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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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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Home Energy Savings Series: Should I Insulate My Basement?

The basement is one of those spots in a house that people often ignore. It’s a place to store things and then just pretend it doesn’t exist.

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How to Weatherize Your Home for Winter

The time to weatherize your home for winter is before the winds start to blow and the thermometer drops. But even if you’re late to the game, there are still home weatherization steps you can take to help lower your energy costs and while making your home warmer.

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters | Which is More Energy Efficient?

The average household spends $400-$600 annually heating its water, according to Energy.gov.

How to Find Air Leaks in Your Home

Finding and sealing air leaks in your home is one fast and relatively easy way to take charge of your energy bill and potentially lower costs. If you think energy efficiency testing isn’t worth the time or effort, consider this: The average house has enough home air leaks to add up to a two-foot square

Which is More Energy Efficient? Microwave vs Toaster Oven vs Oven

Choosing the right energy-efficient cooking appliance for the right task is one easy way to save energy and potentially lower your energy costs at home. (Not sure where to start?

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