5 Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Season

5 Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is officially upon us. Depending on where you live in the country, this time of year can be somewhat uneasy. There can be many hurricanes each year, and while not all of them always affect the United States, they can cause devastation when they do. It’s important to be as prepared as possible if you live in the potential line of a hurricane. Thankfully, having a plan ahead of time and always be ‘ready to go’ if the path of a hurricane looks as though it’s coming your way is always the best way solution. These massive storm systems are not to be ignored, so use these suggestions in your emergency readiness plan to stay ahead of the game. 1. Make Evacuation Plans If you live in an area that has seen hurricane activity in the past, it’s important to have an evacuation plan. Your community may have evacuation plans already in place, and those should always be followed. But, having something specific for you and your family is equally-important. Your plans should include a specific route, and options you can use to shelter in place if necessary. 2. Prepare Your Home A few days before a hurricane is expected to hit, do what you can to avoid things like water damage to your home. Make sure your gutters are completely cleared out. Invest in check valves for your plumbing to help in preventing backups. Many hurricanes come with heavy rain or flash flooding. Your sewer system may be working overtime to keep your home dry. Do what you can ahead of time to help it out!...
3 Awesome Water-Efficient Solutions to Start Now

3 Awesome Water-Efficient Solutions to Start Now

We live in a time when water conservation is more crucial than ever before. Between major droughts in California, the increasing population, and a consistently-warming planet, water-efficiency solutions are necessary everywhere we go. You might think you need to make huge changes in order to have some kind of impact or make a difference. Actually, water efficiency can start in your home, and usually just takes a few small adjustments in order to help. With that idea in mind, let’s take a look at a few water-efficient solutions for your home that you can start using right away. 1. You use your phone for everything else, so why not use it for water conservation Technology and the environment are starting to work together better than ever before, and one app that is making it easier to check out your regular water use is Water Hero. Water Hero includes a module that attaches to your water meter. It reads information from the meter that you can check as often as you’d like from your smart phone. Not only can you check on how much water you’re using, but you’ll be well informed if any problems come up. Water Hero will send you notifications if there is a leak. There is also an auto-shutoff feature, so you’ll never have to worry about wasting water if a problem occurs. 2. Try a Tankless Hot Water Heater  Tankless hot water heaters are becoming more and more popular for newly-constructed homes. But, you can also replace your existing gas water heater with one. A tankless heater works by offering a consistent supply of hot water....
How Water Conservation Leads to Energy Conservation

How Water Conservation Leads to Energy Conservation

Did you realize water conservation can leads to energy conservation? Now that we’re in the thick of winter, you may not be thinking much about water conservation. After all, you use more water in the summer, right? Between filling up the pool and making sure lawns are properly watered, it’s true that there is a lot of over-usage in the warmer months. But, overusing water in the winter can be just as problematic. The worst part? Most people don’t even realize it. Water conservation is important for many different reasons, but did you know how much conserving water can actually help to conserve energy? Winter Storms and Water We’re currently in the midst of incredibly cold temperatures throughout the country. Even states that don’t often see cold weather, like those in the South, are experiencing temperatures they aren’t used to. If you’re not sure how to react to cold weather, you might be doing whatever it takes to stay warm and keep things running smoothly. Unfortunately, when you prepare for a winter storm, or utilize things around your house that you wouldn’t typically use, you could be burning more energy than you realize. What’s more, some states are experiencing depleted water sources, like Louisiana. California is another great example of why water conservation can lead to energy conservation. Recently, it was discovered that the water issues in Louisiana were becoming even worse, as people were letting their pipes drip so they wouldn’t freeze. This isn’t necessarily a bad idea. It’s better to have a slow-dripping pipe than to have one burst open and waste gallons of water. But, when...
5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today to Save Energy

5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today to Save Energy

The new year is finally upon us, and that means resolutions are on the forefront of everyone’s mind. Making resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, or be more productive this year are solid old standbys. But, you can also resolve to set goals this year to really have an impact on your energy use. Not only will these resolutions save money, but they’ll help to reduce your energy impact – it’s a win-win solution, and a resolution you can really stick with with. 1. Turn Your Lights Off One of the easiest things to do to save a little bit of energy is to turn off your lights when you’re not in a room. It might be hard to remember at first, especially if you’re in the habit of leaving them on. But, if you can dedicate yourself to flipping the ‘off’ switch whenever a room isn’t in use, you could be making a small change that has a big impact. 2. Use a Power Strip Most people know that things like appliances and electronics still use energy when they’re plugged in, even if they aren’t on. The reason they don’t unplug them all the time? Well, it can get a little annoying. Instead of having to unplug all your appliances when you’re not using them, invest in power strips. You can plug multiple things into one strip, and turn the switch on that strip on/off as needed. 3. Wash Smarter Was the last load of laundry you put in just a few necessary items? Maybe you just needed a clean shirt for work the next day, or wanted...
Saving Energy on a Budget

Saving Energy on a Budget

Most people want to do their part to reduce their environmental impact and save energy. Whether you want to cut your own utility costs, or do your part to green up the earth a little bit, there is no wrong reason to practice any kind of energy conservation. You CAN save energy on a budget! Unfortunately, the idea of saving energy in your home and in your day-to-day life has gotten a bit of a reputation for being expensive. It might sound silly, but sometimes saving on energy can end up costing more than we expect. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to. If you’re on a tight budget, but still want to conserve energy, there are plenty of things you can do. This article will cover a few ways you can lower your energy use, and keep your wallet happy, too. Reduce What You Use One of the easiest ways to save energy without spending a dime is to reduce how much of it you use. You don’t have to install expensive solar panels to make a difference. Follow some of these simple daily strategies to lower your energy use instantly: Turn off the light whenever you leave a room. Once you start making this a habit, it’s an easy fix. Use an outdoor clothesline to dry your clothes when possible. It’s free, and you won’t have to turn on the dryer. Turn off appliances that aren’t often used. Things like DVD players, toasters, microwaves, etc., still use energy even if they aren’t actively being used. Unplug them and plug them back in whenever you’re ready to use them again....