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ENERGY STAR is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy that provides simple-to-spot labels which signal energy-saving homes, appliances and products.  Established in 1992, ENERGY STAR helps homeowners both help the environment and save money with ENERGY STAR certified products and...

Exterior Remodeling

Heating an apartment is the single biggest energy expenditure during winter.  But while home owners can do things like purchase new energy efficient heating systems, renters don't have the same options to improve heat in a home they don't own.  Or do they? 

Renters can actually make several...

Energy Star

There are so many home heating fuel options available to homeowners now.  And as cold weather sets in every fall, all of us are likely to experience a cacophony of advertising voices compelling us to choose propane over oil or natural gas over electric.  But whether your home heating fuel...

Interior Remodeling

Want to conserve heat at night but avoid waking up to a cold house in the morning?  Get the best of both worlds by installing a clock thermostat.  Clock thermostats have a set-back feature that can automatically lower your heat at night while you're asleep, and then raise it again in the...

Cheap Home Improvements: More Affordable Home Upgrades

In an uncertain housing market, dropping big bucks on complex home improvement projects isn’t always the way to go.  However, with a little DIY know-how and a conservative amount of cash, there is a lot you can do to enhance both the value and enjoyment of your home.

Here are seven cheap...

Air Quality

New homes are just as much at risk for mold problems as older homes.  Though we've been living with mold for centuries, modern building materials like drywall are particularly vulnerable to mold growth. Complicated heating and cooling systems, as well as air-tight buildings that aren't...