How to Conduct Your Own Energy Tests at Home

How to Conduct Your Own Energy Tests at HomeIf you suspect your home’s energy efficiency could be better, spending time to conduct your own energy tests could save you money. Learning where your home is losing energy gives you the information you need to make improvements that will increase its comfort and lower monthly bills.

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These Spots are the Most Important to Insulate in Your Home

These Spots are the Most Important to Insulate in Your HomeInsulation in your home serves the important function of restricting the flow of heat. In the winter, this means that insulation keeps heat inside your living spaces and in the summer, it keeps heat outside. This, in turn, helps keep your indoor spaces comfortable and your heating and cooling expenses under control. To get the best results from your residential insulation, here are some of the most important areas to insulate.

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Do You Need to Clean Your Heat Vents?

Do You Need to Clean Your Heat Vents?Cutting the cost of keeping your home warm may be as easy as cleaning the heat vents. The register covers collect a surprising amount of airborne particulates from dust, pets and fibers. As it collects, the air blowing through the vents slows, which drops the efficiency of your furnace.

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Ventilation Solutions to Keeping Your Home’s Air Fresh

Ventilation Solutions to Keeping Your Home's Air FreshKeeping your home’s air fresh when the windows are closed does more than make it smell and feel better. Fresh air ventilation also plays a big role in your health, and energy efficient homes tend to need more fresh air to offset the gases that build indoors.

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How Does Shutting Rooms Affect Your Energy Consumption?

How Does Shutting Rooms Affect Your Energy Consumption?It’s a commonly-heard urban myth that shutting the vents in rooms that aren’t used frequently is a good way to reduce energy consumption.

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Is Your Furnace Ready for the Upcoming Winter?

Is Your Furnace Ready for the Upcoming Winter?That chill in the air means that fall has arrived and winter will soon be here. Now is the time to get your gas furnace ready for the coming chill. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your furnace is properly prepared.

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How to Check Your Home’s Carbon Monoxide Detectors

How to Check Your Home's Carbon Monoxide DetectorsCarbon monoxide detectors need to be installed and functional year-round. The silent accumulation of odorless and colorless carbon monoxide (CO) gas inside a home can happen in any season. However, it’s a fact that this deadly hazard is greater in winter. A malfunctioning gas furnace or space heater poses an increased threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. A fireplace that is improperly vented can also fill the house with toxic CO.

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Comparing Different Home Heating Systems

Comparing Different Home Heating SystemsIf you’re looking to replace your heating system, there are many options you can choose from. They can range from piping hot water below your floor to blowing heated air through ducts. What’s the best option for your home?

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Signs That It’s Time for Thermostat Replacement

Signs That It's Time for Thermostat ReplacementIf your HVAC system fails to come on, your thermostat could be the culprit. The thermostat could be malfunctioning due to several reasons such as loose wires and tripped circuit breakers. These can be easily corrected to get the thermostat working like before. The thermostat could also be faulty and needing replacement.

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Learn About the Energy Star Guidelines

Learn About the Energy Star GuidelinesReducing the energy usage in your home requires a plan that takes advantages of all available techniques for achieving efficiency. The base of this plan should begin with the appliances, electronics, and equipment you use every day. After all, it’s these devices that consume the energy in your home, and if they are more efficient, savings will naturally follow.

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