'tis the season to be merry and bright with LEDs

The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means: Christmas decorations! Trees, lights, ornaments and wreaths are holiday staples in the U.S. Something many of us don’t consider before decking the halls of our homes is the increased energy use and electricity cost that go with all those twinkling lights... Read more

Make the most of your summer days

Summertime offers plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors, get away from the technology that seems to be everywhere we look and enjoy the company of friends and family. These summertime activities are not only great opportunities to bond with your kids, but they’re also affordable and energy efficient.... Read more


All About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a way to identify and promote energy-efficient products and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past two decades, the ENERGY STAR brand has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of technological innovations and the program has grown substantially. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings and plants. The program has successfully delivered energy and cost savings across the country, saving businesses, organizations, and consumers an estimated $24 billion in 2012 alone.... Read more

Shopping for lighting, the new way

Typically, consumers buy items based on how much of an item they get. How much milk is in a container? How many eggs will you need? How much gas fits in a fuel tank? Buying based on how much we get is the way of the world, with one exception: the purchase of lightbulbs. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established new lighting standards, forcing the lighting industry to make some major changes. A new product label and new way of comparing and selecting lightbulbs were among the changes debuted... Read more

Discover high-tech tools for home energy efficiency

In recent years, an expanded array of resources has been developed to improve energy efficiency. Innovations in mobile communication, smart devices and other high-tech gadgets have accelerated the means to which energy usage can be monitored and reduced, allowing the discovery of new approaches to energy efficiency. Here are a few types of gadgets that can help. ... Read more

Estimate your home energy usage

Knowing the amount of energy consumed by each appliance or device in your home provides an idea of how to modify energy usage, and as a result, can lead to reduced monthly energy bills. ... Read more

Take a peek at refrigerator-freezer efficiency

Refrigerators and freezers are a mainstay of many kitchens, but these appliances are also among the home’s largest consumers of energy. Follow these tips to reduce the amount of energy they consume each year.... Read more

Saving energy is easy as 1-2-3

Between after school soccer practice and ballet lessons, your family is on the go. With everyone out of the house during the day, you can easily lower your electricity bill by making a few quick changes that don’t demand an excessive amount of time or effort to get results. ... Read more

The Giving Tree has more to offer than you think: energy-efficient landscaping made easy

Usually April showers correlate with May flowers, but hopefully all this rainfall slows down soon so those May flowers are actually in the ground before June. If you haven’t started much of your outdoor landscaping because of this season’s cooler temps, consider incorporating some of these tried and true tips into your landscaping plans before breaking ground: ... Read more

Slim and trim: New Year's resolutions made easy

They say abs are made in the kitchen. Ironically, your utility bill tends to bulk up there, too. ... Read more

Halloween hints scare up energy savings

Perform these simple rituals to help prevent ghosts and goblins from stealing your energy this fall. ... Read more

Estimate your home energy usage

Knowing the amount of energy consumed by each appliance or device in your home provides an idea of how to modify energy usage, and as a result, can lead to reduced monthly energy bills. ... Read more

Discover high-tech tools for home energy efficiency

In recent years, an expanded array of resources has been developed to improve energy efficiency. Innovations in mobile communication, smart devices and other high-tech gadgets have accelerated the means to which energy usage can be monitored and reduced, allowing the discovery of new approaches to energy efficiency. Here are a few types of gadgets that can help. ... Read more

Take a peek at refrigerator-freezer efficiency

Refrigerators and freezers are a mainstay of many kitchens, but these appliances are also among the home’s largest consumers of energy. Follow these tips to reduce the amount of energy they consume each year. ... Read more

Tackle energy-efficient exterior home maintenance projects this summer

A large portion of a home’s energy bill in the summertime comes from air conditioning. Reducing how often you run the AC can indeed save energy, but there are other things can be done to keep a home cooler while using less energy. ... Read more

Summer energy-saving tips

Follow these tips that will help your keep home cool, not to mention, provide some star-spangled energy savings... Read more

Become a fan of fans

Air conditioners can provide cooling comfort when the temps rise, but those looking for a less-expensive, simpler cool down can flip the switch on an electric fan to find relief. A fan can offer an alternative way to stay cool while reducing the amount of air conditioning needed. During the cooler summer months, they can even completely eliminate the need to use air conditioning. ... Read more

The ABCs of buying an AC

If you are considering purchasing or upgrading your home’s air conditioning unit, finding one that correctly fits your cooling needs will give you energy-saving relief from the summer heat. Here are a few things to keep in mind before investing in a central air or room air conditioning unit. ... Read more

Look around your home for some cool energy savings

Don’t let the cold put a damper on your holiday season. Follow these tips to save energy. Spend less time worrying about utility bills and more time with friends and family. ... Read more

Being cool with energy efficiency

Most people do not look forward to paying their energy bill, especially during the summer months. Applying some energy efficiency strategies to cool your home can make it much more bearable. With a few tips, a little work and some perseverance, you can take some of the bite out of that bill.
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Video game energy use explained

Video game console owners, or those considering the purchase of one, may want to think about the system's energy consumption, in addition to its many other features. This becomes especially important since the annual rate of energy consumption of gaming systems in some homes can come close to that of a refrigerator. Each of the three, top-selling systems on the market – Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 – has energy usage levels that vary significantly. ... Read more

New ENERGY STAR® rating recognizes top

energy-efficient products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed a new pilot to identify and acknowledge the most energy-efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR® designation. The ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient designation tells consumers the energy efficiency of a product represents approximately the top 5 percent most efficient products in that category. ... Read more

Add energy efficiency to your New Year's resolutions

Now that the holidays have concluded and we begin to write our list of New Year's resolutions, remember to include energy efficiency (preferably just above losing that Christmas weight gain). Not only will becoming energy efficient help conserve energy, it can also help you save on your monthly energy bill. ... Read more

Light bulbs to change in 2012

Many standard incandescent light bulbs will become a thing of the past after Jan. 1, 2012, when the Energy Independence and Security Act becomes effective. ... Read more

Season's greetings on heating

Although being energy efficient is important year-round, being energy smart during the holiday season is especially important.  The amount of money spent on heating and energy increases during these months ... Read more

'Tis the season to be energy smart

Lighting your home for the holidays can really add up by the end of the season.  Switching to LED lights can save a significant amount on your energy bill. ... Read more

Keep the cold out this winter

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, South Dakotans will spend an average of $1,248 this year to heat their homes. That accounts for more than 55 percent of a South Dakotan's residential energy bill. While there's no way to stop Old Man Winter from bearing down this season, there are ways you can stand up to him and lower your energy bills. ... Read more

Are you Energy Smart?

How much do you know about energy efficiency? Take this multiple-choice energy efficiency quiz for fun to find out!

What is the life span of a compact fluorescent light (CFL)?  
     a. 2 years
     b. 10 months
     c. 5 years
     d. 7 years

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Seek Advice with a Professional Energy Audit

Conducting an energy audit is a good idea. For an in-depth examination of how energy is used – and wasted – in your home, consider the services of a professional energy auditor. ... Read more

Locate Leaks With a Blower Door Test

About one-third of the money you spend on heating and cooling slips through the cracks, literally. Studies have found many homes have enough air leaks from cracks, crevices and gaps that can add up to be the same has leaving a window open, year-round. A blower door test will help you find leaks in your home. ... Read more

Be Energy Smart With A Home Energy Audit

When auditing your home, keep a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you found. This list will help you prioritize your energy efficiency upgrades. ... Read more

A Tale of Three Bulbs

Regular incandescent bulbs create a lot of heat. Only about 10 percent of the energy to power an incandescent bulb is converted to light – the remaining 90 percent is released as heat. That means in the summer you need to operate your home's air conditioning even more to combat the heat incandescent bulbs generate... Read more

 
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