Tag: energy efficient

7 Steps to Getting Your Attic Ready for Summer

7 Steps to Getting Your Attic Ready for Summer

Summertime heat is around the corner. Attics can get insanely hot under the summer sun —as high as 150°F. That heat adds onto your home’s air conditioning bill. Now, before the heat hits hard, is the best time to get your home’s attic ready for summer. While not all attics are the same, most share the […]

Close Your Blinds in the Summer

Green Ideas for Apartment Living

If you are living in an apartment, let me first begin by saying that you are already on the winning side of being green.  As populations grow, as well as our appetites for large homes, those who opt for smaller dwellings are reducing their footprints in a number of ways.  All of this is a […]

Challenging Common Energy Misconceptions – Part One: Heating & Lighting

When it comes to saving energy, misconceptions and mistaken assumptions often mislead people, causing more problems or costing them more money. Some were part of standard building codes until research proved them wrong. The vexing thing about these misconceptions is that, at first glance, they seem to make sense. Only after closer examination do you find out […]

EnergyStar appliances

Shopping and Saving with Energy Star Appliances for Your Home

After reading plenty of articles with headlines like “Energy Star Homes Pay for Themselves,” I learned that many of them (like this one) forget to tell you exactly how that happens. Instead, you get some info-fluff making empty claims about a mere $7 in yearly energy savings from using an EnergyStar computer monitor – which is barely enough to buy […]

Get Connected with 5 Top Smart Home Gadgets from CES 2015

Get Connected with 5 Top Smart Home Gadgets from CES 2015

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this past January introduced a number of Internet of Things (IOT) devices for the home. While some folks might not be excited by smart coffee makers or tea pots, innovation was still at work. For example, for the past couple of years, many smart devices (usually thermostat or other hub-based […]