Recent How To Save Energy Articles

Leaving the TV and lights on when you are not in the room will cost you. (Photo: Michal Zacharzewski/

7 Electrical Use Mistakes That Will Cost You

Posted by Carl Seville | Jul 09, 2012

It is remarkably easy to waste electricity in our homes. Reducing some of this waste requires replacing inefficient equipment, but much of it can be solved by low or no-cost changes,...

A scythe in a country cottage. (Photo: Czigány Nóra/

The Art of Scything

Posted by Cris Carl | Jun 08, 2012

Scything may seem like an antiquated method of harvest and weed control, but improved tools and a growing desire in many to be more earth-friendly is reviving the old technique. Although...

The cabin in autumn. -- Kevin

Passive Solar for Beginners

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Feb 07, 2012

One of the benefits of living in the Wild West is our abundant sunshine. An advantage for home builders in Denver is that Colorado averages over 300 sunny days per year; Arizona and...

I know they're shiny and cool, but don't buy them if you haven't made your house more efficient yet.

Why You Don't Need Solar Panels

Posted by Carl Seville | Jan 11, 2012

When people learn that I am a green building consultant, almost without exception, they ask me if I do a lot of work with solar power, which I don’t. I don’t install many solar...

The Great Debate: Power Off or Standby

Posted by Jordan Laio | Dec 12, 2011

Personal computers have their obvious benefits, but they also can be big power users. According to one extreme hypothetical example proposed by computer expert Michael Bluejay, a computer...

Wind damage in the author's neighborhood. Photo by Kevin Stevens of KMS Woodwork.

The Art of Surviving a Colorado Wind Storm

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Nov 14, 2011

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon...and by quiet I mean deadly quiet. The absolute stillness is in sharp contrast to the previous 24 hours. Yesterday and especially last night was the...

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5 Surprising Energy Hogs

Posted by Steve Graham | Oct 03, 2011

Heating and air conditioning accounts for half of energy usage in the average American home, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). Lighting and big appliances, including refrigerators,...

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Dish Draining Solutions that Save Space

Posted by Steve Graham | Sep 15, 2011

Dishwashers may have made drying racks almost obsolete, but there always seem to be a few items that are either don’t fit or are not dishwasher-safe — tall wineglasses, some knives,...