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October 22, 2014
When installing an off-grid solar electric system be sure you have "balance-of-system" equipment to transmit electricity safely. | Photo courtesy of Warren Gretz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Going Off the Grid with Solar

Harnessing solar power off the grid isn't as difficult as it seems, here are three steps to help with installing your off-grid system.

October 20, 2014
Using a power strip to switch off appliances ensures your home won't be plagued by energy vampires. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/webking
Energy Vampires are Attacking Your Home – Here’s How to Stop Them

Stop energy vampires from sucking your wallet dry by switching off power strips and unplugging appliances when not in use.

October 17, 2014
Passive solar design uses carefully designed overhangs and reflective coatings on windows, exterior walls, and roofs to provide comfort during the cooling season. | Photo courtesy of Jason Flakes, U.S. Department of Energy
Using Passive Solar Design to Save Money and Energy

You can harness solar energy to heat and cool your home through passive solar design.

October 14, 2014
Don't let your energy bill scare you this Halloween, Energy Saver has tips to save money and energy. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/knape
Preparing for a Fun and Energy Efficient Halloween

Discover some scary-good ways to save energy this Halloween!

October 10, 2014
Installing a renewable energy system for you home, like these solar panels, doesn't mean breaking the bank. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Labratory
Fall into Savings with a Tax Credit-Eligible Energy System

Installing clean energy, like solar panels or a solar water heater, doesn't mean breaking the bank. Take advantage of tax credits now!

October 7, 2014
Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank. | Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Everything You Wanted to Know About Solar Water Heating Systems

Learn all about choosing, sizing, maintaining, and financing a solar water heating system, as part of #EnergySaverSolar month.

October 3, 2014
Installing solar panels requires the proper orientation and tilt, and it is best to use a professional contractor. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
So You Want to Go Solar? 3 Things to Consider When Installing Solar Power at Home

Before investing in solar, be sure it is the right renewable energy source for your home and consider these three things: contractor, size, and orientation.

October 1, 2014
Solar panels are a great way to produce clean energy at home! | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy.
Harnessing Solar Energy at Home

Get the basics on how solar energy is harnessed at home using Photovoltaic cells.

September 26, 2014
Autumn means colder weather is coming, but it doesn't have to mean breaking the bank on your energy bills! | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/floridastock
Cozy Up to Colder Weather: 5 More Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter (Part 2)

Cold weather is just around the corner, preparing for fall and winter now can save you money and a headache when the cold air descends.

September 24, 2014
Cleaning your gutters will help prevent ice dams that can cause leaks and water damage. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
Cozy Up to Colder Weather: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter (Part 1)

Cleaning out your gutters, sealing air leaks, caring for your furnace and ducts, and investing in energy-efficient lighting now, can save you money and a headache when the cold air descends.

September 23, 2014
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How Much Do You Consume?

Ever wonder how much energy you consume every year? We're breaking down the numbers for you.

September 18, 2014
Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, and festive decorations, now your decorations can help save energy too! | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/benedek
Save Energy and be Festive this Fall

Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, and festive decorations, now your decorations can help save energy too!

September 16, 2014
Celebrate National Drive Electric Week with ways to make your all-electric or plug-in hybrid cars even greener! | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
National Drive Electric Week

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week with ways to make your all-electric or plug-in hybrid cars even greener!

September 11, 2014
Shopping for energy-efficient light bulbs just got easier! | Photo courtesy of iStockphotography.com/Thomas_EyeDesign
Buying the Perfect Energy-Efficient Light Bulb in 5 Easy Steps

Purchasing an energy-efficient light bulb doesn't have to be difficult. With these five easy steps, you can find the best energy-efficient light bulb for your home!

September 9, 2014
Living the college lifestyle doesn't mean you should forget about energy-efficiency. | Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/XiXinXing
Energy-Efficient College Life

Living the college lifestyle doesn't mean you should forget about energy-efficiency. With these tips you can save energy and money in the dorm and off-campus.

September 5, 2014
Moisture barriers can help reduce humidity in your home. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Conquering Moisture and Humidity in Your Home

Eliminating the threat of moisture and mold will not only make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient, but it will also help keep your family healthy and improve your home's structural durability.

September 3, 2014
Energy saving DIY projects improve home energy-efficiency and save you money. | Photos courtesy of iStockphoto.com
Energy Saving Do-It-Yourself Projects Just Got Easier

Implementing these energy saving DIY projects are an easy and inexpensive way to make your home more energy-efficient, and save on your monthly energy bills.

August 28, 2014
If you've completed energy efficiency improvements and you're still looking for ways to save energy at home, it might be time to explore renewable energy options. That's why this month our energy efficiency expert is answering your renewable energy questions. | Photo courtesy of Brothers Electric.
#AskEnergySaver: Renewable Energy

Answering your questions about renewable energy -- from leasing solar panels to solar water heaters.

August 26, 2014
Building or remodeling a home provides an opportunity to build energy-efficiency into your design from the ground up. | Photo courtesy of Paul Norton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency

Whether you are building a house or remodeling, utilizing a whole-house system approach, efficient building strategies, and landscaping can help increase energy-efficiency and lower your monthly energy bills.

August 19, 2014
Purchasing a water heater with the ENERGY STAR® label ensures you are buying an energy efficient appliance designed to save consumers money. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Labs
Save on Home Water Heating

On average water heating makes up 14-18% of American energy bills, learn how you can save money while using an existing water heater or when purchasing a new one.

August 19, 2014
Insulation is important all year round, and by adding extra insulation you can save money and energy. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab
Why You Might Want to Add More Insulation

Adding insulation to most houses can reduce energy bills by keeping the temperature stable all year round.

August 12, 2014
Home renewable energy is a wonderful way to produce clean energy, you just need the right system for your home. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/3dts
Planning for Life On or Off the Grid: Part Two

Solar, wind, and hydropower systems can lower home energy costs and produce clean energy. Learn about picking the best system for your home!

August 6, 2014
Producing clean energy not only saves money in the long term, but also provides independence and the satisfaction of knowing your actions are helping the environment.|Photo courtesy of Jim Green, National Renewable Energy Lab.
Planning for Life On or Off the Grid: Part One

Taking the plunge into renewable energy at home is easier than ever. Check out our steps for picking the right renewable energy system for your home.

July 30, 2014
You don't have to own a home to save money on your utility bills. Renters and homeowners can save money and energy with a few simple tips. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/KentWeakley
Energy Efficiency Tips for Renters and Homeowners

Whether you are a renter or a homeowner, you can lower your utility bills and save energy with just a few small steps.

July 24, 2014
Home cooling accounts for 6 percent of the average household's energy use. To help you save money by saving energy, our experts are answering your home cooling questions. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/JaniceRichard
#AskEnergySaver: Home Cooling

Energy Department experts answer your home cooling questions -- from how to lower your cooling costs to ways to stay cool without turning on your air conditioner.