Category: Home Energy-Saving Devices

No Energy Bills, No Energy Problems – The Benefits of A Net-Zero Home Posted by Wattson on Apr 28, 2014

A Net-Zero home is one that has the ability to produce as much energy as it consumes and sometimes more. This is done using clean, renewable energy resources in conjunction with a home that is extremely well-insulated and energy-efficient. While the initial cost of construction may be higher, the benefits of a Net-Zero home make up f...

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Home Automation: Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Posted by Wattson on Sep 17, 2013

Imagine waking up in the morning, reaching over to grab the remote, and pushing a button that says “Good Morning”. The shades raise, the lights turn on, the coffee pot starts brewing, and the furnace kicks on to take the morning chill out of the air. Or, at the end of the day, when you've just finished watching your favorite shows and...

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Top Energy-Saving Devices for Your Massachusetts Home Posted by Wattson on May 24, 2013

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Cutting back on your consumption isn't the only way to save energy around your home. If you're looking to make a large impact on your energy bill, replacing your appliances with ENERGY STAR-rated ones isn't the only solution. Check out some of our favorite energy-saving devices that won't break the bank. A Bright Idea: Philips HUE Li...

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The Nest – Future of Home Automation Posted by Wattson on Nov 19, 2012

What ever happened to the home automation that movies and television have been promising us since the 1950s? Where is George Jetson’s house? Finally, the first steps are being made in turning these fictions into reality. The Nest has arrived to transform the energy efficiency of our homes. The temperature in our homes is imperati...

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Energy Star Rebates Posted by Wattson on Jul 25, 2012

These days, buying a new appliance involves much more than simply replacing an old or broken appliance. The current energy-efficient climate in the country has spawned a host of new features and incentives in the form of Energy Star rebates. Many people overlook these benefits when making a purchase, but you don't have to. There are s...

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Programmable Thermostats – Save Money While Keeping Cool Posted by Wattson on Jun 26, 2012

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a programmable thermostat can save you approximately $180 per year in heating and cooling costs for the average American single-family home. It does this by raising or lowering the temperature automatically at different times of the day to keep you cool while you're active at home and to sav...

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs – Are They Really Worth the Switch? Posted by Wattson on Jun 5, 2012

By now, you've probably heard or read about how much money and energy you can save by switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to newer compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. If you have yet to make the switch, you're probably wondering, "Is there really that much of a  difference? How much money can I actually save?" To a...

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How to Choose an Air Conditioner Posted by Wattson on May 29, 2012

People who are in the market for a home air-conditioning unit may believe that the size of the unit does not matter and end up getting the wrong size for their room. However, buying a unit that is too large or too small for a room often causes problems such as dampness or excessive wear on the unit. When you are looking for an air-conditi...

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Kill the Bill With the Kill-A-Watt Posted by Wattson on Apr 29, 2012

Knowledge is power – and until recently it has been very difficult for residential electricity users to find out what their power usage really looks like. Oh sure, the electric company puts neat little graphics on your bill and shows you your total use, but can’t provide you with detailed information. They know you used the kilowa...

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