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Renovating Your Home for Energy Efficiency

In many ways, it is more difficult to maximize energy efficiency during a renovation than during new construction. Yet when undertaking home renovation, it is very important to make sure that your investment won’t end up costing you a fortune in energy bills. Some of the key opportunities in home renovation are: Roof design, materials and ventilation Windows Insulation Heating, air conditioning and hot…

Increase Home Efficiency with Geothermal System

Some drill for oil, others drill for heat. In their never-ending quest to create the model energy efficient, clean energy home, Stephen and Libby Smith have added a geoexchange heating and cooling system to their residence in Knoxville, Tennessee. This adds to their existing electricity generating residential solar system, one of the largest of its kind in the TVA Generation Partners program. "Fifty years…

Research Efficiency Investments Before Spending

With all the talk about energy efficiency and a wide range of products and services now being offered, it can be difficult to determine which products and services will maximize the benefits of your investment. Whether your goal is to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support the clean-energy economy, or all three, there is one piece of advice to ensure you are getting…

The Smith Family Residential Solar System

SACE Executive Director Stephen Smith recently became the owner of the largest residential solar system in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region, covering his home with 36 198-watt Sharp solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. Read more to learn how to set up a residential solar system by following the Smith Family through the process. Step 1: Make an investment With a mix of new local…

Get On The Path To An Energy Efficient Home

Energy efficient lighting and Energy Star appliances are among the easiest and most cost-effective steps you can take to save energy and reduce global warming pollution. Lighting improvements are the easiest place to start. If you’ve only tried one or two CFL lightbulbs, go ahead and upgrade the rest of your house. Make sure you start with the lights you use most often (closet…

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