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10 Easy Energy Saving Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bill

Opening your power bill every month can be a frightening experience. It seems that with every month that passes by, the energy use in your home increases resulting in higher bills for you to pay. If your home isn’t operating as efficiently as it was designed to, then your home could be producing more energy than what is required in order to properly heat or cool your home. Below are ten simple tips you can follow to start lowering your energy bills today.

10 Tiny Houses We Love

Looking for some interesting ideas for small spaces? Check out some of these small houses that took on some serious renovation work. Not only were the homeowners and builders creative, but they kept the integrity of the original buildings. Maybe smaller is better.

6 Celebrities with Deep Green Homes

Not every celebrity-owned property with energy- and water-saving features also suffers from inflated square footage syndrome. In recent years, many famous folk have built or remodeled homes that are decidedly more modest in size. Here are six inspiring and intriguing celebrity homes that boast some serious eco-credentials without the egregiously excessive square footage.

A Net Zero Energy Home

You can take any house all the way to net zero just by giving it enough on-site power production (photovoltaics, wind, hydropower...), but that's not the most effective way to achieve the goal of net zero energy use. First, you want to make the house really efficient.

Bamboo Flooring

One of green building’s ‘poster-child’ products—bamboo has come a long way from its roots.

Don't Let It Escape: Home Thermographic Audits

It could be leaking from your home right now. Escaping through cracks around your windows you can't even see. Your temperature-controlled air is like tiny dollars disappearing from your home and your wallet.

Energy Efficient Appliances Save You Money

Appliances are getting more and more efficient with new technology and an understanding of how much energy can be saved. A refrigerator as new as 10 years old is already a dinosaur. It, along with your washing machine, are the biggest energy hogs in your house and should be replaced if they are too old.

Energy Efficient Guru Rebuilds Home to Green Standards

Remodel or rebuild? That was the decision Brian Castelli had to make when he was ready to make his home of 32 years more energy efficient. Castelli, who is executive vice president of the Alliance to Save Energy, had spent his career helping others become more energy efficient, so it was natural that he wanted his home to be as green as possible. He'd done many upgrades on his mid-century home, but he wanted to further improve it. He talked to contractors and discovered the cost to remodel from the slab up would be comparable to tearing down the home and building from scratch.

Energy Efficient Wndows

I love windows. There is very little wall space in my house for art! Not only do I like natural light during the day, I also like to bring the outdoors in.
I installed a few windows about 12 years ago, when I first moved into this old ranch house. There were huge expanses of sunny, blank exterior wall, so I decided to bring in the winter sun as passive solar supplemental heat.

Futures Trading

It’s hard to predict what products, technology, and systems will be important in the next 10 years, but green experts say the looming energy crisis can give us a pretty good idea.

Green Homes Are Here to Stay as Demand for Energy Efficiency Increases

The hottest trend in home design is not limited to wow-factor kitchens, master-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs or the family-friendly great room. Instead, a solid trend in home design is one where homes are built with energy efficiency and sustainable materials in mind.

Home Dehumidifying the Energy Efficient Way

Using a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home can help to avoid problems such as moisture damage, mold and mildew. However, some people are hesitant to use a dehumidifier because they tend to use a lot of electricity. If you want to keep your home comfortably dry and yet save energy and money at the same time, here are some tips to help you dehumidify your home in the most energy efficient fashion.

Inside the Empowerhouse, A Gorgeous $250,000 Passive Home

The design debuted at the government’s Solar Decathalon, but instead of just being a show piece, new versions of it are being installed around Washington by Habitat for Humanity.

Just Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole House

Carter Scott was one of the first builders bold enough to build a cold-climate home heated by only two ductless minisplit units (one in the downstairs living room, and one in the upstairs hallway). Skeptics predicted that the unheated bedrooms would be cold and uncomfortable. Yet Scott was confident that the home’s excellent thermal envelope — with high-R walls, triple-glazed windows, and low levels of air leakage — would keep the homeowners comfortable even when the bedroom doors were closed.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - LEED

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

New Ways to Use Less Energy at Home

The share of homes being built in the U.S. with environmentally friendly features jumped to 16% of single-family starts last year from 2% in 2006, says McGraw-Hill Construction, a market-research firm in New York. Fueling the trend, industry officials say, is a desire to save energy at a time of high fuel costs. Indeed, in a recent survey, 93% of builders named increased energy efficiency as an important green practice—far more than cited any other benefit.

Resilient Design: Passive Solar Heat

A resilient home is extremely well insulated so that it can be kept warm with very little supplemental heat — and if power or heating fuel is lost, there won't be risk of homeowners getting dangerously cold or their pipes freezing. If we design and orient the house in such a way that natural heating from the sun can occur, we add to that resilience and further reduce the risk of the house getting too cold in the winter.

The Complete Heating Efficiencies Guide

Heating and heat efficient systems are more than just considerations in modern life. It is pretty primal, right? The discovery of ‘fire’, our first heating system not counting the sun itself, was the key to our survival after all.
But, translated to the 21st Century, the world of heating, or more accurately of environmental controls all year round have become a more precise concern. Today, more than ever, we’re concerned with how energy efficient our heating systems are. What with global energy becoming more and more of an issue on so many fronts, this makes sense. But when it comes to heating and energy efficiency at home, we’re thinking about our pocketbooks, and about how to get the most out of our heating dollar.

The Family Home: Going Greener

Families often get a bad rap when it comes to the environment. Our homes are usually larger, which uses more energy, our cars are bigger and require more fuel, and we create more waste. My children's homework folders alone would fill a landfill if we didn't recycle. Regardless of all this, there are simple things we can do around our homes to make them a little more green.

U.S. Department of Energy

The Building Technologies Program (BTP) funds research and technology development to reduce commercial and residential building energy use. The program is working to achieve the goal of net-zero energy buildings, which produce as much energy as they consume. BTP works with national laboratories and industry partners to achieve this goal