Category: SmartEnergy

Water-efficient Bathrooms: Showerheads and Faucets

A tried-and-true method of water conservation is to take shorter showers. But if you want to linger under the hot water in the dead of winter or after a long day, there are other ways to make sure you’re wasting as little water as possible. One of the best ways to conserve water at any time of year is to install eco-upgraded showerheads and faucets in your bathrooms. 

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Water-efficient Bathrooms: Toilets

When you think about conserving water and saving on water bills, you probably think in terms of using less water in sinks, showers, tubs, dishwashers, and washing machines. Yet toilets account for almost 30 percent of the average home’s water usage.

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How to Abate or Remediate Lead in Your Home

If you live in an older home or neighborhood and have recently discovered lead in your paint, soil, plumbing, or elsewhere, it’s wise to work toward lead remediation or abatement as soon as possible. Remediation involves bringing your home up to lead safety standards by mitigating associated health risks. Abatement involves permanently removing lead from your home altogether.

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The Health Risks of Lead in Your Home

Most people think of their homes as the safest place they can be. However, if you live in an older house, apartment building, or neighborhood, there may be sources of excessive lead in and around your living space that can cause lead poisoning.

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient This Winter

Most homes experience high energy bills during the winter. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple cost-effective strategies you can use to reduce energy usage, stay toasty, and save money this season. There are even charitable organizations that can help defray the costs of upgrades.

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6 Ways to Lower Your Furnace Bills This Winter

Winter’s energy bills can be brutal. You might not even realize how much energy your furnace is eating up because it’s always running, which costs even more in the winter! Here are six ways to save on your furnace bills this winter.

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EcoWorks Drives Sustainability with State-of-the-art HVAC System

With the help of Michigan Saves, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, EcoWorks was able to secure a loan to install a state-of-the-art HVAC system to serve as an example to the community on how to solve climate change through the fundamental principles of energy efficiency and sustainability.

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Building Community Wealth by Reducing Energy Burdens

As the Biden administration prepares to pour billions of dollars into municipal coffers through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other pending legislation, local governments are considering investments that will provide a sustained return on improved quality of life for residents. Some local leaders are complementing infrastructure projects with other proposals that reduce energy burdens by providing residents with lower incomes and small businesses with access to capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.

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