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Newer air conditioner will reduce cooling cost

published online: 7/25/2011

Dear Jim: My central air conditioner is 16 years old, noisy and probably inefficient. I want to replace it with a quiet, ... Read More
Electric yard tools; a cheaper choice

published online: 5/28/2011

Dear Jim: I want to use more cordless and electric tools, especially yard tools, instead of gasoline ones. Will they inc ... Read More
Steps to help central air conditioning run efficiently

published online: 4/23/2011

Dear Jim: With recent concern about nuclear power plants, I want my central air conditioner to run efficiently to save e ... Read More
Decks can be energy efficient, enviro-friendly

published online: 6/19/2010

Dear Jim: I want to build a deck off my family room sliding glass door. I want it to be as environmentally friendly and ... Read More
Portable air conditioner useful in some homes

published online: 5/22/2010

Dear Jim: I like to use natural ventilation, but sometimes I need to air-condition. Since it is just my husband and I he ... Read More
Cordless lawn mowers save money, air quality

published online: 4/24/2010

Dear Jim: My old gasoline lawn mower needs service again. I thought about buying a cordless, battery-powered walk-behind ... Read More
Tankless water heater saves on utility bills

published online: 2/20/2010

Dear Jim: I thought about replacing my old gas water heater with a tankless one to save money. I heard there is limited ... Read More
There's no one ideal level of humidity

published online: 1/29/2010

Dear Jim: My kids have allergies, so I am not sure how humid the air should be inside my house during winter and summer. ... Read More
Wood pellet, corn stoves heat well

published online: 11/28/2009

Dear Jim: I am tired of hauling wood indoors for my fireplace. I saw pellet and corn stoves at my home center store, and ... Read More
Glass block not infallible, but darned good

published online: 11/20/2009

Dear Jim: I am concerned about the security and efficiency of some of my old single-pane first-floor windows. I think gl ... Read More
Whole-house ventilators bring fresh air

published online: 6/20/2009

Q: We made our house more airtight and efficient, but the air does not seem fresh or healthy indoors. Will installing an ... Read More
Have professional clean, inspect home's chimney

published online: 5/23/2009

Dear Jim: I used my masonry fireplace as often as possible during winter to cut my utility bills. What should I do to mi ... Read More
Now is best time to get new central air unit

published online: 5/16/2009

Dear Jim: My old central air conditioner still works, but my electric bills are high during summer. With Obama's new ene ... Read More
There are ways to calculate your carbon footprint

published online: 3/14/2009

Dear Jim: I want to live more "green" and also save money. I am trying to find out how to calculate my carbon dioxide fo ... Read More
Furnace changes increase efficiency

published online: 1/31/2009

Dear Jim: I am researching 2009 super-efficient gas furnaces, which I hear can cut my gas bills in half. I am confused b ... Read More
Storm/screen doors good for nearly any home

published online: 1/10/2009

Q: I thought about installing a decorative storm/screen door in the front and a durable one in the back for ventilation, ... Read More
Corn, pellet and wood furnaces heat conveniently

published online: 1/1/2009

Q: I have heard a lot about using homegrown renewable fuel, such as corn, pellets or wood, to heat my entire home. Are t ... Read More
Choosing UPS for computer

published online: 12/20/2008

Dear Jim: I need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for my computer. A power outage wiped out my brothers' entire har ... Read More
Cheaper alternatives to a whole-house generator

published online: 12/13/2008

Dear Jim: We often have electric power outages. I checked into installing a backup generator, but the cost is too high. ... Read More
Steel doors can provide greater energy efficiency

published online: 12/6/2008

Dear Jim: My old wood front door leaks air and requires maintenance. I might switch to a steel door for low maintenance ... Read More
Choosing an efficient wood fireplace

published online: 11/1/2008

Dear Jim: I have a standard furnace in my house, but I would like to add a woodburning fireplace for more heat and the a ... Read More
Showerheads with low flow can save energy, cash

published online: 10/25/2008

Dear Jim: Both my energy and water bills are increasing, so I plan to install low-flow showerheads. I tried them before, ... Read More
Building LEED house saves energy, water, maybe taxes

published online: 10/18/2008

Dear Jim: I am planning to design and build a new house, and I want it to be energy efficient. I want to try to make it ... Read More
Do-it-yourself tune-up keeps heating efficient

published online: 10/11/2008

Dear Jim: I want to keep my utility bills as low as possible. With the heating season soon upon us, is there much I can ... Read More
Sash replacement kits an alternative to new windows

published online: 9/20/2008

Dear Jim: I want to save energy in my older house and I know my wood windows are inefficient. I want to keep the charact ... Read More

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