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  1. The amount of energy used in your home can be reduced significantly through energy proofing. This process involves repairing and replacing broken components and sections in your home that cause energy wastage. It may sound easy for a technician, but it can be problematic for untrained homeowners. These are the main repairs around your home that can lead to efficient use of energy: HVAC System Repairs Heating and cooling your home may contribute to the high use of energy. The primary system used in the heating and cooling of a house is the HVAC system. Proper maintenance of the system helps in conserving energy. The main repairs that should be done include cleaning the vents and air ducts, maintaining the thermostat, and lubricating any moving part. Collectively, this will ensure that the system does not use a lot of energy to operate. When the furnace and heat pump have performance issues, they are likely to use a lot of energy. To reduce the wastage of energy, you should replace air filters, seal any leaks in the air ducts, and install a programmable thermostat. You also need to ensure that the heating and cooling system is working optimally. Windows and Doors Repairs As a homeowner, you should ensure that your windows and doors are opening and closing effectively. If the frames of these structures are broken, you may experience high energy bills. They will let cold air into your house during the cold seasons, making your heating and cooling system overwork. You should hire an expert to rectify the broken doors and windows to enhance energy efficiency. Thermostat Repairs Many gadgets at home use a thermostat, which regulates the energy used by a system. When a thermostat is malfunctioning, it stops regulating the energy used by a unit. You should check to ensure that all the thermostats are working effectively. Also, it is imperative to replace manual thermostats with smart thermostats that automatically schedule a system. Siding Repairs The defective sidings of your house can cause energy inefficiency. Therefore, it is advisable to regularly inspect your house to identify gaps in the home's sidings. Leaky sidings may increase energy consumption in your house and lead to high monthly bills. The energy used in your house is influenced by how well energy-consuming systems are working. The repair of each of these systems leads to efficient use of energy. Also, the home must be kept in excellent condition to ensure that airflow is easily regulated.
  2. Businesses and homeowners are turning to solar energy to power their lives more than any other time in US history. Factors behind this include the falling cost of solar panels and rebates and incentives offered by the government and utility companies. However, saving money is just one factor that has encouraged people to choose solar power. Other factors include a desire to improve their health and protect the environment by reducing the use of fossil fuels. How Do Solar Panels Work? Solar panels make it possible for photons or particulates of light to release electrons from atoms. This is used to generate a flow of electricity. When you look closely at a solar panel, you see that it is made of several smaller units called photovoltaic cells. When several of these photovoltaic cells are put together, they create one solar panel. How Does Solar Energy Impact the Environment? Solar energy is renewable. It is a clean resource. It reduces harmful emissions that can affect the atmosphere. Since it minimizes greenhouse gases around the world, solar energy has a favorable impact on the environment. Traditionally, energy used in the United States is produced from fossil fuels, including coal and natural gas. The process by which fossil fuels are extracted is expensive and detrimental to the environment. If mankind could capture the sun’s energy for just one hour, you would be able to power the entire planet for one year. Using solar panels is one step toward eliminating mankind’s reliance on fossil fuel for the most consistent and abundant source of energy available. How Solar Energy Impacts Health Solar energy leads to fewer air pollutants. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and particulate matter, emissions would drastically drop around the world if everyone adopted solar use. This could lead to a reduction in chronic bronchitis, cardiovascular problems, and respiratory issues. As a side benefit, there would be fewer missed days from work related to these health issues. The Benefits of Solar Energy The benefits of solar energy are easy to see. It can lower your electric bill. Solar energy reduces a person’s or company’s carbon footprint. This improves the health of the building’s occupants and of those around them. The sunlight used to produce solar energy is free and available in abundance. Fossil fuels are quickly running out. Reducing reliance on a finite resource, like fossil fuel, and taking advantage of an infinite power supply, like the sun, has wide-ranging benefits for the planet.
  3. Renovating your home is often an invigorating experience. You get all the benefits of a move without having to actually change locations. New features and a fresh design give you a sense of rebirth, and you’ll likely look back at the renovation as a major milestone in your life. Beyond all the personal benefits, renovations are also a great way to make your home more eco-friendly, thereby shrinking your carbon footprint and making you a better global citizen. By incorporating these four “green” elements in your renovation, you’ll make your home a place you can truly be proud of. Solar Panels Scientists and climatologists have spent decades urging humanity to invest in renewable energy and cut down on the use of fossil fuels. There’s no better way to help that process than by installing solar panels in your home. By harvesting energy from the sun, you can power your home and even create surplus energy for the grid. The panels are not only great for the environment, but they’ll also save you a bundle on your monthly utility bills. Use Non-Toxic Materials A renovation requires a lot of materials, and in many projects the components are laden with toxic chemicals. Paints and materials with toxins are as bad for the environment as they are for your health. Luckily, there are plenty of non-toxic options on the market, and you can use them exclusively if you make the effort. If you’re going to do a renovation anyway, you might as well take advantage of the opportunity to rid your home of toxic substances. Use Recycled Materials Every year, countless tons of reusable material are needlessly wasted and replaced by new products. You can fight this trend by using as many recycled materials as possible in your renovation. From decking to tiling, countertops to doors, any number of features can spring from recycled material. Use Local Materials A large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. If you haul in materials from across the country for your renovation, then you are contributing to the problem. By sticking to local products, however, you help cut down on global emissions. A renovation is a great way to do two important things at once: revamp your living space while lessening your home's environmental impact. It's rare that life affords us such great opportunities to serve ourselves and others at the same time. Take advantage by adopting the four eco-friendly elements mentioned above.
  4. The world's natural resources are quickly depleting at an alarming rate, and we are challenged to find ways to do our part to help the environment by reducing our energy consumption. Perhaps you are wondering how you can do your part to help save the environment by reducing energy use and to save money. Here are four repairs to make around your home to reduce energy use. Leaky Pipe A leaky pipe in your home can cause devastating damages and is one of the main culprits in high energy consumption. As the water drips or leaks through your plumbing, your water heater is also constantly operating. This means energy is being wasted, and you are paying for it. Repairing the leaky pipe as soon as possible is a must to help reduce energy use. AC Unit When it comes to your HVAC system, you probably maintain it by routinely replacing the filters around your home. While this is good practice to help save on costs and energy consumption, a full AC service will further your savings. Consider repairing your AC or HVAC system by replacing the insulation around the coolant pipes. This repair is beneficial as it will absorb a significant amount of heat from the outside air, reducing power consumption while saving you money. Cracked or Broken Window Just like a leaky pipe, a cracked or broken window can waste tons of energy which will ultimately affect your energy bill. Even a small crack can allow warm or cold air into your home, causing your AC unit to use more energy. For this reason, repairing any damaged windows around your home is essential to save energy and to save on costs. Insulating Your Home Another repair to make around your home is replacing the old and worn out insulation with new insulating material around your doors and windows. Just like repairing damaged windows, this is also a necessary repair to perform in order to keep the air your HVAC system is producing inside your home. Use less energy and save money by keeping inside air in your home while preventing outside air from entering. These are only to name four essential repairs to make around your home to help reduce your energy use. Remember, repairing leaky pipes, replacing your AC unit's coolant pipe insulation, fixing any damaged windows, and using new insulating material around your doors and windows will help save the environment while saving you money by reducing your energy consumption.
  5. Are you looking at your utility bill and are flabbergasted at the amount? Are you wondering what you can do to reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort or convenience? If you answered yes, then you may need to upgrade your home appliances. Here is how upgrading your home appliances can reduce your energy consumption to save money. Refrigerator Every time you open your refrigerator, a light comes on so you can see the items stored in it. If you have had your refrigerator for more than ten years, then the bulb that is in there is likely contributing to your expensive energy cost. Newer makes and models of refrigerators now use LED lighting technology, providing bright light while reducing energy consumption. This is how upgrading your home appliances will reduce your energy consumption to save money by upgrading to appliances that utilize LED lighting systems. HVAC System One of the most used appliances in your home is your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. It is also one of the most expensive appliances to operate as it is used throughout the year, cooling your home during the summer and heating it during the winter season. Upgrading your HVAC system can reduce your energy consumption as newer systems were designed to operate efficiently and effectively. This means new techniques and technology are now being used in modern systems to help you reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Washer and Dryer Upgrading and replacing your washer and dryer is probably something that did not cross your mind, especially if they are still both in working order. However, just like your refrigerator and HVAC system, upgrading your washer and dryer would be advantageous to help you reduce energy consumption and to save money. As with many newer appliances, energy-saving features are now included to maximize and optimize the washing and drying processes. Stove Another home appliance that is often used and one that contributes to a high energy bill is your stove. Older stoves were built for only one purpose, and that is to produce heat for you to cook your meal. This means precious heat that your older stove is producing may be escaping because they were not designed with efficiency in mind. This is causing you to consume more energy. Upgrading your stove is how you can lower energy consumption as newer stoves are built and designed to focus heat where you need it the most, preventing it from escaping. These are only to mention how upgrading your home appliances can reduce your energy consumption. Remember, take advantage of all the benefits newer technology has to offer by upgrading your home appliances to not only reduce energy consumption but to also save you time and money.
  6. Many modern homes offer energy-efficient features that make lowering your energy bill easy. But what about old homes that were built before energy-efficient features? Well, there’s hope for old homes, too. There are updates that can make your old home just as efficient as a modern home. Updating an old home is often as simple or as complicated as you can afford to make it. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then there are quick-fix changes that you can make. But if money is no object, you can invest in upgrades that take more time and money. Switch to CFL or LED Light Bulbs Incandescent light bulbs are fast becoming a thing of the past. CFL and LED light bulbs cost more than incandescent bulbs. But CFL and LED lights save more money in the long run. An incandescent bulb consumes 60 watts per-hour. A traditional CFL bulb consumes 14 watts per hour. And a typical LED bulb consumes 10 watts per hour. The more watts consumed per hour, the higher your energy bill. Get New Windows It’s likely that your old home has single pane windows. Single pane windows have one layer of glass. They’re thin and known for being drafty. Since there’s only one pane of glass, it’s easier for outside temperatures to affect the temperature inside your home. For an older home, upgrading to double pane windows is an energy-saving move. Double pane windows are made with two panes of glass. And some even have insulating argon gas placed between the panes. Two panes of glass provide more protection from outside temperatures than provided by one pane of glass. Switch to Renewable Energy Solar panels are a source of renewable energy. Solar panel installation services can help you understand the best option for your home for saving energy and money in the long run. Solar panels convert light from the sun into energy. The energy connects to your home’s electrical grid and is distributed throughout the home. Unless you live in a state that doesn’t get a significant amount of sun year round - such as parts of Alaska - then solar panels are worth considering. An old home doesn’t have to guzzle energy. The tips mentioned in this article can help lower your energy costs without ruining your home.
  7. From reducing your carbon footprint to eliminating toxins, running an environmentally sound household is within easy reach. Just as recycling and other day-to-day actions impact us all, home improvements offer advantages to both your family and the earth. If your goal is to go green, the following tips will help you cut heating and cooling costs while lessening negative environmental effects. Inspect Your Home for Leaks Don’t let heated or cooled air escape. Inspect your home for areas where leaks can occur. The most effective form of inspection is a blower door test, usually performed as part of an energy audit. For this test, a technician attaches a heavy-duty fan to an exterior door. The fan pulls air from your home to lower indoor air pressure. Higher outdoor air pressure forces air into holes, crevices, or other unwanted openings. If you’d rather do the inspecting yourself, visually check outside for gaps at corners, around the mail slot, at the line where your foundation touches the brick or siding, or in any place where two types of materials meet. Decrease Drafts Replace weather stripping to prevent leaks at exterior doorways. Caulk is perfect for preventing air loss around windows, but it also serves a purpose in other areas of your home. Caulking is also ideal for stopping air leaks around plumbing and wiring. Draft snakes reduce outside air entry, making your heating and cooling efforts more effective. For a longer-term solution, consider installing draft-stopping double-paned windows. New siding can also boost HVAC efficiency, especially when combined with new insulation. Durable siding backed by high-quality insulation protects your home from extreme temperatures and other harsh weather conditions. Research the best type of siding for your climate for keeping your home well insulated. In addition to resisting weather damage and preventing air loss, these two products work together to ensure your family’s comfort. Prevent Leaks via Unused Appliances Just as unplugging unused devices reduces power usage, covering or closing certain appliances while not in use is an easy way to reduce air loss. Exhaust fans, fireplace flue dampers and range hoods are just some examples of places where air can escape. Whether you purchase a cover for your exhaust fan or install an inflatable chimney balloon, take control of energy usage and costs by reducing opportunities for air to escape. In the hot summer months, you might want to reduce use of your oven as well. If you must use it, don’t leave it on for any amount of time after. Don’t let it heat up for too long either. This will prevent unnecessary heat from circulating around your home. Your home is your castle, but it doesn’t have to be drafty or low-functioning. Cut the effects of air loss by inspecting your home and making necessary adjustments. Even the most simple changes can make a huge difference. You’ll experience lower power bills and increased comfort while lessening your negative impact on the environment.
  8. Pollution and waste have bombarded the planet. We are now tasked with finding effective solutions to help reduce their effects without sacrificing comfort. You are probably at home thinking about how you can help the environment while also lowering your energy bills. Here are 5 repairs to make in your home to help you save money, reduce your environmental impact, and live a greener life. Insulation Weather stripping, caulking, and sealing your home's openings can help you save money and reduce your environmental impact. How? Repairing your home's insulation will maintain the home's temperature. This means less energy consumption, which translates to saving money while reducing your environmental impact. Windows Just like insulation, repairing your home's windows can also help you lower your energy bills while reducing your environmental impact. Cracks and chips on your windows can leak out cool or warm air, causing your HVAC system to continuously operate. This means consuming more energy, which leads to a higher energy bill. Plumbing Water is a natural resource that is quickly depleting. Making necessary maintenance repairs to your plumbing like pump repairs can help reduce your water consumption while also lowering your environmental impact. For instance, a broken water pump can leak significant amounts of valuable water in and around your property, causing both damage and waste. So, to help reduce your environmental impact, consider preventive maintenance repairs to your home's plumbing. Lighting Look up. Do you see that light above you? Is it emitting a lot of heat? If it is, then it may perhaps be an incandescent bulb. Another way to reduce your environmental impact and lower your energy bill is by repairing or replacing the incandescent bulbs around your home with LED lighting. LED bulbs or lighting are more efficient and cost-effective than incandescent bulbs. So, use LED lighting to save money and to save the environment. Appliances Maybe there are a few appliances in your home that are beginning to show their age. Perhaps your washer or dishwasher seems to use more water during a cycle. Maybe your dryer is taking a little longer to dry your clothes. If your appliances are no longer operating efficiently, then having them repaired would be beneficial to help you reduce your energy bills and energy consumption while also lowering your environmental impact. These are only to name 5 repairs to make in your home to help you save money and reduce your environmental impact. Along with these, reuse, recycle, upcycle, and use sustainable materials to do your part in saving the environment.
  9. Energy consumption without a doubt is a hot topic in this day and age. It’s been a big topic for quite some time now, too, and with good reason. People are becoming more and more thoughtful with regard to their approaches to energy use. If you want to minimize your consumption of energy in a big way, there are all sorts of intelligent things that you can try right now. Unplug, Unplug, Unplug Unplugging may seem like a simple thing. It can actually be a game-changing strategy for people who are passionate about decreasing their energy consumption substantially, however. If you want to do the planet a massive favor, you should take the time to unplug your household appliances any time you do not require them. Doing so only takes a couple of seconds or so. Learn All About Electric Water Heating Electric water heating is often the answer for people who want to lower energy consumption dramatically. You can work with a capable electrician who can point you into the right direction regarding electric water heater selection. Try to find out about electric water heaters that are known for superior energy efficiency. Your electrician should be able to provide you with fantastic recommendations. Take Advantage of the Gift of Daylight Lighting should be one of your focal points. If you want to take charge of your use of energy, you should contemplate your lighting strategy at home in great detail. It can be a wonderful idea to buy lighting products that are associated with energy efficiency. It can be just as wonderful an idea to prioritize daylight. Skylights and windows make taking advantage of daylight a possibility. They’re both highly energy-efficient as well. Invest in Residential Insulation Residential insulation can go an incredibly long way for all households that are keen on the concept of lowering energy consumption significantly. If you insulate your living space well, then you can stop the frustrating loss of heat from taking place. Basement, attic and wall insulation can all do a lot to lower wintertime electricity use dramatically. Don’t forget that insulation can even aid you in times of higher temperatures. People these days have more concerns about the world than ever before. If you’re in that camp, then you don’t have to feel helpless in any sense. If you want to aid the planet, you can do your part by minimizing your energy consumption.
  10. Installing solar panels is going to lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint, but this renovation can be a major investment. That is why you should spend some time researching all of your options before you sign any paperwork or begin the installation process. Look at Incentives Many homeowners don’t realize that this upgrade could have a huge impact on their taxes. With the federal solar tax credit, you can deduct 30 percent of the installation costs from your federal taxes. Depending on where you live, your state or county might offer a tax credit or incentive package as well. You can also contact your electric company to see if they have an energy buyback plan for customers who have solar panels. Don’t Go Straight to the Cheapest Contractor It might be tempting to go with the cheapest solar contractor you can find, but that could end up costing you quite a bit of money in the long run. Solar power installation is a very complicated process, and you want to be absolutely sure that the job gets done correctly. Improperly installed solar panels could lead to severe structural damage during a storm, and your insurance might not cover that damage. Working with a reputable and experienced solar contractor is going to give you peace of mind in the coming years. Consider Your Financing Options There are many different ways to pay for new solar panels. Some solar power companies have financing packages, but you probably won’t own your solar panels for 15 or 20 years if you choose that option. You can also head to a specialty lender who offers custom solar power loans. With that financing option, you will be the sole owner of your solar power system. Depending on how long you have owned your home, taking out a home equity loan might be a good choice as well. Schedule Consultations The efficiency of your solar power system is going to depend on a wide variety of factors, and that is why you should schedule multiple consultations with different companies. During those consultations, the contractors are going to figure out where the solar panels should be placed and how many panels you need. They can also look at your energy bills and tell you exactly how much money you are going to save every month. In addition to these four tips, you should also make sure that electricity isn’t being wasted inside your home. Old light bulbs and damaged appliances are incredibly inefficient, and your solar panels won’t save you as much money if you don’t address those issues first.
  11. There are so many businesses around the United States and planet that, simply put, do not take green and eco-friendly approaches to going about things. If that fact upsets you, then you can go ahead and take action. You can do so by being a positive role model to all of these wasteful and unmindful businesses. Remember, your aim should be to get others to do the right thing. Conserve Energy Any Time You Can Energy conservation can do a lot for people who care about green approaches. If you want to conserve invaluable energy, there are all sorts of things you can daily. You can employ light bulbs that do not consume substantial amounts of energy. You can depend on decreased laundry temperatures. You can even turn off your television any time you’re not sitting directly in front of it. Learn about Carbon Taxes and other Benefits Learning can be a powerful tool for people who want to be role models to companies that aren’t exactly savvy in the eco-friendly sector. You should learn about carbon taxes that apply to vehicle fossil fuels. These kinds of taxes strive to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases. They promote alternative energy choices as well. Carbon tax benefits abound if you know how to look for them. Focus on Your Water Consumption People who care about the planet should not use water mindlessly. If you want to get American businesses to do their part to aid the planet and environment, then you should try to think at length about your household and its water consumption. Employ short cycling any time you take on your laundry duties. Prioritize showers that are on the brief side. Take care of annoying household leaks without any hesitation, too. Leak water can get out of hand before you know it. Make Carpooling a Priority Gasoline consumption isn’t ever a laughing matter. If you want to prompt businesses in America to take on green methods, then you should aim to carpool any time the option is accessible to you. Try to carpool with people who work with you each morning. Try to carpool with them on the way back from work in the evenings as well. There are so many companies in America and around the globe that aren’t exactly environmentally-friendly. If you want to change that permanently, then you need to take action and lead a green existence yourself. You can do so pretty easily nowadays, too.
  12. A heat pump works well if you live in a moderate climate. This is because it’s more efficient than other forms of heating and cooling. Here are some of the benefits that a heat pump can offer when it comes to saving money by conserving energy. Temperature Stability Setting your heat pump for a consistent temperature is the most efficient use of this type of system. This is because of the fact that it can run for a minimal amount of time and maintain the temperature of your home. With a standard HVAC system, there tend to be fluctuations that require more energy when the system kicks on and off. A heat pump has an electric motor that requires very little energy in order to reap a stable temperature for your whole home. Heat Conversion The action of a heat pump is that is doesn’t generate heating or cooling within the unit itself. It simply converts the heat that exists in the air and transfers it into your home by mechanical means. This method allows it to be the most efficient possible with the least amount of energy usage. The benefit of heat pump installation in your home is that you get instant heat for very little drain on your electric bill. Cooling Potential Another benefit of having a heat pump is that it can also cool your home. This is simply the heat pump removing the built-up heat from inside your house and transferring it to the outdoors. The amount of energy that’s required for this function is less than your standard air conditioning unit would require. This allows for you to have a cool home without having to worry about a spike in your electric bill during the summer months. Reduced Electric Consumption The amount of electricity that’s utilized with your heat pump will depend on your climate and the model that you select. There are models that will use significantly less energy than others. For the vast majority, the energy usage is less than you would observe with a standard HVAC system. This allows you to save on your electric bill and work to conserve energy. On average, a heat pump uses a quarter of the amount of energy as the more traditional HVAC units. There are lots of benefits that you can reap from having a heat pump in your home. The energy savings are just the beginning when it comes to the ways that it can improve the comfort and sustainability of your household.
  13. When you want to cut your heating and cooling bills, selecting high-efficiency HVAC equipment makes a big difference. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sets efficiency standards for HVAC systems because they’re the most energy-hungry of all home appliances. Better efficiency translates to lower demand for electricity and fuel and reduced energy bills for you. HVAC Efficiency Ratings When choosing central HVAC systems, look for high ratings. The DOE requires efficiency ratings on the equipment itself and its packaging. Higher is always better regardless of whether you’re buying a furnace or an air conditioner. The Energy Star and Most Efficient labels indicate products that use the least amount of energy for the best results. For example, a high-efficiency furnace uses measurably less fuel each time and requires less heating services because it runs better than regular models. Lower fuel usage helps preserve natural resources and saves you money. Making Energy Energy production exacts a toll on the planet, especially when the fuels to generate electricity include fossil fuels and nuclear power. While renewable resources like solar, wind and hydro have environmental impacts up front, the resources they use to produce electricity are clean. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, contribute to atmospheric warming on a continuous basis because of their byproducts. Nuclear is a clean source of energy but the nuclear waste it produces is one of the most dangerous substances on the planet. Power Production Efficiency If energy production were 100 percent efficient, using less efficient HVAC systems wouldn’t have the impact it does. However, power plants are not very efficient themselves. For example, coal-fired plants waste over 60 percent of the coal they consume. Nuclear and natural gas are slightly more efficient, while electricity produced by hydroelectric plants is nearly 100 percent efficient. The phrase experts use to describe this power plant efficiency is the heat rate. It describes how much of the fuel that’s used goes toward producing electricity as opposed to being wasted. The efficiency of furnaces and air conditioners follows the same principle. The most efficient systems waste less energy. Atmospheric Warming If the fuels used to produce electricity didn’t have waste products like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide that warm the atmosphere, it wouldn’t be so important to use high-efficiency HVAC equipment. But when equipment needs more fuel and energy, the volume of gases going into the atmosphere increases. Since the heat they hold warms the planet, using more efficient HVAC systems helps reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Until all power plants are 100 percent efficient or use clean, renewable fuels, it will be important to conserve energy usage. HVAC systems are front and center for conservation efforts since they use the most energy of all home appliances. More efficient systems help you save energy without sacrificing your comfort.
  14. An efficient HVAC system in your home can help keep the temperature more consistent and save you some money. There are a variety of ways that you can go about ensuring its efficiency. Here are some of the tips that you can employ in order to maximize the efficiency of the heating and cooling system in your home. Clear Out Debris Changing out the air filter regularly will help to keep your unit operating at peak efficiency. More air exchange allows the unit to work more efficiently. Another thing that can help is to have your ducts and registers cleared of debris. You want as much of the hot and cool air to be able to get into the living spaces of your home. Adequate air exchange is another consideration, as you want air circulation that can be achieved without creating different temperature climates around the house. Invest In An Efficient Unit Upgrading your older unit will also maximize the efficiency of your home. The energy rating calculates the average energy usage over the course of the year. If you have a poor energy rating, looking into new ac installation companies can help you save money—especially since newer appliances tend to be efficient. It will increase the comfort level in your home and most likely pay for itself in lower energy costs. Use Technology Assistance A programmable thermostat is another way that you can control the temperature in your home. There are even thermostats that learn about your habits, so that they can more closely regulate the temperature. These types of technology assistance programs are becoming popular means and can help you maximize the energy efficiency of your home. Some apps will even let you control the temperature of your home when you're away. Take Precautionary Measures There are the standard means that you can maximize your energy efficiency. These include things like using environmental options to help regulate the temperature in your home. Opening up the windows at night when it's hot or blocking out the sun are some of the ways that you can reduce your cooling costs. You don't have to run your HVAC system all of the time when there are free methods to maintain your comfort. Take control of your HVAC system so that you can become more energy conscious. Another bonus of increasing your energy efficiency is saving some cash. Use these tips to keep you started down a more energy efficient path.
  15. If you want to do your part in helping the environment by conserving energy, there are some adjustments that you can make to your lifestyle. These changes will likely yield great results and will still allow you to enjoy the comforts of modern living without putting as much strain on the planet’s resources. Here are four great ways to save on your energy bill and help the environment. Unplug Electronic Devices You may be surprised to learn that many of your electronic devices and appliances could still be using power even when they’re not in use. Leaving certain electronics plugged into walls and power strips might be wasting energy and raising your utility bills without you realizing. Laptop computers and old cell phones are among the items that can use “phantom power” when they’re continuously plugged in even after they’ve finished charging. Switch to Solar Power Solar energy allows you to power your home without the use of electricity. Solar panel installation around your property will enable you to use the sun’s rays as a power source. Solar power is a much cleaner alternative to using gas, electricity, and other energy sources that are less clean and more harmful to the environment. Businesses that sell solar energy products have contractors on staff who can install all the necessary equipment and make sure that each piece functions properly. Use More Natural Light Along with solar power, you can brighten your home using the sun itself by simply increasing the amount of natural lighting in your home. Uncovering your windows to allow more sunlight to shine into your living space can make a huge difference. To maximize brightness, try using white or bright colors in your rooms that reflect the natural light that shines into your home. Installing more mirrors can also help. Using natural sunlight will save you from turning on as many lights during the day and can cut your energy costs. Try Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs Certain types of lightbulbs have been designed to use less energy while still emitting enough light. Halogen incandescent bulbs are among the best energy savers. LED and CFL bulbs also work well in many homes and still produce enough light for clear visibility. Many of these energy-efficient bulbs are also known to last longer than standard lightbulbs. It’s possible to save energy and keep more money in your wallet by making a few changes around your home. Many of these modifications don’t require a lot of effort and are some of the simplest ways that can help you live a greener lifestyle.
  16. Nearly everybody knows and practices good habits when it comes to household recycling, but scrap metal recycling is the exception. Unless it’s in the form of electronics and beverage cans, many people simply don’t have much waste metal to throw away. Household Scrap Metal Sources If you have a failed appliance or a junk car with no value, the energy you put into finding a recycling center for disposal will have an enormously positive effect on the earth. You may even earn enough cash to make it worthwhile. Preserves Resources Regardless of where it comes from, recycling metal saves countless natural resources. It reduces the demand for raw materials from the metal mines, which are environmentally destructive. Open pit mines for copper create vast piles of pilings on which very little will grow. The mines use tremendous amounts of water and fuel. Recycled metal is one of the few materials that can be used over and over with no reduction in the quality of the material. The energy it saves adds up. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a television for three hours. Reduces Emissions Mining for metals uses tremendous amounts energy from mining it out of the ground, to extracting it from the ore. The industry uses heavy equipment to dig the metals out of the ground. These huge machines are true gas guzzlers. If the power plant that fuels the mine and the smelter burns coal, the creation of new metal creates even more climate-changing emissions. Recycling scrap metal also uses resources, but it’s nowhere near the fuel or electricity that mining requires. Every can or piece of scrap metal you keep out of the dumpster keeps the planet and the atmosphere cleaner. Reduces Related Pollution Building new mines and supplying them with the equipment they require and the power plants they need costs a tremendous amount of money and natural resources. The heavy equipment alone runs in the tens of millions of dollars and power plants aren’t cheap, either. Manufacturing heavy equipment itself uses tremendous amounts of natural resources, as does power plant production. By recycling all metals, you keep the prices lower because it increases the supply of materials that are cheaper to produce than the virgin material. If you’re looking for ways to lower your environmental footprint, look no further than taking your scrap metal to a suitable recycling center. Doing so protects the earth and the air and will put some money in your pocket.
  17. About 20 percent of all energy used in the world is consumed by commercial industry. If you own a commercial building, it is vital to think about how to save on energy in order to lower your bills and save the world’s energy supply. Focusing on these areas will have a large impact on the amount of energy that your commercial building uses. Think about Lighting About 35 percent of all energy used in a commercial building is spent on lighting. Installing LED lighting can save lots of money because they operate more efficiently than other options. Since they do not get hot, they also can be a great way to cut down on your cooling costs. Consider installing high-quality fixtures as they allow for more of the light to get where it is needed. Make it easy to control what lights are on and off so that people are not turning on more lights than necessary. Consider the HVAC System Furnaces and commercial air conditioners consume about 40 percent of all energy in a commercial building. Make sure that you have the right size systems installed as too large a unit costs more money to operate while a unit that is too small will not keep people comfortable lowering productivity. New systems are often much more energy efficient than older systems, and you may discover that you spend less on trying to maintain them. Make sure that you use the right types of heating and cooling equipment such as chillers and towers. Create a Climate-responsive Design While many architects are creating climate-responsive designs today, it is possible to retrofit a building with many of these design elements. In particular, look at your windows to make sure that they are letting in as much light as possible without cooking people working near them inside. Think about the amount of insulation, vapor barriers and air barriers that are right based on your climate. Ponder Roofing Choosing the right roofing material can make a large difference in your commercial building’s energy efficiency. Installing a cool roof can save on your heating and cooling costs. You may not even need to remove the old roof to install the new one. Think about the different areas of your building to make sure that you are using the right type in each location. There are many different considerations in creating an energy efficient commercial building. Start with these ideas and use your ingenuity to apply them to your own unique circumstances. Saving energy not only lowers your bills but will help improve the world.
  18. Energy efficiency should be your primary goal in preparation for the winter months. You will need all the interior warmth you can get during the cold months. Aside from keeping you and your family members warm during winter, it can equally save the environment. Furthermore, energy efficiency can save your pocket from pointless leakage by reducing energy cost, especially during the winter months. Energy efficiency effort does not have to involve heavy machinery and installations; those simple things that may seem not to matter can go a long way in saving your home, your pocket and the environment. Seal your attic This is the first thing to do to improve the energy efficiency in your home. Air sealing of your attic can help keep the air outside from entering the house and also prevent the air inside from getting out. Aside from air sealing the attic, you can also carry out the same process on your walls and ceilings. You can use either stripping or caulking to ensure that the windows and doors are sealed properly. Consequently, air leak and cold drafts will be prevented and the air within the home will be kept warm during the cold months of winter. The attic sealing you have done above is not only useful during the winter; it can equally keep the cool air in the home interior from escaping, as well as prevent the warm air from the exterior from gaining entrance into the home interior. Window revamping Heat loss can equally occur through the window, which is the reason why window revamping can increase the warmth in the home during the winter months. You may need to replace the aluminum frames on the window with a vinyl frame. The aluminum frame can allow heat to escape from the home, unlike vinyl frames that can keep the heat boxed up in the interior. Additionally, you can install multiple window panes. An excellent example of this is the double or triple-paned windows filled with argon gas. It is equally effective in keeping the warm hair trapped within the interior; this is because the argon can function as an effective insulator. Furthermore, you can tint the windows to make further the home interior feel warm. Tinted windows may not look especially attractive, but they can fulfill the intended purpose. If you do not like the idea of defacing your front windows, you can restrict the tainting to your back windows. Opening the blinds too can make the home interior feel warmer than before. Opening the blind during the summer can let in some sunlight, which can get heat trapped in the home interior. You can even switch off the light while allowing the natural light from the sun to lit up the interior What about energy Star-rated replacement? It has proved to be one of the most cost-effective and energy-efficient options to keep the home warm during the winter months. Many of the strategies described above are simple things you can do by yourself. However, you can contact Plumber & Heating Engineers to help out with any of the processes. Replace old appliances Replacing the old appliances in your home can equally make the place feel warmer than before. For one, you can replace your bathroom fitters to new ones if they are already rusty. Studies have shown that old appliances are not as energy-efficient as new appliances aside from saving energy; this can equally lower your electricity bill a great deal. Aside from your bathroom fitters, you should also consider changing other items in the home like the furnace, water heater, dryer, and washer, as well as any other kitchen appliance that has become too old. If you want to change bathroom fitters in Bishops Stortford, make sure you properly research the various features and models and go for one that is energy efficient among them so that you can get top value for your money. You should look out for those appliances labeled as "Energy Star Certified"; they can be trusted for energy efficiency. Many of the plumbers and heating engineers operating in Bishops can equally be trusted for direction on which brand to buy. Keep your water heater warm always Make sure the water heater is kept warm between the range of 120 and 140 degrees. The latest brands of water heaters can turn the temperature down to 140 if the temperature is adjusted beyond that by the end user. The hot water line should be insulated to ensure they do not cool off too quickly after initial use. Also, you should install-on-demand hot water circulating loops. Conclusion The points mentioned above are just perfect for keeping the home interior warm and making it energy efficient. You can contact any of the plumbers & heating engineers out there for helpful guidance or aid if you ever face any challenge while carrying out any of the process described above.
  19. There are lots of perks to installing more energy efficient windows in your home. Some of the benefits provide more of a cost incentive than others. Here are just a few of the reasons that having more energy efficient windows will be good for your home. Lower Heating and Cooling Bills One of the best benefits that you can receive from a monetary standpoint from new windows is that your heating and cooling bills can be lower. New windows tend to be more energy efficient. This means that you’ll most likely notice less drafts around your house. Older windows often allowed air to enter and exit your home freely. This meant that it was costing you more to maintain the temperature in your home. Maintained Home Comfort Newer windows are better at warding off temperature fluctuations in your home. What this means for you is that you can more easily maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. A comfortable home is more of a luxury when it comes to the costs associated with installing more energy efficient windows. Look into using a company like Edelen Door and Window to help you through the process. Decreased Sound Pollution You may be surprised to learn that energy efficient windows can also make your home quieter. This is because they’re better sealed and tend to be better at dampening the sound. That means that not only does less sound enter your home, but less sounds will leave your home as well. You don’t have to worry about the neighbors complaining about your loud movie night with the family. Protected Home Finishes One of the new features on energy efficient windows is that they provide better shielding from solar radiation. You can even add an extra layer of shielding to reduce solar radiation from entering your home. It’s the solar radiation that can cause your flooring to become discolored over time. This is even more apparent if you have wood flooring in your home. Areas that are protected from the sun tend to be lighter in color than those that are exposed to the sun. There are of course the better known reasons that installing energy efficient windows is the right choice for your home. Consider some of these lesser known perks if you’re torn about whether to spend the money on new windows right now. Your home is an investment, but you should also enjoy living in your home for years to come.
  20. Living a green existence can make you feel like you’re doing something positive for the planet. It can actually lead to positive outcomes, too. If you want your consumption of energy to be as kind to the environment as possible, you should adopt any or of all of these strategies at your place of work or in your household right away. Switch Your HVAC Filters out on a Frequent Basis Heating and cooling a home can eat up a considerable amount of energy. If you want to minimize your energy use in a big way, you should switch out your heating and air conditioning system filters on a frequent basis. This will do more than conserve energy as well. That’s because it will also make your monthly energy bills a lot lower. Invest in LED Lighting The use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights calls for markedly lower levels of energy. If you want to minimize your energy consumption greatly, you should switch all of your existing lightbulbs out with fresh LED ones. This may require an upfront investment of money. If you wait a little bit, however, you’ll save a lot on your energy bills each month. Reuse Energy-Efficient Industrial Transformers over and Over You can decrease your energy use by going for industrial transformers that are classified as being energy efficient. People who want to keep waste to a minimum should think about reusing any tools, like an industrial transformer, whenever possible. If you use industrial transformers in the workplace, you shouldn’t forget about them once they’re no longer brand new. Using them over and over can minimize waste greatly. Use Ceiling Fans Any Time You Can You should never assume that turning your air conditioning unit on is the only way to cool your property down well. If you want to cool an interior space without employing a lot of energy, you should try ceiling fans. Ceiling fan installation can be terrific for people who want to lower energy consumption. It can be fantastic for those who want to lower their energy bills as well. If you care deeply about the environment, the world and a brighter tomorrow, you need to take the appropriate actions day in and day out. This means that you should do whatever you can to restrict your use of energy. This is crucial regardless of your location. It can help to decrease energy use at home, at work and beyond.
  21. Renewable energy has many advantages. Getting your energy from the sun, wind or other renewable sources to power your business can be helpful for both your company and the planet. Here are some of the main benefits that you’re likely to see by switching to renewable energy solutions for your business. Lower Utility Costs Using a traditional energy source may not be financially sound for your business. Renewable energy is generally less expensive and more reliable. Oil, natural gas and other forms of traditional energy are in limited supply and costlier to harvest. The equipment that you use to generate your renewable energy can streamline the process and put less strain on the earth’s natural resources. You may have to invest a decent amount of money for your equipment, but you’ll probably end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Carbon Footprint Reduction The amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere can be reduced by switching to renewable energy. As the Union of Concerned Scientists states, by releasing less of these pollutants into the air, you’ll be contributing less to the problem of global warming. Renewable energy is often considered to be “clean” energy for its minimal production of global warming emissions. Hydro power and ocean energy emit the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases. Improved Air and Water Quality In addition to minimizing global warming, using renewable energy will make the air cleaner and better for breathing. The fewer pollutants that are emitted from renewable energy will also make water safer for drinking. After your professional electrical contractors finish installing your equipment, you’ll have access to renewable energy that’s known to reduce certain health risks. Respiratory difficulties, cardiovascular problems and certain forms of cancer have been linked to the high levels of pollutants that come from traditional power sources. A Better Image for Your Business People are often impressed by businesses that practice environmental responsibility. By advertising that your company uses renewable energy, you may attract more loyal customers. The fact that you use renewable energy might also convince other companies to follow suit. You’ll be setting a good example when you make the switch, and doing so can help your business establish itself as an industry leader. You’ll reap more rewards than you’ve likely imagined when you start using renewable energy. By making the commitment, you’ll be helping to sustain the planet for generations to come. Contact electrical contractors in your areas and see which green energy solutions they can offer your business.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. A “green” lifestyle is one which, once it grabs hold of you, doesn’t let go easily. At the same time, unfortunately, getting your family on board with the idea of making major changes can be a bit more challenging. To get them interested, it’s important to take baby steps so they can fully realize the benefits of a “green” lifestyle. Here are a few steps you can take when you have a family member who’s resistant to making eco-friendly changes. Provide a Few LED Bulbs Led bulbs have advanced tremendously in technology and dropped significantly in price since their invention in 1962. Still, many people are hesitant to change over to them, worried about the quality of light or the upfront cost of the bulbs. If the people in your life who you’re trying to convince don’t live with you, you may want to provide them with a few LED bulbs as a gift. Once they see the instant-on, cool-to-the-touch, and energy-sipping capabilities of LED bulbs in their own home, they’ll be hooked. Make Recycling Easy One complaint that some people have about recycling is that it’s time-consuming to take the recyclable materials to a recycling center, which may be quite far away. By providing eco-friendly skip bins, recycling suddenly becomes a lot more convenient. Depending on an individual’s usage, you can select from a variety of sizes to ensure they can recycle to their heart’s content. Stay Clean It may seem odd, but one of the best ways to encourage family members toward energy efficiency is to keep yourself clean. A common hesitation that people have with low-flow shower heads and faucets is that they think they don’t clean as well as their traditional counterparts. By regularly successfully utilizing a low-flow shower head, you can show that these devices truly do work and truly do help protect the environment. Let Them Eat Composting is a great way to create rich soil that is great for growing a vibrant and beautiful vegetable garden. By utilizing various ingredients that you obtain from your garden in your cooking, you’ll quickly assuage any concerns your family members may have about the cost and effort involved in successful composting. Since there are so many ways to do composting, it’s also a good idea to have plans ready for your family members to follow once they start asking how you’re able to do it. Give Them Time As with any major change in another person’s life, the change to a “green” lifestyle is bound to take time. Though it may seem like progress is coming at a snail’s pace, over time you’ll be able to look back and see just how far your family has come, with the added satisfaction of having played a role in that transformation.