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Heating »

[22 Oct 2010 | One Comment | 588 views]

With the colder season bearing down on us, there is a trend of people trying to devise a way to lower their heating bill this winter/cold season. The way to lower heating bills is to use less heating fuel. For most, this means use the furnace less.

But how do you use the furnace less without feeling cold around the house? Turning down the thermostat obviously uses less fuel (sometimes) because the furnace runs less. But that isn’t always practical, because it may leave you feeling cold. And uncomfortable.

Lets examine fireplaces and if they save energy.

Cooling »

[29 Aug 2010 | One Comment | 974 views]

Its the end of the cooling season for most of us, and there might be some used air conditioners up for sale. They might be on ebay, craig’s list, the local swap sheets, in classifieds or pennysavers. And the price might be really good – many might not want to store their units and are planning on upgrading next year anyway.
So…should you jump at one?
My advice is no.
Many of us who have window ac units want to keep the units and will take the storage pain…if they are in good …

Cooling, Electricity »

[27 Aug 2010 | One Comment | 1,773 views]

Its no secret that newer air conditioners are generally more efficient – even non energy star rated air conditioner units. Of course, you tend to pay for such “luxury”. The temptation is there to simply use your old air conditioner unit instead of perhaps upgrading it. It saves a lot of money in the short term – the cost of a new unit, in fact. But does it really save you money?
You might have already guessed the answer – no. You do save some cash in the short term, but …

Do It Yourself Projects »

[20 Apr 2010 | 3 Comments | 266 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 …

Heating »

[24 Feb 2010 | 7 Comments | 2,521 views]

Around this time of year, a lot of people (at least in the USA) turn their attention to their taxes. Its the wonderful time when all your expenses and income gets examine and run over with a fine tooth comb. Its also when people realize that they can take deductions or get credits for things they never knew about. In this first article of a series, we’ll look at possible tax credits for buying/installing a new furnace for your home.

Home Energy Tips »

[20 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 360 views]

Do you want to learn how to reduce energy bills easily using natural energy solutions? With the current state of natural resources and the escalating energy prices, it would be wise to start learning and building natural energy solutions if you have not done so already.
Many people who get started with renewable energy technology are motivated because they want to get rid of their expensive electrical bill. But besides this main benefit, another critical benefit is that we need to start conserving our planet. In this article, I will tell …

Cooling, Heating »

[12 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,874 views]

The single most cost effective way to make your home highly energy efficient is to have the right insulation
selected and installed correctly in your home. Doing this will make everything else work better. The design, money invested in your windows, and a better return on solar panels.

Cooling, Do It Yourself Projects, Heating »

[9 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 648 views]

By: Muna wa Wanjiru
If your home is freezing cold in the winter and blistering hot in the summer, then you need an effective insulation system for your home. Many homes have old insulation system or no insulation at all. Old insulation system looses some or complete effectiveness with passing years. There are many different types of insulation systems are available, cocoon insulation is one them.
Heat enters in or out of your home walls through cracks and crevices around electrical sockets, windows, light fixtures and cracks at wall –ceiling junction. …

Home Energy Tips »

[6 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 82 views]

By: The Handyman Guy
How Can Brick Stone Make Your Home Energy Efficient
A home that’s energy-efficient is in fact healthier & cost effective. Energy efficiency adjustments in your house can eliminate or at least lessen the poor quality of air that’s brought in by various weather conditions.
One way to create your home energy efficient is to be cautious to the building materials and to the home design.
In Australia, bricks have long been recognized as commonly chosen building materials. Truthfully, closely 90% of the built homes in the said place …

Home Energy Tips »

[5 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | 94 views]

By: Eugene Makeev
With all costs on the rise, adding up to the already huge problem with the New York housing crunch and worldwide economic woes; more and more people are searching of ways to cutback on costs.  In our homes, one of the largest shares where our hard-earned budget goes to is the energy bill, thus making the efficient use of energy a great way to reduce monthly expenses.    With that said, let us look into superb ideas to achieve energy efficient homes which are practical whether you are in …