In the past, the term “eco-friendly” might have conjured up images of crunchy granola hippies, but as our understanding of global warming and human-influenced climate change has grown, going green has become more mainstream. If you’re curious about reducing your carbon footprint and making the smallest possible impact on the environment, but have no idea how to go about it, here Continue Reading
Did you know that the typical American family spends close to a whopping $2,000 on home energy bills every year? Even worse, much of that is wasted through leaky windows and doors, poorly insulated attics and crawl spaces, and inefficient appliances. But there are plenty of ways you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses. These 12 tips will save Continue Reading
These days, emissions reduction is on everyone’s agenda. Homeowners in particular are searching for new, cost-effective solutions to their energy problems—and they’re recognizing that AC efficiency is part of that equation. Accordingly, window technology is on the rise—there are newly available options that reduce heat gain and ultimately keep cooling costs reasonable. Since the early 90s, the window film industry has Continue Reading
Here’s something that may come as a surprise. Did you know that water heating is the second largest energy-related expense in your home? While it’s an unavoidable expense, that doesn’t mean it’s out of your control. Here are some helpful tips on how to reduce your energy bills and take control of your water consumption—without forcing your family take one-minute showers. Continue Reading
While energy-efficient appliances and daily energy-conserving practices are effective when it comes to saving money, there’s another way to get at the problem. Choosing efficient building materials for your new construction or retrofit can reduce the load on your heating and cooling system. Unless your home is located in a shaded area, your roof is exposed to direct sunlight for Continue Reading
Your home offers countless opportunities to upgrade and save energy, from the filter on the bathroom faucet to the insulation in the attic. But few energy upgrades are as easy and affordable as getting your lighting in tune with Mother Earth. With a few simple changes, you can save energy, cut costs, and enjoy not having to change a lightbulb Continue Reading
In an effort to preserve our natural resources, companies like EnviroGLAS are stepping up to the green plate by providing a glass gem of a product made from 100% recycled material. EnviroGLAS specializes in decorative countertops, flooring, and tiles. Products are made with recycled porcelain chips and tumbled glass from old bottles, windows, mirrors and color-pigmented epoxy resin. Savvy homeowners Continue Reading
Thermal energy measures the movement of atoms or molecules within a substance. It’s considered less a measurement and more a process or an amount of internal energy. Thermal energy is often associated with heat because as molecules move faster, they transfer energy as heat. Thermal energy itself is expressed in British thermal units (Btu), calories and joules. One Btu Continue Reading
James Prescott Joule was the first scientist to discover that heat is a type of energy. While studying the relationship between heat, work, and temperature, he was experimenting with fluids like water. He found that when he agitated the fluid, its temperature increased. Joule performed mechanical work on the fluid and in doing so, converted that mechanical energy to thermal Continue Reading
Thermal energy is all around you, which makes it a very important concept for any heating and cooling specialist to understand completely. What started out as simple experiments with liquids led to an excellent understanding of the concepts of thermal energy, heat, work, and everything that makes a current day heating and cooling system function properly. Who Discovered It Thermal Continue Reading
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Whether you’re planning a complete home renovation or you’re just looking for simple ways to cut down on your energy bill costs, investing in energy-efficient elements for your home can pay off more than you’d think. From replacing single-pane windows to adding insulation, to even just installing a smart thermostat, there are lots of ways to go green that will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency and the value of your home.
A common misconception among homeowners is that in order to have an energy-efficient home, style must be sacrificed. This isn’t true at all, since the surge in demand for all things green has increased so much, it’s getting easier and easier to find efficient systems and products that will seamlessly integrate into your home and complement surroundings.