Subscription

Categories

Instagram Pictures

Get inspired
We’re a big fan of #parkpuns, and an even bigger fan of all the awesome work our #BayArea members like the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County are doing to protect the environment. So this Friday we’re featuring 6 of our member organizations in a fun quiz game to be held on Twitter @BA_OpenSpace from 11:30a-1:30p for #OSCQuizFridays. You’ll be a step ahead if you can figure out what we mean by a “fruitful” partnership.
@malt_ag is taking us to Hollywood and a galaxy far, far away for this week’s #OSCQuizFridays. If you think you’ve got your space movie trivia on lock (or have Google handy) join us on Twitter @BA_OpenSpace this Friday from 11:30a-1:30p for the quiz!
How to make a key rack from door latches by @terracycle's very own Chief Design Junkie, Tiffany Threadgould! http://bit.ly/1nzd4eG #upcycle #recycle
It is definitely time to utilize our #renewable #resources! #Ecofact
Want a chance to wine FREE goodies like t-shirts and pop up travel size dog bowls?? Enter our Green Festival Non GMO photo contest via our Facebook page or show up at the cafe in #chicago this weekend to upload your pics instantly for a chance to win!!
Will this sign hang above your booth? Tell your fans to vote! The winner will be announced at 3:30 on Sunday at the Green Festival Stage!
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, our #RedHook Local Leaders and more at NYCHA #Sandy update meeting last night. #NYC #NonProfit

Six Steps to a Greener Home

Here are six things anyone can do to their home to make it greener. A “green home” means a lot of things. But it always includes energy efficiency. These simple things increase the efficiency of the home by attacking the most dramatic energy loss aspects of a house.

They are relatively cheap and simple steps but their energy efficiency is actually very powerful. Doing these things can in most cases save you more money on utility bills than doing anything else.

1. Add a layer to your attic insulation,
especially if your home was built before 1980. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to cut heating and cooling costs, according to the Department of Energy. As a general rule, if you have less than 12 inches of insulation in your attic, you probably need more.

2. Seal all cracks and crevices, both inside and outside your home’s building envelope.
Pay particular attention to penetrations for cable wires, plumbing pipes and electrical boxes, as well as those spots around windows and doors where siding or bricks and wood trim meet. Use expandable foam-sealant products around doors and windows, then finish off with the best-quality caulking you can find. Make sure all products are low in volatile organic compound (VOC) content to ensure good indoor air quality.

3. Seal the ducts.
More than likely, thanks to leaky ductwork, you’re heating your attic and basement and wasting energy. That’s because small cracks or holes in the ducts leak warm, conditioned air into the unheated spaces through which the ducts travel. So check your ducts for leaks, and use duct mastic (preferable) or duct tape (acceptable) to seal the leaky spots. If you’re installing ductwork in an addition or new home, consider installing the ducts in conditioned spaces, or make sure the ducts are well-insulated.

4. Install a programmable thermostat.
By programming your thermostat to lower your home’s air temperature when no one is home this winter (say, from 72 degrees to 65 degrees during the day), you can save as much as 10 percent on your heating costs. Programmable thermostats are priced from about $30, which you should be able to recoup in the first year of use.

5. Check and, if necessary, replace furnace filters,
and clean air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed. By changing filters monthly, you can save as much as 10 percent on heating costs.

6. Insulate the water heater and pipes.

If you haven’t insulated your water heater, you may be losing heat into the surrounding area, which in turn will make the water heater work overtime to keep the water hot. Consult your water heater directions or a qualified water heater professional to determine whether your water heater is properly insulated. Also, insulate hot water pipes to keep the water in them warmer longer. Insulating materials for pipes and water heaters are available at hardware and home improvement stores.

Similar Posts:

PinExt Six Steps to a Greener Home

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>