one will be able to easily remove your house from your property after this. While a thief or thieves could still theoretically take your house by lifting it up onto a trailer, they aren’t likely to want to spend the time out in the open that would be required for them to do this. If you want to start traveling with your house again, just put the wheels back on, unlock the trailer hitch, and you’re good to go. It’s just that simple. 3. Permanently Mounted Solar Panels Solar panels are a popular option with tiny house owners for generating power. They result in lower (or no) power bills, and using them means your house retains its portability by not being attached to a grid. However, solar panels are also popular targets for thieves, since they contain valuable metals that can be sold for scrap money. You can protect the solar panels on your tiny house by permanently mounting them to the roof. Some tiny house owners don’t permanently mount them, so they can change the configuration of their house at will more easily. Solar panels are a significant investment, though. It is far better to protect them by permanently mounting them to the house. You can always work around this later...

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3 Reasons To Sell Your Laptop After Graduation

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Graduating from college brings with it a host of life changes. You will hopefully be starting a new job and possibly be moving to a new city or state. With all of the major events you may also find your sense of style changing and even your technological preferences. Here are three reasons why you should seriously consider selling your laptop as part of your post-college makeover.  Your Old Laptop Is Outdated  Most technology, such as laptops and smartphones, has significant advances every 3-4 years. This means that the laptop you entered school with does not have all of the latest features designed to make your life easier and your machine more efficient. You can upgrade your current laptop for less than the cost of buying a new one, but current laptop technology is now reaching a plateau that it is expected to stay at for some time. So you can make one more purchase to get the best machine available and possibly keep it for the next ten or more years.  Of course, that is assuming you will purchase another personal laptop. You may find that you do not even need a laptop after college.  Your Old Laptop Runs Slow There are many things you can do to make your current laptop run faster, but in the end you are limited by the hardware you have and your use of the machine during college. A new laptop will be at its most efficient the moment you take it out of its box.  You Can Do All Of Your Personal Computing On A Tablet  A college student needs a laptop. They allow you to do heavy research, organize your notes, and write papers. They are also portable enough to take with you to classes or study sessions and heavy duty enough to create complex presentations.  However, when you graduate, you may find yourself doing a lot less computing. If you work in an office you will likely be issued a desktop or laptop to use during work hours, and not having a personal laptop helps many people refrain from taking work home with them to work on in the evening or over the weekend.  Tablets are quickly becoming the personal computing technology people choose for day to day tasks such as reading email, checking social media, and watching movies or reading books. You can also edit documents and presentations on tablets, although it is not as comfortable as a laptop.  The best thing about a tablet is that after you sell your used laptop, you will likely have a large percentage of the price of a new tablet.  You Know More About Your Technological Preferences  When you started college, it is likely you weren’t even sure what you would major in, so you probably purchased a general laptop that is good at many different things but does not excel in any one area. During college you learn which programs you will be using in your career, which operating system best suits your needs, and which features you cannot live without. This allows you to buy a more specialized laptop to help you in your career when you graduate. Of course, for many careers a general laptop will be sufficient, but why not treat yourself to a new laptop with...

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4 Business Phone Features That You Will Love

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a business owner, it can be hard to juggle customer service concerns with the ever-present need to stay productive. You might be tempted to sacrifice a positive guest experience by outsourcing to a call center, or let your customers wait on the line for longer than they should. However, by upgrading your business telephone system, you might be able to improve your operation while giving your customers the good service that they deserve. Here are four business phone features that you will love.  1: Intercom Systems Do you ever need to relay important messages to all of your employees quickly? Although many businesses these days opt for in-house messaging systems or simple e-mail, the fact of the matter is that not everyone checks their inbox or chat screen regularly. If you let that important information go unnoticed, your customer service team might not be aware of out of stock items, new promotions, or important safety information. However, many new business phone systems come along with a standard intercom feature, which will allow you to distribute information to your entire building in an instant. Phones that have an intercom system function just like regular phones, but by pressing a button or a combination of digits, you can talk into the mouthpiece and your message will be broadcast through the external speakers on the other phone bases in your office. 2: Inside/Outside Ringing Do you ever need to talk with another employee, but don’t have the time to make a trip down to their office? Fortunately, new phone systems offer in-house calling, so that you can simply dial an extension and talk with whoever you need to from the privacy of your own office. If you are worried about having a tough time distinguishing between outside calls and a lunch invitation from your buddy, you shouldn’t be. To make things a little easier, many phone systems offer different rings for internal and outside calls, so that you don’t end up answering the phone unprofessionally when you are representing your company. 3: Voicemail to Email It can be hard to constantly monitor that old voicemail system, make out what people are saying, and call customers back in a timely manner. However, some business phone systems use advanced voicemail to email systems that can make screening and returning calls a breeze. To make it easy to spot missed calls and listen to voicemail, some systems can be set up to email you a message containing the caller information and an audio file of the actual voicemail. This means that instead of trying to figure out how to play messages on that old 3-button voicemail system, all you need to do is search your inbox for the call, click a link, and listen to the recording. Also, because some audio file formats don’t take up much space, you can archive voicemail messages for much longer than you might be able to otherwise. Some systems are even designed to transcribe your voicemail and send you a written email or text, so that you don’t have to listen to a recording at all. In addition to saving you time, written messages also provide you with searchable text, so that you can quickly track down important information.  4: Call Logs If you are trying to provide...

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Tired Of High Utility Bills? How To Heat And Cool Your Home For Less Using Geothermal Energy

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

During economic crises, wages often stagnate or even deflate. However, the cost of utilities rarely decreases, even during hard times. One way to consistently save money on these bills, as well as to heat and cool your home in an environmentally-friendly manner, is to replace your current heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system with a geothermal heat pump, like that from Greensleeves Energy Solutions. Read on to learn more about how geothermal heat pumps work and why installing this type of HVAC system could help increase your home’s value while decreasing your monthly utility bills. What is a geothermal heat pump? Instead of relying upon ignited gas, wood, or heated wires, geothermal heat pumps rely on the earth’s own constant temperature to modulate the temperature of water forced through underground pipes. In the summer, water is flowed through these pipes and used to create cool air, which is forced through central air vents. In the winter, water is again flowed through these pipes and used to create warm air. Even on days when the outside temperature is sweltering, humidity is high, or the ground is frozen, pipes buried at a depth of around 10 feet below the earth’s surface will remain between 50 and 60 degrees throughout the year. How much can a geothermal heat pump save on utility bills? One of the reasons these pumps are not as common as central or window air-conditioners or forced-air heat is their initial cost. For the average home (2,500 square feet) these systems can range from $20,000 to $25,000. However, they also last twice as long as other types of HVAC systems, and can save you between 40 and 60 percent each month on your heating and cooling bills. If your utility bills average about $350 per month ($4,200 per year), a geothermal heat pump can save you $2,000 or more each year. After ten years, the system will have paid for itself — and you should still have another decade of worry-free ownership. Another consideration is the availability of federal and state tax credits for the installation of an energy-saving heating and cooling system. Currently, the federal tax credit available for a geothermal heat pump is 30 percent during the year of installation. Because a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your total tax owed, a 30 percent credit on a $20,000 heat pump will give you $6,000 back at tax time. State tax credits range in value, and some cannot be taken in conjunction with the federal tax credit, but others may offer additional savings. You should also check with your county recorder to see if any property tax exemptions are available. Some jurisdictions provide a reduction in property taxes when certain energy efficient upgrades have been performed. Finally, geothermal heat pumps can help your home’s resale value. New buyers often love the idea of moving into a larger house while paying lower utility bills, particularly when they also don’t have to pay the up-front cost of the system or deal with the construction and installation. In many cases, you will be able to recover your entire geothermal investment upon the resale of your home. Is there anything else you should consider? Because of the initial cost of installing a geothermal heat pump, you should make sure...

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