Energy Efficiency Movement Gains Steam

Energy efficiency doesn’t boast the sex appeal of solar or wind power, but it gets results.

And influencing more people to champion the cause could siphon off a large resource of untapped energy savings. At least that’s the conclusion of a study released this week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE.

After all, the nation’s largest single user of energy — accounting for about half — is homes and commercial buildings, said William Fay, executive director of the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, this week. Fay made his remarks at the Final Action Hearings for the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday where building officials from across the country voted for a series of new building energy codes expected to improve energy efficiency in new buildings by 30 percent, according to BrighterEnergy.org.

The ACEEE study’s authors said programs that motivate green behavior

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Climate change is a hot topic and an ever-growing concern. Reducing emissions as well as our carbon footprint is something every Australian can do to help the environment, and preserve it for future generations. Having an energy efficient home is the best place to make a difference. Working towards becoming more eco-friendly at home has incredibly positive effects on our wallets too. Conserving energy and making your home more energy efficient will reduce your power bills and leave you with more money in your back pocket.

There are several ways to make your home more energy efficient, from smart technology to easy DIY options around the home.

Making your home energy efficient with technology:

While they can be expensive, solar panels are incredibly effective at reducing your power bill and are an eco-friendly source of power. The savings solar panels create far outweighs the cost of installation. Solar panels are a great renewable energy source,

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Plumbing Innovations – Energy Efficiency

New Plumbing Innovations That Create Energy Efficiency.

The plumbing industry hasn’t changed much over the past decade, but there has been a rise of new plumbing inventions taking the market by storm with energy saving technology and features. These new innovations are perhaps just the beginning of a greener world. Thinking about upgrading your home’s plumbing system, find out how you can save money and energy below.

Pex Pipes

Forget old rusty copper pipes in your plumbing system, use a PEX pipe that is polyethylene plastic. Known to be cheaply made and possessing cross linked structure that provides dissolution resistance, high tensile strength, flexibility and even ant-scratch/facture. Using PEX pipes in your home is a huge benefit for your plumbing system, not only will you get cleaner drinking water, the special fitting on PEX pipes allow to be connected to copper pipes. It’s more affordable and durable, which is more than enough to make yo

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Save 20 Percent (or More) on Heating, Cooling Bills: Top Five Home Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Anyone who wants to learn how to save money on their heating and cooling bills – and who doesn’t? – must familiarize themselves with the term, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, (SEER) as part of an overall strategy to upgrade the energy efficiency of their home. (SEER is the energy-efficiency rating of a residence or small commercial business.)

Consider the example of Bill and June. Bill and June own a 40-year-old, one story, 2,000-square-foot home in rural Florida. He dislikes the high humidity, while she detests the high air conditioning bills even more, but they are both at a loss about what to do. What upgrades could Bill and June make to their home to reduce the cost of their utility bills?

Here are five home energy efficiency upgrades and their benefits.

Upgrade the HVAC heating pump

Most homes built in the 1990s, 1980s, or older have HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems with SEER ratings

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