Energy Savings Tips for your Washing Machine

Raise your hand if you know that the washing machine in your living space uses water, requires some sort of detergent, and that this combination uses energy thus costing money.

                Looks like we have a smart following here at EZ Glide!  Majority of people understand this and I have oversimplified the opening statement.  Now, raise your hand if you know the factual statements below…

·         Average household completes 400 loads of laundry per year

·         Average load of laundry (utilizing top load washing machines) consumes 40 gallons of water per load

·         New (relative term, they have been around) front load washing machines only use 20-25 gallons of water per load; saving approximately 7,000 gallons of water per year (approximately 38% savings in water usage per household)

·         Front loading machines also use about 70% less energy resulting in a 56% savings in hot water usage

Be honest, not so many hands went up!  A lot of people now have front loading washing machines for one reason or another which is great.  If you do, don’t stop reading… there are still some useful tips to come.  If you don’t have a front loading washing machine you are wasting water, energy, and money every time you start a load of laundry.  I recommend when you are financially able, upgrade.  I know it is easier said than done… but it is an investment that overtime will pay dividends back.

Regardless what type of washing machine you have, check out some quick common sense tips below.  I didn’t need to research this material… I just got to thinking about it.  We all know these things… but knowing about them and actually acting on them are two different things, so they are worth a reminder!

·         Use cold water (water does not get extracted from the ground warm/hot, it takes energy which costs us money); unless you just completed a mud run on a rainy day… hot water is simply not necessary to get clothes clean.

·         Read the detergent labels, and only use what is recommended or less!  Try using a smaller dose than recommended, I find that my clothes are just as clean (detergent companies just put me on their black list!).

·         Many machines have the following sizes for loads which directly represents how much water is used; small, small/medium, medium, medium/large, large.  Now, yours may not say exactly that, but you get my point.  Try using one level lower.  To clarify, I am not telling you to stuff your machine to the max and put the setting on small!  Use the common sense factor… it is often too easy just to flip it to the medium or large level when it may not be necessary.  I know, I’m nit picking, right!  Truth is though, everything adds up… most importantly; the dollars here and there you save add up!!

For further information in regards to this subject or to reference the site that sparked my thoughts and this blog, please visit the website below:

http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/appliances/washers.html

Joseph Salgado, Chief Environmental Officer

Furnace filters and thermostats; Part II

If you read my recent blog then two things are inevitably true…

1.      You have purchased at least one EZ Glide Draft Blocker.

2.      You don’t want to hear about how losing warm air (winter) and cool air (summer) from your homes can waste energy and money for a while.

Because I understand these two things, this will be my last time (at least for a while) referencing this subject!  So what else could there be to talk about?  That’s what I thought, until browsing the web today and coming across a few interesting recommendations on how to save money and energy.  I have posted below what I read, and then placed in italics my recommendations/reinforcements (I am essentially supporting the statements… just altering them a bit):

1.      Install a programmable thermostat:  Programmable thermostats will automatically lower the heat or air conditioning at night and raise them again in the morning.  They can save you $100 a year on your energy bill.

a.      This can be true… IF YOU program them right!!  A strong argument can be made that people spend more money and energy after purchasing a programmable thermostat because they don’t program them right! It is up to the individual to monitor the temperature in your home.

2.      Move your thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer:  Almost half of the energy we use in our home goes to heating and cooling.  You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.

a.      I like this because it reinforces the idea to break out of your comfort zone and adjust the thermostat.  It also states factual information about the reduction of carbon dioxide.  I would reinforce this statement by using the rule of 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.  Just try it… after a day or two you won’t know the difference in temperature, just the difference in your utility bills!

3.      Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner:  Cleaning a dirty air filter can save 350 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

a.      I love this one; it is the common sense factor.  I have placed an emphasis on saving energy and money… well; if you don’t change your filters than your air conditioner/heater will have to work harder (spending more energy and money), and you will not have clean air being filtered throughout your living area!

I have now successfully run a subject that had already run its course a bit further!  Check your air filters and adjust your thermostats… and save yourself some money all while engaging in energy saving practices!

For further information in regards to this subject or to reference the site that sparked my thoughts and this blog, please visit the website below:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_can_the_average_person_do_to_prevent_global_warming

Joseph Salgado, Chief Environmental Officer

Heating / Cooling Cost Management: The Basics

The topic of what temperature to set your home thermostat in the winter in order to save money and energy has run its course.  Whether you own a thermostat that can be auto-programmed or adjusted manually; you don’t have to research hard to find the basics…

1.       Keep the temperature at 68 degrees

2.       Turn it lower when you are asleep or not at home

3.       Use alternative methods such as the EZ Glide Draft Blocker under your door and weather stripping to reduce heat loss

This has been such a hot topic (no pun intended) because in these tough and unpredictable economic times we are all trying to save every dollar.  In addition, “going green” and being environmentally friendly is the new trend which gains more momentum by the day.  The facts show…

1.       11% of heat loss is from doors

2.       Heating and Cooling represents 56% of an average homes energy consumption

3.       Every degree between 60 and 70 degrees represents a 5% swing in energy costs

So, if we have all heard this before, and with spring upon us… why is any of this relevant?  It is relevant because the same concept applies in the summer as in the winter.  It is the perfect time to think about energy saving opportunities with the Season change upon us and to implement those changes!  Here are a few things to keep in mind over the next few weeks while you are completing your spring cleaning…

1.       Turn off the Heat/Air every chance you get and open the windows.  This will save time, energy, and also let some free flowing air sweep out the stale air trapped all winter.

2.       As the summer months get closer and air conditioning is needed, keep it programmed around 78 degrees.  You will be surprised how comfortable this can be.  If it is slightly warmer than your norm… turn on a fan.  You will get used to it… and best of all, save money and energy by doing so!

3.       Leave your EZ Glide Draft Blocker on the door, or jump online and purchase one.  There is no sense in monitoring your thermostat without emplacing reinforcing methods such as the EZ Glide.  This is like working out 2 hours a day, but maintaining a steady diet of Fast Food… you will never achieve your desired results!  The bonus here is the great aesthetic look of the EZ glide along with the fact that once you place it on your door… you are done, it will offer you protection 24/7… 365!

Enjoy the change of season, and keep these tips in mind to save energy and money! 

Joseph Salgado, Chief Environmental Officer

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For more information on the Ez Glide Draft Blocker, click here to listen to the audio of the March 3rd Live Interview with Michael King the “Cajun Contractor”, on Home Talk USA.

Ez Glide Radio Interview moved up to Prime Time!

The interview with Michael King on Home Talk USA has been moved up to 3:00pm central time this Saturday, March 3rd. Tune in for more information on our product, and company. We’ll be mixing it up with the self proclaimed “Cajun Contractor”, recognized as the number one home talk show by Google, and the most recognized name in home improvement radio. Thanks for listening!

Upcoming Ez GlideTM Live Interview on Home Talk Radio

On Saturday March 3rd, at 5:30pm, AJ&M Products will be interviewed live by the “Cajun Contractor” Michael King.  Tune in to www.gnclive.com or www.hometalkusa.com to listen and learn first hand about the new Ez Glide Door Draft Blocker, and its innovative and convenient approach to protecting your home from the elements.

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How does the Ez Glide help prevent heat loss?

Today we’ll take a quick digression to answer the question: why does the Ez Glide draft stopper design work so well at reducing door gap heat loss? 

As we discussed in previous blogs, there are 3 methods for heat transfer/loss: Radiation, Conduction, and Convection.  When we feel a cool draft from air leaking in from under the door, and see the temperature on the thermostat drop as a result, what we are experiencing is heat loss through convection, or the transfer of heat through the movement of fluids.

The Ez Glide is uniquely designed to address this by developing a seal between door and floor, thereby closing the gap and blocking the draft.  Furthermore, it does this through easy installation, and a design that allows it to stay in place and move over all types of floor surfaces as the door is opened and closed.

But the Ez Glide takes the protection one step further.  By trapping dead air inside the weather resistant cover, the air acts as an insulating barrier, allowing the Ez Glide to slow heat loss caused by conduction, or the transfer of heat through solids.  See the illustration below: 

Ez Glide Heat Loss Illustration

Through this unique double protection, and its non-stop, around the clock protection, the Ez Glide certainly makes an excellent and economical choice as a first step in your effort to reduce your home’s heat loss.