8 Ways to Reduce Global Warming by Increasing Energy Efficiency (2) (1)

8 ways to Reduce Global Warming by Increasing Energy Efficiency

Making your home more energy efficient reduces the use of the Earth’s non-renewable resources, helps curb pollution, allows us to breath cleaner air, and offers thousands of dollars in savings. Here are 8 ways to reduce global warming by increasing your energy efficiency.

 

8 Ways to Increasing Energy Efficiency to Prevent Climate Change

 

8 Ways to Reduce Global Warming by Increasing Your Energy Efficiency:

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1. Electrical Outlet Insulation:

Your home is like a block of swiss cheese, and the goal of insulating your home is to plug as many holes (in your home’s envelope) up as possible.

There are many places that these holes exist. Start with easy and cheap insulation fixes, like electrical outlets.

 

2. Air Filters: 

Regularly replace the filters on your furnaces and air conditioners. It requires more energy to suck air through dirty air filters because particles prevent the air from easily flowing through the filters.

 

3. Thermostat: 

Turn your thermostat down at night and when you leave the house. Wear a jacket and socks indoors to save money on your heating bill.

 

4. Tankless Water Heaters:

Install an on-demand (or tankless) hot water heater. These types of hot water heaters only heat water when you need it. Click here to read an article that will show you how to find rebates on appliance and energy efficiency updates to your home.

The search is based on your zip code and the rebates will be tailored to the specific area that you live in.

 

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5. LED Light Bulbs: 

Replace light bulbs with LED lights. Learn how you can save over $5,000 by switching to LED lights. According to EnergyStar.gov, the average home has approximately 40 lightbulbs.

 

Energy star rated light bulbs

 

You can save $128 per 100 watt light bulb equivalent over the life of the LED light by making the switch.

That’s 40 lights x $128= $5,120 saved! 

This photo, provided by USA Today, shows the amount you will save per light bulb for each a 60-watt bulb that you replace.

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6. Low Flow Water Conservation Kit: 

Install a water conservation kit. The water conservation kit is very inexpensive and includes low flow shower showerheads and faucet converters. This kit can save you up to 12,000 gallons of water per year (household of 4).Insulation Window Kit

 

7. Window Insulation:

 

The Duck Brand is a winner in the do-it-yourself insulation industry. The kit allows you to cover five 3′ x 5′ windows.

How does it work? You adhere a clear film to your window and simply use a hair dryer to shrink-wrap it to the glass’ surface.

Don’t worry, the film is completely see-through. This film helps prevent drafts and heat loss which provides a drastic increase in your home’s energy efficiency and can reduce your utility bill by hundreds of dollars per year. 

For additional energy efficiency, you can apply the film twice which will create an airtight lining over your window. 

The film is crystal clear so you can see outside, even with two layers.

The kit contains a 62″ x 210″ crystal clear film and a 1/2-inch by 84-feet (1080″) roll of double-sided tape. 

If you are not into the DIY scene, you can always go the easy route and grab these Blackout Insulation Curtains that are Insulating Black out curtains specifically manufactured to insulate your home.

These curtains block out sunlight to keep the heat out during the summer. They are thick and made from 100% polyester (Faux silk), which provides thermal insulation during the winter.

Moreover,  these curtains block out light (better sleep benefits) protect your furniture from color fading, and provide privacy. 

They are waterproof and you can either dry clean or machine wash them.

Each package comes with 1 panel, and the dimensions are 42″ W x 63″ L.

 

8. Use a Fan Instead of the A/C: 

Use a fan to circulate air in your home on hot days.  Fans are much more energy efficient than air conditioners.

Remember, fossil fuels and coal make up nearly 62%  of how we generate electricity in the U.S.

 

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview:

 

The federal/state governments and even some local utility companies offer tax breaks and incentives when you upgrade your home to be more energy-efficient.

To learn more about these tax credits and rebates, read my article called: Renewable Energy Tax Credits, Incentives, and Rebates

The article will link you to the EnergyStar website where you can look up specific rebates and energy-saving programs that your utility company may offer.

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Renewable Energy Incentives, Tax Credits, and Rebates

Renewable Energy Tax Credits, Incentives, and Rebates

Navigating the federal, state, and local government renewable energy tax breaks (credits, deductions, and incentive) can be quite confusing. Not to mention, the added utility company’s rebates and programs. As a result, I decided to put together a roadmap, to help you navigate this rather complicated process. 

 

Renewable energy Tax breaks

 

The Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credit:

 

You better act quickly if you are interested in taking advantage of the biggest renewable energy tax credit. At the end of next year (2019), it will slowly start decreasing and until 2022. 

In other words, Congress could decide to extend the Renewable Energy tax credit… But, there is no guarantee that they will.

The federal renewable energy tax credit allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar or wind turbine system from your federal taxes.

The average price of a home solar system in the United States is around $15,800 for a 5kW system. A 30% tax credit on that amount saves homeowners just over $4,720.

As you can see, in the photo below provided by Energysage.com, the tax credit will slowly start decreasing over time and eventually disappear. However, the exception is that there will be a permanent 10% tax credit for commercial use of renewable energy systems. 

 

Federal solar tax credit

 

As of the date of this writing, you only have around 1 year to get your butt in gear If you want to take advantage of these serious savings.

Meanwhile, if a $15,000 solar system installation sounds like its way over your budget… You aren’t alone.

This is why I wrote an article about how you can DIY (Do It Yourself) solar panels.

The DIY solar panel system is a step-by-step video instruction guide that will teach you how to build your own solar energy system for around 25% of the cost that you would have paid a professional installer. 

In other words, that’s nearly a 75% savings! 

Surprisingly, you can actually build a solar energy system in your spare time for a very reasonable price. This guide will help you build each solar panel in approximately 1 hour and for around $100!

 

 

State Tax Credits:

 

Most states and some city governments have tax breaks (incentives, deductions, or credits) that can be used in addition to the federal tax credit for renewable energy or energy efficiency updates to your home!

First, take a look at the U.S. Department of Energy’s website called DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Energy).

It is a super handy tool for understanding federal, state, and local tax incentives. The site also includes utility company incentives for each state.

Just visit the web page and click the state that you live in 🙂

 

There are two solutions to the current energy dilemma:

  1. Energy efficiencyuse less energy by insulating your home, and installing WaterSense and Energy Star rated appliances or conversion kits.
  2. Renewable energy install solar panels, wind turbines, etc.

 

State programs are very specific and vary widely, so make sure to research your state’s energy tax policy. Of course, a simple online search should produce very helpful results.

 

State tax breaks can be broken down into three main categories:

 

  1. Sales tax exemptions (many states exempt purchases of energy-efficient products or renewable energy equipment)
  2. Income tax credits or deductions (available in 22 states)
  3. Property tax rebates or exemptions (available 32 states)
Similarly, this list is broken down by state and is very easy to navigate.

 

 

 

Appliance Rebates:

 

 

EnergyStar has a rebate finder that is super easy to use! Simply, type in your zip code and it will give you a list of the current rebates that your utility companies are offering!

Santa Monica, California is offering 10 mail in rebates. I couldn’t get a screenshot off all 10, but here is an example of what three of them look like:

 

 

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Utility Company Rebates:

 

Check with your utility company to see whether they have any of the following programs:

 

1. LED lightbulb replacements

According to EnergyStar.gov, the average home has approximately 40 lightbulbs.

You can save $128 per 100-watt light bulb equivalent over the life of the LED light by making the switch.

That’s 40 lights x $128= $5,120 saved! 

 

 

Energy star rated light bulbs

 

In short, I would highly recommend switching to LEDs over CFL lights. Unfortunately, CFL lights are made with mercury, which can become hazardous to the environment if they are not disposed of properly. 

 

 

AmazonBasics LED (100-watt incandescent light bulb replacement)

 

 

2. Programmable thermostats

Some utility companies offer rebates or incentives if you install a programmable thermostat.

Most importantly, a programmable thermostat helps you have more control over the temperature in your home and save you money by doing so. You can read about the 8 Benefits of Programmable Thermostats here. 

 

3. Recycle old appliances

There are some utility companies that will pick up your old appliances and then give you a rebate on purchasing a new EnergyStar rated one! Double dip savings! 

Moreover, often times when you purchase a new appliance from a store they will charge you to remove your old appliance.

Calling your utility company before shopping for a new appliance can help you by:

First, save money by getting advice on which appliances are the most energy-efficient.

Second, they may remove your old appliance and recycle it for free.

Third, they may offer rebates for approved EnergyStar and WaterSense appliances and fixtures.

 

4.  Upgrading to EnergyStar rated appliances

Use the EnergyStar rebate finder to see what kinds of incentive programs your utility company offers for washers, dryers, dishwashers, tankless water heaters, etc.

5. Tune up your furnace

Your utility company may offer a forced air furnace diagnostic tune-up rebate.

6. Winterization and insulation upgrades

Ask your utility company what kinds of rebates they offer for upgrading your home to become more energy-efficient.

In sum, by implementing these energy efficienct and renewable technology suggestions you can attain large savings. Moreover, it would seem that you can obtain savings from many different avenues.

 

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview:

 

Start by changing simple habits and using products that are sustainable/reusable.

Moreover, make sure to talk to your family, friends, and community about sustainability. Knowledge helps people become aware of their actions which will help everyone make a larger impact together.

We got into this resource depletion and global warming issue together, which means that the only way out is to solve the issue as a community 🙂

Recently, scientists have released a warning that the world has less than 15 years to reduce the carbon output to nearly 0 or else face serious climate change consequences.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Preventing Global Warming

The Ultimate Guide to Preventing Global Warming

It seems like the topic of climate change and resource depletion is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but no one really knows what to do about it. I have compiled the UN’s most important blueprint actions for achieving a happier and healthier world while adding a few of my own tips to create the Ultimate Guide to Prevent Global Warming.

 

Steps You Can Take To Prevent Global Warming

 

By implementing these simple actions we can manifest a change for a better future. The UN has created a campaign called the “Be the Change Initiative” that provides an opportunity for all of us to better “walk the talk”.

I have created a Sustainability Shop” and have done the work of reading the labels and reviews to offer you the best sustainable products on the market.

This collection of sustainable living products have been amassed in one place for your convenience. The shop includes energy efficiency and water conservation conversion kits, solar products, zero-waste, and minimally packaged home goods. 

I want to encourage you to reuse your current belongings until they are either broken or no longer useful (and you need to replace them).

The exception to this is if what you are currently using produces lots of one-time use waste or is harmful to your health. 

Of course, if you are using something that is not good for your health (like cooking with Teflon that was manufactured prior to 2013), then purchasing a replacement makes sense.

Take the Sustainability Pledge today and incorporate as many biodegradable, reusable, and alternative energy products into your daily routine as possible.

To have the greatest impact we must change our daily habits and consumption patterns at work and at home.

Many of the recommendations in this guild have budget saving benefits, is healthier for your body, and greatly reduces your carbon output 🙂

 

 

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5 Steps That You Can Take To Prevent Global Warming

 

 

Step 1: At Home

 

 

Fossil fuels and coal make up nearly 62%  of how we generate electricity in the U.S.

By increasing your home’s energy efficiency you can save the environment, money on your next electricity bill, and breath cleaner air.

Start by plugging the air leaks in the windows and doors. Adjust your thermostat (lower in the winter and higher in the summer). Replace old appliances and light bulbs with energy efficient models.

Visit the Sustainability Shop to check out Energy Star rated LED light bulbs, electrical outlet sealers, window insulators, and other energy-saving insulation tools.

Download a full list of energy efficiency tips here with the Free Home Energy Audit Guide.

If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you run the machine. Yes, you should still scrape all of the food off before putting the dishes in the dishwasher. Dishwashers today use high heat to take off any food residue left on dishes.

Install solar panels on the roof of your home. You can lease solar panels (learn more by reading “How to Install Free Solar Panels on your Home”)  from a company like Solar City. It’s cheaper to get electricity through a solar lease than it is to purchase electricity directly from the utility company 🙂

Reuse your holiday decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays are the most wasteful time of the year. Just think of all the one-time-use cups, plates, utensils, decorations, gift wrapping, etc. Look for ways to plan eco-friendly parties and events. 

I love the holidays and the idea of spending time with friends and family just as much as you do. Let’s be responsible about how we plan our events so that Mother Nature can have a happy holiday too!

 

Tile Floors in High Traffic Areas:

 

This flooring option has many benefits.

First, tile floors basically last forever (unless you drop a sledgehammer on it and crack the tile itself).

Second (real estate investment tip), due to its durability tile is great for rental properties.

Third, you won’t need to keep replacing the flooring like you would with carpet. This will save you money in the long run and reduces the amount of trash going to our landfills.

Fourth, tile is great for easy cleanup. Liquids can be easily mopped up and won’t stain the floor.

Fifth, tile keeps your home cool in the summer. Add rugs in the winter for a cozy warmer feel. Carpets in the bedroom and rugs in the living areas keep your home warm, your thermostat low, and will save you a chunk of change.

 

 

 

Step 2: Your Daily Routine

 

 

Request that vendors stop sending paper statements. Pay your bills online or via mobile. Remember, every sheet of paper leads to more forest destruction.

Use cardboard matches. Unlike plastic gas-filled lighters, they don’t require any petroleum.

Recycling paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum keeps landfills from growing.

Buy minimally packaged goodsgoods that are packaged in eco-friendly materials, and packaging and products made from recycled materials.

Many of the products found in the Sustainability Shop are packaged in cardboard, recycled paper, or do not have packaging at all.

Bike, walk or take public transportation. Save the car trips for when you can carpool or need to go long distances.

Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop. Read how you can save $1,200 per year by not purchasing that $5 cup of coffee before work. 

Bring your own bag when you shop. Some stores even give you a $0.06 savings for bringing your own shopping bags.

Take fewer napkins, and just use what you need.

Shop vintage and see what you can repurpose from second-hand stores.

Donate what you don’t use to local charities to give your beloved belonging a new life with someone who will appreciate them.

 

 

 

Step 3: Water Conservation

 

 

Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower. Use a WaterSense rated shower head and faucets. WaterSense conversion kits can be found in the Sustainability Shop and can save up to 12,000 gallons of water per year.

Moreover, the conversion kits pay for themselves and take 2 minutes to install. Its small actions like these that make the biggest differences.

Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine.

If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.

When you finish drinking a cup of cold water/juice, water a plant with your leftover ice cubes. 🙂

Here are a few surprising facts about water by The Infographics Show that I bet you didn’t know.

 

 

 

Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste up to 11,000 liters of water per year?

Fixing leaky faucets can save water, energy to filter/transport the water to your home, chemicals to remediate the water after it has been used, and reduce your utility bill 🙂

Lastly, remember to turn off the tap water while brushing your teeth.

 

 

 

Step 4: The Kitchen

 

 

Shopping for food locally supports neighborhood businesses and keeps people employed. Moreover, it helps prevent trucks from driving far distances to transport food.

Food that is sourced locally tastes better because it is fresher and was able to ripen on the vine (instead of a gas chamber).

Shop Smart, plan meals, and use shopping lists to avoid impulse buys.

 

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Remember these? What exactly are they for? How many of these will end up in a landfill 3 years from now?

 

Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need.  Although you may save money by purchasing perishable items in bulk, it does you no good if you end up not eating them because they have over ripened or grown mold.

Buy Funny Fruit 🙂 Many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilizes food that might otherwise go to waste.

Remember, it takes water, transportation, fertilizer, and labor to grow these funny fruits. They need love too!

Read about how you can use meal prepping to fund your retirement account here.

You can find bento lunchboxes, reusable glass containers, biodegradable lunch bags, and reusable silicon bags for food storage in the Sustainability Shop.

Don’t forget to freeze fresh produce and leftovers, if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.

Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to produce meat than plants. You can learn more about the Reducetarian Diet and how the meat industry produces more carbon than the transportation industry in the library section of the Sustainability Shop.

 

 

Step 5: Grow Your Own Food and Compost

 

Composting food scraps can reduce waste that would otherwise need to be transported to a landfill.

Another benefit is that composting recycles nutrients, which can be used to start your own organic vegetable garden.

Nutrients from a compost pile is healthier for you and cheaper than purchasing chemical fertilizers.

 

 

The 10,000 Foot Overview: 

 

Save money today by becoming a Sustainability Hero.

Remember, it is our own lives and futures at stake.

UN scientists have released a warning stating that the world has less than 15 years to reduce the carbon output to nearly 0 or else face serious climate change consequences.

This means that we need to drastically cut back on our carbon output and even start carbon sequestering campaigns to meet this goal.

Take action today, and remember to visit the sustainability shop to start using zero-waste, plastic alternative, and biodegradable products today.

Reduce your single-use waste output and take the Sustainability Pledge.

Becoming a Sustainability Hero has health, environment, and budget benefits🙂

If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you, then pre-enroll for a free mini-course to learn about other money-saving sustainability swaps and actions that you can take to save the world!

Start by changing simple habits and using products that are sustainable/reusable.

 

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Make global warming a hot topic and talk about these issues to your family, friends, and community. Letting them know about these simple actions can help us all make a larger impact.

The more you spread the word, the more a topic “catches fire” and more people become aware of the issue.

If you have enjoyed this content, please remember to spread the word by sharing so that we can help others join us in our efforts to prevent global warming too!

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