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Ten Ideas, Ten Articles: Beat the Summer Heat

July 8, 2013 | By: 

Stop the Goblin
Ten Ideas, Ten Articles

As we get into the hottest summer months, people all across the U.S. are being encouraged to find ways to save energy and money. If you only read one article this week, make sure to check out the one from the Nanimo News Bulletin – they did a great job of compiling a list of 15 ways to beat the summer heat!

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15 Ideas for Saving Energy with Dishes, Clothes, Bathrooms and ComputersNanaimo News Bulletin wrote an article with 15 commonsense ways to save energy on things you use everyday. They encouraged folks to “Be Lazy” while doing their dishes, and reminded everyone to shut down computers at night to save energy. This is a great list to remind you about important energy saving ideas!

What a Difference a Degree Makes!WickedLocal had a Q&A with their resident real estate experts and explained how each degree that you raise your thermostat in the hot summer months can save 3% on your energy bill. They also gave some other great tips to change minor practices around the house to save energy.

Colorado News Station Reminds Owners of Older Homes to Conduct a Summer Energy Audit – All across the country there are options for summer energy audits (the best people to ask first is your power company), and 9News in Colorado reminded viewers about all of the benefits of conducting an audit in the hot summer months. In some areas, you can even get rebates just for conducting the audit, so like we said, talk to your power company about your options!

Overfilling a Tea Kettle Wastes Big Money – Our friends on the other side of the pond have a well-established penchant for hot tea, but did you know that overfilling a teakettle wastes big energy? The UK Telegraph explored how other seemingly harmless practices around the house can waste energy and money.

Looking to Build an Energy Efficient Home?WBTW news in South Carolina discussed some of the benefits of building an energy efficient home and included a video that explains some of the differences between spray foam and radiant barriers in the walls.

Solar Water Heaters in China but Not the U.S.?ClimateWire wrote an interesting piece about the huge increase of solar water heaters in China, and explained various barriers to their implementation in the U.S. For one, most people already have hot water heaters, and solar systems can cost thousands of dollars in order to pass permit inspections. Seems like there must be a better way!

The Florida Department of Agriculture Launched an Interactive Energy Saving Website -- Florida launched a new website to help residents find ways to save energy at home – they use a really great calculator from the Berkeley Lab’s calculation engine, and they also have an interactive tour that let’s you classify the shape of your home, the number of stories, and then it goes through room by room with specific suggestions.

Cut Hot Showers by Minutes, Save Hundreds Per Year – A lot of the good energy saving tips come from the U.K. this week.  This article from the Nottingham Post explained the costs of long hot showers, and gave some interesting details about how younger people are generally taking up to 25% longer in the shower, with the majority of men spending close to 10 minutes in the shower.

Don’t Cause Heat Gain in the Middle of the Day – Are you like most people and not thinking about what appliances you run during the day? KTVN News in Reno Nevada hosted an interesting video discussion about ways to cut energy, and one of their most unique tips is about various appliances you should think twice before running during the day. And apparently you can clean your refrigerator coils to make them run more efficiently – who knew?!

Germany is Working on Receiving Over 100% from Renewable Energy – If you’ve ever wanted to know how one country is re-writing the book on renewable energy, look no further than Germany. This great article from Renew Economy focuses on which areas in Germany are already producing over 100% of their power from solar, wind and bio-energy. It’s not just big business either – small companies and family homes are leading the way!