Weatherstripping Your Windows

Windows are portals to the outdoors that allow us to get some fresh air on a bright, sunny day. However, older windows may be letting in some of that air when you don’t want it to, such as in the middle of the winter. They could also be letting out air in the summer.

One of the best things you can do to reduce energy waste in your home is to install weatherstripping.

Weatherstripping consists of several different methods and materials that seal up gaps where air can leak outside. These gaps could be around window frames, doors, chimneys, or even light switches.

Windows that are older can easily leak air, but with weatherstripping, you can keep your climate controlled air inside for a lot longer, reducing energy needs and saving you 5-10% on your energy bill.

Weatherstripping Process

First, you may want to

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Choosing a Water Heater for Your Home

Did you know that water heating is the second most expensive use of energy in your home? The most expensive is climate control, which accounts for half of a home’s energy use.

Water heating still takes up a staggering 14-18% of energy use. Most everything else is around or under 10%. With World Water Day coming up March 22, now is a good time to evaluate what kind of water heater may be the best option for your home.

Every day, Americans use about 64 gallons of water, leading to heating costs of between $400-600 every year.

There are several different types of water heaters, each with their own pros and cons. Certain ones work better than others based on different factors such as water demand, geographic location, and weather.

Storage Heater

Storage water heaters store up a large volume of water and continuously heat it as necessary to maintain

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Energy Efficiency Investments for Business Owners

A lot of times, people are hesitant to invest in energy efficiency programs and systems because of their upfront cost.

While it’s true that these systems can be costly to implement sometimes, they are a very wise investment that pays off big as time goes on, and not just in the most obvious way.

Productivity

Did you know that energy efficiency can improve the productivity of employees by as much as 10%?

A comfortable employee is more likely to accomplish a lot more than one who is too hot or too cold to focus on a task.

Many offices keep the air very cold, partly to account for all the people and electrical equipment there, but also partly because people tend to be more awake if they’re cold as opposed to when they are warm.

This has a drawback, however. For one, keeping a cold temperature amid constant heat generation

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Energy Audits: Saving You Hundreds Per Year

Have you ever received a home energy audit? If not, you could be missing some important energy savings.

An energy auditor inspects your home looking for areas where energy is being wasted, later providing solutions to reduce the energy waste and lower your energy bills.

Depending on where you live, these energy audits may be discounted or even free with rebates and incentives.

It’s important to know that you don’t have to do all the improvements at once if you don’t want to or can’t afford to. They are primarily suggestions for improving your energy use at home.

Blower Door

One of the biggest tests for improving energy use at home is the blower door test. This test measures how effective your home is at keeping inside air in and outside air out.

Most of your energy inefficiency stems from loss of climate controlled air. Since climate

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6 Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Ready to save some energy? Less energy use means saving more money, so we have some tips to help curb your energy consumption and lower your energy bills.

Shut Off The Burner
When you’re cooking on the stove or in the oven, you can actually shut off the burner about 5 minutes before you’re scheduled to finish. It may not seem like much, but when a stove or oven consumes 1000 or more kilowatts per hour of use, it can add up.The short time left after the burner shuts off usually isn’t enough to impact the cooking of your food. That said, don’t try it with pan frying or searing anything. You need a consistent heat to do those properly. Fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to circulate cool air in the summer. If you sit under a fan, you can actually raise the thermostat a couple more »

Cheap or Frugal: The Art of Saving Money

What’s the difference between being frugal and being cheap? Is one better than the other?

A lot of people equate the two terms as being the same, but while similar, they are actually quite different.

A frugal person will save money by assessing what is needed versus what is wanted, but unnecessary. A cheap person will just not spend much, even if the quality would be sub-par.

There are a lot of ways you can be frugal in your life and save money without giving up quality.

Living Below Your Means

Everyone knows that one family that has it all. New car, big house, all the best electronics and gadgets.

The reality is that family is likely just like you; they spend most of their income every month, evening out their income vs expenditures.

The difference is that they spend it on stuff they may not need. They have the

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Major Tips to Save Energy

Ready to save some money? Cutting back on electricity waste is a great way to save hundreds of dollars per year.

There are a lot of ways to save on your energy bills from making home improvements, to cutting waste, to changing your energy provider.

Switching your Energy Provider

One of the first things you should be doing is making sure you’re getting the best deal on your electricity.

Don’t let your utility roll you into a provider of last resort (POLR) or a default, utility-supplied plan. These are usually more expensive than a plan you could find.

Every time your plan is up for renewal, shop around for the best rate. You could save yourself a couple hundred bucks a year doing this!

Avoid Peak Hours and Freebie Hour Plans

If you have a plan which varies its rate between peak hours, which may vary by region, you’re paying

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Winter Energy Savings, Part 6: Radiant Heating and Maintenance

Most heaters rely on a furnace and air circulation system to warm up a home. This, unfortunately, is not a very efficient heating system.

One thing you may remember from elementary science class is that heat rises. With an air circulation system, the heat goes where the ducts direct it.

The heat pours out of the ducts and dissipates throughout the room.

With a radiant or underfloor heat system, the heat comes up from the floor itself. This helps occupants feel warmer throughout the house, allowing them to more easily cut back on the heat usage and lower the thermostat.

Since heat rises, it makes more sense to have it radiate from the floor rather than be pumped from the ceiling vents.

For additional heat circulation, you can turn your ceiling fan to its lowest setting spinning opposite of its normal spin. This will draw air upward and push it

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Winter Energy Savings, Part 5: Thermostat

Your thermostat is the epicenter of control for your heater and AC in your home. From here, your comfort is a few button presses or dial turns away.

But it’s easy to overdo it and cost yourself extra money without actually improving your comfort much.

For starters, if you come home and it’s really cold, don’t turn the thermostat up higher than you ordinarily would to warm up the house faster.

This doesn’t warm the house any faster, but the heater will continue running until that temperature is reached. And if it’s set so high that your heater can’t actually reach that temperature, it will keep running indefinitely (and you likely have some air leaks somewhere).

Next, you’ll actually want to set the temperature lower than you normally would. Every degree you lower the thermostat in the winter will save you 1-3% on your energy

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Winter Energy Savings, Part 4: Air Filters

Last time we discussed how air leaks can cost you a lot in energy waste due to warm air escaping outside.

This time, we’re looking at a place where you want air to freely move: through your air filter.

The air filter is a critical component in your heating and air conditioning system. There is usually a single location where air is sucked in to be circulated throughout your house.

At this air intake is a filter, which is usually a mesh fabric screen encased in a cardboard frame. Other air filter systems may work differently, but this is the most common design.

This filter traps dust and debris what’s floating around your home and prevents it from being sucked into the actual heating and cooling systems.

They help reduce allergens in the air and keep your HVAC system working properly. But if they

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