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November 8, 2011
Inspiration of Music

Music, I believe, is an overlooked motivator for folks wanting to become more energy savvy.

November 7, 2011
Halloween (+7 Days)

Now that we’re off Daylight Savings Time (finally!) and had our extra hour’s rest this past weekend, most of us are coming home in the dark.

November 4, 2011
What's on Your Energy Efficiency To-Do List?

How about you? Have you been putting off any energy-efficiency improvements? If so, what would it take to put those plans into action?

November 1, 2011
Can't See the Forest for the Trees

One thing I’ve been putting off doing is an energy assessment. I don’t know why – my utility company offers them for FREE!

October 31, 2011
This Month on Energy Savers: October 2011

Fall is in the air, and October has us thinking about ways to keep warm through the fall and winter months. In case you've missed anything this month, here's a recap of October.

October 28, 2011
How Are You Planning To Save Energy This Halloween?

Are you planning any scary ways to save energy this Halloween?

October 26, 2011
Getting Ready to Set the Thermostat Low—And Keep it There!

Every year I try to convince myself that I am going to turn my thermostat down for the entire winter. It's going to be 68 degrees or lower, I tell myself. I'm not going to turn it up for any reason. I might even be daring and try to get a few degrees lower! It'll be awesome!

It usually doesn't end well. You see, I'm a gigantic wuss about the cold. Something always happens—it takes me 4 hours to drive home in the snow, I have a lousy day, or it drops beneath zero degrees Fahrenheit—and suddenly I want to treat myself to a balmy 70 degrees to make up for it.

October 25, 2011
Happy Hallogreen!

With the fateful transition to cooler weather and Halloween just upon us, it is important to remember some key tips when preparing to have the most energy-efficient Halloween possible.

October 21, 2011
Are You Ready for Fall?

Whether you're using renewables or energy efficiency (or both), what are you doing to prepare your home for cooler weather?

October 18, 2011
Fall: Energy Saving Changes with the Season

How can you save energy (and money!) as we head into cooler months? Here's some tips.

October 17, 2011
Renewable Energy: A Centuries-old Tradition

ItWe often associate renewable energy as future, forward-thinking technology. However, just as in the case of da Vinci’s curved mirror – many of these technologies are based on centuries old concepts and inventions.

October 14, 2011
Have You Seen Our Energy 101 Videos?

A reminder of all the resources the department provides to help us learn about subjects such as cool roofs, energy-efficient lighting choices, geothermal heat pumps, and many more.

October 11, 2011
Videos on Clean Energy That Give You the Basics and More

Want to learn quickly about the basics of clean energy technologies – and how clean energy can also help you save money on their monthly energy bills? Check out the Energy 101 videos.

October 7, 2011
What Do You Think About Solar Decathlon?

Did you get a chance to see the Solar Decathlon houses, or did you follow the teams on Facebook or their website? Tell us what you thought of the event.

October 5, 2011
Thoughts on a Two-Year Race

If you were in Washington, D.C. this past week, you probably heard about or even attended our biannual Solar Decathlon.

October 3, 2011
On Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke with Jeffrey Tiller, left, and David Lee, right, members of Appalachian State’s Solar Decathlon team. | Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Solar Decathlon: Appalachian State Wins People’s Choice Award

Appalachian State University won the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 People’s Choice Award for its Solar Homestead today.

September 30, 2011
This Month on Energy Savers: September 2011

September is a month full of changes: it marks the switch from summer to fall, and from vacation to school. But it also means something really exciting - the DOE Solar Decathlon!

September 28, 2011
What Do You Wish You Knew About Home Solar Energy?

Solar Decathlon 2011 is in full swing, and the Energy Savers blog is all about home solar energy during the event!

September 27, 2011
Matt Hansen reviews each team’s design drawings and construction specifications to estimate the total construction cost of its house. (Credit: Alexis Power/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)
Affordability Contest Adds New Dimension to Solar Decathlon 2011

The big buzz word in Washington, D.C., these days is budget. In the solar village at West Potomac Park, cost savings are top of mind for the decathletes as well.

September 26, 2011
Each house has personalized details--like Florida International's etchings inscribed on the deck floor.
Solar Decathlon 2011: The Visitor’s Perspective

Ride along as we visit the 2011 Solar Decathlon competition and explore the Solar Village with fellow sightseers!

September 22, 2011
Amanda Crosby, right, and Belinda Dods of New Zealand celebrate placing the final screw on the deck of their house at Solar Decathlon 2011.
Are You Attending Solar Decathlon This Year?

Are you planning to attend Solar Decathlon this year?

September 20, 2011
These structural insulated panels consist of foam insulation sandwiched between oriented strand boards. (Courtesy of Michael Bacchler)
Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are prefabricated structural elements used to build walls, ceilings, floors, and roofs.

September 19, 2011
See you Friday at the Solar Decathlon?

The Solar Decathlon (opening this week!) provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members of the public to tour homes that save energy and money...and are powered by the sun.

September 15, 2011
Are You Interested in a Clean Energy Career?

Are you or your children interested in pursuing a clean energy career? Tell us why or why not.

September 13, 2011
Walking the Walk to a Brighter Energy Future

America’s Home Energy Education Challenge is a nationwide initiative engages students at schools across the country to learn more about how energy works in their homes and communities -- which also encourages them to work with their parents to take simple steps to save energy and money.