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5 Tips for a More Energy Efficient Home

Making your home more energy efficient just makes sense

Energy efficiency is all the rage these days. Stable energy prices are likely a thing of the past. In times of economic uncertainty, fluctuating utility bills are an ever greater burden. Not only are people concerned about their bills, but they’re also concerned about their carbon footprint and ensuring that Mother Earth, as we’ve known her for the past 10,000+ years, is around for future generations. If you want to make your home more energy efficient, here are five tips you should follow. Replace old appliances Old appliances are one of the biggest sources of energy in the home. From the refrigerator and stove to the washer and dryer, they seem to make the meter spin round and round. New …

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Eco News Roundup: Green Energy Tips; Tiny Houses; Green Space; Eco Apps

Go Green by Switching to a Green Energy Plan and by Following These 10 Tips

Eco News Roundup for June 26: Resources from around the world to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle This week features tips for adopting green energy in your home. How about the new trend toward “tiny houses” and living off-grid? Learn how physical and mental health improves with access to green spaces. Finally, we look at 13 apps you can use to help you lower your carbon footprint. Enjoy and please leave any suggestion for next week’s roundup in the comments section. Enjoy! Tips for Green Energy Over the past few years, many residential energy consumers from all over the globe have been considering taking a more eco-friendly approach to their home electricity consumption. Taking a truly green approach to energy …

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Easy Ways to Save Energy at Work

By Karen Canas Saving energy isn’t always about huge changes. You don’t have to be a city planner or engineer installing a hydrodelectric dam to make a big difference in energy consumption. One of the best ways you can be a smart energy user is to take your regular practices to work. Whether you work in an office building, a school or an industrial power plant, chances are good you can make changes and get your co-workers on the bandwagon to conserve energy like never before. Taking the time to make a few small changes in your workplace can make a huge difference in the long run, ElectricCompanies.com reports. Recycling Recycling plays a huge role in developing sustainable cities, towns and …

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Save Money and Help the Environment: Learn How to Slay Energy Vampires

By Kathy Montgomery From the nearest cineplex to the pages of a classic bodice ripper, the undead are all the rage these days. But bet you didn’t know there are vampires lurking in your home at this very moment. We don’t mean the garlic-fearing, casket-dwelling, “I vant to suck your blood” variety, but we do mean something as equally insidious, at least when it comes to your monthly electric bill: energy vampires. These are appliances that draw power 24 hours a day, even when you think they’re not in use. And while you can’t kill them with a stake to the heart, there are other ways to save money and safeguard the planet. Stealing Your Energy While leaving your cell …

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Energy Efficiency 101: Home Appliances & Efficiency Tips

By Jordan Remington Home appliances are the largest culprits that make energy bills skyrocket. The three most voracious energy gobblers are heaters, air conditioners and water heaters. The energy used to operate water heaters is higher than the monthly consumption of almost all small appliances and digital devices in a typical home combined, according to Duke Energy. As appliances age, efficiency declines, and energy use naturally increases. Older appliances and new Energy Star appliances run better and cost less to operate with proper cleaning and maintenance in the following ways. Climate Control: Heating & Cooling Since heating and cooling units directly impact health and finances, homeowners can’t afford to skimp on maintenance and upkeep. Comparing energy rates bi-annually is good practice. …

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Vents, Cycles, Hums and Volts: Energy Providers’ Banquet

Save money from your energy provider

By Laura Galloway Some states in the U.S. have deregulated energy distribution, making it easy to choose from which supplier you receive your energy in those states. Accordingly, www.saveonenergy.com writes what the consumer is really doing is selecting an energy vendor to supply power to their retailer. The retailer, or electric company, then sends the electricity to the consumer’s home. Deregulation gives consumers the opportunity to buy energy at a lower cost or from a company they prefer doing business with. Shopping for bargains Here’s what to look for when comparison shopping for the best deal on electricity: Watch your energy consumption at home by reviewing the meter and electric bills. Know when the peak times of use are and how …

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Saving Green by Going Green at Home

Tips for greening your home and saving money and resources

Guest post by Jared Diamond The philosophy behind green energy is very basic: leave as small a carbon footprint behind as possible. Green energy strategies are not just the use of alternative sources, but also practical use of what is already there. It will be some time before fossil fuel is totally replaced and carbon emissions will still occur. At the same time, it is doubtful that the cost of using fossil fuel is going to go down in the years ahead. A cost-conscious homeowner is willing to look at means of using as little fossil fuel based energy in the home as possible, if for no other reason than to maintain a sensible family budget. Homeowners may cringe at the thought of installing green …

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Infographic: Solar Power’s Limitless Possibilities

This infographic gives an interesting look at just how much power the sun puts out, and what that potential energy could mean to the US and the world if it was harnessed.

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The Effects of the Drought on Sustainable Energy in the U.S.

How drought effects the production of sustainable energy in the US

By Matthew Speer In July 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) issued its first mandate for the inclusion of renewable, alternative energy sources in transportation fuels sold in the US. At that time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), roughly 16 percent of the contiguous United States was experiencing “moderate to severe drought.” The administration’s most recent figures (June 2012) estimate that 33 percent of the contiguous United States is experiencing “severe to extreme” drought. In layman’s terms, that’s a whole lot more drought. And it’s already making the well-intentioned RFS, which was expanded with the Energy and Independence Security Act of 2007, look less than effective at achieving its primary goal: reducing the American dependence on …

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Infographic: Renewable Energy vs. Fossil Fuels – Comparing Subsidies

Comparing fossil fuel subsidies with those of renewable energy

Fossil fuel subsidies Some complain that there isn’t a level playing field between renewable energy and fossil fuel because of subsidies. We agree. Click for larger image, read about this infographic at Good Magazine  

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