Lighting your house can be up to 10% of your electricity bill. Here are some good ways to save on lighting costs.
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Understand how a structure such as a house works to create a comfortable interior environment and learn the ways insulation is added to an existing home.
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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…
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In considering the electricity usage we wanted to offset, I imagined our 3,200-square-foot home’s energy performance would be at least modestly good since it was built under California’s progressive Title 24 energy code. Additionally, our climate zone in Oakland is mild and I considered my family to be energy efficient. I was in for a…
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Temperatures are rising but your energy bills don't have to!
This month, Energy Department experts are answering your questions about saving energy during summer -- whether you want to know about more efficient ways to cool your home or the best air conditioner for your needs.…
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The primary goal in cooling is to avoid experiencing heat. Keep the sun out, let cool breezes in, turn off your lights and appliances, and seek the coolest spot indoors or out. The summer sun is a potent heat source; it affects your house primarily on
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From Alison Wiley, Diamond-Cut Life
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…
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Even though most investments in energy efficiency pay for themselves many times over, finding the cash to do it isn't always easy. This problem is addressed by rebates provided by energy companies and others, creative mortgage products provided by banks, tax credits provided by state and federal government, and even cash incentives for scrapping…Continue
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Studies have found that a new, energy-efficient dishwasher saves significant amounts of both water and energy compared to hand dishwashing. So if your dishwasher is more than seven to ten years old, you’ll probably want to consider buying a new one. Not only can a new dishwasher save water and energy, but some of them are exceptionally quiet.…Continue
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Planning projects you can do today:
Make an appointment with a home performance assessor.
Start a Homeowner’s Manual for your home.
Try out some no-budget changes that make better use of space and energy.
Planning projects that will take more time:
Carefully consider your goals for this project.
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8. This month, people across the country set their clocks forward an hour, marking the start to Daylight Saving Time. But it hasn’t always happened on the second Sunday in March. The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which was implemented in 2007, added four weeks to Daylight Saving Time by changing it to start on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in…Continue
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Remember the days when your home had only one TV and a computer was something you only needed at work?…
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Small space heaters are typically used when the main heating system is inadequate or when central heating is too costly to install or operate. In some cases, small space heaters can be less expensive to use if you only want to heat one room or supplement inadequate heating in one room. They can also boost the temperature of rooms used by individuals who are sensitive to cold,…Continue
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One of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home's comfort is to add insulation to your attic. Learn more about insulation. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab.…Continue
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