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Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home [Podcast]

Listen in as Kellye Markowski from Energy Smart Homes offers advice for homeowners/residents to reduce their energy and costs and know the best course of action for their house. She says people take a stab at doing the right thing for their home or property, yet they typically do the wrong thing or do the steps out of order.

What Exactly is a Zero Energy / Net Zero Home? — BYHYU with Michelle Nelson

So, what exactly is a Zero Energy Home? To quote the folks at ZeroEnergyProject.org, “Zero energy homes are just like any home—except better.” They are airtight, well-insulated, and extremely energy efficient homes that produce as much energy as they use, over the course of a year. That means that for heating and cooling, electricity, and water heating, your net payment to the power company would be zero, zilch, nothing!

Top 5 Ways to Insulate Your Green Home

Not all insulation is created equal. Some insulation might get an A for fire prevention, but receive Fs in health and safety thanks to its chemical components. Others may be easy on your energy bill but hard on the environment. Here are the top 5 eco-friendly options that also protect your indoor air quality.

How to Make Your Home Net Positive on a Budget

John Livermore remodeled his home to make it produce more energy than it used. In addition to the dramatic energy savings, he zeroed out his home’s carbon footprint, stopped paying energy bills, increased comfort, improved his family's health, and became the first renovated home in Massachusetts to produce more energy than it uses. Best of all – you can do it, too!

18 Easy Energy-Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, about 40 percent of energy in the U.S. is used by homes and residential buildings. What’s more, the U.S. alone is responsible for 18 percent of the entire planet’s energy demands. Reduce your use by following these 18 easy steps.

How to Buy Green Energy

Take a look at all the lights, appliances, and devices around you. Now imagine knowing that every ounce of electricity powering those devices came from 100% renewable energy sources.

The Complete Guide to Eco-Friendly Insulation

Insulation is designed to reduce energy costs, so in that sense, any insulation could technically be considered green. But the manufacturing process, materials, and toxicity are other highly important factors to consider.

Where are the Energy Hogs in Your Home? [Infographic]

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 18% of the world’s energy consumption takes place in the U.S. – but our country represents only about 4% of the global population. What’s more shocking is that in the U.S., only 65% of residentially...

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