Category Archives: The Environment

Five Ways To Curb Energy Costs This Summer

Our utility bills seem to rise along with the thermometer come summer. Certain steps and upgrades can help cut down on cooling costs and other seasonal home expenses.

One minor task that has major impact is cleaning the HVAC filter, says Ameeta Jain, co-founder of Homeselfe. Regardless of the unit you own, cleaning the filter on a regular basis is important. When the filter is dirty, the system consumes more energy. With a clean filter, the system can cool your home more efficiently.

Another task to consider is mulching your garden, Jain says. Mulch lessens the amount of watering needed for plants, reducing expense and consumption. Mulch works to prevent evaporation so plants have more time to absorb water.

Jain recommends using a rain barrel to collect water, as well. Harvested rainwater can be recycled in the garden, saving even more money on water bills.

Energy-smart upgrades are also a consideration, Jain says. Apply window film to your windows to block heat from entering the home (while preserving the view!), resulting in less use of the A/C. The best part? Window films on the market these days are easy to DIY-apply.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat, too, says Jain. Newer models allow you to set different temperatures for various times throughout the day. You may, for example, want to set your thermostat to turn off while you’re at work and then cool down right around the time you’re on your way home.

Though these tips are seasonally-related, they can be applied year-round, Jain adds: “It’s always a good time to reduce your energy consumption and save on utility bills!”

Source: Homeselfe

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Decoding Energy Efficiency Lingo

With so much science involved in making homes energy efficient, the average person is usually at a loss when it comes to understanding green terminology. Here, the National Association of Homebuilders decodes some of the most commonly used lingo.

An “Energy-Efficient” home is a home that uses less energy than a traditional home without compromising service to owners and occupants. Energy efficiency can be achieved through things such as improved thermal envelopes, solar-oriented construction, low-e windows and efficient appliances.
A “Net Zero-Energy” home is a home in which energy production and consumption are equivalent. That means the energy produced by the home must meet the household’s needs. Rooftop solar panels are perhaps the most common way for homes to produce energy.
A “Net Zero-Energy-Ready” home is a home that is outfitted with the necessary structural and technological support to install energy-producing technologies. Net zero-energy-ready homes are appropriate for homeowners who plan to install energy-producing technology in the future.
A “Net Positive-Energy” home is a home that produces more energy than the household needs. A homeowner could even receive credit from their utility company for excess energy returned to the grid that is produced by the energy technologies and saved by energy-efficiency measures.Knowing these terms can help you update your existing home to be more energy efficient, or be more knowledgeable if you’re in the market for a new home.

Knowing these terms can help you update your existing home to be more energy efficient, or be more knowledgeable if you’re in the market for a new home.

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Recycling Basics

Check out this article about the basic steps you can take to recycle at home. Recycled products not only save energy, time and effort versus manufacturing from scratch it also allows all of us to take better care of the planet so future generations can enjoy it as much as we do today.

This information is courtesy of:

Jasmine Dyoco | jasmine.dyoco@educatorlabs.org
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Recycling Basics

Ways the Average American Family Can Help Save Our Planet

Below is a list of websites where you can get valuable information about how to help do your part to save our planet. Whether it’s how to conserve water or how to earn tax credits the links below will help you be a better steward of our natural resources and you’ll save money all at the same time. These links are courtesy of Kathleen Carter with Educator Labs in Cary, NC. Visit http://educatorlabs.org/ for more info about this organization.

Recycling Basics

40 Tips To Go Green At Home

Make Your Home into a “Green” Energy Machine

Conserving Water

The Guide to Green Plumbing

Energy Efficient Tax Credits, Rebates and Financing

Financial Incentives for Green Home Improvements

The Green Parent: Your Kid-Friendly Guide to Earth-Friendly Living

The Dog Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Living

Most Americans Want Solar Energy