How to Be Green by Lowering Your Cooling Bills

In Part I of this series on lowering your summer utility bills, I focused on the quick and easy fixes that anyone can do.  In this post, I’ll concentrate on strategies that cost a bit more upfront, but will save you money in the long run.  Not only does saving energy save you money, but […]

Today’s Low Flow Toilets Add Style and Water-Efficiency to the Bathroom

Looking for low-flow, but high performance from your toilet?  The stylish high-efficiency toilets on the market now are sure to make your bathroom remodel, or selection of fixtures for a new home, more sustainable. It’s important to conserve water considering we flush about 30% of a household’s potable water down the toilet!  Replacing an old […]

Easy Ways to Lower Your Cooling Bills, Part I

The dog days of summer are here, but you can still stay cool and save energy by implementing some quick and easy fixes.  Of course, if you want to go the extra mile and make your home even more efficient, you can do such things as insulating your attic and replacing old hvac equipment with […]

Shade Trees Can Cut Your Cooling Bills!

Mature trees not only add curb appeal and value to your home, but they keep your house cooler when strategically placed around your property.  Some great deciduous shade trees (those that lose their leaves in the winter) include:  Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Quaking Aspen, Weeping Willow, Northern Catalpa, Sourwood and Oak species.  These trees, among […]

Keep Your Cool, Take Care of your Air Conditioner

Whether you have central air conditioning or a window air conditioner, there are some easy things you can do to ensure it runs efficiently, therefore saving you money on electricity bills. Of course, the ultimate way to save energy is to turn it off when not absolutely needed.  When the weather is pleasant during the […]

2011 Tax Incentives that’ll Heat up your Home

Looking for ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient this winter?  Tax incentives offered by federal and state governments, and local utility companies, can help ease the burden of home improvements that will reduce your monthly bills. If you’re in the market for new windows, doors, biomass stoves, heating systems, and/or insulation, […]

Got Junk? The Green Way to Get Rid of it

Is cleaning out your closets at the top of your new year’s resolution list?  Well, it’s easier than ever to find a new home for your old stuff.  Whether you’re remodeling, organizing or downsizing, you don’t have to just throw away items that you don’t want, or need, anymore.  You can donate to a local […]

Top 10 Green Holiday Tips

The weather outside may be frightful, but your holiday habits don’t have to be.  Looking for ways to be more kind to the earth this season?  There are plenty of easy things anyone can do to make their home more efficient and comfortable this winter.  I’ve made a list and checked it twice, and think […]

Tax Credits to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Looking for an incentive to make your home more efficient this Fall?  How about a federal tax credit which covers 30% of the cost of putting in some home improvements.  You’ll not only save on the initial costs for insulation, windows and doors, biomass stoves, water heaters, roofs, and HVAC systems, but these new measures […]

Cash for Caulkers!

Looking for some extra cash to complete those home improvement projects?  A great incentive is the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, dubbed “Cash for Caulkers,” which is expected to clear the Senate this summer.  Get rebates for hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on which energy-saving strategies you tackle.  Get all the […]

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