Energy Efficiency Resource Library

What Can I Expect With The 2023 Electric Incentives Through The New Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)?

By Oxford Energy / November 22, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA or Act) is a recently passed U.S. law designed to advance clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through support for investment in domestic energy production, energy efficiency and beneficial electrification. The legislation provides over $9 billion in rebates and tax credits to help households install important home…

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Why Should You Replace Your “Atmospherically Vented” Water Heater?

By Oxford Energy / November 21, 2022

“Atmospherically vented” water heaters with metal flue pipes raise a lot of combustion-related safety risks, including vulnerable appliances, pressure imbalance, back drafting etc. Breathing air mixed with exhaust fumes from your gas-burning appliances is hazardous to your health. Carbon Monoxide (CO) can cause chronic health problems at lower concentrations and can be fatal in high…

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What does the new efficiency testing standard mean for homeowners?

By Oxford Energy / October 14, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023, the Department of Energy has mandated new minimum efficiency standards. These changes will impact newly manufactured air conditioners and heat pumps that may affect the system(s) installed in your new home.   NEW TESTING STANDARDS Today, home heating and cooling systems use a testing procedure, the M Standard, to rate their…

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Why Is The Room Over The Garage Always So Cold or So Warm?

By Oxford Energy / October 14, 2022

There are several factors that can cause the room over the garage to be cold in winter or warm in summer.   1. Wall insulation – Unlike other rooms on the second floor of the home, the room over the garage can have three walls exposed to outdoor temperatures. Some rooms over garages have “knee…

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What is Home Energy Score

By Oxford Energy / February 14, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score assess the energy efficiency of a home based on its structure and heating, cooling, and hot water systems. The Average Home Score is 5, homes with score below 5 have higher energy use than 50% of the homes, homes with scores above 5 use less energy.

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