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BRRR…5 Ways to Maximize Your Fireplace and Chimney Efficiency

#EnergySaverTIps: Keep the fireplace damper closed unless you have a fire burning. It can be easy to forget to close it when the fire has burned out, but keeping the damper open can cause drafts and heat loss in the rest of the house, costing you money and wasting energy!

Learn about 5 more ways to maximize your fireplace and chimney efficiency →…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on January 6, 2015 at 6:19am — No Comments

The Energy Impact of One Household

The average homeowner spends $2,000 a year on utility bills, nearly 50% going to heating and cooling.

Added by Diane Chojnowski on January 2, 2015 at 7:32am — No Comments

Get Your Ducts in a Row

Your ducts are often out of sight, out of mind, tucked away in the attic or basement, but a home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system.

Make sure your ducts are in order by properly sealing and insulating them. Tightly sealed and…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 29, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Give the gift of energy savings

Looking for some creative holiday gifts this year? Why not give the gift of energy savings?

Energy Saver has made a list and checked it twice, so whether you want to give gadgets or something a little cozier, they've got it covered. →…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 22, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

The 12 Days of Energy Savings

Saving energy = more $$$ for presents

Check out the 12 Days of Energy Savings slideshow for tips on how you can save #energy during the #holidays →…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 19, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

LED Holiday Lights

Did you know? Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:

Safer → LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 15, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Active solar heating

Active solar heating systems use solar energy to heat a fluid -- either liquid or air -- and then transfer the solar heat directly to the interior space or to a storage system for later use. If the solar system cannot provide adequate space heating, an auxiliary or back-up system provides the additional heat. Liquid systems are more often used when storage is…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Wiping out the Graywater Yuk Factor as an Environmental Strategy – GBRI

"For a significant number of us, water just spills out of a fixture, and we consider it past this purpose of contact. We have lost a feeling of appreciation for the wild stream, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the mind boggling web of life that water helps." composed Sandra Postel in Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, 2003. In the United States, clean drinking water has turned into a human…


Added by Abrham Millar on December 7, 2014 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Laundry Tip

When shopping for a new clothes dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. Not only will this save energy, it will save the wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 30, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

It pays to make energy efficiency improvements

The most recent analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows the cost of saving energy is less than half of constructing a new coal plant for the same amount of electricity.

Saving energy costs about 4.4 cents per kWh, according to new analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory based on data from 34 states,…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 25, 2014 at 7:18am — No Comments

Keep The Heat in Your Home at Wintertime

Keep Your Family Warm, Save Money & Help the Environment

This year (2014) has been one of the hottest summers on record in the United Kingdom and one of the mildest autumns. It’s so mild outside (18th November) that I’m still wearing my denim jacket rather than…


Added by Garry Boyd on November 18, 2014 at 7:00am — 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.

You may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, such as an under-the-door draft, but you'll need to find the less obvious gaps to properly …


Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 18, 2014 at 6:37am — No Comments

Winter Energy Savings for Your Home

The breeze is crisp, the leaves are changing and Starbucks gift card sales are through the roof. Fall is definitely upon us. As the need for air conditioning to keep your home cool slowly lessens, homeowners are presented with the perfect opportunity to help the environment (and themselves) by lowering their energy consumption. Before winter rears its frosty head, you can prepare your home for cold-weather energy savings that won’t sacrifice…


Added by Shelley Davenport on November 17, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

#AskEnergySaver: Home Heating

Home heating and cooling account for about 48 percent of the average utility bill. As the weather gets cooler, it’s important to weatherize your home in order to save money while staying cozy. And while we have lots of great…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 11, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

A Battery that Stores Power: The Future of Solar Energy

As the world is seeking an alternative to using fossil fuels and coal, scientists have been researching and pushing to develop a way to use cheap and clean energy. Even though scientists have made a lot of progress in discovering and using renewable energy, there are still problems compared to the level of efficiency that then need compete with fossil…


Added by Alicia Hobbs on November 4, 2014 at 7:19am — No Comments

Use LEDS for outdoor lighting

Outdoor lights are usually left on for a long time. Using energy efficient bulbs with these fixtures will save lots of energy. LEDs work well indoors and outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments.…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Energy Saving Tip: Use Small Lamps for Small Jobs

If you're reading alone, use a reading lamp rather than lighting the entire room.

Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Benefits of Solar Energy: Personal vs. Societal

Solar energy isn’t anything new. The technology has been around in one form or another for more than 100 years. However it has never been as practical and financially viable than it is today. Companies and individuals around the world have begun to harness the sun’s rays as a form of sustainable energy at a rate that…


Added by Alicia Hobbs on October 9, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Inventors of LEDs for general lighting win Nobel Prize

Three people who together helped increase the energy efficiency of lighting systems across the world have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday.

This year’s Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 9, 2014 at 7:12am — No Comments

Landscaping for Shade

A trellis with a climbing vine can shade a home and still allow air circulation. 
| Photo courtesy of John Krigger, Saturn Resource.

Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can increase cooling costs, and incorporating shade from landscaping elements can help reduce this solar heat gain. Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 2, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

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