Home energy management is becoming a growing point of interest among homeowners in recent years. Everyone likes to save money by cutting costs, and many of us love technological advances.
If energy saving and technology prowess are two topics that you love, we have some good news for you.
Cutting Costs of Saving Money
In recent years, renewable and onsite energy production have come down in costs. A decade ago, it was prohibitively expensive to invest in solar or wind turbines.
Today, government incentives and cheaper production coupled with higher efficiency means that these forms of energy production are more affordable. Many homeowners are taking advantage of them to reduce their purchased energy costs.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Improving Energy Efficiency
There are so many methods for curbing electricity consumption, but most of the time we have no idea how much we’re impacting it.
Saving energy during the summer may seem like an impossible task, but it can be done.
We all know that the air conditioner can take up a lot of our energy and drive up our electricity bills. In fact, climate control accounts for about half of our total electricity use in our homes.
Cutting back on this energy hog can net you some great savings over the summer. And cutting back on other energy hogs around the house will save you even more
The Elephant in the Room: Your Air Conditioner
The AC is the biggest part of your energy consumption. But in the heat of summer, it seems like no one could live without it. Truth be told, we can as it was done for centuries before AC was invented.
- Raising your thermostat’s temperature just a single degree can potentially reduce AC use by as
The digital age is upon us and it isn’t going away any time soon.
We have converted our mountains of CDs and cassette tapes into seemingly endless playlists of MP3s on a single device. We stream movies from websites. Even currency is getting in on the digital act.
While our currency has been “digitized” for some time (think paying by debit card), it’s been continually advancing along those invisible lines.
We can pay for things using our phones with Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, and a host of others. But these digital means take money out of our bank accounts.
There is a totally digital currency, though: Bitcoin. There are no physical objects to back it up. And it takes a lot of energy to manage it.
Security of Digital Currency
Since there is no physical object to back it up, legitimacy of the currency is a concern. We
Are you looking to streamline your office energy budget? Want to save money for your business?
Trimming the edges of energy use in the office can drastically improve your overhead expenditures that can also lead to job growth and improve office morale.
The Sky’s The Limit: Cloud Computing
For any office focused on computer hardware to accomplish tasks, there is a growing need for electricity that can drive up energy bills fast.
More computers lead to more heat generation, which raises the use of air conditioners. And with new employees comes more computers.
You can cut down on the number of digital devices in your offices by working with cloud computing. Cloud computing allows you to perform CPU and RAM intensive tasks in a data center that is built to accommodate a large volume of computers rather than a small office.
Cloud computing is particularly helpful when
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and help North America rely more on sustainable energy options, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have pledged to produce half of their total energy from carbon-free energy sources by 2025.
At the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday, the leaders of the three nations made a pact to cut carbon emissions and help build a sustainable future for the continent.
The pact symbolizes a bond between the three nations; one that will emphasize cooperation in a world desperately in need of depolarizing.
Realistic Goals through Steep Change
Currently, the whole of North America produces about 37% of its total energy from carbon free sources, which includes nuclear power.
Considering how rapidly renewable energy has expanded over the past decade alone, an increase to 50% seems to be well within reach.
Realistically, it will require a major uptick
We are fast becoming part of a “smart” world, where all of our devices are interconnected by the internet of things and they communicate with each other to improve efficiency and make our lives easier. But have you ever stopped to consider exactly how they better your life?
One major benefit to the internet of things is that just about every device knows what time it is. How is that helpful? Just look at your energy rates on and off peak.
During peak hours, which usually falls between 1pm and 6pm, energy rates are at their highest. This is the time of day where a lot of electricity is being demanded by homes and businesses.
To accommodate for this increased demand, power plants strive to meet or exceed the demand, which means they work harder, and hence electricity rates are higher.
With smart appliances like
In a world where air conditioning isn’t so much a luxury as it is a necessity, how can we reduce our energy costs derived from AC use while still remaining comfortable? With examples around the world, it seems we need to first change our cultural and societal norms when it comes to formal wear, but we also need to allow our bodies to adapt, which they have done remarkably well in millennia past.
During the summer, when temperatures frequently break 90°F, businesses tend to crank the AC to keep occupants cool. This actually poses a negative effect that often goes unnoticed.
While it’s usually fine for male office workers who generally wear long sleeved button down shirts, dress pants, and a sport coat, female workers, who embrace the summer temps with weather appropriate clothing, tend to be shivering in the office.
This can reduce productivity
Conservation is a great way to help out the planet and also lower your energy bills. Living the waste free life means never having trash, but we all know that some waste is inevitable. Or is it? We have some tips on how you can reduce waste and save on electricity all year long.
Food and Electricity Waste
When cooking food, we often require either electricity or natural gas. If we aren’t careful, that can potentially lead to a lot of waste.
- When using the stove top, match pan sizes to the heating element you’re using. If it’s too large or too small, you’re either wasting energy that’s not being used or the energy being used won’t be enough to cook the food.
- Leave heating elements off until your cookware is on them. Burning fuel with nothing over it is nothing but pure waste, and
Norway has been a consistent advocate for an energy revolution, moving away from fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy and all-electric transportation. It comes as little surprise that the nation is looking to ban the sale of fossil fuel guzzling vehicles as early as 2025. The nation wants to have all vehicles be all electric, and at current registration rates, that could take about 15 years to accomplish.
Transitioning from fossil fuel to all electric vehicles is a major stepping stone in the effort to reduce carbon emissions and it will take a lot of time, money, and effort to accomplish. As of now, the nation is currently seeing a major increase in registrations for all electric vehicles, which they expect will transition the whole of their vehicles to EV by 2030 to 2035. The ban on diesel and gasoline powered vehicles would take place in
Renewable energy has been on the rise for quite some time now, but the big change is still coming. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has predicted that we’re about to reach the peak of fossil fuel use, and the old way of powering our world will steadily decline soon after in favor of other forms of energy production.
Natural Gas: Skipping the Royal Lineage
Since 2008, natural gas has been talked about as a “bridge fuel” that will link the world in transition from oil and coal to renewable energy. This was when fracking became the best method for extracting cheap fuel, making natural gas a fierce competitor in the energy market, underselling both coal and oil.
This royal succession of fossil fuels looks like it’s not going to work, however. Renewable energy seems determined to usurp the throne as a dominant energy producer. Solar and wind costs