Lower Energy Bills are a Nice Gift to Yourself

As exciting as the holiday season may be, it also tends to bring unwanted guests such as high energy costs. Fortunately, you can make some simple adjustments to your HVAC system and daily habits to cut down your home’s energy usage and save money without sacrificing comfort. Get lower energy bills by using the tips below. Locate and seal leaks. You can lower your heating and cooling bills by as much as 10 percent by sealing air leaks. Install caulk…

Here’s What the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Tells You

It can be quite a lengthy process to research the features and energy efficiency stats of different HVAC systems and appliances. If you want the best deal and system for your home, vigilant homework is required. Fortunately, there’s a bright yellow tag attached to most energy-using HVAC systems and appliances that make the job easier for you. Read on to learn how the EnergyGuide label can help! EnergyGuide Information The EnergyGuide label is part of a federally-mandated program designed to…

How to Take Care of Your Windows

When you think about your windows, you probably appreciate the light they bring in and the glimpses of the outdoors they give you. Most likely, you don’t picture them with energy dollars flying out. However, if your windows aren’t properly maintained, that’s exactly what could be happening. If you think about it, a window is basically a hole in the wall with glass in it. Holes let air in and out, and glass does nothing to stop heat from moving…

Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Those of us in California who have experienced the severe drought of recent years know firsthand how important it is to conserve water. Saving water in the kitchen, the laundry room, the bathroom and outdoors not only helps mitigate the effects of the drought for our community and our state, but also saves you money on utility bills. Following are some easy ways for you and your family to save water. Kitchen Wash dishes in the dishwasher. Dishwashers are much…

Setting the Record Straight on Myths About Saving Energy

Common energy-saving myths can lead you to waste energy unnecessarily. Even in the mild San Diego climate, that can mean higher cooling and heating bills. Understanding these myths will help you avoid this. Myth: Closed air registers save energy. Closing air registers in unused rooms does nothing to reduce the demand on your A/C or furnace and therefore doesn’t save energy. This misguided technique only creates a pressure imbalance in your heating and cooling system that can damage the components.…

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…

Learn Why to Buy HVAC Products With the Energy Star Logo

Your choice of HVAC products makes an impact on your comfort and energy budget for years to come. Opting for those that carry the Energy Star logo covers both dependable comfort and lower monthly cooling or heating bills. What Is Energy Star? The Energy Star program has been active for more than two decades and it has helped millions of consumers quickly identify products designed to use less energy. When you’re in the market for an HVAC system replacement, the…

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…

Tips for Getting the Most Energy Savings From Your Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat gives you the power to establish consistent temperature changeovers for energy savings and carefree comfort. By programming temperatures to serve your lifestyle, you can maximize the function of that simple device. Programming Tips With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to remember to turn the temperature up or down when you leave for the day, arrive home, go to bed and wake up. Instead, program temperature changeover times to take place about 10 minutes before each event change. For…

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…