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Feeling Muggy Indoors

By Kristi Brodd | June 10, 2014

Q: My house feels uncomfortably humid. Would a stand-alone dehumidifier be a good way to fix this problem? A: A stand-alone dehumidifier may solve the problem temporarily, but figuring out the source of the problem will lead to a long-term[…]

Making Cents of Solar Photovoltaic Systems

By Kristi Brodd | May 30, 2014

Q: I have heard that the price for solar panels is dropping and incentives are available this year. What should I consider before taking the plunge? Would it be a good investment? A: Now is a terrific time to consider[…]

Heating Water with the Sun

By Kristi Brodd | April 13, 2014

Q: I have heard that the price for solar panels is dropping and incentives are available this year. What should I consider before taking the plunge? Would it be a good investment? A: This is a terrific time to consider[…]

Hiring an Energy Contractor

By Kristi Brodd | March 4, 2014

Q: I would like to make energy efficiency improvements to my home. I have heard of contractors who do this type of work. What exactly do they do and how do I find a good company? A: You should start[…]

Range Hoods, to Vent or Not to Vent?

By Kristi Brodd | February 20, 2014

Q: I am remodeling my kitchen and my contractor friend told me that all new homes have range hoods vented to the outside. Should I replace my recirculating range hood with one that is vented outside? A: It depends. Installing[…]

Balancing Hot and Cold Rooms

By Kristi Brodd | January 19, 2014

Q: When the bedroom doors are shut at night and the heat is running, my master bedroom gets unbearably hot. Other than keeping the doors open, what can be done to remedy this problem? A: Keeping interior doors open may[…]

Sealing Leaks to Save Money

By Kristi Brodd | November 2, 2013

Q: How much can I save by covering electric outlets and sealing holes in walls around outdoor faucets and wiring? A: Sealing these holes is fine to do. It will cut down on drafts, make your house more comfortable and[…]

Picking the Right ENERGY STAR® Appliances

By Kristi Brodd | October 15, 2013

Q: We’re planning to re-do our kitchen and started looking at new appliances. When we asked the salesperson about ENERGY STAR® and energy efficiency in general, he basically said it’s all a bunch of hype and we should get appliances with[…]

Do Auto-Closing Heat Vents Save Energy?

By Kristi Brodd | August 31, 2013

Q: A friend recently sent me information about a product that automatically closes heating/cooling registers based on the temperature in the room and asked me what I thought. The manufacturer claims substantial energy savings and comfort improvement. The units, which[…]

Venting Your Dryer

By Kristi Brodd | July 17, 2013

Q: Is it a good idea to get a device that attaches to the dryer vent, collects lint and directs air into the house instead of outside? A: Dryers are significant users of energy. They suck air from the house[…]