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5 Quick Ways to Save Energy on Home Cooling

It’s hot out there! 

Here are some simple steps you can take to stay cool and save energy on hot summer days:  

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1. BECOME A FAN OF FANS.

For central air conditioning systems, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees Fahrenheit without sacrificing comfort. If you have a window…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on July 25, 2016 at 8:27am

Do-It Yourself Energy Saving Projects

A typical American family spends nearly $2,000 per year on their home energy bills. Much of that money, however, is wasted through leaky windows or ducts, old appliances, or inefficient heating and cooling systems. The Energy Saver Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Savings Projects offer easy, step-by-step instructions to home…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on July 18, 2016 at 6:48am — 1 Comment

Home Energy Performance Is Key to Avoiding the Next Mortgage Crisis

Every day, thousands of Americans make the biggest purchase they’ll make in a lifetime—their home—without knowing the true cost. In spite of stringent post-recession safeguards intended to protect homeowners and hold lenders to a higher level of accountability, there’s more we can do.

Right now, there is an unprecedented opportunity to transform the mortgage industry for the better, ensuring lower-risk loans for lenders, and higher-value, better-quality, and more equitable homes for homeowners. Legislation, regulation, and market forces are all aligning to appropriately take into consideration energy consumption in mortgage underwriting. 

The typical American family spends more than $2,500 per year on energy bills. Utility bills are a major household expense, typically greater than either real estate taxes or homeowners insurance. But they are currently not…

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Posted by Kelly Vaughn on July 5, 2016 at 8:32am

A Home Cooling Strategy for Lower Energy Bills

Proper maintenance can help keep your air conditioner running efficiently and prolong the life of the unit. | Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/Spiderstock

Proper maintenance can help keep your air conditioner running efficiently and prolong the life of the unit.

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on July 5, 2016 at 6:00am

Thermostats

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/burwellphotography

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings can save energy and money. 

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on June 26, 2016 at 2:00pm

Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home

These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on June 20, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

 
 
 

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