How to Save on Your Energy Bill [Infographic]

March 11, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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As everyone likely knows, bills are never fun to pay. At one point or another I’m sure we’ve all taken a look at our utility bills and asked “How can it be this much?” If you’re often busy it’s not always easy to keep track of the things that raise your energy bills each month, but you might be surprised to find that there are a number of small, common sense methods of keeping the utility bill low and your wallet happy.

Today’s infographic comes to us from Britain, but the tips that it gives to save money each month is sound advice anywhere. Turning off lights that aren’t currently being used is always a good energy-saver, but I didn’t know that closing curtains at night helps keep heat from escaping through the windows and ends up saving on electricity. Another tip that could help save on energy is keeping electronic devices (computers, TVs, etc.) off instead of on standby; I know I could benefit from that tip in particular.

For more helpful hints on how to reduce your energy bill each month have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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The ROI of Studying Abroad [infographic]

March 10, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Travel  |  6 Comments
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Hi friends! My name is Lindsey, and I am thrilled to announce that I am the new Sunday contributor to Daily Infographic. A little about me: I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, graduated from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish, and am the Alumni Relations Coordinator for a study abroad company specializing in professional development—teaching college students how to leverage their study abroad experience into marketable skills and/or careers. That said, I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my Sunday stay here than with an infographic on the benefits of studying abroad.

The second semester of my junior year in college was spent indulging in all the flavors, sights, and sounds of Spain. I fell in love, made new friends, learned a second language, and traveled all over Europe in true study abroad student fashion. Little did I know—or care at the time—that this experience was also beginning to define my post-collegiate career goals, giving me marketable skills for the future, and increasing my employability in the eyes of an HR Manager. Deciding to study abroad is one of the best decisions you can make as a college student; the infographic I am featuring today couldn’t agree more. It’s a battlefield out there for us recent grads, we’ve got to do what we can to shine brighter than those we’re up against. Plus, you’ll have the time of your life.
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Texting Turns 20: The History of SMS [Infographic]

March 6, 2013 |  by  |  Tech  |  3 Comments
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Well, it looks like texting is no longer a teenager. LOL, OMG! These silly idioms that we know so well today would probably not be present in our popular culture if not for the lineage of short message services that go far back beyond texting’s 20th birthday. In the beginning there was fire-smoke signals. Separating smoke was the first method of conveying information quickly across a great distance. I’ve always wondered though, was there ever a codified system for smoke-signaling or was it basically information that would carry regardless of smoke pattern? Regardless, smoke signaling has since evolved into more and more elaborate mediums and devices in subsequent centuries.

In regards to Mr. Text however, it seems that there has been a decline in text messaging in general for the first time in 20 years. Is it true? Is text messaging really dying? Well, yes and no. It seems that a large reason for the decline has to do with the rise in IP messaging. Because of Apple’s iMessage, iPhone users can text fellow iPhones for free. This has lead to nearly 300 billion text messages sent as of last October. This is a huge move on Apple’s part, and it will be interesting to see where SMS messaging will go in the future. Happy Birthday texting!
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Essential Vitamins and Minerals [infographic]

March 5, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Government, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Let’s talk about health. For just a minute here. Because its not like we all want to spend our busy days chatting about vitamins and minerals. But someone has to bring it up! So I will. I’m here to give you your daily dose of vitamins, or at least inspire you to get more of the good stuff in your diet.

Today’s infographic details the essential vitamins and minerals, how to detect a deficiency and where you can find them. You can get the usual line up in your eggs (vitamin D), oranges (vitamin C), and milk (calcium). Zinc may be a bit harder to find, as the suggested food is oysters. I will be opting out of oysters every time, and am thankful that my multivitamin can pick up the slack. One of my resolutions this year is to eat a more balanced diet, and this infographic will start acting as my vitamin and mineral checklist. Do you eat a well rounded, vitamin and mineral rich diet? Or at a least try to and often fail, like I do? Let’s start eating healthier together! [Via]

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Spotify vs. Pandora: The Pros and Cons [Infographic]

March 4, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Music  |  7 Comments
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Listening to music has always been popular with people, so it’s only natural for music to become increasingly prevalent in our lives as our technology for it grows. With the number of smart phones and computers being used on a daily basis now, music has become more accessible than ever before and very much a regular part of our lives. There are many different ways that people can enjoy their tunes with phones and computers, and two of the most popular music apps, Spotify and Pandora, deliver their product using pretty different methods.

Today’s infographic from Mashable gives us a look at the history of Spotify and Pandora as well as the positive qualities and drawbacks for each. For instance, Spotify boasts an impressive library of more than 20 million songs to choose from, but the service is only free for 6 months and then users can only listen to 10 hours per month for free. Meanwhile, Pandora’s setup allows users to learn about and listen to new music, which is great, but there is also no way to rewind or repeat tracks that you may want to listen to again.

For more information on ups and downs for Spotify and Pandora have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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