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Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you understand the whole picture of your home's energy use. An audit can help you determine how much energy your home uses, where your home is losing energy, and which problem areas and fixes you should prioritize to make your home more efficient and comfortable. A home energy audit should be your first step before making energy-saving home improvements, as well as before adding a renewable energy system to your home.



Posted by Diane Chojnowski on February 20, 2017 at 6:30am

Saving Energy in the Kitchen

ENERGY STAR<sup>&reg;</sup> Refrigerators Are Cool! ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models. Models with top-mounted freezers use 10%-25% less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount units.

Save energy in your kitchen through more efficient use of your dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer, and other common appliances.



Posted by Diane Chojnowski on February 13, 2017 at 5:30am

Buy lumens - not watts


When you're shopping for lightbulbs, compare lumens to be sure you're getting the amount of light, or level of brightness, you want. The Lighting Facts Label will help. This new label will make it easy to compare bulb brightness, color, life, and estimated operating cost for the year.


In the past, we bought lightbulbs based on how much energy, or watts, they use. Wouldn't it make more sense to buy lights based on how much light they provide?

When you're shopping for lightbulbs, you can choose your next lightbulb for the brightness you want by comparing lumens instead of watts. A lumen is a measure of the amount of brightness of a lightbulb -- the higher the number of lumens, the brighter the lightbulb.…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on February 6, 2017 at 5:41am

Should you replace those old windows?

Sometimes there are compelling reasons not to replace old windows. Some old windows are beautiful, thoroughly appreciated, and repairable. Some are in historic homes, where the local ordinances prohibit replacing them. Or you may find the cost of window replacement too high, while other, less costly projects could save just as much energy. If you choose not to replace old windows, we recommend that you upgrade your windows to make them more airtight, and that you consider adding energy-efficient storm windows tailored to your home’s style.

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 30, 2017 at 6:48am

Things You Should Know: Dryer Vents Can Be a Fire Hazard

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.

Kim Grugle, Finance Assistant here at BPI, recently hired a technician to clean her house’s ducts. Part of the technician’s cleaning process included checking on her dryer venting. The technician…


Posted by Quinn Korzeniecki on January 26, 2017 at 10:27am

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,…


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


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