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Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, can help you understand the whole picture of your home's energy use. An audit can help you determine how much energy your home uses, where your home is…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 20, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

Saving Energy in the Kitchen

ENERGY STAR<sup>&reg;</sup> Refrigerators Are Cool! ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models. Models with top-mounted freezers use 10%-25% less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount units.
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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 13, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Buy lumens - not watts

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When you're shopping for lightbulbs, compare lumens to be sure you're getting the amount of light, or level of brightness, you want. The Lighting Facts Label will help. This new label will make it easy to compare bulb brightness, color, life, and estimated operating cost for the year.

BUY LUMENS, NOT WATTS…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 6, 2017 at 5:41am — No Comments

Should you replace those old windows?

Sometimes there are compelling reasons not to replace old windows. Some old windows are beautiful, thoroughly appreciated, and repairable. Some are in historic homes, where the local ordinances prohibit replacing them. Or you may find the cost of window replacement too high, while other,…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on January 30, 2017 at 6:48am — No Comments

Congratulate Yourself on Achieving One Easy Energy-Saving Resolution

You can cut wasted electricity used for lighting by as much as 30% when you replace manual light…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on January 9, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Where to insulate in a home

Examples of where to insulate. 1. In unfinished attic spaces, insulate between and over the floor joists to seal off living spaces below. If the air distribution is in the attic space, then consider insulating the rafters to move the distribution into the conditioned space. (1A) attic access door 2. In finished attic rooms with or without dormer, insulate (2A) between the studs of "knee" walls, (2B) between the studs and rafters of exterior walls and roof, (2C) and ceilings with cold spaces above. (2D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 3. All exterior walls, including (3A) walls between living spaces and unheated garages, shed roofs, or storage areas; (3B) foundation walls above ground level; (3C) foundation walls in heated basements, full wall either interior or exterior. 4. Floors above cold spaces, such as vented crawl spaces and unheated garages. Also insulate (4A) any portion of the floor in a room that is cantilevered beyond the exterior wall below; (4B) slab floors built directly on the ground; (4C) as an alternative to floor insulation, foundation walls of unvented crawl spaces. (4D) Extend insulation into joist space to reduce air flows. 5. Band joists. 6. Replacement or storm windows and caulk and seal around all windows and doors. Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Examples of where to insulate. 1. In unfinished attic spaces, insulate between and over the floor joists to seal off living spaces below. If the air distribution is in the attic space, then consider…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on January 3, 2017 at 5:57am — No Comments

Water uses energy. Energy uses water.

Water uses energy. Energy uses water. The "water-energy nexus"—as it has come to be known—is one of the emerging hot topics when it comes to making homes greener and more resource-efficient. The …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 26, 2016 at 6:32am — No Comments

The History of the Light Bulb

More than 150 years ago, inventors began working on a bright idea that would have a dramatic impact on how we use energy in our…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 12, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments

Thermostats

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 5, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Air Sealing Your Home

Save on heating and cooling costs by checking for air leaks in common trouble spots in your home.

Save on heating and cooling costs by checking for air leaks in common trouble spots in your home.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 21, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments

Lighting Options

Lighting your house is no minor expense. It's about 10% of your electric bill. If you change just 15 old bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs, you'll save about $50 a year on your electric bill. Use only the most efficient bulbs and your…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 14, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

Detecting Air Leaks

For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test.

For a thorough and accurate measurement of air leakage in your home, hire a qualified technician to conduct an energy assessment, particularly a blower door test.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 7, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

4 Ways to Slay Energy Vampires This Halloween

While trick or…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 31, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

How Much Can You REALLY Save with Energy Efficient Improvements?

Replace your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR models to save $75 per year.| Photo courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

By Alison Casey (Originally posted on Energy.gov.)…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 17, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Heating Equipment Checklist for Winter Comfort and Efficiency

Using our heating equipment checklist can help you properly maintain your heating system this winter! | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/lionvision

by Paige Terlip (Originally posted on Energy.gov.)

Use this heating equipment checklist…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Fall & Winter Energy-Saving Tips

Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the cool fall and winter months. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com.

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 26, 2016 at 6:31am — No Comments

Everything you need to know about water heaters

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 19, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

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