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October 7, 2015
Quiz: Test Your Home Energy IQ

Are you the brightest bulb when it comes to home energy trivia? Take our latest quiz to find out!

September 28, 2015
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September 22, 2015
Don’t let those bright autumn leaves and clear fall sky fool you—cold weather is just around the corner. Get your home ready for the chill ahead of schedule. <em>Photo by David Parsons, NREL 6317419</em>
Get Ready for Autumn!

Autumn is here and cold weather is right around the corner. Is your house ready?

September 16, 2015
Saving Money with Electric Vehicles

A few reasons why plug-in electric vehicles can be a solid, money-saving investment.

September 14, 2015
If your employer offers it, charging your car at work is just one benefit of driving a plug-in electric vehicle. | Photo courtesy of Erik Nelsen, NREL.
10 Things I Love About My Electric Vehicle

An electric vehicle was a smart choice for one Energy Saver contributor and his family.

August 24, 2015
When waiting to pick your kids up from school, turn off your car instead of idling in the parking lot. <em>Photo from Kristy Keel-Blackmon, East Ten, NREL 6324897</em>
Back to School: Saving Fuel in the Last Days of Summer

School is starting but hot weather hasn't ended yet! Stay comfortable while saving money and fuel on your trips to and from school, practice, and after-school activities.

August 11, 2015
Make sure that you hire accredited and certified workers for your home energy projects. <em>Photo courtesy of NREL 6307614</em>
Sustainability at Home: Raising the Bar

New quality guidelines for the weatherization and home performance industry ensure that energy upgrades result in safer, more comfortable, more efficient homes.

August 3, 2015
A small wind turbine can produce enough energy to cover the electricity costs of the average American home. | Photo from Bergey Windpower Co., Inc.; NREL 13830
Want a Tax Credit for a Small Wind System? Be Sure It's Certified!

Small wind electric systems must now be certified in order to qualify for the 30% investment tax credit.

June 29, 2015
Enjoy the open road while keeping your fuel costs low! | Photo courtesy of
Make Your Next Road Trip Fuel Efficient

Enjoy the open road this summer and keep your fuel costs low with these driving tips.

June 18, 2015
Proper maintenance can help keep your air conditioner running efficiently and prolong the life of the unit. | Photo courtesy of
A Home Cooling Strategy for Lower Energy Bills

Keep your family and your wallet happy this summer by properly maintaining your air conditioner and planning an energy efficient home cooling strategy.

May 27, 2015
Every drop counts! Make sure you are doing your part to save water. | Photos courtesy of Jason Flakes, U.S. Department of Energy
Conserving Water, One Drop at a Time

Looking for ways to conserve water? Start in the bathroom!

May 26, 2015
Our energy expert answered your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of ©
#AskEnergySaver: Fuel Efficiency

Just in time for the busy summer driving season, our energy expert answers your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency.

May 18, 2015
Use planning tools from to save fuel and money on your summer road trips. | Photo courtesy of Pat Corkery/NREL.
Online Planning Tools Make Road Trips a Snap

Planning a road trip? Use these tools to plan your route and save fuel and money.

May 11, 2015
Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy. This month, we're answering your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of ©
#AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Fuel Efficiency Questions

Have questions about vehicle fuel efficiency? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department.

May 6, 2015
Designing a landscape around your climate is key to maximizing energy-savings. | Photo courtesy of
Spruce Up Your Home for Spring and Summer

Is your home ready for warmer temperatures? Check out these tips to ensure your home is ready to save energy and money as summer sets in!

April 20, 2015
Energy Department employee Bill Vandermeer tunes a bicycle as part of Earth Day events at National Renewable Energy Laboratory last year. Biking to work can help you reduce carbon emissions and save money. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
#MySmallAct: 10 Simple Ways to Go Green and Save Green This Earth Day

How are you saving energy this Earth Day? Send us a Tweet using #MySmallAct.

April 13, 2015
Rain barrels collect rain water and provide a free source of fresh water for your lawn. | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto/schulzie
Sustainability Around the House

Spring has sprung. Check out the latest Energy Saver blog to make sure you are using sustainable landscaping practices this year!

March 23, 2015
Residential solar energy systems such as these in a Boulder, Colorado neighborhood are eligible for tax credits through 2016. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Energy Efficiency Tax Credits, Rebates and Financing: What Options Are Available for You?

Learn about the types of financial assistance available to make energy efficient purchases more affordable.

March 20, 2015
In addition to the tips mentioned below, <a href="/node/904911">check out this infographic</a> for more ways to lower your energy bills this spring. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
10 Energy Saving Tips for Spring

Spring has arrived. Here are some tips on how to save energy and money during the warmer days ahead.

March 5, 2015
Investing in a more energy efficient water heater can save you money in the long run. | Photo courtesy of Sarah Gerrity, U.S. Department of Energy
Which Water Heater Is Right for You?

Investing in an energy efficient water heater can save you money, and using Energy Saver's comparison chart makes it easy to find the right water heater for your home.

February 19, 2015
Homeowners who install small wind turbines similar to these can qualify for tax credits. | Photo courtesy of Wind Utility Consulting
IRS Issues New Tax Credit Guidance for Owners of Small Wind Turbines

Installing small, distributed wind energy systems can help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills.  Now that tax filing season is here, there are even more ways to financially benefit from this sustainable source of energy.

February 11, 2015
This Valentine's Day, I plan to cuddle with my dog (right) and add drapes to make my windows more energy efficient. | Left photo courtesy of Chris Gunn, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Right photo courtesy of Paige and Rory Terlip.
Love Your Home and It'll Love You Back

Show your home some affection this Valentine's Day with 3 energy efficient upgrades that will make your wallet love you!

February 3, 2015
Sealing air leaks will help to decrease heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Air Leaks in Unexpected Places

Sealing air leaks will help to decrease heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.

January 19, 2015
Create an #EnergyResolution to share how you plan to save money and energy in the New Year. | Graphic courtesy of Joelynn Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Start 2015 with an #EnergyResolution to Save Money and Energy All Year Long

Create an #EnergyResolution to share how you plan to save money and energy in the New Year.

December 23, 2014
Interested in a wind energy system at home? Follow these important steps. | Photo courtesy of Joe Guasti, Bergey Windpower Co., Inc..
Saving Energy and Money with Wind: 5 Steps Before You Invest in a New Wind Energy System

Make sure you understand these 5 important steps before investing in a wind energy system for your home.