10 Simple Things To Do At Home To Be More Energy Efficient

With Earth Day 2015 just a couple days away, here are 10 simple things you can do to make your home more energy efficient.

  1. Wrap your water heater with an insulation jacket. The Department of Energy says this $30 fix could save you 4%-6% on your water heating cost.
  2. Install a programable thermostat. EnergyStar says a programable thermostat may save you up to $180 per year on your heating and cooling cost.
  3. Check and change your furnace filter every 30 days. A dirty filter slows down the air movement in your ducts causing your furnace and air conditioner to work longer and harder costing your more and wearing out your equipment sooner.
  4. Install CFL or LED light bulbs. These bulbs use significantly less energy, upto 70% – 90% less and last significantly longer.
  5. Wash your clothes in cold water. EnergyStar states that 90% of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water.
  6. Close the fireplace flue damper tightly when not in use. An open flue allows the warm air your furnace is producing a quick escape route and makes your furnace work longer and harder…and you spending more money.
  7. Find and fix leaky faucets. A faucet leaking 1 drip per second will add up to over 1600 gallons of water per year.
  8. Cover pots and pans when cooking on the stove. This traps the heat in, increasing cooking temperature and possibly reducing cooking time.
  9. Have your heating and cooling system professionally tuned up each season. This keeps your system operating at maximum efficiency and helps reduce breakdowns and failures in the future.
  10. Turn off lights and fans when you are not in a room. This is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy and money. The EnergyStar program says its cost about $20 per year to leave one light on for 8 hours a day.

For more energy saving tips, you can visit www.energystar.gov

Utility Company Rebates Expire May 31st….in their current form!

For those who have been thinking about replacing their HVAC system, the current Nicor Gas Rebates, People’s Gas Rebates and North Shore Gas Rebates all expire on May 31st, 2014.

Currently Chicagoland homeowners can receive up to $1020 for installing a high efficient furnace and air conditioning system. The rebates will continue in some form beyond May 31st, but will most likely be at a lower dollar amount.

 

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What is the right size furnace for my house?

This is a great question that I get routinely asked. And the answer all depends on your house.  Some contractors will solely base it on the number of square feet you have in your house, some will base it on the size of your air conditioner and some will simply replace your furnace with the exact size you currently have in your house.

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4.99% On Utility Bill High Efficiency HVAC Financing!

A great new program from Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and ComEd for Chicagoland area consumers looking to upgrade to high efficient furnaces and air conditioning units. Effective in January 2014 you can now qualify for a low 4.99% rate utility bill financing for your new furnace, boiler and air conditioning unit.

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Nicor, Peoples Gas, & North Shore Gas Utility Rebates

Hey Chicagoland area did you know your utility providers, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas have money to help you purchase a new furnace? And, did you know ComEd will kick in some money as well if you purchase a complete new furnace and air conditioning system?  While they advertise the rebates, the fact is, each month on your utility bill you are paying for the program.  The amount you pay is a reflection of the number or therms or kilowatts you consume.

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