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Are You Ready for an Unexpected Winter Power Outage?We here in the Midwest know that powerful winter storms are likely to move through every year, and that means being ready for them. Sometimes, those storms bring major inconveniences, such as an interruption in power. Trees fall onto power lines, or the lines snap under the weight of ice. Sometimes, the power grid is so overburdened that sections of the Midwest experience long periods without electricity.

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Here's What to Know About Energy Star GuidelinesIf you want to trim your household energy expenses, you can start by making sure that the electronic devices you use are as energy efficient as possible. The government's Energy Star program can provide you with the information and guidelines you need to make informed choices when buying new or replacement products.

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Here's How to Understand the EnergyGuide LabelCreated in the 1970s, the EnergyGuide label program was established to help consumers make more informed decisions regarding home appliance purchases. The label displays important energy efficiency information and how a specific appliance, such as your next air conditioner, compares to similar models. Keep reading so you can make heads or tails of the label information and use it to your advantage.

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How to Perform a Home Energy EvaluationWhen you look at your monthly utility bills, do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that you're not doing enough to save energy—not just for the environment, but for your household budget, as well? If so, you'll be happy to know that there's an effective way to measure energy waste in your home and then devise a strategy for reversing that waste. It's called a home energy evaluation.

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Evaluate Your Home for Heat Loss Before it Costs You this WinterYour home’s heat can escape through gaps and even the smallest cracks, but heat loss doesn’t stop there. Heat travels toward cooler areas, and if its path isn’t properly blocked by insulating materials, it will be conducted and transmitted out of the home through exterior walls and window glass. By discovering heat’s escape routes and eliminating or reducing them, your home will feel more comfortable, your heating system won’t have to work as hard and you will save money.

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Have an Energy Audit Completed and Stop Energy LeakagePerhaps you just bought a house and want to make sure all is fine with its insulation and airtightness. On the other hand, you might have started to notice changes in temperature in different areas of your home that do not make sense. In either case, an energy audit is just what you need to address your concerns.

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Energy Audits: What They Are And What You Can ExpectYou may have several reasons for considering an energy audit for your Fort Wayne area home. First, there are the cost benefits that come from using energy in your home as efficiently as possible. Second, you may be experiencing hot or cold spots in the home, drafts, condensation, a noisy furnace, or other issues. Concerns about wasted energy, aging equipment and safety are all good reasons to get an overall picture of your home energy status.

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Fall: Perfect Time for an Energy Evaluation in Your Fort Wayne HomeWhile you can have an energy evaluation performed any time of year, fall is a particularly good time because the bitter Indiana winter is on its way. If you implement the points brought up in an energy evaluation, you could put 5 to 30 percent of your energy bills back in your pocket.

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A Professional Energy Evaluation: Listen To What The Results Tell YouA professional energy evaluation tells you how energy efficient your home is. With the results provided by various tests, you can decide what types of home improvements and weatherization steps will have the most impact on your home's energy usage, allowing you to spend wisely and enjoy the most benefits for your investment.

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Lowering Your Heating And Cooling Load: A Landscaping StrategyReducing your home's heating and cooling load can be a homegrown strategy. The terms refer to the amount of energy required to maintain a comfortable interior temperature.  In winter, that’s the heating load, and in the summer it's the cooling load. A house with too much of either is energy inefficient and costing you money. Methods to reduce the load on your home include weatherizing, adding insulation and sealing ducts. But a natural “green” option exists, too. Energy-saving landscaping positions trees to lower the heating and cooling load by blocking solar heat in summer while still allowing the sun to warm the house in winter. This is accomplished by considering the sun’s seasonal track across your property.

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Perform Your Own Energy Evaluation With This Handy 'Yardstick'Most homeowners aren't aware that they can perform their own energy evaluation on their homes. In tough economic times like we're experiencing today, it's important to save money every way possible. If you're not sure whether you're doing everything you can to keep energy costs low, here are a few tips that will help ensure your family stays comfortable, while you enjoy savings on utility costs. 

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Home heating and cooling consumes as much as 50 percent of annual expenditures on energy in a typical home. With such a large portion of your household budget going to indoor comfort, you want to make sure that there's very little energy waste throughout your residence. A do-it-yourself home energy evaluation can help you find out where in your house you're losing energy and money, and reveal where you need to focus repair and conservation efforts.

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