How to Conduct Energy Tests at Home

If you want to lower your energy consumption and monthly utility bills, a good way to start is by conducting some energy tests and taking steps to eliminate waste. Here are a few of the most common areas where energy waste occurs, along with suggestions on how you can get it under control. Air Leaks Air leaks in the envelope can add as much as 20 percent to your annual household energy usage. You can reduce this by finding and…

Here’s How to Decode HVAC Air Filter Ratings

How do you know how effectively an HVAC air filter will safeguard your indoor air quality? The MERV rating was designed to provide a quick basis of comparison between different filter types. Expressed as a number between 1 and 16, MERV actually stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. The higher the MERV rating for a filter, the more efficiently the filter performs. As long as your air conditioner or furnace is running, it’s pushing air through the HVAC air filter.…

Improve Your Attic or Basement with These Tips

For maximizing home energy savings and comfort in summer, turn your attention to the basement and attic. These areas are common sources of energy loss and any improvements made will help you save money. Here are some tips. Moisture Control Basements and attics often suffer from high humidity. Any area of the home that remains damp will increase humidity throughout the rest of the home. This decreases comfort and makes your home feel warmer, which means your air conditioning costs…

Proper Attic Insulation Can Help You Save Energy Year Round

When your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, your home can lose heat. This causes your heating system to run more frequently, leading to higher energy bills. Not having enough attic insulation can also result in drafty areas, making your home uncomfortable. Use the following information to help you understand more about insulating your attic.…

How You Can Conduct an Energy Evaluation on Your Home

A home energy evaluation is a great way to make sure that your home is energy efficient. It’s also a great way to keep potential issues with your HVAC system from getting in the way of home comfort and energy savings. Here are a few ways you can perform your own home energy evaluation and improve your home’s energy efficiency. Locate and Seal Air Leaks Finding sources of obvious air drafts can represent an energy savings of up to 30…

Are You Wasting Energy With Your Skylight?

Skylights are prized for their aesthetic value, brightening homes with natural light. They can also make a home feel warmer during the colder seasons via passive solar heating, and if they are the type that open, can provide beneficial ventilation. However, they can have drawbacks as well, including a detrimental effect on the overall energy efficiency of your home. So are you wasting energy with your skylight? Skylights can waste energy in several ways. Solar heat gain is often an…

Here’s What You Need to Know About the EnergyGuide Label

When shopping for appliances, you’ve probably seen a bright yellow label with “EnergyGuide” at the top. The information on the label tells the consumer how much energy the appliance uses so it can be compared to other models for efficiency and cost of operation. EnergyGuide labels help homeowners buying water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, dishwashers, clothes washers and heat pumps save on utility bills while also reducing their consumption of natural resources. The EnergyGuide Label  Not all EnergyGuide labels…

Summer Energy Conservation Tips Any Business Can Benefit From

Energy conservation tips for businesses in San Diego pay off bigger in summer than any time of year. During the hottest months of the year, utility costs soar as air conditioning expenses take center stage, often tipping the 50 percent balance point in your total electrical consumption. Meaningful reductions in energy use are typically achieved by addressing a myriad of smaller issues that impact the larger picture. Not all strategies are applicable to every commercial enterprise, however, most San Diego…

Energy Saving Tips for Your North County, San Diego Home

As the weather heats up, our San Diego and North County customers are always looking for ways to stay cool without seeing their energy bills skyrocket. So, we’ve compiled a list of tips that we, along with the California Consumer Energy Center, recommend for San Diego and North County homeowners. Following all, or even some of these tips can keep your electric bill down, while still allowing you to stay comfortable in your home this summer.…

Home Energy Upgrade Updates Mean More Savings for California Homeowners

Here at Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning, we love helping our clients save money whenever we can, so we’re excited to share a recent change to the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade program that increases the maximum rebate available to homeowners. Now you can earn more than ever in rebates and incentives from SDG&E when you make energy efficient upgrades to your home.  And we’re here to help you every step of the way. Home Upgrade Program Changes: Incentive Cap…