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  1. 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.
  2. A new HVAC system can be a major investment, but this is one upgrade worth considering. Depending on the local climate and age of your current system, a new system could potentially pay for itself in just four or five years. Here is a closer look at just a few of the benefits of modern HVAC systems. They Maintain Consistent Pressure Just because newer units are more powerful doesn’t mean that they draw extra energy. The ducts inside your home are designed to handle a certain amount of pressure, and any changes to that pressure will reduce the overall efficiency of the system. A modern HVAC system, like those available from Derek Sawyers Smart Energy Heating & Air, is going to keep the pressure inside your ducts extremely consistent. That means every room in your home will stay close to the same temperature. Older units tend to create pressure fluctuations that wreak havoc on energy consumption. More Accurate Thermostats Studies are now showing us that smart thermostats can save you up to $180 a year. In addition to being more accurate, they can also be controlled remotely. If you accidentally leave the system on during the day, you can quickly turn it off with a mobile app or web portal. Some of these thermostats also link to multiple sensors throughout the home to get a more accurate reading of the indoor temperature. Higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) Ratings Within the last decade, the SEER ratings of many HVAC systems have skyrocketed. A higher SEER rating basically means that the HVAC system produces more cool air and uses less electricity. HVAC systems that are more than 15 years usually have a SEER rating below six. Some of the leading HVAC systems that have come out in the last few years have a SEER rating of 14 or higher. Newer systems also produce more heat with less electricity during the coldest months of the year. Improved Fittings Older air conditioners, condensers, blowers, and furnaces can pull away from their fittings, and that will result in an incredible amount of heat transfer. When modern energy-efficient units are installed, all of the fittings will perfectly mate with one another. The HVAC contractor can also use products such as all-purpose caulking and weather-stripping to further insulate the system. Reducing the amount of air that escapes will result in lower energy bills. If you would like to save even more money, then you might want to consider improving your home’s insulation. Blow-in insulation, weather strips, and window dressings will all reduce the amount of heat transfer that takes place inside your home, and that could save you quite a bit every month.
  3. Energy efficiency is one of the smartest contributions you can make to your household budget and to the future of our planet. If you adopt just one single eco-friendly strategy listed herein, Mother Nature and your wallet will certainly thank you. Some of the strategies may require you to make an initial investment that will eventually pay for itself in terms of savings. With this in mind, here are four strategies to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Switch to LED or CFL Light Bulbs Compact fluorescent lamps and LED light bulbs are between 35 to 65 percent more efficient than their traditional counterparts. Depending on your lighting usage patterns and the number of illuminated spaces in your house, you could save between $40 and $60 per year with LED bulbs. Keep in mind that keeping lights on during the daytime will result in higher electricity bills. Choose Smart Ways to Conserve Water Municipal utilities are forced to apply a substantial amount of energy to pump drinking water to your house. At a time when major cities such as Cape Town in South Africa are suffering major water shortages, you should do your best to conserve water at home. Three tips to get started: install low-flow shower heads and faucets, wash only full loads of laundry, and turn off water that you’re not using when you shower or brush your teeth. Bury Your Electric Cables Exposed and aerial electrical cables are at a higher risk of becoming damaged. A smarter and more energy-efficient way of organizing electrical wires and cables is to bury them. Underground wiring installation minimize the risk of power failure due to damage to electrical cables during extreme weather conditions. This is something to be done by a trained professional, however, like those from Motor Shop Electrical Construction Co. Modernize Your HVAC System If you live in a warm region, chances are that your air conditioning unit is the most expensive line item in your monthly electricity bill. For this reason, you should invest in a smart thermostat and an overall upgrade. This does not mean that you will have to replace your compressor. Depending on the age and condition of your A/C unit, a seasonal tune-up may be all you need to make it energy-efficient. In the end, you should strive to adopt the four strategies listed above and conduct further research on household energy efficiency. Learning more about this subject may prompt to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle that can holistically improve your health.
  4. No homeowner likes to see an unexpected spike in his or her electric bill, especially those on tight budgets. According to a survey conducted by the Department of Energy, nearly one-third of all households in 2015 had some insecurity with their electric costs. In some cases, other necessities were cut back to pay the electric bill. Other received disconnection notices if the bill was not paid timely. For those with tight budgets, efficiently running appliances can make a great deal of difference in monthly expenses. There are some common causes for increased energy costs and ways to avoid a sudden bill shock associated with it. Faulty Appliances Consuming Energy In general, major appliances that either heat or cool consume the most electricity. Electric stoves and ovens, clothes dryers, hot water heaters and refrigerators often use the most electricity. If one of these appliances stops working correctly, higher energy costs are likely. This can happen in a number of ways. A hot water heater that leaks will cost more to run because it must be constantly heating additional water from the supply line. A clothes dryer with a faulty switch may cause it to run longer and use more energy. A fridge with a leaking refrigerant line or bad compressor will work harder to keep the unit cold. A trained appliance technician can diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs. Appliances Having Indirect Effect on Energy Costs In these cases, though the faulty appliance may not cause additional electrical costs on its own, the effect can lead to higher consumption. For example, if a washing machine is not properly extracting water from clothing, it will take longer to dry. Longer running time in the high energy clothes dryer could be noticeable in the electric bill. A water leak in the dishwasher or washing machine may not only cause a mess, but it could lead to the hot water heater working longer than it should. Having a trained professional diagnose the problem and making the proper repairs will lead to a lower electric bill. Seasonal Changes In this area, increased costs may be inevitable. When the weather turns warm and air conditioners run more often, an increase people can expect an increase in energy usage. Ensuring the AC unit is running correctly, adding insulation where needed and turning down the cooling system while away from the home may help reduce costs. Having these items checked by a professional can save the homeowner money in the long run. Even if you don’t think your energy bills are too much, it’s still a good idea to take a look at local averages, ask friends, or even just have maintenance done to see if they could be lower. Many fixes for higher costs are relatively painless, but anything that will save you money, in the long run, is worth considering.
  5. 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.
  6. A lot of the ways that you can save energy this summer can also help keep your home cooler. Keep an eye of the weather forecast so that you can plan ahead appropriately to save the most energy. Here are just a few tricks that you can use to save some energy this summer. Invest in Outdoor Cooking Options Running your oven causes heat to become trapped in your home. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to live on raw or cold food all summer. Look into outdoor cooking options like a barbecue. This will allow you to make all of those fun summer foods without having to heat up your home. It also uses less energy to use other methods for cooking. Crock pots and toaster ovens are another solution to simple cooking that uses less electricity. Upgrade Your HVAC System An older HVAC system requires more energy to maintain the temperature in your home. If your HVAC system is older than 20 years, it’s time to get a replacement anyway. There are even tax rebates for certain types of ac replacement options. For newer HVAC systems, consider having it serviced to help to improve its efficiency. Change out the filter so that you can get the maximum amount of benefit from your unit. Shop around so that you can found the right solution for you. Use Natural Cooling Sources Your windows are a great way to cool your home down for free. Open them up at night when the outside air is cooler than the inside air. You may want to invest in window locking features so that you can protect your home and your kids. When the sun comes up in the morning, close your windows to trap the cool air inside. Close your curtains to block out some of the solar radiation from entering your home during the day. Replace Outdated Lighting Older light bulbs put out a little bit of heat. The bigger concern with older lightbulbs is that they consume larger quantities of energy over their newer counterparts. LED bulbs are designed to use a fraction of the energy and will last years longer. Another thing that you can do to reduce your energy consumption is to use natural light to your advantage. Open up your curtains when the sun isn’t streaming into the window. Saving energy this summer is as hard or as easy as you make it. Take a look around your home so that you can determine the best way to do so.
  7. If your family is like many, there is a good chance that you waste a lot of electricity in your home. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to reduce your energy consumption. Follow these steps if you’re interested in doing so. Turn Your Home into a Smart Home First of all, if you haven’t yet implemented smart home automation in your home, then now is a good time to do so. Along with making your home more comfortable and intuitive for your family, this can help you conserve energy. For example, a programmable thermostat can help you avoid wasting energy with your HVAC system, and being able to turn off lights that were left on from a touch of your smartphone can help you conserve energy as well. Plus, as an added bonus, adding smart home components to your home can help you increase its value and make it much more appealing to potential buyers if you choose to put your home on the market later on. Invest in the Best Window Coverings One simple and affordable change that you can make is to invest in the best window coverings possible for your home. Look for those that are designed to filter out sunlight, since this can help you dramatically reduce your heating bills. It can also help you make your home more comfortable, prevent glares and protect your furnishings and flooring from fading. Plus, there are tons of modern and attractive styles, so buying new window coverings is a great way to update your home’s decor at the same time. Change out Your Light Bulbs If you haven’t yet switched out all of your household light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, now is the time to do so. This is an affordable project to tackle, and it’s something you can do yourself. Swap out Household Appliances If you’re ready to make an investment, consider swapping out your household appliances. Older refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances use a lot more energy than newer models. Some, like washing machines and dishwashers, also waste water. Buying new, eco-friendly appliances can help you save on energy and help the environment. As you can see, there are a few things that you can do if you would like to control how much energy you use at home. Then, you can lower the amount that you pay for your electricity bill each month, and you can feel good in knowing that your family has taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment
  8. There are lots of reasons that updating your home may be the right move to make right now. You can even have your upgrades decrease the overall energy usage of your home. Energy efficient items have come a long way when it comes to looks and the technology utilized. Doing these upgrades can improve the appearance of your home and save you some money in the process. Change Your Roofing Material If you roof is looking a little ratty around the edges, replace it with a newer version. A metal roof may be the right solution for you. This long lasting type of material is made to withstand the ages. It also makes it easier for the snow to slide off. You could also replace your roof with cool shingles that reflect a large portion of the sun’s rays away from your home. Increase Window Efficiency As windows age they start to lose some of their insulating properties. Look into window repair so that you can improve the energy efficiency and the appearance of your old windows. For older single pane windows, change them out with a two or three pane solution. This will reduce the amount of drafts and noise that enters your home on a daily basis. You have a variety of styles to choose from when it comes to replacing your windows. Replace Worn out Appliances Old appliances tend to waste a lot of energy. You may have noticed that your refrigerator is running almost constantly. Replace it with a more energy efficient model. New appliances also have the perk of being more attractive than your old ones. This could be the first step to getting you started on your minor kitchen remodel. Install New Light Fixtures Changing out the light fixtures in your home can improve the style of any room. Replace those old bulbs with ones that are LED. They consume less energy than the incandescent or fluorescent varieties. Another benefit is that they can last longer so that you won’t have to replace them so often. Even if you have a relatively new home, you may be able to gain some benefit by performing an energy audit. This can give you a jumping off point for any upgrades that may need to be performed around your house. Being more energy conscious doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice style. There are lots of energy efficient options that can improve the appearance of your home.
  9. We as consumers also have a responsibility. We must be careful about wasteful energy usage. The more we consume energy, the more we have to pay in energy bills and pay in the form of environmental damage. Jim Bridgeforth, President of American Power and Gas, is among the few people who seem to be really worried about the wasteful use of energy. He knows it is scarce and he is doing his part to create a renewable energy Future, one that is affordable and efficient. In a Recent Interview with Forbes, Bridgeforth stated that 80% of all energy consumption in the US comes from the industrial sector, thus making the transition for consumers tricky as they are all sourced from the same grid. Essentially, widespread use for consumers has become something that requires a higher initial cost, which most can't afford. Keeping in mind that not everyone is physically able to transition to renewable energy services, how can consumers play their part in the meantime? Let’s have a look at five items in your house that could cause your energy bill to skyrocket: 1.Your Refrigerator A refrigerator uses a lot of energy. All electrical items that cool things require large quantities of energy, refrigerators are no different. They use 4% of all electricity, costing about $100 per year. However, you may end up paying a lot more if you don't pay attention to the small things. To reduce the cost, make sure not to leave the door open for long. This allows the cooling to escape, forcing the refrigerator to work even harder, resulting in more use of energy and hence higher costs (not to mention it could spoil your food if left open long enough). 2. Heating America is one of the coldest nations out there, especially some parts of it, which is why heating costs are pretty high averaging about $650 per year. To save money, try to use other techniques, such as keeping your Doors and windows closed so that no cool air can enter your home. Other than this, install insulators and keep your house covered to make sure you do not have to use a lot of heating. Also, keep an eye on the thermometer, make sure you remember to shut off heating and cooling systems before leaving the house. 3. Computers Computers only use about 1% of the energy costing around $25 per year, but if you have several computers and smartphones charging at all hours, the cost may go a lot higher. 4. Washer and Dryer They make up about 13% of the overall energy cost. Washers use a lot of energy. They constantly move and keep the water in motion to do the job. Similarly, dryers are also expensive to use. Try to avoid doing Laundry every day, or get it down to 1-2 times per week. It is expensive to produce heat, and the yearly cost associated with using a dryer can be as high as $325. 5. Electric Oven If you are a fan of baking and cooking, you probably are using your oven a lot. On average, they make about 4% of the total energy consumption, which makes about $100 per year. Go slow on over usage and you can save money.
  10. Being conscious of the environment is an important responsibility that everyone shares. Those that are looking to be greener and more conscious of their impact on the environment should start their efforts at home. There are four important tips that someone could follow that would help anyone to be more environmentally friendly at home and reduce their carbon footprint. Recycle One great way to be greener at home is to set up a regular wastewater filtration system. All families and homeowners can make a big difference if they make even simple changes to their recycling habits. As opposed to throwing all of your waste into the garbage, taking time to separate and organize the recyclables and putting them into the appropriate bins will be helpful. Furthermore, people should always look to use reusable bottles and plates as opposed to using items that will be thrown away after one use. Water Usage When you are looking to be more green and efficient at home, it is also important that you watch your water usage. Access to clean drinking water is quickly becoming problematic for people all over the world. All people, regardless of where they live, need to find ways to reduce water usage. Some of the best ways to do this can include taking shorter showers, being more efficient when watering the lawn, and simply being conscientious of water use. Home Automation and Smart Technology Another way that you can help to reduce your carbon footprint at home is by using smart appliances and home automation systems. Smart thermostats, smart power strips, and smart light switches can all be used to learn your behaviors and change settings when a certain room is not in use. Through a home automation system, you will also be able to change the thermostat in your home, turn lights and appliances on and off, and control other parts of your home that can help to reduce your overall energy usage. Purchase Efficient Appliances One of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to purchase more efficient appliances. Energy efficient refrigerators, air conditioners, furnaces, hot water heaters, and other appliances can all be used to drastically reduce your energy and water usage. While taking steps to help improve the environment is important, there are additional benefits that come with making greener decisions. Those that make certain investments and upgrades to their home could qualify for federal tax credits and will also see a reduction in their energy bills.
  11. Many businesses are generating waste, and don’t even realize that there is a better way of handling it. Becoming more environmentally conscious is the first step to making your business more green. Here are some ways that you can work to resolve your unnecessary business waste. Excess Energy Consumption Energy consumption is a hot topic when it comes to making your business more eco-friendly. You’ve probably heard all about changing out your light bulbs for more energy efficient models. Another step that you can take is to make your business more self-reliant when it comes to your electricity usage. Install solar panels on the roof so that you can generate some extra power. Switch your servers to a cloud based system. Older servers use a lot of power to run. By taking them offline, you could dramatically cut your energy consumption. Recycle Old Electronics Recycling is a big part of becoming more eco-friendly. You probably already have a recycling program in place to deal with paper waste and other items. Consider expanding your recycling program to include your old electronic equipment. There are programs that want your old electronics. Many of these organizations are charities that give them to those that are less fortunate. You can also sell your old electronics, and donate the money to a charity of your choice. Create a Reclaimed Water Program Waste water can be a problem in many manufacturing environments. Purchasing a wastewater filtration system can help to alleviate some of your concerns. This water can then be used where it’s safe to use other reclaimed water. An example of this would include the water needed to flush your toilets. This water would in no way be drinkable, but it can go to other uses. The waste portion could be disposed of in the proper manner, while saving you some money. Convenience Items Over Reusable Many businesses don’t even think twice about purchasing disposable items. This trash is then deposited into the landfill. Creating more garbage isn’t very environmentally friendly. Replace these disposable items with reusable ones. Purchase reusable water bottles for all of your employees. Stock your break room with real plates and utensils. This will cut down on the amount of items that you need to purchase. It will also prevent more trash from entering the landfill. Focusing on reducing business waste is not only good for your bottom line. It’s also good for the environment and the image that your business projects.
  12. Issues like pollution and global warming are serious challenges. If we are to protect the earth for future generations, we need to take action now. That certainly includes action from businesses both large and small. Make sure you are doing your part by instituting green policies into your company where you can. Below are four such strategies you should give serious consideration. Make Your Office Paperless One thing offices do is waste a lot of paper. The average US office employee uses about 10,000 pieces of paper a year. All this waste leads to the clearing of forests. That means fewer trees to transform harmful carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. However, thanks to things like email and PDF files, there really is no longer a need for paper in the modern office. Do your part and go paperless. Start a Carpool Program One of the biggest sources of pollution created by businesses doesn’t come directly from the business itself. Instead, it’s all the gasoline that must be burned to allow employees to drive to and from work. Thankfully, there is a way to change this and curb your workforce’s carbon footprint. You should consider starting a company carpool program. Employees will benefit as well since they will have to spend less on gas each year. Waste Less Water Most states in the US expect significant water shortages in the future. We will have to start treating more wastewater to make up the difference. You can do your part by using less water in your facilities. Consider installing low-flow plumbing fixtures like toilets, faucets and more that use a lot less water so more of this valuable resource can be saved for the greater community. Perform an Energy Audit Many businesses are completely oblivious to the ways they are wasting energy. Your factory, store, warehouse or other facility may be needlessly wasting energy and electricity in ways you are not even aware of. Perform an energy audit through the use of a third party. The results of the audit can then be used to lower the amount of energy your facilities are using. This increased efficiency will also do the job of helping to slash your overhead expenses. Businesses are not free of moral and ethical obligations. One of these obligations is doing what you can to lower pollution and protect your community as well as the earth in general. Hiring someone with a civil engineering degree to help analyze your companies influence can help you with this. The four strategies above should only be a starting point for going green with your company.
  13. The rising cost of energy is a big concern for many people. While energy usage is continuing to be more expensive, there are now many ways that the average person could cut back on the amount of energy that they use. There are five tips in particular that all people could follow to cut their energy usage. Home Automation One of the best things that you could do to save on energy costs would be to use a home automation system. Home automation systems will turn electronics on and off when they are not in use, will automatically change the temperature in your home when you are away and will provide you with certain controls remotely. All of these can help to reduce your energy usage. Use Vents Strategically Another great way to reduce your energy costs is to avoid heating and cooling rooms that you do not use. If you have extra bedrooms or living space that are rarely in use, keeping these rooms at a comfortable temperature can be very expensive. One of the best things that you could do would be to close the vents to these rooms and seal the windows as this will prevent air flow into these rooms and will reduce your energy costs. Change Temperature One of the biggest ways that people waste their energy dollars is by cooling or heating their home too much. While all people have a desired temperature in their home, those that are willing to raise their thermostat a few degrees during the summer or lower it during the winter could reduce their energy bills by a significant margin. New Window Treatments Installing new window treatments can also help you to reduce your energy bills. Window shutters, such as those from companies like Litemaster Blinds & Awnings can help to keep your home cool in the summer months and warm in the winter months by retaining the current temperature in your home. Unplug Electronics Finally, simply unplugging certain appliances will be able to cut your costs. Minor appliances and electronics including microwaves, coffee machines, phone chargers, and other small items all use a little bit of energy even when they are not in use. By unplugging them you could cut your energy bills. While cutting your home energy usage could help to reduce your bills on a monthly basis, there are other benefits as well. Reductions in energy usage could also extend the life of your furnace and air conditioner and is much better for the environment.
  14. Sustainability starts in the home. But are you doing everything you can to create an eco-friendly house? There are many ways you can make your house greener and more energy efficient. Use these tips to learn how to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Insulate Your Home How well insulated is your home? Many homes do not have insulation in the basement or attic. This is where most of the unwanted air flow enters your home. Because of this, cold air will enter your home in the winter and warm air in the summer. This means your heating and air conditioning will need to work twice as hard to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. To lower your heating and cooling costs and stop wasting energy, install additional insulation in your home. Make Sure Everything Is Running at High Efficiency Check your appliances and ensure they are working as efficiently as they can. If your appliances and home fixtures are not working as efficiently as they should, you will be spending more on your energy bills. For example, a low-efficiency furnace will require more energy to heat your home. Call a professional furnace repair company, like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc., to inspect your furnace and fix anything that needs to be fixed. The same goes for all of your large appliances like your refrigerator and washing machine. Additionally, when it comes time to replace any appliances, make sure you choose ones that are energy efficient. You can tell because they will have the Energy Star logo on the tags. Turn off the Lights Your parents might have been onto something whenever they yelled at you to turn off the lights. Anytime you leave a room, remember to turn off the lights. Doing so can save a lot of electricity and thus lower your bills. The last thing you want is to waste energy on things that nobody is even using. Switch to Green Energy Sources There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home to green sources of energy. Consider installing solar panels on your roof to power the house. This is a fantastic way to make your house eco-friendlier and save on energy costs. Plus, you may even be able to get a tax break after installing the solar panels. There are tons of ways you can make your home greener. In doing so, you can save yourself some cash and save the environment, too.
  15. Everyone today wants to find some ways to save money and stretch their paychecks just a little bit further. One of the best ways to do this is by lowering your monthly electric bill. Below are five ways homeowners can save on energy costs. Insulate Your Home to Regulate Temperature Heating and cooling costs make up a huge chunk of your electric bill every month, especially during the summer and winter months. Did you know that you could save a ton of money by stopping the air and temperature leaks by sealing the air into your home? Install better insulation in your walls and ceiling and replace old windows with energy-efficient ones. This can be a major remodeling job, but if you’re on a tight budget and can’t make those improvements right now, you can still reduce air leaks by replacing your old weather stripping around the doors and windows. This includes your garage door too, if you have an attached garage. Use Power Strips to Prevent Phantom Loads A lot of people don’t realize that their electrical appliances and electronics all draw power whenever they are plugged in, even when they are turned off! This constant energy leak adds up by the end of the month. To prevent these phantom loads, as they are called, all you need to do is plug your devices into a power strip and then turn it off when not in use. Make sure that the power strip you purchase has an on/off switch. Some power strips also include a surge protector fuse. This protects delicate electronics such as computers and smartphones from electrical surges. Switch to Energy-Saving Appliances When shopping around for clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators or any similar household appliances, look for Energy Star products. These machines are certified to use less electricity than their competitors. You can also switch from regular light bulbs to LED bulbs or energy-saving bulbs which require less power to put out the same amount of light. Install Solar Panels on Your Roof Installing solar panels on the roof of your home through a company like Solar Source can also help you save a lot of money over the years. You will probably still have to pay a small fee or tax to the electric company for maintenance, but your electric bill will be greatly reduced, depending on how many solar panels you have installed. Stop Wasting Electricity Lastly, the easiest way to save money on your utilities is to simply use less energy. Make sure that everyone in the household gets in the habit of shutting off lights and ceiling fans when they walk out of a room. You can also turn down the thermostat in your refrigerator a little bit without any negative impact on food quality. And you can wear more or less clothing while lounging around the house to avoid using so much power when running the air conditioner or heater. There are a lot of possible ways to save money on your electric bill. Whether you go all in on insulation and window replacements or just wear a hoodie and extra socks on colder days, you can save money with just a few easy steps.
  16. There’s no arguing that solar energy essentially is the future. Solar energy is becoming markedly more common among people everywhere. There are a number of distinctive solar energy devices that are quickly gaining traction lately, too. If you’re all about depending on the extraordinary power of the sun, you need to know about them. Solar Lanterns Solar devices are wonderful for many reasons. Solar lanterns aren’t an exception. These lanterns can come in handy for outdoorsy people who do a lot of camping. They can come in handy for individuals who simply require additional light in times of darkness as well. These lanterns can often give individuals access to eight full hours of high-quality power. Solar Window Chargers Solar window chargers can make convenient options for people who lead fast-paced daily lifestyles. They’re nice and compact and therefore easy to get from one spot to another. They remain intact any time you attach them to windows as well. If you’re constantly looking for useful mobile device charging options, these can be a great help. Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakers These are a unique device that many are coming to find are incredibly useful. Solar-powered Bluetooth speakers are yet another big device option these days. If you’re looking to completely charge your Bluetooth speakers, you need to set aside roughly 10 hours. What can be more relaxing than waiting for your speakers to charge while basking in the warm glow of the sun? Solar Cookers People can now even bank on solar devices for all kinds of food preparation applications. If you want to depend on the sun to create mouthwatering meals for everyone, you can try using a solar cooker. Solar cookers are also frequently referred to as solar ovens. These tools employ sun energy for food cooking purposes, plain and simple. Why should you think about investing in devices that utilize solar energy? The reasons are plentiful. It doesn’t matter if you go for a solar cooker or for a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker. Solar energy can make your life better in many ways. This kind of energy, first and foremost, is both renewable and sustainable. Because of that, humans don’t have to think about potential depletion. Solar energy production doesn’t call for a lot of upkeep work. Solar energy is wonderfully quiet as well. It’s simple to see why so many people are fans of it now.
  17. Being environmentally conscious is becoming an increasingly popular idea, and there are many steps that homeowners can take to aid in this objective. Homes are a major contributor concerning energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, and many other factors that have a direct effect on the environment. As a homeowner, there are a variety of actions that you can take to make your home have a positive impact on the environment, and here are four tips to do so. Conserve Water Water is a critical resource that is used for a variety of purposes, and conserving it is highly important. There are many steps that you can take to reduce your water usage, including taking shorter showers, installing more efficient nozzles, and eliminating excess water usage in your yard. Be Energy Efficient Homes consume a large amount of energy, but there are many simple steps to reducing your consumption. One of the biggest ways is to replace your lightbulbs with LEDs. These bulbs have a very long product life, reducing the need to purchase replacements. They also are highly efficient and reduce electricity usage. Another way to decrease energy consumption is to unplug items that aren’t in use because, even if they aren’t in use, the outlet is still pulling power and using electricity. Compost and Recycle Composting is a great way to reduce waste and reuse various products from in and around your home, including grass clippings, leaves, food products, and others. These items can be added to a composter, and after they break down, they can be used as fertilizer for your yard or garden. Recycling is another great way to reduce waste, and recycled items can often just be placed in a separate bin and can be picked up just like trash. Soil Stabilization Soil stabilization offered by businesses like T. Luckey Sons, Inc. and similar companies is often overlooked as a green option. If, however, the soil beneath the foundation under your house is damaged it can cause damage to your house and the environment through erosion and organic degradation. This issue is easy to get under control through the use of soil grouting and other stabilizing solutions, and addressing issues early can reduce larger problems in the future. As resources are becoming increasingly scarcer and more information is coming to light about the importance of protecting the environment, it is important for everyone to contribute however they are able to. As a homeowner, there are many different steps that can be taken to help reduce your environmental footprint.
  18. Countless US homeowners are investing in solar power installations. There are two primary reasons for switching to solar: to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions produced by fossil-fuel-burning power plants and save money on utility bills. So, how much money can you expect to save with a solar power installation exactly? Solar Power Installation Prices According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the average cost of residential solar power installations through companies like Solar Source has declined by roughly 60 percent since 2010. Depending on the type, size, market conditions and other factors, a typical solar power system now costs about $15,000 to $30,000. While that may seem expensive, you must consider the cost-savings benefits it offers over the course of many years. Breaking Down the Cost-Savings Benefits of Solar Power Statistics show the average residential solar power system provides 84 percent of the home’s energy needs. If you spend $2,200 in home energy expenses every year, a solar power installation will save you about $1,848 per year. Keep in mind, however, that new solar power systems have an average lifespan of 20 years. So, if you want to find the true cost-savings benefits of a solar power system, you can multiply your yearly savings by 20, which in this case would be $36,960. Net Metering Net metering can also save you money on a solar power installation. This mutually beneficial agreement involves selling excess, unused energy to a lower power company. If your solar power system generates more energy than what you need, you can sell it for utility credits. Most residential solar power installations produce more energy than what the home needs during the day due to increased sun exposure. With net metering, homeowners can obtain bill credits for this excess energy to offset the cost of nighttime power. Solar Tax Credit Furthermore, the federal government offers a 30 percent tax credit on new solar power installations. If you spend $15,000 on a solar power system, for instance, you can deduct $4,500 from your federal taxes. Just remember save your receipts for when tax time rolls around. To learn more about solar power and how it can save you money, contact a professional solar panel company. They can help you choose the right installation for your home while explaining the differences between different technologies like thin-film and monocrystalline silicon.
  19. When it comes to energy efficiency, it can really affect how successful your business is. If you require a lot of heavy equipment, he costs for maintaining them can add up quickly. This can cause you to have to take out extra capital to pay for it, tying up your potential investments. This means you could lose out on opportunities to grow quickly. To avoid this, make sure you’re monitoring your power and keeping your company energy efficient the right solutions. Dual Phase Converters When you have heavy duty industrial machinery, you need a way for it to convert its power. A single phase converter doesn’t do as much as a dual phase, meaning you overload the system and grid more. It also becomes more difficult to monitor. By having dual phase power you can have one phase providing electricity while the other measures the change in power distribution and efficiency. Switchboards In your control room, you can achieve a lot for your energy efficiency by having a quality monitoring station. Part of this station should include switchboards. Not only do they let you switch different machines on and off, but also send those signals to a central monitoring device. Flexible Transformers Having the right transformers can have a big impact on how energy efficient your business is. Items like Rogowski coils offered by Aim Dynamics are an example of coils that allow you to place your equipment anywhere that you need to while enjoy power savings. While the monthly number may seem small in the beginning, transformers can offer advantages that add up over time. Window Monitoring Your windows and doors are some of the biggest leaks of energy efficiency that you are going to have in your company’s offices and factories. Place monitoring solutions on them such as Nest that allow you to see how efficient they are. Consider replacing them for more efficient versions if necessary. Temperature Control Today’s brick and mortar businesses require a lot more power than they used to. This can be a disadvantage if you are a smaller company just starting out. It can also be difficult to deal with if you would prefer to have other items to invest in for your company’s growth. Free up additional time, resources, and funds spent on traditional power monitoring by looking into the tactics described above. It could be a major positive turning point for you and your business.
  20. Saving money on your energy bills may be a year-round goal. Many homeowners try to curb consumption through an adjustment of their own behaviors. For example, you may try to turn out the lights when you are not in a specific room. However, these types of actions have minimal impact on your energy bill, and you may be frustrated by the lack of results that you are generating. If you want to see a major improvement in your energy bill, consider making these important changes. Upgrade Your Old HVAC System If your HVAC system is more than 10 or 15 years old, it may be consuming much more energy than it needs to. Newer HVAC systems installed by a company like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc. may have enhanced energy-saving capabilities, and you may notice the difference in your energy bill the first month after it is installed. A side benefit associated with upgrading your HVAC system is that your repair bills may decrease as well. In fact, many HVAC systems are sold with a warranty that lasts for at least the first few years. Use Smart Home Technology Smart home technology is mostly considered to be a convenience feature, but it can save you money in several ways. For example, you can link automatic blinds to it, and you can close the blinds during the peak of the day in the summer to keep heating to a minimum. You can also adjust your thermostat through this technology to minimize HVAC system use. Install New Windows A considerable amount of energy loss can take place through your windows. Very old windows may only have a single pane of glass that is not energy efficient. Older double-pane windows may have had cracks in the gas seals, and this can decrease energy efficiency as well. New windows may have a solar reduction glaze or film, and some have a triple-pane feature that adds another layer to buffer the temperature differential between the interior and exterior of the home. Closing blinds during extreme weather conditions can also reduce energy loss. Replace Your Insulation Another excellent idea is to remove old fiberglass insulation and install spray-in foam insulation. Fiberglass insulation is not as energy efficient as foam insulation. Furthermore, old fiberglass insulation may slouch down in the wall or may even be eaten by pests. Making an upgrade to your insulation can trap more of your climate-controlled air inside your home. While these projects are rather significant, they can each help you to drastically reduce energy consumption. In some cases, you may find rebates or special offers to help you save money on these upgrades and improvements.
  21. Purchasing energy-efficient windows for your home is a smart investment that can reduce your monthly utility costs. Climate control accounts for 48 percent of the average U.S. Home’s energy usage. The right windows, however, will reduce your home’s heating and cooling needs by trapping thermal energy indoors. ENERGY-STAR Windows Windows touting the ENERGY-STAR logo are designed with strict standards to achieve a higher level of energy efficiency. According to the organization’s website, replacing conventional single-pane windows with ENERGY-STAR windows yields an average savings of $126 to $465 per year. Low-E Windows Another type of energy-efficient window is low emission. Also known as low-e windows, they feature a special coating to better control thermal energy movement. You can expect to pay more than low-e windows than conventional windows, but it’s a smart investment that will save you money over time. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), low-e windows are 30 percent to 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional windows. Contact a window company like Pella Windows and Doors of Wisconsin for more information. Heat-Absorbing Windows Featuring a tinted surface to absorb solar energy, heat-absorbing windows are an excellent option to consider when replacing your home’s windows. Rather than simply reflecting off the surface, sunlight absorbs through these windows and into the home. For homeowners living in cold climates, heat-absorbing windows can significantly reduce heating costs during winter. Gas-Filled Windows It’s no secret that double-pane windows are more energy efficient than single-pane windows. The space separating the two panes insulates and protects against thermal loss. However, not all double-pane windows feature air between the two glass panes. Some are actually designed with gas. Gas-filled windows provide greater energy efficiency than air-filled windows. Argon and krypton, for example, are denser than air; thus, improving the windows’ thermal efficiency. Energy-Efficient Frames The frames used in a window’s construction will affect its energy efficiency level. Aluminum and other metal frames, for example, offer minimal protection from thermal loss. However, fiberglass and vinyl frames are often filled with insulation to achieve a higher level of energy efficiency. When used in conjunction with the right windows, energy-efficient frames can reduce your home’s energy usage and lower your electric or gas utility bills. If you’re ready to take advantage of the cost-savings benefits of energy-efficient windows, contact a professional window replacement company today. They can provide personalized recommendations to achieve the highest level of energy efficiency in your home.
  22. Everyone wants to save a little more money, especially on electric bills since it is usually one of the highest bills people have to deal with. This is true during the winter when you turn up the heat to stay warm. Do not fret about this; there are a few ways to stay warm while reducing your electric bill. Use a Fan One way to stay warm this winter without forcing your heater to work hard is to use a fan. What you want to do is simply reverse the blades so that they are spinning clockwise. There is usually a switch on the fan that helps you do this. The reason this is effective is that the fan pulls cool air upward while pushing warm air downward, helping your home warm up faster. Insulate, Insulate It is important that you do your best to insulate your home. You can add insulating foam to your attic, basement, and the walls if needed. You are going to have to talk to a professional to have your home insulated though some homeowners try to do it on their own. Making your home trap warmer air while keeping cooler air out should definitely help reduce this bill. Alternate a Bit Sometimes the best thing you can do is use an alternative way of heating your home to avoid those electric bills. You might want to consider a fuel-powered heater instead of the one that uses electricity. The prices are more than competitive as long as you find a company that sells bulk fuel such as BUCKSFUEL.COM at the right rate. These furnaces are just as good as electric furnaces, which should be good enough for a family trying to stay warm without breaking the bank. Repairs Make a Difference Some homes have little problems that could make it harder for your heater to preserve warmth, which spikes your bill in the long run. For example, air could escape from your home through weak window seals, cracks on the walls, or other similar issues. What you want to do is inspect your home, and try to deal with all of these problems to ensure that warm air stays in. Again, you can hire a professional, or try to deal with these little issues on your own. Hopefully, some of these suggestions help keep you warm while saving money. Remember, there is always more to do. For example, you can wear warmer clothes made with materials like wool or alpaca.
  23. Going green isn’t just a trend. It is a strategy for moving towards more sustainable ways of living that could help preserve the earth for future generations. To combat things like climate change and deforestation, cleaner and more efficient power sources must be relied on. Below are some clean power sources worth utilizing. Solar The greatest power source in the galaxy is one that often goes under-utilized on Earth. That of course refers to the rays of the sun. Thankfully, installing solar panels on a building is easier and more cost effective than ever. Doing so will lead to significant long term savings. Taking into account the initial investment, a residential solar panel system should save a homeowner $50 a month on utilities. Hydropower Hydropower concerns the use of running water as a fuel source. As you probably know, hydropower harnessed by dams is used to power large swaths of the country. Hydropower technology is also evolving. Hydroelectric power systems that can be used to supplement other power sources in a home are now commercially available. Industrial Electrician Services If you wish to implement a solar power system, hydroelectric system, or some other form of clean alternative energy into your factory or other industrial facility, you should contact an industrial electrician service to help complete the job. Switching to green fuel may have many benefits, but it’s certainly not something a novice should attempt on their own. Wind Wind is another clean power source that once went under-utilized. However, that is beginning to change thanks to large wind turbines sprouting up across America’s heartland. Wind farms made up of these huge turbines can produce enough electricity to power entire communities. They can also do so without adding any pollution to the earth’s atmosphere. Biofuel One of the challenges facing conservationists is the fact that human beings produce so much waste and garbage. However, what if a good portion of that waste could be transformed into a clean fuel source? That is the possibility presented by the advent of biofuel. Creating biofuel involves the transformation of biomass, things that were recently living, into a sustainable fuel source. Today, biofuel technology mostly involves plant waste, but it could someday soon encompass almost all food waste produced by humans. Going green should be a long term goal for all of society. Curbing pollution and stopping climate change will help to ensure that the environment can be enjoyed by future generations. Clean alternative fuel sources can help make a greener future a reality.
  24. When it comes to saving energy, you can consider your whole home as a system with the potential for better performance in many areas. Lower power consumption basically comes down to insulation and improved efficiency. Here are five steps to making your home more energy efficient. Your House’s Envelope Be certain that your walls and attic are thoroughly insulated. The less energy you’re losing, the less you have to generate. Rolls of insulation may do for an unfinished attic, but use blown-in insulation to add a little extra to exterior walls. If you’re due for roof repair or replacement, inquire with local roofing companies like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc about some modern options designed to provide better insulation from the top down. Upgrade Windows Most temperature loss comes through thin window panes. If the windows are old and have small gaps, they could be the biggest energy-wasters in your home. Be sure that your window frames are sealed with caulk or weather-stripping. If budget allows, you should upgrade to energy-efficient modern products that provide a better seal and much better protection. Be sure to look for EnergyStar products. Install Awnings Think about the windows in your home that admit the most sunlight. You can buy and attach awnings over these windows to block out the sun in the hot weather, and roll them back to admit sun when it gets cool out. You’ll find awnings in any number of sizes, colors, and styles to suit your home’s exterior. Some must be hand-cranked into position, but you can also find motorized products that make it easy to extend or retract the awnings. Maintain Your HVAC If your heating, ventilation, and AC unit is more than 10 years old, consider an upgrade to more energy-efficient models. Be sure your HVAC is scaled accurately to your home’s interior volume, as inadequate systems will work harder while over-sized systems will waste energy. At the least, have your HVAC units checked yearly to see that they’re in good order. Clean or replace filters as needed, and be sure to have your ducts checked to remove any accumulation of debris constricting air flow. Improve Your Hot Water Heater If you have an old water heater, you might want to consider upgrading it to a more efficient EnergyStar model. Keep the water temperature no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure that the lines coming into the home are insulated to reduced heat loss. You should also consider adding some loose insulation around the heater itself. To minimize your hot water use, consider adding low-flow, aerated faucets and showers. If you really want to save energy you should consider upgrading to technologies like smart lighting systems or solar panels. But don’t forget that the most important way to conserve energy is to stop being wasteful.
  25. 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.