Summer brings new energy-saving opportunities! We love helping you save money and the environment. That’s why we routinely recommend high efficiency and Energy Star heating and cooling systems! There is one easy shift you can make that will definitely save you energy and money: a clothes line. Did you know that clothes dryers use a […]
The EPA estimates having a programmable thermostat and using it properly can save as much as 15% or more on your air conditioner’s energy cost. That’s a pretty impressive number—15%! Program the unit for warmer temperatures when the home is empty or at night when it cools down. If possible, program it for longer run cycles. This […]
Time to Switch Your Ceiling Fan’s Spin One of the least expensive ways to cool a room or a house is ventilation. So open those windows if you can! Then enhance your home’s ventilation with a ceiling or attic fan. Ceiling fans are great for moving the air and creating a breeze in an otherwise […]
Here’s a solution for some of your heating woes: weatherstripping. It’s a simple and very effective tactic: plug the leaks, save the money. Seems basic, right? And it is. This article at Houzz even makes it sound fun, “Weather-stripping is a great DIY project too, since it involves just a very basic knowledge of tools.” […]
To save the most on heating, you need to have a tight house, as well as an efficient heating system. What can you do? • Seal Leaks – proper leak & draft sealing, and insulation can save up to 20% on your heating bill • Add Insulation the recommendation for most attics is R-38, although […]
Solar heat absorbed through windows and roofs can substantially increase cooling bills. Plant tall deciduous trees to the south to shade the roof, and plant lower crowning trees to the west to block summer afternoon sun from windows. Not only will you save money but you will also beautify your property!
Insulate your water pipes—both hot & cold. Use half-inch foam or pipe tape for insulation wherever pipes are exposed. On cold water pipes, insulate four to five feet nearest to the water heater. Pipe insulation can save you up to $25 annually.
Here is a terrific write-up from the good people at GOOD on how to save energy with weatherization. As the headline says, not sexy, just practical as all get out. Harvest the latent “oil fields in your attic” with the help of your trusty caulk gun. Save big bucks on heating and reduce rampant CO2 […]
We routinely recommend Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) when electricity savings are important and light quality is not. They are improving the color of the light emitted, however, and with the demise of the incandescent bulb, we expect there will be many more CFLs use in the coming years. However it is no small matter when […]