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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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Best Apps for Monitoring and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

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For the past decade, the phrase “carbon footprint” has worked its way into the nation’s vocabulary. More people know that it relates to environmental impact, but what does it mean, exactly? The two main factors that should be considered are carbon dioxide and methane emissions of a population (or person), a system or an activity, according to a generally accepted definition written by Laurence A. Wright, Simon Kemp and Ian Williams in 2011. “This should allow the carbon footprint to become a cost-effective, practical and repeatable metric that can be adopted by all types of organizations across the globe as a ‘baseline’ indicator,” the trio wrote in the Carbon Management journal. These greenhouse gases can occur through a variety of …

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