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Saving Energy

Home comfort tech has come a long way in a short while

Today, we pretty much take home comfort for granted. But we haven’t always been so fortunate. In fact, compared to even the most basic of today’s systems, the home comfort equipment of even a few decades ago seems almost primitive. Controls. Early thermostats were mechanical in nature, regulating system operation using either mercury or a metal Read more »

When the sun comes up, your energy costs can go down.

Solar panel home animation
With energy costs ever on the rise, you’re probably looking for ways to use less energy without compromising your lifestyle. One of the most efficient and effective ways you can save energy also happens to be one of the most abundant: solar energy. Home heating and cooling: your biggest chance at savings. Perhaps the greatest Read more »

Get comfortable with green living

Green living kids potting plants for indoors
Going green at home is not only a great way to help lower your environmental impact—it can also have positive effects on your comfort, health and pocketbook. Here are a few ways to implement green-living products and practices into your home: Use green cleaning products The air inside your home can contain up to five Read more »

Smart home, smart savings

Smart home icomfort wifi in nursery
What’s a great way to add an extra level of convenience to your busy lifestyle, while saving time, money and energy in the process? Make your home “smarter” with smart home technology. A smart home uses highly advanced technology to provide comfort, security, energy efficiency and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is Read more »

Best green ways to invest your tax return

Green way to invest tax return garden compost bin
You’ve waited all year for that coveted tax return check. Now, it’s time to spend it! Whether you’re an eco-conscious consumer, or simply looking for ways to go greener and save a little money, here are a few ideas for putting your cash to good use: Green mutual fund. With as little as a $250 Read more »

Get smart about home energy efficiency

Home energy efficiency and savings
Did you know as much as half the energy consumed in your home goes to heating and cooling? If you haven’t replaced your HVAC system with a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR® qualified model, you’re probably spending significantly more on home utility bills—up to 20% more if your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 Read more »

Seasonal home energy tips

Hand placing a CFL lightbulb to save energy in home
Up to 50% of your home utility bill comes from costs associated with heating and cooling. And as the unusually hot temperatures of summer continue into the early months of fall, consumers are looking for more ways to stay cool while saving money on monthly utility bills. Energy Savings Expert Bobby DiFulgentiz, who recently appeared Read more »

Soak up the sun

Power your home with solar energy
Summer’s long, hot days are winding down, but you can catch the sun’s rays all year long—and help the environment, too—when you power your home with solar energy. Sound far-fetched? Solar energy systems are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners seeking to lower monthly utility bills and gain independence from the electric grid. The sun’s infinitely Read more »

Creative ways to save energy

Creative ways to save energy and money at home
You’ve tried the basics, like changing light bulbs and lowering your thermostat. Can your electric bill get any lower? The answer is yes, when you get the family involved and follow these helpful pointers below: Plant a tree (Or a shrub, or a vine). Well-placed landscaping can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak and Read more »

Saving energy with a heat pump?

Woman relaxing on red couch enjoying good indoor air quality
Ideal for warmer climates, a heat pump is an efficient choice when you want mostly cool air and heated air only on occasion. If you live where temperatures are typically above freezing and electric rates are low, you’ll use a heat pump year ’round.Read more »
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