An individual household cannot stop water pollution, nor reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But combined in a team effort, every one of us can do little that can help a lot. Do your share by making your family residence eco-friendly and safe, and maybe you even save some money in the process.…Continue
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Save energy and more with ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR clothes washers use 20% less energy to wash clothes than standard washing machines.…
Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 31, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
Do you have problems with sickness, allergies, and asthma in your home?
Are you looking for a way to breathe easy and feel better without medication?
Air seal your home!
It protects your health and saves you money in the long run.
Air that leaks through your home’s envelope not only wastes energy and increases costs, but creates an unhealthy (and potentially unsafe) environment for you and your family.
Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and…Continue
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Find out if you are the brightest bulb when it comes to energy efficiency trivia! Test your Home Energy IQ.
Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 24, 2017 at 6:08am — No Comments
In Summer, air conditioning can account for a lot of your home’s electricity costs. In some cases, during the summer, energy bills will double because of the A/C use. To combat these outrageous energy prices, people in some areas will switch to the APS and SRP time of use plan. On this plan most will only do laundry at night and will set the thermostat up during the day. Here are seven ways you can save on A/C costs without spending…
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Whether you spend every night in the kitchen making dinner or its main use is warming up left overs, these tips can help you cut down your spending and energy use in the kitchen.
Pots, Pans, and dishes
Using a warped…
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When it comes to improving energy efficiency, there are a lot of questions homeowners…Continue
Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 3, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
Every month, the bills come and you spend quite a bit of money on them. Sometimes, they’re so high that they end up consuming a large chunk of your paycheck. A lot of homeowners have trouble with electricity waste, and are trying to find a way to reduce the consumption of electricity in their homes. The solution is not in reducing the usage of electrical devices, but using the right ones. Here are some of the best ways to save energy and your paycheck every month.…Continue
Added by Tracey Clayton on June 24, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments
This blog by BPI CEO Larry Zarker was originally posted on BPIhomeowner.org.
I used to wonder why my athletic teenage children suffered from sinusitis in the Fall, then a colleague…Continue
Added by Quinn Korzeniecki on June 23, 2017 at 7:19am — No Comments
If you’re a homeowner, whom do you call when you find mold in a closet and on the ceiling of a bathroom? How about when paint starts peeling on your dining room wall? Whom do you call when there’s standing water in your crawl space? Whom do you think to contact when it’s getting harder and more expensive to keep the house warm in the…Continue
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Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon…
Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 5, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
In the 1970s, Princeton’s Twin Rivers Project found that the behavior of the occupant is a determining factor of the energy used in a home. Families living in identical units (floor plans, furnaces, and appliances) had widely varying energy use. In fact, when new occupants moved into previously occupied units, their energy use was…Continue
Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 30, 2017 at 4:57am — No Comments
When it comes to cooling your house, there are a number of options beyond air conditioning. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/chrisgramly.…
Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
A simple tally of the number and types of lightbulbs in your house can prepare you for a trip to the lighting aisle. | Photo courtesy of Allison Casey…
Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water…
Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks among us call this achieving net zero.)
Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 1, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
The kitchen is illuminated with ten 12W ceiling can lights. The two pendant lights are 3W LEDs. LED equivalents were not yet available for the fluorescent undercounter lights.
This all started in August 2010 when we discovered that a rat had eaten gaping holes in the outlet hose of our dishwasher. When all the damage was counted, we were looking at a complete…Continue
Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 24, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments