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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."

Video: Energy Efficiency in 90 Seconds.

This clever video from the Natural Resources Defense Council explains how energy efficiency in the home can help save the planet, while saving homeowners money in the process.

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. 

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Killing Vampire Power & Saving Money

Learn how smart power strips work to kill vampire power in your home. 

Infographic: The Facts About Fuel Prices

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This infographic from Heating Oil Shopper details fluctuations in oil prices, where oil is being produced and consumed, and offers a wealth of other useful information about oil costs.

Solar Decathlon Projects: The Definitive Map

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The Solar Decathlon is a Department of Energy iniative that pits college teams against each other to design cost effective, efficient solar powered homes.

Here's the map of the 2013 projects. 

Why is my house so hot in the summer?!

It Might Not be your Air Conditioner - Maybe it’s the ducts

If you’ve ever had a comfort issue in the summer in your house you may have thought something to the effect of “what wrong with my air conditioner”?  While there might be something wrong with the AC, it might also be something else causing your house to be uncomfortable. To cool your house there are really three different systems that come into play:

  • Air Conditioner

Video: Superinsulation Doesn't Work if the Windows Leak

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In this installment of Green Building Advisor's "Job Site Visits" series, building science guru Joe Lstiburek explains why insulating a house to the highest standards won't do much good if the home still has significant air leakage.

Video: Stop Drafts with a Homemade Door Sweep

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This video from Fine Homebuilding explains how to make a homemade door sweep to stop drafts in your home, create a more comfortable indoor environment and save some money on your energy bills this winter.