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Video: Stop Drafts with a Homemade Door Sweep

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This video from Fine Homebuilding explains how to make a homemade door sweet to stop drafts in your home, create a more comfortable indoor environment and save some money on your energy bills this winter.

Infographic: Replacing That Light Bulb.

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Want to upgrade to more energy efficient lighting, but stumped about the best way to do so? This neat infographic from Pegasus Lighting provides a handy guide to replacing that 60W incandescent light bulb:

Replacing That 60-Watt Light Bulb: A Cheat Sheet created by Pegasus Lighting.

Video: Indoor Air Quality is a Threat to Public Health.

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Did you know that the EPA ranks indoor air quality among the top 5 threats to public health in North America? It's true: poor indoor air quality may lead to asthma, allergies, or even death.

One sure-fire way to reduce the risk of unsafe indoor air quality is to have a home performance upgrade. Contact us to learn more!

Indoor Air Quality from Billy Hunt on Vimeo.

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.

Energy: Where's it Come From and Where Does it Go?

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Ever wonder where our country's energy comes from and goes to? This fascinating map from the Lawrence Livermore Labratory shows in simple graphic terms where we generate energy and how much of it goes to various sectors. One of the fascinating aspects of this is everything you see in gray--"Rejected Energy." What this really means is waste. Particularly in electricity, as much as 2/3 of all the energy created is lost during transmission and via other means before it actually does any work. All the more reason to generate your electricity right at home on your roof. 

Video: What's Your Energy Pledge?

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This campaign from the U.S. Department of Energy encourages us all to take an "energy pledge," making a simple commitment to use less energy.

What's your energy pledge?

How Blower Door Assisted Air Sealing Helps Find Leaks

Using a blower door--a device that sucks the air out of your house to simulate an especially windy day--is the best way to identify where your house leaks. For many of us, a thousand little pin pricks may add up to a hole in your house the size of a window left open 24 hours a day, 365 says per year. 

By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed. 

This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done. 

Are Ceiling Fans a Good for Energy Efficiency?

Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home's energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they're blowing on people--and many experts say they're essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren't present in the home. 

Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.

Here's a direct quote: "I am not suggesting that we should not use ceiling fans — just that they shouldn’t be on if no one is in the room. If people only use them when necessary and set their thermostat a bit higher, then the extra heat is a small price to pay for the comfort and energy savings."

Infographic: Better Buildings Challenge.

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The Better Buildings Challenge, part of the President's Better Buildings Initiative, encourages organizations to reduce the energy consumption of their buildings by 20% over a 10-year period. Here's a status update:

Read the original post from the Better Buildings Challenge.

Video: Are Your Lights Causing Your Home to be Too Warm?

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As you struggle to keep your house cool through the summer, keep in mind that there are hidden heat sources within your home that make it that much more difficult (and expensive) to cool with your air conditioning system. One of the biggest culprits is lighting.

This short video from Energy Circle takes a look at the heat being released by various light sources, and may shine some light on how to keep your home more comfortable this year.