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Why save energy?
A) To save money, to have a better life!
B) To better your health, lower your doctor bills with less air pollution
C) To secure your future + your children's future with lowering the impacts of climate change!
There are thousands of possibilities to save energy.
I) You can put your air conditioning thermostat to 80 degrees in summer and to 68 degrees in winter. You would save a lot of energy and money.
II) You could use a solar water heating panel to warm up your water during summer and winter. That would save a lot of energy and money.
III) You could drive 55 mph instead of 70 mph. That would save a lot of energy and money.
IV) You could use modern light bulbs, they use only 20% of the energy, but give you the same light. And they last 10 times longer - less waste!
V) You could use native plants in your yard, You would save energy with less mowing. You would save water + money, you would save fertilizer and pesticides, and lower your water bill.
All together you would save a lot of money and help Nature!
Often we hear about Peak loads. What does that mean?
Every day are hours where the electricity demand is very high.
During these hours, electricity is much more expensive, because of supply and demand.
To help your power company to reduce peak loads you can:
A) Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
B) When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.
C) When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
D) Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
E) Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
F) Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
G) Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.
Members of the charitable nonprofit group Bear Springs Blossom Nature Conservation can get detailed tips and advice. If you want to know more just send an email.
That would save you a lot of energy and money!
1) Effective Insulation
Insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, less energy consumption, and increased comfort.
2) High-Performance Windows
Energy-efficient windows, double or triple pane glass, protective coatings and improved frame assemblies, are keeping heat in during winter and out during summer. Good windows block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
3) Tight Construction and Ducts
Sealing holes and cracks in your home’s outer walls + in duct systems reduces drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while reducing utility bills.
4) Efficient Heating + Cooling Equipment|
Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems use less energy, cost you less money, can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. Typically, energy-efficient equipment is also more durable and requires less maintenance than standard models.
4a) Keep heat from entering the home by reflecting or blocking it with shades, shutters, louvers, awnings, trellises, window and roof coatings, insulation and/or trees.
4b) Remove heat by using natural ventilation during the cooler time of day. Then close the home back up during the hot time.
4c) Reduce heat-producing activities, such as using the oven, dryer and dishwasher's heat cycle, and limit them to the cool times of day.
4d) When the above three passive methods of cooling are insufficient, use circulating fans to get comfortable. If there is a significant differential between daytime and nighttime temperatures where you live, you can use use window or whole house fans at night to pull in the cool air and expel the hot. Circulating fans, ceiling, table and standing fans do not bring room temperature down, but they cool people directly through the wind chill effect.
An important figure for fans is the CFM per Watt, which measures the energy efficiency of the fan. Energy Star's minimum requirement for a fan running at high speed is 75 CFM per Watt, but many fans do much better than that. You can buy one that has a CFM/W of 336 (more than 4 times the minimum).
Halogen lighting bulbs will use a lot of energy and produce heat. Fluorescent or LED bulbs don't heat your room up as old fashioned or halogen bulbs.
5) Lighting and Appliances
ENERGY STAR qualified homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, and appliances, such as refrigerators, dish washers, and washing machines. These ENERGY STAR qualified products provide additional energy savings to the owner.
6) Third-Party Verification
Use our energy audit or independent Home Energy Raters, or ENERGY STAR builder partners to check your energy-saving features. Auditors, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify that your home qualifies as ENERGY STAR.
Energy efficient homes are less costly to own, operate and maintain, and they are more comfortable.|
Americans spend more than $160 billion a year to heat, cool, light, and live in our homes.
This energy represents about 21 percent of the national total and includes significant demand for electricity and natural gas.
Most of the households could save 20-40 % on their household energy bills by implementing energy efficiency improvements.
Energy Savers primarily focuses on existing homes — both owned and rented.
Our links provide practical information to improve the energy efficiency of properties + homes.
The ENERGY STAR Web site provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
An innovative whole-house approach to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your home that depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection of your home and make improvements.
BSB will answer energy question from A to Z, about your home, condo or apartment, we offer a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
Home Advisor contractors prefer to use Energy Star approved appliances. When Home Advisor professionals plan a kitchen remodel they may suggest upgrading all the appliances. Homeowners can get help finding a contractor for remodel and repair work from Home Advisor online.
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