All Energy-Expert Blogs (263)

The History of the Light Bulb

More than 150 years ago, inventors began working on a bright idea that would have a dramatic impact on how we use energy in our…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 12, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments

Thermostats

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 5, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Air Sealing Your Home

Save on heating and cooling costs by checking for air leaks in common trouble spots in your home.

Save on heating and cooling costs by checking for air leaks in common trouble spots in your home.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 21, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments

Things You Should Know: Vent Hoods Matter

Blog originally posted on BPIhomeowner.org.

While every home has some level of air pollutants, you might be shocked to learn that one of the most frequented parts of…

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Added by Quinn Korzeniecki on November 17, 2016 at 7:51am — No Comments

Lighting Options

Lighting your house is no minor expense. It's about 10% of your electric bill. If you change just 15 old bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs, you'll save about $50 a year on your electric bill. Use only the most efficient bulbs and your…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 14, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

Detecting Air Leaks

For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test.

For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 7, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

4 Ways to Slay Energy Vampires This Halloween

While trick or…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

How Much Can You REALLY Save with Energy Efficient Improvements?

Replace your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR models to save $75 per year.| Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

By Alison Casey (Originally posted on Energy.gov.)…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 17, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Heating Equipment Checklist for Winter Comfort and Efficiency

Using our heating equipment checklist can help you properly maintain your heating system this winter! | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/lionvision

by Paige Terlip (Originally posted on Energy.gov.)

Use this heating equipment checklist…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Aging in Place in Energy Efficient Homes

Blog post originally featured on the BPI Homeowner Blog.

Every day for the next decade and a half, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65 and will begin considering retirement and plans for…

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Added by Quinn Korzeniecki on October 3, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Fall & Winter Energy-Saving Tips

Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the cool fall and winter months. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com.

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 26, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Everything you need to know about water heaters

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 19, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

How Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Compare with Incandescents

By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.

By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 12, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you understand the whole picture of your home's energy use. An audit can help you determine how much energy your home…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 6, 2016 at 6:27am — 1 Comment

Tips for Making Your Home Safer While Saving Energy

Whether you are moving into a smaller home or apartment or just planning on staying in the house you’ve lived in for years, consider some of these safety improvements that are energy efficient.

The kitchen

Simple fixes in the kitchen can make this area more kid and elderly friendly. Consider replacing the existing cabinet hardware with something easier to grab if the current handles make it difficult to get a good grip. Replacing kitchen appliances like the oven and…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on August 30, 2016 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Making the Most Out of the End of Summer

Applying caulk to a window frame prevents air leakage. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/BanksPhotos.

Applying caulk to a window frame prevents air leakage.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 29, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Which water heater is right for you?

Investing in a more energy efficient water heater can save you money in the long run. | Photo courtesy of Sarah Gerrity, U.S. Department of Energy

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 22, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Simple Dollar's Guide to Going Solar

The price of solar panels has fallen more than 75 percent since 2009, which is great news, considering carbon emissions are at an all-time high. Despite this, however, the upfront cost of buying and installing solar panels (and their supporting parts), is still pretty steep for the average family. That’s why our team at The Simple Dollar spent weeks researching and creating a guide to help…

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Added by Ilona Abramova on August 18, 2016 at 1:38pm — No Comments

5 Common Myths About Residential Solar

There are a lot of misconceptions about residential solar. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

A simple web search finds about 49 million results on solar energy. It’s a hot topic, and rightfully so. The amount of solar connected to the grid has grown exponentially in the past several years, and as of May 2016, there are …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 15, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

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