Energy Conservation

5 Driving Tips That Will Save a Very Small Amount of Gas but That You Should Know Anyway

We should exclusively choose UPWARD exits and store our car’s kinetic energy in the form of gravitational potential energy just on principle. Downward exits are inherently flawed either by their design or just because of poor location choice. A resulting reduction in business for DOWN exit establishments as a result of potential energy conscious drivers’ choices is not unwarranted.

How Much Gas Can You Save by Rolling Through Stop Signs? Not as Much as You Might Think.

The energy it takes to accelerate or decelerate is dependent on how fast you are going. It takes a lot more energy to change your speed by say, 10 mph, when you are going fast rather than when you are going slow. A 70-80 mph acceleration takes a lot more energy than a 40-50 mph …

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Consider Passive Solar Potential When Buying or Building a House

What is Passive Solar?     Passive solar house design can be very valuable. Usually when thinking about energy efficiency, we think about insulation, which just KEEPS heat IN your home, but with a passive solar layout, the sun ADDS heat to your home. When the sun shines straight through a window, it radiates about …

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Should You Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water?

Probably only consider it if you have a capable detergent I just listened to Malcolm Gladwell’s “Revisionist History” episode where he shames himself and his colleagues for not saving energy by washing laundry in cold water. He talks to Proctor and Gamble researchers who have been developing detergents that function in cold water. They get …

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Shower Head Savings Calculator: Definitely Get Low-Flow Shower Heads

One of the first things we did to our new house was put in low flow (1.5 GPM) shower heads. This is a simple and significant change. See what changing shower heads could save YOU: Too much info on how the calculator works: The calculator is basically just using the “MCAT ” equation for heat …

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Instant Water Heater or Insulation Wrap? Insulation Wrap Savings Calculator!

Option A for most energy savings: Instant Water Heater Heat is always conducted through the walls of your water heater and getting wasted. The BEST way to save the most and reduce the most heat waste is to get an instant water heater, but you may find that the best situation for you is just …

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