Posts Tagged ‘conservation’
The heating and cooling systems on our trusty suburban ranch was more than twenty years old when we decided it was time to replace them with new, high efficiency models. So Mary and I began our due diligence on the subject and started comparing available options. When I first learned about geothermal heating and cooling [...]
If you want to attract birds to your backyard there are four things you should strive to provide…food, moisture, cover and housing. We enjoy watching a variety of birds all year long.
Last updated April 25, 2011 We are implementing energy saving strategies to attempt to reduce our energy use at our home by 50% In this post I am going to be updating graphs showing our total energy use for Electric and Gas showing the difference between the average energy usage of the last 5 years [...]
By Mary Francois Deweese – Registered Landscape Architect and Sustainable Site Consultant, Principal of Acorn Landscapes, St. Louis, MO. Today mulch is a staple of the nursery industry and home gardeners are using it with un-cautioned abandon, presumably for the benefit, though sometimes to the detriment, of their plants. This article takes a look at [...]
I wanted to show you how easily you can save money by changing out some of your light bulbs to compact fluorescent or LED. With a few packages of new bulbs we saved 38% off the total cost of running lights in our house. Read more to see exactly how we did it.
One of the factors to consider when choosing a geothermal heating and cooling system are the ramifications of the exterior installation requirements. Unlike traditional systems, there is quite a bit of work that needs to be done outside the home to place the lines in the ground that are needed to carry the liquid that [...]
We’ll be doing a number of posts about our new geothermal heating and cooling system. It is a substantial investment in our home, and will go a long way towards meeting our goals of reducing our energy bills and our carbon footprint. These videos are made from time lapse photography we captured during the outdoor [...]
With our goal of slashing energy costs by 50% over the next two years, we needed to know what we were dealing with in terms of the condition of our house. We decided to get a home energy audit, which can be a great way to understand the current condition of your home for energy [...]
Before we embark on this journey toward a more sustainable suburban homestead, we need to establish where we’re starting in terms of our energy usage. After all, if we have a goal of cutting our energy usage by 50% over the next two years, we need to know how much energy we’re using now and [...]