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Lloyd Alter and his wife, Kelly, live in a drafty, 100-year-old house in Toronto, Canada. To shrink their energy use and environmental impact, Lloyd wished to downsize, but Kelly wanted to stay put — so they compromised.
“I’m dividing the house in half and my wife and I are going to live in half of it and rent out the other half,” said Lloyd, who is the managing editor of Treehugger.com and an adjunct professor of sustainable design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. “The amount of energy used per person in that house drops [substantially].”
Not everyone is ready to halve their living space and rent out the upstairs — but many people would like to be greener. Some 67% of US residents want to do more to help the environment, but they aren’t sure where to start, according to a survey by Kelton Research. Unfortunately, Americans also scored the worst in terms of sustainable behaviour, according to a survey for National Geographic by Canadian consulting firm GlobeScan. India, China and Brazil scored highest out of 17 countries in “green” behaviour related to housing, transportation, food, and consumption of goods.
“The healthier we live and the more sustainable and lower impact lifestyle we have, the better off the individual society and the planet would be,” said Erik Assadourian, transforming cultures project director for the Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC.
Here are some pointers on greening up your life:
What it will take: You will need to be committed to doing things a little (or a lot) differently than your neighbours. It may take some research, and it may be less convenient — riding your bike to work, for instance, may take longer.
How long you need to prepare: You can start making changes today.
Do it now: Eat differently. In one UK study, vegetarians had roughly half the carbon footprint of meat eaters. That is, they produced less greenhouse gas emissions. But if you can’t give up meat completely, reducing the quantity you consume or giving up beef can make a big difference.
“The carbon footprint of red meat is absolutely phenomenal,” Alter said. “The food cows get fed is very high energy input, and they make a lot of methane.”
Giving up meat won’t help much if you’re buying out-of-season produce that has to be flown in from far-off places. “Chicken has a lower carbon footprint than a hothouse tomato,” Alter said. “So much energy goes into heating the greenhouses. You have to look at what you’re eating and be sensible.” Aim for local and in-season foods as much as you can. (Plus, you’ll save 10% to 15% by sticking with in-season produce.)
Drive less. Buying a hybrid car means you use less petrol, but the key is spending less time behind the wheel, period. “The best thing you can do is drive less, cycle and walk more, and use transit more,” said Alter. “Your health is better, your budget is better, and you’re not putting out any carbon dioxide.”
This is easier said than done if you don’t already live in a walkable community, but if you have the option to use mass transit or strap on your bicycle helmet, use it. If you must drive, choose a fuel-efficient vehicle and drive to save gas and emissions — stick to the speed limit, keep your tires properly inflated, empty your trunk of heavy items, and accelerate and brake gently for better fuel efficiency. Some incentive: Driving aggressively can decrease gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.
Keep your feet on the ground. Where practical, rethink that jaunt via plane. Air travel “has an enormous environmental impact relative to most other forms of travel,” said Cam Walker, campaigns coordinator for Friends of the Earth in Australia. Instead, consider vacationing within driving distance—or better yet, take the train.
Buy less, or buy better quality things. Think about how much “stuff” you own. “A big part of Danish emissions are linked to our consumption,” said Mattias Söderberg, chair of the ACT alliance climate change advisory group in Denmark. “To reduce it we need a change in consumption culture. Do we really need all the gadgets we buy? And do we always need the newest one?” Acquiring fewer things and making the ones you own last longer will reduce waste and energy use overall.
Don’t forget about reusing and recycling things. “You can make a difference by buying second-hand, borrowing something you’ll only need once and repairing items to give them a new lease on life,” said Melanie Kramers, a spokesperson for the UK’s Friends of the Earth.
Recycle plus. Recycling is one of the easiest and most visible steps you can take, but it takes energy to collect those items and convert them into something new. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t recycle — but you shouldn’t stop there. Don’t forget that you can also recycle all those old electronics stashed in drawers and closets in your home. In the US, checkearth911.com for drop-off locations. In the UK, searchDontBinItBringIt.org. You can even get money back for old electronics via sites like Gazelle.com and CashInYourGadgets.co.uk.
Adjust your thermostat. The choices you make regarding heating and cooling your home are some of the most impactful things you can do in terms of reducing your carbon footprint, said Leo Hickman, the chief adviser on climate change for the UK’s World Wide Fund for Nature. Keeping the temperature a little lower in the winter and higher in the summer can make a big difference, as can using a programmable thermostat, which can save you about $180 every year in energy costs, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Do it later: Downsize. Consider settling in a smaller house or flat. It will mean less space to heat and cool and fewer things needed to outfit your abode. Choosing something smaller may mean you can live closer to where you work, or near an urban centre where you can walk or bike more.
Be smart about milestones. Consider the amount of money and resources that go into things you (hopefully) do only once, such as a wedding. “That one day can have the equivalent of an ecological impact of a whole lifetime of a low-income individual when we’re spending $20,000 or $30,000 or even $50,000 on an average American wedding,” Assadourian said.
Having a smaller gathering, being mindful of producing less waste, or holding a series of small, local parties are all alternatives.
Death and funerals can involve toxic chemicals and expensive (non-biodegradable) coffins. “You can write into your will that you want a green funeral wrapped in a shroud rather than a fancy hardwood coffin and help to renew the cycle of life,” Assadourian said.
Do it smarter: Think like the Swiss. Switzerland is small and densely populated, leading its inhabitants to be more aware of limitations in resources and space.
“Frugality is therefore much more part of the culture,” said Anja Kollmuss, senior policy researcher with Carbon Market Watch in Zurich and Berlin. “There is more environmental awareness.”
Article Source: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140714-nine-ways-to-go-green-and-sav
Drivers on Canada’s highways may happen upon a chatty robot attempting to hitchhike across the country next month.
Known as hitchBOT, it will commence its coast-to-coast journey at the Institute for Applied Creativity at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax; with a goal of reaching Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia.
Hitchbot will incorporate speech recognition, a social media and Wikipedia API, artificial intelligence technologies and 3G and wifi connectivity to help it on its journey. It will be able to continually call home with its location – so would-be thieves watch out.
“We expect hitchBOT to be charming and trustworthy enough in its conversation to secure rides through Canada,” says Dr. Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University; one of hitchBOT’s creators.
While the final design of hitchBOT is yet to be unveiled, Dr. David Harris Smith of McMaster University says it will look “like somebody has cobbled together odds and ends to make the robot, such as pool noodles, bucket, cake saver, garden gloves, Wellies, and so forth.” Hitchbot will be unable to move and will be entirely dependent on humans for transport.
According to the Toronto Star, hitchBOT’s batteries will be powered by solar panels covering the beer cooler bucket that will be its torso, and can also be recharged from car cigarette lighters or a standard power outlet – so hitchBOT might not just bum a ride, but some juice as well.
It was unknown at the time of publishing if hitchBOT will incorporate a death-ray, taser or any other weaponry; or if contingency plans are in place should it become self-aware on its journey and start plotting the enslavement of humanity.
Rather than being a research initiative of any kind, it’s being considered a collaborative art project. Further details of the hitchBOT project can be viewed .
1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re at home, and 85ºF when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects.
2.Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.
3.Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It’s best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m.
4.Set your water heater to 120ºF.
5.Keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night. This is a no-cost way to keep your home a little cooler.
6.Window, ceiling and whole-house fans are also low-cost ways to keep your home a little cooler.
7.Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
8.Eliminate, or deactivate, extra freezers or refrigerators if you can, especially if they spend the summer outdoors or in a garage. Better yet, have your old refrigerator or freezer picked up for proper recycling and earn a cash incentive.
9.Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use
10.If you have a pool: consider slowly reducing pool filtration time by 30 minute increments daily. Keep on reducing the time as long as the water appears clean. You may find you only need to run your pool filter six hours a day. Install a timer to control the length of time that the pool pump cycles on.
Article Source: https://www.pacificpower.net/res/sem/het/tsest.html
Recreation and Parks Month is a national movement to increase awareness about the benefits and importance of recreation and parks and encourage citizens to become more active and engaged in their communities.
Why celebrate Recreation and Parks Month?
Recreation and Parks Month is an opportunity to:
Highlight the great things that are already happening in parks, community centres, pools and open spaces in your community that enhance the quality of life for residents Educate citizens on the importance and benefits of recreation and parks for physical, social and environmental health Gain support from local decision makers by showcasing the contribution that recreation and parks makes to community vitality mbrace and participate in recreation and parks programs, services and facilities - Play Everyday!
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Sometimes, small acts can help you save big — at least, when it comes to energy efficiency.
Here are 10 big ways to save energy at home.
1.Insulate your windows
2.Pack your freezer tightly:
Use cold water as much as possible, because it keeps the washer from having to expend energy to heat water. Plus, if you’re using your own washer rather than a laundromat or some other service, you’re actually cutting down the overall cost of your bills.
3.Air-Dry your clothes
4.Find ways to store fruits and veggies without plastic:
There are plenty of ways to store fruit and veggies without putting them in a fridge, or using plastic. The folks at Washington’s Green Grocer have a mega-list of how each healthy item can be stored.
For example, eggplants, onions, tomatoes and avocados can simply hang out on a countertop. Asparagus and celery can also stay out of the fridge, so long as you place them in shallow bowls of water. You can wrap arugula in a dry towel and place it in an open container, as well as beets — as long as you cover them in a moist towel instead.
5.Wash clothes in Cold Water
6.Purchase Reusable Items
7.Use LED lights
8.Adjust Your Thermostat:
Turning down your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save you 5% to 15% per year on your heating bill. Not a bad way to save energy.
9.Always use lids on pots and pans:
A lid traps heat, making the most of the energy flow and cutting down on the amount of time needed to cook.
10.Turn off the power-strip that is connected to your electronics:
You should always power down items you aren’t using, but you also need to keep in mind that some items are never really off. For example, TVs are actually on standby in order to respond to your remote control in an instant. Other “vampire” devices, as they’re called for their sneaky power-sucking abilities, include cordless phones, desktop computers and gaming consoles.
One quick way to make sure everything is really turned off is to plug items into a power strip with a switchable on/off button. You could also try getting a smart power strip, which will automatically turn off when items are not in use.
Article Source: http://mashable.com/2014/05/14/energy-efficient-apartment/
Faced with dwindling resources, a polluted environment and a changing climate due to the use of hydrocarbon fuels, as well as resistance to ideas of expanding nuclear and wind power, scientists have been exploring some very interesting ways of generating and storing electricity. One promising field has been energy harvesting, which works simply by having the right materials and technologies in place as we go about our daily lives. This can involve clothing, sidewalks and roads made of new piezoelectric materials, that produce electricity as we move, walk along, or drive our vehicles, or it can put technologies to use that are already ubiquitous in our modern households.
South Korean scientists have come up with a way of using dielectric materials to convert the movement of water into electricity. This can be incorporated into roofs to harness electricity from rain, or it could be used in toilets to produce electricity anytime anyone flushes. Here are some demonstrations of the proof-of-concept, which used the water in contact with the materials in various ways, generating enough electricity to light up a small green LED. That isn’t very much electricity, but this is very small scale. Upsize this from the 30 microlitres used in the experiments to litres of rain flowing over a roof, or water swirling down the toilet bowls of millions of households, and it starts to add up. Working on a similar principle, but going perhaps a bit more high-tech and a lot more small-scale with it, Chinese researchers have produced an electric current by sliding drops of sea water over a sheet of graphene — a one-atom thick layer of carbon atoms that’s laid out in a honeycomb pattern. According to the research, if the sea water just sits still on the graphene surface, nothing happens.
However, as soon as the drop moves, the dissolved ions of sodium and chlorine in it get separated, and it sets up a very basic electric circuit where electrons are taken up from the graphene at one end of the drop and then flow back into the graphene at the other end of the drop. This produces a measurable voltage of a few millivolts. Scaling it up slightly and using copper chloride instead of sea water, just letting the drop slide by the force of gravity generated around 30 millivolts. That’s still a fairly small amount, but this isn’t about replacing hydroelectric power stations. The boon here is that this could produce miniature hydroelectric power generators for smaller applications. Going even smaller still, a team of researchers at Harvard University and MIT have found a way tostore solar energy in molecules indefinitely, and then release that energy in the form of heat at any time later just by exposing those molecules to light, heat or electricity.
The key for this is using what are called photoswitchable molecules, specifically a chemical called azobenzene, which are attached to long carbon nanotubes so that the entire structure looks a bit like a comb, according to MIT News. Each molecule absorbs energy from sunlight, which flips the molecule into a higher energy state that it can maintain indefinitely, and the closer the azobenzene molecules are packed onto the carbon nanotubes, the more energy that can be stored. The research team figured on a 30-per-cent increase in energy storage over what a single molecule could store. However, the real breakthrough came from discovering that when the comb-like structure of the two molecule-nanotube structures became interlocked with each other, this reduced the spacing between the molecules even more than expected, giving them an energy storage increase of over 200 per cent. This won’t solve all the problems that currently face us with solar power, but it will definitely make the technology more flexible and the energy more portable — basically creating a rechargeable solar battery. “It could change the game, since it makes the sun’s energy, in the form of heat, storable and distributable,” said Jeffrey Grossman, a co-author of the research paper and an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, according to the MIT News statement. Now that we’re into the 21st century, one of the things that humanity needs to work on is getting ourselves away from burning things for heat and power. Even nuclear power is basically about heating up steam to drive turbines, but just using the heat from nuclear fission to do it. We’ve been going about this the same way for thousands of years now, just making more sophisticated methods of producing the heat, but it’s time to move on. It’s ideas like the ones above, and the various other energy harvesting projects, that will produce electricity without any of the middle steps, and without resorting to millennia-old methods to do it. That’s not only going to be good for the health of the planet, but it’ll also be good for our development to leave those methods behind as we move into the future.
Article Source: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/geekquinox/researchers-produce-amazing-smart-alternative-energy-sources-213337487.html
The IC-IMPACTS Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence is supporting two clean water projects in India.The first one is a USD three million “Water for Health” Initiative.
It is a new partnership between India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and IC-IMPACTS in which each will commit USD 1.5 million to create a joint “Water for Health” initiative to support collaborative research on new technologies in water and health.
The second is the Ganga River Collaboration project, a joint “Integrated Water Management for Ganga Collaboration Workshop” that was held in Delhi in February.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and IC-IMPACTS have prepared an action plan on research collaboration aimed at addressing the pollution and contamination of the Ganga.
Both organisations aim to showcase at least five different water treatment and monitoring technologies by 2018.
Article Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-canada-supporting-two-clean-water-initiatives-in-india-1986306
Ontario has emerged as a global green energy cluster, thanks in large measure to the combination of university-level research, local talents pools and ambitious renewable energy procurement goals.
The malleable future of energy came into sharp relief last August in the picturesque East German town of Falkenhagen, when local officials flipped the switch on a state-of-the-art plant capable of transferring wind power to Germany’s national natural gas grid.
For two decades, Germany has made huge investments in wind and solar power. But the wind blows at night when the energy is needed least, while the sun’s potential in northern Germany varies drastically by season.
The new industrial-scale “power to gas” facility, a joint venture between the German utility giant E.ON and Hydrogenics Corp., adds the electricity generated by wind and solar farms to water, and the chemical by-product, hydrogen, is then added to the local natural gas grid. A second such facility will come on line near Hamburg next year.
For Hydrogenics, founded in 1995 by a pair of University of Toronto graduates, such deals mark the latest development in a 24-month run of dramatic change for the hydrogen-fuel firm. After working for years on stationary and automotive hydrogen fuel cell applications such as generators and forklifts, the firm acquired a Belgium-based electrolyzer manufacturer, giving it a 30 per cent share in the world market for such equipment.
Since 2010, Hydrogenics, which generated gross profits of $5.2 million in 2012 on revenues of almost $32 million, has also attracted large new equity investments from Enbridge, the Canadian energy giant, as well as CommScope, a $3 billion-a-year cellular tower equipment manufacturer that acquired a 25 per cent stake. CommScope made the investment because its customers were looking for higher reliability, and lower operating cost alternatives to diesel generators and batteries for cell towers.
“We spent four years with them, orienting our products to work within their back up power cabinets, which they provide to some of the largest telecom players in the world,” says Wido Westbroek, Hydrogenics’ vice president, sales and marketing.
It’s no accident that Hydrogenics took root where it did. In recent years, Ontario has emerged as a global green energy cluster due to the potent combination of university-level research, local talent pools and ambitious renewable energy procurement goals. Since the 2009 introduction of North America’s first feed-in-tariff program, the province has seen a surge in foreign direct investment by green energy equipment suppliers, as well as increased R&D activity by local firms. At the same time, Ontario-based tech companies like Hydrogenics have tapped into fast-growing international markets for cutting-edge clean energy technology.
At Hydrogenics, the upshot is that the firm has attracted the technical savvy and the capital to position itself at the cutting edge in sectors such as the automotive industry, where giants like Daimler are actively developing hybrid hydrogen-electric vehicles.
“Hydrogenics helps accelerate a global power shift that is already under way — from large central generation of energy to decentralized renewable energy, from high carbon energy sources to low or even zero carbon energy,” Westbroek explained. “Given the recent announcements by the major automotive OEMs and by other major corporations in countries such as Germany to start the mass build-up of hydrogen stations and deploy zero-emission vehicles in the thousands, it’s clear that this shift is now accelerating for mass transportation. For the corporations that work with us, it’s not about green-washing. It’s about being able to meet what their customers need and want.”
Moreover, the provincial government’s decision to phase-out coal-fired generation by 2014 has spurred a wave of private investment in the construction of thousands of megawatts of new wind and solar facilities that are helping to replace the lost generating capacity.
Far from southern Ontario’s dense population centres, the transition away from coal has also given rise to an innovative $170-million biomass conversion project at the Atikokan Generating Station — a 200 MW coal plant in northwestern Ontario that was originally built in 1985 to serve the region’s lumber and mining sectors.
After several years of extensive testing, the converted plant goes into service next year, and will burn about 90,000 tonnes of pelletized wood waste sourced from a pair of regional wood pellet plants each year. The steam generated in the plant’s burners is expected to generate 150-million kWh of power annually. The plant will help provide energy to mining sites, according to Darcey Bailey, the engineer in charge of the Atikokan biomass conversion project.
The sheer size of the undertaking has drawn the interest of researchers at Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University, the University of Toronto and other post-secondary institutions. They have collaborated on process testing, safety procedures and lifecycle analyses, and will continue to monitor the plant’s environmental performance.
According to Bailey, the project has garnered international attention from biomass proponents. “We’ve chosen existing technologies because they’re well proven to be effective,” he explained. The various biomass technologies being deployed at the plant, Atikokan reckons, have never before been combined on such a large facility that relies exclusively on wood pellets.
Article Source: http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/38132/canada-stakes-its-claim-in-cleantech/
The D.C. metro was plastered last month with ads by GoWithCanada.ca, promoting the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline originating in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. Described as “America’s best energy partner,” Canada provides United States refineries every day with 2.4 million barrels of crude oil, more than Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined.
The ads explained that “80% of Canada’s oil sands production capacity is owned by North American companies.” The $5.4 billion project would allow oil producers more access to the large refining markets in the American Midwest and along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as energy independence from unstable Middle Eastern regimes.
There is one little problem, the current administration delayed the decision beyond the November 2014 election despite angry protests. “Senator Mark Warner cosponsored legislation supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline that would override President Obama’s continued delay.” email@example.com Democrat Begich of Alaska said, “I am frankly appalled at the continued foot-dragging by this administration on the Keystone project.”
The delay “means we’ll miss another construction season, and another opportunity to create thousands of jobs across the country.” Who needs jobs when we have generous welfare and unemployment, and the economy is rolling at a 0.1% growth and the Fed says the recovery is back on track? Meanwhile most environmental groups are giddy that renewable energy will protect precious Mother Earth and are busy designing a Sustainable Future based on wind and solar energy. There are few universities left that do not offer either a bachelor’s or master of science degree in Sustainable Design, engineering, architecture, or Sustainability everything. Not all environmentalists are happy.The “smarter fuel future” turned out not so wise after all – “the renewable fuel standard is broken.”
The ethanol mandates, the hope and glory for “a cleaner, greener, smarter fuel future,” devolved into a nightmare of 5 million acres of “pristine lands” set aside for conservation (“more than Everglades, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined”) becoming “super-sized cornfields, making hunger and poverty worse, and putting your engine at risk.” The corn produced into biofuels in 2011 could have fed 570 million people. The proposed 15% ethanol mixture would definitely damage most engines. The much touted renewables of wind and solar have turned out to be money pits of bankrupt solar companies, expensive and much dirtier energy, millions of chopped and fried birds, including our country’s national symbol, the bald eagle. For the sake of environmentalist pipe dreams on a large scale, the government has now given permits to kill bald eagles in the industrial process of providing solar and wind energy. Nothing is stopping the installation of smart meters that harm human health.
It is more important for utilities to make a handsome profit at the expense of our health, privacy, and discomfort. Cycling our energy during peak consumption from a remote location will assure that we will have electricity, heat, clean water, and A/C only when Big Brother allows us to have it. Rolling brown-outs and black-outs are no longer a distant possibility. Keep in mind the blackness of satellite photos indicating North Korea at night. Pepco Holdings, the 100 years old Washington-based utility, sold to the nuclear energy giant Exelon from Chicago for $6.8 billion, is advertising on radio how “power cycling” (read, turning your electricity off for hours in hottest days of summer and coldest days of winter) will make our energy more efficient. Does anyone believe that? Another environmentalist dream, social engineering – population resettlements and relocation to high density mixed use areas into micro-apartments, a-podments, alley-pods, and stack-able apartments – continues unabated.
The most recent development in New York City is sold as post-disaster housing/stackable container homes on a 40’X 100’ parking lot. To discourage driving and encourage bus and rail use, tolls for all interstate highways are now possible. “The Obama administration just lifted a long standing regulation that previously prohibited the creation of new toll plazas on the federal interstate highway system. While pre-existing tolls in states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia were grandfathered in, this change now opens the door for toll collection on the remainder of the 46,876 miles of interstate highway!”
How will this affect Americans? You will likely be unable to operate a car because it will be too expensive to travel on roads that you are already subsidizing with tax dollars. Your mobility will be strongly curtailed in the name of reducing your carbon footprint while the hypocritical elites who shame you into driving tin cans, jet around the globe in personal planes, limousines, huge yachts, and live in huge mansions. The taxpayers will have to fork more money for gasoline, groceries, and other goods that are transported on all toll roads because 67 percent of our domestic goods are transported by eighteen wheelers. In case you still doubt that UN Agenda 21 is real and consider it a conspiracy theory, my bestselling book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy,” has plenty of links to help you elucidate the “mystery” hidden in plain sight and connect the dots.
Article Source: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/62847
With Earth Week wrapped up, April always serves as a good reminder on ways to cut back, conserve and make efficient use of the amount of energy we use in our homes.
Dave Walton, director of home ideas at Direct Energy Ontario says while most of us get into a ritual of cleaning this season, it’s also time to start thinking about going green.
“While many Canadians begin to undertake tasks such as washing windows and cleaning up the yard, there are often areas overlooked that could use some attention too,” he says.
With weather changes, it’s also important to note the types of ways you’ll use energy differently in the spring and summer. For most, heating systems will be turned off or down, and air conditioners will start running up in summer months.
But saving energy doesn’t always mean buying fancy new “green” appliances. There are essentially free things you can do to save money and be eco-friendly. Turning off the water when we brush our teeth, and turning off lights inside and outside the home can cut down costs (slightly, that is), as well as washing your clothes in the evening, and unplugging unused computers and gadgets all help.
Here are Walton’s 15 tips on making your home more eco-friendly and how to save a few extra dollars in your pocket:
1.Install A Programmable Thermostat
2.Check For Air Leaks
3.Use Energy Saving Lightbulbs
4.Adjust Light Timers
5.Use Ceiling Fans To Circulate Air
6.Keep Your Air Conditioning In Peak Condition
7.Unplug Zombie Electronics
9.Close Vents And Unused Rooms
10.Consider Upgrading The Windows
11.Change Your Furnace Filter
12.Look For This Sticker
13.Use Appliances Efficiently
14.Out With The Old, In With The New
15.Have An Audit (Not That Kind Of Audit)
Article Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/29/saving-energy_n_5233194.html
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