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The Value of ENERGY STAR® Homes

By Kristi Brodd | January 13, 2015

Q: I am eager to downsize and purchase a smaller home. My children have moved out and I plan to retire soon. I’ve encountered a few ENERGY STAR® homes and am curious about the benefits or drawbacks of living in[…]

Save Money with Space Heaters

By Kristi Brodd | December 17, 2014

Q: Like a lot of families, our budget is extremely tight this year. My wife lost her job, and we’re really struggling to get by each month. Winter will be here soon, so we’ve been thinking about ways to lower[…]

Making Energy Affordable in Manufactured Homes

By Kristi Brodd | December 3, 2014

Q: I live in a mobile home with extremely high utility bills. What can I do to lower my bills? A: It is overwhelming to have astronomical utility bills for a modest home. Mobile homes—now called manufactured homes—became popular in[…]

Baby, It’s Cold Inside

By Kristi Brodd | November 13, 2014

Q: I have a baby on the way and am concerned about her room staying adequately warm. Even with our HVAC system thermostat set to 70 degrees, her bedroom is often 60 degrees on cold days. I used an electric[…]

Piecing Together a Closed Crawl Space

By Kristi Brodd | October 22, 2014

Q: I’d like to close my crawl space but I’m not sure where to begin. A company that does pest control and crawl space work, gave me a quote that includes closing the vents, laying plastic over the soil and[…]

Pondering Crawlspace Vents

By Kristi Brodd | September 29, 2014

Q: I would like to replace the raggedy crawlspace vents under my home. What kind of replacement vents are the best? A: Crawl space vents are those 8-inch-tall, 16-inch-wide holes scattered around the perimeter of most foundation walls. They are[…]

Cleaning Ducts for Health and Savings

By Kristi Brodd | September 26, 2014

Q: Will cleaning the inside of my heating and air conditioning ducts improve the air in my house and save energy? A: Research showing energy savings from duct cleaning is lacking. There is some research suggesting that cleaning the blower[…]

Proven Efficiency Verification for Motor Repair

By Kristi Brodd | August 10, 2014

Advanced Energy’s quality assurance program for motor repair to ensure consistency in repairs while demonstrating efficiency is maintained Become a PEV partner today! Download the PEV application here. Offer your customers high-quality repairs that restore efficient and reliable motors to[…]

Feeling Muggy Indoors: Part II

By Kristi Brodd | July 24, 2014

Q: My house occasionally feels uncomfortably humid. Would a stand-alone dehumidifier be a good way to fix this problem?   A: When your house feels muggy, as mentioned in last month’s article, it is best to start by finding and[…]