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Alternative Energy for Tomorrow, Today?

geothermal, an alternative energy resource for heating & cooling homes

There are a few houses being built across the US that are “off grid” where they produce all of the energy they need for electricity, heating, cooling and hot water. These passive houses combine super insulation building techniques with one or more alternative energy technologies.

This article provides an overview of these emerging energy sources, the ones covered by the 2013 Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency, to motivate more homeowners to invest in energy sources that are considered renewable, meaning they are continually replenished – water, wind, the sun, the earth (geothermal) and biomass energy from energy crops like... 

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Smart Thermostats Easier to Use (No Programming)

check out ecobee smart thermostats

Are you still turning your thermostats up and down each day? Have you learned how to program your … programmable thermostats?

There’s a lot more emphasis on saving energy — our homes are getting more airtight, our heating and cooling systems are getting more efficient, and new, smarter thermostats are learning what temperature we like so in case you don’t program or adjust your temperature, these smart thermostats will do it for you.

Like our light bulbs which took a 100 years before Thomas Edison’s design was replaced by new CFL and LED bulbs, we’ve got some new products on the market... 

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Insulation Choices Are Expanding

rolls of fiberglass insulation are the most common

Insulation is a hidden but critical building material that makes today’s homes energy efficient. Over the years building codes have gotten more stringent so today’s homes framed with 2 x 6s have wall cavities that hold more insulation than earlier homes built with 2 x 4 lumber, and some older homes may not have any insulation.

It’s common to add insulation to existing homes to improve your home’s comfort and lower energy bills. You can do this by adding insulation in the attic and the best time to add insulation to your walls is when you’re replacing your siding.

This article reviews... 

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Attic Insulation to Stay Warm this Winter

attic ventilation works best with attic insulation

Attic insulation is something many homeowners consider as winter approaches. It’s like getting out your winter coats, as you know it’s going to get cold and you’d like to keep your home comfortable without excessive heating bills.

While attic insulation is very important in lowering your heating bills, you also want to look at sealing gaps letting heat into your attic and making sure that you have adequate attic ventilation too.

The Basics of Attic Insulation

Attic insulation like the insulation in your walls does a good job of reducing the unwanted flow of heat between your home and the outdoors. In the... 

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Tips for Buying & Storing Firewood

lots of firewood stacked

You probably don’t notice the stacks of firewood until the leaves start changing and the days grow cooler. As we move towards winter, it’s time to think about your heating strategy for the winter, unless you use your fireplace, for it’s warm, cozy atmosphere.

Yes, even people in warm climates, i.e. Florida, have fireplaces as many people have memories of nights spent sitting around a campfire, with friends and family during summer vacations.

For those who now have a fireplace but didn’t grow up with one, it take time to find the right strategy for buying (or cutting down) your firewood. There are... 

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