Free Energy Saving Tips from The Green Detective

Save Energy While You Drink Tea

If you use your stove-top to boil water for tea (or coffee), you are using more energy than you need. All the moreso if you are making just one cup at a time. I'm not a big one for pushing a particular product by a particular manufacturer, but when there's one that's...

3 easy ways to lower your electricity bill

Heating and Cooling are the biggest energy draws on a typical home. But do you know how much energy your home consumes when you're not heating or cooling it? It's still probably a lot, and this is the place you can have the biggest effect on your utility bills with...

Save Money With Your Air Conditioner

So, here in SW Virginia, we're just starting our first really warm week. Summer has perhaps finally arrived. And with that comes that heavy energy load we lovingly call Air Conditioners. Now if you live in a very dry part of the country, what I'm going to say here...

Do I really need to change my furnace filter?

The short answer is YES, do it. Every month is good, or at least whenever it starts to get clogged up with dirt and pet hair. Studies have shown that changing your filter does not improve the efficiency of your furnace (although that still seems wrong to me). What...

How low is too low to setback my thermostat?

If you don’t know, a programmable thermostat allows you to ‘setback’ your home’s temperature for the nighttime while everyone is in bed, or during the day while everyone is away at work or school. So how low is too low? That all depends on what kind of furnace you...

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