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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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.

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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!

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How to Heat & Cool Your Attic More Energy-Efficiently

Improving your attic’s energy efficiency 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.

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Finding the Best Energy-Efficient Fan

Energy-Efficient Fans: Finding the Best Fans for Your Home

Maintaining a comfortable climate in your home is a challenge, especially when you consider the effect of air-conditioning and heating on your energy bill. Choosing the best ceiling fans for your home helps keep you cool in the summer—and even warm in winter.

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Outdoor Automation Ideas for your Smart Home

You’ve heard of a smartphone, but have you heard of a smart home? Thanks to recent advances in technology, there are many ways you can use smart outdoor living to extend technology beyond your pocket and into your backyard.

High Efficiency Toilets vs. Regular Toilet

Home Energy Savings: High Efficiency Toilets vs Regular Toilets

As talk of water shortages becomes more common in the United States, as well as in other countries around the world, water-conserving initiatives and regulations are becoming the norm. One way to handle this is to install high-efficiency toilets vs.

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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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