Keeping Cool in the Summer

It will soon be summer and your residence will be getting plenty toasty. But, what really makes sweat bead on your brow is the thought of buying a new air conditioner unit to survive the summer. How can you possibly know what to ask your HVAC contractor, which air conditioning system to buy, and how it will affect your energy bill? Then, what if you live in an apartment building that has a restriction on window units.

Well, don’t break a sweat, because we have got all the information right here.

The key to comfortable and cost-effective cooling is to find the AC unit that fits your space. If you choose a unit that is too small, it will be constantly running to keep up with the rising heat. If you have a unit that is too powerful the room will cool very quickly. So quickly that it … read full article...

5 Important Steps to Cut Propane and Natural Gas Use

propane safety tips

Here are some important steps that you can take in order to cut down on the amount of energy used and lower your utility bills when heating your home.

1. Turn down the thermostat to 68-degrees. In fact, for each degree heat is lowered when you are in the 60-70 range, you are saving up to 5% on your heating costs. Make sure you wear warm clothes such as a sweater and lower the thermostat to sixty-eight degrees during the days and evenings. This should be done only if your health permits it. Set the thermostat to 55 degrees at night or when you are leaving the house for a long period of time. This will help you save up to 20% on your energy bills. Note: heat pumps need to be set back 2-degrees to avoid unneeded use of backup strip heating.

2. Clean or replace the … read full article...