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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 28, 2017 at 6:21am — No Comments

Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips

Simple and inexpensive actions can…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 25, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

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

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

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

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 17, 2017 at 6:30am — 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

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

Passive Solar Home Design

This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water and a secondary radiant floor heating system. | Photo courtesy of Jim Schmid Photography.

This North Carolina home gets most of its space heating from the passive solar design, but the solar thermal system (top of roof) supplies both domestic hot water…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

Living Off The Sun, Or...No Electricity Bill

 

One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks among us call this achieving net zero.)

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 1, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Case Study: Experiences in an All-LED Home

The kitchen is illuminated with ten 12W ceiling can lights. The two pendant lights are 3W LEDs. LED equivalents were not yet available for the fluorescent undercounter lights.  

This all started in August 2010 when we discovered that a rat had eaten gaping holes in the outlet hose of our dishwasher. When all the damage was counted, we were looking at a complete…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 24, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

Case Study: Aiming for Net Zero Energy in Florida

The north side of the Parker-Shepperd house after remodeling. Note from the “before” photo (below) that sloped roof trusses were added to accommodate insulation and PV panels, and that an addition pushed out into the original front porch.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 17, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments

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