Saving Energy in Your Home

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Choosing between Types of Home Insulation

When insulating a house, you can choose from several types of insulation: fiberglass, rock wool, and cellulose. All the types of home insulation work, but each has different advantages. [more…]

Managing your Home’s Temperature

Sure you want to be comfortable, but you also want to live green, and moving the thermostat a few degrees lessens your carbon footprint while still keeping you comfortable. Check with the [more…]

Regulating Your Home’s Climate with Solar Techniques

You can harness the power and heat of the sun — the planet’s most sustainable energy source — to provide most of your needs for heating, cooling, and daylighting with relatively little cost to you and [more…]

How to Save Energy by Insulating an Attic

You can immediately save energy and money by insulating your attic. Attic insulation is easy to install because it doesn’t have to be glued, nailed, stapled, or held in place. Adding more insulation simply [more…]

Green Options for Water Heaters

The typical water heater runs all day and night to keep up to 100 gallons of water hot and ready for use. For a more eco-friendly experience, try alternatives that offer the same hot water without the [more…]

Inexpensive Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

By finding air leaks in your home and plugging them, you can take a bite out of your energy costs. You don’t have to spend a lot of money; in fact, you can skip the expensive window replacement and start [more…]

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…]

How to Fix Thin Spots in Loose-Fill Attic Insulation

In attics, loose-fill insulation can settle and shift causing gaps, or holes, in the insulation seal. Fix holes in loose-fill insulation to ensure a well-sealed attic and to conserve energy. Whenever you [more…]

How to Decide Between Batt Insulation and Loose-Fill Insulation

When it comes to deciding between batt insulation and loose-fill insulation, it’s important to keep in mind what you intend to insulate and what kind of insulation method you want to use. Both batt insulation [more…]

How to Decrease Your Energy Use

To find out how you can green up your lifestyle and reduce your utility bills, you can inspect your house for leaks. After performing this inspection, you can plug up leaks and reduce your energy cost [more…]

Installing Sunscreen Retractors to Minimize Solar Gain

In addition to using solar energy to provide power for your home, you can also take steps to minimize solar gain in your home. This simple act can keep your house cooler in the summer, thus decreasing [more…]

How Radiant Barriers Help Cool Your Home

In addition to creating energy, solar technology involves controlling the heat that comes into your home. A radiant barrier is a sheet of thin material that looks like reinforced aluminum foil. You usually [more…]

How to Make Your Swimming Pool More Efficient

Boosting the efficiency of your swimming pool is an important first step in reducing your carbon footprint and moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Here's how to make your swimming pool energy efficient [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…]

How to Maintain Pipes and Ducts to Save Energy

Putting insulation around all accessible water pipes saves energy, prevents freezing during most moderate to medium chills, and reduces condensation when pipes flow through attics and crawlspaces. It’s [more…]

How to Seal Windows

You seal air leaks and water leaks around your windows in the same way — by caulking and replacing weatherstripping. You can also inject foam sealant between the frame of the window and the frame of the [more…]

How to Install Weather Stripping

Lower utility bills by installing weatherstripping. This video shows how to use weatherstripping to seal doors and windows and to stop drafts. Your HVAC system cools and heats your home more efficiently [more…]
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