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Upgrade Garage Door for Comfort, Efficiency, Safety

Q: I do projects in my garage, which has a bedroom above it. The garage door is an old metal one with no insulation,...

Keep Indoor Air Healthy

Q: I want the best air for my family. Which type of central air cleaner is best, and will installing one make my heating...

Landscape for Looks & Efficiency

Wise landscaping can lower utility bills and improve comfort in addition to dressing up your property. Q: We are landscaping our new house and want...

Soundproof for Peace, Quiet, Efficiency

Q: Our house walls need more insulation for efficiency and perhaps better soundproofing. We are also planning to add a bedroom. Will insulation make...

Assessing Home Energy Use

Calculating how much electricity you consume can help you decide which energy efficiency measures to take. Q:I want to make my house more energy efficient,...

Hot Water Can Heat Homes

Using a reverse cycle chiller with your home’s heat pump can be a less costly alternative to supplemental resistance heating. Q:We have an old, inefficient...

Sizing Up Storm Doors: A Variety of Options Can Fit Any Efficiency Need or...

Q: I feel air leaks around my doors, so I’m thinking about adding storm doors. I want ones that also have screens, but my...

Get the Facts Before Installing Solar Water Heater

Harnessing sunshine may reduce your water heating bill, but visit the options first to find the best system. Q: With two teenage daughters who take...

Lower Humidity, Lower Electric Bill

Q:Our old central air conditioner still works, but our house often seems too humid indoors. We set the thermostat lower, but it does not...

Insulate Cracks, Gaps for Maximum Efficiency

Q: The wall and blown-in attic insulation in my fairly new house are at recommended levels, but my utility bills are still too high. What...

Holiday Treats Recipes Due By Sept. 1

Share your favorite “Holiday Treats” recipe with us by September 1 and you could win a $100.00 credit on your electric bill. Plus, there’s...