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Infographic: Cost-Effective Home Energy Upgrades.

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Would you like to make your home more energy efficient, but aren't sure what the most effective upgrades are? This great infographic from ACE Air provides an overview of some of the most high-payback improvements that you can make.

Originally seen at Loveinfographics.com.

Energy: Where's it Come From and Where Does it Go?

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Ever wonder where our country's energy comes from and goes to? This fascinating map from the Lawrence Livermore Labratory shows in simple graphic terms where we generate energy and how much of it goes to various sectors. One of the fascinating aspects of this is everything you see in gray--"Rejected Energy." What this really means is waste. Particularly in electricity, as much as 2/3 of all the energy created is lost during transmission and via other means before it actually does any work. All the more reason to generate your electricity right at home on your roof. 

Video: Choosing Energy Efficient Lighting Based on Lumens.

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If you're interested in reducing your energy consumption by switching to energy efficient lighting, but aren't quite sure how to pick the right energy efficient lighting for your fixtures or your home, watch this short video from the Department of Energy explaining how to choose lighting based on lumens instead of watts.

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Are Ceiling Fans a Good for Energy Efficiency?

Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home's energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they're blowing on people--and many experts say they're essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren't present in the home. 

Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.

Here's a direct quote: "I am not suggesting that we should not use ceiling fans — just that they shouldn’t be on if no one is in the room. If people only use them when necessary and set their thermostat a bit higher, then the extra heat is a small price to pay for the comfort and energy savings."

Good Deed

GOOD DEED

June 2015


 

Local neighborhood angel, “Grandma” is known for her caring disposition and willingness to always help others in need. A recent industrial accident tragedy that involved a close family member presented the need ensure her home was a healthy environment for her loved.

Killing Vampire Power & Saving Money

Learn how smart power strips work to kill vampire power in your home.  Warning:  contains humor.

Are Ceiling Fans a Good Fit For Energy Efficiency?

Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home's energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they're blowing on people--and many experts say they're essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren't present in the home. 

Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.

Here's a direct quote: "I am not suggesting that we should not use ceiling fans — just that they shouldn’t be on if no one is in the room. If people only use them when necessary and set their thermostat a bit higher, then the extra heat is a small price to pay for the comfort and energy savings."

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx