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Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home retains and expels air can dramatically transform the way you experience your spaces and use electricity? Joining us this week to share 5 Tips on how we can better green our homes is green visionary and sustainable pioneer David Johnston who focuses on easy changes you can make with your appliances, air exchange, insulation and even windows that will pave the way to dramatic savings. Undoubtedly an expert on all things energy, David shares his over 30 years of experience and gives us a snapshot of some of the best ways we can reduce our energy consumption by up to 50%!

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  2. deano July 10, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Useful tips. But you can do more – I swiched my energy provider. I had no knowlegde about energy deals so used one of the websites that compare prices. You just need to give them information about your current bills and they will find you a cheaper deal. I used Tower Utility.

  3. vcx March 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    One thing it is very bad advice for those with complex computer or other electronic equipment. My phone service is with the modem. lose the modem and the ip address(yes it can be lost) you will find yourself blind and dumb and may not be able to get anything restored with out a big bill. So that turn everything of is bad advice. Unless you are so rich that it does not matter.

  4. Brett Allen March 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    This advice sucks from an Australian context. In Sydney, heating and cooling are of the order of 10 to 20 percent of the domestic load. Its pointless to seal and double glaze in such an environment. For the cost of such measures that reduce the bill by 10%, here we can fit solar that replaces100% of the demand. Maybe in the US, with harsh winters, this holds, but here its not at all on the money.

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    check http://www.opendomo.com/?p=products&k=ODEnergyHome. This solution can help your clients to save money in their electric bill.

  6. Jetsin June 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    That’s way more cveler than I was expecting. Thanks!

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  8. PalmettoEnergy March 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Good article, but I think it should be noted that this article was “brought to you by Marvin Windows”. So called “super windows” are great, but in an average home (20 windows?), they’re going to cost you $20k – $30k.

    Any energy auditor giving out good feasible advice will have to admit that window replacement, unless the windows are in particularly bad shape, should be WAY down on the list of priorities; certainly not in a top 5 list.

    Just my humble opinion.

  9. granittezgah February 17, 2011 at 3:01 am

    we had money. what about wool undergarments, using the sun strategically for heat and light, window quilts, scheduling baking and cooking to conserve that heat for when people ar

  10. recycle2011 February 15, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Thank you for this great post. If you have more tips on how to start local green

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  11. brob February 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    not enough effort is spent on educating people about CHEAP things they can do to cut energy costs. when i mean cheap, i mean practically free, not less than $1000. anyone mindful of saving money by saving energy will scoff at dishing out that kind of money for something that may not pay off for ten years. i’m talking about things people did to save energy before we had money. what about wool undergarments, using the sun strategically for heat and light, window quilts, scheduling baking and cooking to conserve that heat for when people are in the home, and thousands of other ideas people have been using since the beginning of time? more people would save more energy if the suggestions weren’t always to MORE spend money.

  12. SteveHansen February 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Step 1 must be, to figure out where the energy is going.
    Then, step 2 is to slow or stop those energy flows.

    To detect leaks in the envelope (walls, ceilings, windows, doors), professionals use a thermal imaging camera. A homeowner can get a less expensive device, such as a Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector. After the cold spots are found, you can begin to decide how to treat each of them.

    The key is to measure first, then decide which changes will be cost effective. Little things like caulk or spray-foam are often surprisingly effective, after you figure out where they are needed.

  13. David Brodeur February 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    These kinds of tips could make a huge difference on a big scale if implemented. Come on surburbia you can do it!

  14. Jessica Dailey February 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    These are great tips! I’ll definitely pass this along to my parents, who are currently renovating their house..

  15. Jasmin Malik Chua February 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks—I’ll definitely try these out.

  16. Yuka Yoneda February 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Cool tips – will help a lot during these winter months for sure!

  17. dobrolski February 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    This is wonderful but what about those of us in historic buildings and we are not allowed to change the old factory windows or put any kind of film on them?

  18. anreise February 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Indeed, a much more accurate article than one that was posted several weeks ago. Still, recommending that homeowners “stuff as much insulation as possible” into gaps is not wise-far from expert advice. This is not a paint job. It takes years in the weatherization trade to learn how to safely and effectively air-seal a home. A haphazard job can do much more harm than good, causing mold and air quality issues. Many utilities offer low or no-cost audits and very reasonable financing for completing the upgrades. Some even offer incentives.

  19. Andrew Michler February 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Excellent post- David makes it so clear how important taking the right steps are. Saving money and making a house more comfortable really is about fixing (and finding) the glaring problems first. I really dig his line ALL homes in the US are under insulated,touche.

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