Save Energy + Money with These Tips
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If everyone used an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat, we would save 56 trillion BTUs of energy each year
Air-source heat pumps
ASHP systems can both heat and cool your home with the same unit, using refrigeration technology to transfer heat.
Ductless heat pumps
Ductless heat pumps use 50-60% less energy than electric resistance heating systems.
An open damper allows as much warm air to escape as a fully open window! If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
Grain-drying equipment & techniques
A large part of the profitability of grain farming depends on how the crop is managed after harvest. Farmers can benefit from optimizing their systems.
Ground-source heat pumps
Although the cost to purchase a ground-source heat pump is more than other heating and cooling equipment, you can save with lower monthly energy bills.
Heat pump water heaters
Works like a refrigerator in reverse - absorbing heat from the surrounding air, and 2-3 times more efficient.
Hot tub and pool costs
Hot tubs and pools have two price tags: the initial purchase price, and the monthly utility cost to operate it.
LED holiday lights
LEDs are more efficient, durable, versatile, safer, and longer lasting than traditional holiday lighting.
Lighting your home with LEDs
LEDs are 6-7 times more energy efficient than conventional lights, cut energy use by 80%+ and can last 25+ times longer.
Manufactured home energy-efficiency ideas
Save with energy-efficient upgrades. You could be paying more on your energy bills than you need to.
New home construction
Designing and constructing an energy-efficient house requires careful planning and attention to details. A whole-house approach can help you develop a successful strategy.
Phantom energy loads
Electronic devices that consume electricity when turned off but still plugged in provide conveniences we rely on, but also waste energy and cost money.
Reducing energy use with ENERGY STAR®
Save money by upgrading your home’s less efficient products, many ENERGY STAR products involve no extra purchase cost.
Reducing the costs of water heating
Water heating is the third largest energy expense in the home. Understand the costs of water heating and what you can do to lower those costs.
Making your kitchen more energy-efficient requires a careful look at all the appliances you use to store food, keep it fresh, and prepare it for meals.
Residential insulation basics
One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation to your attic.
Saving energy in the laundry room
Things to consider when purchasing washer and dryer units, and tips to operate them efficiently.
Seal and insulate your ductwork
Insulate your ducts AND your basement if both are not. Your basement can end up colder if you only insulate your ducts.
Seal your attic to save
Even if you have enough insulation in your attic, sealing attic air leaks will enhance the performance of your insulation and make a more comfortable home.
Shopping for efficient windows
You can improve the efficiency of existing windows by caulking and weatherstripping, adding storm windows and using window treatments or coverings.
Start seeing green
Just as every little thing adds up to increase your energy use, every small energy-saving measure you take can add up to big savings.
Tankless water heaters
Advertisements for tankless water heaters promise great features and big savings. But are these claims accurate?
The truth about electric space heaters
Take the money you would spend on a space heater and put it toward weatherization improvements to your home.
Tightening your home envelope
Air sealing is one of the most significant energy efficiency improvements you can make to your home.