Posts from January 2013

5 Part Emergency Generator Series – Selecting the Right Size Unit

In the event of an extended power outage, having a reliable emergency generator can be vitally important to your health and safety. Emergency generators can be used to power your lights and small appliances, and can even run your home heating and air conditioning unit. Over the next several days, we'll be posting a series of tips [...]

Solar Makes Sense for Home Heating and Cooling

Have you ever considered solar to help offset your energy usage? Heating and cooling costs account for up to 56% of the average homeowners energy costs and today's heating and air conditioning systems are far more energy efficient than those on the market just a few years ago.  Some manufacturers also offer heating and A/C systems with integrated [...]

Energy Efficient Upgrades Save You Money

We hear a lot about the environmental impact of greenhouse gases created by our cars, but did you know that our homes generate more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the average automobile? Americans spend an estimated $241 billion each year to heat, cool and power their homes - an average of about $2,100 per household. While most people are concerned [...]

Individual Room Space Heaters can Save your Furnace and Your Money

Whether your home has a gas or electric central heat, using space heaters to supplement the heating capacity of your main heating unit can not only save you money but also wear and tear on your furnace. This is especially true for large multi-room homes with few occupants. Let's say for example the desired room temperature is 72°. Using space heaters to [...]

How to Use Your Car to Generator Power for Your Home

 If you want a low-cost and simple emergency power backup use your car. The 12V battery in the car will supply the power to an inverter such as this 1100 W unit   Next, feed the inverter output into a backfeed breaker such as the ones shown here [...]

How Much Money Can LED Light Bulbs Save You?

LED lightbulbs have been coming on strong in the past few years as the new energy-efficient king of bulbs for home use. In addition to energy savings, LED bulbs offer a significantly reduced heat output as well as the ability to get a variety of output colors.  To get an idea of how much money you could save over the life of an LED bulb, here is a [...]

What is a SEER Rating?

You may have heard the term "SEER rating" before in reference to heating and air conditioning systems, but are not quite sure exactly what it means. In fact, most people don’t understand the importance of SEER ratings when selecting a new system for their homes. All air conditioning and heating units sold in the United States now have to disclose their [...]

What are the 2012 Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency?

As of December 31, 2011 many tax credits that were available for the purchase of energy-efficient products have expired. This had included such items as windows and doors, insulation, air conditioners, and propane water heaters. If you are however, thinking about installing a new heating and air conditioning system, a geothermal heat [...]

Save Money with Energy Star Light Bulbs

The Energy Star rating is given to light bulbs that have achieved a very high level of operational efficiency. Energy Star rated bulbs will have a blue Energy Star insignia on the packaging, so they can easily be identified by just looking at the outside of the package. These highly efficient light bulbs will save 75% on energy consumption versus a [...]

How Clean is the Air in Your Home?

Poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of problems.  if you've noticed musty odors, discolored walls and ceilings, peeling paint or condensation on your windows, there's a chance that you have an air quality problem. Contaminated indoor air can also cause or exacerbate conditions like fatigue, asthma and headaches. Contaminants in your heating and air [...]

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