Making better use of natural resources and finding more sustainable means of illuminating your home can have a number of important benefits. Using natural light as opposed to turning on a lamp can provide you with a more comfortable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable household. Utilizing any opportunities that you may have to make better use of natural light in your home or business could have a much greater effect than you would have ever imagined. Even a small decrease in the amount of time you make use of your lamps and other lighting fixtures can translate into Read the rest of this entry »
A hot bath after a hard day’s work can be very soothing. With a few changes, your bath can also save you money on your heating bills.
Replacing a conventional tank water heater is a great way to lower fuel bills. Tankless or on-demand water heaters only heat water as it is being used. Standard water heaters must run frequently throughout the day to keep the tank filled with hot water. Both electric and gas tankless water heaters are available.
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Keeping the kitchen in your home well-ventilated is so important for a variety of reasons. In some cases, you will cook something that smokes a lot and gives off a lot of heat. Sausage, for instance, tends to smoke a great deal when you are frying it as opposed to boiling it. When you have a ventilation system in the kitchen, you’re able to turn it on or simply allow the smoke to dissipate from the kitchen without having Read the rest of this entry »
Energy-saving opportunities are all around you. You just have to look for them, and you can lower your monthly energy bill with minimal effort or sacrifice. During the winter months, it’s especially tempting to crank up the thermostat in order to make your home cozier on chilly nights. When it comes time to deck the halls, your Clark-Griswoldesque light display is the envy of the neighborhood. The envy, that is, until a near heart-stopping energy bill comes in January. Here are a few ideas for how you can save on energy throughout the winter.
So, you like to turn up the heat at night. Nothing wrong with that, but what about during the day when the outside temperature is warmer? What about when no one is home? Upgrade to a programmable thermostat. You can find them at your local hardware store. They’re inexpensive and easy to install. You can program your thermostat to automatically recalibrate the temperature based on the time of day and when your home is occupied. You can save on your energy bill automatically with a programmable thermostat!
Think about scaling back your light display this holiday season or switching from incandescent lights to energy-saving LED lights. Don’t leave your holiday lights on all day long. It’s difficult to see the light strings during daylight. Save the juice for after sundown and turn the lights off at bedtime. Better yet, get a time for your light display and set them to automatically turn on and off.
If you live in a region of the country with a deregulated energy market, take advantage of your right to choose your energy supplier. There are tons of resources online to help you compare energy rates in your deregulated region. Find an energy supplier that offers a low rate or green energy options, so you can save money and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. For example, if you live in a deregulated region of Texas, you can shop Texas electricity rates to find the best deal on energy and green power.
Stoves, refrigerators and freezers consume large amounts of energy when we prepare a meal so learning to reduce the cooking time by cooking larger batches of food will save time and energy.
By shopping with a list for large batch cooking you will save on gas. Preparing all the dishes at the same time, freezing the extras you will reduce overall cooking and cleanup time and by minimizing refrigerator and freezer door opening times you will reduce cold air loss.
Many casserole and souprecipes lend themselves to batch cooking and freezing. Select recipes that require the same baking temperature. To batch cook efficiently, begin with two or three recipes, make sure you have all the ingredients then remove anything you need from the refrigerator all at once.
If you are working with meat or vegetables that needs browned, do this step all at the same time which will reduce the stove time and number of dirty dishes. Assemble the dishes and put them all in the oven at the same time. Bake as directed but slightly under bake the ones you will be freezing. Cool the dishes then wrap tightly in freezer paper and label with contents and date, then freeze. Keep all these pre-cooked meals in one section of the freezer so they are easy to find.
With the imbalance of weather in the world today, it is important to highlight different ways to save on the energy bills that are only getting more and more expensive. With winter approaching, there are many ways that you can start to save on the bills with combined efforts.
One of the most efficient ways to limit the cold winds from outside in is by taping down the sides of the windows. If you are able to locate a big plastic board that cancover your entire window, place this board over the windows and tape down all the sides. This will prevent the wind from seeping into the house which will help to maintain the temperature of the house.
Maintaining a constant temperature of the house is an important factor. You should not fuss around with the thermostat because it takes more energy to start up the heat than to keep it a constant temperature. It is suggested to keep the thermostat at 78 degrees, but because many can endure the cold, you can drop the temperature a bit lower that satisfies your family’s comfort level.
A last way to save on the energy bill is to turn off the heat when no one is home. There are options to have set heaters that will turn on at a certain time to keep the house warm before you come home. Look into the different offers of your provider to find the one the tis best for you.You thought this was good? Brace yourself: How To Save Money On Heating Bills
For those of you wishing to conserve energy, you can start with the central heat and air conditioner in your home. Just by turning your thermostat up or down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours at a time will dramatically reduce the energy you consume in your home, but that’s not the best part. When you adjust your thermostat you can also save between 10 and 15 percent off of a year’s electric bill. That equals about one percentof savings for every degree that you adjust on your thermostat. If you set your thermostat a few degrees cooler or warmer during the day when you’re at work, you could potentially save hundreds of dollars. The savings and energy you can save is different for those in milder or more extreme climates, but the savings in both energy and money will add up. In the summer, your thermostat should be no lower than 78 degrees. In the winter or cooler months your thermostat should be set no higher than 68 degrees. You save more energy this way because your home loses less energy than it would have when it is cooler or hotter than usually because it allows less heat or cold into your home. So the longer your house has a temperature higher or lower than normal will save more energy, because your home has lost less energy. Next time you walk by your thermostat, adjust the settings a little and start saving energy and reducing the amount of energy you use throughout the year.Keep looking, there’s more: 3 Ways To Save Money On Electricity
Cut The Electric Bill While Supporting Local Quilters
As far back as I can remember my Mother and Grandmother and a group of their friends gather together every so often and make quilts for family members, charities, and gifts. My Grandmother would take all of our old cloths and cut them into squares, triangles, and rectangles. Then she would put them in what she called her quilting box and save them for when she needed them.
We would all pile in and go with them as wouldall of the other women’s families, men included. The men would always build a big fire and let us kids cook hotdogs on sticks. The men would always play horse shoes until the sun went down. Then we would all go home happy and tired.
We always had so much fun, back then I didn’t realize that the best part of those outings would be the quilts that my Mother and Grandmother made. Besides the fact that the quilts are very sentimental to me and my family. They allow me and my family to cut our electric bills way down in the winter months, and support my our local Quilters at the same time.If you like what you see, keep going: Quilters are ‘sew’ in need of help