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Best Outdoor Solar Lights

The best outdoor solar lights for 2020 balance durability, cost, and ease of installation, and enjoy several benefits over their wired cousins. Running extension cords through the yard is a pain, and there’s always that danger of forgetting about them… Read More
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How Many Solar Panels Do You Need

How many solar panels do I need for my home in 2020 is a very common question that is asked by many prospective solar panel homeowners. The size of your solar installation is the first step to calculating your financial… Read More
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Heat Your Home With Compost

Some crafty individuals are putting their compost piles to another good use – heating their homes. Compost, besides making a wonderful garden fertilizer, gives off a lot of heat as it decays. Creative and green-minded homeowners can trap that heat… Read More
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Bringing Décor to Life with Photosynthetic Furniture

Say goodbye to the houseplants you keep forgetting to water, and embrace a new trend: decorative, functional microorganisms. Innovations in industrial and architectural design might soon bring photosynthesis into your home in a completely new way – by building algae… Read More
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Thermostats And Their Role In Energy Demand

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2009 Note: The ‘no central equipment’ group includes households whose main heating equipment is a portable heater, fireplace, or stove, or main cooling equipment is a room air conditioner. Thermostats are… Read More

Obama Goal: Energy Efficiency For Millions Of Apartments

They’re calling President Obama’s approach to governance these days “small ball,” and they might be right – but there remains a lot an administration can do beyond grant Kennedyesque moonshot-style initiatives. Take the announcement today by the U.S. Environmental Protection… Read More
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Why Google Buying Nest Is Good For The Green Home

On Monday, Google announced it is spending $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, the trailblazing company funded through its Google Ventures program and responsible for transforming “unloved” home products into beautiful, smart appliances. That’s a lot of money for a… Read More
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Energy Efficiency Resolutions For 2014

Happy New Year! Here at the Alliance to Save Energy we’re thinking about energy efficiency 24/7. So we put together a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, and revamped them with an energy-efficient spin. Not only… Read More
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Light Bulbs Set To Be More Efficient Come 2014

Six years ago, President Bush signed a federal energy bill phasing out energy-wasting light bulbs on a staggered schedule to ensure a smooth and successful transition to more efficient bulbs – and eventually save Americans $13 billion on their annual… Read More
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LED Christmas Lights Keep More Green In Your Wallet

The day after Thanksgiving around our house this year, as usual, involved cleaning up from the festivities of the day before, harvesting a tree, and stringing the lights. The scrumptious desserts at our celebration on Thursday may have added to… Read More
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Efficient Homes May Be More Valuable Than Others

When insurance companies offer discounts for lower risk customers, you can bet it’s based on reliable evidence. Think lower car insurance rates for drivers with no speeding tickets, and discounted life insurance for non-smokers. Genworth, the large private mortgage insurance… Read More