Don’t Forget About Tax Credits Before the End of the Year

There may be only a few weeks left in 2016, but you still have time to take advantage of several federal income tax credits that are available for qualified HVAC equipment purchases. The following information gives you a brief explanation of those credits and what qualifies for them. Tax Credit Basics Federal income tax credits for energy efficiency are available to offset the costs of certain HVAC systems and efficiency-boosting construction. The credits can be applied directly to your income…

How to Make a Whole-House Plan for Energy Savings

Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy in your home requires much more than just investing in a high-efficiency heating and cooling system. While that’s important, it must go hand in hand with other steps in pursuit of consistent and significant energy savings. Those steps include proper installation and maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment, weatherization in the form or effective air sealing, insulation and ventilation, and good energy-saving habits. Let’s take apart an effective whole-house energy-saving strategy: High-efficiency…

Everything You Need to Know About BTUs

Making sense of all the terminology used in reference to a home heating system isn’t easy. One term you’ve probably heard many times is “BTU.” If you’d like to know exactly what it means and the role it plays when you’re choosing a furnace or heat pump, here’s a brief primer that can help clarify the topic. BTUs Explained BTU is short for “British thermal unit,” but it’s not a term related to heating systems in the U.K. Here in…

Want Lower Utility Bills? Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

One of the best ways to give yourself a raise is to lower your energy use. Chances are, even if you’re already super thrifty about saving power, there are at least a dozen more things you can do around the home to trim utility bills. One of the most overlooked is to turn down the water heater temperature. How Hot Does the Water Heater Need to Be? Have you ever checked the temperature of your water heater? Manufacturers frequently set…