Posts from December 2012

Carbon Solar Panels May be Coming to a Wall Near You

Give this one 10 years or so before the core technology improves and ways to impregnate it into a variety of materials are developed, but these all-carbon Solar cells do present a variety of new ways to create surfaces that are capable of generating electricity from Sun power. Carbon is abundant and incredibly tough, characteristics that provide a great [...]

Tankless Water Weaters Save You Money

Tankless water heaters, as the name implies, are devices that provide hot water on demand without the use of a storage tank.Tankless water heaters are typically more efficient than conventional water heaters when the hot water per day usage is around 45 gallons or less. Certainly this level of usage would apply to millions of households in the United [...]

How Often Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Opinions vary widely concerning how frequently you should have your air ducts cleaned. In general smokers, people with indoor pets, those who suffer from asthma and allergies should probably have their ducts cleaned more frequently. You should also have your ducts inspected if you notice unpleasant odors coming from the HVAC vents, or if the humidity level [...]

Learn How to Identify and Eliminate Air Quality Problems in Your Home

How clean is the air in your home?  if you've noticed musty odors, discolored walls and ceilings, peeling paint or condensation on your windows, there's a chance that you have an air quality problem. Contaminated indoor air can also cause or exascerbate conditions like fatigue, asthma, allergies and headaches. Contaminants in your heating and air [...]

Power Inverters for the Home

If you want to supply alternative power to your house with batteries or solar panels you'll need a power inverter to convert from the battery (most likely 12 or 24 Volt) system to the 110 AC found in a home. Here is agreat article on inverter design and what criteria to use in selecting an inverter that suits your needs. [...]

How Much Insulation Do I Need in My Attic?

Attics are among the least energy efficient parts of a typical home. They are generally not heated or cooled and often do not have sufficient ventilation or insulation. During colder months, the temperature in your attic will be approximately the same as the outdoor temperature. During the summer months, however, your attic can reach temperatures of 30 to [...]

Online Energy Savings Calculator

Thinking of purchasing a new heating and cooling system for your home?  Although high-efficiency systems cost more initially, they can significantly reduce your monthly utility bills.  The Lennox Web site has a handy Energy Savings Calculator that shows how much you can save over a five-year period based on different SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency [...]
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