COUNTY COUNCIL LAUNCH RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE HOME BOOKLET

first_imgDonegal County Development Board has launched an information booklet on ‘Renewable Energy in the Home’ which provides homeowners with affordable options for use of renewable energy in the home as well as providing valuable tips on saving money through efficient use of energy.The booklet was produced by the Donegal County Development Board Green Economy Forum as an action in pursuit of its goal of maximizing the use of renewable energy in County Donegal.Donegal County Development Board have as one their six priority objectives in its new Economic, Social and Cultural Strategy the need to develop County Donegal as a lead region for the green economy. Many opportunities are being investigated by the Donegal CDB Green Economy for sectoral development including management of the land resource of the county, maximising the local economic benefit from the forestry resource, water management and increasing the use of energy generated from renewable sources.The renewable energy secotr in the county, in particular wood fuel energy has seen a dramatic increase in recent with many schools, hotels, leisure centres and public buildings now using wood fuel as an alternative to oil.The Donegal CDB Green Economy have identified the domestic market as an underdeveloped area in terms of use of renewable energy and have provided a range of information materials to inform the householder of the county of the renewable energy options that are available to them.The Chairman of Donegal County Development Board, Cllr Dessie Larkin, in launching the booklet, described it as “a useful guide that will give households a greater awareness of how they can be more sustainable and at the same time save money on their energy bills, both of which are very important issues at present”. The Donegal CDB Green Economy Forum “Renewable Energy in the Home” booklet is available in the Council Public Service Centres, in the local libraries and on the County Development Board website www.donegalcdb.ie COUNTY COUNCIL LAUNCH RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE HOME BOOKLET was last modified: September 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The 5 stages of freelance tax grief

first_imgSome of you may find taxes painless, because you are well-organized and responsible about the entire process.This post is for the rest of us.Stage 1: DenialIt’ll be easy, right? You kept pretty good track of your receipts this year, right? Um, okay, so most of them are curled in a slowly-disintegrating ball of paper at the bottom of your closet, getting regularly dripped on by your rain boots. And you haven’t gotten 1099s from three separate clients and you’re pretty sure that one contractor actually ended up fleeing the country and maybe you should have been saving more than the change rattling around in your retro He-Man coin bank (not deductible, by the way).But… deep breaths.Hey, how bad will it REALLY be if you just sorta forgot about taxes this year?Okay, very bad. Okay, yes, that is how they took Capone down. But you aren’t making people sleep with da fishes or whacking stool pigeons, or whatever! You’re harmless! You’re just a wittle defencewess fweewancer twying to scwatch out a wiving! Surely the Government doesn’t need YOUR information!… dammit.Stage 2: AngerWHY? WHY do you do this to yourself every year, subject yourself to all of this disorganization and subsequent angst? There are people who meticulously itemize every expense, who keep their business and personal finances pristine, who probably work out five times a week and floss three times a day and never get asked by Netflix if “they’re still watching” after six hours and eat only organic raw locally-sourced avocadoes and their hair never gets frizzy and they never feel inadequate doing the Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle and WHY can’t you be more like THEM?You know what? You should not even pay taxes, because you should not even earn money. Money is evil. You are going to move to a cave in the woods and eat only honey that the bees will give you WILLINGLY and then everybody will be sorry.You’ll be like Thoreau. Thoreau of the Bees.AAGGGGGGHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.Stage 3: BargainingIf you can count half of your lunches out as expenses and not get audited, you will become such a good person. Like… Angelina Jolie PR-item good. You’ll adopt a half-blind hedgehog and nurse it back to health. You’ll happily donate half of your free time to helping your mother with her computer (she spilled coffee on it again; also, what is a Snapchat, and why?). You will cease wasting energy scrolling through your high school enemy’s online photo albums and making witty but fundamentally unfair observations. You will stop glaring at people on the subway even when they block the doorway like dazed cattle headed to the stockyard. You will meditate. You will crochet. You will radiate love and goodwill towards all humankind. You will hear birds sing! And smell flowers! And you will appreciate life…… if, please oh please God, you just do not get audited this year, even though you definitely deserve to because you’ll misplace a zero somewhere because your math is haphazard at best because you NEVER STUDIED IN CALCULUS, DID YOU? DID YOU?!!!IF YOUR TAXES PASS MUSTER YOU WILL CALL UP LISA STEWART FROM NINTH GRADE AND APOLOGIZE FOR CHEATING OFF OF HER DURING THAT ENTIRE CLASS!Stage 4: DepressionSo you’re now on your second glass of cheap wine and seventh high-fructose-laden cookie, curled up in a nest of cryptically-labeled receipts (what does “January meeting thing” even mean?) and papers containing messy calculations. Buck up, kiddo! Things aren’t so bad. You can do this!… why are these receipts all wet? Oh, right. The tears.Stage 5: AcceptanceGive in. Call an accountant. Scrape together your sad little lists and chicken-scratched math, and sit white-knuckled across from her as she does your taxes a) legally b) well.Write a melodramatic blog post about freelancer tax prep. What a wild ride, huh? But, phew, at least now your taxes are done forever and you’ll never have to do them agai——-Pause.Sigh.Begin collecting 2015 Ball o’ Receipts. Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

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