Gregory Homan's Blog (13)

Can You Save Money by Closing HVAC Vents in Unused Rooms?

Heating and cooling a home use a lot of energy and are a major focus when people try to reduce utility bills. Some have suggested that closing HVAC vents in unused or little used rooms as a way to reduce energy usage and bills, and there are products coming to market that will automate vent closing.

This might seem intuitively like a good idea but is closing vents really beneficial? Are there downside?

A new post at Energy Vanguard suggests the answer may surprise some. …


Added by Gregory Homan on June 25, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

A Home Cooling Strategy for Lower Energy Bills

Hot weather has arrived, and you've likely used your air conditioner at least a few times already (if not more). But have you spent the time to ensure that it's running as it should?

And have you considered an overall cooling strategy that could help you run your air conditioner less, save money, and stay cool and comfortable?

EERE Energy Savers has tips that can help you get on track to a comfortable, efficient cooling season. …


Added by Gregory Homan on June 24, 2015 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Ventilation Systems for Cooling

Ventilation is the least expensive and most energy-efficient way to cool buildings. Ventilation works best when combined with methods to avoid heat buildup in your home. In some cases, natural ventilation will suffice for cooling, although it usually needs to be supplemented with spot ventilation, ceiling fans, and window fans. For large homes, homeowners might want…


Added by Gregory Homan on June 12, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments

How to Choose the Right Solar Panels

This is a repost of a blog posting on Home Energy Pros by Jamie Press, posted here with permission.

Whether you've decided to live "off the grid" or simply work eco-friendly energy into your current lifestyle, using solar energy is an ideal way to accomplish the goal. Using photovoltaic technology, the heat and light from the sun are converted into electrical…


Added by Gregory Homan on May 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Estimating the Cost and Efficiency of Solar Water Heating

Solar water heating systems usually cost more to purchase and install than conventional water heating systems. However, a solar water heater can usually save you money in the long run. This repost from EERE Energy Savers explains why.

How much money you save depends on the following:

  • The amount of hot water you…

Added by Gregory Homan on April 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Financing Energy-Efficient Homes


Added by Gregory Homan on April 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Getting to Net Zero Energy

This Beautiful Solar Home in Utah is approaching Net Zero Energy. In an Energy Vanguard post Allison Bailes tell how they are getting there. Read more...

Added by Gregory Homan on March 18, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Which Water Heater to Choose?

From EERE Energy Savers:  

It is important to know that the average household spends $400-$600 each year on water heating. In fact, water heating is the second largest expense in your home, accounting for 14%-18% of your utility bills. So investing in a more energy efficient water heater can save you money in the long run.…


Added by Gregory Homan on March 5, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments

Q & A: Energy Saver Loans

From EERE Energy Savers:

Steve Dunn with the Energy Department’s Building Technologies OfficeBetter Buildings Residential Program gives the “411” on a new loan program – available through May 4 –…


Added by Gregory Homan on February 25, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments

Love Your Home and It Will Love You Back!

From EERE Energy Savers: Paige Terlip of NREL writes about her plans to do energy upgrades that will also improve the comfort of her home.



Added by Gregory Homan on February 17, 2015 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Air Leaks in unexpected places

Don't waste money heating a room with air leaks, learn how to identify and seal them up tight!


Added by Gregory Homan on February 10, 2015 at 11:03am — No Comments

Passive Homes increase in US

As described in this National Geographic article, they aggressively save energy, but there is some controversy.



Added by Gregory Homan on February 4, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments

Energy Saver Tip: Shopping for Appliances

When you're shopping for appliances, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price -- think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll 

be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance.

You can learn more at Energy Saver's Tips: …


Added by Gregory Homan on January 30, 2015 at 5:10pm — No Comments

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