10 Ways to Save Energy and Other Stuff, Too

Conservation and efficiency are the most effective ways to reduce energy use.

New Homes

An energy efficient home is designed with three key characteristics in mind. A high quality, energy efficient home has low energy use, moisture control, and improved indoor air quality.

Home Lighting

By implementing four basic lighting strategies, you can improve the quality of lighting and make your home's lighting more energy efficient.

Ice Dams

A major solution to ice dams is properly sealing attic bypasses. In most cases ice dams begin inside the home when heated air leaks up into the unheated attic.

Water Heaters

There are three ways to reduce hot water expenses: use less hot water, improve the efficiency of your current water heater, or purchase a new high efficiency model.

Home Moisture

Solving moisture problems in your home can be complicated, with one moisture source creating a number of moisture symptoms. Indoor symptoms can include: a musty odor, fogging windows, a damp feeling, wood rot, and peeling paint.

Home Cooling

Cooling your home efficiently will help lower your energy costs. To improve efficiency and to keep equipment running properly, replace or clean your filter monthly, remove dirt and dust from outside coils, and keep registers clean and unobstructed by furniture and curtains.

Home Heating

Heating your home is a significant energy cost. This guide will help explain how your furnace works and can help you understand proper maintenance techniques that can keep your furnace running efficiently and save money on heating costs.

Home Insulation

A better insulated home is more comfortable, quiet, and saves money on energy. Insulation is important due to its ability to reduce the amount of heat that flows between the inside and outside of your home.

Caulking and Weatherstripping

By improving the air tightness of your home, you can not only make your home more comfortable but energy efficient as well. Caulking and weather stripping your home costs little money while the benefits are great.

Attic Bypasses

Attic bypasses are hidden air passageways that lead from the heated space of your home into your attic. Warm air continuously rises up these passageways and escapes into the attic during cold weather.

Basement Insulation

There are several ways to improve basement comfort in a safe and healthy way, without the use of insulation. Due to the unique moisture load on basement walls and floors, some insulation methods may mold and cause health problems

Save Energy With Trees

Trees shade our homes in the summer and shelter our homes form harsh winter winds. A tree canopied neighborhood is cooler in the summer and winter winds are cut in half compared to a non-treed neighborhood.

Low Cost and No Cost Energy and Money Saving Ideas

Saving energy in your home doesn't need to be a major investment. Little things can add up to big savings on your home's energy costs.

Indoor Ventilation

Indoor Ventilation

Indoor ventilation has two essential functions, to exhaust pollutants, moisture, and odors form inside the house to outside, and to bring in outdoor air to mix with the indoor air.

Windows & Doors

Windows & Doors

Learn about the options homeowners have when shopping for energy-efficient windows and doors, as well as how the different choices can affect a home's comfort and energy costs.

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