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Conduct a Home Energy Audit

Friday April 8, 2011

You know you want to make your home more energy-efficient, but you've been dragging your feet because, well, where exactly to start?

The best first step is to figure out what you're working with by conducting a home energy audit. Basically, you want to know how much energy you're currently using and where you're using it, in order to know where to take action. Are the windows really drafty? Are you using Energy Star-approved appliances? Do you only vaguely remember your vents being cleaned once, years ago?

You can choose to have a professional go through your home for you, or the audit can be done pretty easily by yourself.

UK Businesses Sought for Energy Saving Trial

Thursday April 12, 2007
Exhausto, a company specializing in ventilation and air flow products is looking for companies to trial their new CAS 8002 chimney automation system.

The trial will take place between summer 2007 and summer 2008 has a goal of helping the participating companies reduce their energy costs.

More energy saving tips for the workplace can be found here.

Build Smart Program Helps Lower Utility Costs

Monday April 9, 2007
Florida Power & Light has introduced it's new Build Smart program as a way to encourage builders to adhere to energy efficient guidelines in exchange for the Build Smart certification.

Partnering with FPL on this project is Build Smart for Humanity. Their goal is to help educate homeowners to ways that they can lower their power consumption and their electric bills, and help Habitat for Humanity construct energy efficient homes for thier clients as well.

The program is highlighted in a recent Sun Sentinel article promoting its benefits.

Homeowners can find similar resources at the following links:
10 Tips for Saving Energy
Energy Saving Products

Energy Goals of the EU

Tuesday March 27, 2007
The European Union plans raise the share of renewable energy sources to 20 percent, and increase energy efficiency by 20 percent, all by 2020. To help achieve these goals, a push is being made for the use of energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

What to look for before you buy CFLs.

Tuesday March 27, 2007
The European Union plans raise the share of renewable energy sources to 20 percent, and increase energy efficiency by 20 percent, all by 2020. To help achieve these goals, a push is being made for the use of energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

What to look for before you buy CFLs.

Pump Prices Up Again

Monday March 19, 2007
For four consecutive weeks, the US has seen a dip in the gasoline inventories. The US Dept.of Energy blames the drop partly on lower imports and refinery maintenance. Coupled with an increasing demand for gasoline, prices soared again this week to a national average of $2.551 for regular unleaded, and $2.749 for diesel according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

Ten Tips For Saving Gasoline

Counter Point to DST Change

Tuesday March 13, 2007
Recent posts explained how congress intended to use daylight savings earlier in the year as a means to promote energy savings. Recently, a journalist with the Hattiesburg American wrote an article with a different point of view. Please feel free to post your comments on this issue.

Daylight Saving - An Energy Saver?

Tuesday March 6, 2007
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday, March 11, 2007. Moving your clocks forward happens three weeks earlier this year than in the past because of a new law signed on August 8, 2005 by President George W. Bush. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. so that the Departement of Energy can study the effects of the change on energy use in the US. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress who will decide if Daylight Savings will remain as is, or if it will revert back to April.

You can read how Daylight Savings saves energy here.

Green Grid Announces Open Call For Members

Tuesday February 27, 2007
The Green Grid announced Monday an open call for membership.

"The Green Grid welcomes any company interested in joining a committed group seeking to improve overall power efficiencies, starting with data centers. End users and technology suppliers are encouraged to join and help drive the creation of platform-neutral specifications and metrics."

Membership levels are priced at $25,000 and $5,000 per year.

Other green topics can be found on the Going Green subject while computing topics can be found in the Saving Energy at the Office subject.

AMD Joins the Energy Efficient Computing Mix

Thursday February 22, 2007
Extending thier leadership in performance-per-watt computing from the server to the desktop, AMD is releasing Athlon 64 single-core processors and AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors can help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant performance-per-watt benefits.

Business users have seen other forays into the realm of energy efficeint computing from server powerhouse manufacuturer Sun Microsystems.

Prior to AMD's newest processors, the desktop user was limited to techniques like the Windows XP power save option to reduce energy use on their computer. http//www.amd.com

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