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Are Energy Vampires Draining Your Wallet?

Energy vampires in your home are plug-in electronics and devices that recharge with those box-style charging cords or have small lights that remain on even when the device is turned off. They are considered vampires because they continue to use energy whether charging or operating. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that American consumers…

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Get With the Program: Programmable Thermostats

They’re more than just a hot high-tech gadget—programmable thermostats are tools that help you regulate the comfort level of your home and save money on your energy bills. Easy to install and easy to use, programmable thermostats, along with zoning systems, customize your home’s heating and cooling systems to maximize their efficiency. Digital Thermostats and…

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Ease Your Cooling Load, And Lower Your Energy Bills

Homeowners in the Midwest must cope with hot, humid summers that keep air conditioners working hard from June until September. Fortunately, you can ease your cooling load this summer and lower your energy bills with a few basic tips: Keep outdoor heat where it belongs Summer heat can infiltrate your home in two ways: direct…

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Buyer’s Guide to Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners

When facing a hot and humid Illinois summer, you need a reliable air conditioner that can ensure your home is cool no matter the temperatures outside. Without one, you may find yourself sweating in places you never thought possible! (Gross—we know!) Don’t swelter in this heat any longer than you need to. What would you…

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7 Keys To Long-Term Energy Efficiency

Achieving long-term energy efficiency in your home assures you that the heating costs will be lower this winter and you will be more comfortable. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to meet this goal, and your benefits start immediately. Increase insulation. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you have at least…

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Choosing the Right Air Conditioner for Your Metro East Home

When summer hits Metro East Illinois, the blistering heat can make residents nostalgic for our icy winter chill. When it comes time to choose a new air conditioner, make sure you get the best system for your home, budget, and needs. At the Top of the List: Energy Efficiency To save money and be more…

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Smart Decision Making With The EnergyGuide Label

Shopping for new appliances can be a little overwhelming — especially if you have little or no prior knowledge and haven’t had time to do research. While you can always ask a home comfort specialist to clarify terms and explain product differences, it’s important to learn how to compare different options yourself. Of course, one…

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Summer Energy Saving Tips

Although it’s tempting to crank up the AC when summer’s at its peak discomfort level, you may regret it when your energy bills arrive. The thing is, you CAN stay comfortable in your home this summer without overspending! Don’t let the Metro East IL heat drain your energy or your bank account! Read on to…

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Boost Home Energy Efficiency With These Fall Projects

After a long summer, these cooling fall days in the greater St. Louis metro area are a perfect time to take on a few DIY projects designed to improve home energy efficiency. Once the cold winds start blowing, you’ll be in position to settle in for the winter and enjoy savings from lower utility costs.…

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The Coolest Air Conditioner Financing & Rebate Deals

There’s no better time than right now to save big on a new air conditioning system. With manufacturer specials and deals from Ernst, you can choose which way to save is best for you! And we offer several financing options to help. Mitsubishi Electric Ductless Mini-Split System Rebate Mini-split systems are ideal for cooling entire…

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