James Brew discusses how small changes to your house can make huge changes in our environment.
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A weatherization worker drills holes to blow cellulose insulation in the interior walls of this home. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL…
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Energy-efficient light bulbs are available today and could save you about $50 per year in energy costs when you replace 15 traditional incandescent bulbs in your home.…Continue
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Keep your energy bills out of hot water. Insulate your water heater to save energy and money, or choose an on-demand hot water heater to save even more.
Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for…Continue
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Lighting your house can be up to 10% of your electricity bill. Here are some good ways to save on lighting costs.
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Understand how a structure such as a house works to create a comfortable interior environment and learn the ways insulation is added to an existing home.
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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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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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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 more efficient ways to cool your home or the best air conditioner for your needs.…
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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…Continue
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The primary goal in cooling is to avoid experiencing heat. Keep the sun out, let cool breezes in, turn off your lights and appliances, and seek the coolest spot indoors or out. The summer sun is a potent heat source; it affects your house primarily on
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From Alison Wiley, Diamond-Cut Life
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…
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Even though most investments in energy efficiency pay for themselves many times over, finding the cash to do it isn't always easy. This problem is addressed by rebates provided by energy companies and others, creative mortgage products provided by banks, tax credits provided by state and federal government, and even cash incentives for scrapping…Continue
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