A Computerworld article dated October 17, 2013 reports on the various problems encountered at the National Security Agency’s newly built data center in Utah. Running a data center is difficult enough without enough energy to power it, and the NSA’s own building requires a sizable and intricate system to supply it with electricity. Sure enough, the entire system faces problems due to such complexities: There are many potential points of failure in this approximately 1 million-square-foot facility in Bluffdale, Utah, 23 miles south of Salt Lake City. The NSA says 100,000 square feet of the center is mission critical raised […]
Skiing and winter sport enthusiasts can feel right at home in Salt Lake City, which offers several renowned ski resorts. For many locals, though, wintertime is anything but wonderful as they need to brace themselves for high heating costs. Luckily, the CapeGazette.com offers several useful tips on avoiding the chills without increasing heating bills.
Angie Hicks, the founder of angieslist.com, writes about the benefits of proper home insulation in an article for heraldnet.com: Like just about anything else, insulation can deteriorate over time, becoming less efficient at retaining your home’s cold air in summer and warm air in winter. Highly rated insulation experts told our consumer research team that two-thirds of U.S. homes are insufficiently insulated. Meanwhile, properly insulating and weather-stripping your home can cut 10 to 20 percent off your annual energy bills.
A recent Money Talks article offers several suggestions that can help households reduce their winter heating bills. The article cites several factors that underline the need to boost the efficiency of home heating systems. Fail to prepare well, and you could end up paying a small fortune in heating bills. More than 90 percent of American households can expect to pay more to heat their homes this winter because of higher fuel costs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Salt Lake citizens are becoming more dependent on their furnaces as the temperatures get colder and colder. This puts extra pressure on the heating systems, which is why they should regularly be inspected and maintained. Having one’s Salt Lake heating system in perfect condition, especially during these times, is important not just because of the risk for malfunction, but for health reasons, as well.
Plumbers are urging homeowners, namely those who use the Kitec plumbing system, to replace their PEX pipes after incidences of leakage were reported. While these issues occurred in select parts of Canada, Kitec operates throughout North America, meaning some homes in the U.S. may be affected, as well. An article posted on the CTV Atlantic website discusses this further:
If some homeowners have their way, they’d rather use their cozy fireplaces to keep warm this winter, but they can’t possibly have a fireplace installed at every room of their home. Thus, it’s only natural to go with central heating systems to keep their entire home warm.
The Deseret News website posted a report dated October 22, 2013 that discusses the dangers of faulty appliances, poor ventilation, and gas leakages. As people are constantly under the threat of getting poisoned by carbon monoxide, a common byproduct of appliances that burn fuels, the Salt Lake City Fire Department recently handed out gas detectors to households. The article highlights the need for such a device: