Winter 2015

Interest In Bioenergy On the Rise

Today you can choose from a new generation of wood- and pellet-burning appliances that are cleaner burning, more efficient, and powerful enough to heat many average-sized, modern homes. Pellet fuel appliances burn small pellets that measure 3/8 to 1 inch in length. CHOOSING AND INSTALLING WOOD- AND PELLET-BURNING APPLIANCES When choosing a wood- or pellet-burning… Keep reading →

Price Of Oil Falls Declines During Trading, Gas Prices Creep Upwards

In November, Americans were grateful for the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years. Thanks largely to the American energy resurgence, drivers continue to enjoy relief at the pump – with the national average close to $2.00, according to AAA. As winter approaches, the good news continues with the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Winter… Keep reading →

Construction Of New Homes Rises More Than Economists Predicted For March

Insulation in your home provides resistance to heat flow. The more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs. Properly insulating your home not only reduces heating and cooling costs, but also improves comfort. HOW INSULATION WORKS To understand how insulation works it helps to understand heat flow, which involves three… Keep reading →

Heating Oil Prices Increasing

A variety of technologies are available for heating your house. In addition to heat pumps, which are discussed separately, many homes use the following approaches: ACTIVE SOLAR HEATING Uses the sun to heat either air or liquid and can serve as a supplemental heat source. ELECTRIC RESISTANCE HEATING Among the most expensive ways to heat… Keep reading →

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

This article will help you find strategies to help you save energy during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.… Keep reading →


  An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home, especially if you live in a warm climate. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes. This is possible because a heat pump moves… Keep reading →

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When it comes to your home’s energy, foremost in your mind may be preparing for winter weather—and it should be! But if you have ever considered adding a geothermal heat pump, a small wind turbine, a solar energy system, or a residential fuel cell and microturbine system to your home, now is also a good… Keep reading →