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Hiring an Energy Contractor

By Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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[…]

General Energy Savings Influencers

By Hannah McKenzie | June 7, 2013

Q: I’d like to reduce my energy bills to save money and improve the environment, but I find a lot of conflicting information about the best ways to do it. What can I do in my home that will really[…]

Dealing with Mold in Your House

By Hannah McKenzie | May 24, 2013

Q: How dangerous is mold? A: Unfortunately, the answer is not easy. There are some molds that are very toxic to people, but it is more common for people with conditions like asthma and allergies to react to molds, which[…]

Turning off Air Conditioning for Savings

By Hannah McKenzie | April 11, 2013

Q: Should I turn off my air conditioning when I go on summer vacation? A: Shutting off your air conditioning will save money on your electric bill, but there is also a reasonable chance you will have to spend a[…]