Content tagged "energy efficient existing homes"

Basic Information to Consider for Home Water Heating

Home Energy Updated: September 28, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 01/03/2014Water heating is often the third largest energy expense in your home, after heating and cooling. It accounts for 15-25% of...

How to Keep Warm and Safe at Home

Home Energy Updated: September 28, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 10/15/2013Fires and accidents caused by home heating equipment are largely preventable if you clean, maintain, and use equipment...

Energy Efficient Home Freestanding Stoves/Ranges

Home Energy Updated: September 28, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 11/07/2013Since the kitchen is generally the hub of the home, consumers want it to offer an uplifting feeling of optimism. Energy...

Phantom/Standby Energy Use by Home Electronics and Appliances

Home Energy Updated: September 25, 2015

Consumer electronics and appliances amount to about 15% of a home’s utility usage. Did you know these modern conveniences can cost you a lot of money even...

How to Increase the Efficiency of Your Home Refrigerator

Home Energy Updated: September 25, 2015

Even if you aren't able to replace your existing refrigerator with a new model, there are some things you can do that can help your refrigerator run more...

Using Landscaping Vines and Structures to Reduce Home Energy Costs

Home Energy Updated: September 25, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/20 Vines, shrubs, and some trees can be used as espaliers (plants trained to grow flat against walls) can be used to protect...

Compact Fluorescent Lighting -- CFL

Home Energy Updated: September 23, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013On an average lighting represents 10-15% of a home's electricity bill. Switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact...

Tips for Energy Savings by Installing Home Window Treatments

Home Energy Updated: September 18, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013Window treatments can help improve the energy efficiency of windows in your home. However, other improvements such...

Thermostat Settings for Conservation and $$ Savings in Home Energy

Home Energy Updated: September 18, 2015

 Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013 For more information on programmable thermostats consult the link Thermostats and Control Systems.  You can find...

Selecting Energy Efficient Windows for Homes

Home Energy Updated: September 18, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013Why Energy Efficient Windows? The Costs and the Benefits. Your windows typically provide you with a view, ventilation,...

Questions and Answers about Caulking and Weatherstripping Your Home

Home Energy Updated: June 16, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 10/10/2013 Questions and Answers about Caulking and Weatherstripping Your HomeIn a well-insulated home, air leaks are the greatest...

Why is Home Ventilation a Concern

Home Energy Updated: February 17, 2015

Reviewed and Revised on 10/15/2013Reasons for Home VentilationIn days past, energy was cheap and energy efficiency was not a concern. As energy prices...

Questions and Answers about Energy Efficient Home Heating Systems for a Warm Climate

Home Energy Updated: March 17, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 10/15/2013The following terminology can help one understand the energy efficiency of common Home Heating Systems.Annual Fuel...

Tips to Maintaining Energy Efficient Home Electrical Systems

Home Energy Updated: January 03, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 01/03/2014Photo of a home electric meterElectricity is uniquely unforgiving—even the smallest mistake can cause fire, injury, or...

Using Greywater for Home Gardening

Home Energy Updated: January 03, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/2013What is greywater and how can it be used?Greywater is the domestic wastewater from all sources except the toilets. As per...

Understanding Dissimilarities in Different Kinds of Homes: Mobile, Manufactured, Modular, and Factory-built, for Home Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: January 03, 2014

Reviewed and Revised on 01/03/2014All kinds of homes- mobile, manufactured, modular, and factory-built, are built in a factory. The difference lies in how...

Questions and Answers about Home Insulation

Home Energy Updated: November 13, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013  Properly insulating your home will not only help reduce your heating and cooling costs, but also make your home more...

Considerations for Selecting Energy Efficient Windows for Homes in Different Climates

Home Energy Updated: November 13, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/13/2013It is very important that you consider your climate when selecting energy efficient windows to reduce home energy use. One...

Tips For Mechanical Air Filters to Improve Home Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/30/2013

Using Infrared Imaging to Find Home Energy Problems and Needs

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/10/2013A simple way homeowners can check their homes for heat loss is with an infrared thermometer. Infrared thermometers vary in...

Understanding Moisture and its Flow in Homes for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013Water vapor is one of the many gases that makes up the air we breathe. A little water vapor is good; too much is trouble.An...

Understanding Air Flow in Homes for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: November 12, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/12/2013Air tries to equalize between higher and lower air pressure areas. If there is a pathway (a gap) and a pressure difference,...

Everyday Household Laundry Tips for Saving Money and Home Energy

Home Energy Updated: November 07, 2013

 Reviewed and Revised on 11/06/2013  The following tips can help you save energy and money each time you do laundry, irrespective of whether you have one the...

Exhaust Vents for Energy Efficient New Homes

Home Energy Updated: November 06, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 11/06/2013   The purpose of an exhaust vent isRemember, when air is exhausted out of a building, replacement air needs to come in....

Questions and Answers about Shading Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Home Energy Updated: October 31, 2013

Reviewed and Revised on 10/17/2013The sun warms your home in three ways:by direct radiationby reflected radiation from patios, driveways, or other...

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