- February 2015
This week, we are sharing a blog post from our friends at Modernize.com about how to make your home energy efficient. Check it out!
Part of what makes our homes beautiful is the natural scenery surrounding them. The best part of reducing the carbon footprint of your home is not just that it saves money, but also that it contributes to preserving the vegetation and wildlife of your favorite nearby parks and scenic views. Reducing your home’s environmental impact doesn’t require an expensive or complex renovation. Several quick and inexpensive steps can make significant changes in your home energy use.
Home Energy Audit
The first step in making your home more energy efficient is understanding how you are using and where you are losing energy. Some utility companies offer free energy audits, in which they do a complete analysis of your energy use as well as testing where your home is leaking heat or air-conditioning. You can also do your own energy audit using online checklists.
Solar Outdoor Lighting
Whether you’re relaxing on your patio on a nice summer night or returning home from work in the dark of winter, lighting the area around your home can be both aesthetically appealing and increase your feeling of safety and security. Solar-powered lights soak up the sun during the day to light the exterior of your house at night.
Older model toilets use more water than necessary. Drop a brick or rock in the tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush. Low-flow or high-efficiency shower heads use adjustable jets to give the same massage feel of traditional shower heads with far less water.
Insulated blackout curtains reduce the amount of heat your windows lose in winter and the amount the sun heats your home interior in summer. Even better, they block light when you want to sleep late on weekend mornings.
Especially in older homes, you can reduce energy leakage due to gaps under the door with a door snake consisting of a piece of foam insulation wrapped in fabric.
Big windows brighten your house and let you enjoy local scenery, but they can also leak energy. Especially if you have older, less insulated windows, adding an inexpensive self-adhesive film over your window can reduce energy costs.
Electrical Outlet Insulation
Hold you had in from of an electrical outlet installed on an exterior wall and you will feel a draft. Invest a few dollars and under ten minutes to install foam outlet insulation behind your outlet covers. Add plastic outlet plug covers to unused outlets to block even more drafts.
This post was written by Jane Blanchard. For more information, visit Modernize.com.
Our friends over at Pure Life Organic Cleaning have officially launched and are eager to find environmentally conscious customers in the Austin area. We know that our customers strive to be eco-friendly by cleaning with us, so we would like to recommend Pure Life for residential and commercial cleaning needs.
Pure Life Organic Cleaning uses custom blended formulas with 100% USDA certified organic ingredients and technologically advanced tools to clean naturally and efficiently. As an introductory special, they are offering new customers a 10% discount off regularly scheduled cleaning services for the first year, and if you mention that you heard about them through EcoClean, they will give you an even more special offer!
We hope you will join us in building the eco-friendly small business community in Austin by supporting Pure Life Organic Cleaning!
This week, EcoClean is showing appreciation for some of the great reviews that we’ve received on Yelp! that have helped distinguish us as one of the best cleaners in Austin. We value feedback from our customers, and take great pride in the accolades that we have collected from our Yelp! reviewers. Here are some of our favorites:
“EcoClean is by far the best in Austin! I have to get a lot of my wardrobe professionally cleaned and I’ve always been more than happy with the results. Silk, material with embellishments, purses, dresses, work attire…everything has come back perfect. Other cleaners have pressed my clothes wrong, colours have bleed, changed the texture, etc. I haven’t had a single problem since going to EcoClean. It’s the only place I fully trust!” – Diana W.
“I’m SO impressed with their culture, their process and their product. Mostly I’m impressed at how much they VALUE me and how they treat me. I can’t imagine ever going anywhere else. I’d give them a 6th star if I could, absolutely best place for service and clothes in Austin.” – Damion L.
“I am a huge fan of EcoClean, and it’s the only cleaners I’ve used in Austin in 4 years. When there is an extra tough spot, they always point it out and do their very best, often making it WAY better or getting rid of it altogether. On the one occasion when a shirt couldn’t be located upon pickup, they called me just a few hours later to say they’d found it and were holding it for me. The cost is worth the environmentally friendly process- most cleaners use highly toxic materials. Aside from being pleased with the service, I’m rating a 5 because I’ve noticed that EcoClean regularly gives to various non-profit events I’ve attended. Their coupons are part of silent auction packages or I see their name as sponsors in other ways. I appreciate their community involvement and love supporting their business!” – Chloe S.
“This is the best laundry and dry cleaner in town — and I say this with the authority of someone having lived in Austin since 1979. They are very meticulous with my clothing and even will call me with questions. They are also honest. They take care to ensure that the process they use has a minimal impact on the environment, and even have a system that allows you to do without those plastic bags. The staff are helpful and friendly — and some of them are even great musicians.” – Brad R.
“I have been using Ecoclean for about six months now and I am in love. Finally my clothes don’t have that funky “dry clean smell” that I had become so accustomed to. Also the chemicals they use at most other places would make me break out and at Ecoclean I haven’t had that problem. I highly recommend coming here if you know what I am talking about.” – Chris R.
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