The Naughty and Nice Lists – Appliances

We recently told you how you can find out how much energy your electronics and appliances consume. Today, we are going to look at a few appliances that are commonly found in homes and how much energy they consume, essentially writing up a Naughty and a Nice list for them!

COOLING

Naughty: 3.5 Ton Air Conditioner (10,530 kWh/year)       

Nice: Evaporative Cooler (1,150 kWh/year)

Air conditioners use a lot of energy and they are built to cool an entire house at once. Evaporative coolers cool just a single small room, so using one in whatever room you are in can make a big difference in the air temperature while providing big savings on your bill.

HEATING

Naughty: Portable Heater (630 kWh/year)

Nice: Furnace and Fan (66 kWh/year)

Portable heaters come in different forms, but the small ones with a fan built in can circulate the warm

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Preparing for Summer Temps with Energy Tips

This summer, you can keep your home cool and still reduce your energy use, saving yourself some money and benefiting the environment. There are several ways you can prepare your home for the coming high temperatures, and most of them don’t even require any extra investment.

Thermostats — Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature. Every degree above your normally preferred temp will save up to 3-5% on air conditioning use. Installing a programmable thermostat will help regulate temperatures throughout the day, shutting the system off while you are asleep or away at work, and cooling your home just before you wake up or return home.

Shut off unused space — Close the vents and doors to rooms that aren’t being used. This will keep the cooled air flowing to rooms that need it most and not wasting it.

Fans — Using a ceiling fan in

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Energy De-stress

Stress is a part of our everyday lives, but it can lead to a lot of complications and negative health effects. Some studies have shown that it can also negatively affect memory recollection. One such study in Germany showed that when afflicted by emotional and situational stress, it took “10% more time to recall recently learned information” in women. Guess what? High energy bills can be a factor in creating stress, so it’s important to get rid of the worries that plague you regarding your energy bill.

So, to help put yourself into a positive mood about your energy bill, there are some ways to make your home more energy efficient. Weather-stripping seals gaps in your windows, doors and walls, preventing your climate controlled air from escaping. Window films can also help seal in your conditioned air. Switching to energy efficient lighting, like LEDs, can drastically reduce

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Life Hacks, Pt. 1

Life hacks, pro tips, good ideas . . . they go by several different names, but all in all, these tips and tricks are just little ways to make your life a little easier. They range from simple to complex, and some of them can help you cut back on wasted energy (the physical and electrical kind) and money.

Protect Charger Wires — Frayed wires are a problem we face in the world of mobile technology. By wrapping an old pen spring around the wire by the small end of the plug, you’ll keep it protected from bending and fraying.

Wire Management — Bulldog clips (the strong, black, metal clips that fold up) can be used to organize wires, like cell phone chargers and USB cables. Attach them to your desk with the silver metal strips pointing away from the desk. Thread your cables through the silver

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Spring into Savings

Spring officially started today, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to help you “spring into savings”! As we start heading into warmer weather, the urge to drop the temperature on your thermostat may be high, but these tips will help keep you cool and keep your energy use low!

Instead of lowering the thermostat in your home, consider using more natural ventilation to keep it cool. If the temperature outside is mild, between 65° and 75° F, opening a window will keep your home comfortable without the need to run your air conditioner. Use fans to increase the effectiveness of the natural ventilation. A fan blowing directly on you helps cool you down thanks to the wind chill effect.

We know light colored clothing helps keep us cooler by reflecting more sunlight off of us. Similarly, cool roofs are light in their color and reflect more

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Ten Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs

Today is “Cut Your Energy Costs Day” and we thought what better way to celebrate than to show you ten ways to help you cut your energy costs and save yourself some money. All of these methods are easy to do and many of them won’t cost you a dime to implement.

1.    Lights — Turning off the lights when you leave a room can save you about 2% of your monthly energy costs. Upgrading to CFLs or LEDs will help save even more money, and installing motion detector switches will prevent accidentally leaving a light on.

2.    Ceiling Fans — Installing Energy Star ceiling fans in your home can help you keep cool in the summer without needing to run the air conditioning. When the winter comes, set your fan to blow air upward. This will circulate the air from your heater and keep your home warm without using

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Hand Wash or Machine Wash?

The holidays are here, and that means friends, family, feasts, and frequent energy use. With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas right around the corner, you may want to consider how to improve your energy consumption for the coming holiday. Many of these energy tips can also be applied year-round to further help you save electricity.

1.    Decorating — As your old strings of holiday lights burn out, replace them with LED strings. These strings are brighter, last much longer, and are 80% to 90% more efficient than the old incandescent strings of lights. Outside of the holiday season, Energy Star rated LED pathway lights as a great way to light up your walkway, many of which, are powered on their own by solar energy. By implementing timers or photo cells (when it gets dark enough, the lights automatically turn on), you can save even

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