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Keeping Cool: The Surprising Summer Benefit of Home Insulation

Keeping Cool: The Surprising Summer Benefit of Home Insulation

As the planet warms, summers are getting hotter, making it crucial to find effective ways to keep our homes cool. While most people think of insulation as essential for keeping homes warm in winter, its benefits during the sweltering summer months are just as significant.  Proper insulation and sealing keeps cool air in and the hot air out, reducing the […]

Carbon Calculating: Estimating Your Home Energy Impact

Carbon Calculating: Estimating Your Home Energy Impact

The dozens of carbon calculators available as apps and on the web provide widely divergent estimates of your carbon footprint. Whether you choose to use one of the many calculators or want to assemble your own estimate — from finding and understanding your home energy usage to assessing a carbon calculator’s results — this article will break down how to […]

Energy Apps To Help You Go Green and Spend Less Green

Energy Apps To Help You Go Green and Spend Less Green

Maintaining a comfortable home is important. No one wants to freeze in the wintertime or melt in the summertime. Yet, the cost — both for your bank account and the environment — of heating and cooling a home can be high. Luckily, there are simple ways to limit energy usage without giving up your comfort. One way to do this […]

Where To Find Affordable Financing for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Where To Find Affordable Financing for Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

More people are motivated to make energy-efficiency upgrades in their homes. Unfortunately, the cost of upgrades can discourage consumers — even when the long-term savings will justify the initial expense. A new generation of financing options is available to help make your energy transition. Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), qualified homeowners can use financial incentives that […]

How To Choose an Energy Provider

How To Choose an Energy Provider

If you live in one of the 30 states with deregulated energy, you may have the option to choose which company supplies your household’s electricity, gas, or both through what is often referred to as an Energy Choice program. Historically, many utility companies in the U.S. began as monopolies in their market regions. Since the 1980s, however, many state governments […]

Earth911 Podcast: Joshua Pearce Explains DIY Solar Installation

Earth911 Podcast: Joshua Pearce Explains DIY Solar Installation

Our guest, Dr. Joshua Pearce has a DIY approach to solar that he recently described in an article on Earth911, DIY Solar Now To Pocket Profits From Solar Energy. Solar installations are a powerful step toward reducing your carbon footprint, but it is a big investment that many Americans are hard-pressed to make. Only about 6% of U.S. homes have […]