Jessie T. Eiland

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher

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How To Economize By Designing Your Utilities Eco-Warm and friendly!

Keep your thermostat in check with the season. Drop your thermostat at bit in the winter and raise it a couple of degrees in the summer. Doing this in conjunction with utilizing layers of clothing can help you use less energy while maintaining a temperature setting that is within reason.

Stop using bottled water. In many cases, bottled water is simply municipal water that has been bottled, and bottling and shipping it wastes lots of energy. You can purchase a water bottle, then add a filter to your tap water and save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run.

Instead of using fuel oil to heat your home, try to make a switch to biodiesel. Depending on your system, you may be able to switch to biodiesel without having to make any modifications to your system. Bio-diesel fuels burn more efficiently and cleaner than conventional petroleum- based fuel oil. Interestingly, homes made out of straw bales are very environmentally friendly. They are a great way to provide insulation, and it’s inexpensive as well. Though you may not be ready to live in a pile of hay just yet, you may want to consider adding onto your existing structure with such a room.

Turn things off when not in use. When you exit a room, be sure that everything has been fully turned off. Power strips are handy, because you can turn a number of devices off with the flip of one switch. Straw bale homes offer unique possibilities for the greener consumers. Straw makes for great insulation as it’s safe, cheap and effective. If you don’t want to build an entire house from straw bales, consider making one of your property’s secondary structures straw-based.

Use a dehumidifier in your home. Humidity makes the air feel warmer. Run a dehumidifier before turning on your air conditioner. You might be able to get away without using the air conditioner. You can remove your laptop battery and run it through AC current if you don’t have to be mobile, which saves on electricity. Its battery continues to draw energy, even when it’s full, so removing it while your computer is still plugged in can conserve some kilowatts and prolong the life of the battery. Replace your toilet with a water-saving model. Toilets account for approximately 50 percent of water usage in the average home. Older toilets use 5 gallons per flush, whereas new models use less than 2 gallons.

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