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Energy Tips

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 28, 2016 9:18:17 PM

There are plenty of ways to reduce energy use and, consequently, save money.

These simple steps from NV Energy don't cost a thing, but can potentially save you 10 to 25% on your monthly energy bill.

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Slideshow: How the U.S. "Wastes" Energy

Posted by Uma Campbell, Guest Contributor

Jan 25, 2016 10:50:40 AM

The biggest uses of energy, looked at through the lens of efficiency, is the power we waste through inferior technology, unoccupied rooms and lack of smart programming of heating and cooling.

EVERYWHERE WE LOOK, we’re using energy - whether it’s burning gasoline to power our cars, lighting our homes and workplaces, or powering the systems underlying the modern internet, our mastery of energy is the bedrock of society.

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The Five Best Green Building Ideas This Century (So Far)

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jan 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A lot of the really groundbreaking stuff going on in green building happens behind the walls, so of course you might never notice it.


The building industry is notoriously slow to change, but when the global recession hit a few years ago, smart builders carved a green niche to save their companies. Eco-friendly construction tends to continue, even when times are relatively bad, motivated by the idea of saving money on energy, water, and so on.

What's really changed in the past couple of decades? Here's my short list of some of the best and brightest ideas, and why they matter:

LED Lighting. Finally, we can stop cursing our compact fluorescent lamps. Unlike fluorescent lamps, which rarely live up to their promised of 10,000 hour lifespans, contain enough mercury to classify as hazardous waste and make your complexion look like undead zombie flesh, LED bulbs do it all. They' use a fraction of the energy of a CFL, come in dimmable versions that change color warmly, last up to 50,000 hours, and don't contain mercury. Win, win, win. Another new entry into this category are LED replacement lamps for fluorescent fixtures. This is a major upgrade in terms of both performance and sustainability. The common 4-ft. lamps in fluorescent lamps contain hazardous mercury, and we all know they don't last as long as they should. A comparable LED replacement lamp uses half the power, comes on instantly, and could last 50,000 hours, compared to about 8,000 hours for CFLs.

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Which Appliance Is the Energy Hog in Your Home?

Posted by RESNET

Dec 29, 2015 12:08:00 PM

High utility bills are a major concern for many American households today, and it should come as no surprise that appliances account for a major portion of those bills.

Which appliance is guilty of being your home’s energy hog? Hawaiian Electric was wondering the same thing, so they did a study (based on the annual energy usage for a family of four, and a cost per kWh of $0.34); here are the results:

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Vast Majority of U.S. Homes Do Not Have Enough Insulation

Posted by RESNET

Dec 15, 2015 8:27:46 AM

It’s hard to believe, but 90% of existing American homes are under insulated.

That means 90% of existing American homes are wasting money, energy and are not providing their owners with optimal comfort. In addition to this, they are also having a negative impact on the environment.

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Winter Problems That Impact Energy Efficiency – Infographic

Posted by RESNET

Dec 8, 2015 10:46:33 AM

Harsh weather can cause all sorts of home winter problems for your home. This infographic shows you some of the more common ones – and how you can avoid them.

This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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Big Love for Big Energy Efficient Homes

Posted by RESNET

Nov 24, 2015 12:12:37 PM

Big homes are back but with one major difference: they’re more energy efficient than ever before.

Americans love big. Big cars, big houses… big is good… until all of a sudden it’s not. A combination of skyrocketing oil and energy prices, along with a downturn in the economy suddenly made the average American consumer think about downsizing everything from cars to homes. And so homes got smaller, about 5% smaller from 2007 to 2010, and less became more.

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Shedding Some Light on Energy Efficient Lighting

Posted by RESNET

Nov 3, 2015 9:22:24 AM

There was a time when no one knew or cared very much about energy efficient lighting, but that’s now a thing of the past.

All across America, households are switching out their traditional incandescent light bulbs for newer, more energy efficient alternatives that deliver the same amount of light at a fraction of the cost. So what are these energy efficient alternatives exactly?

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Infographic: Europe Leaves the U.S. Far Behind in Race to Reduce Energy Waste

Posted by GBM Research

Oct 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The data show that Europe—especially Germany—has blown the doors off the U.S., in terms of energy efficiency.

In a comparison of household energy use, Germany ranks first, followed by Italy and the EU. The U.S. lags behind, at 13th, tied with Mexico.

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Tips on How to Have an Energy Efficient Halloween

Posted by RESNET

Oct 20, 2015 10:12:32 AM

Typically, you don’t think energy efficiency when you think Halloween, but you should! And here are some tips on how you can turn your Halloween this year into a “Hallogreen”.

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Whole-House System Approach to an Energy Efficient Home Renovation

Posted by RESNET

Sep 22, 2015 2:42:31 PM

A whole-house system approach to building or renovating an existing home is the most effective method to optimizing home energy efficiency.

How It Works

The whole-house system approach looks at a home as one complete, integrated unit of interdependent parts all working together in tandem. The result is a highly energy efficient home that generates lower utility and maintenance costs, while providing a more comfortable home environment.

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How Ready Is Your Home For Fall?

Posted by RESNET

Sep 8, 2015 9:59:28 AM

Cold weather can take a real toll on your home, inflicting some serious wear and tear.

The most effective way to minimize damage is by making sure your home is ready to face up to harsh fall and winter weather. Here are some tips to help get you started.

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Green Builder Media President to Deliver Closing Keynote at Conference

Posted by Heather Wallace, GBM Marketing

Aug 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Ron Jones will deliver closing luncheon keynote at the 2015 Energy Efficient Building Association conference in Denver, Colorado. 

Ron Jones, Co-Founder and President of Green Builder Media, will deliver the closing luncheon keynote at the EEBA conference on October 8 at 12:15 PM.  Internationally renowned pioneer of the green building movement, Jones has been an award-winning green builder and leading advocate for a more sustainable built environment for over three decades.

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