By now you have probably heard about the Going Green craze that has hit the public over the last couple years. Reducing your carbon foot print is certainly a noble cause, but what does it actually take to Go Green? Do I really have to trade in my car for hybrid? Do I have to go run out and buy new energy efficient appliances? While all those would certainly be considered Going Green, they are not practical solutions to get started on the green path. It does not take drastic lifestyle changes to go green and even simple changes in your day to day can result in a monumental environmental impact. Here are a few simple ways to Go Green that I implement everyday to help reduce my carbon footprint and save some money in the process.
All of us have experienced what seems to be one of the most brutal winters in recent history. You can make your home feel warmer without turning up the heat. One way to achieve that is most homes in Florida, where I live, have ceiling fans. By turning the ceiling fan in reverse in the winter time, air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space. This easy step can save up to 10% of your heating bill. You can also turn down your thermostat when you leave the house for the day. Another very easy step that will reduce your bill. Why heat the home when you’re not there? A great tip year-round is to change the filter in your furnace. A clogged filter makes your furnace work harder, therefore increasing your energy costs. And lastly, you can caulk and use weatherstripping around doors and windows. Why let that heat that you paid for escape? These are just a few ideas of how to keep the heat in and the cold out without breaking the bank.
During our first Target Gift Card Giveaway, we asked our readers to share a money saving tip they planned to implement during the new year. We had a very strong response that resulted in a bunch of great ideas from our readers. There were some truly innovative tips as well as some practical ones that are equally as useful. Here is a round-up of all the great tips we received.
When you leave your laptop plugged in 24/7 it will continue to draw power even if the battery is full. That is a waste of energy and money. It also affects the capacity level of the battery potentially costing a new battery. The solution is to take the battery out while the laptop is plugged into an outlet. It will save a few bucks a month on your electric bill, and potentially $100 for a new battery.
You don’t have to live in Florida to benefit from one of the best websites that can help you cut your energy bills way down. the Florida Solar Energy Center provides information about all kinds of energy savings, not just Solar. Check out the site at www.fsec.ucf.edu. If your thinking about solar hot water heating they have a free calculator that will help you run the numbers on potential cost and savings of installing a solar hot water system.
If you are interested in energy and money saving techniques for your home or business, contact our Energy Professional now. They will help with offsetting your energy consumption and save thousands on your utility bills.
Typically, energy usage peaks during the winter. Rather than running the heater full blast, tackle Jack Frost head on. Here are 20 tips to help reduce your energy usage during these frigid months.