4 Easy Ways to Save On Energy Costs This Winter

4 Easy Ways to Save On Energy Costs This Winter

As colder temperatures start to take over the season, thermostats tend to climb all over the country. While staying cozy and warm feels nice at the time, getting your utility bills through the winter might just send a chill down your spine all over again. Thankfully, you don’t have to cringe every time a payment needs to be made. Instead, you can be proactive about how to save on energy costs this winter. There are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to conserve energy, and keep a little extra holiday money in your wallet at the same time. Let’s look at a few of these easy suggestions you can start putting into place right away. Steal from the Sun Winter is often associated with gray skies and gloomy days, but not every day is like that. There’s plenty of sunshine, even on cold winter days. So, take advantage of free heat from the sun whenever you can get it. Open the curtains on the south-facing side of your home on sunny days. This will allow the warm rays to shine in and add heat to your house. At night, be sure to close those curtains to keep the heat locked in as much as possible. Turn on the Fans You may not think ceiling fans would be helpful in the winter, but it’s all about how they rotate! Turn your fans to spin clockwise – that will help to trap heat in each room. When you put the fan on a low setting, that heat will get pushed back down and dispersed throughout the rooms. You won’t...
Save Water, Save Cash – Money-Saving Conservation Tips You Can Use

Save Water, Save Cash – Money-Saving Conservation Tips You Can Use

When it comes to water conservation, protecting the environment is usually the first thing on everyone’s mind – and it should be! There are so many benefits to conservation that can make a big difference in the overall wellbeing of the planet. Saving water essentially helps to save our planet for future generations. But, saving water starts in the home. It doesn’t take some huge conservation effort to make a difference. Once people know there are a few tips and resources they can use in their own home to conserve water, the conversation can easily shift. While conservation for the environment is still important, other factors come into play. Simply put? People who save water at home also end up saving a lot of money. So, how can you do it? Let’s look at a few simple ways. Use Less Water Less Often Obviously, the best way to lower your water bill is to use less water in general. This starts with making conscious choices about your use. Things like shutting off the faucet when you brush your teeth, taking shorter showers, and not watering your lawn as often are easy changes. You might be surprised at how easy it is to use less water when you’re actually thinking about it. You may also be surprised at the impact it can have on your utility bill. Low-Flow Toilets Did you know you could very literally be flushing money down the toilet? Pardon the cliché pun, but it’s true! Every time you flush a standard toilet, you could be using up to 3.5 gallons of water. That starts to add...

The Next Generation and Water Conservation Education

  Why is Water Conservation Education Important for the Next Generation? It’s easy to tell the next generation that saving water is important. But, as kids tend to do, they’ll probably follow up your statement with a simple question: Why? Being prepared enough to answer that question can make all the difference. We know water conservation is important, but until we give our children the statistics, figures, and scenarios that could happen without it, they may not take it as seriously as they should. Educating the next generation on water conservation is imperative. It all starts with making sure children know where they stand in a world of water. Making sure each individual knows they can make a difference is the best thing we can do. If you’re struggling with how to make an impact with your children through this conversation, or you yourself need a reminder about the importance of conservation, let’s cover a few strong talking points you can bring up.     Water is Life This is as simple and straightforward as it gets. Our bodies need water in order to survive. It’s what makes up most of our systems. When kids recognize the fact that clean, fresh water is our biggest life source, it can be an eye-opening experience. In fact, it can be an eye-opener to adults, as well. Of course, we already know we need water to survive. But, sometimes being told this fact in such a blunt and straightforward manner can get us back on track, and allow us to recognize some mistakes we’re making.     Ecosystem Survival If the next...

How Much Can You Really Save With Water Conservation?

  Just the facts… You’ve probably heard plenty of general facts and figures when it comes to the value of water conservation. But, not everyone backs these generalities up with actual numbers, or with the fact that there are two ways to save. First, and what most people probably are probably most interested in, is the fact that you’ll save money. Utilities go down with water conservation, and depending on the conservation method, these costs can go down significantly. Second, you can save water itself. Water conservation practices help to save water, which can be more valuable than money in the long term. We don’t often realize just how much water we use on a daily basis, and how conservation can help. So, let’s take a closer look at a few common ways in which we use water, and how we can save in more ways than one. Saving Water in Subtle Ways Things like our conservation kits are great ways to improve your water savings. But, you can also make subtle, daily changes that end up making a big difference. On average, every one of us uses about 50 gallons of water a day. There are more obvious ways in which we waste it, such as long showers, washing dishes, washing clothes, etc. But, it also comes from things like frequent toilet flushing, leaky faucets, and outdated plumbing fixtures. By making a few small changes, you can make a big impact in how much water you save on a daily basis. For example, simply turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth or shave could save over...

How a Smart Irrigation System Can Reduce Fall Water Waste

Most people think about treating their lawns with regular watering during the hot summer months. While it’s true that the right watering methods are needed to protect your landscape from the scorching sun, they should also be used to reduce the impact of wasting water during cooler times of year. So, what is the importance of a smart irrigation timer during the fall? It can have more of an impact than you might think! As grass prepares itself for cooler temperatures, it pulls in as much moisture and nutrients as possible – think of squirrels storing away nuts for the winter. Your lawn does the same thing, storing nutrients in the roots to keep it strong and healthy year round. Because temperatures in the fall tend to be cooler, and it often rains frequently, it’s a great opportunity for your lawn to hold onto this moisture quickly and easily. Less moisture is being evaporated into the air, too. Less moisture lost, of course, means you don’t need to water as much! It’s important to calculate the changes that need to be made in order to save water and have a healthy lawn during the autumn season. But, a smart irrigation system can do what a traditional timing system simply can’t – provide a solution that digs deep into the roots, while saving you money and helping to conserve as much water as possible. Smart Irrigation Timer vs. Traditional System A smart irrigation timer can make a big difference in how much water you’re using (and potentially wasting) during these cooler months. An irrigation system that is on a traditional...

Do Smart Irrigation Timers Really Work?

There are many different motivations for moving toward a ‘smart irrigation‘ lifestyle. Whether you’re worried about the environment, trying to conserve water, or trying to save money while boasting a beautiful lawn, there is no wrong reason to give a smart irrigation timer a try. But, like many changing aspects of today’s technology, it’s not uncommon to wonder if these controllers really work. Watering the lawn has always been a fairly rudimentary process. Thankfully, all that is beginning to change. So, do smart irrigation timers really work? The simple answer is ‘yes.’ You can have an awesome experience with these controllers, and achieve a beautiful landscape in the process. The more complicated answer? The success of your experience will likely depend on the controller you choose. Like any other product, not all timers are created equally. Let’s take a quick look at some different features you should look for when choosing a smart irrigation timer. Ease of Use Obviously, you’re not going to be all that interested in setting up a timer if you can’t figure out how to do it. Or, how to get it to work on a daily basis. Timers that are user-friendly are important, because you’ll use them more frequently. After all, that’s what they’re there for! Many sprinkler companies have taken note of such things, and have made watering your lawn something you can control in the palm of your hand. One of the best options on the market is the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. It uses a mobile app to offer you complete control over the system. After an initial setup, you can...