One of the major problems that a lot of homeowners face nowadays is that it is too expensive to heat their homes. You might be in a similar boat and are noticing that you are spending hundreds of dollars during the wintertime months just to get your house nice and comfortable. The best way to lessen the amount that you are spending is to simply look at your options and to decipher which type of heating system is really the best Read the rest of this entry »
First, let’s get rid the ammonia, how we hate the smell of window cleaners. Four tablespoons of lemon juice dissolved in one half gallon of water are you need to clean your windows, and while no one likes to do windows, at least we can make it safer and smell better.
Stained vinyl furniture and vinyl floor tiles are receptive to straight lemon juice. Just dip a cloth in the lemon juice and rub well and you’ve Read the rest of this entry »
Every summer, it seems as if staying cool costs more and more. Turning off the air conditioner is not an option for most people, especially in the southern states that have to deal with heat and high humidity. You can beat the summer heat without breaking the bank by following a few tips. You can begin to save by comparing utility rates in your area with Reliant energy to ensure you are getting the best deal for your budget.
Invest in radiant barrier window film. This film reduces the amount of heat gain coming through the window glass. There are different strengths available; purchase the highest you can afford. Installation is as simple as cleaning the window, spraying a layer of soapy water on the glass and applying the film. To remove it, spray with soapy water and scrape with a plastic scraper or lift off. Some are decorated with designs to allow for privacy.
Thermal curtains also reduce heat gain further. Close curtains on the sunny side of the house and open them on the shaded side to allow light in. Maximize heat gain blockage by combining the curtains with radiant barrier window film.
Install and use awnings over windows and patio doors. They provide shade for the windows and cut heat gain from the sun. A wide variety of outdoor fabrics and awnings are available. Many different styles are retractable so that foul weather will not damage them.
If the house’s current HVAC system is inefficient, consider purchasing a new solar/grid hybrid system. Manufacturers are stating that these systems can save up to 60 percent or more on the energy bills. Over time, this system will pay for itself.
One way to make your HVAC system more efficient is to have it professionally tuned and inspected regularly. Have the ducting system inspected and cleaned every year. An efficient system uses less power; close vents to unused rooms during the day and turn up the thermostat. You will reduce the area to be cooled and for every degree the thermostat is raised, you can save as much as three percent on the utility bill.
Install and use ceiling fans in each room. Moving air feels cooler; you can raise the thermostat temperature as a result.
Make a habit of placing your energy savings in a special account. It will grow over time. You can spend the money to invest in items that will save even more over time such as:
Energy Star certified appliances
Insulation for the attic and walls
Energy efficient doors and windows
You can stay cool, save money and have an energy efficient home all at the same time.
The appliances, utilities and other resources needed to keep the interior of your home or office comfortable require considerable electrical power in order to work effectively. Knowing what you may be able to do in order to reduce the demand such devices place on your utility provider can lower your monthly bills and reduce the size of your carbon footprint. Renovating your home, updating your equipment and appliances and changing your habits can do much to provide you with a less costly and more ecologically sound environment that will still be able to provide you with all Read the rest of this entry »
Going green is not only beneficial to the environment, but it can also be incredibly beneficial to your wallet as well. Saving money on electricity, gas costs and products will thoroughly help your family live a little greener in this big world. Going green might be a big difficult for families who are new to the idea and concept. This is why you should sit down with your family and discuss ways for you all to be a little greener each day. Take the time to talk with your loved ones about the importance of going green and its impact Read the rest of this entry »
Make Green The Theme Color In Your Home
There are many things you can do to make green the theme color in your home. For example, you can be conscientious about recycling as well as using home cleaning solutions that are safe for the environment. Additionally, you can use tote bags when you go to the grocery store instead of using a wasteful plastic or non-biodegradable bag. Another step you can take towards a more Read the rest of this entry »
If you were to poll the average person and ask their favorite color, you’d discover that it was blue. It’s understandable. Psychological studies show that blue is a calming, soothing hue that makes people feel comfortable. However, that may be changing soon. The numerous benefits of energy conservation is guaranteed to make people love green in ways they never have before.
Psychologically, green can bring forth images of nascent beauty. The forest, the shrubbery, the allure of the untamed wild. Conservationism seeks to protect that Read the rest of this entry »
The green movement has so much power in the world, but one of its main goals is to get you to use less power. What exactly does that mean? Well, if you want to be more environmentally friendly, then you need to be careful of the ways in which you use energy. Some of the steps you can take are simple. It’s fairly easy to remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room, and you Read the rest of this entry »