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5 Ways to Save Money on Summer Energy Bills

06.25.19

Keeping your home comfortable can be pricey when you’re trying to beat the sweltering heat. We’ve got 5 ways to save money on summer energy bills while keeping you from getting overheated this summer.

1. Change your air filters.
We say this so often that you’re probably tired of hearing it, but – change your air filters! It really is one of the simplest ways to assist your HVAC system’s performance so that it runs efficiently, thus saving your money.

2. The shade is your HVAC unit’s friend.
You aren’t the only one who enjoys cooling off in the shade. Your HVAC unit does too! Keeping your system in a shaded area can cut energy consumption by as temperatures rise. Is your air conditioning unit exposed to the sun? Plat a few hedges or bushes nearby that will cast shadows onto the unit.

3. Invest in a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats allow you to control your HVAC unit even when you’re not there, which cuts down on energy costs. You can set the thermostat to adjust the temperature in your home around your schedule; warmer when you’re at work, cooler when you are home. For each degree above 72F, you’ll save 120 lbs of CO2. Wow!

4. Turn on your ceiling fans.
Did you know that if you turn on your ceiling fans, you can raise the thermostat setting by 4 degrees (F) with no reduction in comfort? Amazing! One caveat: fans are designed to cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect. Turn off fans when leaving a room to avoid wasting energy.

5. There is no such thing as ‘quick cooling’ your home.
You come in from a scorching hot day and want to cool off quick. Don’t set your thermostat to a super low temperature! It won’t cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and increased cooling expenses. Lay by or underneath a fan instead to cool off quickly.

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Summer Checklist for Families

04.23.19

Summer is just around the corner, and with a little preparation, your family can have fun and get a lot done. How? Check out our handy Summer Checklist for Families.

Summer Checklist for Families

• Start planning your summer vacation now! It’s easier to get deals on flights and hotels when you book months ahead of time.

• Make activity boxes for rainy days and quiet time. Get a large bin and have your child fill it up with favorite ‘quiet time’ activities like puzzles, art projects, Legos, etc. As a reward for independent play, your child can choose new activities/toys from a store throughout the summer.

• Empty your child’s backpack, and file important information like report cards.

• Make a Goodwill run and donate clothes and uniforms that no longer fit your child.

• Want to save all of your child’s artwork but don’t have room? Take photos so you have an electronic file. You can even print a photo book of your favorites!

• Check to be sure that last year’s life jackets, bathing suits, baseball uniforms, and cleats, etc., still fit your children.

• Make a grab-n-go box. There are some things we use a lot more during hot months: sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, pool towels to name a few. Fill up a container with these things and keep them in an area where you can grab what you need and go! You can create a similar container for your car.

• Restock your home and car first aid kit.

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15 Spring Cleaning Hacks

03.19.19

Don’t have time to devote an entire weekend to spring cleaning? These hacks will make it look like you did!

1. Easily clean your microwave

Fill a bowl with water and squeeze the juice of one lemon into it. Microwave the dish for three minutes, which will create steam. Wipe the inside of the microwave with a dry cloth and enjoy the fresh lemony scent!

2. Clean sneakers with toothpaste

Smudged your white shoes? Grab some non-gel white toothpaste and scrub. Once the smudges start to disappear, rinse with water.

3. Clean baseboards and repel dust at the same time

Just wipe your baseboards down with dryer sheets! This will help them repel dust and pet hair.

4. Clean your toilet bowl with powdered Kool-Aid

Yes, this is a strange hack, but it works! Pour a packet of lemon Kool-Aid into your toilet bowl, swish it around with a toilet brush, and allow it to sit overnight. The citric acid works wonders on mineral deposits, and it also kills harmful bacteria.

5. Put your ceiling and floor vents in the dishwasher

It’s incredible how much dirt and dust can build up over time on ceiling and floor vents. Put your vents in the dishwasher and run the ‘rinse’ cycle.

Important note: Don’t use detergent and skip the heat/dry cycle, especially if your vents are plastic.

6. Clean glass surfaces naturally

Love the results Windex gets, but hate the chemical smell? Using black tea can work just as well! Steep 3 bags of black tea in a mug of boiling water and allow it to cool. Pour the tea into a spray bottle and use just as you would any glass or mirror cleaner.

7. Clean fan blades without getting dust everywhere

Place an old pillowcase around the fan blade and then drag it over the surface. The pillowcase will catch and contain all the dust.

8. Easily remove pet hair from your carpet

Use a squeegee! Just drag a dry squeegee across your rugs, and you’ll be amazed at how much hair it picks up.

9. Cut down on laundry dry time

Along with wet laundry, place a clean, dry towel into your dryer. The dry towel speeds up dry time by absorbing some of the excess moisture in your dryer.

10. A shampoo for your showerhead!

Place a plastic bag filled with vinegar and a dash of baking soda around your showerhead and secure it with a rubber band. Leave it overnight, and you’ll wake up to a clean, de-scaled showerhead.

11. Combat garbage can odors

Don’t throw out old newspapers! Instead, put a layer of newspaper at the bottom of your trash can – that way, if your trash bag tears or leaks, the newspaper will absorb the yuck. Best of all, there won’t be a lingering smell. Just throw the soiled paper away and replace it with a fresh layer.

12. Sanitize your garbage disposal.

Freeze vinegar and lemon chunks in an ice cube tray. Once frozen drop them into your garbage disposal and turn it on to clean and sanitize it. It will smell and work better!

13. Change your direction

Vacuum all rooms both horizontally and vertically to get all dirt and debris.

14. Make your own blind cleaning tool

Place two clean socks over kitchen tongs and voila! You’ve got a tool that makes it quick and easy to clean your blinds. A multipurpose cleaner can be sprayed onto the socks or directly onto the blinds before using the tongs to clean the dust and grime away.

15. Glitter be gone!

Glitter is fun, but it can stick around for way too long. Play-Doh or a thick homemade paste of flour and water can be used to remove spilled glitter.

BONUS – Lint Roller

There are so many uses for a lint roller!

  • • De-fuzz window screens, speakers, and screen doors
  • • Remove dust from lampshades
  • • Pick up tiny pieces of broken glass
  • • Dead bugs gross you out? Pick them up with a lint roller.
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Heating & Cooling Tips for Spring

03.19.19

Spring is finally here! It’s time to open windows, air out our homes, and maybe even do a little spring cleaning. It’s also a great time to give your HVAC system a break and improve your heating and cooling system’s performance and efficiency. With very little time and effort, you can simultaneously save money and enjoy cool temperatures. How? By following our heating and cooling tips for spring.

Spring Clean Your AC

It’s quick and easy! Just vacuum the coils to remove accumulated dust and change your air filters. Doing these two small things improves efficiency and increases the overall life of your HVAC system.

Buy a Year’s Worth of Air Filters

Air filters should be changed every month, but people often go for months without doing so because it’s a pain to go to the store to purchase a filter. This problem is easily solved by buying a year’s worth of filters. Then, when the first of the month rolls around, you have an entire stash to pull from.

Schedule a Maintenance

Mild spring weather means that this time of year is ideal for an HVAC tune-up. During maintenance, our pros will fix issues and get your system in peak condition. Then when the temperatures start to rise, your AC can easily handle the scorching heat.

Benefits of a Preventative Maintenance Include:

  • Lower energy bills
  • Improved performance and energy efficiency
  • Fewer repairs
  • Improved air quality

Replace Batteries in Alarms

It’s a good idea to replace batteries in carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms twice a year: spring and fall. If your HVAC system begins to function in an unsafe manner, you want to be sure that the alarm is triggered.

Reprogram Your Thermostat

Do you have a programmable thermostat? If so, resetting your schedule could save you a lot of money. Find a comfortable temperature your family agrees on and set it for when the family is home. When everyone is away all day at work and school, program your thermostat to a warmer temperature.

Spring Energy Savings

Give your HVAC system a break and stay cool at the same time!

  • • Cooler temperatures at night mean that you can turn off your air conditioner, open windows, and let in the fresh air.
  • • Ceiling fans help air to circulate and keep a room from feeling stagnant. Make sure that your fans are set to spin counter-clockwise during warmer months.
  • • Cook outside on the grill! Your family will love it, and you won’t have to heat up the kitchen and then cool it down again with the air conditioner.
  • • Ease the strain on your air conditioner by closing the curtains or blinds against the glare of the sun. Pay special attention to empty rooms, like a guest room, and be sure that curtains are closed in those areas.
  • • Seal any air leaks in your home. Keep cool air in and hot air out!
  • • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to pull heat out of the home when you’re showering and cooking.

Make these minor adjustments in your home to keep it cool and comfortable – and save money at the same time! And don’t forget to call us to schedule your spring preventative maintenance appointment.

 

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