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Stay Cool and Save Money All Summer Long

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 17, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

It's the Little Things: 5 Small Energy Saving Tips

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Added by Green ID on July 6, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Online Tools Help You Save Energy and Money

Map showing alternative fueling stations across the United States.
Use the Alternative Fueling Station Locator to find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States.

When it comes to improving energy efficiency, there are a lot of questions homeowners…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 3, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Energy Saving Basics and Innovations You Can Use in Your Home

Every month, the bills come and you spend quite a bit of money on them. Sometimes, they’re so high that they end up consuming a large chunk of your paycheck. A lot of homeowners have trouble with electricity waste, and are trying to find a way to reduce the consumption of electricity in their homes. The solution is not in reducing the usage of electrical devices, but using the right ones. Here are some of the best ways to save energy and your paycheck every month.…

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Added by Tracey Clayton on June 24, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments

I Was the Cobbler Whose Kids Had No Shoes

This blog by BPI CEO Larry Zarker was originally posted on BPIhomeowner.org.

I used to wonder why my athletic teenage children suffered from sinusitis in the Fall, then a colleague…

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Added by Quinn Korzeniecki on June 23, 2017 at 7:19am — No Comments

Case Study: Historic Home Gets a Remodel

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 warm in the…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 19, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Savings Project: Lower Water Heating Temperature

Project Level: Easy
Energy Savings: 4%-22%…
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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 12, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Fans for cooling

Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on June 5, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Behavior and Usability: At the Interface of Human-Building Interaction

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In the 1970s, Princeton’s Twin Rivers Project found that the behavior of the occupant is a determining factor of the energy used in a home. Families living in identical units (floor plans, furnaces, and appliances) had widely varying energy use. In fact, when new occupants moved into previously occupied units, their energy use was…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 30, 2017 at 4:57am — No Comments

Tips for keeping your house cool this summer

When it comes to cooling your house, there are a number of options beyond air conditioning. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/chrisgramly.

When it comes to cooling your house, there are a number of options beyond air conditioning. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/chrisgramly.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Preventing Confusion in the Lighting Aisle Starts with Planning

A simple tally of the number and types of lightbulbs in your house can prepare you for a trip to the lighting aisle. | Photo courtesy of Allison Casey

A simple tally of the number and types of lightbulbs in your house can prepare you for a trip to the lighting aisle. | Photo courtesy of Allison Casey…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 15, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Passive Solar Home Design

This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water and a secondary radiant floor heating system. | Photo courtesy of Jim Schmid Photography.

This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Living Off The Sun, Or...No Electricity Bill

 

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 electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks among us call this achieving net zero.)

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 1, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Case Study: Experiences in an All-LED Home

The kitchen is illuminated with ten 12W ceiling can lights. The two pendant lights are 3W LEDs. LED equivalents were not yet available for the fluorescent undercounter lights.  

This all started in August 2010 when we discovered that a rat had eaten gaping holes in the outlet hose of our dishwasher. When all the damage was counted, we were looking at a complete…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 24, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

Case Study: Aiming for Net Zero Energy in Florida

The north side of the Parker-Shepperd house after remodeling. Note from the “before” photo (below) that sloped roof trusses were added to accommodate insulation and PV panels, and that an addition pushed out into the original front porch.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 17, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments

Case Study: Deep Energy Retrofit in Ohio

The Wilson-James family in front of their remodeled 1942 Cape Cod–style home.

Owners: Jeff Wilson and Sherri James

Location: Athens, Ohio

Climate Zone: Cold

Jeff and Sherri’s original plan was to buy a house in town, do a quick…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 10, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Lighting Choices to Save You Money

Light your home using the same amount of light for less money. An average household dedicates about 5% of its energy budget to lighting. Switching to energy-efficient lighting is…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 2, 2017 at 10:02am — 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.

A trellis with a climbing vine can shade a home and still allow air circulation. 
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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 27, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Bring in the sun with daylighting



Daylighting is the use of windows and skylights to bring sunlight into your home.

Today's highly energy-efficient windows, as…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 20, 2017 at 6:38am — No Comments

Tankless water heaters

Diagram of a tankless water heater.

Diagram of a tankless water heater.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 13, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

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