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Plant a Tree for Earth Day and Energy Savings

by Daniel Estevao on March 31, 2017

Trees are probably the most natural and beautiful way to lower your home energy consumption. Trees can drastically lower your energy bills year round. In the summer, tress provide energy-saving shade; in the winter, the trees create wind blockage to reduce air leaks and heating costs. Benefits of Planting Trees for Energy Savings Reduce heating […]

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9 No-Cost Ways to Green Your Home

by Daniel Estevao on March 17, 2017

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! If you’re looking to lower your household’s energy use, what better time than St. Patrick’s Day? Spread some of that green to your home and tip your hat to the environment with our easy, no-cost ways to green your home (and your wallet). 1. Install and Set Programmable Thermostat There are […]

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Home | Cleaning & Energy-Saving Hacks

by Daniel Estevao on December 30, 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year—a time when many of us resolve to keep a cleaner home, lose weight, save money, and spend more time with family. To help you save energy, money, and time this year, we’re sharing some of our favorite cleaning and energy-saving hacks. Cleaning Hacks Resolution #1: Daily Cleaning Everybody enjoys […]

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10 Ways to Stay Warm and Comfortable While Saving Money

by Daniel Estevao on November 4, 2016

Staying warm and cozy during the winter season can be easy and cost effective if you know the right tricks. Instead of hiking up heating costs, find energy efficient alternatives to heat your home. Here are 10 winter hacks to help you stay warm and cozy without breaking the bank: 1. Insulate Doors and Windows […]

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Pros and Cons of Different Types of Weatherstripping | Insulation Advice

by Daniel Estevao on September 9, 2016

Weatherstripping your doors and windows can provide huge energy savings all year—about 10-15% off your energy bill. They can make you feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter by reducing drafts. This also reduces the demand on your HVAC system, allowing it to operate more efficiently. Although installing weatherstripping is fairly easy […]

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10 Ways to Slash Your Energy Bill | How to Be an Energy Star

by Daniel Estevao on August 26, 2016

Searching for ways to slash your energy bill online reveals a huge wealth of information to sift through. But, as Mitchell Kapor said, “Getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” To help you organize and make sense of all the energy-saving advice out there, we’ve gathered the most important […]

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10 Home Cooling Hacks | How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

by Daniel Estevao on August 12, 2016

If you are looking for ways to save money and stay cool in the Tacoma/Puget Sound area, you’ve come to the right place. While people in hotter areas of the country might balk at our balk at our claims of high temperatures, it does get pretty hot in Washington. And air conditioning costs can get […]

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Better Water Heating: 10 Energy Efficiency Tips

by Daniel Estevao on January 14, 2016

Conventional, storage tank water heaters are used in most homes in the United States. Rather than heating water when you need it (as with tankless water heaters), water that sits in the tank has to constantly be reheated. As a result, “water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home,” accounting for about […]

energy-saving tips for the holidays

Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays

by Daniel Estevao on December 24, 2015

Some of the best Christmas gifts are of the practical nature – like smoke and CO detectors, air cleaners, surge protectors, and fire extinguishers. This holiday season, whether you are thinking of yourself or somebody else, consider giving the gift of lower energy bills! 4 Energy-Saving Tips for the Holidays Amidst all the holiday bustle, […]

how to program thermostat for maximum savings

Programmable Thermostat Operation for Maximum Savings | 5 Tips

by Daniel Estevao on October 8, 2015

Of all the things you can do to upgrade your HVAC system, installing and strategically setting a programmable thermostat is one of the best and most cost-effective things you can do. Using your programmable thermostat appropriately can save you about 15% on your yearly energy bill! There’s nothing wrong with a mercury-based, analog model, but […]