Little bits of energy waste add up, so making sure all the systems in your home are working at peak efficiency matters:
That little dehumidifier tucked away in your basement is great for pulling moisture out of the air and combating the growth of mold and mildew, but it uses more energy than you might think.
Hopefully, living in a charming old house gives you a warm feeling inside, because those cold winter winds rattling through it certainly won't. Fortunately, there are a variety of updates you can make to your home that will add some modern comfort and efficiency while keeping that old-house charm.
The fastest way to brighten your home and your energy budget is to switch to LED lighting. LEDs use far less energy than conventional bulbs and they last much longer.
A vacation is a great way to get away from it all. Did you know that your appliances and electronic devices can use a little time off as well? With a few simple adjustments before you leave, you'll come home to a lower energy bill.
By Peter Niagu, Energy Advisor
The front door of your home has a lot of meaning. It sets the stage for the home and provides the first impression for your guests. Beyond curb appeal, the front door is a good place to look for energy savings.
Owners of two-story homes face the same problem every summer: The upstairs is hotter than the first floor. The choice seems to be to sweat it out or lower the thermostat to make up the difference. Unfortunately, doing nothing can lead to a lot of hot, sleepless nights, while adjusting the thermostat can give you a chill when you receive your summer energy bills. There has to be a better way.
Ceiling fans are more than decorative fixtures that require an occasional dusting; they can provide a whole new spin on energy savings. If used correctly, ceiling fans can help reduce your cooling and heating costs, while making you feel more comfortable.