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March 14, 2011
Credit:Robert Goodier Which has the most impact on your energy bill: the green things you do (like driving a hybrid and re-insulating your house), the type of house you...
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January 21, 2011
Credit: Peter Essick, National GeographicAs we continue to appease our addiction by searching for oil from “friendly” countries, several exotic-sounding options having...
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January 18, 2011
Credit:Cool the EarthThey did it for smoking. Now they’re doing it for pollution. Kids are confronting their parents’ destructive behavior and showing them how to live...
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January 6, 2011
If you’ve gone through the previous smackdown steps, or even just some of them, you’ve made significant improvements in your home and commute, including sealing up your...
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December 1, 2010
Credit: Jake Mates/FlickrProbably the most dramatic of the energy wasters in your home, energy vampires (aka “phantom load”) are a bit more prosaic than the gothic...
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November 17, 2010
Credit: Alan D/FlickrIf you're in the market for a new television for yourself (or if you're looking for one as a gift), make sure you buy one that doesn't boost the...
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November 9, 2010
Credit: Mikael Miettienen/FlickrTopTen USA is a new non-profit intended to help consumers and businesses identify the ten most energy efficient products within different...
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September 30, 2010
Credit: D'Arcy Norman/FlickrWaste may seem like a problem of landfill space or resource consumption, but the more we waste the more carbon emissions we produce and those...
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August 11, 2010
Credit: Pipistrula/FlickrIt shouldn’t come as any surprise that global warming poses a threat to our water supply, as confirmed by a recent NRDC study, but by improving...
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June 11, 2010
Credit: Indy Charlie/FlickrSimple Steps editorial director had a phone chat recently with Dr. Sarah B. Warren, a psychologist and addiction specialist, who offers an...
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May 11, 2010
The Levine home in Southern California exemplifies elements of passive cooling, including a "rain curtain" (right) fed by a storm water collection system that cools...
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May 6, 2010
Though our oil addiction run amok is devastating the ecology and economy of the Gulf coast, there are communities around the U.S. that worry that using the sun to dry clothes will...
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April 21, 2010
Photo credit: Atwater Village Newbie/FlickrSimple Steps will help you be the biggest loser on your block (and we mean this in the best way possible): Over the course...
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February 26, 2010
In Step 2 of our series, we covered sealing and insulating the home to keep in the warm air. In Step 3, we look at how you heat the air in the first place. As daunting as it may...
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February 1, 2010
Now that you have completed a home energy audit, your next step is to take its advice, starting with sealing, weatherstripping and insulating your home to keep in the air you pay...
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January 11, 2010
It may seem hard to believe but each of us is responsible for over 20 tons of heat-trapping pollution being emitted into the atmosphere each year.  However, changes in our...
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January 8, 2010
Before you can start to make improvements at home, you have to take a cold, hard look at where you’re wasting energy. This is no simple task—unless you have infrared vision...
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October 4, 2009
Photo credit: I, Timmy/Flickr The average American homeowner spends more than $1,000 a year to heat and cool her home. And that doesn't include the cost for repair or...
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October 4, 2009
After the third cold shower of the week, it's clear that your water heater needs attention. How do you know if you should pay a repairman to patch up the problem, or if it's time...
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September 30, 2009
An air conditioner is the kind of thing that you don’t get around to purchasing until you really need it. But the wrong model could end up costing you too much in energy bills...
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September 30, 2009
It’s embarrassing to consider how much gas we generate. Our cars, homes and lawnmowers spew out heat-trapping gases on a daily basis. But since carbon dioxide (CO2) is invisible,...
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September 28, 2009
Looking for reasons beyond energy conservation and lower utility bills to make your home more efficient? Look no farther than line 46 of your income tax form.
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June 25, 2009
When the conversation turns to cap and trade, is your first thought “Oh, that will never work, it’s too complicated"? True, the concept can be harder to get one’s arms around...
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January 14, 2009
Compact fluorescent light bulbs aren't the only option for conscientious, energy-efficient lighting. Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are small and incredibly durable. They last...
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November 8, 2007
Photo credit: Hawaii/Flickr The refrigerator is often the most power-hungry appliance in many homes, accounting for 10 to 15 percent of the average home energy bill. So...
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October 15, 2009
Sleek and slim are the watchwords of the computer industry now as manufacturers seek to build ever more computing power into thinner packages in the affordable mini-computer...
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October 12, 2009
Compact fluorescents or incandescents? There’s really no debating which will save money and energy and be better for the planet. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use 75 percent...
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April 7, 2010
Cheap energy has brought us ugly light—ceiling lamps that flatten rooms by casting out every shadow. Yet before the invention of the lightbulb, people found inventive and...
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February 25, 2010
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November 13, 2009
As winter nears and the nights take on a chill, you may find yourself dreading the arrival of your energy bill. Driving that bill down, however, just requires taking a few steps...
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October 15, 2009
More elegant than air conditioners, ceiling fans are finding their way back into rooms as a cost-effective way to cool. Heating and cooling are responsible for 40 percent of all...
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October 5, 2009
Working with electricity is daunting at first. It's easy to think, "I have no idea how this works, and I'll probably get shocked." And nobody with an ounce of common sense would...
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January 9, 2009
Take a look at your windows rather than out them if you want to save energy at home. Approximately one-third of a home's total heat loss usually occurs through windows and doors....
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November 6, 2008
As the temperature drops, it's time to prepare for winter heating bills. Heating accounts for a whopping 28 percent of the average home's energy use. Before you turn up the...
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