Archive for the “Energy Efficiency” Category


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Five Games to Teach Your Kids Energy Efficiency (and Avoid the Summer Heat)

With kids home for the summer and the summer heat in full effect, now is a good time to find ways to teach kids about energy efficiency - for the present and the future.  While it would seem easier to train a monkey rather than teach kids about energy efficiency, there are [...]

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7 Tips for Energy Efficient Pool Maintenance

The average pool owner knows all-too-well the challenge of keeping their pools (and spas) clean. Many, however, are just beginning to learn how difficult and expensive that can be due to the amount of energy they're using.  The two biggest energy-using components effec [...]

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7 Tips for Eco-Friendly Pool Maintenance

Frolicking in a swimming pool in the summer can be great family fun. Cleaning and maintaining the pool? That usually isn't as much fun. Dirty pool water contains microorganisms and bacteria that can cause infections. While tossing in cupfuls of chemicals will clear the w [...]

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What Stops You from Completing those Tough Earth-Conscious Home Improvement Projects?

No one said saving the Earth would be easy. I was browsing through some articles on easy energy efficiency projects when I stumbled onto a few studies looking at why homeowners don't follow through with energy efficient upgrades. According the National Renewable Energy La [...]

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3 BIG Energy Efficiency Home Improvements to Make with Your Tax Return

According to CNN, the average IRS tax return is $3,034 —which is a significant chunk-o-change. In fact, three grand can cover half or even all of the three biggest energy efficiency home improvement projects in an average home: insulation and air sealing, energy efficient [...]

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Light Bulb Prices Burning Your Wallet? Comparing Halogen Bulbs to LEDs

No doubt you're already aware that LED bulbs use far less electricity compared with incandescent bulbs. That's because the old-school incandescent bulbs use electrical resistance to heat the filament until it glows. Consequently, about 90% of the energy an incandescent bulb [...]

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4 Tips to Save Energy at Home When You’re on Vacation

When making travel plans, you go through a series of checklists. Confirm airfare? Check. Confirm accommodations? Check. Pack for yourself, your spouse, and your kids? Check. Great - you're ready to head out the door - almost. People often forget about preparing their hous [...]

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7 Appliances You Didn’t Know were Costing You Money (Guest Post by Mark Enright of Enviko)

When it comes to energy-sucking appliances in the home, we all know who the main culprits are. There are plenty of articles on the Internet warning of the dangers of incandescent bulbs and fan heaters, but what are some of the energy wasters that fly under the radar and don [...]

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Getting Ready for the Cold with the Winter Preparedness Checklist

According to the thermometer outside, Old Man Winter wants to come inside to set up his winter wonderland in your living room. No worries. Here's an easy-to-follow winter preparedness checklist to help you make your home warmer to keep the low temperatures and chilly wind [...]

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11 Yard Work Ideas for Your Fall To-Do List

Fall is a season not only for harvest but also time to get your yard ready for a long winter's nap. With snow having already fallen in some parts of the country, you can bet that cold winter winds and ice are not far behind. Are you ready? Me neither. Not to worry, though [...]

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