Before you open up your wallet for a home energy auditor, try our do-it-yourself home energy audit tool on the web—The HOME ENERGY SAVER. Enter info about your house and get a customized list of energy savings recommendations. HES will help you ID measures that an auditor can explore for you in greater depth.
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
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 9, 2017 at 7:00am
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…Continue
Posted by Samantha Jones on January 7, 2017 at 7:00pm
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…
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 3, 2017 at 5:57am
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…Continue
Posted by Diane Chojnowski on December 26, 2016 at 6:32am
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 …