Cha-Ching! Going Green and Saving Green
At Del Mar Fans & Lighting, we are a company dedicated to providing our customers with high quality products and superior customer service. As an online ceiling fan and lighting distributor, we realize the impact our products can have on the environment. In an effort to be more eco-friendly, we want to inform our customers and community as to how going green can save you some green.
The world around us seems to be suffering from an energy crisis, and as a result, we wanted to find a way to give our community a much needed boost of energy efficiency.
This Fall, we are inviting locals to exchange their old, energy guzzling light bulbs with newer, more energy efficient light bulbs at our first Bulb Drive Exchange supported by Energy Star. Why? Because not all light bulbs are created equal. Not only will making this small switch save you money by reducing your monthly electricity bill, but it will also help reduce overall energy waste and light pollution which are detrimental to our planet. Switching to energy efficient light bulbs such as LEDs and CFLs:
- • Saves you about $6 a month in electricity costs
• Uses about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last much longer
• Produces about 75% less heat, reducing energy costs associated with home cooling and making them, overall, safer options
Light Bulb Comparison: Incandescent vs. LED
Illuminating your home is a costly but necessary investment. According to ENERGY STAR, lighting accounts for 12 percent of home energy costs and if you’re using inefficient incandescent light bulbs, this can quickly add up. We've put together a great infographic comparing incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs to help you make the best cost-effective choice for your home. See how incandescent bulbs stack up against energy-saving LED bulbs.
Greenhouse Gases 101: 5 Easy Prevention Tips
Earth is estimated to be roughly 4.5 billion years old. Our atmosphere has been continually evolving ever since. An extraordinary balance of elements come together allowing life to form and thrive on this planet. It’s our legacy to protect this unique planet for future generations by reducing greenhouse gases. Learn how using these efficient lighting, fan, cutting excess, driving and gardening tips can reduce this generation's carbon footprint.
What is the greenhouse effect?
A very basic definition of the greenhouse effect is when greenhouse gases form a protective layer around the Earth that captures some of the heat rays from the sun, which keeps Earth from being a frozen planet and allows for organisms to grow.
The theory of global warming is that the more greenhouse gases we release into the air the thicker the protective layer grows, capturing more heat from the sun, ergo, Earth gets continuously warmer. Many worry Earth may one day become too warm to sustain life.
10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Summer Savings
Spring is a time of growth and renewal for many plants and animals. It’s also the ideal time to prep your home for rising summer cooling and lighting costs. Use these easy-to-follow spring cleaning, organizing, and decorating tips for a cost-saving summer.
Getting your home in shape for summer is no small undertaking whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling five-bedroom house, and it’s easy to be overwhelmed if you don’t know where to start. Make a plan and stick to it. Use a trusted pen and paper list or a cleaning app to help you stay on task and motivated (there's something very rewarding about checking something off a to-do list).
First, make a list of all the rooms in your home including outdoor spaces. Next, list the tasks you want to accomplish. Then, list the supplies and tools necessary to complete these tasks. Stock up on supplies such as all-purpose cleaner, wood cleaner, microfiber cloths, and scrub brushes. Pick up an extendable duster or a ladder for hard-to-reach spots. Use a bucket or a carryall apron to stow supplies so everything you need is within hand’s reach.
Spring cleaning takes time because you’re dusting, scrubbing, and rearranging spaces that are not part of your weekly housework routine. Allow yourself several days or even a week to complete the task on your list. Split large tasks into small chunks to make progress and avoid burning out. Focus on one room at a time, and don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for assistance with difficult tasks.
How To: Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) averages most families spend roughly $1,900 a year on electricity. The bulk of that comes directly from the heating and cooling of your home. Adjusting a handful of factors will save your wallet and the environment big time. We will break these energy efficient heating and cooling tips into winter, summer and anytime categories. At the end of this article we will highlight why energy efficient heating and cooling is so important to our environment.
Keeping it Efficiently Cool in Summer
If you’re trying to beat the summer heat without beating up your electric bill or the environment, we have a great list of summer energy efficient cooling tips for you. We have compiled them in order ranging from easy-peasy to serious-lifting.
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- Lower your AC. A good rule of thumb when using your AC in the summer is to try to keep it at 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you leave your home. Do not turn the unit completely off unless you’re leaving for more than 24 hours. You will be saving one to three percent of your energy bill for every degree higher you set it. Consider using this tactic with energy saving ceiling fans to help keep you cool.
Let a draft flow. One main reason your home begins to heat up is the lack of air circulation. Opening the windows and doors in the early mornings or evenings, when the temperature is still low outside, will allow cool air to move through, letting your home cool itself naturally before the summer heat kicks in. Pair this technique with ceiling fans, desk fans or floor fans and you will not even need your AC on during the first part of the day.