Home Improvement

From simple DIY projects to ambitious renovations, we share practical tips, expert advice, and creative inspiration to help you unlock the full potential of your home. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just starting your home improvement journey, we'll be here as your trusted friend, providing guidance and support every step of the way.
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A mother and daughter sit on the couch and turn on the Air Conditioning to cool their home.
Beat the heat!

Tips for Keeping Your AC Running Efficiently

Whether you have window units or central Air Conditioning, there are some small tips and tricks for maintenance and daily use that will help get the most out of your air conditioning and save energy at the same time.

A red brick house with a blue staircase. An older house in need of home electrification.
The highs and lows of home improvement

Transforming Our Old Home: Our journey to energy-efficient home electrification

Katie and Greg navigate through the highs and lows of home improvement, sharing anecdotes, tips, and maybe even a few lol-worthy mishaps along the way.

A couple and their child reach into their pantry to grab a jar. The pantry is well organized due to energy-efficient storage solutions.
Kitchen organization

The Power of Pantry Upgrades: Energy-Efficient Storage Solutions

Tips to give your pantry a smart upgrade that maximizes space while minimizing waste – both in terms of resources and money.

Woman and her child in the garden after learning some early spring garden tips.
Is it really spring?

Early Spring Garden Tips

It's time to do some maintenance, setup, and planting to get the most out of your outdoor space this summer with these garden tips!

A woman washes her windows as part of her yearly spring home maintenance.
Warm weather is coming

Spring Home Maintenance

Warmer weather is coming, which means this is a great time to work on some spring home maintenance. See tips for both indoor and outdoor tasks to maintain a healthy home.

A woman looking at her energy monitor stats on her phone
Monitor your energy

What Are Energy Monitors — And How Can They Help You Save?

Energy monitors are small devices (roughly the size of an iPhone), and they live inside your home’s electrical panel. Learn what they can and can’t do.

A washer dryer combo being loaded
Watching the clothes go round

Are Washer Dryer Combos the Next Big Thing in Laundry?

High tech washer dryer combos are smaller, more efficient and convenient. Will they work for you?

A woman looking in her fridge, it’s on eco-mode
Chill smarter, not harder

What Is Eco-Mode on a Refrigerator or Freezer — And Should You Use It?

Leverage your refrigerator’s eco-mode for energy-saving features to reduce annual electricity expenses and enhance efficiency.

A woman breathing cleaner indoor air
Healthy home, healthy lungs

Breathe Better: Simple Strategies for Cleaner Indoor Air

Discover easy and affordable ways to enhance your house’s indoor air quality, ensuring a healthier home environment for you and your loved ones.

Heating your home and a couple in a warm home
Types of heat

What is Heating Your Home and What Kind(s) of Power Is Producing That Heat?

Whether you are purchasing, upgrading, or simply maintaining your home, you need to know what is heating your home and what power it uses to do so.

An aerial view of a neighborhood, showing eco-friendly roofs, AI-generated
Overhead eco

My Eco-Friendly Roof: Greening Your Home from the Top Down

Everything you need to consider to make the right choices for an eco-friendly roof.

New stove that meets stove efficiency standards
Savings on the burner

New 2024 Stove Efficiency Standards: What They Mean for You

The Biden administration's new stove efficiency standards aim to significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, saving Americans $1.6 billion over 30 years.

A woman who replaced her gas stove with an induction cook top
Stirring up cleaner air

Breathe Easy, Cook Clean: It’s Time to Replace Your Gas Stove

The quiet culprit: how your gas stove impacts climate and health. Discover the ample health and environmental benefits of bidding farewell to your gas stove.

A woman sits in a NYC loft space that’s older and doesn’t have enough outlets
Plugging into vintage charm

Not Enough Outlets? Here’s How To (Safely) Deal

Practical advice on how to safely maximize the use of limited electrical outlets in old apartments.

Man closes window coverings for energy savings
Curtains down on bills

Stay Comfortable and Save: Choosing the Right Window Coverings for Energy Savings

Discover how the right window treatments can significantly reduce your home's heating and cooling costs.

A person holds a lantern up to a breaker box during a power outage
Be prepared

Understanding and Mastering Your Breaker Panel: A Comprehensive Guide

A step-by-step guide to understanding how the circuit breakers in your electrical panels map to the outlets in your home

A man and child load a dishwasher on eco-mode
Dishes, sustainability, and savings

Are You Using Your Dishwasher's Eco-Mode Correctly? Find Out Now!

Clean dishes, clear conscience: learn about the environmental benefits of your dishwasher’s eco-mode and its role in minimizing your carbon dishprint.

Measuring heat pump efficiency in winter
Baby it’s cold outside

Maximizing Winter Comfort: Heat Pump Efficiency in Cold Climates

A deep dive into the world of heat pump efficiency and some helpful, practical tips to make the most of their performance during the frosty months.

A tank of refrigerants getting refilled
Breaking the ice on refrigerants

Understanding Refrigerants: Their Role and Evolution in Cooling Technology

This article explores the history and importance of refrigerants in cooling technologies, from early ice production to modern eco-friendly compounds.

A woman standing by a microwave, which is not ENERGY START rated.
Cooking up energy savings

Why Aren't Stoves, Ranges, and Microwaves ENERGY STAR Rated?

Learn why stoves, ranges, and microwaves are absent from the ENERGY STAR program and learn how to choose energy-efficient cooking appliances.

Woman uses eco blow dryer by L’Oréal
Blow drying goes green

Turning Down the Heat: L’Oréal’s Energy-Efficient Blow Dryer Unveiled

L’Oréal’s new energy-efficient innovation offers an opportunity to unravel the long-standing inefficiencies of traditional blow dryers.

A person working on an electrical panel
Modernizing your power source

Things to Consider When Upgrading Your Home’s Electrical Panel

This guide provides essential insights into upgrading your home's electrical panel, focusing on energy audits, electrical demand, and smart technology integration.

This cute family and their dog do regular HVAC maintenance
Comfort starts with care

The Importance of Performing Regular Maintenance on Your Home’s HVAC

Learn about the connection between regular HVAC maintenance and a safer, more reliable home environment.

A technician filling refrigerants on an AC unit
Chill factor, global impact

What Are Refrigerants and What Impact Do They Have On Our Environment?

Find out how the common refrigerants in our homes and industries quietly influence the planet’s health

Window heat pumps on an apartment building
Sustainable comfort, window-sized

Window Heat Pumps Bring Efficiency to Renters and Smaller Spaces

Window heat pumps offer efficient and climate-friendly heating and cooling for renters and residents who can’t afford to change out their existing HVAC systems.

Electricity pylons during a sunset
Getting down to basics

From Lightning Rods to Solar Panels: The Story of Electricity

Does electricity seem to work like magic to you? We break down the basics and give you an idea of how it all comes together.

A woman installing an LG Air Conditioner
Extra energy savings

Save More Energy with LG Air Conditioners and OhmConnect

OhmConnect is now integrated with LG Electronics and their ThinQ smart home platform. LG makes a wide array of electronics and home appliances, but the initial step of the integration is being able to connect LG mini splits, LG window air conditioners, and portable air conditioners to OhmConnect.

A collection of Rheem water heaters
Stack up savings

Start Saving Energy with Your Rheem® Smart Water Heater

OhmConnect’s partnership with Rheem means that you may be able to connect your smart water heater to OhmConnect, start earning more rewards, and save more on energy costs. If you have a Rheem smart electric tank or heat pump water heater with integrated EcoNet® Wi-Fi technology, you can connect to OhmConnect!

A man looks into his heat pump dryer for clean clothes.
Greener clothes care

The Heat Pump Dryer: A Game-Changer in Energy Efficiency and Savings

Heat pump clothes dryers are more energy efficient, safer, and better for our clothes. Learn more about the technology and why you should consider it!

The sun shines through the image of a battery, signifying a load controller in your home
Efficient Energy Flow

Harnessing the Power of a Load Controller for Smarter Home Energy Use

Load controllers offer a smart solution for homes, allowing for efficient energy management by dynamically adjusting electrical loads, leading to significant savings.

A water heater in a basement. Not a heat pump water heater, but the kind it might replace.
Eco-Friendly Water Heating

Hot Trends: Warming Up to Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pump water heaters are changing the game in energy efficiency, cutting household costs, and setting the stage for a greener future.

A close-up of a gas water heater
Hot Water Heaters Decoded

Water Heaters Demystified: How They Keep Your Showers Warm

Explore the crucial components and processes of your hot water heater, gaining the knowledge to better understand and maintain this essential home appliance.

Electrify your home, for the environment
Get the gas out

Electrify Your Home: The Smart Way to Safety, Savings, and Sustainability

Discover how transitioning to electrify your home so you can enhance safety, reduce maintenance costs, improve energy efficiency, and significantly contribute to a more sustainable and climate-friendly living environment.

Man surviving winter in NYC, his breath can be seen in the picture.
NYC Winter Comfort Tips

Surviving Winter in NYC: How to Handle an Overheated or Freezing Apartment

Discover essential strategies to comfortably navigate the winter season in NYC, whether you're battling a too-hot or too-cold apartment environment.

A laundry room with a basket of dirty laundry sitting in front of a washing machine.
Spin Cycle: Eco Edition

Save Money and Energy: Smart Ways to Upgrade Your Laundry Room

Explore smart and cost-effective ways to upgrade your laundry room for enhanced energy efficiency and significant savings on your energy bills.

Someone uses a plunger to unclog a drain
Eco Unclog, Chemical Dodge

Cleaning Green: Eco-Friendly Plumbing Solutions to Unclog a Drain (And Prevent It From Happening Again)

Discover eco-friendly ways to tackle drain clogs without chemicals! Our guide reveals easy, sustainable methods using everyday items for effective drain maintenance. Embrace a greener approach to plumbing and keep those pipes clear naturally!

A family evaluating their garden based on new USDA plant hardiness zones.
Altered Zones, New Norms

Gardening in a Changing Climate: What the Revised USDA Hardiness Zones Mean for You

Delve into the nuances of the recently revised USDA Hardiness Zones and discover how these crucial changes will impact your gardening choices and strategies in an era of climate change.

A woman sits on a couch, worried about off-gassing from her furniture.
Dresser Dilemmas: Stylish or Hazardous

Furniture Fumes: How Concerned Should You Be About Off-Gassing?

Many manufactured products we use in our homes, including furniture, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be harmful to humans during the off-gassing period.

Solar panels on a net zero home
Low Impact Living

What Is a Net Zero Home?

A net zero home produces as much energy as it consumes for home heating and cooling and all electrical needs over a given time period. You can have one!

A person turns off a circuit breaker on an electrical panel
No more tripped breakers

Electrical Panel: What You Need To Know to Run and Maintain Yours

As we electrify our homes to save money and the planet, we’ll need to know more about our electricity setup. Here’s everything you need to know about your electrical panel: service capacity, safety, maintenance, and upgrading!

A plant of some kind releases pollution into the atmosphere, this is not carbon neutral production.
Emissions terminology 101

Net-Zero, Carbon Neutral, and Zero Emissions: What’s the Difference?

What does carbon neutral mean? Understanding emissions-related terms is essential to comprehend the urgency of climate change, take informed actions to mitigate its impacts, and reduce our own emissions.

A basement with a water heater
Nice hot showers, efficiently!

What Type of Water Heater is Most Energy-Efficient?

Water heaters consume a lot of energy, but choosing a more energy-efficient water heater type can go a long way to saving you energy and money!

Four colorful new front doors
Energy saving doors

How to Choose a New Front Door With Energy-Efficiency and Sustainability in Mind

New front doors are generally made from steel, fiberglass, or wood. Learn which is most sustainable and energy-efficient!

A white tiled bathroom, with dark grout that might bely some mildew or mold.
Natural mildew banishment

How Can I Prevent Bathroom Mildew and Mold or Get Rid of It Naturally?

Prevention is the best medicine, let your bathroom dry out during and after bathing or showering. If mildew and mold still appear, use these simple, cheap, and natural cleaning solutions.

A woman in a warm sweater at home she has used preheating to keep her home warm.
Preheat and save

What Is Home Preheating and Why Would I Do It?

You can save money by preheating your home during off peak hours in a time of use electricity setting. Then let the heat drift comfortably into your ideal zone!

Woman cleaning her windows. A regular cleaning is all most windows need, but some window problems need more.
Window Maintenance Mastery

Window Maintenance: How to Fix Common Window Problems

For newer windows, annual maintenance means basic cleaning, while older ones benefit from essential care to extend their lifespan and prevent window problems. Learn everything you need to know.

A person switches a circuit breaker in their electrical panel.
Command hub of the home

Home Electric 101: Understanding Amp Service and Electrical Panels

Electrical panels are responsible for safely distributing electricity from the service to all parts of your home. Learn the basics you need to know!

A foreman stands looking at a home, he will need to build all four control layers on this house.
Stay dry and comfortable

What Are the Four Control Layers of a House and Why Should I Care?

Energy efficiency starts with building science. Learn about the four control layers of a house and how they impact your bills.

A front door on a white home with a lot of windows. In a home like this, air-sealing your doors and windows will go a long way.
Seal up that house

Why Air-Sealing is The Best DIY You Can Do

If your home isn't properly air-sealed, you are losing money. Keeping the air you pay to condition (heat, cool, or dehumidify) where you want it is job # 1 on your energy-efficiency mission!

Someone is installing home insulation in an attic. The materials appears to be recycled and therefore would have a lower footprint.
Low environmental impact insulation

How to Choose Home Insulation With the Lightest Carbon Footprint

Our top picks for effective home insulation that also have the lowest environmental impact.

A woman dusts her air vent in her home HVAC system.
Bigger is not better

Why Your Oversized HVAC System Could Be Costing a Lot of Money

You might be wasting a lot of money on an HVAC system that’s too big or too small.

A woman uses an induction cooktop. She used the OhmConnect energy use guide to choose her new cooktop.
Cook for cheaper

The Ultimate Cooktop & Oven Energy Use Guide – Saving Money and The Planet

Don’t buy your next oven, cooktop, or stove without reviewing OhmConnect’s energy use guide. You’ll learn the pros and cons of each type for your family, including energy efficiency.

Heat pump technician on a home exterior using the heat pump incentive money to get more heat pumps installed.
Heat pumps get a boost

Is There a Heat Pump in Your Future? A Lot of Governors Hope So.

25 Governors announce incentives to install 20 million heat pumps by 2030. Is your state on the list?

A man uses a gas-powered lawn mower, and the emissions from the machine are making the air smoky.
Say bye to noise+pollution

Ditch That Gas-Guzzling Lawnmower and Electrify Your Yard Maintenance Tools

Old-fashioned gas-powered garden maintenance tools are out! Their electric and battery powered counterparts are surpassing expectations, reducing emissions, and limiting the noise of lawn care.

A man is using caulk to air seal his windows to increase the energy-efficiency of his home.
Cost saving projects galore

DIY Home Improvements That Pay for Themselves

Which DIY home improvement projects pay for themselves? Air sealing, smart thermostats, LEDs, and more!

A rolled up layer of grass, which is pretty bad for the environment. Choosing alternative ground cover and landscaping is better for you and the planet.
Kill the green monster

It’s Time to Break Up With Your Lawn

Why so many environmentalists are begging you to tear out your turf lawn and what you can do instead, from a professional landscape architect.

A passive house at dusk, the design is modern and angular. The building is taking advantage of the climate in the area it was built in order to reduce energy consumption needs to run it.
Take advantage of nature

What is a Passive House and Should I Build One?

Passive House is a voluntary building code that reduces the energy it takes to run your home, sometimes down to zero.

An older couple is having coffee together in their kitchen, they have a number of countertop appliances and are deciding which are most useful and efficient
Built to last

A Guide to Actually Useful (And Efficient!) Countertop Appliances

Your guide to our favorite energy-efficient countertop appliances

A woman uses a tool to change her kitchen faucet attachment to a WaterSense-labeled water aerator, which will conserve water and save money.
Water is precious

Conserve Water with These Easy Water-Efficiency Steps

OhmConnect’s guide on how to find the best water conservation fixtures for your home water use!

 A photo of a patio with partial covering and lots of native plants, which were chosen with water conservation in mind.
A "greener" landscape how-to

Ideas for a "Greener" Landscape to Save Water and Energy

What to consider when taking on projects to make your landscape "greener" so that it conserves water and energy.

A contractor measures something in the home and he is near some ductwork, which you would need to install an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV).
Clean ventilation

Do You Need A Heat or Energy Recovery Ventilator (HRV/ERV)?

The difference between an ERV and an HRV and what each does for air quality in a home.

A woman adjusts a wall-mounted AC control. She is choosing to precool her home because she lives in an area where energy costs more at certain times of day.
Precool and save

What Is Home Precooling, and for Whom Is It Useful?

Precooling your home can be useful for those who have time of use electric plans.

A family sitting on their porch with a pumpkin, two parents and two kids. They are thinking through their fall home maintenance list to get ready for the change in seasons.
The leaves are changing

Fall Home Maintenance: Make Your Home Last Longer and Perform Better

Indoor, outdoor, and professional needed home maintenance tasks for the fall.

A technician works on a mini-split, which is a ductless AC unit that is often used in retrofitting homes with AC that didn’t have it originally.
What AC to get

What's the Difference Between A Mini-Split and A Heat Pump?

The differences between a regular heat pump and a mini-split and the ideal uses for each.

A drought-tolerant landscape at sunset. There are native plants and part of a home. This landscape is designed to conserve water.
Save water, save money

How to Create a Drought-Tolerant Landscape

A step-by-step guide for creating a home landscape that requires minimal water.

A heat pump outside a home after a snow storm
Pump it up

Do Heat Pumps Work in Cold Climates? Maine Says Yes!

Do heat pumps work in cold climates? There's a new answer!

A duel fuel heating system uses both a heat pump and a fossil-fuel furnace to keep your home warm.
New tech, old backup

What Is A Dual-Fuel Heating System

A duel fuel heating system uses both a heat pump and a fossil-fuel furnace to keep your home warm.

A father and daughter reviewing their refrigerator contents together, the full fridge is best for energy efficiency.
Cool for less

The Refrigerator Energy Use Guide - Saving Money and the Planet

Your guide to all things energy efficient refrigerators

Sunlight on wooden stair steps show high quality healthy finishes in a home.
Ban bad air

Ditch Microplastics and Embrace Sustainable Finishes in Your Home

Your guide to healthy and sustainable finishes, including avoiding microplastics and VOCs

A furnace in an old house
Hot alternatives

Will My Furnace Work When the Power Is Out?

When electric power goes out for days and even weeks at a time, we all have to consider how we’ll keep our furnace going or find other ways to heat and cool.

A leaking water heater means it’s time for replacement.
Water heater world

Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Water heaters don’t have a particularly long lifespan. If yours is around 10 years old, it’s wise to consider replacing it, and with rebates, you should definitely consider a heat pump water heater.

Learn how to heat my house when the grid goes down
Back it up

How Do I Heat My House When the Grid Goes Down?

Losing your electric power is inconvenient for a few hours, but it can also be quite dangerous if you lose your heating system in the winter months. So what can you do to prepare?

An electric dryer
Dry baby, dry!

Maximizing Efficiency and Savings with Your Electric Dryer: An Energy Guide

Unlock energy-saving secrets for your electric dryer! Learn efficient usage, lifespan, upgrades, and smart tips to cut costs and boost sustainability.

Washing machine energy use improves with a full load, as shown here
Laundry 101

The Washing Machine Energy Use Guide: Saving Money and the Planet

Your guide to all things energy efficient washing machines

Ground-source heat pumps are a simple solution to heating and cooling housing.
Beneath your feet

Geothermal Energy and Ground Source Heat: A Sustainable Solution for Your Home

Ground-source heat pumps harness the thermal mass of the earth to heat and cool homes.

A window air conditioner can help cool homes without central air conditioning
Variable speed, baby

What to look for in an energy-efficient window air conditioner

There are good options for temporary window air conditioners available for nearly anyone and any window. Look for Energy Star ratings, and pay attention to CEER and think about paying extra for inverter technology.

Having a backup power source to keep your home running during a power outage is critical.
Be prepared

What to do during a long power outage

Power outages are on the rise as our energy grid is under increasing stress. Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe during a long power outage.

power outage resetting a circuit breaker
Be prepared

When the lights go out: Making the most of a short power outage

Whether it’s an hour or a day long, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared for what to do during a power outage

Heat pump condenser outside in Southwest
Heat pumps are cool

Electric Heat Pump Conversion: What to Consider

Upgrading to a heat pump for heating and cooling makes sense economically and for the environment, but what else do you need to know?

A family cooking in the kitchen
Cool eats

7 Summertime Tips To Keep Your Kitchen Comfortably Cool Without Running Up Your Energy Bill

Stay cool and save money! From meal planning to air-drying, follow this step-by-step recipe to prepare your kitchen for summer energy savings.

keep kids safe from wildfire smoke
Save the children

How to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke

As climate change increases the risk of wildfires around the globe, use this guide to keep your family safe from the impacts of secondhand smoke

Close the blinds to cool down a room without AC
Cool your bills, stat

How To Keep Cool Without Air-Conditioning This Summer

Electricity prices are high: don't waste money on AC this summer. We've got four simple tricks to help beat the heat without breaking the bank!

A child eats a popsicle to keep cool without AC
Beat the heat

10 Top Rated Amazon Items to Keep You Cool Without AC

Don't swelter in the heat this summer. Get some relief and stay cool with these 10 top-rated products on Amazon. Perfect if you don't have AC!

Interior living room with lots of windows
See clearly

Energy Efficient Windows: A Smart Choice for a Greener Home

Looking for a home upgrade that won't just increase curb appeal but help lower your monthly energy costs too? Look no further than energy efficient windows

An installer prepares a heat pump
Energy moved

Heat Pump Basics: Everything You Need To Know

Ahh, the mysterious heat pump. Meet the energy-efficient alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems that's all the rage right now.

A sign in a store window about the building's air conditioning
Cool those bills

Supercool Your Home to Save Money on Air Conditioning

Looking to save money on air conditioning this summer? This strategy keeps you chill while taking advantage of Time of Use pricing. Ka-ching!

Landscaping can help with a home's energy efficiency
Throw some shade

How to Use Landscaping to Increase Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is about more than simply turning off your lights. Find out how landscaping for energy efficiency can lower your energy bills!

The Best Cheap & Free Tools for Home Energy Efficiency
You can do it

The Best Cheap & Free Tools for Home Energy Efficiency

Making your home energy efficient shouldn't break the bank. Check out our best tips to save on your energy bill.

How to stay cool and save energy during heat waves
Splash zone

How to stay cool and save energy during heat waves

Use these simple, low-cost tips to stay comfortable and keep your energy bill in check (and even get paid!) during heat waves

How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home
Breathe easy

How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Four easy steps to improve the air you and your family breathes.