A19 LED Bulb, Reviewed

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This is a guest post by Richard T. Berry LED bulbs are expensive, and many still don’t deliver the warm ambient light pleasant to the eye. But things are changing. Recently, Philips has launched a new A19 SlimStyle LED bulb that promises more efficiency with 22.8 years of lifetime. The company claims that the public criticisms of LEDs being more expensive and duller than classic incandescent bulbs simply didn’t take into account advances in LED technology. What we liked about {Read More}

Energy Efficient Windows: Many Nuances of Light Reflection

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Those making an investment in energy efficient windows should carefully consider the possibilities and limitations of their decision. New windows are expensive, but offer long term and noteworthy impacts such as increased comfort and money savings. Today, a prospective buyer has several issues to consider besides the aesthetic ambient. Scientific advancements and improved rating systems demand that we pay most attention to performance-based factors. Here are some ideas and concepts to be aware of as we try to create the {Read More}

Programmable Thermostat Will Increase Energy IQ of Your Home

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One way homeowners seek to extract most energy units from their home-energy dollars is by investing in a state-of-the-art programmable thermostat. These smart gadgets can be programmed to save money and energy by adjusting the temperature at home. The evidence shows, however, that many owners don’t program their programmable thermostats because they either find controls confusing or they simply overlook this activity. Having programmable thermostats non-programmed wastes more money that their owners bargained for. What’s more important, if programmable thermostats {Read More}

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The Green Laudry Room: Energy Efficient Washer and Dryer

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Clothes washers and dryers are notorious for consuming huge amounts of electric power, contributing to high utility bills. Thus, one of the key requirements homeowners look for when shopping for these equipment is energy star rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Energy (DOE).  This is due to the promise that electric appliances with such energy saving designation can help users save money and conserve the environment at the same time. So, how exactly do these government {Read More}

Choosing Energy Efficient Freezers and Refrigerators

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Energy efficient refrigerators and freezers come in a variety of sizes and styles, each having its own advantages and disadvantages. The Energy Star program teaches consumers to evaluate the product’s advantages and disadvantages principally by how frugal it is in terms of energy use and operating costs. For instance, a two-door side-by-side refrigerator is using more energy than unit in a similar-size with a top or bottom freezer due to a larger freezer volume and a larger surface area of {Read More}

Green Your Lighting With Eco Friendly Light Bulbs

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In modern lighting systems, eco-friendly compact fluorescent light (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) are rapidly growing energy efficient solutions that have almost completely replaced the classic incandescent bulbs, which consume significantly higher energies, in almost every aspect of lighting applications. Aside from energy efficiency, CFL and LED bulbs are also more versatile in terms of design and structure making these lighting technologies ideal for different building interiors. Respectively, CFL and LED lifetimes are also known to last up to ten {Read More}

Breezing Through the Summer With the Energy Efficient Air Conditioner

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Summer is finally heating up and you may be considering buying a new air conditioner. If you are thinking that an energy efficient Energy Star unit is an extravagance that you cannot afford, take some time to inform yourself about the sizing, selection and installation of the conditioner. Understanding these is the key to both saving money and cost-effective operation. Energy Efficient Air Conditioner: Energy Usage Air conditioning systems or units are among the basic appliances that contribute to a {Read More}

Home Green Home: Energy Efficient House Plans

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Energy efficient house plans were given a serious thought during the gigantic oil crisis of the mid 1970s. It is during this crunch that the price of gasoline rose by more than 56% to hit the 74.9 cents a gallon mark. Energy efficiency interventions in home construction are usually implemented under the following three categories: The control of heat loss and heat gain by using improved windows and door designs, vapor barriers, insulation, sealing and caulking The use of free {Read More}

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency: DIY Energy Audit Checklist

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You do not have to be an energy audit professional to carry out a simple DIY home energy audit. With an attentive and planed assessment you can spot many problems that cause energy losses and make decisions about possible energy efficiency upgrades. During a home energy audit it is important to have a checklist of areas that were inspected as well as problems identified. Once the energy audit is completed, a plan for suggested actions needs to be developed. The {Read More}