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Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Electric Bill
Aug29

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Electric Bill

1.  Invest in a programmable thermostat. Don’t blast the AC when you don’t really need it. A programmable thermostat can save you hundreds during the hot summer months. Adjust your AC for the time you spend sleeping or away from home. When you are home, set your AC a couple degrees higher than you normally might.  Try 78° F. Call us today! 1 (866) 798-4435 2.  Plant Trees & Shade Windows On the south and west sides of your home, plant fast-growing trees and close the blinds to shade windows that are exposed to the hot summer sun. Open the windows at night to cool down the house instead of using the air conditioner. 3. Find your vampire loads! Vampire loads are typical household appliances that silently suck up energy 24 hours a day. Little phantom loads like this can add up, stealing money out of your pocket. For example, your coffee maker might be using small amounts of energy to run a digital clock.   How would you know? Learn to use a Kill-A-Watt energy meter to hunt down the energy-suckers in your house. 4.  Make the switch to LED technology! About 10% of the energy you use goes towards lighting your home. One of the easiest ways to cut back your electric bill is to switch to LED Lighting. LED lights are initially more expensive, but they will pay for themselves and save you money over their long lifespan. 5.  Go Solar. Request a free solar quote today.  Going solar is a more long-term investment on future energy savings. Many utility companies have a tiered rate structure, so installing enough solar to get you out of the higher tiers will save you money for decades. Predict your savings with our solar energy savings calculator  Got Questions? Call Today! Request a Free Quote 8kW Solar System 8085 Watt Complete Solar Panel Kit, SMA Grid-Tie Inverter If you use a little more than 1000 kWh per month, an 8kW solar system will bring your net consumption to about zero. Click here to learn the pros and cons of central inverters compared with microinverters. 1 (866) 798-4435 4kW Solar System 4165 Watt Complete Solar Panel Kit, Enphase M215 Microinverters In the same scenario, using about 1000 kWh per month, a 4kW solar system will cut your electric bill in half. This system is complete with Enphase M215 microinverters to maximize...

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5 Cheap DIY Energy Fixes
Apr29

5 Cheap DIY Energy Fixes

The hot months of summer come upon us like an uncomfortable rash, sending us scurrying around looking for a solution. However, turning up the AC isn’t always the best option. Here are a few energy fixes and tips that could save you money and keep you cool all year long. Get Comfortable at Home Image via Flickr by RLHyde Dressing down at home is just common sense. Change into the lightest clothing you can wear, and get cozy. It’s your house, after all. When you wear lighter clothing you might even think your warm house is a bit chilly. However, even if it’s too warm for you, you won’t have to drop the temperature nearly as much in short shorts and a tank as you would need to in thick jeans and a cardigan. Common Sense With Windows In the evenings you should keep your windows open and enjoy the draft, that is, as long as you have a screen. The screen will keep the bugs out, making the fragrant breeze a nice change from electrical drafts that don’t smell like fresh flowers. As important as it is to keep your windows open from evening to morning, it is just as important to keep them tightly shut from morning to night. Day time heat can be overwhelming. It fills a house with humidity and a dense sensation of oppressive heat. Just a Few Degrees of Comfort By turning your thermostat up just two degrees you can save a lot of money every month of summer. Just two degrees makes a world of difference for your energy bill. However, two degrees isn’t much for your body. So, if you think you like your house at 68, kick it up to 70 and see if you even feel the difference: most likely the only change you’ll notice is the drastic drop in your electrical bill. Choke Your Chimney Today Make sure the seal on your chimney is good and tight, even if it means asking a tough young neighbor over to choke it for you. This overlooked seal often causes a large hole in your pocket every month by leaking cold air. When the winter months are over and you’re sure there won’t be another indoor fire all year, then it’s time to seal the chimney. Make sure you have it done every year and you could save hundreds in runaway cooler air. Check Your Seals Along with your chimney you need to have every seal checked annually. Leaking window seals can cost you more than two degrees a month! By having someone scan your house for these temperature leaks you...

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Conserve Energy & Reduce Your Heating Bill (Infographic)
Apr02

Conserve Energy & Reduce Your Heating Bill (Infographic)

Cook with the Sun! Another way to conserve energy is to cook with the Sun.  Solar cookers can cook, bake, dehydrate, or boil without using any traditional form of energy.    Cooking your food with solar energy locks in moisture and prevents burning and scorching that you often experience with conventional ovens.   All American SUN OVEN®      Sample Cooking Times     Beef Roast, 2.5 lbs = 1 hour, 20 minutes Baked Chicken, 3 lbs = 1 hour, 15 minutes Bread = 45 minutes Rice = 40 minutes Chocolate Cake = 35 minutes       Granola = 20...

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How to Save Energy
Feb20

How to Save Energy

Installing a photovoltaic system will help you offset your electric bill, but there are plenty of practical steps homeowners can take to reduce energy...

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NFL “Green Energy” Infographic
Feb04

NFL “Green Energy” Infographic

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How do Modern Building Designs Promote Energy Efficiency?

While architecture for many years was solely related to the appearance of a building, there have been many changes in recent years. Given the level of environmental awareness that we are all now expected to have, modern architecture is reflective of this. Today’s new buildings are greener and more energy efficient than ever before. We looked at how modern designs promote this new outlook, and what the long-term impacts and results will be.  Location Location No, there isn’t a glut of buildings under construction in a particular part of the world because it has more exposure to sunlight or wind. However, the location of buildings in terms of how they are constructed plays a central role in determining energy efficiency, especially when it comes to relying on solar power. A building that faces the south, for example, can expect to enjoy more natural light than it otherwise would. These buildings can therefore benefit more from solar harnessing, should they engage in it, or a massively reduced energy bill as they wouldn’t rely on artificial light during the day. Material Gains The range of materials used in the construction industry is perhaps the biggest factor when it comes to promoting energy efficiency in new builds. In recent years, products such as ETFE, texlon, and other tensiles have become widely used as designers look to create the most environmentally friendly constructions possible. The benefits that can be enjoyed from such materials is enormous. As well as the environmental positives that lead to a huge reduction in energy usage and costs, they are also great for bringing down the actual construction costs, too. The low weight of most of these also means that the use of metals such as steel and iron has been reduced dramatically, which is another positive step. The Bigger Picture Modern building trends are moving towards completely sustainable constructions, rather than those that may have a solar roof that can heat 50% of a buildings’ water, for example. Today, initiatives such as carbon capture are high on the agenda of designers and scientists, so that any emissions buildings do create can be re-used positively. The growing use of on-site waste and water recycling practices are also combining to make buildings more efficient than ever before, with owners happy to become accountable for their carbon footprint and act accordingly to reduce this. In today’s environmentally conscious world, energy efficiency is regarded as a minimum expectation, and any aesthetic or other benefits that extend from this are seen as a welcome addition. How something looks isn’t the beginning and the end of the debate anymore, which can only be a...

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