Posts by: tim.reed

Declare Your Energy Independence

Declare Your Energy Independence
Declare Your Energy Independence

Fireworks, cookouts, parades and… energy efficient technology. Declare your energy independence. There are many simple ways to become more energy efficient, saving both energy and money.   Reduce Heat Reducing the heat in your house can help you stay cool in the summer. Reduce heat gain...

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Energy Savings for Renters: What You Can Do

Energy Savings for Renters: What You Can Do
Energy Savings for Renters: What You Can Do

Many renters feel like energy saving strategies are only for homeowners, but there are a number of energy-saving opportunities that renters can implement. Efficiency Maine offers guidance for renters on adopting energy-smart habits, from installing high-efficiency bulbs and high-efficiency...

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Discovering Hidden Energy Drains

Discovering Hidden Energy Drains
Discovering Hidden Energy Drains

To trim your electricity bill, it helps to know how much energy your household appliances and electronics use. You can estimate that consumption – using online tools like the Department of Energy’s Appliance Energy Calculator, Efficiency Vermont’s Electric Usage Chart or Central Maine...

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Smart Thermostats

Imagine heading home from a trip, earlier than expected, and being able to signal your heating unit to start warming the house for your arrival. A WiFi-enabled smart thermostat offers that convenience and can deliver energy savings (estimated at up to 8% percent of annual heating costs). For...

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Affordable Loans Help Homeowners Realize Energy Savings

Affordable Loans Help Homeowners Realize Energy Savings
Affordable Loans Help Homeowners Realize Energy Savings

People often postpone home improvements—like weatherization or a more efficient heating system— that could yield significant long-term savings because they lack funds to pay for upgrades. A low-interest loan can pay for the initial project, with cost savings from lower bills helping to...

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