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4 Tips to Conserve Energy in Your Home

4 Tips to Conserve Energy in Your Home

There are many components of a home that use energy. Usually, this usage results in an electric bill that leaves you shaking your head and making you check your bank account. Not only does using a lot of energy hurt your wallet, it also puts a strain on the infrastructure and the environment.

Being eco-friendly is a cultural trend that’s gaining in popularity. A new survey by EliteFixtures revealed that the average American is three times more likely to report making a conscious effort to conserve in the home if they believe humans have a direct impact on climate change.

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    So, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bill, here are some steps you can take.

    1. Turn off what you’re not using

    This is a small, easy way to conserve energy. Think about all the lights you might leave on in your house – that’s just wasted energy and wasted money. Not only that, but you’re burning up the life of the bulb needlessly.

    Outside of lights, think about the electronics that you might leave on. Are you still watching the TV? Did you leave it on when Netflix stopped and just forgot to turn it off? What about a speaker playing music when you’re doing something else? All these things add up. Making an effort to think about turning them off is a start for savings.

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    2. Adjust the thermostat

    One of the highest energy-consuming things for your home is your heating and cooling. Sure, we all want to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but at what temperature can you be comfortable? Adjusting the thermostat by just a couple degrees will definitely make an impact on how much energy you’re using.

    If you’re really looking for savings and ways to reduce your carbon footprint, consider buying a programmable thermostat. These handy devices let you set a schedule for your home. You can have it change the temperature so it’s not in use as much when you’re not home. Or if you like it set a certain way at night but don’t care as much during the day, you can program it for that.

    3. Switch out old light bulbs and fixtures

    Another small way to reduce your home energy consumption is to switch out old light bulbs and fixtures, such as shower heads and faucets. Switching to CFLs can reduce energy use by up to 75 percent. If you want to spend a little more upfront, LED bulbs are also energy efficient and can last for years. It’s a small investment to save you both time and money in the long run.

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    Also, consider switching out your faucets and shower heads to something more efficient. There’s plenty of stylish options out there that are also eco-friendly. You’ll reduce the amount of water you use, which helps you and helps the environment.

    4. Check insulation and windows

    This option could be a bit pricier, but it can be worth it. If you’re in an older house, chances are the insulation and the windows are outdated. Those outdated windows can easily leak out the temperature-controlled air from your house. That’s making your AC unit or furnace work harder and consume more energy.

    Likewise, replacing or adding insulation to your attic will keep the cool air in your house during the summer, increasing the efficiency of your unit. If you’re using a contractor, a good standard is to reach “R30,” which is something they should understand.

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    Energy can cost a lot, especially in peak heating and cooling months. No one likes paying more for something than they should, so be mindful of changes you can make both large and small. Additionally, using less energy is a great way to put less stress on the environment, and going green is rarely a bad thing.

    Featured photo credit: Elite Fixtures via elitefixtures.com

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    Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

    Is It Necessary To Follow Traffic Rules?

    On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

    Common Sense

    There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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    Motorcycles

    Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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    Walking

    People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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    Final Thoughts

    The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

    Of course, we all live in an era where all of us are in a hurry and one simply cannot afford to waste time. But, being hasty can bring a lot more trouble and can basically cause more delay. There is no mad science to resolve road accidents or to keep ourselves safe and secure while on the streets. It all depends if all of us will submit to the traffic rules the government has set before us.

    What are your thoughts about following traffic rules?

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