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Public Art to Promote Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on August 19, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Pollution in the Home: Kitchens Can Produce Hazardous Levels of Indoor Pollutants

Scientist Brett Singer is a vegetarian. So why has he been frying up hamburgers? Singer and his team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) indoor air researchers have found hazardous levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in a surprisingly large portion of…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on August 12, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Elder Star

All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population brings new needs across the whole spectrum of health, transportation, recreation, housing, and safety. And since the over-65 cohort is a growing fraction…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on August 5, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Leaky Ducts Suck In Health Hazards

Duct leaks are a fairly common way to lose conditioned air and suck outdoor air into your home. I once worked on a new 4,000 square foot upscale suburban home that smelled like a sewer. The owners had been living in a downtown hotel for three months to avoid the smell.

My testing showed that the ducts that carry air from…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Learning Thermostat - A Huge Impact on Energy Savings

Okay, I have had a couple of programmable thermostats in the past, but once again about 11 months ago I was doing my weekly (sometimes daily) stroll through the neighborhood "big-box" home improvement store. And back in the back, past the garden section, there is this little end-of-the-aisle display with a video playing about this neatly packaged "Nest."

And, I am…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 22, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Heating and Cooling No Longer Majority of U.S. Home Energy Use

Occasionally events that happened years ago make news today. That is exactly what happened recently when DOE announced that heating and cooling dropped to less than half of home energy use.. in 2009. This news is not earthshaking—and our creaky data-gathering apparatus took four years to notice—but it signals both success and a need for introspection on the part of the home energy industry.

Here’s what the Energy Information…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 16, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Window Replacement—Wading Through the Maze of Options & Sales

In 2012 we decided it was time to replace our 27-year old contractor grade double paned aluminum widows. Some of the seals had failed. Some of the window were leaking (water).

We planned to replace 19 windows initially and ended up replacing 21 in…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Preparing Homes for Future Blackouts

We all have stories about losing power in our home for several hours—or days—and many people suspect that power interruptions are becoming more frequent. They may be right; unfortunately, the utility data are so sketchy that nobody can say for certain. But declining investment in maintenance on the part of utilities, plus the…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on July 2, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Momentum Builds For Energy Efficiency...But Is The Wolf at The Door?

It says something that Ernest Moniz (pictured) chose to deliver his first public talk as US energy secretary to an energy efficiency crowd.

His recent appearance…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on June 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Replaced my A/C This Weekend; Results of Downsizing by 1/3

Recently my 13-year-old Carrier A/C devolved a leak and I chose to replace the system rather than track down the leak and repair the coil. I had been reading about doing Manual J calculations and how contractors are scared to death to undersize. I had been…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on June 17, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

What happens when you get snow on solar panels?

Greener living starts at home! There are plenty of things you can do to save energy and water around the house and reduce your bills. One of these things is to install solar panels. Solar panels on your roof can generate electricity and can help you to…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on June 10, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Electric Power Saving Products For Homeowners

All homeowners are energy users. It is anticipated that if every household in America used only one incandescent light bulb, they would still be able to match the energy output of one whole nuclear power plant. Certainly, each family utilizes a lot more than just one lamp, so you could imagine the amount of energy that is…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on June 3, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Green Cipherin' - What's Slowing the Mainstreaming of Green Building, and What Homeowners Can Do about It

MLSs (Multiple Listing Services) across the country are unveiling “green-field addenda” (GFAs) and searchable fields to highlight green features. Twenty-five percent of new-home sales are ENERGY STAR-certified, and utility programs across the country provide…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on May 28, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Are Realtors doing enough for “Future Generations?”

This time two weeks ago I was in Anaheim, California, at the National Association of Realtors’ Annual Conference, themed “Seize the Day“.…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on May 20, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Missed Opportunity? Energy Audits @ Home Purchase

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Added by Home Energy Saver on May 13, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Know Your Enervee Score: Energy Efficiency Made Easy

Back in May, I was looking to buy a new flat screen computer monitor for my home office. After spending ten minutes searching online, I found the best deals at J&R Electronics and decided to…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on May 6, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Why Don't Architects and Interior Designers Care About HVAC Systems?

GUILTY! Once upon a time, I would have scoffed at mechanical engineers and contractors if they'd ask me, as the design architect, for a bigger room to put the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) equipment in.

"Are you crazy? And give up valuable storage…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 29, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Get the Most out of Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits in Illinois

As part of the “fiscal cliff” legislation signed into law early this year, Congress provided a number of…
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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 22, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013

Each year, in select categories, the Environmental Protection Agency recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. The goal of this effort is to drive more energy efficient products into the market more quickly, priming the pipeline for even greater greenhouse gas emission reductions.…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 19, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Energy Benchmarking - A $9 Billion Saving Plan

Energy benchmarking can unlock $9 billion in energy savings by 2020, suggests a recent report by the Institute of Market Transformation. Despite our lofty aspirations of energy independence and tackling global climate change, we are only beginning to implement the first step in the multifamily…

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Added by Home Energy Saver on April 16, 2013 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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