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The path to efficiency independence

June 29, 2017

While fireworks and Independence Day parades are synonymous with the Fourth of July, no such fanfare comes to mind when discussing energy efficiency. Perhaps it should. If you think about it, energy efficiency not only benefits individuals and families, but the country as a whole. Energy efficiency, combined with energy conservation and advances in technology […]Read more

Efficiency tips for outdoor shops and barns

April 25, 2017

There are many benefits to having an energy efficient outdoor shop or barn. Aside from saving energy, an efficient outdoor building can keep the environment around your structure healthy and safe; save money on your water bill; keep your animals happier and healthier; and save you from costly structural repairs. Whether you are looking to […]Read more

Shield your home from energy loss with adequate insulation

December 20, 2016

Walls. Floors. Ceilings. Attic. These are some of the prime areas of a home that need insulation in order for you to maximize energy efficiency. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), adding insulation to your home is a sound investment that is likely to quickly pay for itself in reduced utility bills. In fact, […]Read more

Weather stripping doors

December 20, 2016

Weather stripping doors is a simple way to make a big impact. Cheers to a New Year’s resolution that you can keep: energy efficiency!Read more

Digital devices impact energy use

December 1, 2016

Ah, the Digital Age. We have gadgets galore, the ability to manage our homes in new and innovative ways, brilliant images and captivating sounds of modern entertainment options and of course, the internet. Clearly, digital devices reign supreme. Yet these cool new capabilities come with a couple of pitfalls; vampire loads and the issue of […]Read more

Don’t be fooled by common energy myths

October 14, 2016

  Eating carrots will greatly improve your eyesight, cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis, watching too much TV will harm your vision. We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales, but did you know there are also many misconceptions about home energy use? Don’t be fooled by common energy myths. Myth: The higher the thermostat setting, […]Read more

Pros and cons of heat pump water heaters

October 14, 2016

A major consumer of electricity in today’s home is the water heater. Because of how electric water heaters work, using electric resistance elements, these units max out in efficiency at about 96 percent. As the government and industry seek ways to reduce energy use and the resulting carbon emissions, they have turned their attention to […]Read more

Manage your energy use with these handy apps

August 15, 2016

Tracking your steps, tracking your children, monitoring your banking activity or locating your parked car––these days, it seems like there is an app for everything. If you are efficiency-savvy and want to manage your energy use, there may be an app that works for you. While there are several energy use apps to choose from, […]Read more

The benefits of choosing an electric water heater

July 18, 2016

By John Pulley As expected, most people don’t think much about water heaters. They take for granted that they make it possible to have hot showers, clean dinner dishes and enjoy load upon load of freshly laundered linens. The lonely water heater, tucked away in the basement or a utility closet, is out of sight […]Read more

Retrofitting your manufactured home for energy efficiency

June 13, 2016

By Anne Prince If you live in a manufactured home, chances are you may have a disproportionately higher energy bill than a family living in a modular or traditional wood-frame home. The good news is there are many ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Manufactured home or mobile home? First, a clarification. Some […]Read more