July 2013 Blog Posts (6)

Leaky Ducts Suck In Health Hazards

Duct leaks are a fairly common way to lose conditioned air and suck outdoor air into your home. I once worked on a new 4,000 square foot upscale suburban home that smelled like a sewer. The owners had been living in a downtown hotel for three months to avoid the smell.

My testing showed that the ducts that carry air from…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Learning Thermostat - A Huge Impact on Energy Savings

Okay, I have had a couple of programmable thermostats in the past, but once again about 11 months ago I was doing my weekly (sometimes daily) stroll through the neighborhood "big-box" home improvement store. And back in the back, past the garden section, there is this little end-of-the-aisle display with a video playing about this neatly packaged "Nest."

And, I am…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 22, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Heating and Cooling No Longer Majority of U.S. Home Energy Use

Occasionally events that happened years ago make news today. That is exactly what happened recently when DOE announced that heating and cooling dropped to less than half of home energy use.. in 2009. This news is not earthshaking—and our creaky data-gathering apparatus took four years to notice—but it signals both success and a need for introspection on the part of the home energy industry.

Here’s what the Energy Information…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 16, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Window Replacement—Wading Through the Maze of Options & Sales

In 2012 we decided it was time to replace our 27-year old contractor grade double paned aluminum widows. Some of the seals had failed. Some of the window were leaking (water).

We planned to replace 19 windows initially and ended up replacing 21 in…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Homeowner How-To: Staying Cool with your HVAC Checklist

There's no denying it: summer is here. But that doesn't mean you should deny potential savings on your energy bill and overall power usage this season – and one often-overlooked area is the air conditioning department.

Sadly, our HVAC units are far too frequently neglected until it's too late, it breaks and we are left sweltering in…

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Added by Chris Long on July 9, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Preparing Homes for Future Blackouts

We all have stories about losing power in our home for several hours—or days—and many people suspect that power interruptions are becoming more frequent. They may be right; unfortunately, the utility data are so sketchy that nobody can say for certain. But declining investment in maintenance on the part of utilities, plus the…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 2, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

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