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Conserving Water Around the House

June 7, 2016

What do water and your money have in common? Simple: they’re both valuable resources worth protecting. For any homeowner, conserving one to save the other amounts to a surefire win-win. Check out these water-saving tips to give a boost to the environment and maybe even your pocket book!   Indoor conservation: Install WaterSense® labeled products The EPA’s WaterSense® program vets and labels products designed to reduce the amount of water used in your home—everything from sprinkler controllers to low-flush toilets to water-efficient showerheads. WaterSense® labeled…

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How Your Energy Bill Could Help You Save

October 16, 2014

How often do you look at your energy bill? If your interest stops at AMOUNT DUE, you may be missing out on some ways to save energy and money. Energy bill basics Each utility company has its own way of invoicing you, but here are some fairly universal points you’ll find on most energy bills: Meter readings. You should see a current estimated or actual meter reading and a reading for the previous month. The difference between the two numbers is your energy usage for…

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8 Ways to Winterize Your Home

September 25, 2012

When the summer air begins to cool down, it’s time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Winterizing can keep your home running efficiently and save on heating costs. Get started today with these helpful tips: 1. Service your furnace. Leaky ducts and vents are big energy drainers. Have your furnace serviced by a professional at least once a year. Also remember to change air filters regularly to maintain air quality and prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. Is your HVAC the…

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4 Reasons to Go Solar

January 9, 2012

  Solar energy has been around for decades, so why is it suddenly a hot topic for homeowners? Like many market trends, the answer can be found in your wallet. Recent breakthroughs in solar cell design and manufacturing have taken solar panels out of the realm of environmental enthusiasts and made them not just an affordable option, but a smart energy-saving choice for the future. Why? See our top four reasons below. To learn how solar panels work, view this video by the U.S. Department…

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Buying a Home

Energy Wise Spotlight: Low-e Windows

October 9, 2011

“I have to draw blackout curtains in the summer to keep the heat out.”   “My windows are ice-cold and drafty in winter.”   “The carpet and upholstery near my windows and sliding glass doors are fading.”   If this sounds familiar, you may be throwing money out the window. Hot spots in summer, drafts in winter and sun bleaching are telltale signs that your glass lacks the low-emissivity engineering found in newer windows and doors—a difference that could cost you much more than your…

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