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When is using a space heater green?

Space heaters eco-friendlyA lot of times you hear about how using electric space heaters wastes a lot of energy.  But, what about those in-between times of the year where you're not sure you need to heat up your entire house but it's too cold to comfortably sit and read a book in your living room?  What is more energy efficient:  using a space heater to just heat the room you're in for a short period of time, or to tur... read more

Keep Your Home Warm this Winter!

Today is the last day of summer.  The days are getting shorter and cooler.  Before you know it, it will be time to turn on the heat.  You might be thinking of ways to lower your heating bills and make your home more energy efficient.  So, what are your choices?  Replacing windows is costly.  Or maybe you rent and you can’t make any big changes.  

Luckily, there are several things you can do to help keep your home warmer during the winter months without price-prohibitive renovations.  I had the opportunity to speak with Brian Besold, co-founder of San Francisco Bay Area home performance firm Kevel, who offered several helpful tips.

A common recommendation is using 3M plastic on your windows.  It does make a difference but only for a few months because the adhesive wears off after a while.  Plus, it looks terrible and makes window inoperable so you can’t open it.   If there's an unseasonably warm day and you want to let in some fresh air, you simply can't if you have the plastic on your windows.

Instead, Besold recommends Indow Windows.  (pictured left) Indow Windows produces a plexiglass panel that can be tailored to fit your window.  All you have to do is pop it into your current window frame and viola!  It serves the same purpose as a double pane window, but at a fraction of the cost.  ... read more

Green Cooling: How to Make Your AC System more Eco-Friendly

green coolingWhen it comes to owning an air conditioner, they are usually a luxury for most people. Air conditioners can keep either one room or an entire house cool depending on what type you use. If you use a window unit, it will keep just the one room it is in cool. However, if you are lucky enough to have a central air system, they can keep the whole house cool. The only problem is with either one is that they take up a lot of energy. There are things you can do to ensure your AC is as eco-friendly as it can get.

Use Fans

You can use fans along with an air conditioner. Place them in front of the air conditioner to circulate the air in the room. Using them alone may not be a good way to beat the summer heat but using them with the AC on 85 degrees can. This is a great way to use less energy and to keep every room in the house cool.

Increase the Temperature

Many people will not be cool if the temperature is set to only 80 degrees. However, if you increase the temperature a little at a time, each degree cooler will use 3% to 5% less energy. Also, when you are not home, either turn the AC off or turn it up. The only problem with turning it off is that it can be really hot once you walk in your door. Another way to go green with your AC is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This allows you set the temperature based on particular dates and timings. If you are, for example, coming back to an empty home at 7 in the evening, you can set the programmable thermostat to keep the room at a particular temperature when you arrive.... read more

Earth-Friendly Abode: Four Ways to Build a Greener Home

Whether it’s used to describe an action — such as swapping plastic bags for reusable ones when you shop — or a product that’s been mindfully harvested or created, the term “green” is everywhere these days. One place that might not get the green seal of approval, though, is your home. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to turn that around. Below are four ways to build a greener home, whether you’re doing so from the ground-up or transforming an older dwelling into an earth-friendly one.... read more

Go Green, Go Alternative, Help Save the Planet

image from sxc.huEvery day, people around the world do, deliberately or unconsciously, some activities that would affect the environment. No matter how big or small these activities are, they would still create an impact. Some of those effects would create an irreversible damage that also build ripples affecting humanity and all life forms. 

 

 

While it is true that scientists, environmentalists, enthusiasts, and advocates are working hard to protect and help the planet recover from the tremendous problems, the real truth is, the earth is everyone’s responsibility. We think it is a very difficult job to help, but there are actually a lot of simple things we can do to take part on this environmental rehabilitation and protection program.... read more

Keep the Heat in this Winter

attic insulationNow that winter has reared its ugly head, it’s everyone’s mission to keep as warm as possible! 

With heaters on full blast around the clock, it’s no wonder that household bills skyrocket at this time of year.  According to ABC, The average American household will pay $992 in heating costs this winter, which is $94 higher than last year. This is because of a recent hike in oil prices.

As well as saving some money by keeping more heat inside, you’ll stop harmful greenhouse gasses from escaping into the atmosphere and adding to global warming. 

It makes sense to try and keep as much heat in the house as possible. Our guide is here to help! 

INSTALL ATTIC INSULATION

Most of the heat lost in your house is escaping through the roof. It can be quite expensive to have your attic insulated, but the long term benefits make the cost worthwhile. Make sure that you research a few firms before you make your decision, or ask friends and relatives who they have used to carry out the work.... read more

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Go Green for the Planet

Our planet is everyone’s responsibility. It’s not just of the scientists, the environmentalists, or the enthusiasts and activists. Apparently, the planet is in dire need of our help. Some people would think that reaching out to the environment is a hard slog, a task only the experts could do. But little did they know that even in some little ways, we can help.... read more

How to save money on your energy bills this winter

If you haven’t already heard, energy prices are set to soar this winter and carry on rising in 2013. Due to this, everyone is being advised to shop around, pick your supplier carefully and if not suffer the price increase on your January electricity bill. 

Considering it is December and the coldest time of the year, it is inevitable that you want to turn up your heating in a bid to stay warm this winter. However, have you actually thought how much this is going to cost you?  You can switch your energy supplier to make it as cheap as possible, but the moral of the story is that your heating bills are going to increase whether you like it or not.

In light of this, I wanted to write this post to give advice and support to all of those out there struggling with money worries this Christmas season; after all, energy bill hikes affect all of us!... read more

Eco-friendly Items For Every Room in the House

Aside from recycling and reducing your food waste, you can also help the environment by installing the right appliances around your home. Not only do they save mother Earth, they actually save you real money! Here are some ideas for every room inside your house.... read more

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