When's the last time you set foot in your attic? Sometimes it's the things you can't see that cost the most money. Take a picture of your attic and tag ENERGY STAR to get custom recommendations from EPA experts on money-saving tips that also increase your home's comfort.…Continue
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What tools does an energy auditor use to determine where a home is wasting energy? go.usa.gov/3eh5B…Continue
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What's your AFUE IQ? Learn about your furnace or boiler's annual fuel utilization efficiency here: go.usa.gov/3e4WV
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An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. Timers and motion sensors save you even more money by reducing the amount of time lights…Continue
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If you dial back your heating and cooling demands by 10°-15°F during the typical 8-hour workday, you can your lower electricity bill by about 10%. Read more tips on saving energy in the Fall and Winter:…Continue
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You can assess many of your own energy-saving needs yourself, but a professional home energy audit will give you a thorough picture of where your home is losing energy and which improvements will help you save the most money. Here's what to expect from your audit >>…Continue
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Go Green AND Save Green with LED Lighting. Save money and reduce your environmental impact by switching to LED lighting today.
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Looking for something to kick-start your energy-saving actions? Take the Energy Star Pledge to Save Energy! https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/takeThePledge…Continue
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“If undergraduates with no prior experience can design, build, and ship a net-zero house in under two years, it is exciting to imagine how our current generation might tackle issues of sustainability,” says Kate McMillan, Yale Solar Decathlon Team's co-project…
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Heating and cooling a home use a lot of energy and are a major focus when people try to reduce utility bills. Some have suggested that closing HVAC vents in unused or little used rooms as a way to reduce energy usage and bills, and there are products coming to market that will automate vent closing.
This might seem intuitively like a good idea but is closing vents really beneficial? Are there downside?
A new post at Energy Vanguard suggests the answer may surprise some. …Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on June 25, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments
Hot weather has arrived, and you've likely used your air conditioner at least a few times already (if not more). But have you spent the time to ensure that it's running as it should?
And have you considered an overall cooling strategy that could help you run your air conditioner less, save money, and stay cool and comfortable?
EERE Energy Savers has tips that can help you get on track to a comfortable, efficient cooling season. …Continue
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Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with methods to avoid heat buildup in your home. In some cases, natural ventilation will suffice for cooling, although it usually needs to be supplemented with spot ventilation, ceiling fans, and window fans. For large homes, homeowners might want…Continue
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This is a repost of a blog posting on Home Energy Pros by Jamie Press, posted here with permission.
Whether you've decided to live "off the grid" or simply work eco-friendly energy into your current lifestyle, using solar energy is an ideal way to accomplish the goal. Using photovoltaic technology, the heat and light from the sun are converted into electrical…Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on May 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Do you enjoy doing things yourself when it comes to your home? Are you ready to have a more comfortable, more enjoyable living environment? Are you a master of DIY projects? Whether you face cold winters, super warm summers or somewhere in between, it’s important to regulate the temperature in your home. You don’t want to leave your comfort to chance! Read on for some tips for installing an HVAC air-supply line and cold air return in your home!…Continue
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