Keeping your home clean and green can help you save money, live more comfortably, improve your health, and reduce environmental impacts. Some things are obvious, like switching to LEDs and keeping your dryer vent clear, but others, like cleaning your gutters, can make a major impact and aren’t quite as obvious.
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We know that there are some inefficient things in our home that might need replacing, but there’s always that question about whether it’s worth the cost. Here’s how to calculate the payback period for a refrigerator to see if it’s worth it to switch.
Plug-and-play technology is not limited to websites or apps. Now, you can get plug-and-play LED tube lights that are as easy as 1-2-3 to install. No more swapping out the entire ballast, opting for an electronic over a magnetic one. Gone are the days of finding specific bulbs. No matter if your lighting is electronic […]
As winter nears, many will begin to activate their home heating system to keep the house warm in the blustery and frigid temperatures that accompany the change in seasons. Ensuring your attic is properly insulated is essential to this endeavor. Taking this initiative will reduce energy costs, which in turn aids the environment and also […]
In this era about driving attention to energy efficiency, few, if any, are going to argue a case against the benefits of using LED lights. But replacing burnt-out incandescent bulbs with LEDs is no simple undertaking, especially when it comes to price. LED bulbs, built using emitting diodes, although certain to last longer than the Edison-style […]
You know the lint that builds up inside the lint trap every time you run a dryer load? Well, that lint can also make its way into the dryer vents. This lint doesn’t just block airflow and cause the dryer to do a poor job of drying clothes. It also presents a significant risk for […]
Before I begin writing about energy gardens, it is incredibly helpful to understand what they are, what they aren’t, and their level of independence from whatever energy utility serves the vicinity. The concept of distributed energy According to the US Department of Energy, “distributed energy consists of a range of smaller-scale and modular devices designed […]
Electrical outlets are usually one of the last items in a house to be insulated with foam gaskets. Does this make a difference in overall heating efficiency? Yes, yes, and YES! If your exterior wall outlets are not insulated, they are little more than a hole in the wall leading outside. An easy way to reduce […]
A great way to ensure that your home is using energy efficiently is to periodically perform a little maintenance on your radiators. Bleeding the line of any oxygen is quick and easy to do and requires almost no technical training or know how to do. Just follow these instructions to get your radiator running efficiently. […]
Did you know that your ceiling fans may actually spin in two different directions? It’s true, and it’s not just because they wanted to give you an option with which way it spins. There’s actually a few practical reasons for why you would want to switch the direction it spins (including energy efficiency!) This guide […]
There are a few things that you can count on to keep you cool during the summer (and warm during the winter). Insulation and your HVAC system are two such examples, but energy-efficient window inserts are also important, especially for homes with older, drafty windows. Here’s how. First, a little background. The exterior shell of […]
Energy Saving Air Conditioning (A/C) Alternatives for Cooling Yourself and Your Home: A Top Ten List
Air conditioning is ubiquitous in modern society, and while it keeps our homes and offices cool, it exacts a very high cost in terms of ecological, social, and health impacts. To help you save energy and money, here is a top ten list of the best cooling alternatives to your Air Conditioning (A/C) in your […]
We have collected nearly 50 tips and tricks for how to make your home more energy efficient. Tips for kitchen, bathroom, bedroom & beyond!
When it comes to saving money and energy around your home one of the best things you can do is detect and eliminate drafts around your window and door frames. The easiest way to check your window and door frames for leaks is with the use of an infrared thermometer. Just follow these instructions to learn […]
Thomas Edison (the man who invented the modern incandescent light bulb as we know it) once said “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles”. While I appreciate the philanthropic nature of his comment, something tells me he never would have predicted just how much it costs to power the light […]
Did you know that water heaters are typically the second biggest user of electricity in your home? It’s true, central A/C systems come in at #1, but not far behind at #2 is your water heater. After all, literally every ounce of hot water you use to take showers, wash clothes and dishes, etc. has […]