Have you ever worried about losing the hot and cold air that you have in your home to your attic? It’s like a black hole where energy gets sucked into, never to be seen again. This wastes not only energy but money! When you think about how much money it takes to heat/cool your home, you want to do everything and anything you can to hold onto it. We have a solution for you and the name of this solution is Attic Tent.
Attic Tent is an easy and affordable do-it-yourself solution for making your home more comfortable and less expensive to heat in the winter and cool in the summer! Statistics show that nearly half of all the energy used in your home is wasted and the fact is that heating and cooling inefficiencies are the major cause. You hear about people paying hundreds and hundreds of dollars on thermal pane windows and storm doors to try and resolve this problem yet they overlook the area recognized as one of the home’s hot spots for energy loss-the attic opening. Energy Star, the US Department of Energy program for energy efficiency, considers the “Attic Hatch” and “Behind Kneewalls” as the attic areas most commonly needing air sealing in a house.
Attic Tent is an insulated covering that fits around the attic opening and creates a thermal barrier so you start saving energy and money almost instantly. This cover has a dual double opening made of durable micro-fiber insulation that is assured to last for years. It also reduces the flow of dust and allergens from the attic which overall improves the air quality in your home.
The attic tent not only weatherizes your home for the winter by keeping the warm air from rising into your attic and escaping your home, but it is also just as important for the summer months. In the warm months of the year the attic tent prevents the cold air in your home from being pushed up into the attic, losing this air that is cooling your home in the heat of summer.
Overall this product is easy to use, lightweight, and available in variety of sizes to fit over most attic openings.
Check out the link here to order your Attic Tent today! http://www.theenergyconscious.com/attictent.html
The past two weeks we have been introducing you to AC Draftshield products and informing you on the capabilities of these energy efficient products. We have described how these air conditioning vent covers are designed to winterize your home, provide energy audits in your home, and to “”zone off” certain areas of you home. Now we would like to introduce you to a new capability of AC Draftshield vent covers. The concept I am speaking of is contamination prevention.
If you were to look in your air ducts all you would see is dust and dirt that is being carried throughout your home by the air that is flowing throughout these ventilation systems. This could potentially pose health risks and contamination in your home.
In order to prevent this from happening in your home you can use AC Draftshield covers to block these dust particles and unhealthy contamination from flowing through your home.
This concept could also be used in hospitals, a place where extra precaution needs to be taken when it comes to closing off contamination.
These products are simple to install and the specially designed foam matrix is designed to form to irregular surfaces without leaving marks or stains on your walls.
Check out our website to look at all the AC Draftshield products we offer at The Energy Conscious
Think about how much energy you waste every year by heating and air conditioning rooms in your home that you never even step foot into. Your kids go off to college and you close their bedroom doors for months at a time but continue to pay to keep their rooms cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But why? Why waste the energy and why waste the money?
We would like to introduce you to a new and major application we discussed this week with the management team of AC Draftshield. This application is called “zoning off” and it refers blocking off ventilation in a specific room to stop the energy flow from reaching rooms that are never used!
Last week we told you about the US made AC Draftshield vent cover and explained what this product is and how it is used. This week we would like to extend on the functionality of this product and make it known that this new concept of “zoning off” areas of rooms is a highly effective way of saving energy and money in your home. These covers are sold at very reasonable prices and come in different shapes and sizes to perfectly fit the vents that you need to block. All you have to do is cover the specific vents in your home that exist in rooms which you feel you are not utilizing enough to fully heat and air condition. Installation could not be any simpler due to the specifically engineered foam matrix that is designed to conform to irregular surfaces for the best draft seal possible.
Remember “zoning off” and tell your friends about it!
Check out our website here! http://www.theenergyconscious.com/
Have you ever contemplated the fact that you might be losing energy in your home from the large vents in your air conditioning unit? If air can so easily enter your home through these openings don’t you think air can just as easily escape? The answer is yes.
Hot air produced by heating systems in fall/winter lose thermal values of 30% or more through the central air duct system. Heated air rises, and is drawn through unsealed central air conditioning vents into ductwork in the cold attic. The air is re-introduced as icy drafts through lower vents. A 15 to 20 degree difference often exists between upper heated room air and lower register re-cycled cold air, emitted from lower air ducts. That seems like wasted energy to me!
The AC Draftshield central air conditioning vent cover is designed to winterize your home by blocking drafts from your open central air conditioning vents. These covers are designed with a specifically engineered foam matrix and conform to irregular surfaces for the best draft seal possible. And due to the fact that this product is gentle on your walls and ceilings, you don’t have to worry about it leaving marks or yellowing these surfaces.
AC Draftshield also provides a product for energy auditors which is available with a pressure sensor port-installed and includes 2 different style hooks to fasten the cover with. This product will save you time and money and is more environmentally friendly than grill masks. These covers can be used in place of a grill mask and seal off vents for pressure testing.
Over the course of a year the AC Draftshield central air unit cover could save you $260 in oil and $224 in gas. This means that you are saving CO2 emissions from 77.9 gallons of gasoline consumed and 1.6 barrels of oil consumed. This proves that the energy escaping your home really does add up and the AC Draftshield cover would pay itself off in no time. Save the energy you have in your home now before it’s too late!
How it works: http://www.acdraftshields.com/AC-DraftShield-Demo/
Question of the Week:
Can you guess how much more energy a typical house wastes compared to an energy efficient home?
As you may know, The Energy Conscious began it’s partnership with Dow Building Solutions in April as a secure pathway to green building. The Energy Conscious is now able to service its clients with a complete and wide range of Dow products including Great Stuff, Froth Pak, Weathermate, and Enerfoam.
The Energy Conscious distributes the largest selection of energy and water efficient products while providing customers with savings in three different fields: money, energy, and the environment*. Imagine that, with each purchase you are triggering each of these built in savings. So when you think about it, you are improving our world while being easy on your wallet! What’s better than that?! The Dow Building Portal, which is located on The Energy Conscious website, is a guide to everything you need to know about this partnership. Here you will be guided through the brands and their purposes along with the products that are available under each brand. One of Dow’s featured products is Great Stuff Gaps & Cracks which is a polyurethane-based insulating foam sealant that fills, air-seals and insulates small gaps (less than 1 inch) inside or out. Thanks to the straw applicator this product is extremely easy to use and expands to take the shape of cracks and voids to form a durable, airtight, and water-resistant bond that eliminates unwanted airflow and helps reduce condensation. Great Stuff Pro is also available for use with a foam gun. Why use this product? Well air leakage through holes, gaps, and cracks is the single biggest cause of home heating and cooling loss. Use Great Stuff to fill these holes and start saving money now!
The portal also offers live training classes which are designed to help you learn how to save energy and money all while living more comfortably at home. If you consider yourself to be a “do it yourself” person when it comes to executing projects around the house then the how to videos will be perfect for you! The portal provides videos which describe what the product is, what it should be used for, and how to use it. These videos provide an easy and effective way to learn about the product that you have purchased.
Now lets talk about shipping costs. I know as well as you do that shipping costs can slowly but surely creep up on you during your online shopping adventures and before you know it the cost of shipping ends up being half the cost of what you are buying in the first place. If you are one of these people, then worry no more. If you live in the area and want to come pick up your purchases immediately, you can easily make a trip down to the local pickup center and pick up these items free of charge.
For those interested in becoming our resellers for Dow or other brands, we are able to drop ship products seamlessly to your clients. If you are one of those people, please review our reseller section.
Now that you are familiar with this partnership and with the Dow Building Portal, go check it out for yourself at http://www.theenergyconscious.com/dow.html
Watch the video below to see how to use the Great Stuff Gaps & Cracks Sealant works!http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1DYUVcINF70#action=share
*money: highly competitive prices will save you time and money
*energy: products are efficient, lowering the cost of your utility bills
*environment : products reduce carbon emissions, saving our environment
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When it comes to gift giving and getting, electronics are far and away the big cheese. Whether they’re for remote control cars, power tools or flashlights, batteries are the last-minute stuffer no stocking should be without.The question then, for the practical energy conscious person is: What batteries are cheap enough to toss and not hassle with recharging, but responsible enough to not harm the environment? Answer: The Eco Alkalines eco-responsible batteries of course!
There really are so many Green features and impressive attributes to highlight about these environmentally-responsible-yet-disposable batteries, here’s our breakdown:
1. These environmental batteries are made of 98% recycled material and boast a leak-resistant seal. This means that while it’s still advisable to recycle these batteries once they die, if for the principle of it, these eco-responsible batteries are certified earth friendly and landfill safe by U.S. and Canadian Environmental Protection Agencies.
2. Eco Alkalines are also formulated for extended life. This means they perform well in comparison to market-leading brands and their quality is on par with big-name batteries. Translation: They won’t die after the first use. In fact, Eco Alkalines will likely last as long as you’d expect any drum-beating bunny to last.
3. There is no lead, mercury or cadmium in the Eco Alkalines. That’s 0%, zilch, nada, none. No harmful metals for humans or the environment in these batteries is, in the battery world as well as the natural world, a big deal.
4. Another Green attribute is that Eco Alkalines are certified by Carbonfund.org, and carry the distinction of being the only carbon neutral batteries in the world.
More of a visual person? We also found this clever tech-review from Linus Tech Tips to be very enjoyable and informative.
Interested in purchasing some eco-friendly batteries? Click here to see the incredible deals we’re running for the holiday season from our online store.
Greetings Energy Conscious Community,
We’ve launched our Plant-a-Tree program and want to tell you about it. Check out our press release below that we sent to nearly every environmental organization and news outlet in the country. And click here to learn more about our Plant-a-Tree initiative.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Energy Efficiency Start-up Launches Environmental Program for Shoppers
Washington D.C. — The Energy Conscious, a rapidly growing e-marketplace for energy efficient and sustainable products launched its “Plant-a-Tree” initiative — a sustainability-based corporate social responsibility partnership with American Forests® and its Global ReLeaf® program.
“Plant-a-Tree” represents the commitment by The Energy Conscious to donate a tree through American Forests every time a customer purchases $100 or more of its efficient, renewable and sustainable products.
“There’s no limit to how many trees will be planted with American Forests,” said Nabil Estefan, founder and CEO of The Energy Conscious, “the more clients purchase, the more they participate in the planting of new trees and the positive consequence “Plant-a-Tree” has on the environment.”
The initiative’s charitable partner, American Forests, is the country’s oldest national conservation non-profit that, with the help of corporate partners, has planted more than 42 million trees since 1990.
“Plant-a-Tree” is a major step toward implementing a proactive social responsibility program that fits The Energy Conscious’ slogan of “My Money, My Planet” and broadly contributes to sustainable reforestation efforts throughout the United States.
“American Forests applauds the leadership role that The Energy Conscious is taking in promoting the importance of forests to its customers,” said Lea Sloan, VP of communications and marketing. “Forests are the most important land-based ecosystem in preserving the health of our planet, including helping to moderate the impact of climate change.”
Already laser-focused on offering a consumer experience rooted in saving money, energy and the environment, Mr. Estefan noted that planting trees was a natural extension of The Energy Conscious’ brand to more deliberately reduce its customers’ carbon footprint even further.
“No other retailer that we have seen in this industry has this integrated of a giving program with their sales and products,” Mr. Estefan said, “Our Plant-a-Tree initiative seeks to develop the kind of ethical practice that is a hallmark of every great company concerned with the environment in which it operates.”
The Energy Conscious has led the charge to create a new marketplace for the energy conscious, do-it-yourself community—forging partnerships with the internationally recognized ENERGY STAR program and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense initiative—while seeking to become a one-stop-shop for green developers and eco-oriented builders.
“We couldn’t be more excited and proud about this program which bolsters our focus on selling products that save energy and water at highly competitive prices while in the process reducing our customers’ carbon footprint,” Mr. Estefan said.
The P3 Kill A Watt is a simple, low-cost energy efficiency product that lets you know which of your electronic devices are costing you unnecessary money by measuring their energy usage.
OK, that’s what it is technically speaking, but honestly, the P3 Kill A Watt is like a pocket-sized Ninja with a mission to save on energy and help make yours an energy efficient home. This product monitors wattage, amps, volts, line frequencies (Hz) and power factor (VA). Knowing this information informs you on adjustments you can make to pinpoint wasted power, eliminate it and therefore reduce your electric bill and increase your energy savings.
And people love it. One online reviewer spent a year to organize all the data he assembled from the P3 Kill A Watt P4400 into spreadsheets with equations that yielded massive amounts of data to discover that his major energy waster was his desktop computer he kept plugged in and rarely powered off. The energy efficiency tip to takeaway here is to save yourself the spreadsheet labor, and use the P3 Kill A Watt to check your own computers, appliances and other electric devices in your home of office.
Another energy efficient tip with this product would be to use it as a check for your Energy Star products and other energy efficient brands to see if they are actually as cost effective as you’d expect or if the energy use as shown on the Kill A Watt matches what your energy efficient appliance promised.
All in all, this low-cost affordable energy product packs a heavy punch and is easily the best $20-odd dollars you’ll invest for efficient energy in your home.
All across the country people are raking their lawns, caulking their windows, prepping their yards for next season and weatherizing their homes for the coming cold.
And you know what? They’re smart. According the Energy Star, sealing or insulating the walls, ceilings, windows, doors and overall the shell of a house is one of the most cost-effective ways to save on energy and is a best practice on how to be energy efficient. Effective insulation and sealing is estimated to save up to 20% on heating (and cooling) costs. Put another way, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, “weatherization efforts bring a return $1.83 in direct energy savings to the homeowner for every $1 spent on weatherization.” That’s huge!
What’s that you say? Of course we have energy efficiency tips to get you started! We also have some great products that will help you save on energy costs and prevent the loss of wasted resources in heating your home. There is 20% energy savings to be had!
Touch ‘n Seal makes fantastic products that help insulate the home and save on energy. Touch ‘n Seal’s No-Warp Foam sealant for window and door insulation is a quick and easy way to prevent air from escaping the house. Both the foam and the application gun are available (and on sale!) at The Energy Conscious. just click any of the pictures here to go to the site, learn more and shop around.
A great investment to really insulate your home with another Touch ‘n Seal energy efficient product is the spray foam for walls. It’s a two-part polyurethane mix that is perfect for adding an interior layer of insulation in an attic or storage room.
Check out the video below for a quick visual demonstration on using the spray foam. It’s clear to see how this can be an effective solution to creating a more energy efficient home. FYI, when you order this product from The Energy Conscious, you can save over $80 and get free shipping.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP: Before you foam, caulk. Filling any cracks or holes with caulk prior to spraying the foam will increase your energy savings capacity and create an energy efficient insulation that will last a very long time.
For more tips on sealing and insulating your home, you can also check out Energy Star’s Do-It-Yourself Guide.
Halloween season is here. It’s the holiday that takes place at night, so naturally we have all your energy efficient lighting needs from personal renewable energy flashlights to trapse around the neighborhood with, to solar-powered energy efficient flood lights to make your home and yard welcoming and safe for all the Trick-or-Treaters looking for a sweet fix. We even have an assortment of energy efficient night lights to keep the little ones safe in their beds from the visions of spookiness that dance in their heads.
Bottom line is this: The Energy Conscious has everything you need to make your Halloween energy efficient and fun.
Halloween doesn’t have to be the season of dollar-store single-use flashlights and piles of batteries—although we do have an array of green energy ECO-Alkaline batteries, which we’ll discuss in further detail in a future post.
But, our array of self-powered LED flashlights like the Freeplay Kito™ Lanterns are perfect for the supervising adult with the Trick-or-Treat bunch. Safety and Energy Efficiency is such a perfect combination it’s scary.
Speaking of LED, consider our Sylvania DOT-it lamps that can be stuck anywhere. They’re perfect for making energy efficient Jack-o-Lanterns or lighting a dark corner. With LED bulbs that will literally last for tens of thousands of hours, these stick-anywhere lamps are a valuable investment for many years (and many Halloweens) to come.
It’s important on Halloween night to make your home welcoming for any candy-hungry ghoul or goblin that comes to your door. An energy efficient house doesn’t have to be a dark one. Light up your front yard or the whole side of your house with this powerful Gama Sonic Solar Spot Light. It’s solar and lasts for 10 hours after a full day’s charge. That’s renewable energy!
Or let Halloween be the excuse to finally invest in decorative pathway lights that also harness the renewable energy of the sun with their solar capacity and brilliant, wireless ease. Just another energy efficient solution to additional lighting needs.
Finally, keep Halloween from getting too scary with energy efficient night lights that keep watch over things that go bump in the night, including stubbing toes on the way to the loo.
Have a safe, energy conscious Halloween with these energy efficient products and energy saving ideas, oh and just some general, sound advice: don’t over-do it on the candy.