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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HOME STAR RETROFIT ACT OF 2010.

Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to… Read more »

UPGRADE YOUR REFRIGERATOR, SAVE MONEY TWICE.

One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don’t simply put… Read more »

How To Find Out If Your Insulation Works

Insulation

When winter is around the corner, homeowners rush to make their home warmer. HVAC maintenance helps, but to achieve Whole-Home Comfort your home needs good insulation too. The cost-effective way to find out how to keep your home warm all winter long, without paying more for heat.

TAKING THE LEAP, AND THE OUCH! OF GETTING HALFWAY THERE!

What got me going on making changes to my house was last year’s oil prices. I had this terrible sense of insecurity when prices shot up, and I was dependent upon oil for heat. For me, homeland security is a big pile of wood in the back. I looked into the most likely culprits for… Read more »

How Chimney Balloons Work To Lower Your Energy Loss

what's a chimney balloon

UPDATE 2/28/2018 There is nothing better than relaxing in front of the fireplace on a cold Maryland night. They’re comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. However, homeowners pay the price for that comfort. Fireplaces are not energy efficient. So, a chimney balloon is one of the best ways to reduce energy loss.

THE CREE LED LLF DOWNLIGHT – THE STANDARD BEARER FOR USEFUL LEDS

At EnergyCircle we’re repeatedly extolling the virtues of LED lighting.  Eons more efficient than anything else on the market, it looks good and is what everyone will be doing.  There is still a lot of uncertainty regarding what’s available right now, and rightly so.  LEDs are on the cutting edge of lighting technology, and they’re… Read more »

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