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Earth Day!

on Wednesday, 22 April 2015.

Guess what day it is? Mike...Mike, guess what day it is??? Not only is it hump day, but today is also Earth Day! Instead of just planting a tree or going with the motto of reduce, reuse, and recycle; adopting a green lifestyle at home is an important part of the global drive to protect the environment. Learning how to be green at home is one of the easiest ways to make a meaningful contribution to the Earth!

Check out our green living tips below:

1. Heating:

HVAC systems account for almost half the energy usage in the home. To reduce your energy uses consider setting your thermostat a couple of degrees lower in winter and a little higher in summer. Delaying the point at which your heater or air conditioner kicks in cuts down on your energy use. Or having a programmable thermostat can be highly effective in conserving electricity because they can be used to run air conditioning and heating systems only when they are truly needed.

Also, proper maintenance will keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency as well. Furthermore, weather stripping windows and doors will provide insulation and reduce the need for heating or air conditioning.

2. Appliances:

Appliances can be some of the greatest culprits when it comes to energy consumption, especially the refrigerator. One sure way to go green when it comes to appliances is to purchase Energy Star qualified items. These appliances use between 10%-50% less energy than non-rated models, and they have to meet energy savings standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

In addition to choosing Energy Star products, it is also necessary to turn appliances off at the wall when not in use. Keeping them in stand-by mode might be convenient, but it uses power unnecessarily.

3. Water Consumption:

There are a number of easy ways to reduce your water usage. Repairing leaking pipes and faucets is one of the most effective ways to conserve water around the house. Using drip irrigation to water one's lawn is another major conservation tactic. Installing low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads also saves water. Showers use less water than baths, and shorter showers offer an even greater savings. Do you leave the tap on while you are brushing your teeth? If you do, you are wasting water and money...

4. Lighting & Electricity:

One of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy is to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and to let sun light into the room during the day. Turning off televisions and computers that are not being used is another way to use less electricity. Because one of the single biggest users of electricity is the refrigerator, cleaning its coils and fixing faulty refrigerator seals is an important part of a household's plan for saving energy. How a person uses his or her appliances also makes a difference.

5. Composting & Solar Energy:

Composting, or the recycling of organic matter into soil and fertilizer products, offers a variety of environmental benefits. These include providing nutrients for plants to grow, increasing plants' resistance to disease, preventing soil erosion, and in some cases it is also a natural pesticide. In addition, composting reduces the need for commercial fertilizers that might leech into the water supply, and it also recycles materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

The sun is an endless supplier of energy to the Earth. Solar panels are human-made power plants that harness energy from the sun to turn into electricity without burning any fossil fuels to do so. When tree cover around the house is heavy, the best place to install panels is on the rooftop. Solar panels in the yard can also be mounted on devices that move the panels to track the sun's movement. Getting the most benefit out of solar panels, however, requires careful planning.

These may be our green living tips, but there are many more ways to live a green lifestyle at home. Share your green lifestyle tips on our FaceBook page: iSS FaceBook Page


Commercial Services, Part 3

on Wednesday, 15 April 2015.

We have discussed commercial security, automation, and lighting control. This last blog is all about our commercial services with boardroom technology, digital signage, and networking.

A company's boardroom is a crucial component in any office. It gives clients a first impression of your establishment and serves as a common area for ideas and innovation to flow. If a company has an outdated boardroom, their capabilities become seriously limited. It is important to make sure your space is updated to accommodate today's technological demands and capabilities. We can help you provide to your employees and clients a great meeting space. From video conferencing, to a possible training area, all with easy use of your whole boardroom space with one remote. Every office deserves a great boardroom. 

Also, a lot of businesses these days are beginning to discover the many uses of digital display technology. Digital signage/video walls are a great way to get a particular message across - whether for advertising, selling or information display – chances are you want a solution that does a lot of the foot work for you. These high impact displays can certainly pack a visual punch, but equally, they serve as an effective business tool, and can strengthen a range of operations within your business.

Digital signage/video walls can be changed in a flash so you will always be able to bring announcements to your audience ASAP. Before, you would have to design poster displays, have them made, spend a decent amount of money, and have it displayed in enough time that it is still relevant. Digital display technology allows you to change your message instantly, and pass along news, events or sales at a moments notice.

Lastly, what is more frustrating than unreliable networking devices? Not much more. That is why we want to talk to you about the solution. iSS can take your business networking system and give you a professional system overhaul. No more wondering which cords goes for this and that device, and why things are often running slowly. If have your office has a questionable networking system, we can transform it into a seamless system. This upgrade can translate into improved coverage and speed giving you the freedom to use your devices where you want and when you want.

So if you are a business owner, and your establishment needs some upgrading, call us at 865-690-0154. We would be happy to offer you better life solutions.

Commercial Services, Part 2

on Thursday, 09 April 2015.

In last week’s blog we talked about how commercial security could give a business owner peace of mind knowing their property and employees are safe and secure. This week we want to discuss how some automation can help with the daily office tasks in a business.

Commercial automation for a business can be a simple or complex system; it all depends on the business owner and what they want. For example, as a business owner, you could disarm your security system, unlock the door, and turn on the lights all by one touch of a button on your smartphone. Furthermore, you could even adjust the HVAC unit to the optimal temperature while you are in or out of the office. Not only can automation can help a business owner manage their office remotely from any smartphone or iPad, it can also help manage energy efficiency of the office, too.

For instance, shade and lighting control can tie into your automation system very easily, and help with energy savings. If you have an office with many floor to ceiling windows, shade control can help maintain the heat/cooling of the office without constantly turning the HVAC unit temperature up or down. Also, lighting control motion sensors can help with energy savings as well, but lighting control can go beyond just turning on or off a light.

While still being energy saving conscious, lighting control can help create ‘scenes’ for certain areas of your business office. For example, you showcase your company’s work on the wall; why not create an illuminating scene for when guests and potential clients come in. Make your work noticeable and eye catching.

Also, many office waiting areas are either too dim or too bright, creating a dungeon like area or a stark clean hospital welcome. Well, if you have a waiting area; why not create an inviting and warm welcoming scene with lighting control!

If you have a great security system, but need a little commercial automation to help in your daily office tasks, call us at 865-690-0154. We are here to offer YOU better life solutions.

Commercial Services, Part 1

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015.

At iSS, we provide an extensive amount of services to homeowners. From security to automation and everything in between, those services can also be provided to any business owner and their establishment. As a business owner, one of the most important things should be the security of your property, and most importantly yourself and your employees.

The basics of commercial security should first and foremost be an adequate alarm system. For example, we suggest that the best security system for any commercial property would be a sufficient alarm system with alarms, motion sensors, and security cameras. With cameras in and around the establishment, as a business owner, you can remotely log into the video feeds from anywhere on your smart phone or tablet to check on the property.

Furthermore, a business establishment should have key codes/cards for employees and visitors, this way you could manage employee and visitor access. Such as where only management should have access to certain areas, or to check on who came in and out on a specific day.

Lastly, exterior lighting is another step in providing security to any business property. For instance, exterior lighting goes a long way to provide security for your business, but also the safety of you and your employees. By using motion sensors and light timers, they can offer more visibility in multiple directions and stop a potential burglar when lights suddenly flip on if they are snooping around.

If you are business owner, and feel that your business is not adequately equipped with the best security system, give us a call and we would be happy to help. Also, be looking for our blog next week about some of the other commercial services we provide!

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