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[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 73 views]

Wait until night or evening (or on a cool day) to do chores or activities that generate heat.
Any additional heat you generate will just make the A/C work harder and longer.
Such activities include:

Baking or using the oven
Washing Dishes / Running Dishwasher
Laundry

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[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 80 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 …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 64 views]

When you’re talking about saving money on your heating and cooling, aside from changing some habits, this is where most of your work will probably be…windows and doors. Plus…a lot of the work involved is simple and can be done in no time at all.
Windows and doors are unique because they connect you and your house to the outside world. They can open and close, letting air from the outside in your home. Conversely they can ventilate – let air from inside the home outdoors.
And because they open and …

Home Energy Tips »

[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 51 views]

It used to be the case that when you moved in an area, you were stuck with a single provider for your utilities without any choice. For example, you had to choose ABC company for your electricity, because they were the only provider in the area. Not choosing them and their terms and rates means you didn’t get electricity.
Now, in most areas, you have a choice when it comes to two, sometimes all three of your major utilities (natural gas, water and electric). Each company competes for …

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[9 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 99 views]

Here’s an easy trap to fall into: You know your heating bills are high. So you’re sitting at home one chilly day with a warm coffee or tea, and you see a commercial for a local contracting company. Their message? High efficiency furnaces will end your misery! That’s right, call them for a no obligation quote on a new furnace and your heating bills will go down, you will be more comfortable, and your home will be safer.
It doesn’t have to be furnaces they’re selling either. Insulation services, building additions, …

Electricity »

[9 Jan 2009 | 5 Comments | 25,754 views]

Keep in mind that every single thing that gets plugged in uses energy. In fact, many use energy even when they are not “turned on”. For example, VCRs and many electronics such as TVs and cable boxes still use energy even though they are turned off. Additionally, computers in “power save” mode are still using power, albeit a lower amount
So how much electricity do common appliances use? Let’s find out:

Ceiling fan: 60 watts
Furnace fan: 400 watts
Heat pump: 5000 watts
Central AC: 6000 watts
Window AC 1300 watts
Fluorescent lamp: 20 watts
Flood light: 150 …

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[9 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 137 views]

Let’s face it – any time is the right time when it comes to saving money!
You may think of utility savings in the colder winter months, when you see your first high heat or gas bill.
But the truth is, saving money on utilities, whether it is natural gas, electricity or water is a year round effort. In any given season, there is always something that can be done which will help your utility bill saving effort. Even if its just preparation work, the key to saving money on …

Cooling »

[8 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 1,060 views]

Turning up the thermostat in summer to 76 or 78 degrees F can reduce the stress on your A/C unit by as much as 10-15%.
In the same way that turning down a thermostat in the winter months can save on your heating costs, turning up the thermostat in the warmer months will save you money on your cooling bills. The technical reason remains the same. Keep in mind that air always moves from warm to cool temperatures. The greater difference there is between warm and cool air, the faster it …