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Whole-House Ventilation System Types

Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in @ Home

Key Points Exhaust ventilation systems extract indoor air from a house. Supply ventilation systems use a fan to force outside air into the building. Balanced systems introduce and exhaust equal quantities of fresh outside air and polluted inside air. The decision to use whole-house ventilation is typically motivated by concern that natural ventilation is not…

Protecting Your Computers and Electronic Devices

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in @ Home

The average U.S. household contains 24 electronic devices, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Many of these devices are important for work and entertainment. A power outage or electrical disturbance may be more than just an inconvenience, it can threaten your important household records or damage sensitive devices. Understanding how electrical disturbances happen and how…

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold

Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in @ Home

Key Points Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. Vent bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside. Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces by adding insulation. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. There is…

Simple Steps for Creating Dramatic Outdoor Lighting

Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 in @ Home

Key Points Outdoor lighting typically falls into one of three categories: accent, task, and security. Use low wattage bulbs whenever possible. Blue-white light bulbs or filters are more aesthetically pleasing in planting beds than yellow bulbs. We have all seen evening photos of magnificent, well-lit homes gracing the covers of those “Homes of the Rich…

Your Indoor Environment: Controlling Humidity

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in @ Home

Did You Know? An ENERGY STAR certified dehumidifier can save you an average of $175 in energy costs over the life of the unit. Humidity is moisture or water vapor that is mixed with the air in your home. Excessive humidity can make a home feel hotter in the summertime, reducing comfort. It can also…

Lowering Pool Pump Energy Use

Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 in @ Home

Key Points Pool pump timers can cut energy use in half by operating only 12 hours each day. Proper water chemistry must be maintained. Operate the pool pump during the day, then turn off the pump and cover the pool at night to minimize any impact on water quality. Pool pumps can contribute a significant amount…

Summer Savings: Natural Gas Outdoor Grills

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in @ Home

Key Points Outdoor grills offer weekend chefs greater speed and control over the food being cooked. Options include quick disconnect valves and smoke drawers that hold flavor chips. Proper maintenance will extend the operating life of the grill. Natural gas grills are a popular choice for homeowners. Just as with indoor gas cooktops, outdoor gas…

Ask an Expert – Saving Energy With Heat Pump Water Heaters

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in @ Home

“How do heat pump water heaters work and are they more efficient than conventional units?” Heat pumps are most often thought of as heating and cooling systems, but they can also be used to heat water —either as a stand-alone water heating system, or as a combination water heating and space conditioning system. Heat pump…

Beat the Heat with Natural Cooling

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 in @ Home

When the summer heats up, staying cool can be a challenge. While air conditioning provides relief, these units use a significant amount of energy. Natural or passive cooling—where unwanted heat is reflected, blocked, or removed—is an environmentally friendly alternative. While new homes can be designed for passive cooling, you can use passive cooling techniques in your current…

Sustainable Living: Conserving Water

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015 in @ Home

Water is often taken for granted, but the truth is, clean, healthy water is not an endless resource. The average family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By making simple changes in your daily routine, you can save money and help preserve water supplies for future…