It’s almost summer, so you’re probably starting to think about the beach you’ll be laying your towel down on this season. Soon, you’ll be surrounded by jewel-colored waves and warm sun, with no email to check and no phone calls to take for at least a few days. Unfortunately, the coming warm weather also means a real hike in your energy costs, making those sun-toasted beaches seem farther and farther away.
Unpredictable fluctuations in temperature can really drive up energy costs in the spring and summer. Since your thermostat is a temperature regulator, it has to work harder every time you turn that dial up or down. Meanwhile, if you do manage to make it to your dream [...]
Say the word “solar” to a homeowner, and nine times out of ten, they’ll picture a sprawling rooftop system with a huge pricetag to match. While photovoltaics are growing increasingly affordable, the price may still be prohibitive if you’re on a budget—especially if your state provides only a meager handful of incentives to choose from.
But solar power isn’t just about large panel systems. There’s another way to reap the benefits of solar energy without investing in a several-thousand-dollar setup: solar-powered appliances. While still an investment, solar appliances have the potential to save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, on your electricity bills, at much lower [...]
We all want to save money, and most of us would like to do our part to preserve environmental quality for the future generations that will come after us. Fortunately, there are ways to make every room in our homes more environmentally friendly, kitchen included. Here are six easy steps to make your kitchen more energy efficient.1. Efficient Lighting
Our kitchen light fixtures are some of the most often used lights in our homes. After all, it’s hard to cook a wonderful meal when you can’t see what you’re doing. So, it pays to put a little extra thought into how you light up your kitchen.
Energy-efficient bulbs can go a [...]
Are you looking for ways to get a smarter home? I don’t mean more intelligent, I mean a home with features that work together and are easily adjustable and accessible through technology. A smart home is equipped with systems, like lighting, temperature, and security, which communicate with one another through technology, and can be controlled by a time schedule or be remotely activated from any web-enabled device. Smart home technology can also be used to control other systems, like the television, coffee pot, hot tub, or computer and stereo.
According to safety expert and Hometalker Elli Bishop of SafeWise, if you’re planning on making small and manageable changes to make [...]