New Years Resolution -Tips for a Green 2017

Jan 04, 2017 by admin Category: Conversation Tip, News 0 comments

Did you know that only 8% of people achieve their New Year's resolutions? It's because they fail to set up a plan for their big 'New Year New Me' goal.

Save Money and Be Greener This Holiday Season

Dec 09, 2016 by admin Category: Conversation Tip, News 0 comments

Save Money and Be Greener This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about spending time with family. Here are some tips to help you be “greener” this holiday season: By: Payton Bulatovich
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1.) Limit the amount of time you leave your holiday lights on

If you aren't coming home from your work day until after six o'clock, there's no reason to have your lights on. You won't see them anyway. Set timers for your lights to come on just before you come home instead!

 

sundrop-greener-holiday-22.) Turn other room lights off when the Christmas tree is on

Why put lights on a Christmas tree if the dining room light is going to drown them out anyway? Turn the other lights off and enjoy the masterpiece you put up. It'll provide all of the light you need.

 

3.) Use Candles for Extra Light

If you're house is already festive, make it more festive with holiday-scented candles. They'll have your home smelling like sugar cookies or pine trees and provide a little extra light without using extra electricity.

 

4.) More Bodies = More Heat

When you do have family over for the holidays, try turning the air down. The more bodies you have in your home the warmer it is going to be. You won't notice a difference, especially when those dinner conversations start to get heated.

 

sundrop-greener-holiday-75.) Prep for Dinner Smarter

Cook multiple things that call for the same temperature in the oven at a time. It'll lower the amount of time that oven is running. While you're at it, keep the lids on pots. You'd be surprised how much heat they actually emit.

 

6.) Dishes Aren't Fun, but...

Dishes aren't fun, but instead of using disposable plates, utensils, and cups, opt for something that is reusable. When you go to wash them, instead of having a steady stream of water flowing, fill the sink up and go from there. You'll only decrease wasted water by 1/3. If you don't want pruned fingers, make sure you have a fully loaded dishwasher. It's the little things.

 

sundrop-greener-holiday-67.) Shop Smarter

Holiday shopping is fun, plastic isn't. Take your own reusable bags with you while you shop or use the least amount of bags possible. Make sure you recycle them when you're done!8.) Don't Throw That Extra Food Away

If you aren't one for leftovers or have already taken your fair share, don't throw away what is left from that. We waste a lot of food during the holidays and there are people out there who don't get a holiday meal. Take your family and your leftovers out and make someone else's night. No wasted food, no wasted money, and you're spreading the holiday cheer.

 

9.) Cut Back on Your Light Show

We aren't competing with Danny DeVito in Deck the Halls. Cut back on the amount of lights you use and cut down your electricity bill at the same time.

 

10.) "But I like lights!"

Okay, okay, we do, too. Try LED bulbs for a more efficient way of lighting up your home. They last longer, don't pull as much power, and have you seen those vibrant colors? Santa would be jealous.

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10 Ways To Keep Your House Warm (And Save Money)

Nov 16, 2016 by admin Category: Conversation Tip, News 0 comments

Heating homes accounts for over 70% of household energy consumption. So reducing this figure – while keeping homes warm enough – not only cuts energy bills

Fall And Winter Energy – Saving Tips

Nov 07, 2016 by admin Category: Conversation Tip, News 0 comments

Fall And Winter Energy - Saving Tips

Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save money during the cool fall and winter months.
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This article will help you find strategies to help you save energy during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.

If you haven't already, conduct an energy audit to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.

Also check out no-cost and low-cost tips to save energy during the spring and summer.

 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HEAT FROM THE SUN

  • Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS

  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
    Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.

ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE

  • When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
  • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
    Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings. Also see ENERGY STAR's June 5, 2008, podcast for video instructions on operating your programmable thermostat.

FIND AND SEAL LEAKS

  • Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
    Find out how to detect air leaks.
  • Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows.
    Find out how to select and apply the appropriate caulk.
    Learn how to select and apply weatherstripping.

MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEMS

  • Schedule service for your heating system.
    Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
  • Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.
    Find out more about maintaining your furnace or boiler.
  • Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.
    Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.

REDUCE HEAT LOSS FROM THE FIREPLACE

  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly--approximately 1 inch--and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
    Find out more techniques to improve your fireplace or wood-burning appliance's efficiency.
    Learn tips for safe and efficient fireplace installation and wood burning.

LOWER YOUR WATER HEATING COSTS

Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home.

  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.
    Find other strategies for energy-efficient water heating.

LOWER YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTING COSTS

  • Use light-emitting diode -- or "LED" -- holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the winter holidays.
    Learn about the advantages and potential cost savings of LED holiday light strings.
    Find manufacturers and brands of ENERGY STAR®-qualified decorative light strings.

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Conservation Tip: Don’t let the water run.

Feb 23, 2015 by admin Category: Conversation Tip, News 0 comments

Save 200 gallons of water a month!