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What is your roof telling you about your insulation?

Which does your roof look like?

Is a ductless mini split right for you?

So, What Is a Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump?

The Real Value of Energy-Efficient Lighting

What is the actual value of energy efficient light bulbs?

What is a blower door test and why should I have one done?

As houses age and settle, or constructions projects change the envelope of the home, drafts and leaks can build up and cost you money! A blower door test can find those leaks for you and help you seal them up and get your home back in shape.

What Your Leaky Windows Are Costing You (And What to Do About It)

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Drafty windows are not only a huge contributing factor in home discomfort, but the DOE reports that going without the most efficient window options could be costing you up to $330 in heating/cooling loss every year!

Is Your Home Making You Sick? Part 1: Carbon Monoxide

We all know carbon monoxide is dangerous, but do you know the warning signs? If you heat with a combustion system -- oil, gas, propane, or even wood and charcoal -- you run the risk of having a carbon monoxide buildup in your home that can be uncomfortable, dangerous, or even deadly.

A Real Life Issue

How much is your laundry REALLY costing you?

Clothes dryers are one of the most common appliances in a household, and with most families  using it multiple times a week, it can be a real drain on your electricity usage. According to ENERGY STAR (the leader in energy efficient certification for appliances), drying a single load of laundry uses about 769 kwh of electricity. This is equivalent to charging your phone 1398 times in a day!  The average family dries about 9 loads of laundry a week, which, as you can imagine, uses a ton of electricity.

Home Entertainment Systems- How much are they REALLY costing you?

We all love our televisions, home sound systems, cable, and game consoles. But do you know how much they’re costing you after you bring them home and plug them in?

If you have a home entertainment system, including a smart HDTV, cable box, sound system and a game console, you could be paying more for them even while they’re not in use.  

Thermostats: Your heating system's best friend or worst enemy?

Every homeowner should be familiar with their home’s heating and cooling systems -- seems pretty obvious, right? What a lot of folks might not know is that their thermostat alone might make a huge difference in their home’s energy efficiency, and, therefore, their energy bill.

Video: Superinsulation Doesn't Work if the Windows Leak

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In this installment of Green Building Advisor's "Job Site Visits" series, building science guru Joe Lstiburek explains why insulating a house to the highest standards won't do much good if the home still has significant air leakage.