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TAG : energy efficient

Evaluating the Best Options for Energy-Efficient Cooking

While cooking is not among the top five of your home's 'energy-hungry routines,' if it's something you do every day then there are many small steps, and a few big ones you can take to decrease its impact on your energy use. Your method of cooking is the root of how much energy you use, so to ...

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Community Microgrids: A Smart Future

Imagine your house having the ability to ease your morning routine: When your alarm rings, soft-hued light fills the bathroom and illuminates a path to the kitchen, where gentle music streams and a kettle of boiling water sits, ready for tea or coffee. With the swipe of a cellphone app, a smart ...

Photo of the Week: Inside a Dome Home

In February 2010, CU photographer wardblvd shared some pictures of the beginnings of his dome home. He built the energy-efficient dome home from the ground up in central Wisconsin. Now, a little more than a year later, wardblvd has more photos to share. The inside of this green home is just as ...

What are Energy Efficient Mortgages and Energy Improvement Mortgages?

What are Energy Efficient Mortgages and Energy Improvement Mortgages, and should I be interested in one?Given the current state of the national economy, many people are wondering what to do to help reverse the decline in their home’s value. One proven option is to increase a home’s energy ...

Keeps on Ticking

Away back in September, six months ago, I reported on an unusual clock that uses just water and salt to run on. I thought it was a unique product that would be fun to tell you all about, but figured that the Bedol water clock would probably be in need of constant fussing – I was very ...

How Do You String Wiring Through SIPS Panels?

I am interested in energy-efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs), but how do you string wiring through SIPS panels?The installation of wiring is one of the first concerns people have with structural insulated panels (SIPs), but the reality of the challenge isn’t a big problem. The ...

Automaker Bailout Sparks Interest from Environmental Groups

This week, Congress debated an auto industry bailout bill of $25 billion. The executives of the Big Three Automakers – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors – testified at congressional hearings (after spending tens-of-thousands of dollars to fly in on their luxury private jets, one of which ...

Can I Afford to Make my House Energy Efficient?

We receive a lot of questions from readers about the affordability of renewable energy alternatives, such as solar and wind and other ways to conserve energy such as buying energy efficient appliances or adding insulation. They usually want to know if there are state or federal incentives and ...

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Efficient Home Heating

There are lots of ways to slash your energy costs. Here are several articles filled with ideas for money- and energy-saving home improvements, and tips for emergency preparedness during the winter months. Slash Your Heating Bills Making these easy, inexpensive changes will save you big ...

Earth-Sheltered Houses

Earth-sheltered homes fit a wide range of climates and a variety of building sites, create weather- and noise-proof shelter and blend harmoniously with their surrounding landscapes. These Earth-bermed structures can drastically cut your energy costs by taking advantage of the constancy of the ...