Do you know what color your roof is? This might seem like a funny question because we don’t look at them often. So why do so many people dislike the look of solar panels? Maybe it’s because they’re different and change is hard. But the cost to buy solar panels is dropping and federal solar tax … Read More
Is your electric bill going up? Probably as we're all buying more electronic gadgets and they use electricity. Wondering how to gain energy efficiency savings (lower electric bills) at home now and forever?
Here are the three most important ways to lower your electric bill. We assume you've already replaced all your light bulbs with LEDs.
- Upgrade appliances and other home features like your hot water system to more energy efficient ones (hint: EnergyStar labels).
- Make your home's envelope more airtight. This will reduce the amount of time your heating and cooling systems need to run.
- Generate your own electricity with solar panels and/or a solar hot water heater.
Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency
One of the best tools to improve your home's energy efficiency is a home energy audit. Some utility companies offer them for free/inexpensive. Trust me though, they're worth every penny if you pay for one. But if you're not ready for that, here are some tips to get you started.
- How to Perform a DIY Home Energy Audit.
- HERS Index Measures Home Energy Efficiency is what you get from a home energy audit and new home builders.
- 100 Ways to Save the Environment & Enhance Your Home including lots of tips to make your home more energy efficient.
It seems like we’re adding a new gadget to our homes every few months (these wires represent half of those around my desk), and most of them will contribute to a higher electric bill. You might never think about that when you buy an Amazon Echo or a garage door opener. And you probably don’t realize how your … Read More
Most builders now give home buyers a home energy score (HERS, Home Energy Rating System) to compete with other builders. This helps buyers project their major operating costs for heating, cooling, hot water and more. In December 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring the disclosure of home energy scores to all homebuyers … Read More
Most people associate solar energy with solar panels that we see on the top of single family houses. Depending on where you live in the US, there may be quite a few solar powered homes because the state and/or utility companies have provided financial assistance to make the investment affordable. Another hurdle for homeowners is the … Read More
Green houses once meant the glass enclosed sheds avid gardeners had in their backyard. Now there are hundreds of words and phrases used to talk about green houses, that mean something totally different. This article covers some of the most important green concepts. It will help you interpret all the new green words you’re hearing – going … Read More
Most homeowners are familiar with what a solar roof looks like today. It’s not easy to miss the solar panels which sit on top of todays roofs and many people don’t find them terribly attractive. So if you’re considering a solar roof today, you have to evaluate the cost versus savings on your energy bills, plus the impact … Read More
There’s a lot of discussion about things we can do to make our homes more energy efficient. But how do you measure your results. That’s where the new industry standard, the HERS Index, is making a difference. It provides a way to measure not just new homes but all houses against one energy performance scale. … Read More
Guest – Marla Esser What types of holiday lights make sense today? Everyone loves the holidays. You get to enjoy family traditions and pass them along to the next generation … but they take time and we don’t have an endless supply of time (how I wish we did). By adding extra activities to our busy … Read More
Building codes are changing at a rapid pace to respond to looming hikes in energy costs and environmental concerns. Solar panel adoption has accelerated in the US, as the cost of the photo voltaic cells used in solar panels (installation, operations and maintenance) has decreased by as much as 15 percent. Solar competition is growing … Read More
Regular home maintenance is more than fixing a creaky door and using the right floor cleaners to preserve your investment. A home energy audit can help you determine how efficient your home is, and where you can make improvements. These home improvements can lower your energy use, and that means lower monthly utility bills. This … Read More