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Energy Savings tips for Water Heating

  All of us use hot water on a daily basis from showers, to washing clothes, to dishwashers.  Our main focus is to have hot water and not particularly energy savings.  According to SRP, 12-20% of your annual energy usage goes towards producing hot water.  Changing our focus and habits with some simple low cost solutions can give us both hot water and result in savin...

Cool Off Your Energy Bill with Efficient Pool Pump

  As the weather heats up, we love a refreshing dip in our pools. But do we think about the amount of energy used to keep the pool clean?  The pool pump is the second largest electrical user in your household (your AC holds the honor of being number one user).  If you replace your existing single-speed pool pump with an energy-efficient, variable-speed pool pump, you can save...

Technology Showcase: The Smart Home

  At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, General Electric unveiled its “Smart Home,” a system that’s been under development in response to the drastic increase in home and business energy consumption caused by the number of gadgets and small electronic appliances in mainstream use today. We’re talking about everything from televisions and laptops t...

Around Home Electronics and Energy Efficiency

What kind of appliances, gadgets, and other forms of electronic technology do you have plugged in around your home? Small kitchen appliances, televisions, cable and satellite boxes, gaming consoles, computers, modems, wireless routers, printers, fax machines, cell phone chargers, bluetooth headset chargers, Kindle chargers, ipod chargers, toothbrush chargers—the list goes on and on. And y...

Kids and Energy Efficiency

Educating our kids on energy consumption is important.  Games are no longer just out of a box, technology has taken over and all of our childhood favorites are offered in some type of electronic format that our kids are anxious to have.  The idea of having portable gadgets to keep everyone happy when brother has to sit through sister's soccer game is part of our day to day li...

Health and Safety

You might wonder how the pollutants in a home can relate to energy efficiency, or how energy efficiency can relate to your health.  Before we begin your Energy Efficiency Audit (EEA), a customer interview is completed, where we discuss the existing conditions of your home, understand the comfort level you would like to achieve and any areas of concern you may have.  This will enable u...

Home Energy Checklist

You are taking the steps to reduce your energy consumption and are wondering what more can I do.  We have developed a list of high baseload culprits that range from simple behavioral changes to replacing old appliances with ENERGY STAR models.  What exactly do we mean by baseload?  Baseload is the energy used to power things you use on a day to day basis year round.  If you...

United States Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is a private, non-profit organization that promotes and regulates sustainable building practices and designs. USGBC is behind the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, as well as the annual conference, Greenbuild, which promotes environmentally responsible materials, sustainable architecture techniques, and green building methods. &n...

Home Performance Energy Star

ENERGY STAR is the industry standard and, government-backed symbol for energy efficient consumer products and practices. The label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to guide the homeowner towards a more efficient home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy specified key guiding principles, and strict guidelines to designate an applianc...

Homestar Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program

The Homestar Act of 2010, playfully dubbed, “cash for caulkers,” is President Obama’s program of incentives for homeowners who make energy efficient improvements to their homes. This two-year federal program is intended to save the middle-class families hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs, reduce the dependence on oil and support the energy efficiency industry.  &n...