Home Energy Efficiency Ideas

Ceiling fan 10 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills This Summer
Homeowners, beware. As summer approaches and the temperature rises, your utility bills are about to do the same. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple changes you can make that will reduce your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort. So before you crank up the AC, check out our top energy-efficient tips—and use those utility bills savings on a summer vacation instead. Continue Reading
Energy auditor evaluating system What Is the HERS Index and Why Does It Matter for My Home?
Want to reduce your home’s energy use? Well, then you’re probably going to want to make some improvements around your home. But which ones? And what should you focus on first? That’s where an energy evaluation can help. The first step in many residential energy overhauls is to have an energy audit performed. Professionally trained auditors assess your home’s structure Continue Reading
Hand painting garage floor, soft selective focus, toning Does No-VOC Exterior Paint Matter?
Did you know that most home improvement paint includes VOCs—volatile organic compounds? Think about the strong fumes you smell in a newly painted room, which are often so harsh you have to air out the room for a few days while avoiding it entirely. Those are VOCs—chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene—and they leach into your home every day, with the Continue Reading
A paper house and butterfly over grass on blue sky. Top Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to an Energy Efficient Home
Whether you’re moving to your eco-friendly dream home or simply adding a few green bells and whistles to a newly purchased property, you’re making a difference. “Purchasing an energy efficient home is one of the most practical decisions a person can make,” says Lauren Thead, sustainability coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. “Green homes lower utility bills Continue Reading
130318_SinkPositive_14_Edit-e1381337306502-1 What You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Toilets
Eco-friendly toilets are becoming a priority in many homes because they offer an easy and immediate way to save water. This is particularly true in regions of the U.S. that have been stricken by drought and face water shortages so serious they’ve led to rationing. At the very least, using an eco-friendly toilet will reduce your water bill, but more Continue Reading
green contemporary living room Pantone Released Their 2017 Color of the Year and It’s Perfect for Your Green Home
Each year the color gods at Pantone release their color of the year and, in one fell swoop, collectively dictate our chromatic futures for the next twelve months. This year, the color is Greenery, a bright, green tone that captures the hues of a lush field of grass during the first rites of spring. Pantone describes it as “nature’s neutral,” a Continue Reading
cleaning of old computer equipment for recycling.. How to Recycle E-Waste
Ever wondered what you should you do with all your obsolete, used, or out-of-style electronics? The answer is not to throw them in the trash. E-waste, as this growing torrent of electronics debris is called, is the fastest growing component of the waste stream, and that’s not good. For one thing, discarded electronics are adding tons of metal and plastic to Continue Reading
little girl sitting by the window with a cup of hot drink and looking at the winter forest Triple Pane Windows: Do They Really Make a Noticeable Difference?
When it comes to insulating and soundproofing your home, windows are one of the most important purchases you can make. While options used to be limited to only single panes of glass in a variety of styles and sizes, the technology behind windows has advanced significantly in recent years. Many homeowners now choose more durable and insulated windows with two, Continue Reading
cozy-fireplace How to Increase the Energy Efficiency of a Fireplace
Fireplaces generate a lot of heat—as long as you’re standing right in front of them. Otherwise, they can suck all the heat right out of a room and send it up your chimney with a lot of smoke. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how you can increase the energy efficiency of your fireplace so it’s worth Continue Reading
Light wrapped tree at Twilight Energy-Efficient Outdoor Holiday Lights
Aren’t holiday lights the best? The way they can transform your home into a festive winter wonderland—nothing beats it when you’re looking for seasonal cheer. Still, it can be quite a challenge to hang them; plus, they use a lot of energy, and they’re expensive to keep lit. Here are some tips for outdoor holiday lights that are both energy-efficient Continue Reading




Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Whether you’re planning a complete home renovation or you’re just looking for simple ways to cut down on your energy bill costs, investing in energy-efficient elements for your home can pay off more than you’d think. From replacing single-pane windows to adding insulation, to even just installing a smart thermostat, there are lots of ways to go green that will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency and the value of your home.

A common misconception among homeowners is that in order to have an energy-efficient home, style must be sacrificed. This isn’t true at all, since the surge in demand for all things green has increased so much, it’s getting easier and easier to find efficient systems and products that will seamlessly integrate into your home and complement surroundings.

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