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Savings Project: How to Seal Air Leaks with Caulk

Sealing air leaks around windows and doors can save you energy and money. | Courtesy of Flickr user Alyson Hurt.

Originally posted on

Air leaks can waste a lot of your energy dollars. Whether leaks are letting hot air inside during the warmer months or letting in drafts during the cooler season, one of the quickest…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on February 8, 2016 at 6:36am

Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Extended for Homeowners in 2016

By Quinn Korzeniecki (Originally posted on

The end of 2015 was a great time for residential energy efficiency and alternative energy.

In addition to extending the tax credits for solar power, Congress chose to continue offering incentives for homeowners to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes and for builders and manufacturers to build more energy efficient homes.

Adding energy efficient products to your home may cost more up front than standard models, but you will make up for this initial cost and save more in the long run with lower energy bills.

Homeowner Tax Credits for Equipment and Improvements in the Building…


Posted by Quinn Korzeniecki on February 4, 2016 at 8:20am

Saving Energy: Home Water Heating

Did you know: Water heaters account for nearly 17 percent of a home’s energy use, consuming more energy than all other household appliances combined. For more about water heaters, check out our Energy Saver 101 home water heating infographic. | Photo by Eric…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on February 1, 2016 at 7:00am

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…


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 25, 2016 at 7:16am

Tax Tips for Energy Savers: Get Money Back for Greening Your Home

The 30% tax credit for solar electric and solar water heating systems has been extended through 2019, gradually decreasing until 2021.…

Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 18, 2016 at 6:00am

Which Water Heater Is Right for You?

Investing in a more energy efficient water heater can save you money in the long run. | Photo courtesy of Sarah Gerrity, U.S. Department of Energy


Posted by Diane Chojnowski on January 11, 2016 at 7:00am


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