Basic Home Efficiency

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6 Most Common LED Replacement Bulb Companies

We put the spotlight on the best LED bulb brands.

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Smart Guide to Geothermal

Geothermal energy is a money-saver. But is it a DIY project?

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Energy Efficient Windows

Here's some information to consider for a better selection.

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Thermal Pane Window Frequently Asked Questions

What they are, what they do, pros and cons.

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Pros and Cons of Argon Gas Windows

There are many positive aspects of Argon gas windows, however the couple of negatives might make the

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3 Most Popular Shades of CFL Bulbs

Fluorescent lighting manufacturers have produced CFL bulbs in different colors.

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4 Most Popular T8 Light Shades

The most popular T8 light shades are a matter of preference.

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How to Qualify for CFL Bulb Tax Credit

Install CFL bulbs to save money on energy bills and taxes.

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How to Make a CFL Candelabra

Save money by creating your own CFL candelabra.

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Average Annual Energy Savings of Switching to a T8 Fluorescent Light

They can save serious money on home power bills.

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Argon vs Krypton Gas Windows: Which Is Cheaper?

How to choose between Argon-filled and Krypton-filled windows.

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What Size Fixture Works Best for a T8 Fluorescent Light

T8 fluorescent lights as an efficient option when evaluating the lighting needs.

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Common Dangers of Installing a CFL Light

What is the specific danger of CFL lights?

How to Install Thermal Pane Windows

Installing Thermal Pane Windows is a quick, DIY project.

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How to Get Tax Credit from Using Energy-Efficient Doors

The government offers tax credits on energy efficient doors.

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Will LED Light Bulbs Work for Conventional Lights?

LED light bulbs function as a semiconductor light source.

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How Many Lumens Per Watt Does an Induction Lighting Emit?

Understanding why an induction light can last for so long.

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Advantages of Installing a Dimmable LED Bulb

LED lights have transformed household lighting.

4 Most Popular T8 Light Fixtures

An easy way to save up to 70 percent on energy.

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3 Most Popular Types of Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

Don't just go for style-think efficiency, too.

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3 Tips for Maximizing the Life of Your LED Light Bulbs

Don't switch them on and off too much.

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Pros and Cons of Krypton Gas Windows

What Krypton injected glass offers more insulation.

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How to Maximize T8 Fluorescent Lighting Brightness

They're great energy savers.

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3 Most Popular Types of Energy-Efficient Windows

They're a major asset in saving energy.

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Is It Dangerous to Have an Argon Gas Window?

They make your home more energy-efficient.

5 Most Common Problems with Induction Lighting

Induction lighting uses a special type of bulb.

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How to Replace a Broken CFL Ballast

CFL ballasts are an essential element of fluorescent lights.

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How Long Will a CLF Ballast Typically Last?

It's one of the advantages of using CFLs.

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What is the Difference Between a T8 Light and a T12 Light

The T8 light has replaced the T12 as the new standard.

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Argon vs Krypton Gas Windows: Which Is a Better Insulator?

Which gives a better result between Argon and Krypton thermos windows?

Electronic Ballast Repair Troubleshooting Basics

Fluorescent lights sometimes require a ballast repair.

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Will a T8 Light Work on a T12 Ballast?

A t12 ballast is a reference that essentially refers to the size of the tube of the florescent bulb that

How Often Should LED Bulbs Be Replaced

LED bulbs are an incredible invention, offering an intense light.

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Will a T5 Light Work on a T8 Ballast?

A T8 ballast is generally not compatible with a T5 linear fluorescent lamp. These are ratings used to

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How to Tint a Glass Door to Make an Energy-Efficient Door

Glass doors allow a good amount of daylight into your home.

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How Many Watts Does a T8 Light Bulb Use?

T8 light bulbs come in a wide assortment of wattages.

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Will T5 Lights Work in T8 Light Fixtures

Will T5 lights work in T8 light fixtures?

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How to Replace Burnt Out T8 Fluorescent Lights

Replacing fluorescent bulbs is easy, but requires knowledge.