There is nothing better in autumn or winter when heating your home than the smell, and the crackle of a wood-burning fire. Many of us grew up enjoying this with our families. So why would you want to consider other options like fireplace inserts?
The Problem With Burning Wood
Unfortunately, while wood-burning fireplaces are charming, they’re not all that great on the budget, your lungs or the environment! They can also be dangerous.
Conventional hearth chimneys waste about 90% of the heat the fire creates and siphons off some of the heated indoor air of your house, as stated by the EPA. Therefore, NOT an efficient method of heating your living space.
Inhaling burning wood smoke is also as dangerous as smoking cigarettes; wood smoke is loaded with carcinogens like benzene. Burning wood fuels global warming, too. Worse, the leftover soot is a heat-trapping pollutant.
Wood-burning hearths need a lot of maintenance, including a professional cleaning every other year along with regular ash clean-ups.
3 Energy-Efficient Fireplace Inserts Alternatives
There are three popular alternatives to burning wood: gas fireplace inserts, alcohol fireplace inserts, and electric fireplace inserts. All are great alternatives whether or not you have a working chimney and hearth inside your home. Let’s learn more about these options.… Read More
It is impressive to see how the internet, computers, and software are entering every aspect of our lives, automating and simplifying daily tasks like never before. For more than 100 years, technology has been marching steadily into home appliances at every level, from information processing to electronics and production.
However, recently the use of intelligent onboard AI software capable of analyzing, scheduling, and triggering tasks automatically has taken off in home electronics and appliances.
From automatic vacuum cleaners to robotic pool cleaners, coffee makers, and bread makers, artificial intelligence (AI) is applied to almost every household chore. One of the greatest side-benefits of the AI appliance revolution is in energy efficiency.
Are You Ready For An Intelligent & Energy-efficient Home?
Here are examples of modern home devices that have been incorporating onboard AI software to produce energy efficiency advantages.
1. Robotic Pool Cleaners
Swimming pool owners no longer need to pay pool cleaner wages – or waste an hour a day sweeping pool steps. The best robotic pool cleaners like the Dolphin Nautilus and Aquabot Elite are designed to effectively clean swimming pool floors, walls, and cloves using sophisticated AI algorithms that reduce energy and spend less time cleaning.… Read More
Eco-Friendly SolarRoof And Powerwall 2
The need for sustainability and eco-friendliness has led to inevitable revolutions and developments in some industries. In the solar industry, for example, building integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) has seen a gradual but steady increase in attention.
Unlike traditional solar installations (also known as building applied photovoltaic technology, BAPV) BIPV aims at saving costs by incorporating photovoltaic modules into the building material rather than as an after-construction addition. … Read More
The tropical island of Ta’u has gone an extra mile by getting rid of diesel fuel as its primary source of energy for powering homes and business premises and made full use of the South Pacific scorching sun.
With more than 5000 solar panels and another 60 Tesla power packs in place, the small South Pacific Island in America Samoa now boasts of efficient electricity supply. Despite having made it through, the process was full of ups and downs.
Lying about 4000 miles away from the West Coast of the United States, this tiny island of Tau has relied on over 100, 000 gallons of diesel for survival.… Read More
Electrical appliances account for over 30% of the energy bills charges you receive on monthly or annually basis. Many home appliances manufacturers, as well as the government, have shifted their focus into saving energy. Thus, they have invested in producing energy efficient appliances.
These appliances include refrigerators, air conditioners, water heaters, lighters, dishwashers, clothes washing machines and dryers, and other electrical items used at home or workplaces. These items are used for purposes such as laundry, cooking, and making the home a comfortable place. Therefore, they are important in our homes.… Read More
The thought of saving money and energy are likely not the first thing you think about when you’re cooking some fantastic dish like “Boeuf Bourguignon“, a French beef stew, or paella. You could be saving money every single time you cook your favorite recipes if only you had an energy-saving range.
You may have done some comparison shopping for the most reasonably priced range at your local hardware or appliance store. However, looking at the prices in these places won’t tell you a lot as far as how much you will wind up paying in the long run.… Read More
In January 2016, the residents of Flint, Michigan, came to the damning realization that the tap water they were consuming had abnormal levels of lead as well as heightened levels of iron which subsequently made the water brown in color.
The effects of drinking this water were seen in some of their children who began experiencing abnormal rashes and even hair loss. What’s more, most residents were now experiencing lead-poisoning which has been known to have long term effects on overall health including reduced IQ levels.
The situation in Flint is a reflection of just how dangerous drinking tap water can be to one’s health and well-being.
After all, it is quite common to find tap water that has harmful levels of impurities like E.coli bacteria, radon, lead and chloroform among others.… Read More
The number of people acquiring solar panels for the home has been increasing gradually.
This is being driven by the desire to have green or cleaner energy. Solar energy is also renewable and does not pollute the environment. However, the uptake of solar panels especially in the home is still quite low. This is being experienced despite the mass campaigns.
The following are some reasons why investing in a solar panel is beneficial:
Great strides have been made in solar panel technology. A few years back, the photovoltaic panels were not very strong. Actually, many would rarely last for more than 10 years. However, modern panels are quite sturdy. They feature stronger material and designs. Most of the solar panels found today can easily last for 40 to 50 years.
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