After a long winter of freezing temperatures and rising energy bills, the average homeowner will now be pleased they can finally turn down the dial and cut their energy consumption.
However, there is still likely to be the odd cooler day, and are we really prepared to go through the same thing when winter rolls around again sometime in mid-September?
In order to combat the rising energy prices, some homeowners have been doing everything they can to make their property more efficient and cut down on excess consumption.
As well as leaving them with some extra pounds in their pocket this will also help them do their bit for the environment and the summer seems the perfect time to compound those efforts and for others to follow in the same vein.
The Winds Of Change
In the wake of new environmental initiatives that have been brought by the government, there are now much more stringent rules and regulations involved in the construction and development of properties.
Not only do all new dwellings and those proposed to be expanded need to have an SAP calculation carried out in order to determine the property’s energy performance certificate (EPC), but there are also regulations to meet regarding airtightness and air leakage.
China has been the target of environmentalists worldwide and also within its own borders. This is mainly due to the diminished air and water quality due to massive industrialization in recent years and the use of coal as heating and also used to produce oil.
Oil produced from coal has twice the CO2 emissions as burning coal alone. So is it possible that China may become the Go Green poster child of the industrialized world? It is not only possible – it is very likely.
China is a giant canvas for painting a green picture for the world. Chinese officials are aware of the enormity of the problem but have also implemented equally large plans.
The combination of sustainable natural resources and alternative plans for the use of coal and plastics have put the country on the track to showing the greatest improvement environmentally. This is a plan that has been criticized for its slow track path but nonetheless, it is a plan.
They built the Great Wall one stone at a time and they will clean up the environment one city at a time. Some of the implemented plans and sustainable resources that will be part of a greener China include:
It’s not that hard to save on your electricity bill at all. Take a look at some useful tips:
1. Kеер уоur heating running efficiently. Yоur furnace iѕ thе mоѕt expensive appliance in уоur house tо run. In fact household heating accounts fоr 60% оf аll energy uѕеd in thе average home. Make ѕurе it iѕ operating аѕ efficiently аѕ роѕѕiblе bу replacing itѕ filter еvеrу twо months.
A great option iѕ tо purchase оnе оf thе reusable filters thаt саn bе washed оn a regular basis. You’ll pay mоrе fоr thеm but thеу lаѕt fоr years ѕо in thе еnd thеу cost lеѕѕ thаn disposable filters. Thе fеw minutes it will tаkе уоu tо properly care fоr уоur furnace саn increase itѕ energy efficiently bу аѕ muсh аѕ 50 реr cent.
2. Install a programmable thermostat. Heating аnd cooling уоur house whеn nо оnе iѕ home – оr whеn еvеrуоnе iѕ in bеd – uѕеѕ аn unnecessary amount оf energy. Thiѕ iѕ bad fоr thе environment аnd bad fоr уоur checkbook!
Inѕtеаd оf wasting thаt energy, buy a programmable thermostat аnd set thе temperature tо bе ѕеvеrаl degrees cooler (or warmer in thе summer) during thе night аnd whеn thе house iѕ empty. Yоu саn easily hаvе it back tо thе temperature уоu likе bу thе timе уоu wake uр оr arrive home.
Recycling, reducing waste and lowering energy costs are just some of the options that businesses have to go a little “greener” in 2017. There are plenty of reasons for you to go green personally, but why would a business bother with it? After all, small businesses are all about the bottom line.
In reality, going green can have a big impact on your profits in more ways than you might think. It’s even a fundamental value many small businesses will flaunt to develop loyal customers.
You can lower you energy costs, which is a big portion of your overhead. Encouraging your employees to turn off lights and computers while on break or at the end of the day will produce big effects.
However, how do things like recycling or encouraging car pools help to save you money? They may not. In fact, they may actually make you money! Offering green technology at work is a great way for employers to attract talent and consumers. People are losing their loyalty for companies at the same time they’re increasing loyalty for themselves and their careers. Use what you can to keep them attracted to you and check out some cool, easy ideas for going green in 2014.
Everyone’s heard of the so called ‘carbon footprint’. But what exactly does it mean? Basically, it’s the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by a person, organisation/business or event.
The drastic increase in the emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is the main cause of global warming, also known as man-made climate change. There are certain things you can do to lower your carbon footprint. By doing so, you’re helping the planet more than you may think.
Before I go through the ways you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, it’s essential to understand that CO2 is a consequence of burning carbon-based fuels such as gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene, coal, oil and gas.
The goal is to reduce the use of devices which are powered by carbon-based fuels. I know it sounds daunting but as they say, starting is half the battle. Here are 5 tips that will help you get started:
Going green is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the environment. One of the easiest ways to do this is by buying an Eco-friendly car that will cut down on harmful pollution and will help to make your drive more fuel-efficient. Here is a look at the top 5 Eco-friendly cars to buy in 2014.
Chevrolet Cruze Eco
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is a sleek Sedan that provides drivers with a combined MPG of 33 at a relatively affordable price. Although it runs on gasoline, its high gas mileage allows for much less pollution sent out into the environment. This 4-door vehicle also comfortably seats 5, perfect for any family. Toyota Prius V
The 2014 Toyota Prius V is easily one of the best Eco-friendly cars that Toyota has ever made. This hybrid vehicle has a combined MPG of 42, which is the highest of any SUV on the market.
Gadgets are great. When thinking through the ecological implications of a kitchen design, the eco-friendly chef should also consider the impact on the environment of the gadgets and devices that will be used in the kitchen. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites.
Reusable Glass Containers
Disposable containers are out; reusable ones are in. Leftovers and even items bought directly from the produce section can be stored safely in the Frigoverre Plus reusable glass bowls reasonably priced at most kitchen retailers. The bowls have thick non-porous walls, are shatterproof and seal with tight-fitting BPA-free plastic lids.
PFOA-Free No-Stick Cookware
PFOA stands for perfluorooctanoic acid and is used today in the coatings for many no-stick pans and cookware. PFOA has been linked to certain types of cancer, so the release by Scanpan of PFOA-Free No-Stick pans is very welcome. The cookware is truly no-stick, allowing you to cook without adding butter or oil.
Given that transportation consumes more than its fair share of energy resources, a lot of strategies are being implemented to lower its environmental impact and make it more affordable in the process. The approaches used include such things as alternative fuels, alternative motors, and altering the transportation infrastructure itself.
What’s in the Tank
In terms of vehicles themselves, changing the type of fuel used in them is the easiest way to make them environmentally friendly. This technique doesn’t rely on a major switch from internal combustion engines to electric, or some other type of motor.
Ethanol has already seen widespread use throughout the world. This fuel can be made from renewable crops and requires just a few modifications to existing engines.
According to a Festec engineering professional, for existing engines to handle ethyl alcohol with minimal damage, alternative gasket materials have to be used for piston rings, cylinder head seals, and other vulnerable spots. With biologically-generated methane, the alterations are more extensive and include pressurized tanks.
“Green” living is one of those concepts that has taken hold in mainstream media, becoming a pretty significant “buzzword” in the last few years. However, unlike “Bennifer”, this one seems to be sticking around. Green living basically refers to doing things in your daily life that helps the environment.
A super easy example of what you probably already do is recycling. There is definitely a level of extremity, as well as perspective that ties into what truly makes something ‘green’.
However, we’re not here to tell you about recycling. It’s a good thing, and you should do it, but since it’s pretty likely that you already do, let’s try taking a look at some of the other options out there. After all, individuals and businesses alike are trying to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. Check out five tips for going green that you might not be familiar with.
Plant Your Home Near Trees
This may sound like a playful idea, but it’s not just for the kids’ treehouse. Planting your home near trees, or vice versa, actually has some pretty good effects for your home. Trees, especially once they reach their full height, provide a great deal of shade for your home. This helps to cut down on your air conditioning needs during the summer, since you’ll already be cooler.
If you’re looking to keep your home a bit warmer in the winter, well, trees might not be your best friend. Large bushes, however, will do the trick. Plant them in flowerbeds close to your home and they’ll act as a second layer of insulation, trapping the heat for you during the winter. They’ll help to cut down on the wind as well!
Along with the increasing popularity of Smartphones, apps are continuously being developed to assist with everything from sticking to a diet to acing examination.
Therefore, it would seem to be no surprise that a number of apps have been developed to help individuals and businesses conduct themselves in a greener, more sustainable manner. Apps are available for both Android and iOS powered devices and are frequently either very inexpensive or entirely free of charge.
If you are tired of paying out big bucks to the electric company every month, the Green Outlet app may be just the ticket. This iOS app allows you to make a rough prediction of your monthly bill, and indicates which appliances are the likely culprits for excess energy usage. However, the app does not include a calculator for natural gas appliances. The app can be downloaded for 99 cents US from the Apple iTunes App Store.
The Plastic Analyzer app allows you to determine what kinds of plastic you are using by conducting a search for the plastic identification code. The app then indicates what products are included in the plastic object or bag and informs you of whether the plastic is recyclable. The Plastic Analyzer App is available free of charge for Android, iOS and Windows 7 powered mobile devices.