Ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the love of your life? Want to really wow them this year? You can spice up your Valentine’s Day with these handy electricity saving slogans:
Don’t go Baking my Heart
Use slow cookers for a romantic dinner rather than the oven. Slow cookers use very little energy compared to ovens and are a highly efficient way to prepare family meals.
Shocking your Partner with Energy Savings
Switch to a programmable or learning thermostat to reap the energy efficient savings when it comes to climate control in your house. Heating and cooling your home covers about half of your energy bill, and a smart thermostat will give your family a shockingly low bill.
No Commitment? No Problem!
While you definitely want to be committed to the love of your life, your energy provider may be a different story. Check rates as you
Have you ever considered the energy impact of the Super Bowl? Not just in terms of how much energy is consumed by the event itself in the stadium holding it, but worldwide? Practically a holiday unto itself, the Super Bowl is a major celebration in the United States, but there are many people elsewhere in the world that tune in for the 5 hour event as well. And for every TV that tunes into the game, there are several cars driving to a house for a party, numerous ovens, stoves, and microwaves cooking up delicious snacks, and many other energy-consuming activities.
Football stadiums have recently been upping their game when it comes to energy use. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, is hosting the Super Bowl this year and they made a lot of improvements to their stadium to reduce energy, including upgrading lighting and
We’ve got some delicious slow cooker meals, snacks, and desserts for you that will keep you satisfied all February long, and best of all, they’ll save you money by using a lot less electricity than the oven!
Crepe Day (Feb. 2) – Apple-Cranberry Crepes
One might not think of crepes as being a slow cooker recipe, but they’ve never tried this delicious recipe. Using a large baking apple like a Gala or Jonathan as well as a tart apple like a Granny Smith, you can combine them with a quarter cup of dried, sweetened cranberries and some spices to create a wonderfully sweet and tart crepe perfect for a fancy breakfast or delightful dessert. This recipe takes about 2.5 hours and serves 4.
Carrot Cake Day (Feb. 3) – Carrot Cake
This delicious dessert can be made pretty easily in a slow cooker. The recipe starts off
A week from this Sunday will be the 50th Super Bowl, and this year it will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Levi’s Stadium is the greenest and most technologically advanced football stadium in the United States and it will be playing host to one of the largest sports gatherings in the country.
The Energy Efficient Design
Levi’s Stadium was designed with a particular goal in mind: energy efficiency. The stadium cost about $1.2 billion to construct, but its design will save money over time with its upgrades over other stadiums. Its 1.85 million square foot sprawl seats 68,500 people and boasts 165 luxury suites with 8,500 club seats. It sports a 27,000 square foot green roof on the building which houses the suite tower, helping maintain a comfortable internal temperature and reducing energy use for climate control.
The building was constructed using recycled and reclaimed building
Valentine’s Day is just about a couple weeks away, and if you’re wondering what might be the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, we have a few suggestions, and many of them have the extra benefit of saving energy! Now that’s a great way to charge up your relationship.
1. Solar Powered Phone Charger
Nobody likes to run out of juice in their phone, especially when they are away from their charger. Or maybe they always have their charger on hand, but when the phone is charged, they leave it plugged in. In either case, a solar powered phone charger is just the thing. As long as the sun is out, this charger can juice up your phone, and best of all, it won’t cost you anything in energy use!
Got a tech savvy sweetheart? Tablets are the “in” thing
Looking to score a touchdown at your next Super Bowl party? From cutting back on waste to temperature control, we’re continuing our list of energy efficient Super Bowl ideas that will make your house the winning team on game day.
15) Buy Local – Purchasing locally sourced food and beverages reduces your overall carbon footprint as the products don’t need to travel as far to get to your home.
16) DIY Deco – Instead of purchasing a bunch of decorations and tossing them out, why not try your hand at making some decorations from items you may already have? Football themed utensil holders, plastic bottle noisemakers, and some white tape on a green tablecloth can make an awesome football field table!
17) Carpools – Carpooling takes numerous vehicles off the road and gets four or more people to a destination a lot
Do you already have your plans for Super Bowl 50 on February 7th? What you’re going to make, what TV you’ll be using, who will be coming over, and how you’re going to make it all energy efficient? You might have everything but that last part, but we can help you out with that!
1) Recycling – Recycle aluminum cans, bottles, and any disposable plastic cups you use at the party.
2) Reusing – Cut back on paper and plastic waste by using your own dinnerware rather than disposables.
3) Composting – If you’ve got a lot of food that won’t be kept because it spoils too quickly (looking at you, avocados), you can make a compost pile to get rid of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. As a bonus, it will feed your lawn!
4) Biodegradable Dishes – If you still plan to use disposable dishware for
There are many ways to conserve energy during the winter months. Heating is the largest use of energy around this time of year, taking up about half of your total energy bill. As a result, it’s one of the best areas to tackle to reduce wasted energy and make your home more efficient. We have a few tips that will help get your home bundled up and ready for the winter.
(1) Professional Energy Audit
A professional home energy audit uses a blower door and seals up your home to see how much air is seeping into your home from unseen cracks. The blower door sucks the air out of your house through the front door, and this draws air back into the house through various gaps like cracks in the wall, light switches and wall outlets, and gaps between a door or window and its
The winter season is often met with higher energy use due to the need for extra heat, and in some areas of the country, it also means fewer customers. What this means for your bottom line is that saving energy is a definite way to reduce your overhead costs and save your business some money during the cold weather.
In general, the best ways to reduce energy use in your business is to turn off any unused lights, turn off all possible equipment and lights after hours, use any large equipment during off-peak hours (before 4 pm and after 7 pm), and use Energy Star certified equipment when available. Beyond that, there are a few sectors of your business where you can maximize energy savings.
With programmable thermostats, you can cut back on wasted heat during the winter. If your business has a lot of
Today is Organize Your Home Day, and we have 13 tips to help you organize and consolidate your home electronics. From cable management, to space management, to just general de-cluttering, we have what you need to make the electronics in your home neat and tidy.
(1) Cable Ties
Velcro cable ties let you bundle a group of wires together in order to reduce the site of large tangled messes of wires going every which way. Using velcro ties instead of pull ties or zip ties makes it much easier to replace a wire should you ever need to.
(2) Cable Wraps
If you have a bunch of cables and wires that are in plain sight and can’t hide them, you can use a cable wrap to reduce the look of a half dozen wires to just one. These mesh sleeves slip right over the cables