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Maintaining Furnaces and Air Conditioners Efficiently and Greenly

Regular maintenance of furnaces and air conditioners helps keep them working at top efficiency, which reduces your energy use, and the less energy you use, the more eco-friendly you are. Use these tips [more…]

Tips for Mounting Solar Panels on Your Home

Powering your home with rooftop solar collectors is great way to go green while reducing energy bills and your carbon footprint. If you mount solar panels on your roof, you can maximize your solar exposure [more…]

Choosing a Solar System to Supplement Your Water Heater

Dozens of different types of systems that use solar energy to supplement your hot water heater are available, but only a few have stood the test of time. Sticking with proven entities is always a good [more…]

Using a Drainback System to Heat Water

A drainback system lets you use solar power to heat water for your home. Indirect, active, closed-loop drainback systems are an excellent choice for heating water unless you receive a lot of snow and have [more…]

Using a Closed-Loop Antifreeze System to Heat Your Water

Closed-loop, active, antifreeze systems are the most versatile and failsafe of all the solar supplemental water heating systems. Most new solar homes feature a variation of one kind or another. [more…]

How to Use Radiant Heat Floor Systems

Radiant floor heat systems use solar power to heat water, which is then pumped through your home's floor. You can use solar-heated water to heat your home off-grid. Radiant heat, without solar, costs much [more…]

How to Use the Chimney Effect to Cool Your Home

You can take advantage of the chimney effect to cool your home without using an air conditioner. Using natural ventilation is an easy way to green up your lifestyle and save you money by reducing your [more…]

Choosing the Right Fan to Cool Your Home

Using fans to cool your home is energy efficient. After you determine the natural ventilation scheme in your home, you can enhance the effect with the use of active fans. When choosing fans, check for [more…]

Insulating Your Water Heater for Improved Efficiency

An insulation blanket can make some water heaters more energy efficient. If your water heater is located in unconditioned space (a garage, basement, or attic) or you don’t want added heat, install a heavy [more…]

How to Install a Solar-Powered Vent Fan

Get eco-friendly with solar power by installing a vent fan in the attic of your home. Driven by the sun, the one-piece unit can improve ventilation and cool your entire house. Installation of a solar-powered [more…]

How to Audit Your Home's Heating and Cooling Systems

Audit your home's heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system to lower utility bills and be more ecological. Your furnace and air conditioning systems must heat and cool efficiently to conserve energy [more…]
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