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Save Money and Help the Environment: Learn How to Slay Energy Vampires

By Kathy Montgomery From the nearest cineplex to the pages of a classic bodice ripper, the undead are all the rage these days. But bet you didn’t know there are vampires lurking in your home at this very moment. We don’t mean the garlic-fearing, casket-dwelling, “I vant to suck your blood” variety, but we do mean something as equally insidious, at least when it comes to your monthly electric bill: energy vampires. These are appliances that draw power 24 hours a day, even when you think they’re not in use. And while you can’t kill them with a stake to the heart, there are other ways to save money and safeguard the planet. Stealing Your Energy While leaving your cell …

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Saving Green by Going Green at Home

Tips for greening your home and saving money and resources

Guest post by Jared Diamond The philosophy behind green energy is very basic: leave as small a carbon footprint behind as possible. Green energy strategies are not just the use of alternative sources, but also practical use of what is already there. It will be some time before fossil fuel is totally replaced and carbon emissions will still occur. At the same time, it is doubtful that the cost of using fossil fuel is going to go down in the years ahead. A cost-conscious homeowner is willing to look at means of using as little fossil fuel based energy in the home as possible, if for no other reason than to maintain a sensible family budget. Homeowners may cringe at the thought of installing green …

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EarthTalk: The Scoop on Home Energy Audits

How useful are professional energy audits for your home?

  EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: ​There are a number of companies out there now doing “home energy audits” for the home, after which they try to sell you attic insulation and other products and services. Is this just a scam or would it be wise for me to look into this?  — Bill Richards., New York, NY For the most part, companies offering energy audits are reputable and legitimate and will help you both save money and reduce your carbon footprint if you follow their advice in regard to upgrading things like insulation, windows and appliances. “A home energy assessment, also known as a …

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