Energy Solutions

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Making your basement or crawl space more efficient

Dear Pat and Brad: I’ve heard that energy can be lost through my home’s basement. Is that true? If so, what can I do to make by basement more efficient? – Andy Dear Andy: Yes, basements can account for a large portion of your home’s energy use, especially in colder climates. More importantly, basements are […]

Five ways to winterize your manufactured home

Dear Pat and Brad: The last few months have been tough, and I’m dreading my manufactured home’s high winter heating bills. What can I do to make my home more efficient without spending too much money? – Lance Dear Lance: In difficult times like these, it’s more important than ever to ensure the money we spend […]

Sealing air leaks, step by step

Dear Pat and Brad: I love my older home, but it’s drafty and uncomfortable at times. What can I do to reduce drafts that won’t cost me an arm and a leg? – Cris Dear Cris: This is a common problem, particularly in older homes. In many homes, about half of the conditioned air leaks to […]

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Five home energy hogs

Dear Pat and Brad: Our family has been trying to reduce our monthly expenses. The other day, my sister-in-law and I compared our electric bills. I was surprised to find out her energy costs were significantly lower than mine, even though our homes are similar in size and built around the same time. What could […]

The little blue logo that changed efficiency standards

The little blue (and sometimes black) logo with the star inside that you see on all sorts of appliances and electronics has changed the way we view savings through more efficient products. The ENERGY STAR® program claims credit for reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and for saving Americans $30 billion in energy costs. Analysts credit […]

Efficiency upgrades equal cool savings

If May’s warmer weather has you thinking about the sultry summer months ahead, this could be a great time to consider energy-saving options and making plans to help control your energy costs. There’s a combination of things you can do yourself, like making slight modifications to your family’s routine that can help identify and achieve opportunities […]

To replace or not replace

Dear Pat and Brad: Our home’s windows are very old, and when the weather is cold, we can feel a chill when we stand near them. Do you think it’s worth replacing them? – Grace Dear Grace: First, prepare yourself for a bit of sticker shock when you get your first bid for replacing windows. To […]

Energy efficient landscaping tips

Dear Pat and Brad: A friend told us that if our landscaping is done right, it can help lower our home’s monthly energy bill. What choices can we make that will reduce our home energy use? – Jason and Kit Dear Jason and Kit: Your friend is right. The decisions you make about your home’s landscaping […]

Your seven-step efficiency upgrade checklist

Dear Pat and Brad: I used to live in a newer, energy efficient home, but I recently moved into an older home that’s definitely not as efficient. I want to make some upgrades, but I’m not sure how much work to do or what steps I should take. Can you offer any advice? – Katie […]

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Start the new year right with energy savings

Dear Pat and Brad: My neighbor claims they were able to cut their energy bills nearly in half. Is that even possible? What would I have to do to get there? It sounds like it would take a lot of time and money. – Luke Dear Luke: The story you heard is not far-fetched. We’ve been […]