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Very few of us are lucky enough to live in an area where it’s gloriously warm and sunny all year round. So if we’ve doled out hundreds (or even thousands) on an air conditioning unit to keep us comfortable during the summer months, it surely isn’t asking too much that it is also able to Read more


Although the current national average life expectancy of residential furnaces is between 16 and 20 years, many homeowners aren’t waiting to their furnaces to stop working before they look for a replacement. Matter of fact many homeowners with furnaces that are 10 years or older are taking advantage of the current tax credit to replace Read more


One would have a hard time denying that swimming pools are some of the most wonderful and luxurious comforts in life. Merely at a touch of warm and soft water our bodies relax and minds blend with the basic elements of nature. However, maintaining a pool in the backyard is not a cheap proposition, neither Read more


3 Green Lighting Tips Beyond the Obvious

Most advice out there on efficient lighting simply states what you already know: switch to LEDs or CFLs, embrace natural light, look for the Energy Star logo, yada yada. We get it. These days, CFLs are in over 70% of U.S. homes, and LEDs are everybody’s hero. But what if you want to go even Read more


How to Save Energy With Radiant Floor Heating

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This is a brief exchange between members of Acterra’s Green@Home Community members about the joys and challenges of living with radiant floor heating.  The insights are offered by Gerry, who says “I am not an authority – just a guy that has lived with radiant heat.” QUESTION: During my work with High Energy Homes, I’ve Read more


When many of us think of a solar home we normally envision a specially designed, carefully crafted construction .  Hardly ever we can think of a modest 1,200 square foot tract home in South San Jose as being a model for passive solar benefits that almost all of us can achieve.  This is exactly what Frank Schiavo Read more


Not sure how you are going to react to this but when I saw the below image and realized what’s going on I was shocked.  And not by electricity but by the fact how much of it is wasted on the way to our homes. Take a look yourself at the illustration below produced by Read more


What’s That Energy Sucker in the Corner?

You and I probably had a similar experience when we saw that plasma TV quality for the first time at our local Fry’s store.  The picture quality was so vivid and beautiful it seemed like you could reach in a grab that tropical fish.  The technology is truly wonderful but unofrtunately, plasma TVs have become Read more


How to Save 5000% When Buying CFL Light Bulbs

So you’ve heard the benefits of CFLs.  When it comes to energy savings, CFLs or Compact Fluorescent Lamps simply blow the regular incandescent light bulbs out of the water.  According to the Energy Savers Website, CFLs last 10 times longer and can save up to $105 over the life of lamp use.  Now that alone should Read more