Kate Doughty

Home is where the health is: how to make your home energy efficient during social distancing

One of the most important things we can all do to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic is simple: stay home. Whether you’re teleworking, taking care of a loved one, or just staying safe, spending more time inside can mean higher home energy bills. With that in mind, we asked ACEEE Buildings Program Director Jen Amann for advice on how folks can better manage their home energy use.

Keep your cool this summer with tips from SmarterHouse

Can you keep your cool, even in the middle of summer? Summer officially starts Friday, June 21, heralding the hottest months of the year. Staying comfortable doesn’t have to mean upping your energy usage. We spoke with Jennifer Amann, director of ACEEE’s buildings program, to get her tips and tricks for beating the heat without high energy bills.

How do you fight the heat while staying energy efficient?

Is your holiday energy use naughty or nice?

This year, give the gift of energy efficiency. Whether you’re visiting family, decorating the brightest house on the block, or staying in with festive movies and treats, here are some ways to save energy during the holiday season.


Don’t worry, we won’t tell you to nix your holiday light show—at least, not entirely. There are a lot of easy steps you can take to make your festive displays more energy efficient. 

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