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Cynthia Madison posted a blog entry in Environmental decline is at an all-time high – what can YOU do about it?Environmental concerns are still a constant in today’s society. When reading news and watching broadcasts on the subject, it’s worrying to conclude how much things have worsened in this department. While worries are not diminished, numerous people however, have started to make certain changes, in order to pursue a more environmentally friendly way of living. Because the implication of a singular individual matters, setting a positive example for those around, each person should focus more on the matter. If you have decided to become a promoter of eco-friendly lifestyle yourself, you should start by greening up your household. While certain changes might require a bit more effort from your part, others will be quite simple to implement. But what exactly are people doing lately to make their homes greener? Here are a few of the changes that come as most beneficial in 2018, which you should think about as well: Heating The highest level of energy consumption in your household (which of course impacts the environment) goes on heating. Seeking friendlier heating options is recommended when you are trying to green your household. Infrared heaters, for example, are an excellent choice in this department, offering an energy saving that can reach even 50 percent. You can however analyze all your possibilities and choose one that you think will work for your lifestyle best. Moreover, if you want to maintain the temperature of your household at an optimal level throughout the entire year, without relying solely on heating or cooling devices, or turning these systems to their maximum capacity, you should also make sure your windows are perfectly sealed and your home insulated. You would be surprised to discover how much of a difference an isolation replacement can do in terms of temperature preservation and energy bill lowering. Reinsulating your property is the type of costly project that is worth every penny, and luckily, more homeowners have started to realize this aspect, and to pursue it. Replace your light bulbs Energy efficient light bulbs have been available to homeowners for quite some time now, but despite this fact, many households are still using traditional options. Switching to LEDs that use far less electricity is one of the first changes that you should make in your household, and the easiest as well. This decision makes sense even for those who might not have a green perspective on things, considering less energy consumption means lower utility costs. Energy efficient light bulbs will also last longer, so this solution provides you only with benefits. Invest in energy efficient appliances When talking about making your home more environmentally friendly and adopting greener lifestyle routines, energy efficiency is one of the first things that probably pops in mind. While you have numerous possibilities in terms of lowering your energy consumption, considering your appliances are utilizing so much energy, replacing a few of them with alternatives that are more efficient in this department is an option worth your consideration. Taking into account the fact that you don’t exactly need to “think green” when you are getting new cutlery items and dishes, or furniture items, for example, adopting this eco-friendly purchase habits when replacing or purchasing appliances will not involve such a great effort. Since manufacturers have realized the impact they have on the environment and how much people have directed their focus on this issue, numerous brands have brought to buyers’ disposal an impressive range of energy efficient counterparts. From refrigerators and washing machines, to the common coffee maker and vacuum cleaner, almost any device you are now using in your household has an energy-efficient alterative. Moreover, this will not only be a positive decision from a green point of view, but from a financial one as well, considering you will manage lowering your bills. Check the tag of any appliance before purchasing it. Kitchen and bathroom fixtures You can adopt greener routines, when it comes to utilizing your kitchen and bathroom as well, with a few accessible and easy fixtures. Using less water is something that needs your attention when you desire to go green, and while you might not want to cut down on your showers, and thus have your comfort be affected, relying on low-flow faucets and shower heads is a great solution in this situation. Low flow fixtures of this kind are known for using far less water than their traditional counterparts, and you will end up saving gallons of water at the end of each month. Without having to give up on your regular water consumption practices, a reduction will be provided. Costs linked to water heating will be reduced, energy will be saved, water bills decreased – three major benefits that can certainly not be neglected. Also, incorporating these fixtures will be an easy and fast process. Install solar panels If you are truly committed to go even further with your environmental protection habits, the installation of solar panels is also something worth the thought. A house that can be completely characterized as green will have this feature. Solar panels will enable you to access a source of electricity that is 100 percent clean. Although the finical implication of this project might be extremely expensive for the average homeowner, and the monetary returns might be noticeable only after a decade or two, if you can afford it, and if you value eco-friendliness making the investment is, of course, advised. If you have always been an eco-friendly type of person, and you want to continue making a difference in a world where pollution and environmental degradation are becoming bigger problems with each passing day, greening up your home should be one of the things to start with. The ideas mentioned above are the ones that have been most widely used by people in 2018, and ones that you can easily pursue yourself. A few changes around your home can be all it takes to take green living to another level, so keep each one of these ideas in mind.
Dixie Somers posted a blog entry in The Green Machine BlogGreening up home lighting is fun! With advancements in eco-friendly technology, you have many elegant and modern designs from which to choose. Moreover, your conscience smiles, knowing you’re sparing our Earth from demise. Here are five options available to you. Replace Incandescent Bulbs with CFLs Compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs resemble swirly soft-serve ice cream cones. Essentially, they’re coiled versions of long-tube fluorescent lights. CFLs consume roughly one-third the electricity of incandescent lighting. While they cost more than conventional bulbs, CFLs last ten times longer. Since they emit less heat, they’ll reduce your cooling costs during summer. CFLs are compatible with most existing fixtures and come in a range of colors. Their average lifespan is 10,000 hours, paying for themselves at about the 500-hour mark. Buy CFLs featuring the Energy Star logo, a symbol issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The logo signifies that a product is energy-efficient, saving a significant amount of power on a nationwide scale. The only drawback to CFLs is that they contain small amounts of mercury. Still, they’re approved for use by the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Discard old CFLs by bringing them to your neighborhood recycling or home improvement center. If you don’t have one, ask your local waste management facility for how to safely dispose them. Alternatively, contact Earth911, a source of recycling information, at 1-800-CLEANUP. Invest in LEDs Even more eco-friendly than CFLs are light emitting diodes. Lasting at least 25,000 hours, LEDs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent lights. Additionally, LEDs are mercury-free and emit virtually no heat. These merits do come at a higher price than incandescent bulbs. However, since LEDs last up to 25 times longer, you’ll ultimately save money. LEDs employ unique technology. They use semiconductors to convert electricity to light, similar to traffic lights. Sold in a range of colors, LEDs are highly versatile. Use them in small track lighting, recessed fixtures, under-cabinet kitchen lighting, and outdoor lights. For closets, cabinets, and pantries, affix LED stick-on lights, powered by rechargeable batteries. Preferably, buy Energy Star-certified LEDs. Tip: To amplify illumination, decorate with reflective surfaces, such as mirrors and glass panels. Conserve Light Swap existing light switches with dimmers. Both CFLs and LEDs are available with dimming features. Also, buy motion-activated lamps. Upon entering a room, a sensor will detect your presence, and turn on the light. After a programmed period of no movement, the light will automatically turn itself off. For outdoor use, install flood lights with motion and daylight sensors. LED lights are typically used with sensing devices. Use Eco-friendly Light Fixtures When shopping for new light fixtures, look for those displaying Energy Star labels. You’ll find a comprehensive range of styles, including track, accent, vanity, ceiling fan, lamp, chandelier, under cabinet, and outdoor. Some are made of recycled or recyclable materials. Also available are fixtures with dimming and sensing features, powered by CFL and LED bulbs. Alternatively, shop for fixtures constructed with eco-friendly materials, such as: · recycled Steel · reclaimed Shell · bamboo · recycled Glass · FSC-certified Wood Fixtures with the FSC logo are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This symbol indicates that the wood is sourced from either post-consumer waste or sustainable forests. Mount Skylights Picture lighting up your home with golden rays of sunshine! Skylights will improve your home’s comfort, appearance, and energy efficiency. Their passive solar heating saves money during winter. When ventilated during summer, they protect rooms from overheating. Following are design factors to consider when installing a roof-mounted window. · Orientation. If you live in a warm climate, position the window on the north side of your roof. If your region tends to be cool, choose a south-facing location. An east-facing skylight yields morning light and warmth. A west orientation will maximize afternoon sun and solar heat. · Panes. HomeAdvisor reports that choosing double panes over single can reduce heat loss through the window by 15 percent. Dual panes have two glass layers separated by air or gas. · Coating. Buy glass with a “low-e coating.” This is a thin invisible metal sheet, overlaying the glass. This feature cuts heat loss during winter and reduces summer warmth. E-coatings also shield your home from ultraviolet light. Over time, UV light can discolor or fade furniture, carpet, photographs, and artwork. E-coatings differ by climate. · Frames. Choose Insulated Wooden Frames, Rather than Steel or Aluminum · Ventilation. Since warmth rises, skylights are best ventilated during summer. Venting can be achieved with a screen or louvers, operated by crank, chain, or remote control. · Energy Star. According to Recyclebank, Energy Star-certified skylights cut power consumption by at least 40 percent over conventional skylights. Install Solar Lights You have two design options for solar lights: landscape and rooftop domes. Since they’re powered by the sun, the light they supply is free. Landscape These lights make walkways safer to navigate. They also deter burglars. Fully charged, they can supply up to 15 hours of illumination, the number varying by season. Summer days yield lengthier time frames than shorter winter days. Clouds also reduce solar charge. Ideal bulbs for landscape lights are LEDs, performing well in cold conditions. For maximal power, landscape lights must receive direct sunlight during daytime. Situate them away from outside light sources, such as streetlights. Otherwise, their light will prevent the solar panels from activating. After installation, you may need to keep the lights off for a couple of days, using the switches. The “off” position enables the solar panel to fully charge, storing power. Be sure to read the instructions for required charging time. Batteries for outdoor solar lights have an average lifespan of two years. Rooftop Domes A skylight variation is the solar tube, also called a “light pipe” and “sun tube.” These small domes channel sunlight into home interiors. Sun tubes deliver light and solar warmth, without the heat loss and gain of window skylights. Solar tubes cost less than window skylights and are easier to install. Inquire about Rebates and Incentives from Your Electric Company According to Philips Lighting, 3,000 utilities exist in the US, each with their own rebate programs. Frequently, rebates are offered for lamps, fixtures, ballasts, and controls. Some utilities refund money for the purchase of Energy Star-certified LED lights. With a “prescriptive rebate,” you’re reimbursed a certain amount for each lamp or fixture you replace. Installing a skylight or solar tube may also qualify you for a government rebate. Contact a company like Gosling Electrical Service if you have questions Green Lights Now you have five ways to “greenify” your lighting, indoors and out. Begin by replacing your incandescent bulbs with CFLs and LEDs. Install dimmers and sensors, activated by motion or low light. Use fixtures made with eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, reclaimed shell, recycled steel and glass, and FSC-certified wood. Flood your home with sunshine! Invite the sun to power skylights, light pipes, and outdoor solar lights. Whenever possible, buy Energy Star-certified products. Then, see if your investments entitle you to rebates. With all these earth-friendly upgrades, your home will virtually smile!