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Top 3 Things To Make Your Home More Comfortable This Winter

By Tyson Dirksen ecomii.com
November 12, 2010
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Living Space, Natural Alternatives, Saving Money

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You don’t need to buy a new efficient heater this winter to save money. It’s more important to make sure the heat that is being produced goes into your home and then stays there. Here are 3 things you can do to help in that process and save up to 40% on the energy used to heat and cool your home.

While most people could probably complete the following three tasks on their own, an experienced and knowledgeable home performance contractor will not only do them for you, but should also verify that all tasks were completed correctly using an infrared camera, blower door, duct blaster, and other tools of the trade. Make sure your home performance contractor “tests in and tests out” – tests your home when he or she arrives to determine their scope of work and tests your home when they are about to leave in order to verify their work.

…read more of Top 3 Things To Make Your Home More Comfortable This Winter here

 
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5 Simple Ways to Save Money this Winter Pt. 2

By Loretta White ecomii.com
November 11, 2009
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Living Space, Natural Alternatives, Saving Money

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Want to save money on heating this winter? Here are 5 steps you can take to keep the heat in.

The previous post in the Simple Ways to Save Money this Winter series focused on with exterior walls.  Here we discover 5 other insulation solutions that are not only inexpensive but can be done in a short amount of time and don’t require you to tear down walls to accomplish.

…read more of 5 Simple Ways to Save Money this Winter Pt. 2 here

 
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Insulation: Save Money and Gain Heat

By Loretta White ecomii.com
October 30, 2009
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Techniques, Health Concerns, Heating Systems, Living Space, Natural Alternatives

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Insulation is the one of the best ways to save money on heating and air conditioning. Considering a third of a home’s annual costs are spent on heating, it’s worth spending a little on insulation to keep that heat inside.  In this series, I will focus on an array of cost saving solutions for effectively insulating your home. By following these tips, you’ll be able prevent heat loss and conserve energy without breaking the bank. You can even receive a 30% tax credit in certain areas.

Where to Start

Test your airflow  On a windy day, hold a lit candle or incense stick to these areas: …read more of Insulation: Save Money and Gain Heat here

 
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Lazy Gardener Flowers and Herbs

By Loretta White ecomii.com
June 25, 2009
File under: Gardening, Landscaping, Natural Alternatives

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Annuals are for the birds… As I mentioned in my article on Easy Green Lawns, I love having one of the nicest landscapes in the area, but I also enjoy having the freedom to take shortcuts, which in turn, allows me to spend more time on enjoyable tasks.

In this post I would like to give you some tips on how to do a chore once, and not yearly.

Lets start with flowers. We want to have manicured, flower ridden beds as soon as it first hint of warm weather arrives. But why do more work than you need to? Work smarter, not harder. …read more of Lazy Gardener Flowers and Herbs here

 
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Sustainable Flooring

By Lauren Mangion ecomii.com
May 14, 2009
File under: Green Building Design, Living Space, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

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Building or renovating a home is a daunting task, particularly when done with consideration for the Earth and human health.

Materials that were once considered safe are now being found to be detrimental to indoor air quality and to the environment at all stages of the life cycle. Carpets manufactured with petroleum-based synthetic fibers and toxic glues are thought to give off gas for years. Vinyl flooring is made with one of the most toxic materials used in the home.

These considerations are even more critical when statistics are saying the majority of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors. Natural flooring options improve indoor air quality and long-term health, while being much better for the planet. …read more of Sustainable Flooring here

 
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