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What Do You Plan to Buy for an Energy Tax Credit or Rebate in 2010?

February 1, 2010 2:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We've been talking a lot about tax credits and rebates on the blog recently. We may sound like a broken record, but we really want you to be aware of the incentives available if you are considering a purchase for your home.

In Case You Missed Them: Energy Savers Blog Entries You Should Read

February 1, 2010 2:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Every now and then, I like to take a look back at some of the entries we've published over the last year on the Energy Savers Blog. We try not to repeat ourselves (too much), so if you're looking for a particular topic to be covered on the blog, be sure to check out the categories and...

5 (More) Things to Know Before You Claim Your Energy Tax Credit: Part 2

January 26, 2010 11:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday, I started the list of things to know before you claim your tax credit. If you missed it, go back and check out part one. The list covers the forms you'll need, the tax credit maximums, which credits can (and cannot) be carried over, which credits include installation costs (and...

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5 Things to Know Before You Claim Your Energy Tax Credit: Part 1

January 25, 2010 6:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I suppose it's officially "tax season," though that term doesn't seem to be tossed out by popular media until late March or early April, when the deadline is looming and pressure is on. If you're an early bird, you may already be thinking about your taxes.

Today’s Voltage Regulators Enable High Efficiency and Space Savings in Portable Applications

January 25, 2010 6:40 am | by John Lambert, International Rectifier Corp. | Articles | Comments

As demand for longer battery life in portable devices increases, engineers are continually challenged to design highly efficient point-of-load (POL) converters while maintaining or reducing board space. Adding to the challenge is the fact that many portable devices like laptop computers have wide input voltage variation.

Energy Data Available Anywhere, Any Time

January 21, 2010 11:53 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

NREL launches a new Internet site to allow organizations around the world to both post their own energy data and download data, for free.

NREL to Help Scale Up Biofuels Operations

January 21, 2010 11:53 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Thanks to a partnership with DOE and NREL, companies are getting the cash and expertise needed to jumpstart biofuels production scale-up.

What Was Your Surprising Energy-Saving Discovery?

January 21, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy told you how her dog, Matilda, revealed that they were losing a lot of heated air from ducts damaged by

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Tax Credits Might Be Your Ticket to Savings

January 19, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Most of us love saving money from anywhere we can pinch it. You can do it the hard way, by writing up a budget and finding all the fun, little things you spend money on that you don't really need. For me, I'm thinking about that double dip at the Sunday movi

Our Dog Discovered Our Ducts Have Cats

January 18, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Our Australian Shepherd, Matilda, is not the fiercest of protectors. In fact, she's a total coward. She flees in horror from strangers and is terrorized by the vacuum cleaner; even a pair of shoes left in an unaccustomed place can strike fear in her heart. B

Energy Harvesting Applications

January 14, 2010 10:58 am | by Jim Drew, Sr. Applications Engineer, Linear Technology | Videos | Comments

Energy harvesting applications are finding their way into many remote monitoring applications where utility power is not available.

What Are Your Reasons for Saving Energy?

January 14, 2010 5:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Elizabeth discussed how saving energy could be contagious. There are various reasons people are energy consci

Chimneys: Warm and Cozy or Easy Exit for Your Heat?

January 12, 2010 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Both of my childhood homes featured fireplaces. If you've had one, you know how terrific they can be—great places to bask on cold winter nights, an easy opportunity to toast marshmallows, picturesque, undeniably a pleasure in the house that has one.

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How Saving Energy Might Be Contagious

January 11, 2010 11:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I was wondering the other day if saving energy might be, you know, contagious. And yes, that's an awfully dorky thing to think. But I found myself wondering that because I really was being a bit of a dork. You see, before I started working at the Nat

What Steps Do You Take to Maintain Your Furnace?

January 7, 2010 11:29 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Chris told you about his plans to maintain his furnace to keep it running efficiently. Pr

Simple Maintenance Saves Costly Furnace Repair/Replacement

January 6, 2010 6:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

For the past few weeks, my forced-air gas furnace has been on the fritz. I blame this on the fact that I haven't been as diligent as

LED Lighting: Just the Facts, Please!

January 4, 2010 5:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My June 16, 2009 blog gave tips on purchasing high-quality LED lights. Now there's another arsenal in the toolbox to help c

What Do-It-Yourself Projects Have Saved You Energy and Money?

December 31, 2009 5:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about Chris' experience with frozen pipes, and how he saved money with a si

Will You Be Purchasing New Appliances for a Rebate from Your State?

December 30, 2009 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about Amy's war with her dishwasher and how she plans to take advantage of her

Four Days Left to Buy Energy-Efficient Products for a 2009 Tax Credit!

December 30, 2009 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Black Friday sales have never been enough to entice me to brave the crowds after Thanksgiving. I'm just not that dedicated to shopping. After-Christmas sales, however, are another story. Sometimes those sales are just too good to pass up. If you're p

Insulation Saves Energy and Money at Home...and HOA from Disaster

December 30, 2009 7:54 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month, just one day after Denver's first cold snap of the season, I woke up and saw a new text message from my downstairs neighbor. She was writing to let me know no one in our small, six-unit condo building had water. Immediately I fear

Ohio State University takes first place at 2009 EcoCAR competition

December 29, 2009 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

OSU has earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the Year One EcoCar competition. The OSU stable bested 16 other teams with their “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” design.

They're Here! Winter, Holidays, and the New Year. How Will You Save Energy?

December 22, 2009 7:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Winter officially hit this week, and those of you on the east coast found out in a big way. Many of you are still shoveling out while trying to take care of those last-minute holiday preparations. (I'm actually kind of jealous. I love shoveling snow. I just

Dishwasher – 1; Human – 0

December 21, 2009 8:51 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My dishwasher and I have been locked in mortal combat for almost a month now, ever since it decided to quit working at nearly the same moment I decided to start washing the Thanksgiving dinner dishes. Over the past week it has started to look as if the dishw

NREL Sets the Bar for Office Building Energy Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

When NREL decided to build a new office building, the national lab turned to its experts to establish a new energy use benchmark. The lab's researchers knew what they wanted - the request for proposals included 780 pages of specifications. The resulting Research Support Facility sets the...

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