Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

The concept of green homes has been widely embraced as a way to reduce detrimental effects on the environment and decrease a household’s utility bills. With just a few simple steps and little investment, you can make your home more energy efficient and build up a nest egg from energy savings. What’s even better is the fact that embracing some of the eco-friendly activities won’t cost you at all, yet they will contribute to the environment preservation. Continue reading “Making Your Home More Energy Efficient”

LEED Certification & Standards: Making Our World Greener One Building at a Time

LEED certification, which stands for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, began as an outgrowth of conversations held in 1993 that led to the establishment of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) [http://www.usgbc.org/about/history]. Continue reading “LEED Certification & Standards: Making Our World Greener One Building at a Time”

Ethical recycling in your home

It’s amazing to think that only a couple of decades ago we threw away our refuse without a second thought of the environmental consequences. But thanks to the pioneering work of many environmentally-aware agencies, governments around the world have finally been implementing some recycling schemes to help us get rid of our waste in a way that won’t poison the planet.
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Saving energy in the kitchen to save money

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As the green energy campaigns continue to get stronger by the day, more people are becoming aware of the things that they need to do in order to be environmentally conscious. If you want a quick visual guide, Clydesdale Bank have a well-crafted infographic on saving energy at home. Continue reading “Saving energy in the kitchen to save money”

4 Easy Ways To Save Money On Energy Usage

Are you worried about the cost of your energy bills? Is the cost of high gas or electricity prices getting you down? Yes – then you are in the right place.

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With the price of energy rising, it can be difficult to keep on top of your energy bills. If money is tight and the high prices of your energy are causing you to struggle financially, then you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to cut the cost of your energy.

To help you save money on the cost of your energy bill, we have put together a guide to four easy ways you can cut your energy usage cost. To find out more, keep reading below:

  1. Switch energy supplier

If you haven’t changed energy supplier for over two years, then there is a high chance that you could save money by switching to a new energy provider.

To find out if your could save money on the cost of your energy by switching to a new company, get in touch with First Utility customer services to get a quote. Or, go online and visit an energy comparison site to see which company would give you the best energy savings.

If you have recently switched energy supplier but are still paying high bills, contact them and ask what tariff you’re on. Find out what the cheapest tariff is and is possible, ask to switch to it.

  1. Reduce the temperature of your thermostat

Did you know that by reducing the temperature of your home by just one degree, you can cut your annual energy bills significantly? If the weather is cold, instead of turning up the heat, pop a jumper on or grab a blanket and save yourself money.

Another fantastic way to save is turning off the radiators in rooms that are rarely used. There is no point leaving the radiator on in your guest bedroom as no one is in there, and this is a waste of electricity.

  1. Swap your light bulbs

It’s amazing how much money you can save on energy usage by simply swapping to energy saving light bulbs.

While you might be put off buying energy saving bulbs due to the fact they are more expensive than regular ones, energy saving bulbs last longer. When you factor the length, an energy saving bulb will last, as well as the savings you will make, these bulbs are definitely worth the cost.

  1. Invest in energy efficient appliances

While this may not be doable right away, the next time your cooker breaks down, or you need a new fridge, consider investing in an energy efficient appliance.

Although energy efficient appliances tend to be more expensive, the amount of energy they will save, in the long run, make them worth the investment.

By making a few simple changes to the appliances in your home. As well as changing the energy supplier you use, you can significantly cut the cost of your energy bills.

Radical Ways to Achieve Greener Living

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You need to think about ways that you can be more eco-friendly in your life. It’s important to look after Mother Earth and to try to enhance your own life in the process. These days there are so many things you can do to try to promote a greener lifestyle. These are changes you will make to things around the house that will contribute towards a better environment. In the process, you’ll save yourself money and enjoy a better quality of life.

Here are some of the best ways you can make your daily life more eco-friendly. You need to think about using some or all of these techniques and see the difference they can make.

Solar Power

Solar power is one of the most popular and efficient ways to a greener lifestyle. You can get solar panels installed on your roof. They’ll be expensive to begin with, but it’ll be worthwhile because it will save you a considerable sum of money. Solar panels look fantastic and certainly add something extra to your property. They store energy from the sun and use it to power your home. So any time the sun shines you’re collecting free energy to help power the things you use at home.

Wind Turbines

On a similar level to solar energy, you can also get greener by using more energy-efficient devices. One of these is a wind turbine. This serves a similar job to solar panels but is cheaper and takes up less space. You can either get a wind turbine as a free-standing pole or attach one to the roof of your home. Wind turbines harness the power of the wind to generate electricity for your home. If you live somewhere with limited sun but a lot of wind you might think about setting up wind turbines instead of solar panels.

Heat

Another way to be more eco-friendly in your life is with heating. Energy-efficiency is the key to this, and it saves you so much money on energy bills. Heating is a big expense, and there are ways you can heat your home better. Get rid of radiators for a start. They’re not too efficient, and they take up space. You need to think about putting in something like a wood burner. You also need to go with a biomass boiler. This is a boiler that runs on wood and other forms of biomass. You can use it for under floor heating, wood burners and water. Get in contact with biomass boiler installers in the UK to make sure you get yours fitted as soon as possible.

Lighting

If you want to enjoy greener living you should make changes to your lighting. The first thing you want to do is try to make use of natural light where possible. This might mean changing the windows or trying a new colour scheme. You need to let as much natural light in as you can. After that, you can also try to use candlelight as much as possible to cut down on your energy bills. Then you might want to add to this by replacing all the light bulbs in your home with energy-efficient bulbs.

 

Developing a sustainable online business

Thanks to the global recession and an ethos that it is ecologically sound to want to save money and cut down on waste, green or sustainable businesses are the way to go for today’s entrepreneurs. Such businesses may offer many benefits besides being good for the planet, including flexible working hours and requiring very little capital to set up.

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How Changing Your Windows Can Help the Environment

Since 1970, energy used to heat Britain’s homes has increased by 20%. While the switch to central heating has brought great improvements in the carbon efficiency, and new buildings regulations has meant more homes now have full insulation and more energy efficient fixtures, this has not accounted for the new dependence on electrical appliances that govern modern life. One of the easiest ways you can improve the efficiency of your home is to invest in energy efficient windows.

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The 6 Vitally Important Environmental Issues We Must Address In the Next 15 Years

We are often bombarded with instructions on contributing to a cleaner global environment, yet it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause for concern with so much happening in the background and very little being done on the frontline.

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It’s Electric: How to Use Electricity in a Green Home

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One of the biggest concerns for our carbon footprints at home is how much and what type of energy we use. Most houses receive either electricity or both electricity and gas. But if you’re concerned about the use of fossil fuels, you’re probably wondering if there’s a better way. As well as cutting back on the amount of energy you use, you can also look for green energy tariffs and even research ways that you can generate your own electricity. If you want to change your situation and start using less or more eco-friendly energy, have a look at the below information.

Buying Green Electricity

If you want a greener power supply, check with your current supplier and others to see if they offer a green tariff. These tariffs aim to support renewable energy and come in two types: green supply tariffs and green funds.

A supply tariff means that some or all of your electricity gets matched by purchases of renewable energy by your supplier. They should tell you which sources they include and how much of your supply is renewable. However, you should check the specifics of the tariff. Some green tariffs say that your supply is renewable, but it only assigns some of the renewable energy the company is required to buy to you. At the same time, they reduce the amount they supply to others. This has no effect on the quantity of renewables companies buy. Look for suppliers that guarantee that a proportion of the energy they provide you is ‘additional’.

The other option is a green fund, which involves paying a premium to contribute towards the development of renewables.

Changing Your Energy Use

Whether or not you decide to switch to a green tariff, changing your electricity use is important too. Some of the things you should change involve your purchases while others might involve breaking bad habits. One of the easiest things you can do is to switch your light bulbs. If you replace each standard light with an e27 LED bulb, you can save a lot of energy right away. You can also look into getting other low-energy appliances and electronics. But changing your behaviour is essential too. You should take a look at the places where you can cut down on electricity use. For example, you could reduce the number of times you do your laundry each week or even do something as simple as turning lights off.

Generating Your Own Electricity

If you’re not happy with what energy suppliers offer, you can install renewable technology. There are several different types of technology you can consider for your home, depending on the resources available. For example, if there’s a river or stream on your property, you might be able to use hydroelectricity. Other options include solar thermal, solar PV, heat pumps, and biomass. Whether you can use any of these will depend on your home and personal circumstances.

Most people wouldn’t want to function without electricity, but there are ways we can create and use it responsibly. Think about how you can change your usage to contribute towards a better planet.

 

The Motorsport Innovations Leading the Way in Eco-Friendly Driving

There was a time when owning an eco-friendly vehicle meant that the owner had to compromise on speed, size and driving range. These ‘green’ vehicles were noticeably smaller, owing to their smaller, fuel-efficient engines. These days however, the trend is subtly changing with big car manufacturers such as BMW, Tesla and Prius rolling out hybrid vehicles that are equally eco-friendly.

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What many may not know is that these carmakers drew inspiration and borrowed from their Formula One (F1) counterparts. A few years ago, no one would have imagined that the Motorsport industry would be mentioned in the same breath as environmentally friendly technology, but that is in fact now happening.

In recent years, Motorsport has seen the introduction of a raft of regulations aimed at improving the efficiency of their super cars. This has already had a positive impact on the development of new road car technologies as innovations from the F1 world trickle down to regular cars.

New Formula One regulations

The new F1 regulations introduced to the sport in 2014 saw changes in the way the supercars’ engines were made. The traditional 2.4 litre V8 and V10 fuel-guzzling engines were abandoned in favour of downsized, turbocharged 1.6 litre V6 ones with more hybrid power. The hybrid power units, known as Energy Recovery Systems (ERS), were good for adding more horsepower to the engines, increasing their speed.

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The ERS is a truly innovative piece of technology. It works by harnessing the energy released when a racing car brakes. Normally, this energy would be lost as heat and friction. However, the ERS is able to harness and store this energy, allowing it to be released at the push of a button when the driver needs more speed, e.g. when overtaking.

While this might seem insignificant on the surface, it really is a big deal. These new engines fitted with ERS units enable the F1 cars to burn no more than 100 kilos (about 140 litres) of fuel in a race. This makes them 35% more efficient than their 2013 predecessors. Breaking it down further, this means that the cars’ thermal efficiency is improved. Previously, racing cars used about 25-30% of the total energy released when they consumed or burnt gasoline, meaning that 70-75% got lost as heat energy. Now with the new engines, they are approaching up to 40% more efficiency, and companies are working to increase this even further.

These innovations have been possible thanks to the efforts of Max Mosley, who was the head of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) in 2006, when he called for the Motorsport industry to develop a greener outlook. He pioneered the idea of the ERS and had a vision that the innovations developed in the industry would eventually find their way to regular road cars. Those interested in Mosley and his work in Motorsport can find out more on this blog.

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Trickle-down effect

As previously mentioned, some of the technology developed by the Motorsport industry has been adopted in the making of regular cars. This is very welcome, since it means more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars will soon be on the roads, resulting in less carbon emissions and a cleaner planet for everyone.

Six Power-Saving Tips You Haven’t Heard Before

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Save energy and money by employing the following tips:

 

  1. Constant Low Heating
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Instead of turning your heating off when the office is empty, even over weekends, it has been found that keeping the heat on all the time, but turned down low is better. In this way, instead of having to heat the office up from icy cold, it will not need so much power, nor will it take too long to get the office back up to the point that everyone is toasty warm and completely productive again!

 

  1. Just One Degree Down: And Then Another
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Try turning the thermostat down just one degree: if you keep it on 20°C put it down to 19°C and so on. In the event that you and your staff feel a little bit cold, encourage the wearing of jumpers and practices like closing doors and windows during the colder months. It will not take long for everybody to adjust to the slight drop in ambient temperature. And then you can start all over again, and drop the thermostat a further degree! (Do not take this too fat though, you do not want your staff to become uncomfortably cold!)

 

  1. Getting Unplugged
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Always unplug electrical appliances that are not being used. Even computers on standby or mobile phone chargers that are not connected to the device can still draw a charge, running up your office bill and wasting valuable resources. Obviously, in a busy office there are likely to be many such devices, potentially representing a small fortune in wasted energy! Viking is a great source for office supplies & appliances.

 

  1. Challenge An Employee!
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Get the support of your workers by challenging them to get involved with the job of saving money and energy. You can appeal to their civic sense by asking them to help save the planet in their own small way, or you can offer them a percentage of the money you save: whichever policy best fits in with your employment guidelines. Ask the staff to S.O.S. or Switch Off Switches, ask them to keep their eyes peeled for gadgets and devices that are plugged in but never switched off and encourage them to turn off their own appliances at the end of the day. It will soon become habit for them and before you know it, you will be seeing a great they will be saving you money without any more nagging from you!

 

  1. Embrace the LED
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LED lighting is a fantastic invention. It provides bright, clear light but draws much less current than traditional halogen bulbs, saving between fifty and ninety per cent of the energy demands of old-fashioned bulbs. It is a constantly developing field and it is possible now to install sensors that drop the wattage to ten per cent until it senses someone coming into the room, ideal for office environments where you want to save energy wherever possible. Visit Recouplighting for more information about Retail LED Lighting options for your office.

 

  1. Be Up-to-date
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Investing in new equipment for the office is a big expense and one that you might be tempted to put off for a while. But, do not be too hasty in dismissing the thought: modern computer equipment, especially new monitors are designed to save energy, meaning that your investment will quickly pay for itself in the form of energy savings!

Lead A Greener Lifestyle With These Bite-Sized Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought much about eco-friendly my lifestyle is. That is, not until recently when I started getting concerned about how high my energy bills were! There is also the rising cost of fuel to consider too. Without petrol, I can’t drive my car.

Money is often the driving force behind people’s decisions to adjust their spending. If their costs rise, but their income doesn’t, they have to make some judgement calls in their lives. The good news is that you can lead a greener lifestyle without giving up on the things you love.

Intrigued? Keep reading to learn about some bite-size tips for leading an eco-friendly life. Here is what you need to know:

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Replace your appliances and electronics

I know this might sound a bit odd, but you should think about buying new appliances and electronics! Why? Today’s modern gadgets use far less energy than the ones sitting in your home today.

When you use energy-efficient appliances and electronics, your utility bills won’t be so high. And that means you will use less energy, leading to a greener lifestyle!

Upgrade to LED lighting

Is your home full of “old-fashioned” incandescent and halogen bulbs? If so, it’s time you removed them and fitted LED lamps in their place! The thing about LEDs is that they don’t need to heat up anything to generate light.

They are electronic “diodes” that emit little heat. And, most important of all, they use a small fraction of the energy conventional bulbs need! Some of you might be thinking that LED lighting is expensive.

That might have been the case years ago. But, today, they are just as affordable as the alternatives. And they are available in a broad range of fittings, lumens and styles. One thing I love about LED lights is they come on instantly. No waiting around like you have to with CFL bulbs!

Be more eco-friendly when you do your washing

The hotter the temperature, the more energy washing machines need. Today’s detergents are capable of removing even stubborn stains at just 30 degrees Celsius! And, when your washing machine has finished, hang your clothes to dry!

Tumble dryers use an awful lot of energy. If you live in a cold and damp climate, you might not have much choice but to use a tumble dryer. But for those of you living in sunnier climes, let your clothes dry naturally.

Recycle your waste

One of the biggest bugbears that environmentalists have is the fact we send a lot of our waste to landfill sites. As you can imagine, at some point in the future we will run out of places to dump our rubbish!

Most councils in the UK run free recycling schemes for householders. You can usually recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and metal without having to leave your home! And, for bulky items, you can always take your waste products to your local recycling centre.

Remember: the more things you can recycle, the less waste you send to landfill sites!

 

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The Future’s Bright, the Future’s…Electric?

 

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Admittedly, cars aren’t really my thing; as long as they get me from A to B safely and cheaply, and they’re a nice colour (I’m not a fan of white cars – sorry owners of white cars), I’m not that concerned with their make and model, how quickly they can reach 60mph and whether they have the latest gadgets, buttons and switches that thrill quite a lot of people.

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Amazing Ways to Save Energy and Money on Lighting This Winter

During the winter, we all find ourselves using more energy. The days are shorter and colder, so we turn on the lights and heating to compensate. Of course, we can’t be expected to sit in the cold and dark just to save energy. There are lots of ways you can stay warm while still saving some energy, but what about the lights? It’s easy to put on a jumper instead of turning the heating on, but it’s not so easy to squint in the dark for a bit longer before you turn the light on. We all need to see what we’re doing, so we need to find ways of saving energy and money on lighting without imposing a blackout on our homes. Luckily, there are several ways you can stop your lighting causing your energy bill to skyrocket.

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Dimmer Switches

You don’t want to sit in the dark in the mornings and evenings, but you don’t have to make everything as bright as possible either. A lower light is suitable for doing lots of things, including eating meals and watching television. Plus, a harsh, bright light isn’t very nice when you get up in the morning. You can install dimmer switches in your home so you can adjust the lighting level to a suitable one for your needs.

Energy-efficient Light

Once upon a time, energy-efficient lights weren’t very good. They took a long time to come on, and when they did they weren’t very bright. That’s all changed now, and it’s easy to replace all the light bulbs in your home with green alternatives. If you use a light bulb for more than half an hour a day, it’s economical to replace it with an energy-saving bulb. Look at LED and CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs from http://wattlite.co.uk/ and similar suppliers. You’ll find a range of lights that look great and save you money.

Turn It Off

It may seem like a no-brainer, but turning off lights when you don’t need them is one of the best ways of saving energy. If you’re not in the room for long periods of time, there’s no need to have the light on. Don’t flick lights on and off every time you walk in or out of the room, but don’t leave them on when they aren’t necessary either.

Avoid Christmas Lights

Everyone wants to make their home look good for Christmas, but try not to go overboard with Christmas lights. If you want to hand them outside, use solar powered lights that will charge during the day. You can also use battery-powered lights. If you want to have lights that plug in, try to limit yourself and look for ones that use LED lights.

Candles

It may seem a little old-fashioned, but lighting up a room with candles is more energy-efficient that turning all the lights on. Candles can provide a surprising amount of light and heat, and they can smell great too. Instead of decorating with electric lights, get the candles out.

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Should I Install Renewable Energy At Home?

The way we consume energy is changing. We are already searching for alternative fuel sources. Many homes and companies are already fitting renewable energy mechanisms. Our reliance on traditional electricity is slowly coming to an end. The effects of global warming are now beyond dispute. We know that fossil fuels harm our planet and we need an alternative. In addition to that, they are running out. We cannot use them forever.

The change is coming from big businesses, new forms of transport and governments. They are enforcing rules and abiding to new regulations. It will slowly change the way we live. However, there are small things we can all do at home too. It’s often difficult to see how we can make a difference on such a small scale. However, every little helps. Especially if everyone starts chipping in. So what do you need to know to make the switch to renewable energy in the home?

Your current energy usage

Before you install a renewable energy system, you need to know how much your home consumes. Each renewable energy mechanism comes in different sizes and powers. You need to find one that can cope with the day to day consumption of your property. The best way to do this is to conduct a load analysis and calculate your current costs. This will also highlight any areas where you are overusing electricity. It will show you where you are leaving appliances on for too long, or misusing the energy. Find out where you can cut back and you may be able to afford a smaller renewable system.

Codes and regulations

The installment of renewable energy sources in the home is subject to a strict set of codes. These rules and regulations differ from state to state and country to country. Speak to your local authority and builders about what this entails for your area. Every new installation is subject to electrical inspections and building codes. It must comply to all usual planning regulations. It’s a complex business and best left in the hands of professionals.

What type of system should I use?

There are a number of different solutions for the home. A standalone system is one that relies solely on the renewable energy source to power the home. On the other hand, you can sometimes remain connected to the grid. In this case you can sell back any excess electricity you generate to the energy companies. In the case that you don’t produce enough from your system, you can top it up from the grid.

When it comes to deciding which energy system is best, it depends on your area. Solar panels, wind turbines and biomass generators are amongst the most popular choices. Do plenty of research and read some solid advice on choosing solar panels. In many cases a hybrid solar/wind system will be the most efficient system. It will make use of the sun in the summer, but the wind turbine will be more effective in winter.

Installing renewable energy systems into your home is a really forward-thinking plan. You would be wise to consider it. They will save you money on monthly energy bills and you are contributing to the planet’s well being.

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Your Biggest Defense Against High Energy Bills: 5 Energy and Money Saving Tips

Now more than ever, folks are looking for extra ways to save on their home energy bills. From doubling up on blankets and sweaters in the winter to using electric fans and adding extra insulation in the summer, there are scads of tips and tricks that homeowners can use to reduce their energy bills.

Here are five of the best.

1. Carry out a home energy audit

Before you start making any tweaks to your home energy ecosystem on your own, it’s a good idea to run a home energy audit. Many local companies will offer this service at little to no cost, and there are even online tools to help you carry out an audit on your own. Once you have a comprehensive energy audit in-hand, you’ll be able to direct your attention to the areas of your home that need it most.

2. Utilize small appliances

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Photo by Sharyn Morrow

Large appliances like ovens and countertop ranges tend to pull a tremendous amount of electricity in order to operate. Instead of turning to your oven or stove to cook and reheat meals, try to use smaller appliances like microwaves or toaster ovens. These smaller appliances use far less energy and can usually perform just as well as their larger counterparts.

3. Switch to LED bulbs

You’ve probably already heard some of the buzz surrounding LED lighting. LED bulbs, while more expensive than traditional incandescents or fluorescents, have an incredibly long lifespan and are highly efficient. If you have the budget to invest in new LED bulbs for your home, then the return on investment is well worth the cost. Or, if you’re on a limited budget, simply replace bulbs with LED alternatives one-at-a-time as your old bulbs burn out.

4. Set your water heater to its optimal temperature

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Photo by Steven Depolo

Your home’s water heater is probably an appliance probably you haven’t adjusted since it was installed. However, letting it run unchecked can run up your bill unnecessarily. If your water heater is set above 120 degrees fahrenheit, then you’re likely wasting energy. 120 degrees fahrenheit is the perfect temperature to provide water as hot as you’ll ever need (while also warding off nasty bacteria) without wasting energy.

 

5. Don’t forget your windows

One of the biggest sources of energy savings of all is probably hiding right underneath your nose – your windows.

Your windows are the number one part of your home that can increase energy savings. Whether you’re fortifying existing windows to prevent leaks or replacing your home’s windows with more energy efficient alternatives altogether, giving a little extra attention to this linchpin in home energy savings can go a long way toward lowering your energy bills.

No matter the season, ensuring that your windows are up to snuff can pay you back big time in the long run. And in addition to installing quality, energy efficient windows, or repairing your existing ones, there are several other window-centric energy savings strategies you can use to keep your home comfortable and keep your wallet a little fatter.

Find out how to make sure energy costs aren’t slipping out through your windows in the graphic below.

 

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Graphic provided courtesy of Purely Shutters: How to Stop Energy Costs from Sneaking out Your Windows

Solar Energy – Is it the Answer to Our Potential Energy Crisis?

Solar energy is a renewable energy source, which means we should be doing our utmost to make it as accessible as possible. When you think about it, solar energy is what keeps us and the rest of the earth’s plant and animal species alive.

There’s no doubting the fact that we have done quite a lot in recent years to utilise the energy provided by the sun. For instance, the largest solar power plant in the world covers over 1000 acres and is based in the sun-soaked Mojave Desert, California.

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The solar power plant in Mojave Desert, California

Solar energy is quite easy to collect, it’s completely free, it will last forever and it can be accessible to areas where power grids would be far too expensive to build. However, there are also plenty of disadvantages that should be taken into account when considering solar power.

Here is a collection of advantages and disadvantages associated with solar power that might help you decide whether or not it has the properties required to become the most predominant energy source in the future.

Advantages

  • Solar energy is free. As long as you have a solar collector, such as a solar panel, you can collect as much of energy from the sun as you like and use it to provide power for your home.

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  • There are plenty of devices out there that don’t require significant amounts of energy to be used, such as a calculator. Solar power is more than capable of providing the energy these types of devices require to work efficiently.
  • Solar energy is likely to last forever. Oil reserves are expected to be entirely spent in the coming decades, so it’s essential that we have some form of energy available to us once that occurs. Solar power could become a widespread source of power at some stage in the future as we begin to run out of other types of fuel.
  • Some types of fuel, particularly oil, cause pollution and damage the ozone layer. Solar power does not cause pollution and can be used consistently without posing a threat to the atmosphere.
  • Solar power stations or sites can be placed anywhere on the map where sunlight is present. They don’t require a grid extension and completely negate the expense of having to carry out this kind of work.

Disadvantages

  • The sun isn’t always out of course, which means that solar power will only be available during the daytime. You then have to consider the seasons and the fact that it’s certainly not always sunny during the winter.
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A slight problem with solar energy…
  • Whilst solar energy is free in theory, you have to remember that it could cost billions to build a global range of solar power plants. Thankfully, the price of this manufacturing job has started to decrease, although it will still cost you to get hold of your own solar panel.
  • Conventional power stations are far superior to that of solar power stations, which would also cost quite a lot to build.
  • Whilst solar power plants can be placed anywhere where sunlight is present, they can’t necessarily be placed in areas where land is scarce. They need to be tightly packed together in numbers to allow enough electricity to power all of them at once.
  • Solar power can be used at night but they require storage batteries that collect solar energy during the day. These batteries are heavy and expensive and tend to need replacing every now and then.
  • Solar panels can cause certain parts of the world to look a lot less appealing, especially if they begin turning up all over the place. You may find that many land owners will oppose the idea of having solar power plants built anywhere near their land.

When you way up the pros and cons of this type of energy source, you might find that your opinion on the matter has changed somewhat. However, there’s no denying the fact that solar power could be an essential tool in the near future and is probably a better alternative to other forms of energy we are currently using far more regularly.

If you’re keen to get stuck in with this renewable form of energy, don’t be afraid to pursue some of the latest products powered by solar energy. In addition, you can cut your energy bills by getting hold of some solar panels. They may be costly upfront but solar panels can help provide your home with electricity without the need for bills.

There are a number of other products that are powered by solar energy you can get hold of. These include fans, cookers, lanterns, tents, backpacks and more. Most of these products are associated with the outdoors, so if you’re a keen walker or enjoy the idea of camping every now and then, these solar powered products might be able to provide you with that essential source of energy you need during your trip.

There are a number of questions to consider if you’re still not certain about solar power. Think about your personal opinion on the renewable energy source, whether or not it could be the answer to the world’s energy crisis, its effect on the environment and devices that could potentially be powered by solar energy in the future.

Mike James is a former heating engineer with an interest in greener sources of electricity. He writes about energy sources and supplies for BSW Heating, solar panel installation specialists.

HOW GOING GREEN AT HOME CAN SAVE YOU MONEY!

OK, so traditionally going green is supposed to be about saving the environment – tree-huggers, veggies and wannabe-hippies born a couple of generations too late uniting to protect our planet and bring peace to mankind.

But even if we don’t fall into the above categories, or even into the I Kind of Like Our Planet and Will Try My Best to ‘Go Green’ Where I Can category, most of like to save money. In fact, I’d go so far as to brazenly state NO-ONE likes to waste money.

So, here’s an article on how “going green” in your home can actually have unknown financial benefits…

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