10 Simple Things To Do At Home To Be More Energy Efficient

With Earth Day 2015 just a couple days away, here are 10 simple things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

  1. Wrap your water heater with an insulation jacket. The Department of Energy says this $30 fix could save you 4%-6% on your water heating cost.
  2. Install a programable thermostat. EnergyStar says a programable thermostat may save you up to $180 per year on your heating and cooling cost.
  3. Check and change your furnace filter every 30 days. A dirty filter slows down the air movement in your ducts causing your furnace and air conditioner to work longer and harder costing your more and wearing out your equipment sooner.
  4. Install CFL or LED light bulbs. These bulbs use significantly less energy, upto 70% – 90% less and last significantly longer.
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water. EnergyStar states that 90% of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water.
  6. Close the fireplace flue damper tightly when not in use. An open flue allows the warm air your furnace is producing a quick escape route and makes your furnace work longer and harder…and you spending more money.
  7. Find and fix leaky faucets. A faucet leaking 1 drip per second will add up to over 1600 gallons of water per year.
  8. Cover pots and pans when cooking on the stove. This traps the heat in, increasing cooking temperature and possibly reducing cooking time.
  9. Have your heating and cooling system professionally tuned up each season. This keeps your system operating at maximum efficiency and helps reduce breakdowns and failures in the future.
  10. Turn off lights and fans when you are not in a room. This is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy and money. The EnergyStar program says its cost about $20 per year to leave one light on for 8 hours a day.

For more energy saving tips, you can visit www.energystar.gov

Utility Company Rebates Expire May 31st….in their current form!

For those who have been thinking about replacing their HVAC system, the current Nicor Gas Rebates, People’s Gas Rebates and North Shore Gas Rebates all expire on May 31st, 2014.

Currently Chicagoland homeowners can receive up to $1020 for installing a high efficient furnace and air conditioning system. The rebates will continue in some form beyond May 31st, but will most likely be at a lower dollar amount.

 

How Much Does A New Residential HVAC System Cost?

This is the big questions everyone wants to know. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer or any set price. The cost of a new HVAC system can depend on many different items. Angie’s List has 2 great articles on the cost of a furnace and the cost of an air conditioning unit. In 2013, Angie’s list members spent an average of $10,059.94 for a complete HVAC system. Continue reading

5 Tips To Lower Your Summer Utility Bill

Summer is just around and that means nice warm weather and hot sunny days. It also means air conditioning….and high summer electric bills. Here are 5 tips to help you lower your summer utility bill. Continue reading

HVAC 101: The Installation Position

This is the first blog in a series explaining the basics of heating and cooling with a forced air system. This series will look at the different parts including the installation, the furnace, the air conditioning unit, the duct work, the thermostat and indoor air quality. I will hopefully explain how the parts and pieces work to deliver the maximum comfort for you inside your home. Continue reading