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How Long Do the Parts of a House Last?

Posted by Matt Power

Jun 20, 2014 6:49:22 PM

A FEW YEARS BACK, I wrote an article called "Building Blind," that exposed some major flaws in the way products are installed in new homes, with no regard for how one product limits the lifespan of another. For example, putting thin asphalt felt (tar paper) under clay roof tiles means you will have to remove those tiles when the paper fails in about 20 years, whereas the tiles might have lasted for centuries.

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Which Appliances Have the Highest Energy Costs?

Posted by RESNET

Jun 18, 2014 7:33:00 PM

Appliances that are not operating in an energy efficient way can be one of the reasons for your high energy bills. If you’re wondering which appliances cost the most money to run, here’s a list of the top five:

1.    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system comes in at number one on the list. Up to 44 percent of the typical American homeowner’s utility bill will go towards their HVAC costs. According to ENERGY STAR, once your HVAC system has hit the 15-year mark, you’ll probably have to look into upgrading to an energy efficient version. If replacing your HVAC system is not feasible, here are some steps you can take to help your system work more efficiently:

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How Energy Efficient Are ENERGY STAR Appliances?

Posted by RESNET

Jun 2, 2014 10:32:00 AM

IN A TYPICAL AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD, appliances account for 21 – 25% of the utility bill. One way to reduce this cost is by replacing older appliances with energy efficient ENERGY STAR models.As you're deciding when it makes sense to replace an appliance, you will naturally want to know how much money you can save. To figure that out, you need to know just how energy efficien appliances are thatt are ENERGY STAR qualified? Here are some short, simple numbers to ponder. One figure jumps out right away. Replacing and old clothes washer with an Energy Star model provides the fastes savings reward of any major appliance.

1. ENERGY STAR Qualified Dishwasher

  • Costs less than $35 a year to run.
  • 5% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model.
  • Saves 15% more water than a non-qualified model.
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Single-Family Ventilation

Posted by GBM Research

May 30, 2014 10:44:00 AM

What’s the best way to ventilate a single-family dwelling? Experts take a look at new vs. existing construction, and evaluate the risks and solutions associated with ventilation in hot-humid climates.

WHILE VENTILATION IS IMPORTANT to maintain good IAQ, introduction of outside air—whether through natural or mechanical means—can have profound impacts on energy use and indoor humidity levels, particularly in humid climates.

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Choosing the Right Power Strip

Posted by RESNET

May 22, 2014 4:15:00 PM

The modern home is packed with electronics. From TVs to DVD players and gaming consoles, these gadgets, which are so much a part of our lives, also cost us money in terms of energy consumption. In fact, they can add up to nearly 10% of a home’s monthly electricity bill. One of the reasons for this is that many of these products aren’t actually turned off when not in use; instead, they’re on standby, which means they’re still drawing power. They become what are known as “energy vampires”. An advanced power strip can solve this problem, but choosing the right power strip is key to maximizing energy savings.

Similar to conventional power strips, APS are designed primarily to deal with home entertainment areas and home offices. They prevent electronics from drawing power when not being used. APS come in a variety of types to suit different requirements.

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