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To install do-it-yourself storm windows, attach foam weatherstripping around the frame to seal against the ­window opening and to hold it in place.

Window Wizardry

Dear Jim: Our house has its original single-pane ­windows, and we always feel chilly near them. I got quotes on ­having them replaced, but I can’t afford it now. What can I do in the meantime to improve the efficiency of the old windows?-Pete N.   Dear Pete: I’m not surprised to hear you feel […]

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Geothermal systems use underground coils filled with water or a special solution that work with a heat pump unit to heat and cool a home or business.

Picking the right heat pump

Because heat pumps are the most efficient electric heating and cooling technology, they are an excellent choice if your home needs a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrade. While electric resistance heaters are about 100 percent efficient, meaning all the electricity that goes into it is used to generate heat, heat pumps can claim […]

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The T-Bar M Dairy Ranch, outside of Durant, Okla., normally uses 250-W metal halide lights in its barns. CRN exchanged those bulbs in 10 fixtures with 120-W LEDs. After six months, the dairy had cut energy use by 55 percent and boosted brightness by 30 percent. Source: Cooperative Research Network

The speed of light(ing)

After maintaining a steady pace for a century, lighting technology has begun to leap forward, fueled by tightening energy efficiency standards and hefty incentives for ­manufacturers. And despite a bit of price shock on some lighting ­products, co-op members-especially large commercial and industrial accounts-are working with their local, not-for-profit, consumer-owned power providers to see if […]

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Gary, Dennis, Cindy and Joyce.

Round’em up for Cowboy Church

Different people have different ways of worshiping. Some share scripture, raise their hands, sing, pray, dance in praise, meditate. Some fellowship together over a meal, sometimes a potluck, sometimes the Lord’s Supper. Some go to a church building, a temple, a mosque, sit by a lake or in a tree-stand. And those who deliver the […]

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A personal experience

By Cindy Ladage February is the time of year when utility bills seem to be the highest and as you gaze at your energy consumption you begin to think, how can I reduce my bill? The light bulb goes on and the word “energy audit” comes to mind. While this is something I always say […]

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Know what to ask

Asking contractors important questions makes all the difference, according to Roger Weymouth, broker/owner of Weymouth & Associates in Holt, MI, with 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. “Regarding the best questions to ask, I would say, ‘as many as you can think of,’” he says. For instance: Are you licensed and insured? […]

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