Energy Efficiency

Everyone wants lower energy costs. Understanding how to increase the energy efficiency of your home and appliances is one way to do that. Take our Cost of Energy Appliance quiz to get started. Discover how well you know what it costs to binge watch your favorite TV show and use other appliances — and then how to save. Learn more about ENERGY STAR and other ways to improve your home energy efficiency.

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Tiny Houses: Energy Efficiency Spotlight

The tiny house movement is, well, huge, and a resurgence of simple living is sweeping the nation. So, what’s the big deal about living in a house the size of a shed?

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Finding the Best Types of Energy-Efficient Lighting Fixtures

Lighting your home might seem like a no-brainer, but there’s actually more to it than meets the eye. Creative, energy-efficient lighting does more than just look nice; it also can maximize the functionality of your living space and save on energy costs.

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Smart Thermostat vs. Wifi Enabled Thermostat

If you haven’t put a lot of thought into how you control the temperature in your home, perhaps now is the time to look at the benefits of a smart thermostat. You might be doing just fine with a “regular” wall unit, but you might be able to cross one thing off your daily to-do

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Which Is More Energy Efficient: Electric vs. Gas Grills?

Summer is almost here, and for many people, that means it’s time to fire up the backyard grill. That can be a relief, as it could mean less mess in your kitchen, and it’s a fast way to serve a delicious meal to a larger group of people if you’re entertaining.

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Instant Pot® vs. Crock-Pot®: Which is More Energy Efficient?

People are always on the lookout for fast, easy ways to cook meals, and it’s even better when there’s less cleanup involved. The most recent cooking craze to the “must-have kitchen cache” is the Instant Pot®.

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Energy Efficiency Series: Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows

Windows can provide natural light, warmth from the sun, and be decorative additions to a room. Windows can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency, however; they’re a prime spot for air leaks, for instance.

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Which Is More Energy Efficient? Gas vs. Wood-Burning Fireplaces vs. Electric Fireplaces

The National Association of Home Builders says fireplaces are among the top three most desired features for a new homebuyer. Who doesn’t love the idea of sitting by a crackling fire on a cold night?

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How to Retrofit Windows & Retrofit Air Conditioning

We fall in love with a home — its look, its location — and we move in, only to discover that it is not, indeed, perfect. Maybe it needs a new HVAC system or other home energy improvements.

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Presidents Day Appliance Sales: How to Choose the Most Energy Efficient Appliances

Presidents Day, officially the third Monday of February, is meant to celebrate — depending on which history site you read — George Washington’s birthday (actually Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb.

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Bottom Mount Freezer vs. Side-by-Side Fridges: Which Is More Energy Efficient

Quick! Do you know which appliances use the most energy in the average home?

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Boiler vs. Furnace: Which Is More Energy Efficient?

Most of us don’t know much about the furnace or boiler in our basements other than that they ensure our homes are delightful when the weather outside is frightful. We use the terms “furnace” or “boiler” interchangeably and hope for the best.

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