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    Caulk up the Savings

    Caulk like a pro with these handy application tips | By Robert A. Dickleman The greatest sources of heating and cooling losses in your home are often invisible―air leaks. As a result, controlling air leaks provides the best way to extend the life of your home, conserve energy, save money, and increase comfort. Bottom line? If you don’t tighten up your home first, money spent on insulation may be wasted. Fortunately, you can seal a lot of leaks around your home’s exterior with less than $100 worth of caulk. It’s generally possible to seal openings up to one-quarter inch between […]

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    Hill Blocks Funds for Bulb Standards

    By Todd H. Cunningham | ECT Staff Writer Congress has hit the “off” switch, at least temporarily, on the enforcement of light bulb efficiency standards that opponents characterized as an effective ban on traditional incandescent models. Enforcement of the standards, which would hike efficiency requirements by 30 percent, effective Jan. 1, was blocked by a provision inserted into an omnibus spending bill that will keep the federal government funded through the remainder of fiscal 2012. The provision bars the Department of Energy from spending funds to implement or enforce the light bulb standards, enacted in 2007, through Sept. 30. Congress […]

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    Invite Safety Home for the Holidays

    With tips from the electric cooperatives of Tennessee and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year, filled with celebrations, family gatherings, and visits from houseguests.  In fact, results from a national survey conducted by ESFI indicate that nearly sixty percent of Americans typically host guests in their homes during the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of holiday entertaining – cookies to bake, decorations to hang, presents to wrap – but ESFI and the electric cooperatives of Tennessee urge you not to overlook […]

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    Deadline Approaching for Appliance Rebate Program

    Deadline for First-Come, First-Served Rebates is Jan. 14, 2012 The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Energy Division reminds Tennesseans that there is still more than $1 million remaining for energy efficient appliance rebates for consumers who have upgraded to a qualifying Energy Star® appliance since April 22, 2010. As of Oct. 30, 2011, ECD’s Energy Division reports that 17,491 rebates, totaling $4,131,760, have been paid to Tennesseans through the program. Tennessee consumers can still purchase and install eligible Energy Star Appliances to replace less efficient models and receive a rebate debit card on a first-come, first-served basis until […]

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    Facts About Mercury in CFLs

    Ads and packaging materials for compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) proclaim that they use much less energy and last much longer than standard incandescent bulbs. However, if you read the fine print on the packaging or find the notice on the base of each bulb, you’ll see that it contains mercury. While that may raise an alarm in your mind, there’s no need to worry. The amount of mercury inside the glass tubes of an average CFL is miniscule—about the equivalent of the tip of a ballpoint pen―and it’s especially small when compared to other items you may have around your […]

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    Reinventing the Incandescent Lightbulb

    By Magen Howard For the first time in more than 100 years, the basic incandescent lightbulb is getting a facelift. To accommodate new energy efficiency standards set by Congress (which require lightbulbs to be more efficient starting in 2012), a new generation of incandescent lightbulbs has entered the marketplace. These products boast energy savings of 25 percent and a lifespan up to three times longer than their soon-to-be extinct predecessors. “Up to 12 percent of a typical monthly electric bill pays for lighting, so removing energy-wasting bulbs from the market will have a big impact on America’s energy use,” explains […]

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    Insulating Your Attic: More is Better

    Is there enough insulation in your attic? By adding insulation, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money. Here’s a tip from the electric cooperatives of Tennessee that can help reduce your energy consumption—and your electric bills. With adequate attic insulation, your home’s heating/cooling system will operate more efficiently. It will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in winter—and it will keep more money in your wallet. As TogetherWeSave.com has shown, adding insulation to your attic can save you $240 a year. Older homes tend to have less attic insulation than newer ones. An energy audit […]

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