Dear Jim: We are retired and our interest income from bank CD’s is not what it used to be. I thought about replacing our gas furnace to lower our utility bills. What is the most efficient design available?
Dear Jim: Our refrigerator is pretty old, and I would like to get a new, more efficient one. We are empty-nesters now, so I am wondering if it makes sense to get a smaller one, but perhaps one with more features?
Dear Jim: We had two electric power outages from storms lately. It was very inconvenient, so I need to find some type of backup electric power. What are my options that are not extremely expensive to purchase and install?
Dear Jim: The existing lighting in our bathrooms is not adequate. I am going to remodel the master and the children’s bathrooms myself. What type of efficient lighting do you recommend for both bathroom projects?
Dear Jim: I am trying to block some of the heat from coming in through my windows and doors. I plan to install awnings, but I am not sure about what is the proper size and material to get. What do you recommend?
Dear Jim: My central air conditioner is 16 years old, noisy, and probably inefficient. I want to replace it with a quiet, efficient model. What are the best ones available for 2011, and which provide the best comfort?
Dear Jim: I want to use more cordless and electric tools, especially yard tools, instead of gasoline ones. Will they increase my electric bills much and which rechargeable batteries are best for the cordless ones?
Dear Jim: With recent concern about nuclear power plants, I want my central air conditioner to run efficiently to save electricity. Other than a professional service call, what can I do to tune it up myself?
Dear Jim: We have two teenage daughters who take long showers. Our water heating costs are probably very high. We are on a tight budget, but I want to use some solar water heating. Is there a system I can make myself?
Dear Jim: I am considering installing exterior storm windows, but they are expensive. If they will improve energy efficiency very much, I may try to make some myself. What is a good simple window design for me?
Dear Jim: After the heat wave we have had recently, I think we need to add central air-conditioning. We have electric baseboard heating, so there are no ducts. What are the simplest central system options available?
Dear Jim: I want to build a deck off my family room sliding glass door. I want it to be as environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible. What design and material suggestions can you give me?
Dear Jim: I like to use natural ventilation, but sometimes I need to air-condition. Since it is just my husband and I here now, we need to cool only a room or two. Would a portable air conditioner make sense for us?
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