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Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

Thou Shall Not… The Energy Cutting Commandments

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Energy prices are rising, and that isn’t good news for the average homeowner. Keeping the finances out of the red isn’t easy as it stands currently, but higher energy bills only make it harder. The result is that the majority of people are looking for ways to cut their expenses in half. Unfortunately, there are so many tips on the Web that finding the ones that work is difficult. In fact, it’s almost like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this post has put together the great and the good of energy cutting tips.

Here are the commandments that you need to implement in your household.

Go Green

Run of the mill homes burn fossil fuels to keep warm. Although it’s effective, it is also expensive and bad for the environment. The obvious solution is to implement eco-friendly methods to help save the planet and your bank balance. Take the kitchen appliances as an example. On an average day, a family can use these devices dozens of times. Some don’t even turn off at all, such as the fridge. By turning them down, the amount of energy they use is a lot less throughout the week. By the end of the month, this should reflect in your bill.

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Switch Providers

Almost everyone picks a supplier and never changes. The reason is the hassle. Apparently, it is too much bother to pick up the phone or browse the internet. The truth is that it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is click on a comparison website and input your search. The results then appear, and you choose the one which seems the most beneficial. Quite simply, they do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to worry. Because energy providers are rivals, the discounts they offer to new customers are significant.

Maintain The Boiler

The boiler is without a doubt the biggest culprit when it comes to energy bills. Most of them are outdated and use energy as if it grows on trees. Thankfully, there are ways to get it to tow the party line. For starters, you can replace it with a newer model. Yes, this is expensive in the beginning, but the savings are quite remarkable after a couple of years. Or, you can use experts like Heat-line to prevent heat loss. The electric heat tape that they sell, for example, regulates water temperatures so that it doesn’t keep on heating and cooling down. If this doesn’t sound appealing, you can do it yourself with a furnace cover or foil.

Replace Light Bulbs

Standard light bulbs are remarkably inefficient. In essence, they produce more heat than they do light. That means the majority of the energy is wasted on needlessly. It’s almost like throwing money down the drain. By installing CFLS bulbs, there is no reason to lose money any longer. These are eco-friendly bulbs that have a much better light to heat ratio. Sure, they are not as bright, yet they get brighter with time.

Follow these commandments and there won’t be any nasty surprises.

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How Eco-Friendly Homeowners Like You Can Conserve Water

How Eco-Friendly Homeowners Like You Can Conserve Water

March 22 was world water day. The day was designed to emphasize the importance of saving water, not only because of the vast amount of energy required to transport it to people’s homes but because the world’s freshwater supply is under pressure. Take the Aral Sea in Central Asia, for instance. The sea level of the Aral Sea has fallen by over a third since the middle of the twentieth century and continues to fall today thanks to the demands of the local population.

It’s gotten many eco-conscious homeowners thinking about what they can do to save water. Here are a few things you can do to reduce your water consumption.

Cut Down On Showers

Showers are often seen as a frugal alternative to baths because they are perceived to use less water. However, they only use less water if showers are short. Longer showers – that is, in the 20 minute-plus range – actually wind up using more water than the average bath.

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Older showers are even worse. These often use as much as a gallon of water a minute. So if you want to stay eco-friendly, make your showers as brief as possible.

Repair Leaks

Millions of tons of water are lost every year thanks to leaky piping. As such, next time you do your waterwork plumbing, check and make sure that there are no leaks. If there are, then you could be paying over the odds for your water bill and causing unnecessary damage to the environment.

Stop Watering Your Lawn

It’s nice to have a bright, green lawn during the hot summer months. But watering your lawn in the summer takes up a lot of water. More than baths and showers combined.

When it comes to lawns, you’ve got two options. You can either get a smaller lawn and replace the rest with gravel landscaping and shrubs. Or you can change the type of grass you use to one that is more able to cope with the warm summer temperatures. Different species of grass have different tolerances, so choose wisely. Remember that in extended periods of heat and drought your lawn will still go brown.

Build A Rain Collector

Rain collectors are an excellent way to reduce your impact on the environment and store water for your garden for when it really needs it. You can attach a hose or a sprinkler to your rain collector if your collector is on a raised platform.

Install Modern Toilets

If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that you’ve got an older toilet. In the past, toilet manufacturers weren’t so bothered helping their customers save water, and so each flush was several gallons. Now though, toilet manufacturers are making loos which use a fraction of the water. Choose one of these if you want to be more eco-friendly.

Water Your Plants In The Morning

Gardeners have known for a long time that watering your plants in the morning is better because it gives the water time to soak into the soil before the sun evaporates it all.

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Eco Home Inspiration

Eco Home Inspiration

Thanks to growing concerns about the environment, more and more of us are becoming more eco-conscious in our home choices. Rising CO2 levels are dangerous for the planet, and so we want to do our part to cut back.

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According to estimates from the International Energy Agency, about a third of all the energy used in the world is used by households. This means that individuals, like you and I, can make a big difference to our carbon footprint by thinking carefully about house design. Here are all the ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

Go Small

Large homes are great if you’ve got a big family, but if it’s just you and a partner, then you might want to go small. Smaller homes are far easier to heat up during the winter thanks to their lower energy requirements and the fact that there is a smaller volume of air to heat up.

Insulate Everything

According to Conserve Energy, around 50 percent of a household’s energy consumption goes into heating and cooling. That’s why it’s so important to invest lots of money into thick insulation for the walls and the roof. To do the work on the roof, you’ll need a specialist roofer. Once you’ve got the insulation in place, you can reduce your energy bills by up to forty percent.

Make Use Of Sustainable Building Materials

When it comes to looking after the environment, it’s not just the amount of CO2 we care about. It’s also the effect of extracting building materials from the natural world. Extracting conventional building materials can cause damage to ecosystems and damage the water table. As a result, many more eco-conscious home buyers are looking for sustainable products which pose the least risk to the natural world. You can use all sorts of products to build your home, including things like reclaimed plastic, lumber and glass.

Harvest Rainwater

Many homes, especially homes located in drier climes, can damage the natural environment by drawing down too heavily on the natural water table. This is why so many eco-conscious homeowners are now investing in systems that help them to harvest rainwater, taking it from the sky, rather than from depleted local lakes and reservoirs. Collected rainwater can be used for some of the most water-intensive home activities, such as sprinkling the garden and flushing toilets.

For those who really want to conserve water, there is also the option of buying “water-conserving fixtures” – showerheads and taps which use less water than their regular counterparts. These water-saving fixtures can help you cut your water bills while protecting the natural environment and saving energy.

Plant Trees Strategically

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Ideally, you want sunlight to be able to pour into your home and warm it up during the winter. But some landscaping prevents this. Make sure that your trees are positioned in such a way that they don’t block the sun’s ray’s from coming through your windows. If you do want to plant trees on the southern end of your home, make sure that they’re deciduous. In the summer they’ll help shade your house, and in the winter, when they lose their leaves, they’ll allow the sunlight through.

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The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

Yes, it’s time for that talk. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is having the hottest year on record. For eleven months in a row, we’ve been warmer than every other year. This April was hotter than last April. October just passed was hotter than all the other Octobers before it. If that isn’t a bit of a wakeup call for us to live more sustainably, I don’t want to know what the tipping point will be. The easiest place to start making those changes in your life is in your very own home. So, let’s look at a few.

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Keep the heat in

We’ve been talking about getting cozy for the winter for some time now. It’s easier to do that if you make a few changes to the home. You don’t have to go mad on your energy bill. Instead, focus on how your house maintains its own climate for longer. Make sure you’re insulating properly. Not just fitting insulation in the roof. You should be caulking any gaps in your windows and using draft excluders. You should also insulate your pipes so that your water heater can be a lot more effective at its job.

Take care of your tech

If you want to reduce your energy bill (and your carbon footprint) you need to look at your electronic appliances. There are a few ways to make sure they’re better at their job. For one, make sure they’re cleaned and maintained. A dusty AC is going to be a much less energy efficient AC. The better condition they’re kept in, the more work they can do with less energy. Of course, there comes a time that it’s a lot more energy efficient to think of a replacement. This is particularly true of refrigerators and HVAC equipment. If yours is really starting to show its age, it might be a good idea to find heaters here and other places. They now come with energy ratings so you can make a more responsible choice right off the bat.

Be water conscious

Contrary to what a lot of people might believe, it doesn’t all start and stop with energy use. Your water is just as important a part of living sustainably. Water shortages are already starting to rear their ugly head. As time goes on, it’s believed that it might be one of the greatest crises that we face as species. So let’s start using less now. For instance, you start fitting water-smart heads onto your shower as well as your faucets. Meaning you spend less water for every second that your water is running. If you garden, you should also consider recycling bath and dish water. Grey water, as it’s known, poses no harm to your garden.

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Plant a tree

If you have the space for it, then why not go full steam ahead and use that space? For one, trees are gorgeous and you should be happy to have one in your garden. They also shade your home during the summer. That means that indoor climate control is even easier. Most importantly, trees are a habitat. As we keep building houses and cities, we are reducing the amount of homes for nature. Planting a tree means building a home for nature in your own garden. If we don’t start providing a home nature and we keep taking its home, then it has no place to go and simply ceases to be.

The fourth R is replace

Reduce, reuse and recycle are some good lessons to live by. But replacing should be just as big a part of your plan. In particular, you should be reducing the materials that you’re using in your home. For one, let’s look at how we use paper. A lot of us still print out paper for home business and bookkeeping like it comes from the thin air. Going paperless not only makes it easier to organize all your documents but it saves money. As does relying more on reusable cloth wipes than paper towels in the kitchen. There are other tech-y changes you can make in the home, too. For instance, using LED lights instead of your standard ones.

Mind how you clean

This is a tip for those who are both environmentally conscious and concerned about their everyday health. Household cleaners are easily one of the biggest culprits of ground water and air contamination. They’re not only bad for nature. They’re bad for us, too. They can cause asthma and exacerbate breathing conditions. In some serious cases, household cleaners have even shown links to central nervous system damage. Start switching them out for more health and eco-friendly green cleaning alternatives. You’ll be protecting your own health. You’ll also be protecting the water and the health of all the plant life around you. It’s time to put a stop to the toxic effects we have every day without knowing.

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Have a meat-free day

I’m not telling you to go all vegan on us. We know that people like their meat. We also know that it’s nutritious and an easy way to contribute to an all-rounded diet. But the fact is that meat production is another one of those huge parts of the carbon footprint that we make on the world. Being more sustainable means using less. The simple fact is that meat is one of the least energy efficient ways of feeding ourselves. The solution is simple. On Monday, just don’t eat meat. There are plenty of great vegetarian options that taste just fine. You can go a day without meat, so do it. It’s the equivalent of not driving your car for a day, after all.

Let’s be honest, none of these changes are all that hard. Soon as we spend some time acclimating, it’s not much of a change at all. So, let’s take the time to get off our backsides and make those changes. Let’s see how far we take it and start working to leave a better planet for our kids.

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