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  • Bright Ideas Energy Saving Light Bulbs

    Posted on February 21st, 2010 Steven Ellwood No comments

    As environmental damage is increasingly on the social and political agenda, BLT Direct says that making a difference can be as easy as switching from one light bulb to another. Energy efficient bulbs may not be a new innovation but it’s surprising how many households have yet to make the change. Using an energy efficient bulb in the place of a standard light bulb reduces CO2 emissions and saves energy. In fact, if every household in the country used just one energy efficient bulb, the energy saved would be enough to light up Briton’s streetlights for a whole year.

    If you’re still not sure about energy saving bulbs and how they can help reduce your electricity bill and do your bit for the environment, read on…

    Why are energy saving light bulbs better then normal bulbs?

    Energy saving light bulbs work much more efficiently than standard bulbs. A traditional bulb wastes energy by producing heat as well as light. An energy saving bulb however works more like a fluorescent tube. The electric current passes through the gas in the tube, lighting it up without producing excess heat.

    Do I need to replace like for like If I Switch To Energy Saving?

    No. Because energy saving bulbs work more productively they use around a quarter of the electricity. This means you can replace a normal 60W bulb with a 13-18W energy saving recommended equivalent.

    Will An Energy Saving Bulb Really Save Me Money?

    Yes! The savings from an energy saving bulb are twofold. Firstly, because they waste less energy and use less electricity, the savings on your electricity bill are substantial. Energy saving light bulbs last up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs and can save you £9 per year in electricity (and 38 kilograms of CO2 ) or £100 over the bulbs lifetime.

    Secondly, as energy saving bulbs are built to last, you need to replace them less frequently, saving money on the cost of new bulbs.

    But Don’t Energy Saving Bulbs Cost More?

    Energy saving light bulbs are more expensive than traditional light bulbs when initially purchased. However, in the long term the savings on the electricity bill and lower replacement costs make it a cheaper option.

    Can I Use Energy Saving Bulbs With Existing Appliances?

    Energy saving bulbs can be used with older appliances such as lamps. In addition, you can now also buy low energy light fittings which will only take low energy light bulbs. These use a ballast

    or transformer fitted into the base of the light fitting. It controls the supply of electricity to the bulb, allowing for a small surge of power for a millisecond to light the bulb and then reducing the electricity flow to a very low level. Low energy fittings require a pin-based energy saving bulb. This is a different fitting to a conventional bulb but will ensure that the bulbs you buy in future will always save energy, money and the environment.

    For more information, bltdirect.com

    Author: Steven Ellwood
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  • Energy Saving Products – Top 10 Easy Energy Saving Devices

    Posted on February 20th, 2010 Ed W No comments

    A range of modern energy saving devices now exists for virtually all home appliances and electrical equipment. The more energy efficient products you use the more you will save on your energy bills.

    Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? We all love energy-saving and water-saving products that make a sustainable lifestyle much easier – and energy saving devices are a great way to save energy around the home.

    So, if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to become a more energy efficient citizen, below is a list of my favourite top 10 energy saving devices. Using these, you’ll soon reap the rewards of cheaper energy bills.

    1. Solar charger
    This simple energy saving device uses the energy from the sun to charge your electrical gadgets such as IPods, Digital Cameras, PDAs and usually any device that has a USB port. Left in a sunny spot in the morning, the batteries in the charger will be fully charged by early afternoon ready to charge up your gadgets.

    2. Electricity Monitor
    An electricity usage monitor shows you how much electricity you use, how much the electricity costs, and how much carbon dioxide emissions you are contributing to the environment. You can use this information to reduce your electricity consumption and save around 25% on your electricity bill. Modern wireless versions are also now available for even greater convenience.

    3. Night Lights
    Night lights are an energy efficient way of keeping your kids happy at night time. They can run 24 hours a day for 365 days a year for under a dollar. Modern versions emit a cool blue green electro-luminescent light, perfect for night lighting in bedrooms, hallways and corridors. I bet you didn’t even know such an energy saving device existed.

    4. Energy saving light bulbs
    A fantastic energy saving device, energy saving light bulbs are now cheaper than ever. In most homes, lighting accounts for around 10-15 per cent of an electricity bill. Traditional light bulbs waste a lot of their energy by turning it into heat. Each energy saving bulb can save you $15 a year. They also last, on average, up to 12 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.

    5. Water saving spout
    Save up to 70% of your usual water consumption with an automatic, touch-free auto spout which simply attaches on to your existing tap. The infrared sensors mean you just move your hands under the spout to activate the water-flow, making it a hygienic eco-friendly alternative to a conventional tap.

    6. Creative showerhead
    These are shower heads with a ‘twist’. Basically you can now buy water saving shower heads which simply attach to your existing fitting, conserving water and energy without sacrificing pressure. These amazing showerheads can make water savings of between 30 and 70%. The shower head technology uses less water but the flow feels the same as it accelerates, energises and oxygenates the water.

    7. Eco Kettle
    It is estimated that, on average, we boil twice the volume of water needed every time, which means twice as much energy. An eco kettle accurately measures the amount of water to be boiled using an internal reservoir which holds a full capacity of water ready for use, while the measuring button allows the necessary quantity to be released into a separate chamber for boiling. The result is exactly the right amount of water every time. Another great energy saving device.

    8. Toilet Water Saver
    These devices consist of a plastic bag which sits in the toilet cistern conserving about 3 litres of water each time a toilet is flushed. When the toilet is flushed, the water confined in the bag is saved. If you find the bag impairs the flushing, you can usually cut off one of the bottom corners of the bag to make more space in the cistern. This saves approximately 33% of water used in a toilet, and 10% of total water used in a house.

    9. Energy Saving Plug
    This is a great energy saving device. Plug your PC into the master socket and extensions into the side plugs, and when your PC is switched off or on ‘standby’ the power will automatically be shut down to the extensions as well. Average annual electrical savings including the savings from speakers, and printer equal around 84KWh.

    10. The Intelligent Mains Plug Panel:

    This fantastic energy saving device remembers to be eco-conscious even when you forget. Specifically made for desktop computers, it automatically switches power to connected peripherals off, when the computer is on stand by or has been turned off completely.

    Ed W

    For more great energy saving devices as well as information on energy saving, reducing your energy bills and for a complimentary e-course on the subject visit http://www.easyenergysaving.com

    Author: Ed W
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  • The Bright Energy Saving Idea – Conserve Energy, Save Money

    Posted on February 19th, 2010 Tracy Linville No comments

    If all life were a movie, it would be all energy. But with gas and electricity prices moving on up, that same energy is better saved prudently than spent unwisely. In the same way, it pays to think of life as a movie that has to be kept within budget. That means every energy saving idea has to be used, whether it has to do with one’s home, office, or equipment.

    The best scenes are played out at the best locations, whether at home or in the office. A bright, energy saving idea would be to either scout for a good location, or fashion the one you have to fit your energy needs.

    More than half the energy used for heating or cooling a space is lost because of wrong insulation. To keep your home or office warm through the winter, provide walls and windows with the proper insulating materials. Open all drapes and blinds on south-facing windows during the winter’s daylight hours, but close them at night to keep the heat in.

    During the balmy days of summer, install a fan in your attic to move hot air out of the house. This fan is another bright energy saving idea: you can change the direction of airflow in winter, so that warm air is pushed toward the floor, heating your space.

    Any energy saving idea works best inside and outside of your home or office. A well-kept garden can keep your place looking fresh and clean. Plant grasses, flowers, and shrubs that are well-adapted or native to your area, and which will not require extra watering during the summer, or extra maintenance during off-seasons. If possible, plant trees, such as evergreens, to shade your home or office building, and to protect it from winds.

    Much money and energy are spent on moving from one location to the next. It would help if you could either create incentives that would encourage staff to live close to the office, or relocate your business near a place where majority of your employees live. Keeping your workplace energy-efficient is an energy saving idea all its own – but bringing it closer to those who use it might be a better energy saving idea in the long run.

    A location will not work without the proper costumes and, as in the movies, clothes not only give insight into a character, but into the character’s environment as well.

    The first bright energy saving idea would be to get the costumes washed. Clothes come out clean whether they’re rinsed in cold or warm water – so to save on your water-heating bill, wash in cold rather than in warm, and warm rather than in hot water. Experiments have shown that you can use up to 50% less energy on washing with the heater off.

    If you can’t be there to watch your costumes dry, a good energy saving idea (though not necessarily money saving) would be to purchase a dryer with a motion sensor. This will allow the appliance to shut off automatically when the load is dry. Another energy saving idea would be to wash and dry clothes only when you have a full load. However, don’t overload your dryer, since clothes dry faster when they have room enough to bounce around.

    The best energy saving idea, however, is to wear the right clothing. During warm or hot weather, wear comfortable, light-colored, light clothing instead of heavy business suits to work. This not only helps reduce air-conditioning needs – it saves on your laundry load as well.

    The scene is ready, the participants are clothed – but with no good energy saving idea in store, everything will remain dark. Lighting is important in both home and office, and it’s proper lighting, more than the amount of light, that can best save energy.

    If sunlight through the windows will do, shut your lights off and work in the sunbeams. Replace incandescent floodlight bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps. The latter can save you up to 15% on your lighting bill, and are brighter than ordinary bulbs. If you have more lights than you need, the best energy saving idea would be to remove them, and to keep the ones that you have clean. Grease, dirt, and dust reduce your lights’ output and increase the energy they need to function.

    The technique may be hard on the pocket, but energy is best saved when lighting is used only at the appropriate times. To ensure that this happens, install automatic room-lighting controls. These respond to the amount of available natural light, as well as to the number of occupants in a room. They can also be programmed to shut off lights at the end of the day, leading to your biggest energy savings yet.

    Computers take up a big bulk of an office’s electricity load. Another good energy saving idea would be to make sure that computers are turned off while they are not in use. Laptops also use up to 80-90% less energy than desktop computers, and smaller monitors use up less energy than larger ones. Smaller machines take up smaller energy, and though not quite a money saving idea yet, making the switch to compact computers is a good energy saving idea.

    Energy saved is a chance for more scenes to be played out. That means that every energy saving idea has to be used, so that all locations, costumes, and lighting will always lead to action!

    (c) 2006 All Rights Reserved. Tracy Linville This article may be freely distributed as long as this Resource Box stays intact. http://MyHomeEnergySavings.com/blog

    Author: Tracy Linville
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  • Home Energy Savings: New House Design and Energy Conservation

    Posted on February 18th, 2010 James Todd No comments

    Consumers in North America are getting ready for the 2005 / 2006 winter season as we write this report and most are bracing themselves for larger energy bills during the coming winter heating season than past years. Recent spikes in energy costs for all types of energy including gasoline, heating oil, electricity and natural gas are causing many consumers to begin thinking about how they heat their homes and whether they can save money. In our discussion we will use the term “energy” to refer to all of the previous forms of fuel that is used in our homes.

    Energy conservation begins with the design and construction of a new home and carries through to your daily living habits. Consumers who have the most success in terms of reducing their energy bills have made energy conservation a way of life, while enjoying their new homes in comfort.

    Many homeowners have the potential to reduce their heating bills by as much as 50% or more. They can achieve these savings with a logical, well planned approach beginning with the design of the home, proper construction techniques, well insulated windows, doors, and walls and then follow through with daily, monthly and annual operational techniques.

    Consumers who have designed and insulated their home with energy conservation in mind will be able to maximize their savings if they make energy conservation part of their every day life. The common objectives of living in a comfortable home and managing your energy consumption can easily be met by following a few simple rules.

    Systems Approach to Energy Savings

    Our homes are really a complex environment that must be managed to ensure that we live comfortably, have sufficient fresh air, while controlling our energy consumption at the same time. Essentially, a well planned home will take into account the amount of energy intake from energy sources such as our heating system as well as solar heating vs. energy loss from the effects of cold weather, heat loss through windows, doors, walls and floors as well as heat reduction when we use air conditioning systems in hot climates.

    In the winter we are concerned about the cost of heating our homes and the loss of heat to the outside through leakage of cold air into our homes. The summer brings the reverse when we must cool our homes and manage the cooling during hot summer days. In both cases solar heat plays a part in the equation as well as how well sealed our homes are. Consumers living in colder climates will be more concerned about winter heating costs while consumers living in southern areas of the continent will worry about the cost of air conditioning.

    Taking a systems approach to managing your energy costs is one way to ensure that you maximize your savings and make a positive contribution to the environment through reduced energy usage. Energy conservation and home design begins with the orientation of your home to maximize the heating of your home by natural solar heating in colder climates and avoiding solar heating in hot climates. Next, consumers can take advantage of natural shade or by adding trees to provide shade during hot summer days and also act as wind breaks to reduce the impact of the cooling effects that the wind can have on the amount of energy they use.

    Once you have considered these elements, consumers should use the latest techniques in designing their homes with high insulation values in the walls, energy efficient heating and cooling systems as well as energy efficient appliances. For example your air conditioning unit should be energy efficient and placed were it will be in the shade as much as possible to maximize its efficiency. Selection of fluorescent lighting, taking advantage of natural lighting are additional elements to be considered in the design of your new home. Visit our home energy checklist for more details on steps you can take to reduce your energy costs at the design stage of your home.

    Consumers may also want to invest in an energy audit of their homes design before agreeing to the final design. A relatively low cost audit can sometimes save thousands of dollars in energy costs over the life of their home.

    Our Home Energy Checklist

    We have assembled a home energy checklist with both the new home buyer / builder in mind as well as items to check after you have moved in. Our objective is to assist you in saving energy, which means money in your pocket during the design as well as after you have moved into your new home. Saving energy can be divided into four areas: Home Design; Appliance & Lighting Selection, Energy Conservation – A Way of Life. This total systems and life style approach is really geared to maximizing your energy savings.

    You might have the most efficient energy saving home built, however if you move in and leave all of the lights on all the time, leave the windows open when you are heating the house or cooling, your energy saving initiatives will not be as affective as you might have thought.

    With this in mind our energy savings checklist applies to the design phase as well as after you have moved into your new home. Even consumers who have been in their homes for a few years will find this checklist useful for managing their energy consumption.

    Designing New Homes and Energy Conservation

    Most home designers and architects are up to date on energy conservation techniques, however they are also geared to meeting their customers needs and priorities for their home designs. Many consumers will consider home energy management almost as an after thought when it is too late to incorporate energy savings concepts into their new home design. As you and your home designer or architect discuss your plans and your objectives for your new home, always emphasize that energy management and home comfort are a very important element of the final design that your are looking for.

    Designing a new home actually begins with site selection and orientation of your home on the property. Depending on the climate consumers will want to orient their homes on the property to manage the amount of solar heating that the house will be exposed to. A common theme throughout this report is to orient your home so that the sun can heat the home naturally in the winter, while minimizing the effects of solar heating during hot summer days. Adding trees or shrubs to provide shade and taking advantage of natural land formations to provide shelter from prevailing winds is the first step in managing your energy costs.

    Construction of the foundation for homes varies a great deal across the continent. In some locales a below grade basement is mandatory, while in other locations a concrete slab is standard. In both situations, insulation is a key component to maintain comfortable living conditions while reducing your energy costs. Insulation can be added below the slab of concrete and all basement walls should be properly sealed and insulated to at least R20 levels. All exposed hot water pipes can be insulated as well in addition.

    Walls should be insulated to at least R20, while attics should have insulation to a level of R40. Floors over crawl spaces will be warmer and you will lose less energy if the floors are also insulated. Many customers will select wall to wall carpeting for additional insulation and warmth, however if you prefer ceramic, marble or hardwood floors, area rugs can be used as decoration as well as providing a warm surface to walk on. Ceiling fans are another inexpensive way to distribute naturally heated air.

    Consumers can select windows and doors that are energy rated with triple pane windows and insulated steel doors. Adding a storm door to the outside increases the level of insulating and energy savings that you can achieve. During the winter consumers will enjoy the warmth of the suns ray’s through the windows, while summer months the windows can be covered to reduce the heating affects of the sun. Selection of window coverings, while meeting aesthetic requirements can also support energy saving concepts as well.

    The selection of lighting fixtures with fluorescent lighting and also taking into account natural lighting can reduce your lighting costs significantly. Incorporate timers, motion detectors, photo cells at appropriate locations in your home to assist in managing your lighting needs as well as energy usage.

    Bathroom design as well as all areas were water is used should incorporate flow restrictors to minimize the use of cold and hot water.

    Everyone loves to have a fireplace in their home. A fireplace can generate a huge loss of energy if not managed properly and designed with energy conservation in mind. Natural wood burning fireplaces have the lowest efficiency, while sealed gas fireplaces can be very efficient, while still providing the ambiance that many consumers are looking for.

    The selection and use of your appliances can have a significant impact on your energy costs. Old appliances may be energy guzzlers, while new appliances should be chosen based on their energy ratings. Selecting a high efficiency furnace, air conditioner and water heater is a first step. Consider purchasing new appliances instead of moving your appliances from your last home. Electronic ignition of gas appliances, taking advantage of shade for your air conditioner and using a digital thermostat that allows timed control of your homes interior temperature are all elements of the energy design of your home.

    One final comment about new home design is in order. Consumers may also want to arrange for an energy audit of their home before they agree to the final design. Suggestions by an expert quite often will pay for the cost of the audit in terms of energy savings.

    Energy Conservation – A Way of Life

    Consumers who go to the time and expense of designing and building an energy efficient home may be disappointed with the savings that they obtain if they do not practice energy conservation in their daily lives. For example, you may have paid for a well insulated home, sealed all the cracks, used caulking were you were supposed to and installed the best windows and doors. If you then leave windows open, forget to turn down the thermostat on cold winter days when you are not at home or turn up the thermostat on hot days, you may not achieve the savings that you were expecting. Leaving lights on, running appliances with partial loads e.g. the dishwasher etc can also increase your energy consumption beyond what you may have been expecting.

    Our home energy checklist covers many items that home owners can consider as a means of taking advantage of all of the energy efficient attributes of their home to reduce their energy consumption even further. Making this approach part of your lifestyle will ensure that your energy savings continue after you have moved in to your new home and lived there for sometime.

    Many people are also concerned about the impact of conserving energy on their comfort and may be afraid to implement some energy saving concepts. We would like to politely point out that replacing an incandescent light with a fluorescent light will not only save you energy, but provide you with a more comfortable light in your home as well. Filling up the dishwasher or the clothes washer before running them takes no additional effort on your part and saves you energy usage at the same time. There are many examples such as these that will reduce your energy consumption and not impact your comfort. In fact plugging leaks and designing ceiling fans into the home can positively improve the aesthetics as well as reduce drafts.

    Review our home energy checklist and apply those items that impact your situation. You will be amazed at how much you can save by following a few simple steps!

    House N Home Building (http://www.house-n-home-building.com) is an indespensible resources for anyone building a new home. The site features, money saving, convenience, healthy house building and energy saving tips. It is packed with useful and practical tools such as a lot/land checklist, builder’s interview guide and checklist, comprehensive punchlist, a sample building contract, example specifications, home energy checklist, a free house plan and a free monthly house building newslettter.

    Author: James Todd
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  • Plano Homeowners – Tax Credits on their Air Conditioning?

    Posted on April 24th, 2009 admin No comments

    President Obama’s recent stimulus bill has gotten a lot of press lately. It’s actually a pretty good deal for most homeowners because they can really get something out of it. There are tax credits available for all kinds of things around your home like insulation, water heaters and of course, air conditioning equipment.

    The bill allows homeowners to receive a tax credit of 30% of their costs (up to $1,500) for any purchase of qualifying equipment. The tricky part is the “qualifying equipment”. Not every system qualifies for the credit.

    Before you buy from someone who promises you the government is going to pay you back, do a little research. Your best bet is to call me and let me come out to look over your system and explain exactly what qualifies for the credit and what doesn’t. The last thing you want to do is buy something you think will pay you back and it doesn’t.

    In the next day or two I’ll be posting some information about an incredible program we’re putting together that WILL literally cut your electric bill in half. It may sound like I’m exagerrating but I’m not. This plan incorporates a few different strategies that will save you a small fortune on your electric bill. Stay tuned.