If you are shopping for a new heating and cooling system, you probably already know about the differences in energy efficiency among the options on the market. Ratings such as SEER (for air conditioners) and AFUE (for furnaces) are similar to the mpg ratings on cars; choose a higher rating, and the HVAC system will consume less energy.
If you own a programmable thermostat, congratulations: You’re on your way to saving energy. These devices can help you significantly reduce your household’s energy consumption.
Winter in Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana taxes energy budgets. When you’re looking for ways to curb your home’s energy use, you can start by taking steps to drain your water heater’s energy use.
If you want to get the most years and lowest energy consumption out of your hot water heater, it’s a good idea to perform regular maintenance on it. Preventive maintenance on water heaters isn’t very hard, but forgetting to do it can reduce the efficiency of the unit.
The weather in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan plays a big role in the amount of energy your home consumes for heating and cooling. Electric meters don’t include weather information. That’s why, while learning to read your electric meters can help you gauge energy use, it can’t help you estimate your home’s efficiency. If you’d like to fill in the gaps …
When it comes to reducing our energy consumption, we don’t always know where to look. We may be sending part of our bank accounts out the door, windows, flue or attic. There are various was to determine how to best increase our energy efficiency. One way is by having an energy audit.
If your home’s air conditioner has reached the end of its life span, you may be dreading the complicated process of selecting and purchasing replacement cooling equipment. You’ll have to do plenty of research, to be sure, but the process doesn’t need to be as daunting as it may seem if you approach it systematically and follow a few helpful …
While many people think that energy bills are just something to put up with, there are a number of things your can do to create energy savings. Energy Star recently offered a few tips we thought were worth passing along: