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Spring Cleaning Guide for Homeowners in Maine, Room By Room

Start at the Top by Cleaning Your Ceilings

 

Clean those light fixtures

Your lights are a major facet of how your house feels. Open up any light covers and clean out the dead bugs and dust, and wipe them down like you would any glass surface, with a microfiber cloth and just a touch of water. If you have old bulbs, it might be time to upgrade to some brighter LEDs.

Check your ceiling fans

Not only do they get caked with dust, they also have “winter” and “summer” settings. Now’s the time to change it from its winter (clockwise) spin to its spring (counter-clockwise) spin, so that the circulation in the room increases. Wipe those blades down while you’re up there. Want to keep the dust off your ceiling…

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Home Heating Energy Options: What Warms Up Your Room

Natural Gas, Propane, and Heating Oil - Fossil Fuels

Fossil fuels, like natural gas, propane, heating oil, and even coal, are actually plants, animals, and microorganisms that died millions of years ago. These elements decompose within the earth, and intense heat and pressure in the earth’s crust slowly, over great periods of time, changes them. Compression and heat forces the carbon bonds in the organic matter to break down, creating the fossil fuels we use every day.

 

Learn about Heating Oil

How does heating oil work?

Heating oil systems are pretty straightforward. Oil is delivered in trucks and pumped into a home’s oil tank. The oil then travels from the tank into an oil burner by a pump, where it…

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If Natural Gas Is A Bridge To A Clean Energy Future, It's A Short, Uncertain Bridge

Fast Company dissects the true environmental impact of natural gas, scrutinizing its image as the greener fossil fuel:

Although natural gas is often cited as a bridge fuel, the question is whether it continues to be a net positive, especially for the countries that are now trying to develop their unconventional gas resources. Is natural gas a "bridge" to a low-carbon future or an ill-considered, unambitious diversion?

A new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute answers that question. And it says while natural gas has a lot of potential to reduce global carbon emissions compared to coal, the extent is limited by practice. It depends on exactly how natural gas is mined and stored, how it's used, and…