Posts Tagged ‘Energy Action Month’

A Worldwide Energy Transition

November 6, 2014

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Last month, as we celebrated Energy Action month, we took a look at the Residential Energy Consumption Survey.  It showed that we are using more energy than ever before.  Efforts are being made not only nationwide, but worldwide to improve that number.  The Energiewende is what they are calling it and Germany is leading the push.  The New York Times writes, “Germany will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources.  Many smaller countries are beating that, but Germany is by far the largest industrial power to reach that level in the modern era.  It is more than twice the percentage in the United States.”

It sounds like we have some catching up to do and we, at GreenHomes, couldn’t agree more.  There’s no better place to start saving energy than our homes.  Making your home more energy efficient whether that’s through proper air sealing and insulation, a right-sized AC or furnace, or even solar panels, can all help decrease our energy consumption.  And, if it helps, saving energy in your home will leave you more comfortable and lower your utility bills.

Read the full New York Times article referenced above, here:  http://goo.gl/5wYV37

Thanks for stopping by!

-April

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Home Energy Saving Tips

October 9, 2014

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This month, with the focus on energy, we want to encourage every homeowner to take action no matter how big or how small to conserve energy.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Cooking is like a puzzle. Match your pot to the size of your stovetop burner.  Using smaller pots waste heat when used on large burners.
  2. Don’t soak. Take short showers instead of baths.  If you want to save even more energy, use a low-flow showerhead.
  3. Power off, completely. If you aren’t in the room, turn off lights, TVs, computers, etc.
  4. Unplug battery chargers when not in use. Many chargers continue to burn energy even when the device isn’t plugged into the charger.
  5. Slow down. Drive safe and slow down.  Not only is speeding dangerous, it wastes fuel too.
  6. Upgrade your thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat may save you an estimated $180 a year.  It saves energy, too.
  7. Use cold water. Washing clothes with cold water can save you 40 cents per load.
  8. Forget the dryer. Dry your clothes on a clothesline or drying rack and save an estimated $252 a year.
  9. Ditch the incandescents. CFLs and LEDs are more energy-efficient and give off the same amount of light.  More information can be found on our fact sheet.
  10. Get an energy audit. Find out where your home is using and losing energy.  More than likely that lost energy is also costing you money.  Learn more in this video.

Sources:  Duke Energy, ENERGY STAR, Energy Information Administration, Choice Home Warranty

Energy Action Month, our favorite!

October 2, 2014

shutterstock_46711030Every October, we celebrate, along with the nation, Energy Action Month.  Its call on us is simple, take action.  With all the energy we use on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to step back from time to time and see where we can save energy for future generations.  We don’t want to use up all of our resources before our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids get to enjoy them.  From what the Residential Energy Consumption Survey tells us, we are using more energy than we ever have before!  Here at GreenHomes America, we focus primarily on home energy.  Each homeowner has an opportunity to not only save energy, but also save money.  For example, if you use a programmable thermostat, you will save energy and  an estimated $180 a year.  There are more examples like this one on our Energy Action Month fact sheet.

The first step, though, is to find out where your home is using and losing energy with a home energy audit.  From there, you can join the forces in saving energy and save money while you’re at it.

Share this post with anyone who owns a home.  Help save energy and help them save money.

Thanks for stopping by!

-April

Thank you General Air: Fighting the Good Fight!

November 4, 2013

In October I spent some time talking about Energy Action Month, something close to us at GreenHomes America.  October is a hard month since there are a number of great campaigns happening.   One of our locations, General Air Conditioning was participating in something they’ve been involved in for quite some time: Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Since 2008 the troops at General Air Conditioning have supported and donated over $25,000 in the fight of breast cancer. Much of their support has gone to the Desert Cancer Foundation since 2010. They work to support the DCF mission which is to help under- and uninsured men and women get the cancer screenings, ultrasounds, MRIs, and biopsies that they need, as thousands of Americans are unable to pay for the exorbitant costs of cancer treatment. The Desert Cancer Foundation has been raising awareness and funds for cancer in the Coachella Valley since 1994, and General Air Conditioning is proud to be a supporter of the foundation.

Everyone at GreenHomes America wishes to thank our partners in the Coachella Valley for their dedication and public service.  Breast cancer is something recognized and fought all year round.  For those supporting and battling breast cancer, we greatly admire you for your courage
Visit the General Gives Back page for more information about their story.

Thanks,

Jason

 

Ghosts and other Horrors!

October 28, 2013

Its Energy Action month this month and soon will be Halloween.   In the past we’ve talked about zombies, and vampires , witchcraft, and Trick or Treat but never about ghosts!

Armed with ghost buster-esque diagnostic equipment our advisors go from home to home looking for abnormal signs as part every energy assessment.

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Sometimes we don’t need fancy equipment, but usually need a strong understanding of building science.  Seeing patterns on walls revealing the framing are great signs. So are spider webs. Spider webs can reveal air flow.  Spiders, looking for a meal, often set up shop where dinner might fly by.  Leaks to the outside can be doorways and death traps for insects.

The ghosting pattern in the picture is often caused by a lack of insulation and moisture in the home.  With the right conditions, dirt collects on these under insulated surfaces.  Not only is there an insulation issue, the moisture can lead to more than dirt, there could be mold growth eventually.

Don’t be too scared, we’ve got some good solutions.  Give us a call we can help bust those ghosts, as well as other creatures lurking in your home!

Thanks,

Jason

photo courtesy of Energy Efficent Solutions http://www.greenhomesamerica.com/locations/172-energy-audit-and-energy-assessments.aspx


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