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Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

Why You Should Buy A Weatherproofing Kit

When it comes to winterizing and weatherproofing, some simple materials can make a big difference in your home’s interior temperature — and help you conserve energy, too. Maybe you have drafty windows and can’t afford to replace them. Or, you’re like me and you rent in an older building, so […]

Add This Thermostat To Your Must-Have List

Add This Thermostat To Your Must-Have List

If you’re eager to make your home more energy-efficient, one of the best things you can do is install a programmable thermostat, which will help keep the temperature in your home more consistent, and is more reliable than an older, non-digital model. But there’s so many to choose from! We […]

Keep Your Cool Without A/C

Keep Your Cool Without A/C

After enduring five stifling, A/C-free days earlier this month, I have a newfound respect for those who choose to brave the summer months without A/C. It can certainly be done, however, especially if you have a few fans, some heavy-duty window coverings and a little ingenuity. I found the inspiration […]

The Best Places In Your Home For Fluorescent Lighting

The Best Places In Your Home For Fluorescent Lighting

Sometimes in life, a good thing comes with an unfortunate side effect. Such is the case with compact fluorescent lightbulbs. When it comes to choosing a more energy-efficient source of light, CFLs are at the top of their game. But the drawback? The light they produce isn’t so flattering. Before […]

Can You Self-Install An Attic Fan?

Can You Self-Install An Attic Fan?

Attic fans are one of those brilliant inventions that you don’t really notice until you don’t have one. Growing up, my dad’s house had an attic fan and it made all the difference when it came to keeping the house cool, even during the peak of summer. But the real […]

Quick Ways To Lower Energy Costs

Quick Ways To Lower Energy Costs

Happy Earth Day! Although when I was younger, we had a saying — “Every day is Earth day.” Kinda true, right? We talk a lot about going green here at C&H — materials, best practices, energy efficiency — but sometimes, making changes for the better can seem a little overwhelming. […]

Want An Easy Way To Go Green? Try A Boost Box!

Want An Easy Way To Go Green? Try A Boost Box!

There’s no denying it–going green is all the rage these days. But when it comes to making your home an environmentally friendly, energy efficient machine, it can be tough to know where to start. Sure, there’s the little things, like swapping your lightbulbs for CFLs, or recycling, or choosing low- […]

How An Energy Audit Can Save You Big Bucks

How An Energy Audit Can Save You Big Bucks

We’ve talked about energy audits before here at C&H–they’re a great option if you want to gauge your home’s energy efficiency. Audits also provide an ideal starting point if you’re planning on making your abode more eco-friendly. Energy audits focus on a few main areas, including air leaks, heating and […]

Stay Warm Without Turning On The Heat

Stay Warm Without Turning On The Heat

Here at Charles & Hudson, we’re all about conserving energy — and saving money, too! Depending on your home’s heating source, bills can skyrocket during the winter months, especially if you live in parts of the country that feel the brutal wrath of the season. You may be holding out […]

Dream Of A Green Christmas With Energy Star Lights

Dream Of A Green Christmas With Energy Star Lights

We don’t want to completely bypass Thanksgiving to get to Christmas, but many people opt to break out the holiday decorations the weekend after Turkey Day. And if you have Christmas lights hanging on a tree, elsewhere in your home or outside, you may want to make the switch to […]

Identify Leaks And Save Big On Water Bills

Identify Leaks And Save Big On Water Bills

We talk a lot about energy conservation, yet water conservation is just as important for both homeowners and commercial building owners. Besides making good environmental sense, monitoring your water consumption is an easy way to reap savings on your monthly water bill. One of the biggest causes of high water […]

Quick Tip? Install A Furnace Filter Whistle

Quick Tip? Install A Furnace Filter Whistle

That’s right — now, your furnace can whistle while it works! Or, rather, doesn’t work, as the furnace filter whistle emits noise when your furnace filter is 50 percent clogged. Knowing when to change your furnace filter can go a long way in maximizing your system’s performance. When the filter […]

Should You Make The Switch To Radiant Heating?

Should You Make The Switch To Radiant Heating?

The majority of homeowners use a forced-air system to provide heating and cooling. Yet more and more are turning to radiant heat for several reasons, including its superior heating power, energy efficiency and, in the long-term, reduced energy costs. Radiant heating can be installed in several places, but is typically […]

Must-Have Home Gadgets

Must-Have Home Gadgets

Missouri’s green sales tax holiday nears

Missouri’s green sales tax holiday nears

Residents of the Show-Me state (and those nearby)–it’s time to mark your calendars! The state’s annual green sales tax holiday begins one week from today, running April 19-25. The tax holiday “exempts state sales tax on retail sales of qualifying Energy Star-certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance, during […]

The Homestar AKA Cash for Caulkers Program Has Been Unveiled

The Homestar AKA Cash for Caulkers Program Has Been Unveiled

Today President Obama detailed the much talked about Homestar program which some have dubbed “Cash for Caulkers”. The plan would offer rebates of up to $3,000 for energy-saving home renovations. The program is expected to cost about $6 billion and entice as many as 3 million homeowners to initiate the […]

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

The Central Plains chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is at the Greater Kansas City Home Show this weekend, offering tips and resources for homeowners interested in going green, especially when building a home. According to a tip sheet compiled by the Central Plains chapter, the top 10 ways […]

Do You Need More Attic Insulation?

Do You Need More Attic Insulation?

When considering energy-efficient and environmentally friendly improvements to make to your home, the attic is an often overlooked area that, if poorly insulated, results in higher heating/cooling costs, not to mention a general inefficiency that compromises your home’s interior. To find out if you need to replace your insulation, the […]