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Geothermal and air source heat pumps

In your years as a homeowner, you have probably bought and sold a few homes and maybe even built one or two. When it came time to replace your outdated ­furnace and air ­conditioner, or you had to decide on what kind of heating and ­cooling ­system to put in your new home, I’ll bet […]

“Shake & Rake Insulation” has a cute name, but it doesn’t perform very well. It was invented to appeal to the homeowner do-it-yourself market. Check with a professional installer and ask for cellulose insulation.

“Shake & Rake Insulation” has a cute name, but it doesn’t perform very well. It was invented to appeal to the homeowner do-it-yourself market. Check with a professional installer and ask for cellulose insulation.

Things homeowners goof-up

What’s the first thing you do when you want to improve the comfort of your home and save money on your monthly utility bills? Like most people you start with Google to get more information. You get unlimited details, plans and suggestions on what to do, how to do it, what ­products to use, and […]

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A home as a system

Are you unhappy with the ­“performance” of your home? Do you have cold floors, cold rooms, your home feels drafty, high humidity in the ­summertime, low humidity in the winter or just high ­utility bills? Before you pick up the phone to invite ­someone into your home to sell you something you think you need, […]

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High efficiency air filters

We all would like to think we spend our hard earned money wisely. We put time and effort into researching ­products and services to make sure we are getting the best value for our dollar, but good value does not always mean buying the cheapest. Sometimes we can spend a little more and get more […]

Ensuring high quality energy efficiency work

By Patrick Keegan Dear Pat: I want to make my home more energy efficient, but some of the work needed is more than I can do by myself. When I’m hiring contractors to do these projects, how can I be sure that the work is of good quality? – Jerry C. Dear Jerry: The good […]

How to clean refrigerator coils

Your refrigerator is one of the largest, most-used appliances in your home. It requires only minimal maintenance – just simple cleaning of the condenser coils, which disperse heat. If the coils are covered with dust, gunk or pet hair, they cannot diffuse the heat properly and will not run efficiently. A bigger problem can result […]

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How to choose efficient appliances

By TJ Kirk It’s never a good day when you realize you need to replace a large appliance in your home. However, when the unfortunate time comes, be sure to take a moment and consider what you will purchase – especially for appliances that haven’t been replaced in a number of years, as the technology […]

America mobilizes for energy efficiency

April 22 will mark the 45th celebration of Earth Day. The rallies and marches in the spring of 1970 called for more attention to protecting the environment. If you measure the success of that cause by greater energy efficiency, the results have been remarkable and the future holds great promise. Here are a few examples […]


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Ventilation: how much is enough?

To answer the question how much ventilation is enough, we first need to understand why we need ventilation. Just to be clear, the “ventilation” I am referring to is mechanical ­ventilation. Although, opening a window is ­ventilation as well. Mechanical ventilation would include your bathroom exhaust fan and kitchen range hood. We call this local […]