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Welcome to the Home Energy Saver community, dedicated to everyday people wanting to make their homes better and more energy-efficient places to live. This community network is brought to you by Home Energy Saver, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Much of the content here is provided by Home Energy Magazine, drawing particularly on their book No-Regrets Remodeling, 2nd Edition.

Within this community, you can post your own energy saving stories in the How do You Save Energy? discussion forum and check out the Polls to see what others are doing. Join one, or all, of our Groups in the Save Money & Energy section to get great content about specific areas of your home. You can also browse Photos and Videos about saving energy at home. We have a Blog feed featuring the Home Energy Saver team, the folks at Home Energy Magazine, and experts leading the way on making homes like yours more efficient in the real world. You can comment on any of the content you find here, and share with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. And don't forget to use our energy and carbon calculator (the Home Energy Saver) to figure out how you can save energy, money, and the earth—all at the same time.

No-Regrets Remodeling

As described in the book, no-regrets remodeling means ending up with an attractive home that meets your needs while being more energy efficient, comfortable, and durable; less costly to operate and maintain; and healthier for you and your family. It also means avoiding expensive, hazardous mistakes or needing to do the job over again. This community offers information to help you achieve all of these goals for your home.

While most of the information in this community is organized by specific topic area, there are important factors to keep in mind no matter how small or large your home-improvement project will be. These factors are:

  • Energy efficiency: Reducing the amount of energy used to operate your home
  • Safety and health: During construction, for you and your workers; afterward, for your whole family
  • Comfort: Feeling warm in winter, cool in summer, free of nasty drafts, and easily able to see whatever you’re doing
  • Water efficiency: Enjoying water without wasting it, indoors and out
  • Durability: Building so that all the parts of your house last as long as possible
  • Value: Targeting your expenditures to maintain and or increase the value of your home, both in the marketplace and in your day-to-day experience
  • Whole-house systems thinking: Knowing how each part of your house interacts with the others, for your own peace of mind

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This is a non-commercial site. The opinions, views, and ideas expressed within this community are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the sponsor. Information provided by members may not be appropriate for solving readers' specific problems. Readers should consult a certified professional for their own technical recommendations.

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