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LizzieWeakley

Community Cleanup How to Safely Recycle Scrap Metal.JPG

If you are renovating your house, getting rid of an appliance or otherwise have come into possession of scrap metal, it is important to dispose of it safely. It is also important that you know how to store it safely to reduce the odds of anyone getting hurt while it is in your possession. What are some tips to follow when recycling scrap metal?

 

Wear Safety Equipment When Carrying It

Copper wire, metal from a gutter or any other type of scrap metal could come with sharp edges. Should those edges come into contact with bare skin, it could result in a significant laceration. Therefore, be sure to wear gloves, clothing that doesn’t leave exposed skin and goggles.

 

Make Sure It Isn’t Electrically Charged

Certain types of metal can retain an electric charge, which could lead to anything from a minor electric shock to complete electrocution. Therefore, check to see that any metal coming off of a house or that is located near a power line does not have a charge prior to picking it up. This can be done by using a voltmeter or similar tool that you may have in your garage.

 

Store It in a Bin that Children Can’t Climb Into

Scrap metal should always be stored in a secure location before sending it to the junkyard. In addition to keeping the metal out of the reach of pets and children, it also makes it easier to keep your yard clear of junk. Depending on where you live, you could be the victim of scrap metal theft if it is left in the open.

 

Call a Professional to Have the Metal Hauled Away

Visiting websites such as http://www.bigdaddyscrap.com can put you in touch with a professional who can haul way your copper, aluminum or other scrap metal. This may be ideal for those who don’t have access to a truck or who otherwise can’t bring it to a junkyard themselves. Those who opt to go this route can get still get paid for the material that they give to a scrap metal collecting company.

 

In large enough quantities, scrap metal can be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. Furthermore, homeowners or other property owners can clear away material that they can’t otherwise use. This helps the community because it means that homes or buildings in the area are less of an eyesore, which can improve property values in a given neighborhood or business district.

LizzieWeakley

Stay Cool 5 Ways to Enjoy Energy Efficiency This Summer.JPG

The heat of the summer can start to get you down. You may be relying on your air conditioning to see you through it. This can start to add up for your monthly expenses. Here are some ways that you can stay cool and minimize your electric bill.

 

Eliminate Unnecessary Heat Generation

Cook your food during the cooler parts of the day. Running your oven can heat up your whole house. Either prepare your food ahead of time or invest in cool food options during those really hot days. Do your laundry at night so that you aren’t generating any more heat than is necessary.

 

Service Your Air Conditioner

Have your air conditioner serviced on a yearly basis. Companies like Alabama Climate Control will be able to get your unit in top operating condition. Another thing to keep it running efficiently is to change out the filters each month. An air conditioner that is more efficient can save on the overall energy consumption.

 

Program Your Thermostat

Set your thermostat so that your home doesn’t get too warm. This can cause your unit to be less efficient if it has to work overtime to bring your home down to temperature. You can save some money by setting it to a point that isn’t too cool. Having a programmable thermostat can also make your home more energy efficient.

 

Use Window Treatments to Advantage

Block out those rays from the sun. They will only cause your home to heat up quickly. Open up your windows once the sun has gone down for the day to use some natural air conditioning. Using your windows at night can dramatically reduce your electric bill from the air conditioning.

 

Circulate the Air

Fans are a great way to circulate the cooler air in your home. The point is to keep you comfortable without having to employ more costly measures. Set up window fans so that you can more quickly cool your home at night. Trap that cooler air inside so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard during the day.

 

You can enjoy a cooler home that doesn’t eat into your budget just by trying out a few simple things. Be mindful of how much heat you generate in your home each day. Plan ahead accordingly to take the outside temperature into consideration. Use nighttime cooling to enable your home to get back down to the right temperature so that you can stay cool.

LizzieWeakley

The Warehouse Environment How to Make Sure Your Facility Has Clean Air Circulation.JPG

 

The four most basic necessities of sustaining human life are clean air, water and food, sunlight, and shelter. While, here in the highly-developed United States, people use many more things on a regular basis, these four necessities are always present.

 

Fortunately, the United States is known as having generally clean air, with most cities having objectively clean air, ranked as “Good” by the Real-Time Air Quality Index. In and around workplaces, particularly indoor workplaces, air quality typically isn’t as clean. Here are a few ways to improve and maintain air quality in your warehouse environment.

 

Implementing a Sally Port near Loading Docks

Exhaust fumes from vehicles, especially big, powerful vehicles like 18-wheelers, are undeniably harmful to the human body. Even though most loading docks are open to the outdoors, fumes wafting inside dirty air quality.

 

Sally ports, a term most commonly associated with rooms used to inboard criminals from police vehicles, are intermediaries that cut out practically all vehicle exhaust from entering warehouses.

Although constructing them might be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention disruptive to business, using sally ports when loading and unloading shipments can effectively maintain high air quality.

 

Forklifts Are to Blame for Bad Air Quality

Virtually every warehouse on planet Earth is home to at least one forklift. However, due to businesses’ inherent desire to cut costs, forklifts typically feature poor or no exhaust filters. Besides, forklifts are notoriously non-green, anyways. Many air filters for forklifts are available. Considering that being friendly towards the environment is “in,” and more popular than ever before, businesses like Kruman Equipment Company have filtration systems to help with the exhaust.

 

Manufacturing Sometimes Is Associated with Dust

Whenever objects are cut, sawed, or otherwise split into pieces, tiny particles are prone to dispersing throughout the air. Most often, such objects are cut indoors. Ceramic, when its tiny airborne particles are breathed, can cause serious damage to human lungs. That’s why tile saws utilize water—to prevent the spread of such particles.

 

Consider containing your warehouse’s particular byproducts in a similar fashion. Filters, vacuums, and closed-off cutting areas are each effective means of promoting clean air quality. Modular factory offices are widely available, and are unarguably the most effective means of keeping particles out of the air.

Ultimately, employees power businesses. Without being able to hire others, businesses’ output levels would be notoriously small. Keeping employees healthy should, and generally is, high on organizations’ list of priorities.

LizzieWeakley

5 Ways to Enjoy Energy Efficient Air Conditioning This Summer.JPG

In the summer, air conditioning is essential in creating a comfortable indoor environment for you and your family. When it’s hot and humid outside, you can crank up your home’s air conditioning to stay cool. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), however, heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of the average U.S. Home’s energy usage. Thankfully, you can stay cool this summer without spending a fortune on energy bills by following some simple steps.

Change the Air Filter

One of the easiest ways to keep your home’s air conditioning working efficiently is to change the filter every 60 to 90 days. The filter is designed to catch dust and dirt while still allowing air to pass through. As this debris accumulates, however, it can restrict the flow of air and force your system to work harder.

Check Condenser Coil

The condenser coil is responsible for extracting heat from inside your home. When it’s clogged, the system won’t be able to run efficiently, thus raising your home’s energy usage. While you can often remove superficial dirt and debris by spraying your system’s condenser coil with a garden hose, you’ll need the services of a professional HVAC company like Alabama Climate Control to clean a severely clogged coil.

Inspect Ducts

When was the last time that you inspected the ducts in your air conditioning system? If they are damaged with visible holes or tears, cooled air will escape and reduce the overall efficiency of your system. Another problem with ducts is a lack of insulation. A healthy air conditioning system should have well-insulated ducts to minimize loss of thermal energy.

Programming Your Thermostat

You can also save money on cooling costs this summer by programming your thermostat. If there’s no one occupying your home during the day, for example, you can set the temperature higher to save energy. And when family members return in the evening, you can set the temperature lower to create a comfortable environment.

Don’t Block Vents

Finally, check the air vents in your home to ensure they aren’t blocked. A large sofa or dresser can restrict airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency. All vents should be accessible and unobstructed for maximum performance.

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for low utility bills this summer. The five tips described here can improve the efficiency of your home’s air conditioning.

LizzieWeakley

The green and clean.jpg

All over the country, people are looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly and encourage others to be a part of the process. Here are some of the best ways you can work together with your neighborhood to become a green and clean community!

 

Carpool

Did you know that U.S. Car owners spend about $900 a month on car expenses alone? Starting a neighborhood carpool can save you and your community money, and lessen the carbon footprint of the neighborhood. If there are kids in your neighborhood going to the same school, a weekly carpool where parents alternate days taking the children is a great place to start.

 

Organize a Community Clean Up

Cleaning up debris around the neighborhood is a great way to get everyone to work together to restore and freshen up the area. Over recent years, the recycling industry has adopted new methods of recycling that are more sustainable. For example, Green Bins is a recycling company that supplies people with eco-friendly options for removing waste.

 

Eat Local

Locate your local farmer’s markets and tell your neighbors about them. They usually happen once a week and tend to be on the weekends, so load everyone up in one car and head out to support your local businesses. This is not only good for the local economy, it will encourage everyone around you to eat more healthily.

 

Start a Community Compost Pile

Composting is a natural way of recycling food waste and can give your community garden a boost of nutrients. Gardeners call it “Black Gold”. To start a compost pile, find a large container to store your food waste. It will break down and can be given to gardeners in the community to help treat their soil.

 

Recycle Properly

Most of us know that you should recycle but don’t know exactly how to recycle properly. Organizing a get together with your neighborhood on waste management and recycling can help get everyone involved in creating a more sustainable community.

 

Getting the community together to share ideas on sustainable living is not only good for the planet, it is good for enhancing human connection. With all the time spent indoors and with technology it is easier now than ever to become disconnected from each other. Working together as a community can build a support network in which everyone is helping to contribute to a better and more fulfilling future.

LizzieWeakley

How Going Solar Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient.JPG

The benefits of going solar are pretty incredible. You can make your home a lot more energy efficient by simply making use of solar panels. Here’s how it works, and why you’ll want to consider getting them put up on your own house.

How They Work

First, the solar panels will need to be placed over your roof. Then, you can sit back and expect them to do all of the work for you. It’s that simple.

The sun will provide the panels with the light they need. This will be the same light that you and your family make use of daily inside of your home. Solar panels do a remarkable job of acquiring sunlight, even on overcast days when the sky is full of clouds. As a matter of fact, the sun’s rays don’t have to directly rest over the panels. The light will still be absorbed by them. This is another great aspect of solar power that’s of considerable interest to websites like SolarPanelStore.com.

You Can Save Money

Going solar is inevitably going to save you a lot of your hard-earned money in the long run. Why’s that? You’ll no longer be relying on your old energy for light. That’s right. This means your energy bills will be a thing of the past.

Maybe you want to have your friends over to watch an important football or basketball game. You’ll be paying for the electricity that’s being used to broadcast the game on your television, and you’re planning to buy pizza and wings for the event, too. You’ll even have to spend extra gas money to pick up a friend, who lives a little too far away.

Using solar power won’t cost you anything, so you can feel free to turn on your lights and leave them on all night if your party ends up lasting that long. Saving a little money here and there may not seem like a big deal now, but even small expenses truly do add up over time. Also, you’ll have the option to spend that money you saved on something a little more exciting than energy.

These days, it can be particularly difficult to make enough money to provide for both your needs and your wants. That being said, you need to make sure that you aren’t paying for any expense that isn’t absolutely necessary. Energy is one of them, so you should consider switching over to solar power as soon as possible. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

LizzieWeakley

Community Cleanup 5 Ways You Can Help Keep the Environment Green and Clean.JPG

We too often think of the environment as someone else’s problem—automobile manufacturers, oil refineries, and power plants, for example. But we each have a personal responsibility to help keep Mother Nature healthy and happy. We as individuals can contribute to a green, clean environment in more ways than you might expect.

The Last Straw

Did you know plastic straws are one of the most widespread environmental hazards? According to the article “Straws: Why They Seriously Suck,” more than 500 million straws are used daily in the U.S. Alone. They’re not biodegradable, and they can’t be recycled. But you can stop using them at home and/or switch to reusable straws. Carry reusable straws in your glove compartment and forgo the plastic in your next chocolate shake!

Stash Your Trash

The fact that how and where you dispose of your trash matters is an environmental no-brainer. You no doubt dispose of everything from paper to yard waste to bald tires. Dispose of those items the right way, recycling any- and everything you can via environmentally aware service providers like Tri-State Disposal. Many of these vendors will even supply dumpsters to safely dispose of large hauls.

Single out Single Use

Single-use items like sandwich bags and disposable razors represent a huge problem for the environment. You can reduce that problem by a) reusing single-use items, or B) not using them at all. There are, after all, so many sustainable alternatives: cloth shopping bags, ceramic go cups. You can even buy reusable sandwich wraps.

Douse the Old Wood Stove

Wood stoves generate carcinogenic particulate matter that can harm not only your family, but the whole neighborhood. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services lists wood stove smoke as a public health hazard and significant pollutant. The solution? Replace your old stove with an EPA-certified, clean-burning, efficient wood stove designed for complete combustion.

Add Your Plants

On the positive side, you can add to the planet’s environmental health by plugging in trees and native plants. Not only are they pretty, but they help clean the air. Plus, native plants—i.e., those native to your particular area—conserve water and benefit local wildlife.

 

The bottom line is that the environment in which we live is important. It is not just for the health of the area, but for our own personal health as well. We are all responsible to protect and keep the environment clean as much as possible.

LizzieWeakley

Power Monitoring Solutions How to Make Sure Your Business Stays Energy Efficient.JPG

When it comes to energy efficiency, it can really affect how successful your business is. If you require a lot of heavy equipment, he costs for maintaining them can add up quickly. This can cause you to have to take out extra capital to pay for it, tying up your potential investments. This means you could lose out on opportunities to grow quickly. To avoid this, make sure you’re monitoring your power and keeping your company energy efficient the right solutions.

Dual Phase Converters

When you have heavy duty industrial machinery, you need a way for it to convert its power. A single phase converter doesn’t do as much as a dual phase, meaning you overload the system and grid more. It also becomes more difficult to monitor. By having dual phase power you can have one phase providing electricity while the other measures the change in power distribution and efficiency.

Switchboards

In your control room, you can achieve a lot for your energy efficiency by having a quality monitoring station. Part of this station should include switchboards. Not only do they let you switch different machines on and off, but also send those signals to a central monitoring device.

Flexible Transformers

Having the right transformers can have a big impact on how energy efficient your business is. Items like Rogowski coils offered by Aim Dynamics are an example of coils that allow you to place your equipment anywhere that you need to while enjoy power savings. While the monthly number may seem small in the beginning, transformers can offer advantages that add up over time.

Window Monitoring

Your windows and doors are some of the biggest leaks of energy efficiency that you are going to have in your company’s offices and factories. Place monitoring solutions on them such as Nest that allow you to see how efficient they are. Consider replacing them for more efficient versions if necessary.

Temperature Control

Today’s brick and mortar businesses require a lot more power than they used to. This can be a disadvantage if you are a smaller company just starting out. It can also be difficult to deal with if you would prefer to have other items to invest in for your company’s growth. Free up additional time, resources, and funds spent on traditional power monitoring by looking into the tactics described above. It could be a major positive turning point for you and your business.

LizzieWeakley

4 Reasons Your Office Should Be Using Green Cleaning Supplies.JPG

The world is changing and becoming aware of toxins and chemicals that are harmful to their health. This is one reason the health revolution seems to be sticking. People are opting for natural or homemade cleaning solutions that contain ingredients they can read. This change is not only happening at home because businesses are now opting for green cleaning solutions for some of the following reasons.

 

For Those with Chemical Sensitivity

Some people are allergic to certain chemicals and break out in hives or experience other uncomfortable symptoms when toxic chemicals are used around them. Employers are doing their best to accommodate these people. Customers will be more inclined to go to a establishment that cares about their customers. Employees will also feel the same, which will help with employee retention.

 

Boost Public Image

More people are caring about the environment, and many know that toxic, man-made chemicals can harm the environment. Letting customers know that you use a janitorial service like Peerless Building Maintenance that uses products with the green seal will help boost your credibility in the community and with potential patrons. The green seal ensures that the products used to clean up your space do not harm the environment, which can also boost word-of-mouth.

 

Can Be an Affordable Option

Many business owners might assume that opting for green cleaning solutions means they will have to spend a lot of money, but that may not be the case. Since the products are made with natural ingredients, it is possible that some of the cleaning solutions will be relatively cheap. For example, the cleaning power behind plain old vinegar is well-known, and it is a cheap solution that won’t take a huge bite out of your budget.

 

Boost Productivity

Many are discovering that scents like lavender and peppermint have a calming effect on people. The essential oils commonly used in natural cleaning products are known to help people clear their minds, which will allow your employees and yourself to work in a healthful environment. There is no doubt that this natural boost will likely improve productivity. This is good for workers, but it is also good for customers as they will be greeted by and helped by happier employees.

 

These reasons should help encourage you to move toward greener cleaning options. You will be helping the environment and future generations, but you will also be helping customers and employees. This step may even boost revenue. Talk to a cleaning specialist to see what natural options are available to you.

LizzieWeakley

How to Run an Energy-Efficient Warehouse Business.JPG

Simple cell phones and incandescent light bulbs are being replaced this century. If you run a warehouse business, keep track of the new energy-efficient trends that are appearing. Review several components that will help you to create a more energy-efficient warehouse.

Led Lighting

LED lighting is the most energy efficient type on the market. In the beginning, people used fluorescent lights to illuminate their buildings, but decades later, they found out that LED lights are cooler, brighter and longer lasting. LED T8 tubes are standard in warehouses and other commercial buildings. Find a wide range of product styles from companies like LED Lighting Wholesale Inc.

Repairs and Maintenance

Maintain your warehouse equipment regularly and repair the machines that are not working. Repair malfunctioning parts without having to replace the entire machine. To avoid repairs in the first place, set up a regular maintenance plan every month or year.

Equipment Shutdowns

Turn off the lights or any machine that you are not using. Too many home and business owners leave their machines running all night when no one is using them for hours. Cut your energy bills in half by using motion detection devices, also known as occupancy sensors, that switch off the equipment automatically.

Door Seals

Hot or cool air that escapes from a room is a major contributor to energy loss. Air exfiltration cannot be avoided in a typical building where the doors are constantly opened and closed. Door seals prevent more air from being lost than necessary.

Look for openings near the doors and along the walls. Also look for hidden openings in the ceiling and behind machines. Tell workers not to leave doors or windows open when the HVAC system is running.

Energy Audits

The most overlooked step to conserve energy is to run audits. You cannot increase the energy efficiency in your warehouse if you don’t know how much energy you’re saving. An audit, done by a professional, outlines the differences between taking energy-saving steps and not taking them. Some online audit tools are available, but you get a more comprehensive plan with an onsite audit.

Warehouses are complex places where people work and do not just store inventory. Every day, you manage the lighting, ventilation and temperature settings and pay a huge bill at the end of the month. It’s necessary that you find ways to save energy for the main purpose of running a more affordable and efficient warehouse.

LizzieWeakley

Natural Plants, 4 Tips for Starting an Organic Garden.jpegIf you’re looking to start your own garden, there’s a good chance that you want to grow your plants organically without using artificial pesticides or fertilizers.

Organic gardening, however, comes with its own set of challenges that can make it a difficult task for beginners. Here are four expert tips to help you start your own organic garden.

Start Small

Many novice gardeners get ambitious and try to handle a large plot very early on, but it’s best to begin with a small area of land. To start, try growing in an area 50 to 100 square feet wide per member of your family.

This may not seem like much, but you can grow plenty of plants in a small area if you plant densely and care for your plants properly. Beginning gardeners who start with a large plot often end up feeling overwhelmed and quitting, so start small to ease yourself into organic gardening.

Use Quality Soil

If you’re determined to grow your plants organically, it’s important that you use high-quality organic soil. The best way to do this is to incorporate a few inches of compost into the top layers of soil.

Making your own compost is easy so long as you stay dedicated to composting all the natural food products you consume, and quality compost can do wonders for your soil quality and help keep your plants healthy.

Use Organic Fertilizer

Quality fertilizer increases your soil health and crop yields, and even if you decide to grow your garden organically, there are a variety of organic fertilizers available from places like Nature Safe. Reliable organic fertilizer formulas will provide excellent nutrition to your plants and help them grow faster without relying on chemicals or other artificial substances.

Buy Plants When Starting Out

Even if you plan to eventually start your own plants indoors, it’s best to buy most of your plants when starting out, as growing your own plants can be tricky for beginners. You can usually get starter vegetable plants for 25 cents to $3 per plant, which makes buying plants cheaper in many cases than starting your own plants, especially when you consider all the materials needed to use your own plants to start.

By utilizing these four tips, even novice gardeners can start their own organic garden. Gardening can be a fun and rewarding hobby, especially when you know that you’re growing your plants without any artificial chemicals that may be harmful to you, your plants and the environment.

Just remember to start small, buy your plants when starting out and use sufficient compost and fertilizer, and you’ll have a beautiful organic garden in no time.

LizzieWeakley

How to Choose the Highest-Efficiency Vehicle for Your Habits.jpg

With vehicle emissions a hot topic and budgets strained by the cost of gas, fuel economy has become increasingly important. Many car buyers wonder how to find a fuel-efficient vehicle that suits their needs. Here is a process for finding a fuel-saving vehicle and still getting what you need out of your next vehicle purchase.

Choose a Suitable Vehicle

To make the most fuel-efficient choice, consider what the smallest vehicle is that suits your needs, advises Energywise. A compact car can offer great fuel economy, but if you work out in the country, chances are you need a pickup, and if you have several kids to haul to soccer practice, you may need a van or small SUV.

Once you determine what type of vehicle you really need (sedan, compact, SUV, pickup) look at what the smallest vehicles are in that category.

Consider Hybrids and Electric Cars

Electric cars give you the best efficiency. But when driving long distances, charging becomes an issue. Also, the cost of electric cars may be out of your price range.

Hybrids are great because they solve a lot of the issue with charging, but they can be cost prohibitive. If they are in your price range and will work for you in a suitable vehicle, electric and hybrid vehicles offer incredible fuel economy.

Fuel Efficiency

Once you have determined the type of vehicle you want, look for the best fuel economy in its class. Remember: not all cars have better fuel economy just because they are smaller. The fuel-economy ratings indicate what you can expect under average conditions.

Fuel efficiency ratings are an average because environmental factors, such as hills and mountains, high or low temperatures, and altitude affect fuel economy.

Driving habits also play a big role. Drivers who routinely exceed the speed limit, are prone to hard braking and aggressive acceleration, and who put off maintenance—like oil changes and refilling the tires—always end up with fuel economy much lower than their vehicles average.

Get Rid of a Junker

The fastest way to become more fuel efficient is to get out of an old car and into a new, fuel-efficient model. Older cars don’t have today’s technology, so their fuel ratings (when they were new) are much lower than today’s options.

Also, as the parts in older cars wear out, their fuel economy slips because the cars have to work harder to maintain the same performance level.

Oftentimes, the best way to get rid of an old car is to sell it for cash to a self-serve used auto parts shop that tows your car from home, such as U Pull & Pay.

With carbon emission awareness on the rise and gas often costing an arm and a leg, finding the right fuel-efficient vehicle helps the environment and your pocketbook.

LizzieWeakley

Home Energy Efficiency 4 Ways to Keep Your Home Green This Winter.JPG

Depending on where you live, winter months will make for the coldest part of the year. This is why you should take measures to ensure that you and your family are warm and comfortable during this season. However, in a world where environmental conservation has become an important topic, you may want to consider ways of keeping your home green. Even as you look for ways to heat your home, it is vital that they help to conserve energy and have minimal negative impact on the environment.

 

Proper Maintenance of Your Heating System

Proper maintenance of your furnace and HVAC system will go a long way in making sure that they run efficiently. This will not only help in lowering your energy bills but also give you the assurance that your home will be warm and comfortable in winter. For the best repair and maintenance services, you should consider working with a company such as Bryant Air Conditioning, Heating, Electrical & Plumbing. Such experts will not only inspect and repair your heating system but also the plumbing and electrical systems in your home. In this way, you will not have to worry about making the repairs during the cold season.

 

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat is an eco-friendly way of keeping your home warm in winter. This thermostat will allow you to enter a high and low temperature. Whenever you are not at home and temperatures in your home fall below the lower temperature, the thermostat will turn on your heating system. Once temperatures reach the maximum you had set, the unit will turn off. This way, you will have your furnace running constantly while making significant savings on your energy bill.

 

Green Solutions for Heating Your Home

Instead of depending on electricity as the sole source of energy for heating your home, you should consider investing in renewable sources of energy. Some of the options you can explore include geothermal heating, solar energy and masonry heating. These green solutions will be efficient in helping to create a comfortable environment in your home.

 

Insulate Your Home

Making your home energy-efficient will require that you ensure that heat is not lost during this cold season. Installing window covers, sealing insulation gaps, closing off unused rooms and insulating your attic will lower your energy costs. This is because you will prevent air leaks in your home, reducing the amount of work that your furnace has to do in an effort to keep the space warm.

 

There are many more sustainable ways to keep your home green in winter. For instance, regular roof inspections and repairs will help to keep your home warm in winter.

LizzieWeakley

Use Well Water 3 Strategies For Keeping It In Top Shape.jpeg

If you depend on a well for your water supply, you will be responsible for taking the specialized measures that will help to keep your water safe and continuously available for cooking, washing, drinking and other purposes. Your well requires a number of preventative measures to ensure it will provide sanitary water. Here are 3 strategies to help your well system maintain good operation.

1—Avoid Contamination From Toxic Substances

Property owners should take special care to ensure that chemical substances that could contaminate water not be used around well areas. Avoid the use of pesticides, fertilizers, motor oils and paint chemicals around well sites. Make sure well covers are in good repair. If you notice changes in water clarity, odor or taste, contact a well services company to investigate the problem.

2—Use Caution When Maintaining Lawn Areas Around Wells

You always use care when doing routine lawn maintenance around well sites. Careless use of mowers can lead to cracks in the well casing, which can introduce bacteria into the well and may require expensive professional repair. Your well cover should be above ground level, and the ground should slope away from the well to ensure proper drainage. Avoid piling leaves, snow or other materials around the well.

3—Have Your Well Checked Periodically

A checkup is as important for your well as it is for any piece of equipment you use on a daily basis. Any preventative maintenance you do will help to prevent more expensive problems in the future. A reliable water well servicing contractor, like those at Mike's Drilling, can help you with common well problems like broken pumps etc. Don’t try to do well repairs yourself. You may inadvertently introduce bacteria into the well, creating a health hazard for your family. Call in well professionals to ensure repairs are done safely and appropriately.

Your well is a critical home system that requires your careful attention to ensure that it continues to provide clean, healthy water for your family’s use. Many people are not familiar with well maintenance before they purchase a home with a well, so educating yourself on the maintenance needs of this important piece of equipment is a duty every homeowner should undertake immediately. Your local well services company can help you understand the routine needs of your well system. Follow their detailed advice, and you will enjoy untroubled use of your well for many years to come.

LizzieWeakley

Winter HVAC How to Keep Your Home Energy Effcient During Winter.JPG

Being energy efficient does also include saving an extra cash by cutting down energy use other than just those in need of protecting the environment. During winter seasons, a lot of energy goes to waste when maintaining the warmth of the house. Curbing expenses regarding efficient use of power at your home during winter require the following steps.

House Insulation

Air sealing, attics, and walls should get enhanced with additional insulations materials to ensure that walls, windows, and air vents remain appropriately taped up. Insulations guarantee that warm air stay inside and cold air outside hence less energy used to warm the interior environment. Warm air from the house remains held up from escaping out, and correspondingly, cold air from outside stay prevented from getting in. Therefore, there exists a barrier separating the cold exterior environment from a warm interior air.

Replace Previous Home Equipment

Old domestic devices have less energy-efficient models compared to modern and fresh ones which have a lower energy use. Making a replacement or advanced repairs to these pieces of equipment will lower electrical bills hence energy efficiency technologies. The experienced personnel at companies like A & E Heating and AC Inc. are always available and can get to your home and repair the appliances you have ensuring increased energy efficiency at home during winter.

Installing Solar Panels

Solar systems help to reduce the energy costs extensively as it enables you to generate your electrical energy. With this method, home energy gets utilized efficiently during winter hence prevent energy losses. In this case, solar energy replaces power from a usual source as it has total potential in performing a similar function of energy production.

Use of Appliances Economically

When new domestic devices get home, they come with a user manual which guides you when using these energy using gadgets. You should familiarize yourself with proper operation techniques of these gadgets. Additionally, you should reduce their energy costs by minimal use, for example, heating systems should at all times stay used efficiently. Also, they should be switched off when not in use or unplugged completely. As a result, energy used remain lower similarly to expenses.

Energy usage typically increases during winter when warming up the air. Any heating uses energy which at last remains compensated for at any quantity use. Efficient use of power lowers the costs payable resulting into extra savings, especially during winter. Henceforth, to enhance efficient energy use during winter at homes, adopt the techniques mentioned above to the latter.

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The Green Home How Your Roof Can Impact Your Energy Efficency.JPG

 

The roof protects your home interiors from snow, wind, hail, storm, rain and sun. It also ensures that heat from either the outside or inside does not leak to either side. If the roof is energy-inefficient, it may be costing hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs. Here are factors of your roof that may impact on the energy efficiency of your home.

 

The Level of Insulation

Ideally, energy efficiency is ensuring that the temperature out there does not affect the indoor temperature. One of the areas where outdoor temperature may influence your indoor temperature is the roof. The insulation levels in your attic determine whether the house losses some of the cool air during summer or gets cold during summer.

 

Inspect the attic insulation regularly. Install additional insulation when necessary. Quality insulation also protects the roof from damage due to condensation in the attic.

 

Ventilation

Your roof requires some ventilation to offload the excess heat that may be hidden in the attic. During the cold weather, the trapped heat in the attic may thaw the snow prematurely and create ice dams. Ice dams eventually become points of weakness and leakage on the roof. You may end up with expensive leak repairs or roof replacement.

 

During the hot weather, trapped heat may make your cooling systems less efficient. Therefore, it costs you more to cool the house that you should. Moreover, poor ventilation may tap moisture under your roof and cause damage to the holding beans and the roof structure. Trapped moisture can lead to mildew growth and rust on your metallic fixtures.

 

Color

The color of the roof also affects the energy efficiency of your home. Dark-colored roofs usually absorb lots of heat during summer. They can heat up to over 150 F° in a hot summer.

The extra heat is transmitted to the attic and other materials in your home. This increases the indoor temperature thereby raising the energy consumption of your air conditioning systems. You end up paying more to keep your house cool.

 

Consider light-colored roofs or roofs made from light-reflecting materials. You can also seek the help of professional roof contractors such as Stevens Roofing Corporation to help determine best colors to reflect heat. This enhances your energy efficiency and keeps your home cooler.

 

Cut your energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of your home starting with the roof. Install the right roofing when building or refurbishing the house. Check the above elements to lower your energy costs.

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If you’re like most people, you want to live and work in the cleanest, healthiest environment possible. One of the most significant factors in maintaining a comfortable space is by improving your indoor air quality.To help everyone fine-tune their indoor air conditions here are five tips for you.

 

Follow Your HVAC Maintenance Schedule—Your HVAC System is essentially the Control Center for your comfort. Air Conditioning Units last from 10 to 15 years, so getting regular maintenance helps assure that it operates at peak performance when the heat and humidity rises. Additionally, scheduled maintenance helps with early detection of operational issues so you can avoid expensive repairs later.

 

Ductless or Mini-Split AC Units—Ductless and Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units are a convenient and cost-effective way to add cooling capabilities to older homes without traditional ductwork, as well as apartments and workspaces with little or no access to air conditioning. The absence of access to ducts no longer has to be a reason to be uncomfortable and suffer in the sweltering heat. Ductless AC Units from companies like All American Air & Electric, Inc. are affordable, flexible, and can be customized to maximize the air comfort and quality in your home or office.

 

Duct Cleaning—in homes and buildings that use Forced Air Heating and Cooling, ducts play a significant factor in determining overall air quality. Ducts are notorious for collecting dirt, dust, and dander, allergens, and irritants which degrade indoor air quality. Reduce the accumulation all of these contaminants to breathe easier.

 

A UV Light System—for those who are serious about optimizing their indoor air quality, a Continuous Air Purification System (CAPS) offers an ongoing mechanism for air purification using UV light treatment technology. All air gets filtered. Microscopic contaminants including spores, viruses, and other bacteria are trapped, so they don’t get circulated.

 

Portable Air Treatment Systems Investing in a high-quality area air treatment system is an affordable option. They offer an alternative for cleansing the air without making a significant investment. These systems remove odors, bacteria, dust, and dander in the immediate area they’re used.

 

Air quality is something that everyone should be concerned with since it directly affects your health and wellbeing. Regardless of your budget, there are steps you can take to decrease the dust, dander, germs, and irritants that get dispersed throughout your home or office, which result in improved air quality.

 

 

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The cold wind is about to start blowing outdoors, and your home will need to work hard to keep you comfortable and warm indoors. For you to stay warm your home may need to work harder than necessary, and this will inflate your energy bills. However, by making some home renovations before winter, you will save money, boost energy efficiency and add the value of your home in the long run. Listed below are some renovation ideas.

 

Get a More Energy Efficient Furnace

Upgrading to a more reliable and energy efficient furnace is an excellent idea to consider before winter. For instance, you can get a variable speed fan and a gas furnace with a modulating gas valve for consistent warmth at your entire home. This kind of unique technology offered by products such as the Trane XC95m eliminates temperature swings and moderates the energy usage of your system.

 

Change the Furnace Filter

Dirty furnace filters restrict the airflow, hence increasing energy use in your residence. By keeping the furnace clean, properly adjusted and updated, you will a save on heating expenses during winter. For best results, consider replacing or cleaning the filters once every month this winter.

 

Minimize Heat Loss from Windows

According to the Department of Energy, 10-25% of the heating bills every month can be attributed to the heat lost via the home windows. You need to replace your old windows and doors with energy efficient ones. This will prevent the heating system from working hard to manage the desired temperature. Companies such as RWC Windows, Doors & More provide quality products aimed at improving energy efficiency at an affordable cost.

 

Purchase Energy Star Products

Energy appliances use approximately 20% of energy in your home. Because of this, you need to consider buying energy star products. These products use 10-15% less energy compared to other products. This way you will save on utility bills.

 

Install New Flooring

You can easily maintain the temperature and reduce energy costs when you get the right flooring. Rugs and carpets, for instance, can trap heat, keeping your home warmer during winter. Flooring professional can provide options you can rely on to cut energy costs.

 

Consider these ideas to ensure that your home is ready for winter. Some of them might seem like major projects while others are just minor adjustments. In the end, you will realize considerable savings on energy costs.

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As Winter approaches, there are normally a few duties and projects that you do around the house in order to prepare. This year, why not enjoy a warm and toasty home all winter long? If you start today, you can ensure that your home is heated properly for years. Here are three ways that you can make certain that your heat is working properly.

 

Infrared Camera Service:

A few years ago, people put together infrared cameras that could sense minute differences in temperature. Many of those cameras found their way to remodeling contractors that use them to point at your home from all angles so that they can show you specifically where your home is losing heat.

 

The warmer that it is near the outside of your home, the more warmth you are losing- and the more money that you are losing. Therefore, when a contractor finds a flawed spot and repairs it, you will see automatic savings on your heating bill.

 

Pipe Wrapping:

Another annoyance for some homeowners is that they have one or two rooms in their house that are never heated properly because somehow the air that gets to them is a few degrees cooler than the air that they get in other rooms.

 

This type of problem normally occurs because most of the pipes on the way to those rooms have not been wrapped properly. A secondary cause could be that the foil pipe itself has a rip or tear in it. Having a trusted professional like those from A & E Heating and AC Inc. work on your home heating system, you should be able to have the full potential of your furnace restored to all the rooms in your house.

 

Furnace Optimization:

Furnace optimization is another service that companies like a & E Heating provide because it ensures that your furnace will not break down on you during the course of the Winter, and it might also identify other areas in your heating system that you are losing hot air.

 

One of the most common areas near a furnace that might need patching is on the pipe that leaves the boiler or furnace itself. One nice thing about asking for experts to come out and optimize your service is that they are very efficient and won’t take long to both find and fix what is necessary.

 

So if you are looking at keeping your home warm this winter, consider calling and setting up an appointment. Staying warm and saving money can be a good combination.

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The Green Business How to Make Sure Your Company is Energy Efficient.JPG

Energy conservation has become an essential part of doing business. The American Council for Energy Efficiency states that office equipment has some of the highest electricity consumption rates at 7% of the total commercial electric power. Businesses must, therefore, find ways to minimize the amount of energy utilized to not only save money but also reduce carbon footprint. Many opportunities exist for entrepreneurs to drive their companies towards green business.

 

 

Equipment Use

Your enterprise can save energy by switching to laptops instead of desktops. Computers are necessary in every office building, but that doesn’t mean you can’t minimize the amount of power they use. Laptops consume less power than desktops plus they don’t have to be plugged in all the time.

 

 

For other office equipment like photocopiers, printers and POS systems, always buy energy-rated products. Provide proper maintenance to ensure that all devices are running optimally for maximum efficiency. Installing energy efficient lighting fixtures is effective as well. Occupant sensors can help turn lights off and on, which eliminates wastage.

 

 

Green Company Culture

It’s not enough to have energy efficient light bulbs and proper insulation in your commercial premises, the people who work there must do more to build an eco-friendly business. Adopt a corporate culture that encourages energy conservation in every form like going paperless.

 

 

Employees can use emails, phones plus other messaging apps for communication and apply electronic signature for important documents. Workers should take advantage of the power management settings on computers to save power when machines are idle. Reducing office waste is another concept that can help your enterprise develop a more eco-friendly culture.

 

 

Energy Efficient Buildings

For a company that owns a building, LEED certification is one way to turn the entity eco-friendly. Commercial property owners are steadily moving towards green construction by using materials, designs, and operations that are sustainable. A good number of business premises are now LEED certified, and your enterprise can rent space in one.

 

 

The Green Globes rating system is another recognized standard that you can use to gauge the sustainability of your commercial building. Industrial businesses can also do their part by implementing environmentally friendly solutions in their operations such as green transformers from a provider like Solomon Corporation. From offices to factories to hotels, business owners can earn Energy Star status and ensure that their premises conserve energy as much as possible.

 

 

Everyone has a responsibility to save energy and company management can implement various ways for individuals to pitch in. Simple actions like unplugging laptops and phones once they charge can help your company with its energy efficiency efforts.

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As the world becomes more educated on the importance of sustainability, more people are trying to implement the knowledge into everyday living by recycling, saving water and eco-friendly buildings. One of the most recent sustainable solutions in the construction industry is using cool metal roofing which is basically a roof designed to reflect and re-emit back sunlight and heat instead of absorbing it like other roofing materials.

How Cool Roofs are Made

Cool metal roofs are made from tin, aluminum, steel or copper and then covered with a highly reflective white paint, sheet covering or reflective shingles. A cool roof can stay around 55 degrees Fahrenheit during summer while ordinary roof goes as high as 150 degrees Fahrenheit reducing your energy bill by 40%. Companies like Wespol have been at the forefront of installing sustainable roofing solutions and insulation for commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

1. They Do Not Absorb Heat

Unlike other roofing materials, cool roofs reflect sunlight and re-emit the heat back into the atmosphere immediately instead of absorbing it. This means that even on the hottest day, the building under that roof will remain cool and there will be no need to use an air conditioner or other cooling gadgets. The coating used in the best cool roofing can reflect and re-emit up to 90% solar radiation away from your building.

2. Prevent Urban Heat Island Effect

Once the heat has been absorbed by the building and the roof, it has to be emitted slowly into the air overnight and this causes a heat island effect which means the entire area will feel hot and more power will be needed to cool. However, there is no heat absorbed by a building when you have cool roofing so the effect will be prevented.

3. Reduce Peak Energy Use

Peak electricity demand happens when a lot of buildings are used too much power to cool or heat and it causes power outages. Cool roofs can prevent pea energy use and preserve your backup generator.

Other Benefits of Cool Roofs

  • Metal is very tough and durable so you will get unmatched longevity.

  • Metal roofs can withstand the worst of Mother Nature.

  • Metal roofs are fire-resistant and impervious to pests.

  • Metal is highly sustainable because it can be recycled severally.



Metal roofing is a great cost-saving investment that will not only benefit your household but the environment as well. It is a green home product with Energy Star and LEED Ratings so you know the benefits are real.

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The fall and winter season is the coldest time of the year when harsh weather conditions are common. For many households, it can be difficult to stay warm and cozy without causing your energy bill to increase dramatically. If you want to keep your home energy-efficient without sacrificing your level of comfort, there are a few important steps to take.

Eliminate Drafts

Drafts that are present in the home can increase your energy usage and make the heater work harder as it attempts to raise the temperature of the interior setting. Eliminate drafts by caulking holes or cracks that are present, which can allow air to enter the home and also escape it, according to energy.gov.

Tune Up Your HVAC Unit

Hire a professional to inspect your HVAC unit before the fall season arrives to determine if any issues are present with it. They can examine the parts and clean up the system to ensure that it runs more efficiently during the colder months of the year. You can also have heating oil delivered to your front door from a company like Bucksfuel.com to ensure that you keep your energy costs low with a convenient service that will allow you to stay indoors. The furnace filter should also be replaced once a month or every few weeks, depending on how frequently it's used.

Cook in the Oven

Using the oven to cook casseroles and baked goods is an easy way to feed your family while also heating the interior setting. You can enjoy comfort food throughout the fall and winter seasons while reducing the use of your HVAC system when the oven is in use.

Use the Fireplace

Rely on the fireplace to stay warm and cozy with wood that can be burned to heat the home. The fireplace will keep your energy usage to a minimum and is a natural way of keeping the chill away on gloomy days.

You can also set the thermostat to prevent it from fluctuating throughout the day. Turning it down by 10 degrees will also allow you to save while sleeping at night when extra blankets can be used to stay warm.

Keeping your energy usage low doesn't mean that you have to freeze during the fall and winter season. With the right steps taken, you can reduce your global footprint and avoid spending more to create a cozy setting that is comfortable to spend time in until spring arrives.

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Thousands of hours are spent powering buildings day and night. Running a business includes running the building and paying attention to the energy bills. You will notice a big difference when you make a few minor changes in the way you handle electricity. Increase the amount of energy you save every day using these few tips.

Retrofits and LED Lights

Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is designed to use less energy to power the lights. The fixtures last for several decades with minimal maintenance. Incandescent light bulbs are being phased out and replaced by LED lights that are manufactured in different colors and sizes.

Retrofits improve energy efficiency by replacing outdated fixtures. Retrofitting includes the use of new lights, thermostats and windows. Find energy-efficient LED lights and retrofits from brands like
Always Earth Friendly.

Increase savings by installing motion sensors that switch on and off whenever someone walks by. There is little more effort needed after the first installation. Use timers to turn the lights on automatically at preset times.


Surge Protectors

Many appliances run continuously without being turned off, which wastes large amounts of electricity in the building. Use a surge protector to save energy and cut monthly bills in half. The device prevents the damage made by spikes that are caused by blackouts and lightning strikes.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat helps you to avoid paying for unused heating and cooling bills. Set timers to turn the system on and off at certain times of the day. Most people do not realize that they waste energy by heating or cooling rooms that are unused. A thermostat with zoning technology works to prevent this problem.

Electrical Appliances

Energy-saving appliances are easy to use and install in any home or building. Find appliances clearly marked with energy-saving labels at many stores. Like surge protectors, invest in appliances that reduce your energy bills by half and require little maintenance.

Another option is to measure the amount of household energy usage. A smart meter tells you about all of the electrical events that occur throughout the day. Learn how to save energy during peak hours that lead to higher costs.

Going green is an easy effort that is beneficial for any business. It takes little effort to switch incandescent lights with LED versions. Instead of remembering to turn off the lights, use motion sensors that work automatically. It takes only a few small changes to transform your energy savings.

 

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Energy is an important component to keep a business running smoothly. No company can operate without energy. The energy used by most businesses emanates from combustion of fossils fuels like coal, natural gas and oil. However, this energy has some harmful effect as it produces greenhouse gases which are harmfully to the surrounding. The most common gas produced by human activities is carbon dioxide. Therefore, it is advisable to use a boiler system to reduce carbon dioxide emission among other advantages which include;

1. Economical

When operating a business one of the factors to consider is the cost. This is done by cost-benefit analysis where you determine the difference between cost and profit gained. A boiler system helps in reducing the cost on energy. It consists of a tank, cylinders, pump and a piping system. These components harness, store and convey energy to where it’s needed in the company. There is less operating cost since the water used is recycled over and over again. On the other hand energy is stored and transported effectively and efficiently with minimal loses.

2. Produces Clean Energy


Everyone loves clean environment and clean energy is one way to ensure the surround is clean. The energy produced by a boiler system is mostly heat which is conveyed in form of steam or hot water through pipes. This means that it is free from dust and other particles hence making it clean. Therefore a boiler system produces environmental friendly energy.

3. Reduce Environmental Hazards

Environmental degradation and dirtying the surround causes many businesses to fall. This is due to the fact that people living around a certain business will be affected by the company’s emissions especially when it is producing energy. These emissions are commonly carbon dioxide produced when burning fossil fuel. Installing a boiler system or renting a mobile one from firms like Nationwide Boiler help reduce these carbon dioxide emissions.

4. Easy to Install

This is facilitated by the fact that boilers appear in different forms. These include; temporary plant boilers and fixed boilers system among others. Therefore, one can get a boiler depending on how long they want to use it.


Boiler systems have advantages compared to other heating system available like furnace. As we have seen above boilers store energy to be used and their raw material which is water is recycled. Also clean energy and environment friendly energy is produced.

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Improving your home’s energy efficiency not only saves you money, it increases your comfort year-round. These five tips offer durable ways to lower the amount of energy it takes to cool and heat it. Some are do-it-yourself projects, while others require the help of a specialized contractor.

Energy Recovery Ventilator

These affordable HVAC appliances exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air without increasing energy costs. The energy recovery ventilator (ERV) traps the energy in the outgoing air and puts it into the incoming air. ERVs also remove humidity from the incoming air, which lightens the cooling load in the summer.

Window Sealing Kits

Unless you have thermal or Energy Star windows, you could be losing a good deal of heat to the outdoors during the winter. Clear plastic window sealing kits are available from home centers and online stores. They don’t interfere with the view and block air leaks and thermal transfer to the outdoors.

Air Leaks and Ice Dams

The air leaks from the ceilings into the attic reduce energy efficiency, and for the most part, they’re easy to seal with caulk and expanding foam. Besides the heated air that escapes into the attic into the winter, air leaks from the ceilings cause ice dams in the winter.

Once you’ve sealed the air leakage, check over the integrity of the gutters. If they’re clogged or broken, rain or snowmelt won’t be able to drain quickly, which could also trigger ice dams. Companies like
Innovations Siding & Windows can inspect your gutters and siding to make sure your home will withstand the damage that moisture causes to the attic or the envelope.

Shade Screens

Popular in the southern states for their ability to block solar heat on south- and west-facing windows, shade screens are effective in any climate. Screening materials are available online or at home centers. Some eliminate 90 percent of the heat entering through the glass. They don’t block the view and most homeowners take them down in the fall to take advantage of solar passive heating.

Solar Cooking

Cooking outdoors with a solar cooker on a hot sunny day requires no fuel. Solar cooking is an inexpensive and effective way to harness the power of the sun to cut energy consumption and produce delicious food.

Bottom Line

These suggestions will help you deal with the climate unique to this area. They won’t break the bank, and even if you need an expert, are easy to execute and will last for years.

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