Get your ducts in a row

You can hear them rattle in the winter, and rumble in the summer. Whether they’re underfoot or overhead in the attic, these unseen monsters can really make a difference in your home’s heating and cooling bills. Yes, we’re talking about your ducts or duct work, and we don’t mean to be personal when we say, you’d better have your ducts in order when it comes to saving on cooling costs.

Data centers can now earn Energy Star label

Data centers, those energy-consuming machinery hives that keep the Internet and so much else aloft, can now earn an Energy Star label.

To receive the Energy Star certification, a data center must rate in the top 25 percent of its class in terms of energy efficiency, according to the EPA, which announced the new designation this week.

Brace for winter by sealing up windy windows and drafty doors

By Lynette Holloway

Jamie Swise, a Chicago-based weatherization expert, said President-elect Barack Obama made his job a whole lot easier when during a recent debate he urged Americans “to weatherize” their homes to save energy.

Obama made the appeal at a presidential debate last month before his election in response to a question about sacrifices his administration would ask Americans to make during these tumultuous economic times.

“Here you have the soon-to-be president of the United States stressing the importance of weatherization,” Swise said after the election. “He’s got a lot of people thinking about how weatherizing their homes can help save energy. You can’t beat that.”