Having a utility bill in the triple digits may be common for your household, but with a few simple changes in your daily habits you can save hundreds of dollars as well as reduce your imprint on the environment.
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One of the very best ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home and lower your heating and cooling bills is through effective insulation. Adequate and properly installed installation will help keep cool air out in the winter and hot air out in the summer, reducing the workload on … read more
In the average U.S. home, the electricity used to power household appliances and electronics can amount to as much as 20 percent of your annual utility costs. The energy costs associated with a single device may not seem significant, but together, providing power to our TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos, … read more
Even in flush times, reducing energy consumption – and therefore energy costs – is the right thing to do for the environment. And when money is tight, the incentive for finding ways to whittle away at utility bills is even greater.
Replacing an older furnace, swapping out single-pane windows for … read more
Provided your home meets a minimum threshold for energy efficiency, you may be eligible for certification under a range of national and regional energy-efficiency certification programs. Even if you don’t already meet required thresholds, a few inexpensive improvements may be all that stand in your way.
Certification through programs such … read more
By purchasing a home built to meet greater energy-efficiency standards or committing to make energy improvements to an existing home, you could qualify for an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) – also known as a “green” mortgage – which can increase your borrowing power, yield certain discounts, or both. A more energy-efficient … read more
A home energy rating is the standard measurement of a home’s energy efficiency, which can be very useful when it comes to selling or buying a home. If you’re looking to buy a home, energy ratings let you easily compare the energy costs from one home to another and can … read more