Hi! Welcome to Our Green Life Biz website. The intent of this site is to provide information about Green Technologies and simple ways that all of us can help to improve the environment and save money.
Since Jay and I have started Our Green Life Biz, we have learned a lot and are still learning about renewable energy through our research. From the information we’ve gathered we made a decision to put many of the things we learned into practice. This is not hard to do. As we need something we are replacing it with the best green technology available (within our budget). So instead of going out and buying the first thing we see, we investigate the possibilities of green technology. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to do common sense things that can help to improve the environment.
We realized that a lot of our habits are damaging to the environment and so we decided to change our habits. We have already accomplished things that will help us and the environment. We replaced most of our incandescent light bulbs with florescent bulbs (saving $10 per month), turned our heat down for the winter (saving $20 per month), put a timer on the water heater (saving $45 per month), put multi-outlet surge protectors on our electronic devices and started to turn them off at night and when we are away. This also makes sense from a safety point of view. Many electrical fires are started from defective electronic devices that are left plugged in.
The next things we have decided to do is invest in an electric tankless water heater. This investment will cost roughly $1000 installed, but will quickly pay for itself in the amount of money we save on our electric bill (estimated power reduction of 50%). In addition we have decided to start purchasing Green Energy Certificates from our electric company. These certificates certify that the energy comes from renewable sources. The source of the green energy certificates in Virginia is biomass (clean wood). A portion of the cost of the certificate goes towards renewable/sustainable energy. We have decided to invest in the Earth for Energy eBook and will build our own solar and wind generators. The cost for the eBook is roughly $50 and it costs approximately $200 to build one wind/solar panel. Although we do not know the savings cost we know this investment will help us reduce our energy bill. Jay is retired already and I plan to retire within a couple of years and at that time we want to buy a new vehicle to drive. So we are investigating and test driving various hybrid vehicles. Did you know that the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid gets 41 mpg in the city? This is not a little car; it is a mid-size sedan with everything on it for around $31K (we drove and loved it). We also drove the Ford Escape Hybrid which was about the same price, got less mpg, but fits how we use a vehicle (need room for 5 dogs).
Some things we are doing don’t cost us one penny more. We keep the air pressure in all of our tires up to the appropriate levels (I add and extra pound to help it roll better), keep the engine tuned and air cleaner clean, use synthetic motor oil vice regular oil (don’t forget to recycle) and the big one which people forget about their cars is keep it washed and waxed. I learned that clean, waxed cars flow through the air better when I was racing (about 1/10th of second faster per lap). Around town it may not be a big deal, but if you’re traveling across the country on a vacation it can save you a lot of cash (on average about 1 mpg better fuel economy).
We believe these few changes will have a positive impact on the environment and will significantly reduce our carbon footprint. I firmly believe that it is up to every one of us to try to do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and help the Earth any way we can.
Below are some of the easy things that anyone can incorporate into their everyday lives:
1, Replace your incandescent light bulbs with florescent light bulbs
How: This is really quite simple. Just buy some florescent light bulbs to have on hand and when the incandescent bulbs burn out, replace them with the new florescent bulbs.
Benefit: First you are using much less electricity which saves you money. Second you are lowering your carbon footprint and lowering the total power consumption in your area. The reason is that a normal 60 watt incandescent bulb uses 60 watts of power for as long as it is turned on. But the florescent bulb which puts out 60 watts of light only uses about 14 watts of power. That is a savings of 46 watts of power for just one bulb. Then multiply that by how many bulbs you have in your home…WOW…what a cost savings. Plus while the cost is about the same to buy them, most florescent bulbs last almost 10 times longer.
2, Replace your water heater
How: When your water heater is near or at the end of its life cycle, replace it with a more energy efficient model. The most bang for the buck model is a Tankless Water Heater.
Benefit: While the cost of a tankless water heater is about twice as much as a standard water heater, within a year you’ll save at least the difference. The advantage of having a tankless vice standard water heater is the design. The standard water heater heats a whole tank of water and maintains a certain temperature all the time whether or not you use any hot water. The tankless water heater heats only the water you use as you use it. Great savings! As a matter of fact water heaters use the largest amount of energy consistently. So buying a tankless water heater is the biggest improvement to your home you can make.
3, Turn off the power to all of your appliances when you are not using them
How: When you’re not in a room, turn off the lights. If you have a media center (Television, DVD Player, CD Player, Audio Surround Sound, Computer, Printer Fax Machine, etc.) don’t just turn them off at the unit. All of these products use electricity even when they are off. Purchase multi-outlet surge suppressors for all of your “toys” and turn them fully off.
Benefit: The less energy you use the more money you save. Plus you are reducing your carbon footprint which is excellent for the environment. By plugging them into a multi-outlet surge suppressor you can turn them off at the flip of a switch and protect the equipment from power surges. All this is pretty simple, right?
4, Car Pool
How: I know is sounds so easy, but for people in the United States it takes away what is considered to be a big freedom. Being able to go somewhere whenever we wish is a pretty big deal now that we are used to it. But remember that it has not been that long ago that very few of us had cars, and we got along just fine. Sure you remember having to get your parents to take you to the movies, or having to catch a ride with a friend to check things out at the mall. Make a change where it makes sense and ride with others when possible.
Benefit: Save money from buying so much gasoline. Any trip is more enjoyable with company in the car. You can become closer friends. Many urban areas have car pool lanes that improve your trip time.
On 14 August 2009 we began to compile a list of green products we think you could use. The page lists products to help you go green, how to book, green hardware and kits, and other helpful products we think you should know about. Each product has a paragraph description so you can determine if you would like to know more about the product.