When it comes to fall and winter, we tend to use a lot of energy especially with endless washing, turning up the heater and cooking up a storm for out of town guests for the holidays. Did you know that there simple ways you can have a more energy efficient home? Architect, design expert and TV host, Nina Ferrer was kind enough to join me for an interview this week to share simple energy energy efficient tips for your home and favorite vintage vehicle too!
Candace Rose: What does it mean to have an energy efficient home today?
Nina Ferrer: “A modern efficient home mean not only reducing unnecessary energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emission, but you’ll be creating a healthier living environment for the homeowners as well as saving money.
There are a lot of things in your home that you may not notice are hindering this process, but today I’m going to give you some easy, simple tips to get on your way to saving time, energy and money.”
Candace Rose: What’s the first thing we should do to create an efficient home?
Nina Ferrer: “To be really efficient you want to take a look at an area that’s consuming the most energy, and a good place to start is your appliances. Most appliances unfortunately are not energy efficient so make sure they have the Energy Star logo on them. If you go out and you buy a new washer or a new appliance that has the Energy Star logo, this is absolutely the simplest, easy way to save money. The GE new top load washer has more cycle options, more technology, more aesthetics and more energy efficiency. It also has customizable water levels which is great if you have a household where you’re doing a lot of different types of loads. A customizable water level allows you to add an extra rinse cycle, do a deep clean wash if you have really grimy gross clothes (I have a husband, a child and two dogs, and that happens to me more often than not) or you can customize the water levels to be really, really precise for your every day typical loads.
If you’ve got the high energy efficiency washer, you’re well on your way…but make sure that you are using a laundry detergent that is compatible and performs with this type of machine. On the machine you will see an HE Turbo logo. Look for that same seal on select Tide laundry detergents. What that seal signifies is that you are going to have something called quick collapsible suds. And because they’re quick collapsible suds, you’re not going to have to have an extra rinse cycle and you can actually be cutting up to 25 minutes off of your rinse cycle time and saving up to 10 gallons of water. Again, saving time, saving energy and saving money.
Another area which is sometimes overlooked because now we’re talking about the inside of the home, now we want to venture out. Look into the garage. The garage is a place that’s often forgotten about as an energy consuming area. My husband has all of his toys out there, he’s got the vintage car, he’s got the lawnmower, he’s got the weed wacker and he’s paying attention to them all summer long to make sure they’re running great. Unfortunately sometimes he puts them away for the winter and when he goes to start it up again next summer they don’t work or he has to replace things because if you leave gas in the tank it could corrode the tank. This is a great product that’s called Sta-Bil Storae (please see video above for details). It’s a high quality non-alcohol based fuel stabilizer. Pour it into the tank before you store it and it keeps fuel fresh for up to two years. It’s an absolute no-brainer.”
Candace Rose: Are there any other places around the home that we consume a lot of energy?
Nina Ferrer: “Absolutely. I have one for you that is absolutely 100% free. In your home I’m sure you have windows, if you have beautiful drapery…maybe you’re keeping them down, maybe you’re keeping the drapes closed, open up those drapes, bring open those blinds and let the sunlight in. That is 100% free heat and free light, so right away you’re lowering your energy bill and you’re lowering your heat bill. If you want to take it a step further and you’re purchasing new windows, stay away from the aluminum frames. You want to get vinyl frames and you want go for double, even triple panels. The more panes of glass you have, the more heat you’re keeping in, the more cold you’re keeping out. This is also something even if you’re not replacing but you’re building a home, definitely go for the vinyl frame and the more panels the better. These are all great and easy ideas and you can check out more information on my Twitter handle @NinaFerrerInc – links on all the products, you can read more about it and you can become an energy, money saving individual like myself and you’ll feel a lot better for it.”