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Adding Insulation to an Existing Home

Understand how a structure such as a house works to create a comfortable interior environment and learn the ways insulation is…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 18, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Get Ready for Autumn!

Don’t let those bright autumn leaves and clear fall sky fool you—cold weather is just around the corner. Get your home ready for the chill ahead of schedule. <em>Photo by David Parsons, NREL 6317419</em>

Don’t let those bright autumn leaves and clear fall sky fool you—cold weather is just around the corner. Get your home ready for the chill ahead of schedule. Photo by David Parsons, NREL 6317419…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 11, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

4 Energy-Saving Tips to Illuminate Your Lighting Habits

Saving money and energy by only changing your lighting? Sounds like a bright idea to me! Energy efficient lighting is one of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bills. Here are some ideas to save money more than just changing out incandescent  bulbs to CFL or…

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Added by Green ID on August 9, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Solar Water Heaters

Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank.| Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 21, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Tips for Making Your Home Greener and Safer

An individual household cannot stop water pollution, nor reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But combined in a team effort, every one of us can do little that can help a lot. Do your share by making your family residence eco-friendly and safe, and maybe you even save some money in the process.…

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Added by Tracey Clayton on August 14, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

How To Save Energy In Your Kitchen!

Whether you spend every night in the kitchen making dinner or its main use is warming up left overs, these tips can help you cut down your spending and energy use in the kitchen.



Pots, Pans, and dishes

Using a warped…

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Added by Green ID on July 12, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Energy-saving laundry tips

Save energy and more with ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR clothes washers use 20% less energy to wash clothes than standard washing machines.

Save energy and more with ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR clothes washers use 20% less energy to wash clothes than standard washing machines.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 31, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Quiz: Test Your Home Energy IQ

Find out if you are the brightest bulb when it comes to energy efficiency trivia! Test your Home Energy IQ.

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 24, 2017 at 6:08am — No Comments

Stay Cool and Save Money All Summer Long

At…

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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

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