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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2014 Resolution: Save Energy

The new year is upon us! This is the time where we make pledges to better ourselves in some way and live life happier. Some will pledge to lose weight, some to learn a new skill, some to find that special someone, and some even pledge to do nothing at all. This year, make a pledge to be more energy efficient. Not only will that help reduce wasted energy, thus helping the environment, but it will also help keep some extra money in the bank. There are several ways you can become more energy efficient, and we’ll show you a few here.

1. Thermostat — Installing a programmable thermostat in your home will help regulate when heating and cooling systems will run. There won’t be any fear of forgetting to turn it off before leaving the house or waiting for it to make your home comfortable right when you

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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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Brighten Your Space with the Right Light

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends about 90% of their time indoors. That being the case, it is really important that we choose lighting that is both comfortable to the eye, provides enough light for our tasks, and even reduces our energy consumption. Choosing the right lighting can be affected by many factors, including the natural light of the room being lit, the color temperature of the light you need, and what bulb type best suits your needs.

Efficient lighting has been available for quite some time. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are the leading bulb types in the efficient category. CFLs use about one-fourth the electricity as a typical incandescent bulb and LEDs use about one-tenth the electricity. Incandescent bulbs, which were outlawed in 2009, release up to 98% of their input energy as heat; the other

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