June 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Case Study: Historic Home Gets a Remodel

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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 29, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Case Study: Low-Pain Gain in California

In considering the electricity usage we wanted to offset, I imagined our 3,200-square-foot home’s energy performance would be at least modestly good since it was built under California’s progressive Title 24 energy code. Additionally, our climate zone in Oakland is mild and I considered my family to be energy efficient. I was in for a…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 26, 2014 at 6:05am — No Comments

Ask Energy Saver

Temperatures are rising but your energy bills don't have to!



This month, Energy Department experts are answering your questions about saving energy during summer -- whether you want to know about…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 19, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Case Study: A Living Laboratory in California

The Beeler house at the time of purchase in 1998.

In 1997, George and Ellen Beeler “decided to get serious about living a green lifestyle.” This included living in town to reduce…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 16, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Tips: Landscaping

Buildings and Trees—Natural Partners. Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides will help keep…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 9, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Conserving Energy with Your Basement

In an age where going green is crucial, not just for promoting good environmental practices, but also because of the social stigma that comes with not adhering to the newest environmental safety issues.  There are many different ways to help change the way that you utilize energy in your home, such as changing out your light bulbs, conserving water use, or recycling.

But there may be a room in your home that you have not taken into consideration when it comes to making your home more…

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Added by Michael Juba on June 3, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Case Study: Experiences in an All-LED Home

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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 2, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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