Category Archives: Improving efficiency

Climate control solar blinds

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One of the greatest problems with heating and cooling of the home or business has always been the windows. Of the heat lost in the home, 80% of that is lost through the windows. The best way as of yet to deal with this problem is to block the windows with heavy drapes or films.

How To Make Your Own Homemade Thermal Shades


Thermal shades can shave a lot of money off of the average home’s winter heating bills, but custom shades are pricey and custom thermal shades are even more expensive. The good news is, you can make your own homemade thermal shades easily and inexpensively, and you can do a good job of it even if

Lower your heating bills this winter by following these easy steps


Heating costs have been rising over the past several years, and concern about use of natural resources means that many people are looking for ways to lower their heating bills. How much your heat bill will rise depends on a lot of factors, and the biggest one is the one you can’t control – the

How to Choose the Right Furnace Filter


The right furnace filter can make the difference between winter comfort and winter sneezing and congestion. Every house has dust particles, pet dander, and other particulate matter that is blown around easily whenever the furnace kicks on. Choosing the right furnace filter helps protect your and your family from breathing in this material, and also

Energy Efficient Housing: A House That Earns Its Keep


It’s time we think “energy efficient housing”. You work hard, practically slaving away in the office to meet the mortgage, the kids’ tuition, and utility payments. Why don’t you put your house to work as well? You have been forking over so much money for mortgage – it makes absolute sense to rig your house

How to Choose the Best Furnace Filters


Choosing good furnace filters and keeping them changed on a regular basis will greatly increase furnace efficiency and improve air quality in a home. The type of filter selected is not as important as making sure that furnace filters are changed often and regularly, but a variety of choices do exist. Some of the most

How To Make Your Own Draft Stoppers


Do-it-yourself draft stoppers are easy to make out of unused scraps of fabric, old sheets or towels, or even old clothing. Great for energy conservation and for keeping winter drafts out of toasty rooms, homemade draft stoppers also make welcome holiday gifts. Get started now and by December you can have a custom-made draft stopper

How Green Roofing Saves Money on Home Heating and Cooling


Green roofing might seem like a strange place to save money, but the green roofing options available to homeowners who want to cut the cost of home heating and home cooling are getting more numerous by the day. Green home heating and cooling can now be a top down project, and the choices are exciting.