Get ready for the warm summer by prepping your home to keep cool. There are a few easy steps you can take that will reduce heat buildup in your home and keep it more comfortable, while also saving energy in the process.
Most people don’t think about turning on their fan while the AC is running, but using it along with your AC can actually allow you to reduce the AC temperature by a few degrees without losing comfort. This happens through the wind-chill effect, where wind blowing on you makes you feel cooler. Keep in mind that if you leave a room that has a fan running, turn the fan off. Fans are only able to cool people, but not rooms. They may help circulate cooled air, but their energy use in an unoccupied room doesn’t benefit anyone.
Keeping your appliances in
Looking for a few quick, last minute tips to help you save money on your energy bill? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve got some easy, inexpensive tips that will save you money all year long, but also give you a head start on savings heading into the warmer months ahead.
Turn down the temperature on your water heater from the factory default of 140°F to 120°F. You’ll still get plenty of hot water, but those 20 degrees will make a definite difference in your water heater’s runtime.
Insulate Water Lines
Use foam insulation tubes to cover and protect your hot water lines from the heater all the way to their respective destinations. By insulating the line, you’re keeping the water hot for a much longer period of time as it travels, reducing the amount of time the water has to run hot.
Insulate the Heater
Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and if you’re wracking your brain trying to come up with the best gift for your tech savvy mom, we have a few ideas for you to consider. From helpful AI assistants to the cord-cutting Roku, you’re sure to find something for mom that she’ll love for many years to come.
Amazon Echo – This tiny tower (or hockey puck sized disc called the Echo Dot) can bring the house of tomorrow to your home today. Alexa, the cheery personality behind the Echo, converses with you, tells jokes, sets timers, orders pizza, and many, many more incredible things. Mom can control her favorite music playlist while ordering her favorite pizza and reordering paper towels for later all at the same time.
Breville Fast Slow Pro – If your mom is the chef in the family, the Fast Slow Pro will amp
Spring cleaning can be more than just getting rid of items you no longer want or need. It can also be a major safety improvement to your home. There are a lot of fire hazards that can occur from improper storage of flammable items, exposure to the intense heat of the sun, and even just a pile of oily rags. Take a few steps to safeguard your home against these dangers and clean out unwanted junk all at the same time.
Starting inside the house, if you have a bunch of clothes boxed up to donate or just being put in long term storage, make sure they are kept away from heat sources like furnaces, water heaters, and dryers. One of the greatest fire hazards in our homes is the dryer. You should clean out the lint trap before every load of laundry and make certain there
Our mornings can be so busy with all the preparations for the day, whether it’s getting ready for work, getting kids ready for school, going for a morning run, or a myriad of other possibilities, we sometimes take some moments to relax and unwind. One of the places we often do that is in the shower. A long, hot shower can be very relaxing, but it can also drive up energy and water bills. But that can all change with the Hydrao Smart Shower.
Debuted at CES in Las Vegas this year, the team behind the Hydrao sought to find a way to help people understand and visualize how much water they’re using when they take a shower. It can be very difficult to grasp just how much water is flowing down that drain, but a 10 minute shower can consume up to 50 gallons of water. Add onto that
Proper attic insulation is a great way to save money all year long, and it is especially helpful with the coming heat of summer. Insulation protects your home’s internal temperature by reducing the rate and amount it transfers heat between the inside and outside. Air always likes to find a middle ground and match the internal temperature with the external temperature, but for those living inside the house, that might just be a bit too extreme one way or the other.
If you already have insulation, but it was installed many years ago, you may not have enough to meet the recommended levels set today. Warmer regions of the country don’t require as much insulation as the colder climates, but it’s important to have at least a rating of R30, depending on where you live. In Texas, an uninsulated attic may need an R30 to R60 rated
Fans are a big help to reducing energy use year round, but most people are unaware of this. In the summer, we crank up the AC to cool the house down, and in the winter we crank up the heat, but the addition of a fan to both seasons reduces how much you have to rely on your central air to heat and cool your home.
In the summertime, sitting under or in front of a blowing fan can cool you down using the windchill effect. This effect occurs when moving air makes you feel cooler than you actually are. As a result, you can actually lower your air conditioning temperature by as much as 4°F and still feel just as comfortable. Keep the fan at a high speed and stay under or in front of it to keep cool. If you move to another room, the windchill effect doesn’t
Eventually, you will have to replace all of your appliances. That is a fact of home ownership. Some appliances can last a long time, 10, 15, or even 20+ years, but these appliances are also expensive to replace when they finally give out. Upgrading to new appliances like refrigerators and washers not only acts solely as a replacement, but newer models are more energy efficient and will save money in the long run. But if you don’t want to be caught off guard with appliance replacement, try making an appliance savings account.
Think of it like renting an appliance. Let’s say you buy a new washing machine. Every time you run a load of laundry, put a dollar or two into a savings jar. If you like to keep track of finances digitally, look into an app like Tip Yourself to put away some savings. This particular app uses the
Without even realizing it, we are constantly spending money on some things that we don’t even need to. It can be anything from buying unneeded groceries to ATM fees, to energy inefficiency. Take charge of your life and hold onto your hard earned dollars with these simple tips!
This one is an easy to miss expense because most of us only look at our energy bill once a month to pay it. What we may not realize is that we can cut back on those bills by exercising a few changes.
- Lower your water heater setting from 140° to 120°F
- Unplug unused electronics and appliances (but not your refrigerator!) – save time by plugging in a group of devices to a power strip and shutting off the powerstrip
- Make sure doors, windows, and chimneys are closed when running heat or AC
In an ever-increasing digital age, security and privacy concerns are legitimately raised when it seems like anyone determined enough can find out anything about anyone, so it doesn’t help when our connected home devices leak personal info. The Nest Thermostat, a hub of smart homes these days, was caught doing just that. But how bad is it?
The Bad News
Yes, Nest did confirm that their thermostat leaked consumers’ information. It was not an intentional leak, rather the way Wi-Fi connected devices interact relies on a method of identifying the item on a network as well as identifying a user for the device. The user ID is often an email, which could lead to spammers finding your email and sending questionable materials, but other data could be included as well.
With the Nest, the data that was leaked included location information on the owner which was used