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Share your Joy

January 6, 2015


I can’t believe it is 2015 already, can you?  This is the time of year when we reflect on what we have experienced the past year individually, nationally, and even globally.  One of my favorite videos to watch at the end of the year is TED Talks recap of ideas.  It’s fascinating to watch the discoveries, the ideas and just the passion each individual shows with what they present.  Here’s a spoiler alert, but the video ends with a quote by Andrew Solomon, “Forge meaning.  Build identity.  And then invite the world to share your joy.”

TED

Here at GreenHomes we like that quote a lot, especially the last part.  A big part of our work is inviting each of you into our joy; helping America to become more energy efficient.  Doing this extends the life of our resources for the generations to come and, well, extends the life of our pocketbooks, too.  Our joy is helping families all over America live comfortably and affordably.  This year, as we go into 2015, we are looking forward to continue to do that and we ask that you join us.  Let’s all share the joy!

Thanks for stopping by!

-April

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Easy-Bake Oven loses its bulb with 100-watt phase-out

September 14, 2011

 This brings back memories of the little baked cakes my sister would make.  It amazed me that a little plastic toy with a light bulb inside could actually make a cake.  Patience was always tried since it seemed to take forever, but I guess 15 minutes isn’t really that long though.

Surely a sign of the times, lights out for the 100 watt light bulb.  In the United States, 100 watt bulbs will be the first to go by next year.  So the easy bake oven gets a new retro design and a heating element like a regular oven.  My guess is it’s not any more efficient, but hey it’s baking a cake!  That’s important work.  As matter of fact it’s a bigger baking area so I hope it’s at least better insulated.

What this really brings to mind is the importance of lighting and how we are seeing many new opportunities.  CFL’s are a good option. LED’s are even better.  We’ve talked about CREE lighting before.  There are also LED light bulbs available, and by next year some promise a replacement for the burnt out 100watt incandescent such as Switch light bulbs.   I guess we will see.

With major power outages now and then and the rising cost of everything and the increased usage of electronic gadgets, it makes sense to pay attention to electricity a little more closely.  I think I might bake a cake celebrating the beginning of the end and also new beginnings.

Windows, Energy Audits, and Carbon Monoxide

June 14, 2010

Here are a few from the archives in response to some recent questions:

Thanks,
Mike

What is Green?

August 7, 2008

Here’s one to start some debate.  “Green” means a lot of different things to different people. At the heart of it though, green is about helping protect the environment so that we, and our children, have a healthy, safe, and comfortable place to live.

When we talk about green buildings, we mean buildings that are healthy, durable, and energy efficient. The greenest thing you can do with your home is to make sure it performs as efficiently as possible so that it keeps you healthier, safer, and more comfortable without wasting energy and creating unnecessary pollution.  This is before you think about bamboo, recycled tiles, or organic drapes.

The very ambitious can push for a zero energy home . But you can also start out more simply.  Here’s a list of five things you can easily do right now to be green and save money on your utility bills:

  1. Get a home energy assessment and use its recommendations to reduce energy use by at least 25% and as much as 50% or more.  The assessment won’t save you anything by itself, but it will identify the right steps, and installing the recommended measures can save you big!
  2. Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (just three CFL bulbs will save 300 lbs of carbon dioxide and $80.00 a year)
  3. Adjust your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat that turns itself down while you’re away and at night. (save 2,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $98 – $200 a year)
  4. Buy ENERGY STAR qualified appliances (save hundreds of lbs of carbon dioxide and hundreds of dollars a year)
  5. Insulate your walls and ceilings (save 2,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $245 a year).  Remember, that like a loose fleece in the wind without a shell jacket (or wind blocking membrane) that insulation doesn’t work well without air-sealing.

So make your home a “green home.” It will last longer, cost less to operate and maintain, and as an added benefit, you’ll be more comfortable, too!

-Mike


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