All Energy-Expert Blogs (272)

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

Building A New Home? Have You Considered Radon?

If you’re having a brand new home built, we’re sure that you’ve realised that there are many things to consider and so many different choices to make. How many bedrooms do you need? Is the kitchen going to be big…

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Added by Joetabone on August 9, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

Energy Savings Project: Lower Water Heating Temperature

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 8, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Under the (Heat) Dome: Staying Cool and Efficient on the Hottest Days

Prepare to keep yourself--and your pets--cool, healthy, and comfortable during extreme heat. | FEMA News…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 1, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

5 Quick Ways to Save Energy on Home Cooling

It’s hot out there! 

Here are some simple steps you can take to stay cool and save energy on hot summer days:  …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 25, 2016 at 8:27am — No Comments

Energy Efficient Computers, Home Office Equipment, and Electronics

Use sleep mode and power management features on your computer to save money on your energy bill.

Many people work from home at least one day per week. Working from home saves energy and time…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 11, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Effects of Mold on Your Home and Your Health

Originally posted on BPI.org.

We all know that mold in our homes is a bad thing – but exactly how bad is it for your health and your home itself?

Mold grows by releasing its spores…

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Added by Quinn Korzeniecki on July 11, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

Home Energy Performance Is Key to Avoiding the Next Mortgage Crisis

Every day, thousands of Americans make the biggest purchase they’ll make in a lifetime—their home—without knowing the true cost. In spite of stringent post-recession safeguards intended to protect homeowners and hold lenders to a higher level of accountability, there’s more we can do.

Right now, there is an unprecedented opportunity to transform the mortgage industry for…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on July 5, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments

A Home Cooling Strategy for Lower Energy Bills

Proper maintenance can help keep your air conditioner running efficiently and prolong the life of the unit. | Photo courtesy of istockphoto.com/Spiderstock

Proper maintenance can help keep your air conditioner running efficiently and prolong the life of the unit.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 5, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Thermostats

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/burwellphotography

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings can save energy and money. …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 26, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home

These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 20, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

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