Once upon time, in a quiet village, stood a small bungalow, which suffered from neglect because its owners didn’t have any money to maintain it properly. A sign "for sale" had been standing in the front garden for a very long time, but nobody was interested since the bungalow was of very modern design, which was a sharp contrast to the rest of the historic village. Day after day the wood rotted away and nature slowly took over the garden, until only a complete make-over could help the bungalow to survive…
As our finite natural resources diminish, energy prices are steadily increasing. Now, more than ever, we must do our part to help our environment by conserving energy. The good news about energy conservation is that it can not only help to save our planet, it can help to save you money. A simple way to reduce your energy costs and to beautify your home is through the installation of ceiling fans. When used properly, ceiling fans can be used to save between 15 and 40 percent on air conditioning during the summer. During the winter months, fans can be reversed to run clockwise and save you 10% on your heating bill.
In order to understand how to properly use ceiling fans to conserve energy it is important to understand just how they work. Have you ever been outside on a hot day when, all of a sudden, you felt a cool breeze that instantly made you feel more comfortable? This is called the wind chill factor and it is the same principle behind ceiling fans. Fans do not actually change the temperature of a room. Rather, they accelerate the evaporation of perspiration on your skin which is what makes you … Read More
Most travelers who have stayed at hotels probably do not even give the hotel owners much thought, much less knew who they were. That is just the way things are; most hotel owners are quite unknown. Still, there are quite a few hoteliers that have managed to be in the spotlight, whether it be willingly or reluctantly. Let us run through some of them.
Perhaps no hotelier has as much fame as Conrad Hilton-both for the things he did and the things his great granddaughter and hotel-chain heiress Paris did. Conrad Hilton started out small, building an inn up with his father. Eventually, he was able to acquire a hotel in Texas. More growth led him to build the state’s first high rise hotel-the Dallas Hilton.
After establishing a chain of hotels in Texas, Hilton was able to expand outside the state and subsequently go international. These hotels formed the Hilton Hotels Corporation, followed by the Hilton International Company a couple of years later.
Although he lost some hotels during the Great Depression, he was able to buy back what he lost-a testament to the savvy of this particular hotelier. Hilton’s accomplishments were credited for fostering American tourism and overseas … Read More