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Remodel your kitchen for efficiency

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Posted on Jan 03, 2017 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless My family is planning to remodel our kitchen in the coming months. We hope to incorporate energy efficient features to reduce our energy costs. What are some suggestions to increase our kitchen’s efficiency? Undertaking a remodeling project in any part of your home gives you the chance to make… Continue reading.

Polaroid Snap

Photo ops

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Posted on Nov 01, 2016 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Marc Rapport With gift-buying season upon us, the world of digital photography offers plenty of interesting gadgets to help the camera buffs on your list snap, record and share their favorite images. NEW TWISTS ON OLD CONCEPTS It’s a Snap Polaroid cameras were revolutionary, offering the instant gratification of photo prints right out of… Continue reading.

Don’t slop those energy hogs!

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Posted on Nov 01, 2016 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I’m trying to make my home as energy efficient as possible. I recently installed a new heat pump and water heater, and increased the amount of insulation. A home energy audit found little air leakage. However, my energy bills still seem higher than they should be. Can you point… Continue reading.

Tomorrow’s breakfast served today

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Ron Aiken Wake up and smell the high-tech coffee in kitchens equipped with handy devices that make morning meal prep a little more interesting. FIRST THINGS FIRST GOURMET GRIND If you like your coffee just so, starting with perfectly ground beans, you’ll want your own grinder. Cuisinart’s DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers… Continue reading.

Is geothermal right for you?

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Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I’m considering replacing my current heating system with a geothermal heat pump. It is comparatively pricey to other options. Would a geothermal heat pump be a good choice for me? Heating and cooling account for a large percentage of overall home energy use, so upgrading to a more efficient… Continue reading.

Lend me your ears

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Posted on Aug 01, 2016 in Energy Now, Smart Choices

By Ron Aiken From headphones to speakers to home-entertainment sound systems, technology has improved the quality of sound and the way we listen. Tune in to some of the latest sonic electronics. HOME THEATRICS Surround Me As televisions grow to the size of movie screens, the sound quality keeps pace, along with the pricing. The… Continue reading.

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Are your air ducts in a row?

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Posted on Aug 01, 2016 in Energy Advice, Energy Now

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless I recently moved from a home with wall-mounted heaters to one with central heat and air, and a duct system. How can I ensure my ducts are working efficiently? Homes with central forced-air heating and cooling systems, like furnaces, central air conditioners and heat pumps, use air ducts to deliver the… Continue reading.