65% of climate pollution stems from energy generation and consumption. These air emissions are mostly attributed to the burning of fossil fuels. 57% of the total energy utilized to generate electricity falls upon the use of coal (approximately 86% of the overall amount of coal consumption is based on the effort to generate electricity). Burning coal produces far more CO2 than oil or natural gas. For more information please visit the original article.

There is much to consider. Think about the impact energy consumption may have on our environment – your home. The quality of the air we breathe, your health and overall well-being. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to reduce the damages brought on by our ever-growing need for energy.

Here are some simple ways to counter waste production and save on utility expenses for small business owners, and homeowners alike:

  • Close the passage in your fireplace and install glass doors to retain warm air.
  • Keep your air vents clear of drapes and furniture to maintain maximum performance.
  • Purchasing and installing an energy efficient heat pump could minimize heating costs by a considerable amount.
  • Use the sun’s heat to your advantage. Render your window shades or blinds open during the day and use solar heat to serve as an addition to your primary heating source.
  • Lower your thermostat when necessary.
  • Replace or clean your AC’s air filters once a month or more to maintain maximal performance.
  • Toggle your thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy and money. Leaving it in the “auto” position keeps the air from running constantly.
  • Use shades, blinds and drapes to prevent the sun from overheating your home. Outside, use awnings, trees and shrubs.
  • Keep hot outside air from flowing in by insulating your walls to help you save energy— For more information, contact your local building supply company.
  • Upgrade your AC. Running an efficient AC system can result in lower costs.
  • Repair leaks in ducts, install attic insulation, and seal any cracks or leaks in your attic to cut down heating and cooling costs.
  • Take another look for any other household leaks to determine if air is escaping through openings such as fireplace dampers, doors and windows.
  • Cool your home or workplace with light-colored curtains that dampen light passing through while deflecting some of the sun’s rays, and light-colored paint to minimize heat.
  • Provide shade to your home by planting trees or install awnings to reduce heat from the sun.
  • Save on your cooling costs by increasing the temperature on your thermostat by a few degrees or install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature during the daytime.
  • Replace your incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient compact florescent (CFL) bulbs. Incandescent bulbs don’t last nearly as long as CFL bulbs. They pass off 70% less heat than incandescent bulbs and use 75% less energy.
  • Wash your clothes using cold water. Many detergents clean equally well in cold water as they do in hot water.

Start off with a couple of tips, and see how they work to benefit you and your surroundings. Changes don’t come easy, but slow and steady steps can go a long way to improve your life in the future to come. There are many other ways to efficiently conserve and consume energy. Learn more by taking some time this week to see what others are doing to combat energy inefficiency!

Energy management services are becoming increasingly available through public programs and businesses. Edison Energies, A business recently started by parent company Edison International, focuses on large organizations like Fortune 500 companies. While other organizations such as Energy Star, a U.S. environmental protection agency (EPA) voluntary program, provides tailored services for individuals and businesses on both ends of the scale.­­­­­­

AccessoryTree is an online business that follows strong ethics for environmental codes. They are improving on how to manage their waste as a business hoping others will follow. Do you think your ready to be eco-friendly?

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