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Energy Champs: Best Products for Home Energy Efficiency

Give yourself a home-court advantage with products that make energy efficiency easy.
By Jessica Kellner
January/February 2011
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First Defense 

Storm doors with low-E glass offer energy efficiency in winter by reducing leaks and providing “dead space” between your entry door and cold outside air. Screens (sometimes removable) provide summer ventilation.

Storm Doors 

Andersen Windows 




Pella Windows 

Winning Strategy 

Technological advances in home-energy monitoring and management mean you can easily see how and when your home uses the most energy, then set controls to maximize efficiency.

Whole-House Energy Monitors 

Black & Decker Power Monitor 


The Energy Detective  

GE Nucleus Energy Monitor and Management System 

Green Building Supply 


PowerCost Monitor 

Your Biggest Fan 

Whole-house fans cool and ventilate without air conditioning, using the basic concept that heat rises. As hot air is released through attic vents, cool air is pulled inside through open windows.

Whole-House Fans 



Tamarack Technologies  

Gold Medal  

Extremely durable and recyclable, reflective metal roofs are among the best for energy efficiency.

Metal Roofs 

Central Texas Metal Roofing Supply 

Classic Metal Roofing Systems 

Follansbee Roofing 


Rare Manufacturing 

Through the Roof 

Properly installed Energy Star skylights bring sunshine, not unwanted heat, deep into your home. Some models offer whole-house ventilation.  


Acralight International Skylights 

Natural Light Tubular Skylights 

ODL Windows  




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