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Energy Efficient Computers, Home Office Equipment, and Electronics

Many people work from home at least one day per week. Working from home saves energy and time by cutting out the commute, but it may increase your home energy bills unless you use energy-saving office equipment. 

ENERGY STAR-labeled office equipment is widely available. It can provide dramatic energy savings—as much as 75% savings for some products. Overall,…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 16, 2017 at 7:00am

Congratulate Yourself on Achieving One Easy Energy-Saving Resolution

You can cut wasted electricity used for lighting by as much as 30% when you replace manual light switches with occupancy or vacancy sensors.

by Alexis Powers Communications Specialist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 9, 2017 at 7:00am

Minimizing Energy Consumption and the Future of Energy Efficient Buildings

As the world turns to the issue of global warming and the dwindling resources available to us, a global strategy to build more energy efficient homes and start a sustainable approach to your personal life becomes more necessary. There are huge benefits in becoming more energy efficient across society, and as more…

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Posted by Samantha Jones on January 7, 2017 at 7:00pm

Where to insulate in a home

Examples of where to insulate. 1. In unfinished attic spaces, insulate between and over the floor joists to seal off living spaces below. If the air distribution is in the attic space, then consider insulating the rafters to move the distribution into the conditioned space. (1A) attic access door 2. In finished attic rooms with or without dormer, insulate (2A) between the studs of "knee" walls, (2B) between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof, (2C) and ceilings with cold spaces above. (2D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 3. All exterior walls, including (3A) walls between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs, or storage areas; (3B) foundation walls above ground level; (3C) foundation walls in heated basements, full wall either interior or exterior. 4. Floors above cold spaces, such as vented crawl spaces and unheated garages. Also insulate (4A) any portion of the floor in a room that is cantilevered beyond the exterior wall below; (4B) slab floors built directly on the ground; (4C) as an alternative to floor insulation, foundation walls of unvented crawl spaces. (4D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 5. Band joists. 6. Replacement or storm windows and caulk and seal around all windows and doors. Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Examples of where to insulate. 1. In unfinished attic spaces, insulate between and over the floor joists to seal off living spaces below. If the air distribution is in the attic space, then consider insulating the rafters to move the distribution into the conditioned space. (1A) attic access door 2. In finished attic rooms with or without dormer, insulate (2A) between the studs of "knee" walls, (2B) between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof, (2C) and ceilings with cold spaces above. (2D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 3. All exterior walls, including (3A) walls between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs, or storage areas; (3B) foundation walls…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 3, 2017 at 5:57am

Water uses energy. Energy uses water.

Water uses energy. Energy uses water. The "water-energy nexus"—as it has come to be known—is one of the emerging hot topics when it comes to making homes greener and more resource-efficient. The Home Energy Saver does not currently provide recommendations for reducing water use, but it does help you understand where your water is currently going. 

Water Uses Energy

The most tangible link is that when your water is heated, every drop contains a…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on December 26, 2016 at 6:32am

These 13 Home Energy Tax Credits Expire in 2016

At the end of 2016, the clock runs out on several federal tax credits for homeowners who made energy upgrades during the year. A tax credit reduces the amount of tax owed, so it's different from a …

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on December 19, 2016 at 6:06am — 1 Comment

 
 
 

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