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How to know when appliances are too old
There are many things to think about when considering an appliance upgrade—the age of the existing appliance and whether...
Fine-tune your furnace for savings
There are several simple things you can do to keep your heating system running efficiently in between regularly scheduled profe...
Energy saving tips for old water heaters
To find out if your water heater is wasting energy, hold your hand against the tank's top and upper sides. If these areas feel...
Keeping your air conditioner cool
An old central air conditioner or heat pump often does conk out on the hottest days because it is running almost nonstop to kee...
Savings from the ground up
I have an old inefficient propane furnace and central air conditioner. I was thinking of replacing them with a geothermal heat...
Energy savings claims in radiant barrier advertising are often based on extreme examples. What you save will depend on your cli...
Shutting the door on air leaks
Energy losses from inefficient entry doors can account for a significant portion of your monthly utility bills...
Step-by-step to security lighting
Security lighting is usually on all night; entertainment lighting is not.
Cooking up energy savings
The best appliances match the energy used and the overall cooking time to the food you are preparing.
Inside Info on Insulation
My house is chilly and I know it needs more insulation. Will adding more make me feel warmer as well as cut my utility bills? What's the best type of insulation to use…
Both my energy and water bills are increasing, so I plan to install low-flow showerheads. I tried them before, but my family didn't like them. Are they any better now…
Put a lid on attic air leaks
I just had a house built and discovered no insulation on the attic opening cover. Shouldn't the cover be insulated and sealed? If I add folding stairs, how can I insulate…
An alternative to window air conditioners
We added a room, but our central air conditioner doesn't cool it well. Our second-floor master bedroom also does not stay cool....
Summer savings survival guide
Our old central air conditioner still works, but our house often seems too humid indoors. We set the thermostat lower, but it d...
Clearing the air
I want the best air quality at home for my family. Which type of central air cleaner is best, and will installing a central air cleaner make my heating and cooling more…