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Biomass stoves burn renewable fuels—wood pellets, corn, wood waste and other plant residues—to heat a home or heat water. Buy one (with a thermal efficiency rating of 75%) by December 31, 2011 and qualify for a federal tax-credit.

Heating & Cooling

Warm up to the many cool and cutting-edge ways to keep a home as warm or cool as you want it. Best of all, these recommendations help conserve natural resources and your money—a winning scenario by any measure.

Go tankless! A gas-fired tankless water heater is 30% more efficient than a traditional gas-fired water heater with a tank. By heating water only when it's needed and eliminating energy lost during standby operation, gas tankless water heaters cut water heating expenses while providing a continuous supply of hot water. Learn more here.

Want a pollution-free source of hot water? Solar thermal systems using efficient evacuated tube collectors are the way to go. They can operate in overcast conditions and temperatures as low as -40°F. Learn more here or schedule a consultation with a reputable solar installer like EECO, an iConservePA partner.

Lighten you electrical load by installing a light-colored roof. They’re more reflective and help a home stay cooler, using less energy for air conditioning. Metal roofs and reflective asphalt shingles are two options—both of which can be installed on existing homes. Federal tax credits may be available. Find out more at the EPA’s cool roofs web page.

Program to save. Save approximately 10% on your annual home heating expenditures with a programmable thermostat. Try 68 degrees or cooler in the winter and 72 or higher in the summer. There are many types of programmable thermostats on the market and different types of heating systems, so be sure to select the model that's right for you. Learn more here or visit your local hardware or energy-related retailer.

Take advantage of the earth. Geothermal or ground-source heat pumps use the constant temperatures underground as a high-efficiency exchange medium for heating during the winter and cooling in the summer. Significant energy savings can pay back these more expensive systems in 5 -10 years. Read more here.