With professional maintenance and routine care, manufacturers typically estimate a 10-15 year lifespan for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. So, when the time comes to replace your home’s malfunctioning or outdated model, give some thought not only to making room for the new unit, but also disposing of the old HVAC unit responsibly. Familiarize Yourself […]
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London-based Bio-bean’s first product offering will involves collecting used coffee grounds and processing them into biomass pellets for home heating.
Helping a parent or other senior make the most of retirement income? These home improvement tips will save money & the planet.
Smart home technology often seems like something out of The Jetsons – but it’s a fast growing industry, with equipment that can control all elements of daily living. Modern seniors are looking to age in place and reduce their environmental impact. Let’s explore the smart home technologies that make aging in place easier – and greener – […]
Now that you’re back from the festive break – feeling refreshed and re-energized – it’s the perfect time to give your office that much needed revamp you’ve been putting off. According to GOV.UK, a low number of businesses were recycling in 2013. The government are hoping to move to a more ‘eco-friendly environment’ in 2014, […]
No time left to think about cold-weather energy efficiency projects: it’s time to get them done if you want to cut your heating costs. As in most years, doing nothing will cost you more: the U.S. Energy Information Administration is predicting residential electricity prices in the U.S. to rise 2.2% compared to the Winter of 2012-13.
Are you religious about changing your air conditioning/furnace filter every 30 or 90 days? You’re saving yourself energy and money… but not as much as you could if you changed the filter at the exact point it became too clogged to work efficiently.
Afraid that you’re wasting money on heat? Here are the main spots in your house to check for leaks and gaps.
When we don’t hesitate to head across the street to save a few pennies per gallon on gas, why would we play roulette with our monthly energy bill? Nowadays, the capability is there to know exactly what you’re consuming and spending on electricity at any given moment, instead of simply waiting on the meter checker to come by and send you a bill.
Heat pumps provide efficient, reliable methods of heating homes and buildings. Because they use much lower amounts of fossil fuels, they also help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Heating with wood provides a range of benefits: from sustainability (with proper wood harvesting) to a great source of exercise.
UPDATE (2/3/12): NEEA has wrapped up their Going Ductless campaign, and drawn a name for the cash prize. Ross Daniel of Seattle will no doubt have a good weekend, as he’s the winner of the $10,000 grand prize. He’s also a big fan of ductless heating systems, which we describe in more detail below… It’s […]
The clean burning, super-efficient rocket stove is also pretty easy to build. Here are six plans showing you how to do so.