Building a New Home? Use These Tips to Save Energy!

Building a New Home? Use These Tips to Save Energy!

Building a new home is an exciting experience. It allows you to create something from nothing, and everything is designed exactly how you like it. But, when construction is taking place, you should also consider what you can do to conserve energy. New home construction and energy conservation should always go hand-in-hand, thanks to advancements in technology and energy efficiency resources. So, what can you do to make your new home design saves on energy? Let’s take a look.   It All Starts With Design   The very first thing you can do to make sure your home is energy-efficient is to start with a ‘smart’ design. Work with an architect or builder who shares your passion for energy conservation. The more experience they have in the industry, the easier it will be for them to make sure your home wastes as little energy as possible.   Sealing and Insulating     As the structure and frame of your new home start to take shape, it’s important to super-seal and insulate the house. There are several ways to air-seal a home, and your contractor can speak with you about the best option for your construction. There are so many benefits to super-sealing and insulating during construction. You’ll have to make a small investment up front, but these two actions will save you thousands of dollars over the year in utility bills.   Consider Solar Energy   Another great way to cut down on utility costs and energy waste at the same time is to install solar panels. These panels are much less expensive than they used to be, and...
3 Useful Tips for Staying Warm This Winter While Conserving Energy

3 Useful Tips for Staying Warm This Winter While Conserving Energy

The colder months are finally upon us, and that means fighting the sting of chilly temperatures wherever you go. While it’s easy to come inside and escape the cold, sometimes it can feel like your home isn’t as warm as it could be. Of course, you could always turn up the thermostat. But, that wastes a lot of energy, and can do some serious damage to your utility bills! So, how can you stay warm this winter without using up a lot of energy in the process?   Cover Your Drafts Have you ever walked into someone’s home in the winter and nearly tripped over the “draft dodger” leaning against their doorway? Well, these innovative inventions aren’t just annoying or decorative. They can actually make a big difference in how much cold air escapes into your home, and how much heat is released. Draft dodgers or stoppers have come a long way. You can actually purchase ones that slide right underneath your door, so you don’t have to worry about a big, bulky piece of fabric to get in the way. Do a little research and see which options would work best for your home.   The Curtain Call Did you know that simply taking advantage of your curtains can make a big difference in how often your furnace kicks on? During the day, when the sun is shining and the air temperature gets warmer, leave your curtains open. The sun will naturally help to heat up your house. At night, close your curtains. The home will retain heat longer, and the chillier temperatures will be less likely to...
Business Benefits of Saving Water – How Water Conservation Can Help Your Company

Business Benefits of Saving Water – How Water Conservation Can Help Your Company

All over the country, more businesses are focusing on conservation. These efforts often start out because a business wants to do their part in helping the environment. Many businesses even pride themselves on operating with conservation in mind and use it as part of their branding. Conservation (saving water, in particular) actually can have many benefits for the business itself. So, whatever you’re doing to give back to the planet can come back to the success of your company. Let’s take a look at a few simple, yet powerful ways saving water can benefit your business.   You’ll Save Energy   Just like saving water at home can lower energy costs, doing it at a business will have the same results. You’ll save on water treatment, heating, and plumbing. When you start to use less water, you’ll likely see a dip in your energy bills, so you’ll actually be saving money by doing the right thing.   You’ll Boost Local Ecosystems   Utilizing less water means there will be more available for local streams, lakes, etc. That might not seem like much, but depending on the size of your business, it could have a big impact on local ecosystems. In some areas of the country, water regulation is required to help protect certain inhabitants of wetlands. Even if it isn’t required where you live, knowing you’re doing your part to protect these bodies of water can give your entire company peace of mind. Speaking of which…   Improved Employee Productivity   Certain case studies have shown that companies who take an active interest in water and energy conservation have...
Changing What You Eat Could Save Water

Changing What You Eat Could Save Water

We all know that a diet rich in whole grains, lean meats, fruits, and vegetables is one of the best things we can do to ensure better overall health. After all, you are what you eat, right? But, a well-balanced diet may actually do more than just keep you healthy. By making a few changes to your daily diet, you can actually have an impact on your ‘water footprint.’ Believe it or not, some foods take a lot more water to produce and prepare. When you reduce your consumption of these foods, you’re doing your part to reduce water waste. Changing your diet to save water isn’t difficult if you’re already following a healthy, nutritious diet plan for your daily life. It’s just a matter of knowing which food items take more water to prepare. So, let’s dive into a few of the changes you can make for better health, and water conservation.   Limiting Meat and Eating Healthier Are you a meat eater? Unfortunately, meat uses more water than just about any other food item. Think about what goes into raising a cow from birth to slaughter. Factory farms use thousands of gallons of water each day when it comes to taking care of their animals. Smaller farms or grass-fed animals usually end up using less water, but the majority of meat produced and purchased in the U.S. comes from larger facilities.   Limiting the amount of meat you eat can have a huge impact on saving water. You don’t have to cut it out completely. But, reducing your meat intake significantly can help you to lower your...
Addressing the Emerging Necessity of Energy Conservation

Addressing the Emerging Necessity of Energy Conservation

It’s nearly impossible to avoid hearing about energy conservation nowadays. It’s on the news, it’s on social media, and it’s likely a hot topic between your friends and family. But, have you ever asked yourself why it’s so important? Why is there such an urgent emerging need to save energy? It seems like a simple question, and really, the answers are just as simple. Let’s start out by getting this out of the way: Energy conservation is about more than just saving money. Does saving energy cut down on your utility costs? Of course! But, that’s a beneficial byproduct, and not the actual reason conservation is so important.   With that in mind, let’s take a look at why energy conservation has become such a necessity.   Focusing on Fossil Fuels   While cleaner forms of energy are available and frequently used, we still depend on the burning of fossil fuels for the majority of energy consumed in this country. That includes oil and coal. So, what’s wrong with burning these fossil fuels? The biggest problem is that they aren’t renewable resources. The more electricity used, the faster these resources run out. Because we’re so dependant on them, running out of them could leave us with an energy crisis until cleaner, alternative forms become more common. Fossil fuels also aren’t great for the environment. When they’re burned to create electricity, they pollute the air. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the overall air quality.   Saving Energy Generates Energy When just one unit of energy is saved, it’s equivalent to the...