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Homeowners Should Research Energy Efficient Projects to Avoid Fraud

Insulation is a great tool for saving energy, and therefore money

We recently wrote about new insulation choices that are coming to market, to address increased focus on making our homes more energy efficient. It was a surprise then (or maybe it shouldn’t surprise us), to find that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined a company $350,000 making “deceptive and unsubstantiated” energy and cost saving claims regarding insulation products.

The specifics of the case aren’t as important as the key message, that homeowners need to make informed decisions, i.e. you should be researching home improvement projects, products and materials before purchase. The FTC included the following warning in their announcement ”  A... 

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Home Product Labels: Learning to Read Them

You read food labels & now it

We’re used to reading labels on boxes, cans and other packaging at the grocery store. If you’ve bought any home products with an Energy Star label recently, we hope you read the “energy smart” labels as there’s lots of important information to help you make more informed decisions.

When you’re buying a refrigerator, it costs a lot more than your food … and it’s going to be there in your home much longer than a box of cereal or can of soup. The bright yellow, Energy Star labels help you make long term (sometimes up to 20 or 30 year) decisions.... 

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Picking the Best Products for Your Home

Many home owners only use cell phones today

In school we had to do research, write papers and more as that’s the life of a student. Hopefully most home owners have fond memories of school after a few years and realize that life is a journey and we’re always learning something new. Few of today’s home owners know much about home maintenance which is why I’m writing this blog, to help you learn more about making the right decisions for your home and family.

The world today looks nothing like the one we grew up in. Just think about all the electronic gadgets surrounding us. It’s hard to remember... 

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Finding Energy Star Promotions


Just a quick note to let you know there’s a cool government web site that will help you find special promotions that match your zip code and the type of appliance you’re looking to purchase.

Special Offers/Rebates from Energy Star Partners

To use this program, just click on this Energy Star link and … type in your zip code and check the product(s) you’re planning to buy. I did this for refrigerators and here’s the report I got back. The types of products included here:

Appliances Fans Heating and Cooling Equipment Home Electronics Home Envelope, i.e. things like insulation Lighting Products Office Equipment Residential Water Heaters


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