Save energy and money with these tips!
Save energy and money with these tips!
The average household in Edmonton uses 15.4 cubic meters (15,400 litres) of water each month. But leaks or changes in your regular water use can increase your water consumption more than you may think. Here’s how quickly a leaky toilet can cost you money.
I have been doing a lot of updating and home repairs in the last few months. Now that the weather is colder and I am spending more time inside I noticed that there were drafts coming in from my electrical outlets that faced external walls.
This video covers what I did to help stop the leaking of cold air into my house. It does not stop it completely, but there is a very noticeable difference.
I am not a home repair guru, and normally I do tech reviews but I thought I might share something that I have done to help cut down on my energy bills with everyone else.
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hello I'm wondering one and you may be wondering why you're looking at an electrical outlet at the moment well I've been doing a lot of work around my house lately and I've noticed that coming from the a lot the outlets that are facing exterior walls I can feel a draft coming through and well kind of want to insulate my house a little better so one of the one of the quick and cheap ways to do that is to insulate your electrical outlet a little bit what do I mean by that well I'll show you if you look you're if you're familiar with an electrical outlet you can kind of just ignore this part but you know you've got your basic electrical outlet you have your inputs but all these are are just empty air not technically but you know for this purposes these are spaces where air can get through and you have your plastic front cover now all that's behind the plastic front cover here front plate I should say is your box so we'll zoom in on that a little bit so what you have here is your electrical box with your outlet and that's all empty space so if your wall isn't that insulated even if it is that insulated you'll still get air coming in through here now you'll notice you can't see around the sheetrock and the electrical box itself because I went and I foam that in so what I mean by foaming it in what you're going to need for the project is pretty much get yourself a pair of gloves some newspaper some painters tape so you can frame off your electrical outlet and you get yourself some foam let me back this off a little bit spray foam this one is designed for interiors to do around electoral outlets and so forth my recommendation for this is get gloves that go up to here get newspaper to line your area use the tape to tape off your area because once this stuff gets on is a pain to get off also make this a weekend project and do all the outlets in your house because I did all the outlets but I still have some left in the can here however even though I capped it off it's it's useless it's hardened and I can't get anything out of this anymore so what you do is you spray along the exterior of the outlet where there's a gap between it and the sheetrock and you let it sit there it foams out a little bit to close up the gaps even better and then hardens after it hardens you cut it down and you can sand it down paint it if you get that particular type and you'll seal off between the sheetrock in the box itself so that's step one or one depending on how you want to look at it step two is your faceplate your faceplate is just a thin piece of plastic which you can get in the insulation aisle at any of your major box stores or your home place a home hardware store this is a little piece of foam insulation you pop out these little centerpieces so that you're left with the part that will sit flush Lee over your outlets so what that's doing is that space in the box itself it's covering up now don't throw away the little pieces that you push up what you're going to want to do after you put the faceplate back on is here want to get yourself some electrical safety plugs for childproofing you can get one of two types I recommend this type here which kind of has a ridge around it as opposed to just the straight flat ones both will do because what you're going to do is you'll plug this into any outlet that you're not using and it will close the gap up on the front so that'll totally seal off any draft that you might be getting in now the reason I suggest go with this type that has a lip around it this portion here this portion here that you pushed out if you use the one that has a lip you just slide it on and it acts as a little extra layer of insulation all you do there put them in and your draft is if not totally gone it's drastically reduced so that you hold your hand up to it you won't feel that cold air rushing in like you did before and really even though I did a lot of talking and demonstrating – the weighting that you'd have to do for this to dry all of a 5minute project you just do it to all the outlets in your house maybe take you our two hours of actual work and then dry time depending on the type that you get could be an hour and for that you'll save yourself a little energy cost as well as help keep your room slightly warmer instead of having that draft come in I've been wondered uh below one and like I said this was just I've been doing a lot of work on my house so I figured I would share one of the things that I've been doing to try and help increase my energy efficiency
Learn how to save money, while greening your restaurant, in 9 easy steps!
Listen to Jeff Clark, Conserve program director at the National Restaurant Association, outline easy ways to start saving money in your restaurant today.
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What are the steps?
Step 1: fix leaks. Avoid paying for water, water heating and sewer when you don’t need to! Save around $5 to $400+ per year (depending upon the size of the leak).
Step 2: screw in an efficient pre-rinse spray valve. For $70 you can save $100 to $300+ per year.
Step 3: install LED bulbs where appropriate. Swapping out 12 incandescent bulbs for LEDs can save you $300 per year over the 15-year life of the bulbs.
Step 4: clean your refrigerator/freezer coils. Letting the heat exchange coils get dirty can double the energy use of that appliance eventually.
Step 5: insulate hot water pipes. Cheap to buy at a home improvement store and can raise water temperature 2 to 4 degrees.
Step 6: implement a start-up/shut-down schedule. This requires a little training, but you can get started with our template
Step 7: offer water upon request. Don’t let your servers automatically deliver water to guests. It actually takes three glasses of water to serve one: ice, the water itself and washing the glass each take approx. one glass of H20.
Step 8: start a recycling/composting program. Find out how to if you have recycling in your area at: RecycleFSP.org.
Step 9: slash your food waste. In the United States, nearly 40 percent of food we grow is never eaten (and usually thrown in the landfill).
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thanks everybody for coming this is a great venue very excited to be here my name is Jeff Clark I'm with the National Restaurant Association and I do sustainability so try to make restaurants more environmentally friendly so here's nine things to kind of get the juices flowing get you thinking about what to do fixing leaks okay this isn't very sexy this isn't solar panels on your roof right this is really basic stuff you have a leak in your restaurant you should fix it why if it's hot water especially it's costing you three ways it's cost me for the water itself it's costing you for sheathing the water and third is costing the sewer charges for going down the drain some of these bleak so it's just the dripping sink that can save you between five and over $400 a year if you just do that quick change quick fix maybe an o-ring in your sink next swapping out your premium spray valves this is a real no-brainer okay this is about a seventy dollar piece of gear it'll cut back your cost on again the hot water and how much you're using in that hot water by probably between a hundred and three hundred dollars a year cost about 70 bucks step 3 think about LED light bulb there's an amazing cop decrease in LED bulbs over the past even two years now of course they're way more expensive than the incandescent but here's a little secret they're going to last between fifteen and twenty five years depending on how long they've been on versus your incandescent that burns out typically after about two years twelve LEDs you swap them out save you about 300 bucks step 4 clean your refrigeration coils this one gets overlooked a lot this is a photo I took in a restaurant and you can see it's not supposed to be that gray and gunky if that's literally blocking the air from passing through the cooling coils on your refrigerator really easy to do if you don't do it and it sits long enough it can actually double the energy use of your refrigerator number five insulate your hot water pipes again something that's often overlooked you can see they started and just kind of forgot that last 90% so if you just buy at Home Depot or some other store really cheap insulation you put it on there it can avoid losses of radiating heat out to the atmosphere of around 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit so when you insulate your pipes that means you don't have to heat that water an extra 2 to 4 degrees because you're keeping it in the pipe in the hot water itself step 6 you can shut them down so if you're in your commercial foodservice kitchen you have a bunch of gear chefs love to come in so you're doing lunch prep you're in at 8 a.m. you turn on the oven you turn on the pasta boil you turn on the rain stove you turn everything on and then you start your prep so these things are running for literally 3 hours with nothing in them if you turn off one piece of gear for 30 minutes a day that's going to save you about 100 bucks a year so you can set up a startup shutdown schedule and if you follow it and really keep your chef's on it you can save thousands of dollars a year 7 h2o upon request so in California this is mandatory so you just want to serve your guests water when they ask for it and not before and you can include straws in that too only straws upon request and what's the point of that will it take 3 glasses of water to serve a glass of water you have the water in the glass itself the ice and the water to use to clean the glass that's three glasses total you want to make sure you minimize that if people are going to drink it you just don't serve it to them that easy 8 start recycling and composting but if you just want to kind of get your feet wet get started I recommend checking out this food service packaging tool kit that we developed with the food service packaging institute and basically you just go to recycle food service packaging SSP org and even if you just start with cardboard cardboard is about 25% on average of a restaurants waste stream if you can just just recycle that you're going to easily save around 200 bucks a month and finally really cutting in your food way basically one statistic says that about 40% of all food that's grown goes into the landfill to put that into equivalent actual size if you took all that land that it was required to make all that food it would cover 3/4 the size of the state of California so really taking paying attention to this and even just starting really simply by coating your food is a fantastic way to cut back on stuff going to landfill