10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

By Brenden Carr 1. Use a Washing Up Bowl When you do the dishes by hand, use a refillable bowl to save $40 a year in energy bills! When you leave warm tap water running while doing the dishes, your water heater is working constantly and you tend to waste a lot of water straight down the drain. Use a washing up bowl to save on water and cut down energy bills. 2. Upgrade to High-Efficiency Light Bulbs LED bulbs are the way forward (you probably...

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6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

By Danielle Hegedus Fall and winter are just around the corner, but updating your home with energy-efficiency upgrades is always in season. Residential electricity rates have risen at a steady rate of 4% over the last 10 years, and there’s no relief in sight. And if you’re planning to sell your home any time in the near future, you’ll likely be selling to a Millennial (according to a recent study by Bank of America,...

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Top Home Improvements to Pair with a New Home Solar PV Installation

Top Home Improvements to Pair with a New Home Solar PV Installation

By Erin Vaughan Once you go solar, you never look back…or you do, and realize that a lot of that free energy is going to waste in your home. A plethora of inefficient appliances, aging windows and doors, and low-rated heating and cooling equipment can gobble down that free solar energy fast, forcing you to rely on a costly or fuel-heavy generator instead. For many homeowners, the dollar-to-kilowatt cost to run their households becomes a...

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15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s PartSelect.com post on duct tape hacks. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods. With its sticky interior and waterproof exterior, duct tape has long been known for both its utility and its versatility. But its true potential is often overlooked and underappreciated. So just how useful is this stuff? Duct Tape for Gear Repair You can use duct tape to mend a broken ski or tent pole, patch an...

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When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

When Will a Solar Panel System Show an ROI for My Family?

By Hannah West The promises of a residential solar energy system may start to feel a little iffy when you’re looking down the barrel of a big investment. Are lower (or nonexistent) utility bills, environmental stewardship, and energy independence enough to balance out an initial price tag of tens of thousands of dollars? Well, that depends on how soon your PV solar system starts to pay off. When you ask how long before you start to see a...

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