Recent How To Save Energy Articles

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Planting a Tree

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 02, 2014

Gardening in your backyard … and front yard, and indoors, and on your balcony … is enjoying a huge wave of popularity among Americans. Everyone seems to want to get their...

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Convert Your Kitchen to Open Plan: Yea or Nay?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 01, 2014

The trend toward open kitchens, which first began back in the 1980s, is still going strong. Decorators tend to love the style and often assume that when you update your home, of course...

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In Praise of Freestanding Kitchen Stoves

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 27, 2014

Designer kitchens, as depicted in recent years via the Internet and glossy decorating magazines, almost invariably feature separate cooktops and wall ovens. Interestingly, though, Consumer...

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Look to the Past for Energy-Smart Home Cooling

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 18, 2014

On days when the mercury hits 90 degrees and keeps rising, it’s almost instinctive to reach for the HVAC control. Most folks in the US, especially in warm, humid states like Virginia,...

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Take Your First Steps Toward a Greener Home

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 14, 2014

A greener home is one that conserves energy, uses less water and other natural resources, and minimizes environmental toxins. It sounds Utopian in theory but what about in actual practice?...

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The Greenest Ways to Dry Your Clothes

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 13, 2014

When you’re trying to live a greener lifestyle, it’s helpful to take a closer look at all your daily activities to evaluate their environmental impact. You may be surprised...

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Student-Built Cars with Incredible Gasoline Mileage

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 08, 2014

Imagine a car that travels more than 12,000 miles per gallon! This is not a science fiction writer’s vision of fuel consumption in the far distant future. Rather it shows the...

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Getting the Most Out of Your HVAC System This Summer

Posted by Laura Firszt | Apr 30, 2014

April showers bring May flowers … and often June, July and August heat waves. If you’d like to enjoy your HVAC cooling system to the fullest...