Whole-house fans have gained notoriety in recent years because of their ability to save you money and energy versus an HVAC system. Is a whole-house fan right for you? It might be. And it might not be. Learn the pros and cons so you can make the right decision for yourself: 1. Pro: Save Energy … Continue reading The Pros & Cons of Whole-House Fans
The New Buildings Institute recently published a report noting that the number of buildings in design, construction, or operating with zero net energy has increased by 59% in the past year. The total now comes to 22,146 units in both Canada and the US. That’s high growth. But it’s still just a small percentage of … Continue reading Zero Energy Residences Increase by 59% in the Past Year
You don’t normally think of your bathroom as a place to look for energy savings. So maybe that makes this overlooked room ripe with opportunity? It does. And you can absolutely reap some energy savings by optimizing your bathroom’s energy use. Here’s some potential savings opportunities: 1. How You Use Water Represents Your Greatest Energy … Continue reading 5 Energy Savings Tips for Your Bathroom
Everything about smartphones absolutely rocks, doesn’t it? Well, almost everything. Your smartphone just rocks until it gets a little old and the battery life starts to wear down. Speaking of that battery, how can you save energy and keep the battery alive as long as possible, which also reduces the time you’d have to charge … Continue reading How to Save Energy with Your Smartphone
Your furnace doesn’t get as much of a workout as one might in, say, Michigan. But that doesn’t mean you completely ignore your furnace either. It’s still a source of significant potential energy loss. So, how do you know when you should replace your furnace so you have an energy-efficient one? Truthfully, there’s several signs. … Continue reading When Should You Replace Your Furnace?
Ever thought about your home’s indoor air quality? Probably not unless you’ve had a serious problem with it like carbon monoxide or mold growth. It makes sense to think about because, as you know, you spend most of your life indoors. You may even be one of the many millions of Americans who now work … Continue reading Why and How to Choose an Energy-Efficient Air Purifier
How closely do you read the labels when you search for any electric consumer products? Do you even look? If you’re like most, you don’t. But then again, maybe you generally know what various products might use, speaking in terms of power. For example, you know that products and appliances which make things hot or … Continue reading 3 Exceptions to Determining a Product’s Energy Use
Yes. You can make your air conditioner last longer. And you don’t have to torture yourself by turning it off when it’s a hundred degrees with 100% humidity either. Here’s how you can do it: 1. Make Sure You Install the Right Size Okay. So you’re probably not going to do the installation. But, you … Continue reading How Can You Make Your AC System Last Longer?