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Buffing Up Your Energy Efficiency: Windows

The process of converting your home into a lean, mean, Green Energy Machine is costly, tedious, and slow. Slow because each new conversion eats up so much money. Like children, only with a smaller carbon footprint. Even though many of these home energy improvements result in lower bills/monthly overhead, the amount of time it takes to recoup those investments ranges from five to twenty years. It can be tricky deciding what direction to go next in terms of fixing your footprint for the better. Today, we’ll help you decide between an investment that doesn’t just bring energy solutions, but...

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Watch Out Winter: How The Seasons Affect Your Solar Panels

Oh the weather outside is… sunny. It’s Southern California. If you live outside of California, though, you could get the occasional snowfall here and there. If you live way up North over on the East Coast, it’s like having a prodigal sun. (Pun so very intended.) But in the search for reliable, renewable energy sources, how does solar stand up to extreme weather conditions? Does it even make sense to try and install solar if you’re like to have a string of days, weeks, or months with rains, winds, clouds, and even snow? Hard to tell. There’s a lot...

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Conserving Water and In the Kitchen

If you spend any amount of time in the kitchen, you know how much water is needed to run it. With the recent report on climate change, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of water usage wherever possible. Let’s take a look at some ways to reduce water usage and waste in the kitchen. Know Your Dishwasher Settings If you’ve got an older dishwasher, chances are it’s using 2-3 times as much water as an energy efficient dishwasher. There’s even a difference between older and newer energy efficient dishwashers.  Models older than 1994 used anywhere between 10...

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Holiday Light Tips

Tis the season to light up those here-too-soon nights! Let’s face it, with or without daylight savings time, it starts getting dark at four in the afternoon and that’s just dreary. It’s one of the leading causes for seasonal affective disorder. It literally makes us SAD. Which is all the more reason to light up the night with charming, soul-warming lights. You don’t have to reach Clark Griswold status to bring a little more cheer to the cold winter nights, either. However you choose to light your home this holiday season, make sure you’re doing everything you can to...

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Solar Rebates And Why They Matter

Solar Panels in your home as a way to generate power are nothing new. Tax credits, rebates, and incentives for installing solar panels, also nothing new. Yet, the further we go down the road of climate change and its negative side effects the more important it is for the entire world to continue investing in renewable, green energy sources. This is why rebates and similar offers are so vital to industries such as solar. But why are they important to you? What Is A Rebate? You’ve gotta spend money to make money. Rule of thumb for businesses, but with...

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