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Energy Efficient Home Design: Green Up & Green Down

Greening up with more highly efficient home design is a sure way to green down on the pocketbook. Although energy efficiency is linked to protecting the environment, it involves much more than just “going green” in the sense of preserving the environment. Energy efficiency is making the most of resources, which has a long-term effect financially as well as sustainably. How to Make Homes Energy Efficient When it comes to building or remodeling a home, the energy efficiency of the home should be taken into account. The higher your home’s energy efficiency, the more money you can save in expenses...
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10 Ways to Keep More Green by Going Green

If you don't love saving money, then stop reading right now. For those of you who have continued reading, I must warn you, you are about to embark on a journey of money saving tips. But that's not all! I'm also going to point out how you can save the environment at the same time. So get out your pen and paper, or load your printer with paper, or figure out how to bookmark this page, because you're going to want to remember this information – 10 ways to keep more GREEN by going GREEN. 1. Start your own Garden This is something I have contemplated doing...
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Average Household Energy Consumption

  To know the average consumption of energy in a household, we must first discuss what energy consumption is. So, without ever doing any research, or looking up the formal definition of the word, I think we would all assume that energy consumption could be defined as the amount of renewable and nonrenewable resources used to power everyday life.                 Energy can be found in many different forms. This day and age, we’re accustomed to forms of energy that are powered by coal, nuclear power...
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Top 3 Green/Energy Efficient Countries

What does it mean to be energy efficient? Well, being energy efficient can be defined as “using less energy to provide the same service”. While this may be a broad definition of the phrase, it describes it quite nicely. When we think of being energy efficient, we think of driving a hybrid vehicle, or turning the lights off when leaving a room, but being energy efficient can go much further than that. However you look at it, the goal of being energy efficient is to use fewer resources to provide a product or service. One example that I’m sure most people can relate to is, if...
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Worldwide Methods for Heating/Cooling a Home

It’s a big world out there, with different climates and different ways of approaching those climates. Having lived in Southern Alabama all my life, I know the joy of that wonderful man-made comfort called the air conditioner. I also know the misery of having the air conditioner die in the middle of 100 degree humid weather…not pleasant. Different regions of the world have different techniques for heating and cooling. Just as air conditioning is important for Southeast United States, the climate of a region plays a big role in the different choices for heating/cooling methods. Heating 1. Furnaces...
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