Hot weather means Nebraska households will try to find ways to beat the heat without driving up air conditioning costs.
As Nebraska switches from heating to cooling season, we usually enjoy a few short weeks without continuously hearing our home’s HVAC system running. But it won’t be long until the rising mercury has our air conditioning systems buzzing.
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As we improve the energy efficiency of existing homes and businesses by adding insulation, sealing up air leakage or implementing ways to reduce heating to where and when needed, we often create indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns.
If you’re still using incandescent Christmas lights for your holiday decorating, I assume you have your reasons. I have mine. For me, it’s the nostalgia of Christmases past. For those still on the fence, I share some arguments and insight.
Before taking up temporary residency in your garage this winter and cranking up the heat, consider a few of the following projects to keep your energy use from literally going through the roof.
Cooking equipment provides you countless options, how you use it may save you the most energy and money.
When looking for ways to make improvements, first consider light fixtures. Without realizing it, you could be losing more than 30 percent of the heat in your home through your ceiling.
Why does your electric bill seem to shoot up during the summer? Discover easy way to reduce your peak energy use.
When summer pours on the heat, you want to be cool. For many reasons, people often turn to a window air conditioner. While window A/C units can offer many advantages over other options, they present their own challenges and drawbacks.
If it has been a few years, now is the time to have your HVAC contractor inspect, service and clean it. Tune-ups on cooling systems that have been neglected can provide 5 to 15 percent energy savings or more.
When the thermometer dips below 20ºF and there is more than a little breeze outside, you can find out a lot about how well your home seals out the cold. Reduce the effects of air leakage and save energy while heating and cooling your home.
While we only need a little tickle of electricity to keep us connected today, our "plug-ins" consume much more electricity each year.
Discover ways to reduce your hot water costs without leaving you standing in a cold shower.