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Home Window Efficiency Testing

About one-third of your heating and cooling are lost as heat transfers through your windows. While window technology has improved dramatically over the past 20-30 years, newer windows still contribute to home energy loss significantly. There are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your home windows. The best place to start is with testing the efficiency of your windows to determine if it is time to invest in new windows, or if there are smaller improvements you can make to your existing windows.  ... read more

Home Energy Use Facts

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Here are some astonishing tidbits and facts I have discovered about home energy use in the United States. 

The average home contributes more air pollution than does the average car.

Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to one-third of the cold air can escape.

Switching from ten 100-watt bulbs to ten 40-watt bulbs saves 600 watt hours. That savings is for every hour the lights are on. Saving 0.6 kWh from changing 10 light bulbs x 8 hours/day x 365 days/yr = 1752 kWh.... read more

What is a Home Energy Management System?

Home Energy Managing Systems are tools that monitor energy data from your electricity meter and/or PV solar system.  The system tracks how much energy is in use at any given time or over a period of time.  There are two types of energy management systems on the market: 1) those geared toward utility companies to monitor customer use and allow them to adjust rates based on use; and 2) those for home owners to monitor their own home energy use in order to be more efficient. ... read more

40 Home Energy Saving Tips

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When there is a will there is a way. It is simple to save energy and money at home when you stop, think, and plan.  Here are 40 simple energy saving tips you can implement today.  Most of these are free (yes!) and can make a big difference.... read more

How to Improve Home Window Efficiency

I recently wrote about how roughly one-third of your cool air escapes through your windows. Windows make up a large portion of the perimeter of your home – about 15% - so it’s important to understand how your windows impact your energy consumption. Here are 10 simple steps you can take to improve your home window efficiency.... read more

Simple Solutions for Home Energy Loss

Almost every home has energy loss problems that can be solved with easy, do-it-yourself solutions. Everyone is eager to cut a few dollars off that monthly energy bill and help the environment in the process.  Here are some simple solutions to your home energy loss problems.... read more

DIY Home Energy Audit Checklist

If you’re not ready to hire a professional to conduct an energy audit, but want to learn about your home’s energy efficiency to make changes for the better, you are in the right place.  Below you will find a comprehensive checklist to complete your own free home energy audit.  (Expect it to take you about half a day to complete) Most people find that with this DIY checklist they can make a few small improvements and save big on their energy bill each month.... read more

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