Energy Efficiency & Reducing Utility Bills

  • Natural Summer Insect Control

    6/18/2013 6:29 PM

    An inevitable part of summer in the mid-Atlantic is pests. Mosquitoes and ticks aren’t just a nuisance; they can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. And if you have pets, add fleas........

  • Summer Window Woes

    6/4/2013 4:43 PM

    Homeowners in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC got at least a few opportunities this spring to have their windows open and let the fresh air in.  But after last week’s 90+ degree heat, many homes are once again......

  • Air Quality Alert: Code Orange

    5/31/2013 3:12 PM

    The Washington DC metro and Baltimore metro areas are under a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for the first time this year. With the temperatures climbing to 90 or above for most of the region, the air quality is expected.......

  • Energy Efficient Home While You’re Away

    5/17/2013 6:02 PM

    Many homeowners are aware of ways to reduce their home’s energy use and how to make it more energy efficient while still being comfortable. But what about while you’re away at work? During the summer, how cool does your house need to be while you’re not there? There are some simple steps you can take to limit energy consumption while you’re not home.

  • Solar Cooling

    5/17/2013 5:58 PM

    You’re probably familiar with the use of solar panels to harness power from the sun. The use of solar panels first began in the 1950s with the development of the first photovoltaic cell by Bell Laboratories. Solar cells at that time were not very efficient, and research continued so that by the end of the 20th century they improved the efficiency from 4% to 24%.

  • Weatherproofing for Summer Storms

    5/17/2013 5:23 PM

    Summer in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. means heat and humidity. Unstable weather systems and hot sunshine during the day are a recipe for strong thunderstorms. Make sure your home is protected from the heavy rain and wind that are often a part of these storms.

  • Storm Doors Improve Energy Efficiency

    4/4/2013 6:06 PM

    Before Summer Hits, Save Energy with a New Efficient Door Storm doors have come a long way over the years. You may have childhood memories of the house you grew up in with a creaky aluminum door or a screen door that always slammed. While the purpose of those old storm doors was to let in breeze while keeping out unwanted pests, most weren’t built to meet either of those objectives very well.   Today’s storm doors are designed and built to provide a number of benefits to homeowners.  Storm doors can help lower heating bills in the winter and keep your house cooler in the summer. They can let more light into your home if you have a solid entry door. Storm doors with screens allow cool breezes into your home. And a storm door adds an extra measure of security in a home. 

  • Saving Energy At Home

    3/26/2013 1:28 PM

    Home Energy-Saving Tips!With rising home heating and cooling prices, consumers are feeling a greater strain on their budgets and want to reduce expenses where ever possible.  Eating in rather than dining out, enjoying a “staycation” at home rather than traveling, and driving more fuel efficient cars are all changes you can make to save money in your household budget. There are some simple steps you can take within your home to start saving money right away.  Green living is not only kind to our planet but often results in money savings as well.  A “home energy diet” has become a buzz phrase referring to making changes at home to save on energy expenses and utility bills. Most are easy to do and cost little to no money to implement.

  • A Whole House Approach to Energy Savings

    2/28/2013 3:03 PM

    You may wonder how energy efficient your home truly is.  You can switch to energy efficient CFL light bulbs, install a low-flow shower head or faucet, turn off lights when not in use and adjust your thermostat up a degree or two in the summer and down a degree or two in the winter. Even small changes can make some difference.   There are common issues in homes that may make them less energy efficient than they could be.  Is your home cold and drafty in the winter?  Do you have some rooms that are hotter than others in the summertime?  Have you seen an increase in your energy bills?  Do you have signs of mold, mildew or musty odors?  Do your windows show condensation on the glass or signs of water leaks around the frame? 

  • Energy Efficient Tax Credit Revived!

    2/28/2013 2:33 PM

    Many Americans were able to take advantage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act before it expired at the end of 2011.  If you didn’t, the good news is that the Act of 2012 has restored energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights. The tax credit equals 10% of qualified improvement costs, excluding installation, for a total possible credit of up to $500. This credit is a lifetime amount – if you took advantage of the tax credit prior to 2012 then you cannot claim additional credits on your 2012 or 2013 federal tax return.