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5 ways to stay cool this summer

With the most recent heat waves in the North East you’re most likely trying to find ways to stay cool. There are some ways you can stay cool without using that air-conditioner.

Whether you are trying to go Eco Friendly or just trying to save some money this summer, finding ways to stay cool without using the air-conditioner can help.

Here are 5 ways to stay cool this summer:

1. Trouble sleeping?
There are a few ways to keep your bed cool and sleep in comfort. Before you go to bed put a sheet in the freezer for about an hour or two before you go to bed. Another trick is to take one of your water bottles and fill it with ice cold water, and place the bottle on the back of your knees to cool your legs.

2. Graze instead of eating big meals
Have you ever eaten a large meal and felt your body get warmer? Even if the meal was warm, that’s not the only reason. Protein enrich meals force your body to stoke its metabolic fires which make your body feel warmer. The solution? Eat smaller meals, and more frequently. Not only is it healthier, you’ll feel cooler as well.

3. Change your light bulbs
Have you still put off replacing your Bulbs with energy efficient ones? CFL Bulbs can save you 75% in energy savings, and they also put off significantly less heat than conventional bulbs. Have you ever wondered why conventional bulbs are used on farms to keep the chickens warm? The only thing these bulbs are doing for you is providing you with mini heaters throughout your home during one of the hottest times of year. The best way to stay cool is to switch the conventional bulbs with Energy Efficient CFL Bulbs. Not only will you be staying cool, you’ll be saving electricity and money as well.

Check out our Energy Savers section to learn more.

4. Close your blinds
By closing your blinds the sun won’t be radiating as much heat through your home as if they were open. You can still keep the windows open if there’s a small breeze flowing through, but closing your blinds alone should reduce the amount of heat coming from your windows when the sun is shining. Another technique to staying cool would be to provide shade near your windows. Check out our Shading Energy Savers to learn more about shading techniques.

5. Use a Fan
If you have room Ceiling Fans can provide the most amount of coolness. But if you don’t have room or the budget to install a ceiling fan, a vertical fan can work just as well. By installing fans you’ll get the circulation needed to move the air around in your home without the expensive costs of running an air-conditioner.

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Do you have any more cooling tips you’d like to share? What ways are you able to stay cool whether you’re saving electricity, or your air-conditioner breaks?

Your partner in living a greener life,
Mark Lane
President Eco York, LLC

Celebrate a Green Thanksgiving

We all  look forward to this time of year.  The leaves change color, the smell of a hot meal brewing in the crock pot, family get together, friends and family gathering around a nice cozy fire.  However sometimes we forget about Staying Green and eating Healthy.  Thanksgiving is of course one of the holidays we all are waiting for all year round.  Whether you’re a vegetarian, or not there’s always something to enjoy during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Family from out of town comes in to visit and the smell of Turkey and Dumplings fill your house.  This is the time of year to be grateful for everything you have and to think of others who might not be as fortunate.

One of the things you can do to show how grateful you are is to volunteer at a local food bank, or even donate some cans of food that have been collecting dust in the back of your cabinet.  In addition to helping others there are some things you can do to help the environment during this holiday season as well.

Use your Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher make sure you use it this holiday season.  A dishwasher uses about 1/6 the amount of water as if you were to wash your dishes in the sink.

You can also make your own Eco-Friendly Dish Detergent.  Grate about 2 oz of soap and mix with Hot water. Mix in Borax and washing soda. Stir the mixture until it’s nice and thick. Pour the mixture into a container and let it thicken overnight.  You can then use this mixture when loading your dishwasher after your holiday meal.

Eliminate temptation to overeat

One tip to not over eating is limiting temptation to overeat.  When you’re setting the table for your guests this holiday season, instead of putting the food directly on the table try putting the food on a counter away from where everyone will be sitting.  This technique will help eliminate the temptation to gourge and throw more food on your plate than you normally would.  If anyone wants anything to eat now they’ll have to get up to get it, which will help them think about if they really should go for seconds or thirds.

Traveling Tips

If every family would eliminate the unnecessary need to travel this holiday season you could save about 1 gallon of fuel and we would reduce green house gas emissions by about 1 million tons.  Instead of traveling far, invite your family over to your home this holiday season.  If it is necessary to travel to your holiday destination, then make sure you set your thermostat and turn off the lights while you’re gone.

What to do with the Leftovers?

One of the first things you can do is find your local food bank or homeless shelter and donate your leftovers to the less fortunate.  Use biodegradable containers and make sure you encourage your guests to take food home with them.  If you’ve prepared a big meal there’s no sense in letting the food sit in the freezer or refrigerator for months only to be thrown out and wasted later on.  Instead portion out your leftovers so that nothing is wasted and any food that can’t be saved should be donated or portioned out to your guests.

Recycle

We know most of you probably recycle on a daily basis, but sometimes during the holidays we can forget the basics.  Clearly mark any recycle bins or areas where your guests can place recyclable items during your holiday get together.  Any plastic containers, beverage containers, or packaging should be recycled to avoid unnecessary items making it to the landfills.

Remember Holidays are all about getting together with family and friends and being grateful for what you have.  Make sure you travel safe (if you need to travel), and follow these simple saving tips to make it a safe and Green Thanksgiving this year.

Happy Holidays!

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President Eco York, LLC

Fall Energy Saving Tips

Interested in saving money this fall?

In a tough economy everyone is seeking different solutions to save money, but you should take these tips and utilize them even when the economy bounces back.

Take a shower instead of taking a bath

Typically a bath will take more water than a shower.  One simple test you can do is take a shower with the plug in the tub.  After your done check to see how full the tub gets. If you take relatively short showers, and use a low-flow showerhead then you will save money by taking a shower over a bath.

Low-flow shower heads can reduce your home water consumption as much as 50%, and reduce your energy cost of heating the water also by as much as 50%.

Turn down your water heater temperature

Set your water heater to the lowest temperature setting, which still will provide you with sufficient amounts of hot water. By reducing your water heater temperature you can decrease your energy costs.  If your water heater is in an unheated room, you can also insulate your water heater with blankets.

Lighting

Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room. You should also replace incandescence with compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75% less energy and lasts about 10 times longer.

Clean your refrigerator

Refrigerators use a lot of electricity, but by maintaining your refrigerator, you can reduce these energy costs. Vacuum the coils on the back of the refrigerator, and check to make sure the temperature is sufficient.  You will want to make sure it’s not too cold to waste electricity, but cold enough to keep your food fresh.

Open your blinds

When it gets cold the easiest way to help heat your home is by sunlight.  If you have energy efficient windows the sun can help keep your home warm in the colder months, and help keep it cool in the summer.  Solar heat is free, so utilize it to your advantage.

Lower your thermostat

First you should make sure you have an energy efficient programmable thermostat.  You should also make sure that the setting is no higher than 68 degrees when you are home, and lower the temperature when you are in bed or away.  For every degree that the thermastat is lowered you could save 2% off of your heating bill.  By lowering the temperature by 10 – 15% each day, you could be saving 10% a year on your energy costs.

Weather proof your home

Make sure you use cauk on your windows and doors. This can help keep the cold air out, and the heat inside.  Reducing the leaks in your home could reduce your heating bill by another 10%. Make sure to check doors, floors, walls, ceillings, ducts, fireplaces, fans, vents, and windows.

Rake instead of using leaf blowers

This is a simple saving tip that everyone could use.  Not only by raking instead of using an electric or gas leaf blower will you be saving energy, but you’ll also be exercising in the process.

These are just a few tips that you can use to reduce your energy costs this fall.  You can also save by creating personal budgets, and eating healthy.  If you’d like to create a personal budget feel free to check out our personal budget calculator .

Your partner in living a greener life,

Mark Lane
President, Eco York, LLC