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October 22, 2014
When installing an off-grid solar electric system be sure you have "balance-of-system" equipment to transmit electricity safely. | Photo courtesy of Warren Gretz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Going Off the Grid with Solar

Harnessing solar power off the grid isn't as difficult as it seems, here are three steps to help with installing your off-grid system.

October 20, 2014
Using a power strip to switch off appliances ensures your home won't be plagued by energy vampires. | Photo courtesy of ©
Energy Vampires are Attacking Your Home – Here’s How to Stop Them

Stop energy vampires from sucking your wallet dry by switching off power strips and unplugging appliances when not in use.

October 17, 2014
Passive solar design uses carefully designed overhangs and reflective coatings on windows, exterior walls, and roofs to provide comfort during the cooling season. | Photo courtesy of Jason Flakes, U.S. Department of Energy
Using Passive Solar Design to Save Money and Energy

You can harness solar energy to heat and cool your home through passive solar design.

October 16, 2014
Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy at home. This month, we're answering your questions about home heating. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
#AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Heating Questions

Have questions about home heating? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department!

October 14, 2014
Don't let your energy bill scare you this Halloween, Energy Saver has tips to save money and energy. | Photo courtesy of ©
Preparing for a Fun and Energy Efficient Halloween

Discover some scary-good ways to save energy this Halloween!

October 10, 2014
Installing a renewable energy system for you home, like these solar panels, doesn't mean breaking the bank. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Labratory
Fall into Savings with a Tax Credit-Eligible Energy System

Installing clean energy, like solar panels or a solar water heater, doesn't mean breaking the bank. Take advantage of tax credits now!

October 7, 2014
Solar panels heat water that is delivered to a storage tank. | Photo courtesy of David Springer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Everything You Wanted to Know About Solar Water Heating Systems

Learn all about choosing, sizing, maintaining, and financing a solar water heating system, as part of #EnergySaverSolar month.

October 3, 2014
Installing solar panels requires the proper orientation and tilt, and it is best to use a professional contractor. | Photo courtesy of Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
So You Want to Go Solar? 3 Things to Consider When Installing Solar Power at Home

Before investing in solar, be sure it is the right renewable energy source for your home and consider these three things: contractor, size, and orientation.

October 1, 2014
Solar panels are a great way to produce clean energy at home! | Photo courtesy of Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy.
Harnessing Solar Energy at Home

Get the basics on how solar energy is harnessed at home using Photovoltaic cells.

September 26, 2014
Autumn means colder weather is coming, but it doesn't have to mean breaking the bank on your energy bills! | Photo courtesy of ©
Cozy Up to Colder Weather: 5 More Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter (Part 2)

Cold weather is just around the corner, preparing for fall and winter now can save you money and a headache when the cold air descends.