Home Energy Efficiency From Windows to LightingHome Energy Efficiency From Windows to Lighting
Homeowners carry a huge liability on their shoulders that directly impacts the environment. In fact, every decision a homeowner makes plays a vital role in how energy is consumed. From buying a home appliance to flushing the toilet, every action requires energy. Excessive consumption of energy causes major problems, including higher utility bills. It can also be seen in the form of urban smog, oil spills, acid rain, and global warming. Most people do not realize that these environmental problems can be easily resolved with the switch of a button, or a simple investment in energy-efficient appliances. In fact, choosing energy-efficient appliances can drastically reduce the impact on the environment itself. Committing to change will give homeowners the opportunity to rebound from their previous mistakes.Heating and CoolingLighting and FansPlumbing
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- Energy-Efficient Water Heating (PDF): A document that explains how to retain hot water with the most energy efficiency, including pipe insulation, sleeve installation, heat trap installation, and more.
- Water Efficiency and Plumbing Products: A series of frequently asked questions about water efficiency and plumbing products that can be installed to increase conservation rather than consumption.
- Water–Efficient Toilets: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shares information on WaterSense toilets, a government-approved brand that promotes water-efficiency in residential homes.
- Tips for Saving Water in Your Home: A list of tips for saving water in the kitchen, bathroom, and other places around the house.
- H2ouse Tour: Click on the map to find out water-efficiency and conservation tips for each section in a typical home.
- 5 Water-Saving Plumbing Fixtures: The Seattle Times shares five water-saving plumbing fixtures for a residential home, including pressure-reducing valves, performance showerheads, high-efficiency toilets, re-circulating hot water systems, and water-saving faucets.
- Low-Flow Fixtures and Water-Efficient Appliances: The Natural Resources Defense Council shares examples and product specifications for energy-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances.
- Commercial and Residential Faucets: The California Urban Water Conservation Council shares information on standard water faucets, including related water consumption facts and remedies to increase conservation.
- All About Faucets: The Regional Water Providers Consortium important facts and tips on water conservation in relation to faucets.
- Water Saving Tips: In the Bathroom: The GRACE Communications Foundation shares water saving tips for bathroom usage.
- Energy Tips for Energy Efficient Windows: Michigan State University shares steps for securing windows to maximize energy efficiency in residential homes.
- Questions About Buying Energy-Efficient Windows? (PDF): An overall guide for homeowners looking to purchase energy-efficient windows.
- A Consumer's Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Windows (PDF): The University of Oregon shares this consumer's guide to help homeowners choose the right windows to increase energy efficiency.
- Windows, Doors, and Skylights: Recharge Colorado explains the importance of selecting and maintaining the right windows, doors, and skylights to increase energy-efficiency in residential homes.
- New Homes: Selecting Energy Efficient Windows in Pennsylvania (PDF): An extensive document sharing tips on selecting energy-efficient windows to maximize output in residential homes.
- Understanding Energy-Efficient Windows (PDF): The National Home Performance Council explains the dynamics behind energy-efficient windows, including u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient.
- Energy-Efficient Windows (PDF): A document that explains how to improve windows for maximum energy efficiency, including fixing air leaks, caulking, weatherstripping, replacing window frames, and more.
- Windows, Doors and Skylights: The Australian government provides information on water-efficiency techniques used to make windows, doors, and skylights more energy-efficient in residential homes.
- Energy-Efficient Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights (PDF): An extensive document providing all-inclusive information on energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights.
- Energy-Efficient Windows: George Mason University shares information on energy-efficient windows, especially with regard to glazing technologies.
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