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Energy Conservation Ideas for the Home

More Thoughts on Preparing for Winter: The Windows

eco friendly window treatments and shadesWe’ve been beating this drum for a week or so now, urging homeowners to get a bit more involved this year with winterizing their homes. It makes sense for the environment and it makes sense for the bottom line with your monthly energy bills, so either way you find motivation, prepping your home is a good thing.

Today we look at windows specifically, and what kinds of tips and tricks are out there for preparing the home for the cold and rainy season, when it comes to energy savings. Some statistics note that as much as 25% of your home heating and energy bills end up paying for whatever your windows do, or more precisely, what they don’t do. That means, poorly sealed or old single pane windows let heat out of the house, don’t prevent cold air from coming into the house, and so ultimately require more energy to be used to maintain comfortable temperatures during the winter. Here’s a few tricks you can try to change that around. Continue reading

Winter’s Here: Have You Winterized Your House for Energy Efficiency Yet?

Preparing for the Oncoming Season: Winterize the Home Now

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Here in the pacific northwest, the winter came upon us in one fell swoop, and as we listen to the radio news reports addressing the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the eastern seaboard, the same appears to be true across most of the country. Wow. In Portland, we went from a beautiful, long summer, to 3 days of fall before feeling the chill back in the air. All of which begs the question, have you prepared your home for the winter season, in terms of energy efficiency?

The methods aren’t anything particularly new or even expensive, but the rewards for your efforts, besides greater home energy efficiency and personal warmth while relaxing on your couch or eating dinner, include potentially substantial savings on your power bills. So how can you winterize your house without breaking the bank? Continue reading