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.

How to Automate Your Appliances with Smart Plugs

Automate Anything in Your Home: Smart Plugs and Outlets

Smart homes give homeowners control over everything from energy use to home security, but transitioning to an entirely automated home can be a little overwhelming. If you don’t already have a smart-home hub, smart plugs might be the perfect compromise.

Energy-Efficient Decorative Lights

Brighten Your Home with Energy-Efficient Decorative Lights

From lighting up your home to transforming your front yard, decorative lights are a popular way to brighten any home during the holidays. While traditional string lights and decorative lights are a staple in many homes, they can use significant amounts of energy.

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Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers: Maintaining Your Ideal Home Humidity

Knowing how to maintain your ideal home humidity is important for both your health and your living space. Too much humidity in your house can result in mold, wood rot and aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms.

are smart smoke detectors better than traditional smoke detectors?

Are Smart Smoke Detectors Better Than Traditional Ones?

Have you checked your smoke detectors recently? If not, you might want to.

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Best Ways to Make a Pet-Friendly Smart Home

Americans love their pets. According to the ASPCA, 44 percent of American households have a dog, and 35 percent have at least one cat.

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Garage Doors

Garages are rarely connected to a home’s heating and cooling system, so why insulate a garage door? Energy-efficient smart garage doors offer a range of advantages, from cooling the garage during hot weather to offering better security.

A senior friendly smart home with a window, a chair, acane and a thermostat.

Smart Homes Allow the Aging to Maintain Independence

Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last century. In fact, the World Health Organization now estimates that people over the age of 65 will outnumber children under the age of 14 by 2050.

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Best Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades to Increase Home Property Value

Whether you’re planning to spend decades in your home or hoping to move in the near future, it’s always wise to consider the best home improvements for resale. Traditionally, new siding, decks and bathroom remodels have been among the best upgrades to add value to a home.

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Best Ways to Make Your Home a Kid-Friendly Smart Home

Raising kids can be challenging, especially in a world with new and rapid-changing technology. Luckily, thanks to this new technology, making a kid-friendly smart home is easier than ever!

what are cool roofs

What Are Cool Roofs?

If you have a small business, the wrong type of roofing can make the summer incredibly hot, forcing your HVAC system to work overtime and leaving your employees—and customers—overheated and uncomfortable. Cool roofs help combat rising temperatures in hot climates, offering small businesses opportunities to save on air-conditioning costs while providing a cool work environment.

5 ways to make an energy efficient attic

5 Ways to Make Your Attic More Energy-Efficient

Improving the energy efficiency of your attic helps maintain a comfortable temperature in your home while saving you money on heating and cooling costs. Despite this, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of proper attic ventilation, radiant barriers and energy-efficient insulation: over 90 percent of US homes are improperly insulated.

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