Home is where the heart is; it’s also where home energy savings start. We’ve got home energy savings tips on everything from attic insulation and discovering air leaks to how to best run your appliances. Check out our 31 Days of Energy Savings guide to get started. Follow our appliance energy efficiency comparison series, including posts on gas vs. electric dryers and microwaves vs. toaster ovens vs. ovens.
Understanding attic insulation types and energy savings You might be very aware of your energy expenses in the living areas of your home, but it’s important to pay attention to the attic, too, or all your hard work could, literally, blow out the roof. The Department of Energy estimates that you could shave 10 to
Most of us just flip a switch and that’s that. We don’t give much thought to the energy use of appliances.
When it comes to thermostat temperature settings, people fall into one of two overarching categories: those who set the thermostat at one temperature and leave it there and those who don’t. From there, each side usually has a number of often logical and/or emotional reasons why theirs is the ideal thermostat temperature.
You can tell which of your neighbors are into lighting savings and which aren’t just by driving past their home or apartment. If the lights are blazing in every room, you know that concerns about the energy used by a light left on is probably not one of their top worries.
The water you use at home matters when it comes to energy use as well as caring for our communities and the environment. Because showering accounts for a major portion of household water usage, knowing how much water a shower uses can go a long way toward conserving it.
Summertime Energy-saving Tips The temperature isn’t the only thing rising in the summer. You might also be seeing an uptick on your energy bills as you turn up those air conditioners, run those pool pumps longer, and turn on fans.
When it’s summertime and the sun is shining, it’s hard to beat the feeling of going for a swim. But even though swimming pools are delightful in hot weather, they can also increase your energy expenses.
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Want to make a change that can quickly lower your home heating and cooling costs? Consider installing a programmable or self-programming thermostat.
Most of us know trees can beautify a yard, attract desirable wildlife, and provide privacy from neighbors. What homeowners may not realize, however, is that trees can also play an important role in helping reduce home energy costs.
As part of our “Which is More Energy Efficient” series, we’ve been looking at common household appliances and evaluating which are more energy efficient. (Take our quiz to see how savvy you are about which appliances use the least amount of energy.
Changing energy consumption habits might not be top of mind for many people, but small changes can have a big impact on your energy bill. And it pays in more ways than just on your monthly statement.
Since heating, cooling and operating buildings accounts for a significant amount of energy consumption, it’s important to find ways to improve your building’s energy efficiency. What is energy efficiency in a building and why is it important?
A power surge or electrical surge is a relatively rare, but potentially damaging phenomenon that can occur in any electrical power system. Before you can protect your home and appliances from this danger, it helps to know exactly what is a power surge and what causes power surges.
Small and simple energy efficiency projects around your home could have a big payoff when it comes to home improvements that may save you money. We have gathered this collection of easy energy conservation projects that may help the environment and protect your wallet.
Reducing small business standby power is a great way to cut costs. In many cases, standby power, called a vampire energy drain, is pure wasted energy and wasted money.