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[8 Sep 2010 | 2 Comments | 311 views]

Here around my house, the weather lately has really been cooling off. Which means that fall is on the way. With fall, of course, comes cooler temperatures. And in the interest of saving money and energy, I don’t need to be running my air conditioners – I’d rather just open the windows and let the cooler air keep the temperature inside my house more moderate and comfortable.
Here’s how to prepare when that time comes for your house
Central Air
You can’t remove central air conditioners, but luckily there’s really no need to. …

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[4 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments | 243 views]

Installing a window unit air conditioner generally isn’t hard. The units are heavy, true, but not a lot can go wrong. Unless you happen to forget a few key elements. And these “missing” pieces can cost you a lot in lost energy.

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[7 May 2010 | 3 Comments | 83 views]

Spring is upon us! With nicer weather comes thoughts of outdoor activities – and yard work and chores! One of the chores that many of us share is lawn care – namely, cutting the lawn. Most of us have standard push lawnmowers that are gas powered. We drive to the gas station and fill up a small tank with unleaded fuel. But…what if we could save money, save energy, AND still get the lawn done all at the same time? Imagine not having to go to the gas station to fill your lawnmower with gas.

Do It Yourself Projects »

[20 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 264 views]

It’s no secret there are a lot of different decisions to consider when purchasing solar panels. The truth is, it is relatively easy to build a small solar array in your backyard or on your roof that you can use to power small appliances or perhaps tie into the existing grid. Most consumers will choose to take the easiest way out possible (and there’s nothing wrong with this) – purchasing smaller solar panels and tying them into an array.
Consider these questions before you purchase or install solar panels:
What load are …

Do It Yourself Projects, Home Energy Tips »

[7 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 260 views]

By: Robin Green
If your windows are ancient and aren’t doing a passable job of keeping heat inside your home in winter (or keeping it out in warm weather), maybe it is time to consider having new, energy saving windows put in. But new windows, especially good quality energy efficient ones, can be prohibitively expensive. This means that it can take a long time for them to pay for themselves in energy savings. For the amount of cash you would pay to replace the windows in a single big room, you …

Home Energy Tips »

[5 Feb 2010 | 4 Comments | 93 views]

Many sellers leave a big opportunity to cash in on the sale of their home on the table. By not highlighting the energy efficiencies and energy improvements done to the home, however small, as a seller you might be selling your home short!

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[5 Jan 2010 | One Comment | 247 views]

The easiest way to save money on your energy bills is to do a simple energy audit. And the best way to do a complete, professional energy audit is with one of the energy audit kits available from http://www.energyaudits.net. There are two kits available, the professional kit and the starter kit – both of which are priced within any homeowners budget

Cooling, Do It Yourself Projects »

[2 Jul 2009 | No Comment | 543 views]

As the weather continues to heat up, most folks are turning on their air conditioners. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing per se, athough it will surely force electric bills to creep higher (and possibly spiral out of control). I think most of us would rather get a similar cooling effect without taking the huge hit on our energy bills. Considering that wall or window units can consume 500 watts of power easily (for a small unit), its only wise to consider at least some alternatives to air conditioning.
Note: Please …

Cooling »

[30 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 211 views]

Some think it is far easier to save on energy if you own a house. After all, you have *almost* complete control over appliances and how they run in a house. And there is a certain degree of truth to that. You have greater responsibility over the appliances and their upkeep, but if something goes wrong, you can turn off the unit altogether and come up with an alternative solution – or replace it.
Apartments or specifically the renters that reside in them don’t have those burdens – though they are …

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[23 Jun 2009 | 5 Comments | 12,796 views]

Fixing your window air conditioner instead of replacing it saves you money, hundreds possibly. Chances are, a rattling or noisy air conditioner unit is due to faulty installation, a loose part, loose or worn window frame, loose window panes, loose filter (or wrong filter size), fan obstruction, loose front or side panels, or the condenser coil hitting any moving part (such as the fan).
The good news is you can repair all these.
Faulty Installation
We’re all human, and in the course of “being” human, we’re going to mess up installing something. I’ve …