May 21, 2020

The Most Energy-Efficient Siding Materials for Your Construction

The first line of defense between your building and the elements is its cladding. Harsh winds, baking heat, torrential rain and freezing snow all make contact with your constructions first at their siding. The cladding is the logical place then to begin looking for updates and upgrades to your building’s energy efficiency rating. While the best siding won’t defend against the poorest insulation—quality siding will give you a head start on reducing consumption and saving on energy bills. Here we take a look at some of the most effective and efficient siding options to optimize energy savings, reduce energy bills, […]
May 21, 2020

How to Help Your Tenants Practice Better Energy Habits

Good energy habits work at their best when tackled collectively, by everyone at once. Even a single mindful user can have a notable impact, but by making responsible choices about the way we purchase and use energy, we can all have an exponentially greater effect. As an energy-conscious landlord, helping your tenants to create good energy habits can benefit both parties together as well as the wider community. Often, just the act of taking note of how energy is used and the impact of your own habits can be enough to motivate friends, neighbors, and tenants into action.[1] Taking definitive […]
May 21, 2020

Can We Depend on Renewable Energy Long into The Future?

Renewable energy is perhaps the single most critical and talked about topic in the world today. For over the last 170 years, energy for our vehicles, businesses, and homes have come almost exclusively from fossil fuels.[1] These same fuels have been driving climate change and polluting our air in increasing amounts over the last century.[2] Today, witnessing the effect these fuels are having on the environment around us, many are starting to make the changes required to halt and even reverse its impact. Renewable energy sources are playing the single largest role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and […]
May 21, 2020

3 Ways Small Businesses Can Take Advantage of a Deregulated Market

Since 1989, [1] more and more states have begun to deregulate their energy markets [2]. This has allowed individuals and businesses to choose the supplier that provides their gas, electricity, or both. The remarkable power in deregulation lies in allowing consumers to make energy choices according to the values that matter most to them. For small and medium-sized businesses, these choices offer you the opportunity to align the needs of your company and its mission statement with that of your suppliers, providing a potential competitive advantage you can’t afford to pass on. Whether looking to reduce your carbon footprint, promote […]
January 10, 2020

The Best Connected Devices for Energy and Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

The Internet of Things, a network of smart devices that monitors its environment and interacts with humans, is expanding every year. This network captures and processes incomprehensible amounts of data about us and our behavior, giving it the ability to learn about our preferences. This can be very helpful, and one of the biggest groups of products in this category is designed specifically to help with efficiency and safety within the home. Connected devices such as smart thermostats, energy monitors, and indoor air quality (IAQ) monitors are exploding onto the home automation scene. Major advantages of such products include the […]
January 10, 2020

Why Energy Deregulation is Better for Homeowners and Small Businesses

Energy deregulation has been expanding across states over the last few decades to include either a deregulated market in Gas or Electric, or both. Deregulated markets allow individuals and businesses to choose from several pricing options and suppliers depending upon their personal preferences and corporate values and requirements. Options are broad and can come as a result of increased competition, as well as the ability to satisfy any green power requirements, for example. The examples below illustrate the advantages of deregulation for homeowners and small businesses. The Average Homeowner Most people today can relate to the experience of using an […]
January 10, 2020

What the Rest of America Can Learn from the Ten Greenest U.S. States

Part of the beauty of the United States is the diversity of its distinct geographical regions. This variety extends as well to the culture of each state and how it prioritizes care for the environment. Just how do the states stack up against each other in terms of overall greenness? A frequently cited WalletHub article offers an attempt at answering this question. The article bases its ranking on three criteria: environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate-change contributions. Each of these criteria is divided into smaller sub-categories such as air quality, energy consumption per capita and carbon-dioxide emissions per capita. Even […]
January 10, 2020

The Most Common Indoor Air Pollutants and How to Counter Them

Cooler weather throughout the U.S. during the winter months causes more than just rising heating bills. In many cities, cold temperatures trigger a situation called an inversion, in which air pollution is trapped beneath a pocket of warm or cold air for an extended period. When this happens, breathing outdoor air can become dangerous for at-risk populations including young children, the elderly and people with respiratory illnesses. Although seasonal inversions remind us of a significant environmental problem affecting large groups of people, indoor air quality (“IAQ”) is an important topic to consider all year long. Growing concerns with IAQ have […]