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LED Holiday Lights

Did you know? Not only do LED holiday lights consume less electricity, they also have the following advantages:



Safer → LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 15, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Active solar heating

Active solar heating systems use solar energy to heat a fluid -- either liquid or air -- and then transfer the solar heat directly to the interior space or to a storage system for later use. If the solar system cannot provide adequate space heating, an auxiliary or back-up system provides the additional heat. Liquid systems are more often used when storage is…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on December 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Laundry Tip

When shopping for a new clothes dryer, look for one with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry. Not only will this save energy, it will save the wear and tear on your clothes caused by over-drying.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 30, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

It pays to make energy efficiency improvements

The most recent analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows the cost of saving energy is less than half of constructing a new coal plant for the same amount of electricity.

Saving energy costs about 4.4 cents per kWh, according to new analysis from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory based on data from 34 states,…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 25, 2014 at 7:18am — 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.

You may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, such as an under-the-door draft, but you'll need to find the less obvious gaps to properly …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 18, 2014 at 6:37am — No Comments

#AskEnergySaver: Home Heating

Home heating and cooling account for about 48 percent of the average utility bill. As the weather gets cooler, it’s important to weatherize your home in order to save money while staying cozy. And while we have lots of great…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on November 11, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Use LEDS for outdoor lighting

Outdoor lights are usually left on for a long time. Using energy efficient bulbs with these fixtures will save lots of energy. LEDs work well indoors and outdoors because of their durability and performance in cold environments.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Energy Saving Tip: Use Small Lamps for Small Jobs

If you're reading alone, use a reading lamp rather than lighting the entire room.

Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 16, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Inventors of LEDs for general lighting win Nobel Prize

Three people who together helped increase the energy efficiency of lighting systems across the world have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday.

This year’s Nobel Laureates are rewarded for having invented a…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 9, 2014 at 7:12am — No Comments

Landscaping for Shade

A trellis with a climbing vine can shade a home and still allow air circulation. 
| Photo courtesy of John Krigger, Saturn Resource.

Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can increase cooling costs, and incorporating shade from landscaping elements can help reduce this solar heat gain. Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on October 2, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

How Much Do You Consume?

Energy.gov has a very cool tool which will let you see how much energy someone like you uses. Check it out…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 25, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Wood and Pellet Heating

Today you can choose from a new generation of wood- and pellet-burning appliances that are cleaner burning, more efficient, and powerful enough to heat many average-sized, modern homes. Pellet fuel appliances burn small pellets that measure 3/8 to 1 inch in length.

Choosing and Installing Wood- and Pellet-Burning Appliances

When choosing a wood- or…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 22, 2014 at 7:10am — No Comments

Energy saving tips: Energy vampires and phantom power loads

Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 12, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

TedxBoulder - James Brew - The Value of Energy Efficiency

James Brew discusses how small changes to your house can make huge changes in our environment.

Added by Diane Chojnowski on September 5, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Living Comfortably: A Consumer’s Guide to Home Energy Upgrades

A weatherization worker drills holes to blow cellulose insulation in the interior walls of this home. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL

A weatherization worker drills holes to blow cellulose insulation in the interior walls of this home. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, NREL…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 29, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Compared with Traditional Incandescents

Energy-efficient light bulbs are available today and could save you about $50 per year in energy costs when you replace 15 traditional incandescent bulbs in your home.…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 22, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Tips: Water Heating

Keep your energy bills out of hot water. Insulate your water heater to save energy and money, or choose an on-demand hot water heater to save even more.

Keep your energy bills out of hot water. Insulate your water heater to save energy and money, or choose an on-demand hot water heater to save even more.

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home. It typically accounts for…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 15, 2014 at 7:07am — 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…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on August 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Case Study: Deep Energy Retrofit in Ohio



The Wilson-James family in front of their remodeled 1942 Cape Cod–style home.

Owners: Jeff Wilson and Sherri James

Location: Athens, Ohio

Climate Zone: Cold

Jeff and Sherri’s original plan was to buy a house in town, do a…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on July 31, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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