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Is your home as energy efficient as it could be? Are there ways you could be using less energy and saving more money? Collaborative Efficiency writes columns for consumers on different energy efficiency topics, found in state electric cooperative publications.

 

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Straight Talk Articles 2020

 

January: Keeping the Home Fires Affordable: Home Heating Options.

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February: Your 7 Step Efficiency Upgrade Checklist

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​March: What You Do Outside Affects Energy Use Inside

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April: Clearing up the 4 main Benefits of New Windows

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May: 5 Steps to a Clear Decision on New Windows

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​June: Why You Oughtta Get an Audit

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July: 5 Surprising Home Energy Hogs

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​August: Sealing Air Leaks, Step by Step

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Straight Talk Articles 2019

 

January: Keeping the Home Fires Affordable: Home Heating Options

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February: 7 Low-Cost Energy-Saving Tips for Renters

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March: Gas or electric: Weighing your mower (and lawn) options

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April: Energy Savings Myths

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May: Hot Tips on Keeping Cool for Less

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June: Energy-Saving Apps and Devices

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July: Helping Pets and Saving Energy

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August: 4 Steps to Home-Charging Your Electric Vehicle

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September: Warm Up Your Home this Winter

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October : Is a Heat Pump Right for My Home?

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November: 5 Efficient Products to Give (and Keep)

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December: Bright Ideas for Smart-Home Lighting

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Straight Talk Articles 2018

January: How Smart Should You Get? Choosing a Thermostat

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February: Radiant Barriers: Are they Worth it?

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March: Hiring the Right Contractor

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April: Managing a Renovation Contractor

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May: Staying Comfortable in Summer

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June: Can Solar Work For My Home?

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July: Understanding Your Energy Bills

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August: Understanding Your Appliances

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September: Do Skylights Bring Sky-High Energy Bills?

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October: Tips to Stay Comfortable in Winter

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November: Energy-efficient holiday lighting

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December: Electricity Grows Cleaner and Greener

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Straight Talk Articles 2017

 

January: The Heart of the Home: Efficient Kitchen Remodeling

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February: Energy Apps for Your Phone: Can they save you money?

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March: Energy Efficient Trees? How Landscaping Can Help Your Energy Bill

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April: Choosing the Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

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May: Windows to the World: Where to Start with Replacing Your Windows

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June: Those Drafty Old Windows: Alternatives to Replacement?

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July: Questions to Ask When Purchasing a New Home

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August: Charging Ahead:  Why More Americans are Driving Electric Vehicles

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September: Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

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October: Ductless Heat Pumps: Heat and Cool Without Blowing Your Budget

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November: Switch Things Up: Stylish, efficient lighting for your home

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December: Water heater efficiency and maintenance

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Straight Talk Articles 2016

 

January: Exploring Inner Space: How to Use Space Heaters Efficiently

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​February: Keeping Your Pets (and Energy Bill!) Comfortable

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March: Ensuring High Quality Energy Efficiency Work

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April: What You Can Learn from a Home Energy Audit

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May: Improve Comfort and Save Energy by Sealing Air Leaks

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June: Can You Have a Zero Net Energy Home?

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July: Wash the Energy Waste Out of Your Laundry!

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August: Is Your Ductwork Delivering?

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September: Is a Geothermal Heat Pump Right for You?

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October: Is Your Attic Haunted by Lack of Insulation?

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November: Power Hog: Do You Have an Unusual Energy Use?

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December: Seal Tight, Ventilate Right

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