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. …Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on June 25, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments
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. …Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on June 24, 2015 at 4:52pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on June 12, 2015 at 1:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on May 18, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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:
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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
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.…Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on March 5, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments
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Added by Gregory Homan on February 25, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments
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.Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on February 17, 2015 at 2:13pm — No Comments
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
As described in this National Geographic article, they aggressively save energy, but there is some controversy.Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on February 4, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments
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: …Continue
Added by Gregory Homan on January 30, 2015 at 5:10pm — No Comments