Thursday, December 17, 2015
We use smart device applications everyday to simplify our lives, so why not use them to simplify our energy usage? Here are the five best energy efficiency smart device applications to lower your carbon footprint while living a greener lifestyle, and thus saving your hard-earned money.
GasBuddy (iOS or Android)
GasBuddy displays the most cost efficient gasoline in your area, while also allowing you to report the cost of gasoline around you. As a perk for providing them data, GasBuddy gives you the chance to win $100 in gasoline every day.
GE Walmart Bulb Finder (iOS or Android)
The GE / Walmart Bulb Finder app provides you with finding the perfect light bulb for any appliance in your home or business. While being able to search by application, you can also scan bar codes of packages. This app simplifies buying light bulbs at Walmart, or any retail location where light bulbs are sold.
iRecycle (iOS or Android)
Recycling greatly reduces your carbon footprint, but finding ways and places to recycle can be difficult. iRecycle not only provides convenient recycling opportunities, but also provides access to 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials. iRecycle has been featured as the iTunes, “App of the Week” more than five consecutive times.
Nest Mobile (iOS or Android)
This app is used in conjunction to the Nest Learning Thermostats. Nest Mobile allows you to change the the temperature settings of your home or business directly from your smart device. The Nest Learning Thermostat will adapt to your moods and needs by continuous use and learn your preferred settings. Nest provides detailed energy usage information on how much you’ve saved, and alerts you before disastrous home events occur.
JouleBug (iOS or Android)
JouleBug enables you to save energy by doing simple actions in real-life. Energy saving tips are organized into pins that you can earn by completing a task like utilizing reusable mugs. Each pin you’re rewarded you’ll learn more on how to conserve energy. JouleBug is social, so you can share your achievements with your friends or join local and national communities to compete on who’s the greenest. JouleBug also has the ability to link to your utility account to display your energy savings.
The Energy Experts
Each month The Energy Experts present a blog that shares helpful information on a wide-rage of topics that involves the intersection of home and health. Are you concerned about energy savings, indoor air quality, home comfort, and family health issues? Then check in with The Energy Experts each month for more valuable information on these crucial topics.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Are the appliances around your home or business running slow and/or spiking your energy bills? To keep your home or business operating at its highest capacity, this year you may want to consider upgrading your appliances. At least that is what the experts at Pro Energy Consultants suggests.
Remember when home phones were a staple in every household? Well, the bulky home computer has finally reached the time where it may be just a waste of space and energy. Technology has bridged the communication gap where there’s tablets or a cross-over that can meet and exceed the needs and wants a home computer provides. Tablets and cross-overs simplify our lives and our wallets so email, social media and web browsing don’t collect dust or weigh our pockets down with outrageous energy bills.
If you regularly live with spoiled food and eye-popping energy bills, then it’s time to upgrade your refrigerator. Finding an energy-efficient refrigerator that requires little power, while keeping all of your delectables fresh is ideal. If you happen to purchase a lot of food items in bulk, purchasing a separate freezer will prevent spoilage and preserve extra food longer.
Your clothes are stain free and clean, but you’re not saving time, money, or energy on that old washing machine. Like your refrigerator, you may take advantage of your appliances performance. Older machines lack time-saving and energy efficient features, where newer machines provide greater energy and time-saving abilities. For example, newer machines allow you to use cold water settings in conjunction with cold water detergents. When used together, you use less energy and your clothes come out just as clean, if not cleaner. Newer machines also have the ability to steam wash to reduce high dry cleaning bills. To save time and money, look into Energy Star qualified appliances.
As 2015 comes to an end, if you haven’t switched your lighting over to CFL’s, now is the time. CFL or Compact Fluorescent Light, is an energy-saving light designed to replace an incandescent lamp. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, CFL’s use about 75% less energy than traditional lighting, thus saving you money on your electric bill. By examining your business or household items that may be going extinct, replacing them will save you energy, time, and money.
The Energy Experts
Each month The Energy Experts presents a blog that shares helpful information on a wide-range of topics that involves the intersection of home and health. Are you concerned about energy savings, indoor air quality, home comfort, and family health issues? Then check in with The Energy Experts each month for more valuable information on these crucial topics.