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Homeowner holding the keys to a new home
July 9, 2018
Hannah C. Wood
Use these seven steps regarding energy, health, and safety to inform your home-buying decision.
Alaska weatherization workers standing at an energy efficiency job
June 21, 2018
AHFC, Guest Poster
Extreme weather, transportation challenges, and other factors make weatherizing homes in rural Alaska even harder.
Awning opened and providing shade over deck near the coast
June 14, 2018
European Rolling Shutters, Guest Poster
Exterior shading allows you to keep enjoying your outdoor spaces after you've reached your limit on fun in the sun.
Michigan rebates and incentives data
June 6, 2018
Michigan Saves, Guest Poster
Michigan homeowners and commercial property owners can save over 30% on energy bills through Michigan Saves.
Newspaper clipping showing devastation from a hurricane in Virginia
June 1, 2018
Hannah C. Wood
Learn how to prepare yourself and your home for the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons.
Tiny house in Alabama representing sustainability and energy efficiency
May 23, 2018
Nexus Energy, Guest Poster
Alabama isn't known for are generous homeowner energy rebates and incentives, but some do exist.
Spiderweb in corner of house
May 17, 2018
Frank Lee, Guest Poster
You can probably think of a few places in your home where spiders make their webs. These signify air leaks.
Missouri sustainability website screenshot
May 10, 2018
Missouri EarthWays Center, Guest Poster
Missouri is a state with a housing stock that is ripe for home performance projects.
Woman wearing mask while using cleaning supplies
May 3, 2018
Quinn Korzeniecki
That "new smell" from furniture, cars, carpet, and paint, is called off-gassing, and can be harmful.
Graphic showing how much energy Vermont homeowners have saved through Efficiency Vermont
April 18, 2018
Efficiency Vermont, Guest Poster
Efficiency Vermont offers an incentive-based program to improve insulation, air sealing, and heating and ventilation systems in homes.
Recommended locations for carbon monoxide detectors, including in bedrooms and hallways
April 12, 2018
Hannah C. Wood
Though not expensive, a CO alarm or monitor is one of the most important home purchases you can buy.
Dining room table, chairs, and energy efficient window
April 5, 2018
Katie Laird, Guest Poster
Here are some simple, creative, and effective ways to harness alternative energy in your home.
Sun shining over Virginia meadow
March 29, 2018
LEAP, Guest Poster
Virginians can save money by taking advantage of tax incentives, utility company programs, green mortgages, and more.
BPI Certified Professional adding batts of insulation to an attic
March 21, 2018
Quinn Korzeniecki
You may qualify for help with the cost of energy upgrades through the WAP.
Graphic of California energy upgrades
March 15, 2018
EUC, Guest Poster
Energy Upgrade California (EUC) provides incentives and rebates of up to $5,500 for home performance upgrades.
Man in full coverage hazard suit removing lead paint from windowsill
March 6, 2018
Robert Kociecki, Guest Poster
Everyone has heard of these common home hazards: lead paint, radon, asbestos, and mold. But when you're house shopping, are they deal breakers?
Hand changing the temperature on the thermostat
March 1, 2018
Jeremy O'Brien
Programmable thermostats can be a simple way to save on utility costs while maintaining home comfort.
February 20, 2018
PSO, Guest Poster
Subtract worry and doubt from the equation by performing several projects at once with PSO in Oklahoma.
February 15, 2018
Eric Murrell, Guest Poster
A few smart purchases can actually help you lower your carbon footprint as they raise your quality of life.
February 8, 2018
Focus on Energy, Guest Poster
Focus on Energy provides incentives of up to $2,250 for energy-efficient upgrades through its Home Performance Program.

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