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Infographic: How Energy Codes Make Homes More Energy Efficient.

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Since the 1980's, American homes have gotten more energy efficient, even as our use of cell phones, video game consoles and other electronic devices has soared. This is largely due to improved energy codes, which result in lower heating and cooling bills as well as reduced environmental impact.

This infographic from the Global Buildings Performance Network and the Institute for Market Transformation explains how.

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.

Video: How to Prepare Your Home for Winter.

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The folks over at Inhabitat recently  released a cool new video that goes through the home energy audit process, and discusses easy fixes for problems like drafty windows and cold rooms.

We think they did a great job. Check it out!

What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

A deep energy retrofit is a building upgrade that reduces a building's energy consumption by 50% or more, through comprehensive building energy efficiency upgrades that may include insulation, air sealing, HVAC replacement, new windows and doors, and a variety of other measures. Deep energy retrofits are achievable in the majority of existing buildings.

What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

A deep energy retrofit is a building upgrade that reduces a building's energy consumption by 50% or more, through comprehensive building energy efficiency upgrades that may include insulation, air sealing, HVAC replacement, new windows and doors, and a variety of other measures. Deep energy retrofits are achievable in the majority of existing buildings.

What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

A deep energy retrofit is a building upgrade that reduces a building's energy consumption by 50% or more, through comprehensive building energy efficiency upgrades that may include insulation, air sealing, HVAC replacement, new windows and doors, and a variety of other measures. Deep energy retrofits are achievable in the majority of existing buildings.

Light Switches Can Be Big Sources of Leaks

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Here's an interesting video from our friends at Energy Vanguard that shows how much air can leak through simple things like light switches.

Think You Need New Windows? Not So Fast.

It speaks to the marketing savvy of window manufacturers and installers that, when faced with drafty rooms or high energy bills, most homeowners typically think that the best solution would be new replacement windows. While energy efficient replacement windows will likely lead to improved comfort and lower utility bills, the truth is that there are many far more cost effective solutions to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

5 Ways a Home Energy Audit Will Improve Your Life.

You may have heard about home energy audits before, but maybe you're not quite sure that you need one. After all, your home is relatively new. It's pretty comfortable most of the time, and your utility bills aren't that bad. Maybe you've switched out your incandescent light bulbs for CFLs, and upgraded to a low flow showerhead, so figure there's not much more you can do. 

Well, there's a lot more to home energy than lightbulbs and solar panels, and a home energy audit is the place to begin. Here are 5 ways that a home energy audit from a certified home energy auditor will likely improve your life -- right away.

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.