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Posts Tagged 'energy'

Is It Green, or Is It Sustainable?

These days, you'll find the words "green" and "sustainable" tossed around like chocolate chips in articles and blogs about home improvement, construction and energy efficiency. The words are not interchangeable [...]

What you need to know about solar heat gain

Controlling solar heat gain is one of the best ways to fight back against rising utility bills and protect your investment. Here's all you need to know from the start: [...]

Does your home meet miminum energy codes?

Does your new or remodeled home meet the minimum energy codes for construction and design? If you're like most consumers, Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) believes that you have no [...]

Smart green building devices that promote energy efficiency

Have you heard about smart meters? A smart meter connects homes with the electric grid. It's a two-way communicator that helps homeowners truly examine their energy use and make decisions [...]

New windows can curb record-high energy bills

If you've been watching your electric bills soar, welcome to the club. A new report from USA TODAY finds that we've endured five straight years of increases, making it the [...]

HVAC home improvements: There's an app for that

If you're reading this, you already have a remote means of controlling your HVAC at home as well as monitoring your security. Using a smartphone or computer with web access, [...]

Last chance for tax rebates on energy efficient home improvements

Homeowners have until December 31 to buy materials and install energy efficient home improvements under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Provisions of the [...]

Got cold? Energy efficiency and refridgerators

Your refrigerator is toast. The compressor is on its last legs and would cost more to repair or replace than you want to spend. It's been a long time since [...]

Have you looked into composite windows?

There seems to be a hearty debate underway over the value of the newest generation of composite windows, I won't jump into the mix with my own opinions, save to [...]

Swamp cooler fall maintenance, simplified

When my family moved to the San Fernando Valley in the late 1950s, most homes came outfitted with evaporative swamp coolers. I remember that they worked fairly well until August [...]