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Adding Insulation to an Existing Home

Understand how a structure such as a house works to create a comfortable interior environment and learn the ways insulation is added to an existing home. Watch this helpful video:

Adding Insulation to an Existing…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on September 18, 2017 at 8:00am

Get Ready for Autumn!

Don’t let those bright autumn leaves and clear fall sky fool you—cold weather is just around the corner. Get your home ready for the chill ahead of schedule. <em>Photo by David Parsons, NREL 6317419</em>

Don’t let those bright autumn leaves and clear fall sky fool you—cold weather is just around the corner. Get your home ready for the chill ahead of schedule. Photo by David Parsons, NREL 6317419

This is the time of year when a 60 degree morning feels chilly and many of us are waking up to a dark, pre-dawn sky. We’re ready to put on sweaters, watch…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on September 11, 2017 at 5:30am

4 Energy-Saving Tips to Illuminate Your Lighting Habits

Saving money and energy by only changing your lighting? Sounds like a bright idea to me! Energy efficient lighting is one of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills. Here are some ideas to save money more than just changing out incandescent  bulbs to CFL or LED bulbs.



You might think that something so small in your home, which uses so much less energy than, say, your AC unit, might not make a difference. If that’s your thought, let me illuminate you: lighting is one of the easiest ways to save energy, with the most immediate results. Even if you’re not paying much just to light your home, waste is waste, so let me bring a few ideas out of the shadows and into the light:



Firstly, keep your lamps (and…

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Posted by Green ID on August 9, 2017 at 10:30am

Energy Savings Project: Install Exterior Storm Windows With Low-E Coating

 
Installing storm windows will lower your energy bill while keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. | Photo courtesy of Larson Manufacturing Company.

Installing storm windows will lower your energy bill while keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. | Photo courtesy of Larson Manufacturing Company.…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on August 28, 2017 at 5:30am

Solar Water Heaters

Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Solar water heaters -- also called solar domestic hot water systems -- can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use -- sunshine -- is free.…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on August 21, 2017 at 6:00am

Tips for Making Your Home Greener and Safer

An individual household cannot stop water pollution, nor reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But combined in a team effort, every one of us can do little that can help a lot. Do your share by making your family residence eco-friendly and safe, and maybe you even save some money in the process.

Replace the light bulbs

Compact fluorescent bulbs and LEDs are more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. Not only do they use much less energy, but they also last up to 10 times longer, saving you money on both your electricity bills and replacement costs.

Reduce water use

You may have switched from bathing to showering in order to save…

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Posted by Tracey Clayton on August 14, 2017 at 4:00am

 
 
 

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