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Renting? It’s Still Possible to Have an Energy-Efficient Home

While fancy amenities like granite countertops and walk-in closets were popular before, the new budget-savvy renter is looking for a well-built and energy-efficient home. In fact, according to ApartmentGuide.com, added features that save renters money, like paid utilities and washers and dryers in units, topped the list of popular amenities from February to August 2009.

Re-insulation Projects Offer Year-Round Rewards

Re-insulation Projects Offer Year-Round RewardsHomeowners seeking to pad their homes and wallets should consider re-insulation projects that maximize energy efficiency year-round. Simple, energy-saving practices will not only reduce heating and cooling bills every month, but also will result in a higher tax return next year.

Carpets Help Insulate Homes

Carpets Help Insulate HomesIn today’s economic climate, Americans are trying to stretch their pennies by making their homes more energy-efficient. Green homes save money and help the environment, but if you have already invested in energy-efficient appliances, what else can be done? Many homeowners don’t realize that their flooring choice can be a contributor to a home’s energy-efficiency. Unlike other forms of flooring, carpet provides insulation. Installing wall-to-wall carpet keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, while also lowering your energy costs.

Evict That Home Energy Hog For Good

Evict That Home Energy HogIn 1980, kitchen appliances accounted for nearly 44 percent of an average annual home’s energy consumption. With innovations in cooking, cleaning and preservation appliances, that figure is just above 10 percent today — and still dropping — much to the delight of consumers seeking green options throughout the home.

Keep Your Cool With Energy Bills This Summer

Keep Your Cool With Energy Bills This SummerCoupling a fan or air circulator with your air conditioning system can save up to 20 percent on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. The EPA states that heating and cooling make up 49 percent of the average energy bill. Using an air circulator will increase air flow throughout the room, allowing you to raise the thermostat on your cooling system. For each degree raised, you can save five percent off your electric bill, according to the Southface Energy Institute. Read more >>