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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

A New Green Home in Newton, Massachusetts

I recently had the opportunity to view the construction of a sustainable house being built in my neighborhood in Newton, Massachusetts.  The home was designed by LDa Architecture and Interiors, based out of Cambridge, MA.  

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Greening Household Chores

Green Goes Simple: Conservation at Home
 

Everyday Chores Get Greener
 

By Amy Levin-Epstein for Green Goes Simple

Ready to make some eco-friendly changes, but not sure where to begin? Start with the things you do each day: chores!

Yes, even small shifts in your daily cleaning routines can have positive effects on the planet -- no extra elbow grease required. “People have a sense that with green cleaning there is more scrubbing, or it is more expensive, or it doesn’t work. These are all myths,” says green-cleaning expert Annie B. Bond, author of Clean and Green and Better Basics for the Home.

Add these simple tips to your daily chore toolbox and you’ll be a green, clean, dirt-fighting machine in no time: “Going green takes some time to figure out, but once you get it, you’re set for life,” says Bond.... read more

How we can use alternative energy more frequently

Today we have another guest blog post from Hasic M, who previously wrote the helpful guest blog post:  How To Recycle Mattresses.  This blog post discusses different types of alternative energy and how we can use them.

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The world as we know it cannot continue on as it is, simply because we are constantly damaging the environment more and more every day. The amount of waste generated by mankind is causing the Earth to deteriorate, as well as the pollution leaked into the atmosphere. One major concern is the amount of fossil fuels that we are using on a daily basis, which is why it is vital that we all do our part to use alternative energy more frequently.

There are many ways that we can all use alternative energy more frequently, and you will find that you can do your part to change the world one day at a time by using more alternative energy. Here are some of the main sources of alternative energy, as well as ways that you can use them more frequently in your life:... read more

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Rating

energy star most efficientWe're all familiar with Energy Star at this point.  Anytime you go to the store to buy an appliance or electronic, you see plenty of products boasting their Energy Star certification.  

A few months ago, Energy Star developed criteria for "highly efficient products" to be labeled Energy Star Most Efficient.  The Most Efficient label will apply to Energy Star washing machines, heating equipment, cooling equipment, televisions, and refrigerators. This is a pilot program operating until the end of 2011.  There is a possibility that the EPA will add more categories of appliances by the end of the year.  ... read more

Power Consumption Infographic

I thought this infographic was pretty interesting.  It answers some important questions, such as which countries and states consume the most energy, which household items consume the most electricity, and how to save energy.   Some of the info surprised me...for instance, I had no idea that a hair dryer uses as much energy as an air conditioner!  

Thanks to Power SuperSite for putting together such a useful graphic!  ... read more

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