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[26 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 18 views]

A general question that gets asked more often than you think is “because of the recent crappy credit market (and weak economic climate) what will happen to my energy bills? Will they increase?”
The answer, unfortunately, is a sound “I don’t know.” Givent he current market conditions, and weak economic forecast with signs of continued slowdowns, energy prices may continue to actually fall depending on the market volatility. This is welcome news for consumers, as their bills may actually be lower.
However, this is typically not the case. During times of economic …

Cooling, Heating, Home Energy Tips »

[21 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 19,195 views]

Finding and setting the optimal temperature may be a science in itself. You have to take into account the heat you use with your comfort level based on your activity.
For example is it necessary to have the heat turned way up at night while you’re asleep in your bed?
Do you need the heat turned off at any time?
You need to find the balance that suits you best.
I suggest playing with it some, but don’t make it too high or low.
In the winter set it no higher than 68 or 70 …

Do It Yourself Projects, Home Energy Tips »

[20 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 146 views]

There’s an argument to be made for cleaning your heat registers…actually, there’s several.
First, there’s the energy argument. In theory, especially in forced air systems, air flow is reduced as heat or air registers become clogged and otherwise dirty. Anything that reduces airflow has the potential for jacking up your energy bills because the furnace (or a/c for that matter) has to work harder to attain the desired room temperature.
And for non forced air heating systems (radiant heating for example), if the heating apparatus is dirty, the furnace (or heat source) …

Heating, Home Energy Tips »

[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 369 views]

This is kind of a double edge sword.
You can save on heating costs if you spend a lot of time, say, in the living room and you already took steps to plug energy holes you found. Like I said previously, its impossible to get every hole or energy shortcoming.
The thing to be wary about is the power consumption. Some can consume as much as 2000 Watts of power!
So here’s the trade off – more heat from the small electric unit means you might spend less on your gas …

Home Energy Tips »

[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 9 views]

If you have a floor or desktop fan, use the oscillate feature. They circulate the air much better than a fan that’s blowing or moving air in one direction.

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[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 78 views]

Ventilation fans are different than normal ceiling fans.
Ventilation fans’ job is to remove offending air from the house to the outdoors. It is non discriminatory. In other words, it doesn’t care if the air on the inside is warmer than outside.
Usually, you’ll find ventilation fans in kitchens on hoods, in bathrooms, utility rooms, or in attics.
If you have a good reason to use these fans, then by all means use them. They are there for a reason. But don’t forget to turn them off when they’ve …

Do It Yourself Projects, Home Energy Tips »

[16 Jan 2009 | 2 Comments | 651 views]

I was a little surprised by this one, and you might be too.
Try this: Go to a light switch on a wall opposite the outdoors. A hallway would be a good example. Take your hand, and feel if there is cold air blowing through.
Feel anything?
Now try removing the faceplate.
I couldn’t believe the amount of cold air blowing through even on a calm (but cold) day! On a windy days its very noticeable.
Fortunately the fix is simple and relatively inexpensive. Once again, at your local …

Cooling, Heating, Home Energy Tips »

[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 84 views]

Basically, make sure the thermostat location isn’t too hot, or too drafty. The thermostat measures the temperature and locating it in either location can throw off the reading.
The effects can be disastrous for your utility bill.
The area might be warm, so the thermostat will be tricked into thinking the heat has done its job and turn it off. Actually, just the area where the thermostat is located is warm because it is directly over or very close to a heating vent.
The opposite is true as well. If …

Home Energy Tips »

[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 23 views]

Here’s a sad fact: when many Americans move or change homes, they often expect a change in their energy bills. Most of the time, they expect that moving into a better home means their energy bills would decrease by an incredible margin. This is simply not the case.
In fact, many people’s high energy bills follow them from home to home, despite have energy star appliances and better insulation.
Why?
People don’t realize that their energy habits can account for as much as 50% of wasted energy. That means 50% of the “overage” …

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[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 135 views]

When you are buying a new home, here are some things to look for to ensure you keep your energy bills low:

Look for energy efficient appliances. Most of the time they will still have the energy guide sticker on them. Check the efficiency and relative costs.
Check the age and condition of the delivery ducts and vents
Ask what the last HVAC job was. If someone installed central air or a new furnace after the home was built, there is an excellent chance the installer did due diligence and inspected the house …