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Smart Technology: How Home Automation Can Lead to Greater Energy Efficiency

smart home technologyIn recent years, technology has evolved to the point where the majority of systems, appliances, and equipment in an entire home can be controlled from a single computer or mobile device. These types of “smart homes” have made it extremely easy for homeowners to enjoy the benefits of technology, including precise operational control that saves energy and money. Smart home technology and energy efficiency are a natural combination in the most technologically advanced homes of today.

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A New Home Addition Provides the Perfect Time to Use Green Practices

green home additionIf the new year brings plans for an addition to your Massachusetts home, you have the perfect opportunity to apply green practices to make the new space more energy efficient. With the proper application of green materials and technologies, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, boost indoor air quality, and increase overall comfort while also saving energy and money. Here are a few easy ways you can take advantage of the benefits of a green home addition.

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How to Choose the Right Energy Saving Light Bulb for Each Fixture in Your Newton MA Home

energy saving light bulbsChoosing light bulbs is no longer a simple matter of buying a preferred brand with the right wattage. New types of energy saving light bulbs give you a wide choice of lighting types that reduce energy usage while providing all the illumination you need for every fixture in your home.

Here are some of the most common energy saving light bulbs with information on where they can be the most useful.

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Considering Buying Solar Panels for Your Newton MA Home? Leasing May Be an Option

leasing solar panelsSolar power is an economical and environmentally friendly option for many Massachusetts homeowners. Using solar panels to capture sunlight and turn it into energy can reduce your home electric bills and water heating expenses significantly. However, for some, the initial investment in a solar system can be outside the budget. For homeowners who have considered solar power but have been put off by the cost, the option of leasing solar panels could make one of these efficient renewable power systems accessible and affordable.

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New England Electricity Costs Are on the Rise — How to Reduce Usage While Staying Comfortable

saving electricityHomeowners and businesses in New England are facing higher-than-ever electricity prices in 2014 and 2015, with increases of up to 50 percent expected in many areas.

These hikes in electricity prices are driven by the region’s greater reliance on natural gas to fuel electricity-generating power plants. While there are several plants in operation and more under construction, there are not enough supply pipelines available to provide the amount of natural gas needed to meet demand.

In addition, winter heating using natural gas reduces the supply of gas available to electric utility companies.

With significant price hikes on the horizon, there are a few things you can do to save electricity while keeping your home warm and comfortable:
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