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LizzieWeakley

Your Well Water Supply How to Keep it Green and Clean.JPG

Well water is not processed in the same way as a municipal water supply. Since there is no water treatment plant, you will have to take action to protect your well water. These four tips can help you to keep your well water supply clean and healthy.

Avoiding Pesticides and Herbicides
Although you will not be able to control what your neighbors do on their property, it is a good idea to avoid using pesticides and herbicides on yours. These chemicals can leach into the groundwater and contaminate your well water supply. Even a low quantity of these chemicals could lead to serious health consequences. If you must use an herbicide or pesticide, look for one that has been extensively tested and shown to be non-toxic.

Well Maintenance and Repairs
Even if the groundwater itself is clean, a malfunctioning well could introduce contaminants. Well pumps require some lubricants in order to pump in sub-freezing temperatures. Improper placement of the lubricant could cause some to contaminate the water. Bacterial, parasitic or viral growth could also occur in the water because of a pump malfunction. Be sure to schedule regular well pump maintenance and repairs.

Testing Your Well Water
Testing your well water is critical for your family's health and safety. The testing process should be done once every one to two years. Keep copies of the results so that you can track any changes over the course of time. Each state has different hazards that may be present in the water. Companies like the
Water Systems Council offer guidance on a state by state basis so that you can determine which types of tests are needed for your location.

Septic Maintenance
Most people with well water also have a septic tank for the processing of waste water. Be sure that your septic tank is located away from the well, preferable downstream from it. Regular septic system maintenance is key to ensuring that none of the raw sewage is able to escape from the pipes or tanks and reach the well. Be sure to schedule a septic tank pumping service about every three years.

A clean and green supply of well water is essential to your health. Keeping contaminants off of your property and scheduling regular maintenance will help to keep the well's pump and your septic system working properly. Regularly testing your water will provide you with the information you need and the peace of mind that comes from knowing your water is safe.

LizzieWeakley

Your Office Space How to Make Your Place of Business More Energy Efficient.JPG

The amount you pay for energy can directly affect your profits. This is especially true if you own a small or medium-sized business because of the way the profit structures work. If you want to lower your energy bills, you can start out with focusing on the efficiency of your business. There are different things you can do to protect your business from huge spikes in energy usage!

Fix Your Lighting

Lights can be one of the biggest draws on energy. Harsh fluorescent lighting isn’t just hated by employees all around the country, it’s also expensive to use! You can switch your lights out for LEDs that are just as illuminating as their fluorescent counterparts. You will get more life from the LED bulbs too.

Consider Your Climate Control

Whether you have air conditioning in your office or not, it’s important to make sure the climate control works the right way. Using a system like a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning is a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of the energy you use. Find a system that’s energy efficient and use it the correct way to get the most out of it.

Use the Right Equipment

Computers, printers and other office tools can use a lot of energy. You may want to switch your computers out for ones that are energy efficient. There are other things you can do to ensure you are saving energy with your computers and other equipment. It might be a good idea to make these changes so you don’t have to worry about the issues that come from having energy-draining computers and other equipment.

Encourage Employees

Get all your employees involved with energy efficiency. Encourage your employees to make small steps with you so they can help make the office more energy efficient. It may be a good idea to create small rewards so employees have something to work for when they’re taking steps toward a more efficient office.

Make Small Upgrades

Making huge changes all at one time will have a big impact on your office, but it can be costly and complicated. If you want to make sure you’re doing the best job possible at making your office more energy efficient, make small changes.

By making your office more efficient, you’re setting yourself up for a better profit margin. The more energy efficient your office is, the more you’ll save on energy bills.

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.

LizzieWeakley

Why You Should Be Using Propane to Heat Your Office Building.JPG

 

Running a business means making a lot of important decisions on a daily basis. However, one thing many business owners tend to not think about is how they’re heating their office. One choice that has many benefits that you should certainly consider during the colder months of the year is heating your office with propane.

It Helps the Environment

When people think of eco-friendly fuel sources, propane does not usually come to mind. However, it is a green alternative fuel recognized by the government. One reason why is because it escapes as a gas and doesn’t leave any physical residue as pollution. Propane exhaust also creates 70 percent less smog and hydrocarbons than burning gasoline does. It is far less toxic than other carbon based fuels.

It’s Economical

Another great thing about using propane to heat your office is that it can help slash your overhead expenses. You should be aware that propane is far cheaper when used to heat a building than electricity is. In fact, the cost savings can be as much as 50 percent. Propane water heaters are a much better deal than electric. You can also insure that you save even more money by wrapping your propane water heater in a
Powerblanket. This added insulation will prevent heat loss and increase the efficiency of your heating system.

It’s Convenient

One great thing about propane is that it does not require a lot of maintenance. One propane tank can last for as long as 40 years. It’s a long term solution, and the investment can begin to pay off quite decently versus other more expensive heating options.

It’s Dependable

Once you install your propane powered heating system into your office, it should provide consistent heat for decades. Other heating sources may not be as dependable. For example, if you depend on electricity to heat your office, you could be prone to losing heat during power outages. Power outages, of course, are common in the winter when harsh weather destroys power lines. With a propane tank, your office will still be heated even during an outage. It’s dependable and provides some safety for your employees if an outage were to occur.

There are many benefits to using propane to heat your office during cold winter months. It’s cheap, environmentally friendly, convenient and dependable energy. If you are moving to a new office, consider installing a propane tank to provide the energy you need. Converting your current heating system to propane may be an excellent idea as well.

LizzieWeakley

Todays' consumers champion business owners with environmentally-friendly practices. Business owners that haven't made an effort to manage their environmental impact stand to lose customers, fail to meet federal requirements and lose money. Considering making the move to become more eco-minded? Read on for four ways to do just that.

Going Green Improves Sales

With over $40 billion spent annually on green products, businesses that aren't cashing in on being environmentally-friendly are missing out. As consumers are looking to lead healthier lives and purchase more sustainable products, they're searching for the best companies to shop with. By investing in more sustainable products and practices, businesses' bottom lines will benefit as their sales continue to climb.

Eco-Friendly Practices Meet Federal Requirements

Consumers aren't the only ones choosing to put the environment first. In the next few years, more federal requirements will demand business owners to comply with laws that protect the environment. By revamping their businesses now to reduce their impact on the environment in the future, business owners will already be ahead of the game when it comes time for the government to enact these new rules.

For a full understanding of how to meet these regulations, businesses can work with consultation companies that perform Phoenix, AZ ESA inspections. These companies assess a business' ability to meet environmental regulatory compliance. With these services, businesses that are committed to reducing their impact on the environment will be able to better gauge how to do exactly that.

Improved Recycling Efforts Save Money

Businesses that haven't made the effort to promote recycling should start to do so now. Recycling office materials like paper, plastic bags and bottles, office supplies, printer cartridges, and more will help to eliminate their carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. As they make more of a dedicated effort to recycle, these businesses can take things a step further by going paperless altogether. As most larger companies spend $120 billion annually on printed forms, cutting out the use of paper can have a huge financial impact. Small businesses stand to save money as well by going paperless, discouraging printing, reusing paper, using paperless marketing, and storing all data online.

Sustainable Practices Will Attract a New Demographic

Brands that aren't sustainability-minded often don't realize that choosing to be eco-friendly will make them more attractive to a new demographic: shoppers that only support green companies. Businesses looking to expand their consumer base can do just that by prioritizing sustainable practices. By committing to being eco-friendly, companies will be able to win the support of passionate shoppers that value sustainable products.

Sustainability has a greater effect than most business owners realize. By choosing to better their impact on the environment, business owners help to improve the world at large, better their business practices, comply with federal regulations, and appeal to new customers as well.

Why Businesses Need to Manage Their Impact on the Environment.JPG

LizzieWeakley

Well Water How to Make Sure it Stays Clean and Drinkable.JPG

 

If you own a home supplied with well water, you are in a surprisingly large company. According to the EPA, approximately 15% of Americans get their water from a private source. But with it comes responsibility. You don’t have a city service regulating your water. Taking short cuts or not knowing what you are doing could lead to bad-tasting water, or even severe illness. You can take several steps to help make sure you and your family keep drinking clean refreshing water.

Research

Call a local water expert or check the EPA website or a company like
Water Systems Council to find out about common water contamination in your neighborhood. Wells can be a source of a variety of contaminants, some are nature-borne, and others are attributed to humans. One of the most common infiltrators is bacteria. Most of these microscopic organisms are harmless to humans, but some, such as E coli could cause serious illness. You will also want to test for water hardness, concentration of minerals, and other contaminants such as pesticides and nitrites, which in high doses, can be dangerous when consumed by infants.

Know State Regulations

State regulations on private wells vary. Check with your local water expert or local health department for your state’s policies or guidelines on water testing. In some states, you may need to obtain a permit for your private well. Other states require a home seller to pay for a water test and show the results to potential buyers. Your state may also require an annual testing of your well water. IF that is the case, make sure you get a complete explanation on what the results mean.

Keep Test Results

Keep all of your test records and any other problems or inconsistencies in your water. Check for bad taste, odd color, visible contaminants or foul smell. After a while, you will probably find patterns in your well water, making them easier to eliminate. And showing personal and professional records to a potential buyer will give you some added leverage in the negotiation.

Owning your own well can be wonderfully satisfying to a home owner. If properly cleaned, well water tastes better and because you don’t have a monthly water bill, is economical. But you must follow cleaning and state guidelines. Doing so will greatly increase your odds of maintaining a well that will meet all the needs of you and your family.

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

Understanding How Eco-Friendly Cars are More Beneficial to our Environment.JPG

 

Whether you are thinking about converting to an electric or hybrid car or simply making a few green changes to your existing ride, eco-friendly cars are significantly more beneficial to the environment. You might be surprised by a few of the benefits and additional perks.

Environmental Benefits

When you use less gasoline, it creates a positive environmental chain reaction. The first perspective most people consider is the immediate reduction in emissions which directly affects the reduction of pollution. This is increasingly important in cities with high pollution and smog which is negatively affecting quality of life of millions of people and creating significant health problems in children and adults alike. It also directly affects the state of the ecosystem. When you use less gasoline or eliminate your need altogether, you will decrease the demand for new drilling and pipelines which can have devastating environmental repercussions whether it be land, air or sea.

Another benefit resulting from a reduced demand for oil is that it greatly reduces the number of short-haul and long-haul trucks on the road which release even more environmental-destroying emissions than your car. When you reduce or eliminate your need for gasoline, you are actually taking more vehicles off the road than simply your own. You can also choose a number of ways to make your existing car more eco-friendly. You might choose refurbished or recycled materials for everything from tires to car seats. These are materials that are typically taken to landfills and pollute the ground which can, in turn, eventually pollute ground water.

Additional Perks

In addition to saving the environment, you will also be able to save money. You do not have to buy a new car to go green. You can start by using ethanol gasoline, which is often less expensive than premium. Also, routine maintenance allows your existing vehicle to operate cleaner and longer than normal. To save more money, check the
daily updated carparts.com coupon codes and other sites that provide discounts on the car parts upgrades and the replacements you need to make your existing vehicle environmentally friendly. And, do not forget that the government provides tax rebates to people who buy environmentally friendly vehicles.

Every effort you make to create a more eco-friendly car will help save the environment. All it takes to start is to replace old tires or an old muffler. After that, you can work up to more significant changes to have an even greater impact. Each person does make a difference.

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

The Warehouse Environment How to Become More Energy-Efficient During Summer.JPG

The warehouse environment can be really hard to be energy efficient. If you’re running a warehouse, it’s so important to focus on energy efficiency so you don’t have to worry about all the issues that could come from overheating and wasting energy.

Think of Electric Usage

If there are areas in your warehouse that would benefit from lowering the usage on them, take advantage of that! There are so many ways you can lower your energy usage just be thinking about what you’re using it for and what you’re doing that’s causing you to use more energy. It’s a good idea to always keep energy usage in mind.

Upgrade Machinery If Necessary

By upgrading your machinery, you can save a lot of energy. The chances are you probably need to upgrade different machines anyways. Many new systems come with features that make them easier on energy. They could actually boost the efficiency of your warehouse overall instead of just helping you save on the energy you use to run it.

Check Your Cooling System

If you use a cooling system in your warehouse, the chances are it might not be up to date. If you haven’t done regular maintenance or if the system is simply old, you might need to do something about that. Using a company like MTA Australasia can help you determine whether the cooling is working or if it’s just sucking out all the energy you have for the warehouse.

Recruit Employees to Help

Get your employees on board with your energy efficiency goal. If you recruit employees to help you lower your energy usage, it might help you save energy and money in the long run. By doing this, you’ll make sure you’re helping yourself run a company that is successful.

Take Small Steps at First

Don’t get overwhelmed with your own energy efficiency goals. Just taking small steps toward a more efficient warehouse can help you save a lot of energy. It’s a good idea to always keep this in mind when you’re starting out with energy efficiency. If you know what you want to do, figure out a plan to take small steps to get there.

 

Energy efficiency should be an important part of any warehouse. By focusing on what you need to do with your warehouse to make it more energy efficient, you can save yourself a lot of trouble that could come from not having an energy efficient warehouse.

LizzieWeakley

The warehouse is a very important element of the supply chain for nearly any company that produces a tangible product. However, a lot of money can also be lost with how businesses maintain their warehouses. Part of this loss comes from a lack of energy efficiency. This inefficiency can also have a negative impact on the environment. With this in mind, below are some strategies you can use to keep your warehouse operations more energy efficient.

 

Update Warehouse Lighting

One of the biggest expenses and energy wasters for warehouses is lighting. Heating and lighting together account for 64 percent of energy use in most warehouses. Investigate different strategies for bringing lighting costs down. Implement more cost efficient choices like LED and T5 lighting. Also add motion sensors so lighting is only activated when it’s needed. If your warehouse is automated, you may not need to run the lights at all.

 

 

Update Warehouse Heating

Heating costs also take up a large portion of warehouse expense. Old furnaces and boilers do not run very well. They expend a lot of energy to heat a huge space like a warehouse very slowly. You should consider updating to a more energy efficient choice such as a fire tube steam boiler. Such a boiler can provide more energy efficiency compared to other boiler designs thanks to the use of many small tubes that provide more surface area to be heated for the same amount of boiler volume.

 

 

Check Windows and Doors

Temperature control is a big expense for warehouses. If a warehouse is not kept at a specific temperature, it may result in the spoilage of the goods stored within. Energy use for heat and air conditioning to maintain those temperatures in such a big space can be substantial. One way to lower the burden of your heating and cooling system is to check windows and doors in the warehouse to see if there are any gaps allowing cool or warm air to escape. Installing things like weather stripping may fix the problem.

 

 

Overall, you may not be aware of all the many different ways your warehouse is wasting energy. This can impact the environment as well as your bottom line. Make sure to perform efficiency audits on a routine basis to assess if there are any steps you can take to increase your warehouse’s energy efficiency. You may be oblivious to some of the lead causes of your warehouse’s energy inefficiency.

LizzieWeakley

The Power of the Sun How to Take Charge of Your Electricity Usage.JPG

The price of electricity seems to be going up every year. Energy usage is a variable cost that the vast majority of Americans are responsible for. The cost of energy can vary by region, time of year, and how the electricity is generated. There are a few ways that homeowners and renters can take charge of their electricity use. We will go over some of the best ways to do so in this article.

Reduce Your Total Energy Usage

In order to reduce your monthly payments to the energy company, you must reduce your total energy usage. This will ensure that you are less dependent on outside energy if you decide to make the switch to self-generation. A good way to cut your energy use is to install a smart system. This system will help you to monitor your energy use and find out where you are expending the most electricity.

 

A smart system can also self-manage and turn off lights, thermostats, etc. When not being used. Replacing older appliances can also go a long way towards reducing energy use. Many states and even the federal government offer rebates and discounts for people who opt to replace their old, inefficient appliances with more energy efficient versions. The power reductions are nice and many people take advantage of these programs to get an upgraded unit at a subsidized price.

 

Invest in a Solar System

Upwards of 80 percent of the United States is currently considered viable for solar power, and that number is growing. The cost of solar panels, installation and maintenance has dropped over the past decade, largely due to consolidation at the top of the market and emerging technologies. Solar panel installation is now as common as a satellite dish or roofing job.

 

A solar system has never been cheaper to install, or more efficient at generating and storing power. The only way to truly take charge of your electricity usage is to become independent of the grid. Solar power allows you to use sunlight to generate power for your home instead of drawing from the grid. In some states you can even send energy back into the grid for a payment or credit towards your next bill.

 

If you want to become truly energy independent solar power is your best bet. The sun showers our planet with massive amounts of energy 24/7, it makes good ecological and financial sense to use that energy to become less dependent on the grid.

LizzieWeakley

The Man Cave How to Make Your Garage More Energy Efficient.JPG

Having a man cave is a great way to make your family life better. It gives you privacy and a place to be a guy without interruptions. However, it can also be an energy hog. From televisions to sound systems and more, you need a way to make your man cave more energy efficient so it doesn’t break the budget. Here are five great ideas to get your started.

 

Lighting

Your man cave might have a variety of specialty lighting. Some of it is for mood, while some of it is for being able to see well. This is true whether you plan on gaming with the guys, doing your own projects, or simply wanting a bright space. However, you should consider switching to more energy efficient bulbs that output the same amount of light without using up all of your electricity.

 

Sound

You don’t need to break the bank to get a better sound system. When you invest a little more, you are buying a better efficiency ratio while not sacrificing the sound quality. This means you can enjoy surround sound and integration of your phone, computer, and tv while loving the whole experience and especially the reduction of electricity costs that it brings.

 

Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are one of the main parts of your home that leak energy like crazy. Something from a provider that offers better sealing and energy efficiency like Edelen Door can do the trick of giving a beautiful entry without the leakage that occurs in most doors and windows in homes all around the country.

 

Solar Power

Installing solar panels on your roof is not for everybody. However, it can be a great way to make things more efficient. Not only are they green technology, but they pay you back year over year.

 

Insulation

Your walls in your garage are not very energy efficient. This is, unless of course, you have the proper insulation. Investing a little more in insulation now will save you a lot in the long run.

 

When it comes to having your man cave in the garage, it is something that you can cherish for a long time to come. However, you don’t want to make the mistake of paying for more energy than you need to. Then, your getaway simply becomes another huge bill to pay at the end of the month. So save your wallet by using the simple tips above to get more energy efficiency out of your manly space.

LizzieWeakley

The Industrial Workplace 5 Ways to Make it More Energy-Efficient.JPG

Making an industrial workplace more energy efficient can seem like an impossible task. Don’t get overwhelmed. There are things you can do to ensure your workplace is as energy efficient as possible.

Consider Your Heating and Cooling Source

If you’re heating and cooling your industrial workspace, you could be wasting a lot of energy. Unless it absolutely needs to be heated or cooled, you should make sure you are using as little energy as possible on the heating and cooling. If you absolutely need to have your space climate controlled, you should consider using a system that is more energy efficient.

Try a New Transformer

If you don’t have an industrial transformer, your industrial workplace is not as efficient as it could be. You need to make sure the transformer is designed for the things you need and that has to be a part of what you use to make it the best it can be. You also need to consider where it is and how much of a load there is on it. Even industrial transformers might get overloaded if you don’t have the right size.

Upgrade Your Equipment

The equipment you use in your industrial workplace can have a huge impact on the energy in the workplace. It’s important to be sure you’re using the right equipment that has the most energy efficiency. No matter what you plan on using, you can get better efficiency if you have the best equipment possible.

Get Employees Involved

In an industrial workplace, employees doing things can make a huge difference. By getting employees involved, you can help them make the right choices to lower their energy usage. You may also even be able to reward them for the best energy usage options if you want.

Take Very Small Steps

Small steps can make a huge difference for people who are in an industrial space that is big. It’s a good idea to take small steps to help your workplace save energy and get more options from the efficiency. There are things you can do—like getting automatic restroom lights—that will save energy in your building. Small steps can make a world of difference.

While there are many things you can do to help increase the efficiency of your industrial workplace, using all these steps will make it the best it can be. It’s a good idea to try different things to see which works for your efficiency.

LizzieWeakley

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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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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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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Two of the biggest threats to the world today are global warming and pollution. If these threats are to be averted, action is required from all sectors of civilization. The business world certainly shoulder’s a large portion of this responsibility. Just because you own a business does not mean your impact on the environment has to be cumulatively negative. Below are a few ways companies can help to clean up the environment.

 

Convert to Paperless

One of the biggest impacts businesses have on the environment is the amount of paper they waste. Offices in the United States use a whopping 12.1 trillion pieces of paper every year. That much paper requires scores of trees to be cleared. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Anything that can be printed out can be replicated as digital files. Certainly consider going paperless at all levels of your company.

 

Recycle As Much As Possible

Many companies create an inordinate amount of waste during the production processes used to create the products they sell to consumers. This waste goes on to be buried in landfills and presents a long term threat to the environment and even the safety of human beings through contamination to underground water supplies. While it may seem like a cliché, you should try to recycle as much as possible. Obtain skip bins for recycling and research exactly how much of your waste can be shipped off to a recycling center.

 

Purchase Carbon Offsets

In some cases, it’s unrealistic for companies to have no impact on the environment due to the production processes needed to create their product or service. However, it is still possible for those companies to take action to help offset that negative impact. For the amount of carbon you release into the atmosphere, your company can invest in an equal amount of carbon emissions reduction in another location. This way, your own negative impact is negated.

 

Organize a Carpool

Another way companies negatively affect the environment is indirectly through all the carbon that must be released into the atmosphere to allow employees to commute to and from work. Consider organizing a carpool program for your employees. It can lower your employees’ impact on air quality significantly.

 

Businesses are responsible for a good amount of the pollution on earth. They have a huge responsibility to help solve problems like pollution and global warming. Make sure your company is doing its part to solve these serious problems.

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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.

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Solar energy has become more popular in recent years because of its many advantages. Instead of getting power from electricity or gas, solar energy comes directly from the sun and can provide your home with adequate power. Here are five of the main reasons why you should consider switching to solar energy. 

Less Expensive 
Even though you’ll probably need to invest a large amount of money to have your solar equipment installed, solar energy will likely end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. Gas and electricity are more expensive power sources, and switching to solar energy can reduce your utility bills dramatically. Since the power comes from the sun, no additional expense is needed to harvest the energy other than the money that you put into your own equipment. 

Incentives and Tax Breaks 
Some states also offer incentives and tax breaks to people who choose solar power. This is done as a way to encourage and reward people for using renewable energy. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a policy known as the solar investment tax credit (ITC) allows you to claim a deduction on your federal taxes. 

Better for the Environment 
Solar energy is considered to be a much cleaner power source because it doesn’t harm air quality or emit other pollutants that can harm the land and water. You won’t be releasing carbon emissions into the air and increasing your carbon footprint when you switch to solar energy. Since solar energy is renewable, you’ll be putting less strain on the planet’s resources when you use it. 

Increased Home Value 
The resale value of your home will likely increase significantly when you use solar energy. Your solar panels will give your home a more modern look and make your property an attractive investment for potential buyers who want to save money on energy costs. A solar panel installation company can install equipment in a way that will look aesthetically appealing for your home and possibly attract more prospective buyers. 

Job Creation 
You can even do your part to help your local economy by creating more jobs when you use solar energy. Other people in your community may be enticed to switch to solar energy, and this may increase the number of jobs by putting more demand on the industry. Many solar energy positions are highly specialized and can’t be outsourced, which can also help the American economy. 

You’ll be doing something good for yourself and the world around you when you choose solar energy. Switching to solar energy will be one of the wisest investments that you’ll make for your home.

 

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Generating energy to power our homes and businesses, especially in the United States, is an expensive task, both economically and environmentally. The best way to produce that power is the topic of many research studies that seek to keep the process of energy production as efficient as possible. Solar power is quickly becoming a more reliable, affordable, and cleaner way to power your home.

The Old Way of Generating Power
Most energy produced in the US today is produced by coal- or natural gas-powered plants. These are fossil fuels, which emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when burned. This is the number one cause of climate change.

Producing energy produced by fossil fuels is a dying industry. Jobs in this industry are historically some of the most dangerous jobs you can have. Each year it employs fewer and fewer people.

The Greener Cleaner Way to Power Your Home
Solar energy is at the beginning of a revolution. Just as coal powered the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries, solar along with other renewable sources will power the 21st Century. The price of making and installing solar panels drops 20% every time the world capacity for solar power doubles. This means that each year, more and more people can afford to install solar panels on their homes and end up selling energy back to the grid. Companies like
Renogy are making solar power accessible and portable for more and more people all the time.

The true cost to the environment of using solar power is more than you might think. Sure, when the panels are installed and energy is being produced, there is no carbon by-product. Creating the panels, transporting them, and installing them does generate carbon. Solar panels are made of silicone which has a high melting temperature. The power used to create the panels themselves immediately puts the solar panel into a "carbon debt".

Presently, when a new solar panel is produced, it pays off its carbon debt in two years, then continues to produce completely clean energy for decades to come. The current manufacturer's warranty on solar panels is 25 years. After that time, the panels may produce energy less efficiently.

Powering your home with solar energy is a responsible choice for the planet. It can also mean real savings on your utility bills. If you are thinking about making a difference, you should think again about solar.

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You can install a few key items in your home in order to create more renewable energy sources. Some of these things you may already have seen around your own neighborhood. Others are a little more suited to living farther out in your community. Here are some of the ways that you can create renewable energy at your own home.

Solar Panels

Installing solar panels is one of the more common means for homeowners to become energy independent. There are even tax rebates that make this option more affordable for the average installation project. Look into using electrical contractors so that you can get the job done right.

Solar Shingles

A newer take on the solar panel solution is with solar shingle options. These shingles are more reflective in nature than the standard shingles. They function in a similar capacity as their solar panel counterparts. The only distinction is the appearance on your home.

Wind Turbine Possibilities

You may live in an area that would allow you to install a wind turbine system. In some areas of the country, windmill farms are common. This works better on slightly hilly terrain or other high wind areas. The power generated by these windmills can be used to power not only your home, but a whole city.

Geothermal Applications

The implications of geothermal power could revolutionize how you heat or cool your home. A pump is installed that will circulate the air temperature from the earth itself into your home. This works because the temperature in the earth is fairly consistent year round. The pumps also use less energy than standard pumping systems. This makes them more reliable and longer lasting.

Hydropower Generation

In some areas of the country, hydropower is more readily available. You don’t have to live next to a large river in order to harness some of the benefits of hydropower. A water wheel is another way that you can generate a little bit of extra electricity. Micro hydropower is a new take on this process. Groundwater can be used to aid in the generation of renewable energy.

You have to consider your geography as well as the climate to find a source of renewable energy that will provide the most benefit for your home. Investing in any one of these options may more than pay for itself over time. Do some research so that you can find the right home improvement project this summer for a more sustainable future.

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Making sure that your air conditioning system works properly is probably very important to you and your family during the summer months. If you are concerned about your system or if you want to ensure that it works as effectively as possible, however, you shouldn't worry. Instead, follow these tips to get the most out of your air conditioner when dealing with the summer heat.

Block Out the Sun

First of all, if you have the sun shining into your home on a hot, sunny day, it can make the temperatures rise in the house and can make your air conditioning system work that much harder. To give your air conditioner a fighting chance at keeping your home cool and to reduce your cooling bills, it's a good idea to cover up your windows during the daytime so that you can block the sun out. Luckily, there are plenty of light-blocking shades available on the market that can help.

Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced

If you have not hired a company like A-1 American Services to service your air conditioner yet this year, it's a good idea to do so. By hiring a technician to come out now, you can determine if there are any issues with your system. Then, you can ensure that it's working as it is supposed to. This can help prevent system failures on the hottest days of the year, can help your system last longer and can help you prevent having to pay high repair bills later on.

Change Your Filters Regularly

If you aren't in the habit of changing your HVAC system's air filters each and every month, now is the time to get in the habit of doing so. Failing to change your filters can pose a problem because it can prevent your system from being able to do its job properly. It can also affect your indoor air quality. Luckily, these filters are usually pretty affordable to purchase and are typically pretty easy to change, so swapping them out monthly shouldn't be too much of a challenge.

Set Your Thermostat Properly

Using a programmable thermostat so that you aren't cooling an empty home and setting your system to the right temperature can help your unit run more efficiently. Then, you can keep your home cool without driving up your cooling bills too much. It's also a good idea to leave your system alone once it's programmed rather than adjusting it back and forth if you want to maintain a steady, comfortable temperature.

If you are like most people, you probably really rely on your air conditioning system to keep you and your family nice and cool during the hot summer months. However, you might be concerned that your air conditioner is not really working as it should be. Luckily, following these tips can help you get more out of your system.

 

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If you want to have a beautiful community, then you should find ways to keep it clean. Unfortunately, there are people who don’t care about taking care of the environment. However, you can overcome the problems associated with having dirty public areas, especially during the summer.

 

Helping a Senior Citizen Clean a Property

There are likely senior citizens who have a lot of trash on a property, but without any help, the items will degrade, creating additional pollution in the groundwater and soil. You can talk to this neighbor about cleaning up a property to meet certain health codes, and you can find volunteers who will remove the piles of trash.

 

Local Park Cleanups

When your community’s local park has become a disaster zone after a public event such as a free concert, it needs a thorough cleanup. Notify the public about a community cleanup at the local park so that it will become an enjoyable place for children to play. Both children and adults can help clean a local park.

 

Remove Trash from Empty Lots

If your community has numerous empty lots where there were once houses or businesses, then the sites can become locations where people dump excess trash. In some cases, paper trash and beverage cans also collect on abandoned properties when there are rainstorms during the spring. Arrange a Saturday morning cleanup of volunteers who can pick up this accumulation of trash so that an entire neighborhood looks better.

 

Clean a Waterway in Your Community

There are individuals who will throw trash into the local waterways, filling up the streams and ponds with old tires, rusty appliances and other items. The trash that collects in waterways will destroy the natural environment. However, you must choose a time when the weather is dry so that you can remove heavy pieces of trash from the water in a lake or river.

 

Create Community Recycling Stations

When you want to encourage recycling in your community, you can teach your neighbors how to sort different types of trash. First, you will need to arrange dumpster rental so that you can separate plastic, glass and paper items. Your neighbors should learn how to clean and prepare trash for proper recycling.

 

What Else Do You Need for a Community Cleanup?

You will need an assortment of supplies while cleaning anything in your community. In addition to trash bags, you should make sure that volunteers wear protective gloves to prevent cuts on the fingers. A volunteer can also use a mechanical grabbing device to pick up trash from the ground.

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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.

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