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HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogA 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 Replace Outdated Lighting Older light bulbs put out a little bit of heat.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.
LizzieWeakley posted a blog entry in Lizzie Weakley's Green BlogAir pollution in many cities is caused by emissions that are produced from automobiles. Other issues pollute the environment too, such as household waste. However, if you make a few small changes, your contributions will benefit everyone in your community. Save Energy The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that homeowners can lower carbon emissions by using less energy throughout the day. When families leave their lights on, various energy sources are used at power plants, which rely on fossil fuel. To help clean up the environment, invest in a timer that controls your lights and appliances. By using an energy management tool, your devices will shut off automatically whenever the technology senses inactivity. Cooling and Heating Considerations During the winter, keep the thermostat set at a low temperature. In the summer, program the thermostat so that it will raise the temperature whenever you are away from home. If you have an advanced water heater, adjust the temperature to 120 degrees to lower the energy consumption. To conserve heat, ensure that the insulation in your home meets industry standards. Disposal Considerations If possible, try to avoid products that are wrapped in plastic packaging. When packaging material is produced at manufacturing facilities, the production equipment pushes toxic emissions into the air. You can reduce environmental waste and pollution by recycling cardboard, glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum. Paints, solvents, batteries, and pesticides are highly toxic, so you must give these substances to a local waste management facility. If you need to remove waste out of a commercial building or a large home, consider using a recycling service like Lakeshore Recycling. Companies that offer this service deliver containers to various locations. Drive Less Since automobiles emit pollution in the atmosphere, you should try carpooling around the city. According to transportation experts, Americans can save about $1,000 a year by carpooling on a regular basis. When traveling short distances, a bike is the best transportation option because it doesn’t produce any harmful emissions. Boost Your Fuel Economy The EPA reported that if drivers improve their fuel economy by one percent, carbon dioxide emissions will reduce by one percent as well. To lower fuel consumption, do not accelerate and brake quickly on the road. Also, avoid driving at a high speed on busy freeways. If you implement these procedures, less air pollution will generate in the environment.