Alternative Energy: Everything You Need To Know

Posted July 13th, 2013 by
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In today’s age, individuals are more aware about alternative energy sources and environmentally friendly lifestyles. When it comes to cars, many drivers seek models that have great fuel economy. Hybrid and electric cars are environmentally friendly and efficient but they are still somewhat expensive for the average driver.

At home, people are also exploring alternative energy sources such as solar power. Solar panels can be installed to provide hot water or even power for a home. However, Read the rest of this post »

Ways to Save on Home Energy Costs

Posted May 9th, 2013 by
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home accounts for about 56 percent of your energy costs, and heating water for your home accounts for about 19 percent. Maintaining the HVAC system in your Texas home is essential for keeping your energy bill in check and lowering your carbon footprint. These tips for keeping your HVAC unit in top condition will help you save a considerable amount of money on your annual energy costs.

Schedule preventive maintenance
An annual tune-up for your heating and cooling systems and your water heater is essential for extending their operating lives and lowering your utility costs. Over the course of each season, your HVAC equipment loses its efficiency due to normal wear on the motor, belts and gas and electrical connections. Preventive maintenance on your heating and cooling systems will include checking and cleaning the essential components and inspecting the safety features, as well as checking for energy-wasting air leaks in your ductwork and calibrating your thermostat for accuracy. Annual water heater maintenance will include draining sediment from the tank, cleaning the burner assembly and inspecting essential safety features.

Between annual maintenance service calls, there are a number of tasks you can perform yourself to ensure your systems operate efficiently year round.

Check your HVAC air filter monthly and replace it when it’s dirty. A clogged filter will prevent the optimum flow of air to your system, resulting in frequent cycling and considerably reducing its efficiency. A dirty filter can also cause expensive damage to your system due to dust buildup on the essential components.
Maintain the area around your indoor units. Vacuum around your water heater and furnace regularly to prevent dust from entering the systems. Keep the area around your units accessible in case emergency service is needed.

Maintain your air conditioner’s outdoor condensing unit. Remove plant growth from around the unit and hose it down monthly during the summer to remove debris caught in the fins, which can impede the flow of air to your system and reduce its efficiency.
Remove obstructions from your return and supply registers. Furniture, draperies and other obstructions will prevent the optimum flow of air to your system, reducing its efficiency and lowering your comfort level.

Insulate your water heater’s tank and pipes. Install foam pipe insulation on the exposed hot and cold water pipes, and secure an insulation blanket on the tank to save up to 9 percent on your water heating costs. Check the specs of your system to determine the proper size for the insulating blanket.

Tips To Conserve Energy Without The Headache

Posted March 24th, 2013 by
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We would all love to help save the environment, but the truth is that so many green measures are things that take time and effort that we cannot afford. Sometimes, it feels as if you cannot move forward with saving the world unless you make an enormous effort to do so. However, there are many small ways that you can help every day.

First, simply be mindful of turning off the light. Turning off the light when you leave a room Read the rest of this post »

Easy Ways You Can Start Conserving Energy

Posted March 20th, 2013 by
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Conserving energy helps the environment and also saves money. In addition, there has never been a time when it’s more important to conserve energy because not only have electricity prices gone up, but most people also have more appliances and gadgets that use energy.

Here are a few easy ways to start conserving energy.

Unplug it

Many home appliances use electricity even when they are turned off. That includes television sets, microwaves and coffee makers, which all have clocks in them. For example, if you don’t use your TV to record shows when you aren’t home, program the Read the rest of this post »

How You Can Start Conserving Energy Today

Posted March 17th, 2013 by
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We all want to conserve energy, whether it is to save money or to feel like we are doing our parts to make our world a better place. The great news is that you do not have to change your whole life or buy expensive products to conserve energy. Follow these tips if you want to start reducing the energy that you consume in your daily life.

One of the easiest things that you can do to start living a more energy Read the rest of this post »

How To Conserve Energy Without The Hassle

Posted March 14th, 2013 by
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Everyone can do little things around the house to conserve energy. Common sense would suggest that you can save energy by simply turning off the lights when you leave the room. If you wash your clothes in cold water, you can cut the cost of doing laundry and use less energy. Your clothes will come out just as clean as if you used hot water.

Turning the thermostat up two or three degrees in the summer will also reduce the electric bill at the end of the month. If you Read the rest of this post »

Conserving Energy: How You Can Help

Posted March 13th, 2013 by
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A few simple steps is often enough to conserve a noticeable amount of energy within your daily life. Consider these small changes to make a big difference in the amount of energy your household consumes.

Change Out Your Lights – Incandescent bulbs use so much more energy than modern CFLs that they are being phased out entirely. LED lights stand out as even more efficient than CFLs. Change out the light-bulbs in your home for the most energy efficient options you have.

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