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Get a Home Energy Audit
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Get a Home Energy Audit A greater national conscience is growing about the idea of green and renewable energies, and in turn this growing culture of environmental awareness is also fostering a more quantitative approach towards energy savings and conservation. A home energy audit is an evaluation performed on homes to determine areas where energy can be used more efficiently...

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High Efficiency Heating
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
High Efficiency Heating Cold days are upon us as autumn sets in. Are you wondering whether you can weather another winter of high heating costs? Is it time for a new furnace? In most homes, heating is the largest energy expense—it accounts for 35-50% of annual energy bills in the colder parts of the United States...

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On Bill Financing
Thursday, 17 May 2012
On-Bill Financing Investing in energy efficiency projects is good for everyone. Unfortunately, high upfront costs have historically prevented large entities and low-income customers from addressing energy inefficiencies. One innovative new workaround is something called on-bill financing. In this model...

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Power Your Home with Solar Panels
Monday, 14 May 2012
Power Your Home with Solar Panels! Today, innovations in both technology and financing are making it increasingly easy for you to install solar panels on your home. Essentially, as long as you have a sunny roof, and live in a state that believes in solar politically, you can install solar today. Not only can you reduce...

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Energy Solutions
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Energy Solutions 25 Energy Saving Tips Under $25! With energy prices on the rise, heating your home and running your appliances are costing more than ever. As this list of the top 25 energy saving tips under $25 demonstrates, there are many ways to cut down on your energy costs and reduce...

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Home Energy Usage
Tuesday, 03 January 2012
Home Energy Usage The problem a lot of people have with trying to make their home or apartment more energy-efficient is that energy efficiency is deadly boring. As a municipal energy management consultant, I know how quickly eyes start to glaze over when I start talking about heating systems...

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Natural Cooling
Wednesday, 08 December 2010
Image Did you know that a significant portion of your energy bill is caused by your kitchen refrigerator system? It comes in right after your air conditioner expenses at 13.7%! Moreover, many of the fluorine gases—which account for 17% of the planet’s global warming impact—come from the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in our modern refrigeration...

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Manual Washing Machine
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Manual Washing Machine Washing machines can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year to run depending on your washing machine type, whether or not you use hot, warm, or cold water, your energy company’s prices, water company’s prices, and the number of loads you run per week! Most significantly, roughly ninety percent of the energy used by washing machines...

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Install a Motion Sensing Light
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Install a Motion-Sensing Light A motion-sensing light is one that is activated by a motion sensor rather than by a conventional light switch. A motion-sensor can either replace conventional light switches or be placed onto an existing lighting fixture. While motion-sensing lights are normally associated with outdoor lighting applications, they are becoming increasingly...

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Bicycle Generators
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Bicycle Generators Using a stationary bike is good exercise, but wouldn’t it be much cooler if you made it generate free electricity for you? Converting your old bike into a bicycle generator is great for the environment, beneficial for your health, and protects your peace of mind.

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Wind Farms Start One of Your Own
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wind Farms: Start One of Your Own! Right now, wind energy is the fastest growing energy resource in the world. Wind energy is quickly becoming so affordable and accessible that you could start your own wind farm. That thought may have never crossed your mind... However, if you own land in a windy, rural area, there's a good chance that your land could be generating a lot...

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Monitoring Your Water Heater Settings
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Monitoring Your Water Heater Settings In general, water heating accounts for 13% of your home utility bill. Most homes maintain their hot water heaters at a pre-set temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much higher than needed. By lowering your water heater to around 120°F, you can cut down the cost of your utility bill and enjoy some other unexpected benefits...

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Build Your Own Air Conditioner
Sunday, 02 August 2009
Build Your Own Air Conditioner Yes, you can build your own air conditioner that is eco-friendly and wallet-friendly! I would like to thank my good friend Black Khachatoorian, who is the sole genius behind this creation. He allowed me access to 100% of his design, techniques, and list of materials, so that I could share his handiwork in an effort to decrease national energy...

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CFLs vs LEDs
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
CFLs vs LEDs While a lot of people have heard about the benefits of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs), not as many have heard about or are as familiar with many have heard about Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). If you are not as familiar with CFLs, or you would just like a quick brush-up, you can read the GreeniacsGuide on CFLs...

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Green Facts

  • Bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide than equivalent stands of trees.

  • American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. This adds up to 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.

  • The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million people die prematurely worldwide every year due to air pollution.

  • Refrigerators built in 1975 used 4 times more energy than current models.

  • Americans throw away more than 120 million cell phones each year, which contribute 60,000 tons of waste to landfills annually.

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

  • Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct.

  • Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day.

  • Glass can be recycled over and over again without ever wearing down.

  • 77% of people who commute to work by car drive alone.

  • Recycling 1 million laptop computers can save the amount of energy used by 3,657 homes in the U.S. over the course of a year.

  • A laptop consumes five times less electricity than a desktop computer.

  • You’ll save two pounds of carbon for every 20 glass bottles that you recycle.

  • You will save 100 pounds of carbon for each incandescent bulb that you replace with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL), over the life of the bulb.

  • Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch.

  • In California homes, about 10% of energy usage is related to TVs, DVRs, cable and satellite boxes, and DVD players.

  • It takes 6,000,000 trees to make 1 year's worth of tissues for the world.

  • Due to tiger poaching, habitat destruction, and other human-tiger conflicts, tigers now number around 3,200—a decrease in population by about 70% from 100 years ago.

  • In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions. Walk or bike and you'll save one pound of carbon for every mile you travel.

  • Shaving 10 miles off of your weekly driving pattern can eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

  • A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

  • 82 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from burning fossil fuels.

  • Recycling for one year at Stanford University saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.

  • Washing your clothes in cold or warm instead of hot water saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and drying your clothes on a clothesline six months out of the year would save another 700 pounds.

  • Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save as much as 10 gallons a day per person.

  • You will save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive if you always keep your car’s tires fully inflated.

  • Less than 1% of electricity in the United States is generated from solar power.

  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months

  • Recycling 100 million cell phones can save enough energy to power 18,500 homes in the U.S. for a year.

  • For every 38,000 bills consumers pay online instead of by mail, 5,058 pounds of greenhouse gases are avoided and two tons of trees are preserved.

  • If every U.S. household turned the thermostat down by 10 degrees for seven hours each night during the cold months, and seven hours each weekday, it would prevent nearly gas emissions.

  • One recycled aluminum can will save enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.

  • Nudge your thermostat up two degrees in the summer and down two degrees in the winter to prevent 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

  • Current sea ice levels are at least 47% lower than they were in 1979.

  • An aluminum can that is thrown away instead of recycled will still be a can 500 years from now!

  • A tree that provides a home with shade from the sun can reduce the energy required to run the air conditioner and save an additional 200 to 2,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime.

  • A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution, and mining wastes by about 70%.

  • States with bottle deposit laws have 35-40% less litter by volume.