5 Easy Ways To Save Energy In The Bathroom

Saving energy can seem like a difficult task, but you’d be surprised how easy it can be! Here a the 5 easiest ways to save energy in your bathroom, and we promise you will hardly notice these small tweaks!

Water Off While You Brush Your Teeth

You would be suprised how many people leave the water turned on while they brush their teeth. It is one of the biggest drains on our water sources, and is such a simple thing to change. Simply turn it on and off as you need to rinse, and you’ll save gallons within your first week!

Skip The Shampoo

Men especially shower more often than necessary. If you don’t want to give up frequent showering, you can save energy by limiting your shampooing to every other shower. This will save you upwards of five minutes shower time, which can really add up! Plus your hair needs a break from washing, since natural oils are great for your scalp.

Use Long Lasting Hair Products

It may seem like common since, but the longer your hair style is cooperating with you, the longer you’ll be able to go without shampooing. For gals try using dry shampoo and a quality hold mouse to keep locks in place, and guys should try one of the best pomade options for their hair type. These small changes will up your style game while saving energy!

Turn The Water Temp Down Slightly

Just modifying your scorching hot shower by bringing down the temperature slightly really helps. Not only will it save precious energy, but taking cooler showers is actually better for you skin too! Win win!

Use Your Blow Dryer On The Cool Setting

This is a great trick to save some energy, and your hair at the same time. Using a lower heat setting on your blow dryer will save your hair from damage, keep you cooler during hot months, and slash the price on your energy bill!

 

Main Sources Of Energy Consumption In Homes

The United States has always loved energy. After it’s invention, we never really slowed down our use of electricity. But have you ever wondered what you are probably using the most energy on? Check out our breakdown of the top sources of energy consumption in the U.S homes.

The number one source of energy consumption in U.S home is space cooling. On average 13% of the homes total energy usage is dedicated to space cooling. This includes HVAC systems, A/C window units, and fans. It may surprise you to see that more of the budget is spent on space cooling than on space heating, but in fact more energy is needed to cool homes in the United States. One way to reduce your consumption in the category is to turn your thermostat up a few degrees when not at home during hot months. Another is to take advantage of your thermostat timer settings and make your system use less energy when you are not home.

The second largest use of energy in homes takes 11% of your budget: Lighting. This includes lamps, overhead lights, outdoor lighting etc. Most people are in a habit of turning on a light as soon as they walk into a room, and do not take advantage of the natural light they have inside. One way to reduce your consumption in this category would be to use motion lights outdoors, which only turn on when you need, and shut off later. Another way would be to simply remember to turn on lights as soon as you leave a room!

The third biggest source of energy consumption in united states homes counts for about 9% of the total bill: Water Heating. This category includes hot showers, your coffee maker, even your heated toilet seat if it has a bidet function! You may not even realize how many appliances you have use hot water! One way to cut down of this expense is to do simple things like wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot or warm. Not only will your clothes last longer, but you will see a cost savings on that energy bill!

Thanks for reading about the main sources of energy consumtion in your home, and best of luck in your energy conservation efforts!

The Impact of High Energy Density Batteries

It’s now 2017 and battery technology has really made leaps and bounds in the last few years.

Energy storage is a really important part of the equation when it comes to moving away from fossil fuels and to renewable sources. This is particularly true in the case of solar energy: the sun doesn’t shine 24hrs a day, but we use electricity at all times of the day and of the night. Having a high density energy storage is key to making solar panels our sole energy source, for example.

Thankfully, lithium-ion batteries, while unstable (as evidenced by the recent cases of hoverboards exploding as well as Galaxy tablets), are a really good solution for our energy storage needs. Its energy density is spectacular, and the batteries (especially the ubiquitous 18650 cells) are really inexpensive. Also, the fires caused by these types of batteries are mainly due to poor manufacturing and less than adequate sensor controls. Even perfectly safe quality checked battery packs are very cheap nowadays.

Efforts to move away from fossil fuels have been spearheaded by companies like Tesla, which has created a hotbed of innovation for battery technology. Especially after their recent purchase of SolarCity — the biggest solar panel provider in the US — things are looking up. The PowerWall is a battery pack that you can install into your home to store energy during the day, so that you may use it at night. Couple this with the new Tesla Solar Roof, and you have a wonderfully efficient, attractive setup.

The most exciting news of all this is that, in a few years, when these technology will drop in price even further, a large portion of the world that’s currently not wired with traditional electric cables will be able to “leapfrog” them and go straight to local energy production through solar panels + batteries. Sort of like mobile phones have leapfrogged landlines in up-and-coming countries like India and China.

So the future for all layers of human society appears bright, as electricity gets more and more affordable, and we move away from deadly greenhouse gases.

 

The Easiest Ways To Save Energy At Home

We all the know that cutting down on energy use is not only good for your wallet, but for the planet. Despite this, many people are concerned that cutting back on their energy use will change their lifestyle. What some don’t know is that there are many simple ways that you can reduce the amount of energy you use everyday, while still leading a normal life. So what are the easiest ways to make changes that will reduce your carbon footprint? Check out our list to find out the best ways to save!

  1. Change or clean the air filter in your furnace once a month. When particles like dust and dirt collect on your filter, it can quickly clog. This makes your furnace use more energy to maintain the temperature. Keeping it clean will ensure it is always running the most efficiently. Setting a monthly reminder on your phone is a great way to make sure you do not forget.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat. Programable thermostats are great because you can set them and forget them. Try reducing the heat 10 degrees when you are at the office during the day, or while you are sleeping at night. This small change can help you to save 10% off your heating bill
  3. Cover hard wood/ tile floors with area rugs. This is a fairly simple change that can quickly make your home feel warmer, without touching the thermostat.
  4.  Use black out- insulating curtains. Black out curtains are great because they keep the sun out. This not only helps you sleep longer, but will keep the house cooler in the warmer months.
  5. Take showers instead of baths. A ten minute shower on average will use less water than a full bath, and reducing the temperature of the water slightly will help you save even more on your energy costs.
  6. Air dry dishes after using the dishwasher. Skip the heated dry feature, and let your dishwasher sit open overnight while your kitchen is not in use.
  7. Don’t leave the fridge door open. Up to 30 percent of cold air can escape when you open it, so plan what you will take out ahead of time. When putting things back, try to do so in one single trip
  8. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescents. Though they may cost slightly more, they last 10 times longer!
  9. Unplug any electrical device when you are not using it. Most appliances, draw power even when turned off. Make sure to unplug items as soon as you are finished using them. Keeping the kitchen counter free of appliances when not in use is a great way to reduce clutter and save energy.
  10. Wash you clothes in cold water. Not only does this save you more on energy, but it also can help colors from fading, and keep your clothes looking their best for longer.

All of these tips are easy ways to save money and every without making drastic changes in your home or lifestyle. We hope these ideas will help you to look at the way you use energy every day and make better choices to save!

The Importance of Energy in Low-Income Communities

Energy is vital to most of our daily lives. From heating to illumination, energy provides essential benefits to our citizens.

That’s why it’s important for energy to be affordable to low-income communities.

Living just above the poverty line in America can be extremely difficult and we are committed to bringing more affordable energy solutions to all those areas that wouldn’t normally have access to them.

Additionally, SEA has the unique opportunity to transition those low-income communities to renewable energy sources which are more granular and thus more efficient (i.e. the distance between energy generation and consumption is reduced, saving energy that would be lost in transit, mainly through heat).

That’s why solar and wind power have helped spur a revolution in low cost energy. And of course, the energy created this way is “clean” — it doesn’t introduce any additional CO2 in the atmosphere. Of course the production of the solar panels and the wind turbines do have a carbon footprint, but, over the life of these devices, the benefits greatly offset the environmental costs. And once the production of those is completely powered with renewable sources, everything will be completely “clean”.

What this means to low-income communities is that energy is going to get greener and cheaper by the day.

We are fully committed to help struggling communities to make the transition to renewable, low cost energy sources.

 

Our Mission

The mission of Southeast Energy Assistance (SEA) is to provide direct assistance to improve the living and housing conditions of low-income families through conservation programs.

“During my term as Mayor of the City of Atlanta, [SEA] delivered one of the most effective City-sponsored programs for low-income citizens, particularly the elderly...I continue to be a strong supporter of SEA’s work.” - Andrew Young

SEA's programs are intended for people living at the poverty level. Priority is given to the elderly and handicapped and statistically, of those served, 80% are female heads of household, 86% are elderly and 95% are minorities. SEA has a history of service to Atlanta's low-income community since 1978.

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