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The Top Three Ways To Keep Your Attic Cool In Hot Weather

Posted on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

When the mercury rises in the summertime, it becomes a challenge to keep your attic temperature cool. This is important to maintain in order to improve the energy costs and general sustainability of your home. You might be clever enough to renovate your attic into an extra room to add value to your home, in which case it is even more important to keep it at a comfortable temperature for livability purposes. In this article you will find the top three tips for keeping your attic temperature low during the hottest time of year.

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From Solar to Battery Powered: The Benefits of Sustainable Boats

Posted on Fri, Aug 15, 2014

If you think about it, sustainable boats are nothing new. From canoes that pioneers used to travel down streams in search of fish and safe places to camp to small sailboats that harness the power of the wind to get around, people have used eco-friendly boats for centuries. Of course, what these crafts share in common in their size—it’s a lot easier to paddle a small canoe than it would a larger vessel that holds multiple people. This is why most larger boats use some non-sustainable type of fuel source, like gasoline or diesel.

Thanks to the boating technology available today, sustainable forms of power are being used to power large sailing boats, houseboats and more.

Solar

A solar boat is an electrical boat that uses the sun to power the engines. Those who spend a lot of time out on the open water away from places where they can connect to electrical sources will typically find that a solar-powered boat is a terrific solution. In addition, harnessing solar power as a sustainable and eco-friendly way to power a boat means less reliance on batteries, which need to be replaced and often run out of juice. The technology for solar powered boats has improved dramatically in recent years, and using this form of energy has many benefits. These include a more quiet sailing experience that is free of pollution, no moving parts that need to be constantly maintained, no more hauling heavy containers of fuel to keep on hand, and a wide range of power choices for the solar units. For example, if you are a boating newbie a smaller system might be a good starter solar power supply. Over time, upgrade to a 75 W or higher solar power unit. Solar-powered boats do look different in some ways than traditional models—equipped with either rigid or flexible solar panels that are permanently affixed to the deck. People who use solar power on their boats need to be sure that they are purchasing panels and connectors made of stainless steel. This will help to prevent the salt water from rusting and damaging the unit.

Electric

Just as electric and hybrid cars and buses are becoming more prevalent on the road, electric boats are becoming more common, according to Boating Industry. Most people who purchase an electric boat are looking for an environmentally-friendly, zero-emission, and quiet way to enjoy time on the water. While some electric motors obtain some of their power from the sun, others are meant to plug in or propel with pedal-run paddles. In many cases, boats that run on electricity look about the same as those that use gasoline. In fact, boat owners can now add an electric power source to their existing craft. Elco is at the forefront of the sustainable electric industry. Elco offers a brushless AC motor that replaces the Earth-unfriendly diesel engine. Electric options are typically more cost effective and can take you further, for longer periods of time. Compared to a typical diesel engine that can travel 76 hours on 50 gallons, the E-Power Electric Hybrid engine can last 221 hours.

Before You Hit the Water

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Let's Talk Shop: Tips for Choosing New Windows

Posted on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

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How to Create an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Posted on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

It may be the smallest room in your house, but your bathroom is where most of your household water use takes place. Between electric shavers, hair dryers, and the retro vinyl record player you sing along with when you’re in the shower (admit it!), you burn a lot of electricity in the loo, too. And, since warm, wet skin absorbs chemicals at a higher rate, you are more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals while in the bathroom than in any other room.

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Eco-Friendly Tire Tips

Posted on Mon, Jul 28, 2014

When your tires start showing wear and tear and you have to replace them, you may want to consider getting tires made with eco-friendly materials. Plenty of factors make tires eco-friendly, and all involve the tires’ environmental impact — from manufacture through its useful life.

With 27 million scrap tires going into landfills, reports the EPA, eco-friendly tires made from sustainable materials are an important priority.

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Sealing In Home Energy Savings

Posted on Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Quick - what is the single most effective thing you can do to save on the cost of heating and cooling your home? Upgrade your windows? Insulate your attic? Replace your furnace and air conditioner with high-efficiency equipment? While all of these measures help reduce energy waste, recent reports cited by the U.S. Department of Energy found the single most effective means of conserving home energy for the majority of U.S. homeowners is air duct sealing.

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Let's Talk Shop: Is it Time for a New Roof?

Posted on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

You’ve probably heard that the average roof lasts about 20-25 years, but how do know for sure when you need a new roof? Are there telltale signs that a roof has reached the end of its life? Yes! Here are a few simple ways to help you determine if you need a new roof (or just repairs):

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Go Green, Get Clean

Posted on Mon, Jul 07, 2014

Think of all the times you have touched countertops that were scrubbed with chemicals, or the amount of time your children spend on floors mopped with the same potentially toxic ingredients. Your hands go to your eyes and mouth. Your children do the same. There is a lot of potential to get chemicals like ammonia, petroleum and phosphorus into your body.

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Taking a Look at the Electric Vehicle Tariff

Posted on Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Energy Tariff Experts (ETE) was founded by a guy who loves cars and utility tariffs. In kindergarten, ETE's founder gave a presentation on Chrysler's 1985 model year line up for show and tell and his interest in cars hasn't abated since. As a result, analyzing Electric Vehicle (EV) tariffs is about the most fun we can have over here at ETE. In this post, we are going to take a close look at Baltimore Gas & Electric's (BGE) Residential EV pilot tariff and discuss how it is different from the standard residential rate.

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#LetsTalkShop with Coastal Windows: Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Living in New England our homes inevitably take a beating each season. Whether it be from wind, hail, rain, snow, or yes, even the sun, Mother Nature takes her toll. Fortunately, the summer offers somewhat of a reprieve for homeowners to perform home maintenance checks and repair any damage from the past year.

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