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  1. Not only does caring for the environment help the planet, learning how to reduce your emissions and utilize energy more efficiently will help defray costs and wear on your trucks. A big rig has more demands on it than a standard truck. Some of the same techniques that work on smaller trucks still apply when you’re trying to make your rigs more energy efficient, though. The nature of trucking means that massive amounts of fuel and paper are used, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to cut back. Here are some of the methods that you can employ in order to improve your fleet’s energy efficiency while they’re on the road. Save the Trees Even though the ELD mandate deadline hasn’t arrived yet, it’s still time to start having your drivers track their hours on the road on their phones instead of on paper. You can massively reduce the paper waste created by truckers by simply switching to electronic documentation. Also, you can encourage your drivers to carry a bag in their trucks to throw away paper and plastic products. These can be dropped off at gas stations and truck stops with recycling areas. Drivers should also be encouraged to bring reusable containers for your food. You’d be surprised at the amount of trash from snacks and waste products your fleet can go through in a year. You will also be eligible for tax breaks and discounts for recycling products, so it will be putting money back into your pocket as well. Pay Attention to Mileage Fuel prices and maintenance costs continue to climb in the industry, so finding ways to increase your fuel mileage is paramount. Selecting the right octane of fuel in order to maximize your engine’s efficiency is the first place to start. It can also help to look into the best and worst truck engines. This is what your big rigs are going to need to keep it going for all of those miles. Plan your routes in advance to maximize fuel efficiency, and have your drivers practice consistent acceleration. Braking and accelerating suddenly wastes more gas than maintaining a steady speed. And of course, keep careful tracks of fuel usage and expenses. What you find can help you determine where you can pinch to cut excess fuel usage. Conserve electricity All of the accessories and electricity used on engine startup can work to drain a truck’s battery. The problem with causing this level of stress to a truck battery is that it can wear down faster over time. This is definitely not good for the environment over the long run, or for your efficiency. Choose a battery that can last for as long as possible. Select a commercial battery supplier that sells top-rated brands so that you can find the right battery to keep your truck running. Try to reduce idling time and turn your trucks off when they don’t need to be running. If your routes are not too far, you can even consider integrating electric vehicles into your fleet, or another form of fuel-efficient rig. Perform Maintenance Keeping up with maintenance will also help to improve your fleet’s efficiency. Replacing air filters and changing the oil on a regular schedule ensures that your engines can operate at an optimal level. Regular tune-ups will need to be performed so that wear and tear doesn’t start to break down your engine’s ability to function properly over time. Make sure your drivers check the engines after each trip so that you can stay on top of any issues before they can develop into a problem. Using some common-sense approaches will work to improve your fleet’s energy efficiency. Use these tips to help you navigate the green trucking world.
  2. While your energy usage should go down once the weather starts to cool off, your energy bills might still be much higher than necessary. With a few simple home upgrades and some basic maintenance, you should be able to improve the efficiency of your home while reducing your carbon footprint. Insufficient Insulation Many homeowners never even think about their insulation until their electric bills skyrocket. Most insulation should last for at least 15 years, but yours might become damaged before that time. If your insulation is matted or torn, then it needs to be replaced with new batts or blow-in cellulose. Before you invest in new insulation, you must determine the correct R-value for your climate. Using the proper insulation will greatly increase your family’s comfort while minimizing your electric bills. A Faulty HVAC System Older HVAC systems tend to be very inefficient, and there may come a point when you need to consider professional HVAC services. An experienced contractor will be able to improve the efficiency of the system and check it for any signs of damage. As a general rule, you should try to schedule a service call with an HVAC contractor at least twice a year. Regular maintenance will increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and help you avoid a catastrophic breakdown. Old or Damaged Wiring In addition to being extremely dangerous, damaged wiring can also be a major energy drain. When a wire is damaged, much of the electricity will be turned into heat, and that is highly inefficient. A few of the most common signs of a damaged electrical system include flickering lights, frayed wires, discolored outlets, and a buzzing sound in the walls. Those types of issues should only be taken care of by an experienced electrician who is fully licensed and insured. Inefficient Windows When the weather cools down, you want to be sure that your home can trap in warm air. If you have an older house, then you should think about upgrading the windows. Modern windows often have multiple layers of glass and plastic, and that makes them highly efficient. You will also need to make sure that you use heavy curtains that block out cold drafts. Another step that you can take to improve the efficiency of your home is to reverse all of your ceiling fans during the fall and winter months. When a fan is turning clockwise, it will draw the cool air in the room up and disperse the warm air that is collecting near the ceiling.
  3. While trying to be more environmentally friendly is a commendable goal, a lot of people are wary of making the lifestyle changes it requires. One of the more prominent concerns that people have is the cost required to “go green.” As it turns out, not only can it be affordable to go green, but you can actually profit off of many of the efforts involved. Here are just a few ways that anyone can cash in on environmentally friendly choices. Tax Incentives Any time you can write something off on your taxes, it is always a welcome surprise. However, did you know that by purchasing a solar panel system for generating energy for your home comes with a 30% tax credit that you can use as a tax write off? This federal tax incentive has been extended on through 2021. While you can really save on your taxes using this form of alternative energy, you must act before the end of 2021 to take advantage of this government tax break. Using solar energy can also save you money on your utility costs by supplying energy to your home that you don’t have to get through a service. While most people double up by purchasing energy alongside their solar panels, the panels themselves cut down on how much energy you need to buy elsewhere, and many companies will pay you for the excess energy that your solar panels generate. Trading Cash for Recycling If you have old appliances or scrap metal laying around, then you might be able to turn these items into cold hard cash. Most scrap metal services will pay you for any metal you can bring to them, including old radiators, appliances, electronics, and so on. While most wires can’t be directly recycled due to their rubber coating, there are places you can sell those, as well, where the rubber coating is stripped and recycled separately from the wire inside. Other recycling services will pay for cartons, recyclable plastic containers, and other materials depending on their specialty. Taking advantage of this is great for the planet and also gives you some extra spending money from what otherwise would just have been trash. Energy Savings Going green does more than just earn you cash, however. Eco-friendly lifestyles and behaviors also encourage you to be more efficient with the money that you already have. Replacing energy inefficient appliances, such as your dryer or HVAC system, with energy-efficient models can really help you keep more of your monthly income. This is because energy efficient appliances tend to use less electricity; thus, helping to keep your electric bill at a minimum. Most newer models have been upgraded to meet modern energy efficiency standards, but finding Energy Star rated appliances can take your energy savings one step further. Saving Water Whether you are doing laundry in a water-saving washing machine or flushing a water efficient toilet, the amount of water you save matters. While the earth is composed mostly of water, only less than 3-percent of this water is actually drinkable. The rest of the water is salt water and not suitable to use drinking. So, using water-efficient appliances cuts your water bill down and, at the same time, it helps out everyone else by preventing our planet’s drinking water from being used up to quickly. To take your water conservation a step further, you can invest in a greywater recycling plant that can be installed on your property to treat and reuse non-drinking water, or greywater, for your sprinklers, toilet, and other appliances. While many are wary of the costs of green living, it’s clear that there is more to be gained than lost from making those lifestyle changes. Whether earning cash from recycled items, getting tax incentives from renewable energy solutions, or saving money in utility costs, there are a lot of ways that anyone can gain from protecting the planet. Eco-responsible living is a benefit both to the planet and individuals, and should be highly considered by anyone who wants to live responsibly while making ends meet.
  4. If you’re looking to save money and energy, small home improvements can help a lot. Choosing to upgrade your home to make it more energy efficient can help you save on your heating and cooling costs. It may even increase the value of your home. Here are the three most important updates to make to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible. Replace Your Appliances This is probably a more expensive route, but ensuring your home has energy efficient appliances is a good first step. You can start by replacing your old appliances with energy efficient ones when they die. In addition to appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators, heating and cooling systems in homes that are over 15 years old may be in need of an upgrade. While you’re upgrading appliances, you may want to think about a programmable thermostat. This can allow you to regulate the temperature within your home, whether you are there or not. Add Insulation You’ll need to decide if the amount of insulation that’s currently in your home is acceptable for the climate you live in or for your personal needs. If your home is poorly insulated, adding an extra layer of insulation can help keep heat inside in the winter or cool down your home in the summer. All this leads to savings in your heating and cooling bills. Replace or Repair Garage Doors The garage is one room in your home that typically isn’t insulated very well. Rooms that are attached to or above the garage can suffer as a result. While you could add some layers of insulation to your garage, if you have garage doors that are not energy efficient, the air will enter through the cracks. This leaves the entire wall your garage doors are on without insulation. Installing or repairing garage doors to ensure they are insulated will ensure your home is more efficient, increase home value, and help regulate the temperature within your home. Energy efficiency in your home is important in ensuring you’re comfortable and not shelling out hundreds of dollars per month in heating and cooling costs. Following these tips will ensure that hot and cold air don’t just escape your home. If you’re not sure where to start with energy efficient home improvements, be sure to consult with a professional contractor. They’ll be able to help you determine what you can do to make your home more efficient and how you should execute the upgrades.
  5. Living greener can benefit both you and the environment. One of the best ways to adopt an eco-friendlier lifestyle is by making some modifications around your home that will be better for the ecosystem. Here are four tips to turn your home into a safer setting for the planet. Various appliance and utility options will save you long-run costs, make your home more sustainable to maintain, and help the environment. Here are just four options to get you started on improving your home. Switch to an Energy-Efficient HVAC System Some of the best heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to be developed in recent years are designed specifically to save energy. The standards for energy efficiency in HVAC systems in general have been raised, making more modern systems more cost effective and more environmentally friendly. Even with the reduction in energy use, your home’s indoor temperatures and air quality will still be regulated properly with the right system. Many of the top-rated HVAC systems nowadays feature programmable thermostats that can be set to turn on and shut off automatically instead of running continuously and wasting energy. Build with Recyclable Materials If you’re looking for additions to your home or trying to build a new home from scratch, using recyclable materials will put less strain on the planet’s natural resources. CBS News reports that certain homes are made from bricks that consist of glass, clay, and ceramics. Some of the remnants from demolished houses can also be salvaged and used to construct a new home. Recycled steel for the supports are both affordable and eco-friendly, and recycled timber can be used for new floors, cabinets, ceilings, and anywhere that new timber could be used. These recycled materials often are more durable, as well, making them both cheaper to buy and cheaper to maintain, as well as being more environmentally friendly. Install a Domestic Sewage System Human waste that travels through your pipes into a public sewage system may end up being untreated and released into local rivers or lakes or the ocean. To prevent this problem, you can have a domestic treatment tank installed on your property. For domestic use, miniature sewage system plants are installed underground on your property, safely treating and disposing of your home’s wastes. They are cost-effective, as well, as you only need them cleaned every 3-5 years, and otherwise are their own little ecosystem, using natural bacteria to maintain themselves. Use Native Plants to Decorate Your Yard As lawns and gardens are becoming more lavish, more foreign plants are being introduced to environments that they are either ill-suited to or else could dominate. Seeds from non-native plants can spread to the local environment and create harmful competition for the natural plant life in the area. Not only are native plants safer for the surrounding ecosystem, but they also won’t need as many resources to survive, as they are able to draw from the natural environment around them. Native plants are also likelier to have adapted to surviving local pest infestations and won’t require the use of as many pesticides. Overall, using plants that are native to your area is more cost effective and safer for the surrounding ecosystem than bringing in foreign plants. While not all aspects of maintaining the environment can be controlled by individual homeowners, there are some small decisions in the construction and maintenance of your home that can majorly impact the environment for better or worse. With the right modifications, you’ll be able to turn your home into a setting that helps promote more longevity for the earth and your family.
  6. If you are like most people, your annual home energy cost amounts to a small fortune. However, this is seemingly a necessary expense that you have minimal control over. By taking a closer look at how you use energy at home and how this energy is generated, you may dramatically reduce energy costs on a regular basis. In fact, you may even be able to generate a profit from home energy generation rather than continue to pay expensive utility bills. Reduce Energy Consumption Dramatically The first step to take if you want to improve home energy consumption is to alter how it is used. You can make a few behavioral adjustments, such as by turning all lights off when they are not in use and unplugging appliances and electronics when they are not needed. You can also reduce energy consumption at home by upgrading to a new HVAC system and major appliances that have improved energy efficiency ratings. To promote HVAC system efficiency further, schedule energy-efficient door and window installation services, re-seal doors and windows and upgrade insulation throughout the walls and ceiling. These steps require a substantial financial investment, but the net impact on your finances over time may be positive. Produce Your Own Green Energy When you follow these steps to reduce energy consumption, you may still be responsible for regular energy bills. To potentially eliminate energy costs going forward, produce your own green energy. Solar energy panels are among the most common ideas, but there are other ideas. For example, wind and geothermal energy may be well-suited for your home as well. Because you may have already taken steps to reduce energy consumption, the home-produced energy may completely cover all of your needs at home. This can eliminate the need to pay an energy bill regularly. Your home may produce so much energy that you are able to sell energy to the local utility provider. By doing so, you can actually receive a small amount of income regularly rather than pay a monthly bill. You could continue to struggle with high energy costs for years to come, or you can take action to address this problem directly. While it may require a large financial investment to accomplish each goal outlined here, you will notice that each small step that you take has a positive effect on energy consumption and expenses. Now is a great time to take your first steps to improve your home in these thoughtful ways.
  7. Not only do new windows make your home look and feel updated, they can also do a lot for the energy efficiency of your home. If you upgrade your windows, your home could become more efficient and your bills could get lower. They Reduce Drafts Old windows can be drafty especially if they are not installed correctly. New windows reduce the draft and can make it easier for you to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s important to recognize that drafty windows can cause huge changes in your electric bills. Double Panes Are More Efficient When companies like Valley Glass Utility install new windows, they do so with double panes. This is the standard for replacement windows and new-build windows now. Double panes are more energy efficient because of the way they trap heat inside or cool air inside. They can help reduce your energy bill. Old Glass Isn’t Insulating There are not any insulating properties in old glass windows. Along with it being single-paned most of the time, there might also be issues with the way the glass was put into the windows. Even if you have a home that wasn’t built too long ago, the windows may not have all the insulating properties new windows do. It’s important to get new windows so they can act as another barrier against the outside. They need to be able to help your home stay warm or cool while also providing protection from the elements. Your Home Will Be Easier to Heat Heating a home with old windows might seem impossible. Since they don’t trap heat like they should and they’re not efficient, you might not be able to have the best heating system in your house. For this reason, many older homes feel like they’re cold all the time. Getting new windows might make it easier for you to heat your home. The right windows will allow your home to heat up and can make it easier for you to take advantage of a great heating system when you were unable to do so in the past because of drafts or other issues in your home. Not only are window replacements a good idea to change the aesthetics of your home but they’re also great for increasing the efficiency. If you want to see drastic changes in your energy bills, upgrading to new windows is the way to go.
  8. 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.
  9. Due to the stress that using oil, coal, and other resources has on the environment, finding ways to incorporate renewable energy solutions is very important. Today, there are many great renewable energy options, including solar and wind technology. Overall, there are five states in the United States that are continuing to make renewable energy investments a priority. Maine The state of Maine continues to be a leader when it comes to renewable energy. A very impressive 75% of the state's energy comes from some form of renewable energy. The state has a strong mix of hydroelectricity plants, biomass uses, and wind energy plants. All of these help to contribute towards the overall strong levels of renewable energy, which continues to make Maine one of the greenest states in the country. Montana Traditionally, Montana has been very well known for its high level of coal production. While five percent of the country's coal comes from this state, Montana has continued to invest in other renewal energy solutions as well. Today, the state continues to invest in hydroelectric plants that are able to use water to produce electricity. Nebraska While it is not normally considered an environmentally-friendly state, Nebraska has taken many steps to improve its reliance on renewable energy. Overall, more than 20% of the total energy used in Nebraska comes from renewable sources. This state has a huge amount of wind-energy production and also is a leading producer of ethanol. Washington Located in the northwest, the state of Washington is the national leader in hydroelectricity. Overall, more than 2 million households across the state are connected to energy produced by a few different dams. Even more impressive is that the state actually creates a surplus of energy, which they then sell to some neighboring states and even some parts of Canada. Oregon Oregon continues to be a leader when it comes to renewable energy production. This state does produce some hydroelectricity, but is also well known for producing a lot of wind energy. Overall, Oregon has more than 2,000 turbines that produce the most wind energy in the country. Oregon is also continuing to look for additional ways to invest in renewal and solar energy projects. Overall, all of these states are looking for ways to use more and more renewable energy. With help from technologically sound companies, like douglaselectrical.com, many other states can make headway on this hot-button issue. If more states are willing to make these types of investments, it could help to solve many current and future environmental challenges that we are having.
  10. 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.
  11. There are advantages and disadvantages to having a tankless water heater. The main advantage is that your home can be more energy efficient. There are also other benefits that you might want to consider. Here are some of the reasons that investing in a tankless water heater is better for your home. Less Overall Waste A water heater that has to hold your hot water in reserve is wasting a lot of energy in doing so. This is because it has to run frequently in order to maintain the temperature of the water, even when you aren’t using it. When you stop to consider the environmental impact that having an appliance constantly running has, the overall waste is significant. No Tepid Water You may have a problem in your home with running out of hot water on those busy mornings. This is because once you’ve depleted your supply of hot water in the tank, it takes time to reheat the water that’s refilling the tank. A tankless water heater is more of an on-demand type of system. What this means is that it heats the water as you’re using it. This makes it more efficient, and therefore, less wasteful. Lower Energy Bills By far, one of the greatest benefits to a tankless water heater is that your energy bills can be reduced. On the flip side, there is a larger upfront invest in the purchase and installation of the tankless system. Many homeowners find that the initial costs will pay for themselves with lower energy bills and the longer lasting lifespan of the tankless water heater itself. If you’re interested in installing a tankless water heater in your home, look into using a company like Ez Flow Plumbing to help you with this project. Reduced Floor Space Another benefit is that you can reduce the amount of floor space that’s required by using a tankless water heater. This can prove to be beneficial if you’re short of extra space in your home. A tankless water heater also tends to be safer. This is because there’s less of a chance of the tank becoming damaged or degraded. In some instances, a damaged water heater could present a safety hazard for your home and your family. Increased energy efficiency is only one aspect of a tankless water heater. There are numerous other benefits that you may not have taken into account. Consider these reasons when deciding if this is the right choice for you.
  12. 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.
  13. The earth is currently going through a lot of challenges. This includes global warming, extreme weather, pollution and more. If these challenges are to be overcome, it’s going to require action from everyone. This certainly includes homeowners. There are steps you can take as a homeowner to lessen your impact on the environment. Below are four strategies for making your home more energy efficient. Upgrade Your HVAC System One of the biggest drains on your energy efficiency is your heating, ventilation and cooling system, also known as an HVAC system for short. According to Derek Sawyers Smart Energy Heating & Air, your system should probably be upgraded if it’s older than 15 years. Newer HVAC systems run much more efficiently. This means increased energy efficiency and lower utility bills every month. Upgrade Your Light Bulbs Another idea you should consider to increase your home’s energy efficiency is upgrading your light bulbs. Traditional incandescent light bulbs run very hot. This means they use a lot of energy and also wear out much faster as well. Newer compact fluorescent bulbs, on the other hand, run much cooler when producing the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs. According to the US Department of Energy, compact fluorescent lights use 25 to 35 percent of the energy that incandescent lights do. They last significantly longer as well. Upgrade Your Windows Another source of energy inefficiency in your house could be your windows. Older windows especially tend to leak a lot of air. This means that your furnace will have run much harder to keep your home heated during the winter. It also means your air conditioner will have to work much harder to keep your home cool during the summer. If your windows are significantly old, consider upgrading them to more energy efficient windows. Program Your Thermostat Many people run their HVAC system too often. This wastes energy and results in high utility bills. Instead of running your system all the time, program your thermostat so the heat or air only runs when it’s needed. You, for example, don’t need to run your air conditioner as much when you’re at work and your kids are at school. The carbon footprint of homes certainly has an adverse effect on the environment. If everyone took the steps outlined above, however, some of that negative impact could be curbed. Don’t stop here. There are plenty of more strategies you can use to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
  14. Saving money is a primary goal for many business owners, but there is also a considerable need to make smart decisions that promote a healthy environment. It may often seem like these two goals are opposing forces, but this does not have to be the case. There are several steps that you can take to improve your company’s bottom line while also helping the environment in different ways. Take Advantage of Workspace Mobility Workspace mobility is a term that describes improving machinery, equipment and more so that it is most functional for the worker. This may include creating handheld computer scanners that perfectly address a worker’s job responsibilities, outfitting a truck with a freezer compartment for deliveries and more. This customization of workspaces helps your team to work more efficiently and with minimal waste. The result is that your company’s bottom line may improve while you also minimize unnecessary waste. Migrate to the Cloud If your company has not already migrated to the cloud, now may be the time to do so. This technology enables you to go paperless as much as possible. It eliminates the need to print everything out that your team or customers may need, and it also eliminates the need to have huge stacks of storage boxes taking up available space in your facility. Because it may enable your team to work more efficiently, the productivity factor and the reduction in office supplies expense may bolster your bottom line. Hire a Remote Work Team Traditionally, workers commuted to an office and spent their days toiling away in this environment before heading back home. When you hire a remote work team, you eliminate the toll that their commute makes on the environment. You also can decrease your office space needs, office supplies needs and more to save money. Some companies find that remote workers are also more productive in many instances. While profitability and environmental consciousness may seem like two opposing forces at first glance, you can now see that there are actually many ways to accomplish both of these goals at the same time. Each company has a unique operational structure, so it is important to analyze your company’s current structure and to determine how these and other green ideas may be incorporated to help you save money on a regular basis. Because technology is constantly improving, it makes sense to focus on this tasks regularly so that you can take advantage of new green savings opportunities as they become available.
  15. 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.
  16. Keeping your office cool when it needs to be and hot, when it needs to be, is important. You might not know, but your roof can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your office. A properly maintained roof will help your office become more energy efficient. Maintenance Keeps Debris Away If there is any debris on your roof, it could be hurting the efficiency of your building. In addition to this issue, it could also cause your roof to be at risk of collapse. There are things you can do to ensure your roof doesn’t have debris on it, but regular maintenance will almost always help you keep it away. You Might Need Parts Replaced There are some parts of the roof, like shingles, that might need to be replaced regularly. Companies like Melton Industries LLC can help you determine whether or not parts need to be replaced and what you can do about it. If you need to fix your roof, it’s important to hire experts who can fix it the right way. The Roof Could Not Have Proper Insulation If your roof has not been regularly maintained, the insulation could be lacking. Proper insulation can help keep your office cool or warm and can make it easier for the entire office to stay comfortable. It’s a good idea to talk with a roof specialist who can find issues with the insulation. Problems with the Roof Could Affect Heating and Cooling If there is anything wrong with your roof, your heating and cooling will not work the right way. There could be major problems with the heating and cooling operations if you don’t have regular maintenance on your roof. Regular Maintenance Is Necessary Regularly maintaining your roof is a necessary part of your office building. You need to use a professional who can help you understand the right way to maintain your roof. With the help of a professional, you can make sure that your office building is in the best condition possible so it will be able to heat easier. After you make the right decision to use regular roof maintenance for your office, you’ll notice that your office is much easier to heat and cool. The energy efficiency will increase as a result of roof maintenance and it will help you see there are things you can do to ensure your office building is much easier to handle.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.