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Energy Efficiency Tips for First-time Homeowners: Infographic

Posted by RESNET

Mar 25, 2015 6:15:00 PM

Are you a first-time homebuyer? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these great tips on home energy efficiency. Energy efficient homes are in demand because they cost less to run, are more comfortable to live in and enjoy higher resale values. Find out what you need to know to in order to make your first home an energy efficient one.

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Taking Care of Your Skylights

Posted by RESNET

Mar 18, 2015 9:42:03 AM

Many homes today are including skylights as part of an energy efficient build or makeover. Why? Because when properly placed, they can help lower heating and lighting costs by making efficient use of solar heat and natural light. They’re not only good for your utility bills, but for the environment as well. However, as with all good things, you need to maintain them properly. Here are a few tips to help you do that.

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How to Make Your Old Windows More Energy Efficient

Posted by RESNET

Mar 4, 2015 1:34:00 PM

If installing new, energy efficient windows in your home isn’t an option, here are some ways to make your current windows more energy efficient.

Cold Weather Tips
  • Low-Tech. Fixing a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or taping a clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames will reduce drafts.
  • Film It. For just a little more money, you can apply window films that will significantly improve your window's ability to keep out the cold.
  • Soft Cover. Consider installing tight-fitting, insulating shades on windows after weatherizing for extra sealing. Somfy also sells cool, solar-powered, motorized versions of insulating shades and blinds that use the sun to power their daily routine.
  • Open and Close. Make effective use of curtains and shades by closing them at night to protect against drafts, and opening them during the day to let in warm sunlight.
  • Add Storms. Installing exterior/interior storm windows can reduce heat loss by approximately 10-20% depending on the type of window.
  • Maintain. Replace old window caulking in any storm windows you have currently installed. One easy apply option is window caulking cord, which comes in rolls.
Warm Weather Tips
  • Try using white window shades, drapes, or blinds, which will reflect heat away from the house.
  • Close curtains on south and west-facing windows during the day to block excess heat from entering the house.
  • Create shade by installing awnings on south and west-facing windows.
  • Reduce solar heat gain by applying a reflective film on south-facing windows.
Long Term Saving Tip

While the a.m. tips will help make your current windows work more efficiently, for long term savings, consider replacing your windows with high-performance ones. It might mean spending more money initially, but your investment will pay off in the long run.

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5 Secrets to an Energy Efficient Home

Posted by RESNET

Feb 25, 2015 12:57:00 PM

WHAT ARE THE SECRETS to an energy efficient home? We’re glad you asked! There are a few things you can do to transform your home from a standard dwelling into an amazing, money-and-energy-saving abode of awesomeness!

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6 Spring Home Maintenance Tips to Improve Energy Efficiency

Posted by RESNET

Feb 18, 2015 11:17:33 AM

WITH SNOWSTORMS BATTERING the east coast and unrelenting cold weather across many parts of the country, spring seems a long way off. But it isn’t. Before you know it, the weather will be getting warmer, flowers will begin to bloom and the sound of birdsong will fill the air. And along with that comes the task of taking a look at how badly winter has ravaged your home, and what you can do about it.

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