Winterize Your Home – Electricity Saving Tips
Dec19

Winterize Your Home – Electricity Saving Tips

Mercury is falling and you can feel the chill in the air. Yes, winter is approaching. As we put off fans and air conditioners and turn on the heat, most of us don’t realize how much we are spending to keep ourselves warm. It is winter, but you will still wonder why your electricity bills aren’t dropping. Surprising but true, hundreds of efforts done to winterize your home actually end up in higher electricity bills. And you are actually posing a threat to the environment with high energy consumption. So, how can you be warm and comfortable inside your home while cutting off those seasonally high electricity bills? Here are some fantastic electricity saving tips to winterize your home and make it warm and cozy, conserve energy, and prevent global warming at the same time. Check Your Home’s Insulation In an older home, insulating the attic is perhaps one of the most cost-effective ways to cut down home heating costs. Many homes are built with little or no insulation and hence, large amount of heat is lost through floors, walls, and ceilings. You can also insulate the attic hatch or door or weather-strip it to prevent warm air from escaping from the top of the house. Cover or seal all holes such as ventilations, open wall tops and duct, electrical or plumbing runs that are a big energy waster. Insulating your home may not only keep your home warm and cozy, but also prevent energy wastage. Check for Leaks     Leaks and improperly sealed houses can lead to almost 10-15% of your heating bills. To save energy and keep your home warm, follow these tips: Check whether your windows are leaking because they have the maximum chance of doing so. If yes, replace them with new and more efficient ones. Though replacing windows can be expensive, you can think in the long run how it can save your energy bills in winters to come  Check windows and doors for drafts and leaks. If you find holes that are causing heat to escape, add caulk or weather-strip, and seal the doors properly Every wire, duct or pipe that goes through the ceiling, wall or floor can cause energy wastage. To prevent this, seal all these with weather-stripping or caulking Thoroughly examine the ducts for any leaks. Over the time, the ducts can become crushed, torn or flattened, causing warm air to escape without you even knowing about it Check the Heating System Often, an old heating system may be the main culprit eating away a major portion of your electricity bill. Here are some tips to ensure your heating system...

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Energy Saving Tips – Help for The Home
Nov30

Energy Saving Tips – Help for The Home

Showing your concern for the environment begins with small gestures mostly at the personal level. It can be something quite simple yet with far reaching consequences as replacing all the light bulbs in your home with energy saving compact fluorescent varieties. As the saying goes, Charity begins at home! So if you want to do something worthwhile for the environment, begin with small, almost imperceptible steps toward saving energy. Turn off the lights and plug appliances that are not in use. This way you will be able to,     Reduce your utility bills significantly     Help protect the environment     Improve your comfort level Here are some effective energy saving tips from the experts at Umang Realtech! No giant leaps mind you, just simple practical steps to get you on the way towards bigger benefits. 1.    Ensure proper home insulation: Wastage of energy mainly results from insufficient insulation. Hot or cold air leaking outside signifies that it’s time to do something to stop this waste. It puts pressure on heating or cooling system reflected in high, energy bills. The focus should be on crawl spaces, attics, ceilings, walls, and floors where leaks are mostly present. Measured in R-values, the higher it is, better the insulation. 2.    Programmable thermostat installation: Why keep the thermostat at optimal levels when you and your family are not present at home? Doesn’t it put undue pressure on the temperature control unit? Ideally, you should install a programmable thermostat that lowers the temperature in your absence and again ups the same when everybody returns. The thermostat can be used similarly in reverse when it comes to the functioning of your air conditioning. Digital thermostat units are the best choice since these are completely programmable for different times during the day. 3.    Consistent temperature is the way to go: Lowering the temperature unnecessarily overnight puts that much pressure on the cooling system to bring it up again during the morning. So, the energy you save by keeping it low during the night ultimately goes waste. What is the ideal temperature setting then? According to most popular thermostat manufacturers in the market, you should ideally dial down to 7° for at a stretch 7 hours and this will help to maximize the energy savings. 4.    Plug all the drafts: As mentioned before temperature leakages is the bane to effective energy saving. Therefore, it is necessary to plug the drafts in all the obvious and danger areas across the house. Examine window and door edges thoroughly to check for air leaks, re-caulk frames, add a door draft skirt, and install double/triple glazing for effective energy efficiency. 5.    Regular...

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Fly-Ash Bricks
May31

Fly-Ash Bricks

Our Homes are Our Dreams made of Bricks and Mortar With the concept of sustainable living catching up, this catchphrase might need a slight twist – Our Homes are Our Dreams made of Fly-ash Bricks and Mortar. Fly-ash Bricks are Eco-friendly Bricks FABs (Fly-ash Bricks) are eco-friendly bricks and that’s what makes them the most viable option in this day and age of Green Living. They have two major advantages over clay bricks. One, they are stronger than clay bricks and two, being made of fly-ash, a by-product of coal based power generating plants which was earlier a nuisance to dispose, they are good for the environment too. FAB is a “green” product which is helping save precious landfill space which was earlier being used to dispose unused fly-ash. Now, that unused ash is being used to manufacture bricks. What’s more important is that these bricks, especially, ‘the fly-ash sand lime bricks’ can be manufactured the green way. In this method the fly-ash mixes with lime at ambient temperature while the brick cures. These bricks are air cured for 24-48 hours and then steam cured in autoclave at desired pressure and temperature. This is a sustainable manufacturing process. There’s another process in which ‘the burnt-clay fly-ash bricks’ are made and fired in a kiln at about 1000 degree Celsius. The previous method is a sustainable one, saves energy, and also reduces mercury pollution. Both types of bricks are being manufactured though most people are adopting the sustainable method to manufacture ‘the fly-ash sand lime bricks’. Even when these bricks are not being manufactured in the greenest possible way, they still are saving the environment from fly-ash – an industrial waste and a pollutant. Fly-ash Bricks Vs Clay Bricks Practitioners of sustainable living are in favour of fly-ash bricks, because they are eco-friendly, but that’s not all. Fly-ash bricks are becoming popular, because they have many advantages over conventional clay bricks. Here are a few: They have dense composition and high compressive strength which gives them higher load bearing capacity They are uniform in shape and size and have a smooth finish. They help saving in mortar up to 25%  mortar and saving in plaster up to 15% , because of even shape and size. They have higher moisture resistance, as their water absorption ability is much lower than clay bricks. This reduces chances of dampness on walls. They are less porous and have a thermal conductivity of 0.90-1.05 W/m2°C as opposed to the thermal conductivity of clay bricks which is 1.25 – 1.35 W/m2 ºC. Thus, they have better thermal insulation than clay bricks. They don’t absorb heat; rather, they reflect...

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The Importance of Practicing Recycling
May26

The Importance of Practicing Recycling

Recycling – An Environment Friendly Approach Recycling is the production of new products or materials from (recyclable) materials that would otherwise be considered waste. The process of recycling includes collecting recyclable materials, sorting them out, and sending different materials to different areas for processing. These processed raw materials are then sent to manufacturing units where different kinds of products are made from them. Today, you find more and more recycled products being used everywhere. Some of these products have total recycled content and some have partial recycled content. Common house hold items that are made from recycled material include newspaper, tissue paper, paper napkins, aluminium rolls, plastic containers and bottles, paper bags, steel cans etc. Key Benefits Recycling is a key strategy to reduce solid waste that is sent to landfills and incinerators. However, there are other benefits of recycling too – It helps conserve natural resources such as wood, water, and minerals It reduces pollution by reducing the consumption and need to collect new raw materials It reduces energy usage It reduces greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane) emissions that are major reasons for global warming It helps sustain the environment It promotes the use of green technologies It has created new employment opportunities in the recycling and manufacturing industries world over. Recycling helps economy. The 3R’s – Reduce…Reuse…Recycle Recycling can’t be viewed in isolation. It is one of the waste management options in the solid waste hierarchy and therefore, when you think of recycling, you should think of all the three components (reduce, reuse, and recycle) as one whole idea. In a waste hierarchy, the waste management options are ranked from the most sustainable to the least sustainable. In this hierarchy “reducing” is the best option and “disposal” the worst. Reduce – If you don’t need something, don’t get it and prevent waste.  The first step towards zero waste is to reduce production of waste.  For instance, people tend to get too much food stuff from the market (even things they don’t consume much) and then they have to throw away some of these food items, as their usability date expires. This wastage can be reduced if you buy only those food items that are more likely to be consumed. Reducing waste is as simple as this example.  The aim is that individuals and communities reduce waste, recycle more, and use resources sustainably. Reuse – If you have to buy something, buy something that can be used again. Reusing is using things again and again in their original form. A good example is using reusable nappies (real nappies) as against the disposable ones, because a disposable nappy...

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Summer Time Energy Saving Tips
May12

Summer Time Energy Saving Tips

Summer season is here. It is time to beat the heat with ice-creams, mango shakes, thandai, and of course, by taking a plunge in the pool. While you can keep off the heat by doing all these things, one thing can still make you sweat – your electricity bill!  Summer time means hefty electricity bills. Why is it so? Let’s find out. Summer in India Summer season in India is characterized by scorching sun and hot winds called “Loo”. Summer season heats up the Indian subcontinent to such an extent that all forms of life – plants, animals, and humans are left parched. The earth gets baked and there is little or no farming done in the months of May and June. The sun beats down on animals, birds, and humans alike; everyone looks for ways and means to keep themselves cool.  Animals and birds look for some puddles of water to quench their thirst and cool off their bodies. Man too looks for different ways to beat the heat. In villages, men spend a greater part of the day relaxing under the cool shade of mango, pepal, or banyan trees after having finished whatever little farm work they have while the womenfolk finish household chores early and then relax under some tree in the courtyard of their houses. Due to lack of electricity, they either use hand-fans for fanning or spread wet sheets like curtains near their cots to get cool air; when the breeze blows, it picks up the cool water from the surface of the wet sheets producing cool air, thus giving respite to village folks, many of whom don’t even have access to electricity. In cities though, where electricity is easily available, people use water coolers and A/Cs to keep their homes, offices, and shops air cooled. However, this means paying hefty electricity bills. Summer Time is High Energy Consumption Time Talking about summer and energy consumption, it is a known fact that in India energy consumption in cities is far too higher than in villages.  This energy consumption escalates further more in summer months. The reason being increased use of A/Cs, coolers and electronic appliances such as refrigerators, water filters, invertors, and water. So, summer is the time when your electricity bill can skyrocket if you don’t keep in mind a few dos and don’ts to save energy. There are two ways to bring down energy consumption. One is by keeping your homes cool naturally; and two, by following some simple tips on how to use electronic appliances judiciously. Keeping Your Home Cool Naturally As the temperatures soar, the electricity bills also soar. The...

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