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Keeping Your Home
Cool

The summer months are upon us and that means hot, humid weather.  The Home Energy Management program has suggestions for keeping your home cool and saving money while doing it.

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Keeping Your Home
Cool

The summer months are upon us and that means hot, humid weather.  The Home Energy Management program has suggestions for keeping your home cool and saving money while doing it.

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Do-It-Yourself
Improvements

Summer is a great time to make home energy improvements.  The Home Energy Management program has many do-it-yourself guides that can help make your home more comfortable, durable, and energy efficient.

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New Study on Home
Energy Improvements and Benefits

University of California's Berkley Hass School of Business has just released findings from a new study on home energy improvements.  This study found that costs of the improvements can be more than the actual savings achieved from the improvement.  Researchers suggest that costs savings of various energy improvements may be over estimated.  Read more about the study here. So does this mean that home energy improvements should not be made?  The answer is no.  More cost benefit, consumer behavior, and consumer adoption research needs to be conducted.  Additionally, energy cost savings are just one element of home energy improvements.  Energy improvements also provide other beneficial results, including reduced green house gas emissions, greater comfort for residents of the home, and improved durability of the home itself.

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Follow us on: The Home Energy website has fantastic resources to help you save energy, but the best way to stay updated on what's going on in home energy is to follow our social media channels! They will provide you with not just the latest additions to the site, but also upcoming events, relevant news and plenty more! You can even use them to make an impact and contribute your own ideas! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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Interested in Home
Energy Efficiency and Conservation?

North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Home Energy education program helps consumers reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency in the home. This program educates and empowers consumers to be proactive in reducing their home energy consumption and in saving money through no-and low-cost energy efficiency measures, behavioral changes and home retrofits. The Home Energy Program: Provides consumers with education about ways to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency in the home  - Click here for Educational Resources Teaches consumers to be proactive in reducing energy consumption through no/low cost measures, maximizing utility and government energy efficiency offers, behavioral changes, and home retrofits Reaches consumers through outreach efforts of local county Cooperative Extension Offices (find your county office here)

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Landscaping and Energy Efficiency

Ever wonder if landscaping can help with energy efficiency?  Well, evidence shows that it can.  Proper selection and design of landscaping can help reduce energy use, conserve water, lower maintenance, and reduce noise.  MORE »

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Everything You Need to Know About Home Cooling

Want to know more about cooling your home?  This info graphic from DOE’s Energy Saver 101 illustrates how an air conditioner works, various types of systems, ventilation, maintenance, common problems, and MORE »

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E-Conservation Program – 2014 Accomplishment Report

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:  The E-Conservation Program is a partnership between the State Energy Office and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The program was developed to inform and educate North Carolina consumers about ways to reduce MORE »

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Savings through Insulating

This week’s “The EPA Blog”, formerly The Energy Star Current, addresses saving on energy costs with proper insulation.  After sealing your home for air leaks, it is important to have the right amount of insulation MORE »

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Home Assessment Do-It-Yourself Guide

The following interview was conducted by Rod Bain, USDA, Washington DC: Do-It-Yourself … with a little help from E-Conservation. DIY – Home Energy Assessment In order to identify energy loss in your home, MORE »

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