Energy Efficiency & Reducing Utility Bills

  • Energy Efficient Storm Doors Provide Year-Round Protection

    2/25/2014 9:29 PM

    Back before the invention of central air conditioning, screen doors were used as a way to keep out pests while allowing fresh air to enter a home during hot spells. But today’s storm doors do much more than improve air circulation and keep the bugs out.In the winter, storm doors act like storm windows by adding an extra layer of insulation between your home and the elements.

  • Green Living: The Perfect New Year’s Resolution

    1/6/2014 3:27 PM

    While New Year’s Resolutions are often about bettering ourselves – health, financial, spiritual – you can also set goals that will decrease your impact on the environment. Green living doesn’t have to be difficult or involve drastic changes.

  • Easy Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

    12/30/2013 4:36 PM

    There are projects you can undertake in your home to reduce your utility bills. Old drafty windows and front doors can be replaced with energy efficient replacement windows and entry doors. If you home maintenance budget doesn't allow for energy efficient upgrade projects at this time, there are some simple steps you can take that cost little to no money, and will go a long way in reducing your energy consumption.

  • As Temperatures Drop, Keep Out the Cold with Window Treatments

    11/6/2013 4:15 PM

    Even for warm weather lovers, there’s no denying it – the cold weather has arrived. With night time temperatures dipping into the 30’s and some frost on the grass as the sun comes up, winter is well on its way. How does the inside of your house feel? Air-tight windows and entry doors are very effective at improving the energy efficiency of your home. But what else can you do to maintain a cozy indoor temperature?

  • Entry Doors Protect Your Home

    11/4/2013 3:44 PM

    Your entry door is the gateway to your home. It greets visitors, welcoming them inside. It protects your home from the elements. It helps keep the inside air warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Those with glass allow daylight into your home. It protects your family from intruders. How well your front door does...

  • Storm Doors Protect from Winter Weather

    11/1/2013 2:20 PM

    Your front door greets visitors as they enter your home. But an entry door also protects your home from wind, rain, and cold winter temperatures. Did you know you can improve the protection provided at your entryway by installing a storm door? A storm door fitted with a screen is a great way to let in the breeze when the weather is nice, but it can also protect you during cold months.

  • Fall Back – Change Your Clocks and Perform Home Maintenance

    10/28/2013 5:44 PM

    Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 3, at 2am. That means you set your clocks back one hour. While many welcome the return to Standard Time with an extra hour of sleep this coming weekend, we also benefit from the sun rising earlier in the morning – a welcome sight for kids who catch the early school bus and commuters who have been leaving for work in the dark. But did you know the origin of Daylight Saving Time was for energy efficiency?

  • Saving Energy in the Kitchen – Reduce Your “Cookprint”

    9/23/2013 2:50 PM

    Consumers are bombarded with the buzz words and phrases – green living, reduce your carbon footprint, reduce-reuse-recycle, energy efficient. Now there’s a new phrase entering the scene, coined as a buzzword by Consumer Reports: cookprint. It refers to the energy required to prepare our food, as well as eating more locally grown and sustainable food. The energy use refers to....

  • Big Sources of Energy Drains in Your Home

    9/13/2013 1:32 PM

    Just think about all the things in your home that are “plugged in” – not only the obvious things like refrigerators, microwaves, televisions, and lighting, but the video game systems, home theater systems, laptops, and the chargers for all your portable electronic devices. So what energy-sapping electronics do you have in your home?

  • Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Electronics

    8/21/2013 2:58 PM

    Families in the 21st century are certainly plugged in. Laptop computers, desktop computers, wireless printers, tablets, cell phones, wireless routers, cable modems, smart phones, and MP3 players. With all this gadgetry comes a whole lot of power cords and chargers so what can you do to reduce your power consumption at home, be more energy efficient, and ultimately save money on your utility bills?