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Efficient Summertime Room-Cooling Products

by Benjamin Roman •

When the summer sun starts beating down, homeowners need to use all the tools available to stay cool. We’ve put together the following list of products to help keep your favorite room cool and comfortable this season, while cutting your energy consumption and saving some money in the process.

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An Energy Producing Home In Disguise

by Benjamin Roman •

Who says that a home with cutting-edge energy efficiency has to look like an ultra-modern pod? This recently completed Wisconsin home packs so much energy tech that it makes money by selling electricity back to the grid, and it still keeps a low neighborhood profile.

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How To Stay Efficiently Cool This Summer

by Benjamin Roman •

Summertime is almost here, but hot weather doesn’t have to mean skyrocketing power bills and nonstop air conditioning. We’ve compiled these tips to help you maximize your summer comfort and energy efficiency.

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“Low-E” Windows Maximize Buildings’ Energy Efficiency

by Benjamin Roman •

Low-E stands for low emissivity, and these windows are constructed to minimize heat transfer through the glass. Since windows are essentially huge holes in the walls of a building, choosing a low-E window design that’s appropriate for local climate and architecture can greatly increase a structure’s thermal efficiency, while reducing energy use and utility costs.

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Portable Air Conditioners

by Justin Thomas •

An efficient portable air conditioner can be a good alternative to window units or central AC

Electric fans are the most efficient cooling devices. Fans use far less power than air conditioners (see our recent review of the most efficient portable fan). But in hot and humid weather, air conditioning is a great relief. Cooling an entire house uses a lot of energy — it’s much more efficient to only cool the areas where you are …

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Very Efficient: Vari-Cyclone Ceiling Fans

by Justin Thomas •

These “Vari-Cyclone” ceiling fans from FanWorks are perhaps the most efficient ceiling fans available. The fans utilize what Fanworks calls “Gossamer Wind” blade design technology, which is said to deliver 40% more air flow without any increase in power use. They also run on DC power, which also adds to their efficiency when off-grid power is used.

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Using Natural Systems To Cool Down

by Justin Thomas •

The latest issue of Home Power has an article on how to cool your house down using natural systems (also known as passive cooling). This is a concept that is neglected in most modern house design — forcing home owners to use air conditioning throughout the summer. The article illustrates the basics of passive cooling quite well: how to choose …

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Endless Breeze Fan (12V)

by Justin Thomas •

These Endless Breeze fans are powerful, portable, high volume 12 volt fans with a twelve inch blade that operates at three speeds. Air movement of up to 1000 CMF (cubic feet per minute) is a major breakthrough in 12 volt portable fans. Standing only fourteen inches high on retractable legs and less than three inches thick it travels and stores …