Tips to Improve an Oil Heating System

One of the most important things you have to learn about your property is how to get the most out of your heating system. When the colder months roll in, bills will start to shoot up if you don’t know how to control your usage and expenditure. Here are four ways that you can easily improve your oil heating system to keep your property comfortable and the extortionate costs at bay. 1. Check Efficiency Regular maintenance and check ups are the fail-safe way to ensure the efficiency and safety … [Read more...]

Tips to Save Big Bucks on Your Gas Bill This Winter

During the winter, staying warm while also keeping a low utility bill is never an easy task. The temptation to crank up the heat is high, and walking around your home in multiple winter layers is anything but comfortable or ideal. There are, however, a few more effective ways to make sure that your house is cozy without your gas bill breaking the bank. 1. Wait until closer to winter to lock in your rates. While many people believe that locking in their therm rates in August at a rate of … [Read more...]

The Difference of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs In Your Home

When searching for ways to stop the hemorrhaging of their bank accounts each month, homeowners are always looking for areas in which to cut back to help keep expenses in line with incomes— especially utility bills.  Whether it involves lowering the monthly water bill through inspection and maintenance of their outdoor sprinkler system, or saving pennies by insuring that their window frames are set tight and not losing any hot or cool air dependent on the season, homeowners are in a constant … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Lighting Ideas for Your Home

Contrary to popular opinion, making your home more environmentally friendly will actually save you money in the long term. Many people shy away from green modifications and changes because they believe them to be ‘too expensive’. However, the initial cost should be offset against the savings you will make on your energy bills, particularly now that gas and electricity prices have risen steeply over the last couple of years. One area where eco-friendly planning can really make a difference is … [Read more...]

Reducing Your Gas Consumption: Where to Start

A large part of the world is currently caught up in a fight to reduce gas consumption. This is because we, as a species, are close to draining our planet dry of this precious natural resource. We can see how desperate gas extraction operations have become by simply observing the unfolding of the fracking debate. Fracking is incredibly destructive and yet despite the protests it’s gaining in momentum by the day. So the only thing we can do, it seems, is to try to reduce our own gas consumption. … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips for Your Hot Tub

Hot tubs provide a relaxing, warm place to lounge. Sitting in a hot tub can make the busy day seem millions of miles away. Though these relaxing spa pools seem perfect, many find they can be a burden on the pocketbook. The good news is that you can keep your energy costs down by following a few simple steps. Use a Hot Tub Cover Do you remember being yelled at to shut the door because you aren't heating the entire neighborhood? The same concept applies to the spa. Heat rises through the top … [Read more...]

Why Eco-Friendly Can Also Be Effortlessly Cool

Although most of the eco work we do on our homes is ‘behind the scenes’, there are also a number of ways we can improve our home that should also look stylish. Although eco living is a way of life in itself, you ideally want eco products that blend in naturally, creating maximum aesthetic impact without having an overly eco appearance. Contrary to the belief of many non eco friendly people, eco products can be effortlessly stylish and cool. Here’s just a small selection of some items you … [Read more...]

Tips to Keep Warm this Winter

The economic climate is making it more important than ever to be green, saving energy and saving money goes hand in hand. We’ve put together a range of ideas that you can use to make sure that you can keep warm without spending hundreds on your heating. Insulation Of course, this is the obvious one. If you can afford to insulate, do. Even if you just insulate your roof, it could save you a lot of money when winter rolls around. There are also other places that you can insulate that you may … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Your Door Good for the Environment

20 percent of your home’s heat is lost through windows and doors, which means that you have the heating on 20 percent higher than you should. So if you want to find out how you can make your door good for the environment as well as your purse, read on. Material The core material of the door should act as an insulator to prevent heat loss. Fibreglass, polyurethane foam and wood fibre all offer excellent insulation. Fibreglass doors come in a variety of styles, some of which look like wood. … [Read more...]

IKEA Goes Solar … Solar Panels For You!

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Elizabeth Eckhart. You can reach Elizabeth via email at ++++++++++ On September 30 the Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA announced it would be offering British customers the option to buy solar panels for their home in all of their 17 stores in the U.K. The move is an unexpected one, but shows the retailer’s commitment to establishing renewable energy as a … [Read more...]

Top Green Ideas for a Busy Person

Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Mariza Tseka. ++++++++++ Living a more environmentally friendly life is a fantastic aim to have but do you have the time to do it? Thankfully there are some green ideas which will help the planet and don’t involve spending hours building up a compost heap or cycling to work. Have a look at these and see which ones suit you.   Take a Fast Shower Many of us waste an awful lot of … [Read more...]

Home Energy Saving Tips

Just a brief reminder to check out our more than 530 ways to save energy and water in your home in our Green Savings area. Remember, you will keep paying high heating, electric and water bills unless you make changes; changes in your household habits, changes in lighting, changes with insulation and caulking, and so on. With a new year comes renewed motivation to start fresh in all areas, including starting fresh in your efforts to reduce your home's utility bills. Good luck! … [Read more...]

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