your Thermostat and Electricity Bill this
"If you don't like the weather, just wait five
This saying is common among folks who
witness the quick seasonal jump from hot to cooler temperatures - and
back again. However, the moderate autumn season can actually help lower
electricity bills by turning off the thermostat and opening up your home
In the spring and fall, window management is
key. When it's hot outside, open windows to gather cool air during the evening
hours. Be sure to close them when you wake up so cool air is captured inside the
home. On cold days the opposite is true. Make sure to keep windows, curtains or
blinds opened in south-facing windows during the day. When the sun goes down,
close them to keep the chill out.
When the weather turns really cold, install
storm windows and keep the frames tightly latched to leave the cold air outside.
Taking advantage of opportunities to manage windows draws the temperature of air
you want in and stores it for later.
If you don't feel safe leaving the windows or
curtains open, work with blinds. According to the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) reflective blinds that are closed and lowered on a sunny day can reduce
heat gain by around 45-percent. Blinds are more effective in warm weather
because they reflect heat better than reduce heat loss.
On warm days,
fans are great for circulating air through the house, creating a cool breeze.
Ceiling fans can make a house feel four-degrees cooler and work best in
where ceilings are at least eight-feet high.
Be sure to turn off
the fan before leaving the room or house. The DOE says since fans create a wind
chill effect, they cool people, not rooms.
For homes with tall ceilings, try reversing
the fan when it turns colder so warm air is pushed down from the ceiling to the
floor. This strategy doesn't work for homes with average ceiling heights, since
even the warm air feels drafty on cold days.
No matter what time of year, the less air
that gets into a home, the more efficient it will be to heat or cool it. This
means having the proper amount of insulation in the home and making sure windows
are tightly sealed and caulked.
And before turning on the furnace, make sure
it's cleaned and the filters have been changed. A well-maintained furnace is
truly more efficient.
One of the easiest ways to keep up with changing weather
is to put on a sweater or place an extra blanket on the bed. Another tip for
staying warm is to use the oven to heat up food versus a microwave, stay active
and drink warm beverages. --
ACTION:Join Green Biz for Ark
River Clean-up Day
Lace up your grubbiest shoes, grab your gloves and meet up with
fellow Green Biz Wichita members to clean the city's river banks.
700 of our closest friends who care about the environment, GBW is organizing a
group to participate in the Arkansas River Trash Roundup, set for May 2.
The annual event takes place in the morning and is a way to help protect water
quality, animals that call the river "home" and Wichita's image. It also
prepares the riverbanks for the popular RiverFest, which takes place May
22-24. If you'd like to join the
GBW Arkansas River Trash Roundup team contact Autumn Hearne at (316)
or firstname.lastname@example.org. GBW might order t-shirts for
its team and there is usually a post-cleanup cookout sponsored by Cargill and
Ducks Unlimited. And be sure to watch GBW's website and Facebook page for
information on how to jump into the action.
Volume IV, Issue 7
Hermann is that guy.
He is the person who
turns off the lights after he leaves a room. Truth be told he might even double
back by a co-workers office or a room at home to flip down the light switch and
Hermann cares about
the environment, enough to take the extra steps and time to shut off the lights.
He hopes others feel this way too and it's why he serves in a leadership
position with Green Biz Wichita.
"When a business asks
me why they should care about sustainability, I tell them it comes down to
dollars and cents," he says. "Green Biz Wichita exists to educate businesses
that they can do well of themselves while also benefiting the environment. There
is such a thing as a win-win when it comes to sustainability."
For the past three
years, Hermann has worked at Kcoe Isom to bring in new business and manage
relationships with existing clients. Once his connections with the firm's
implement dealers, farmers and ranchers, equipment manufacturer and custom
harvesters are built he helps bring in the best professionals and
services from Kcoe Isom to keep the client profitable and productive.
Hermann is also able
to offer a specific service to clients that can develop their sustainable
efforts. ResourceMax™ is a Kcoe Isom service that assesses and
measures sustainability metrics unique to a particular company. Hermann says it
helps food producers and processors get the most out of their resources while
also staying consistent with the standards being developed throughout the food
is not just about regulations but also about being proactive rather than
reactive," he says.
Around the office,
Hermann says Kcoe Isom offers every possible container for product recycling. It
strives to be a paperless firm and offers recycle bins next to the printing
stations as well as motion detectors for its energy-efficient lighting. All
thermostats are centrally controlled too so the temperature remains consistent
during extreme weather.
Clients are also asked
to utilize electronic file sharing, which Hermann says is better for the client
from an environmental standpoint.
"We have them send
files via secure email and into secure links to databases so they don't have to
print every single document we need to perform their work," he says.
This makes it easy to
be green, he says, which many businesses should strive for. When recycling bins
and paperless options are a company standard it brings obvious awareness to the
notion of preserving the environment. Hermann says he is appreciative of the
chance to serve on the Green Biz Wichita board of directors.
"The biggest driver
behind being green is the way I want my family to grow up," he says. "I want
that for my kids and grandchildren and their children someday." --
Meet Our Member Profile:
Steve Hermann Business
N. Waterfront Parkway, Suite
200 Wichita, Kan.
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