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Dogs and cats bring tremendous joy to our lives, but owning a pet also generally means doing battle with pet fur, pet dander and possibly more airborne dirt particles too. Air purifiers can significantly reduce the amount of allergens and irritants in your home’s environment, but not all home air purifiers are equal. Here are some tips on what to look for in a home air purifier.Consider All The FeaturesLike many of today's high-tech appliances,...

As you celebrate the summer season by spending extra time with friends, family and the kids, you may notice that this flood of extra visitors and warmer temperatures can cause a surge in your utility bills. At PointClickSwitch, we’re constantly looking for ways to help you save on energy. Check out our top energy saving tips for summer - designed to help you stay cool!Close Blinds During The DaySunshine can brighten a room and lift...

If you’ve recently moved into a new home, the first electric or gas bill may give you some sticker shock. To reduce your monthly utility bills, you may want to do an “appliance audit” to determine which appliances are costing you too much money. First, consider eliminating (or at least unplugging) any appliances that are redundant. For example, if you have both a toaster and a toaster oven, you can probably eliminate the toaster and save...

Longer days and sunny skies mean more time with family and friends in the great outdoors, or at least the backyard! At PointClickSwitch, we’re all about helping you save money on your energy costs in any way that we can. Here are our favorite energy saving BBQ tips for your next outdoor gathering.Opt For An Outdoor Vs. Indoor GrillSome kitchen ranges are equipped with an indoor grill. While this is a versatile feature, you’ll save on...

Warmer summer months often come with higher electric bills thanks to increased air conditioner and fan use. If you want to avoid higher electric bills this summer, consider investing in or upgrading your dehumidifier. Let’s take a look at how this strategy can lower your electric bill.How Much Humidity Is Too Much?Dehumidifiers are appliances that work to extract the moisture out of the air. They are used warehouses and other large, industrial buildings where humidity is...

The start of spring motivates many people to spend time outdoors getting their landscaping and cleaned out and readied for a bountiful season of growing. Beautiful landscaping adds value and enjoyment to a home, and with some careful planning it doesn’t been to cost you a lot in terms of maintenance. Here are some tips to landscape with energy efficiency in mind.Energy Efficient Landscape ChecklistBelow are some tips to help you save on water and lighting...

The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1886, and it has since transformed into a household appliance that most of us feel like we simply can’t live without. Despite its usefulness, the amount of energy that this appliance consumes can translate to significant costs in both electricity and water over time. The good news is that you don’t have to have to get rid of your dishwasher or upgrade to a new energy efficient model...

What would we do without our portable electronic devices? Cell phones, laptops, tablets, and mega-chargers make our lives easier in countless ways, but the energy consumption from these devices can really add up. Although the cost of charging a single smartphone is relatively negligible, most households charge multiple devices at the same time and that can really impact your electric bill. Here are some tips for how to reduce energy consumption from electronic devices.Beware Of...

Of all the appliances in a typical home, those in the kitchen probably get the most use. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers account for almost 15% of the total energy consumption in a home. Over time, these costs can really add up. That’s why updating your kitchen with new energy saving appliances can help you save big in the long run. Let’s take a look....

Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental celebration, occurs on April 22nd each year. Around this time of year, with heightened awareness about environmental issues, people often consider making the switch from conventional to renewable energy sources. One of the most frequent questions we are asked is how to accurately compare power rates for conventional and renewable energy. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits and costs of renewable energy compared to conventional, and decide which...