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Going Green: 4 Videos That Will Help Your Home Be More Energy Efficient

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Going Green: 4 Videos That Will Help Your Home Be More Energy Efficient

Many of our customers are interested in “going green”, or at least in becoming more energy efficient so they can save some green.

While we can help with a newer, more efficient air conditioner, furnace or water heater, there are many other ways you can make your home less energy reliant, as well.

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Here are five videos that will help you do just that.

How to Monitor You Home’s Electricity Use

This video from This Old House shows you how much electricity you can save by switching from old incandescent light bulbs to new CLFs. You’ll actually see how much the electric meter turns as a result of each bulb.

You’ll also see:

  • How you can measure the energy appliances
  • How you can track your entire home’s energy use (and view it on your computer)
  • How to eliminate or reduce “phantom load” energy waste

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How to Weather Strip a Wood Door

We’ve talked about it before in a few of our other blogs, but your home heating and cooling system loses a lot of efficiency from air leaks in your home. One of the biggest culprits is front and back doors that don’t have good weather stripping. You’ll especially notice this problem during the winters in Framingham, but it will cost you money year-round.

This video will teach you:

  • What mechanical weather stripping is
  • The process for installing mechanical weather stripping
  • How to install weather stripping around sides and top of door frame

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How to Choose Energy Efficient Windows

Shopping for new windows can be confusing. So if you need to replace a broken window or are just looking to replace your existing windows with more energy efficient models, this video is for you.

You’ll learn:

  • Why you should look for windows with two panes of glass
  • What low-e coating is and what it does
  • What the NFRC label tells you

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How to Use Landscape Architecture to Be More Energy Efficient

Have you ever thought about how you can use your Framingham-area home’s landscape to be more energy efficient? Probably not. This video shows you a couple easy ways to be greener by using your plants and landscape design.

It will teach you how to:

  • Use vines to shade the side of your house in the summer
  • Use drip irrigation to water your plants more efficiently
  • Collect rain water to water your plants and landscape

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Nicholson Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing can help you make your Framingham-area home more energy efficient. Contact us online to learn more.

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