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The Geothermal Heat Pump: An Energy Gem Buried In Your Backyard

We live in the Edwardsville region, which as you know means it gets down to freezing in the winter while we swelter through the summer. What it costs to heat and cool our homes is always on our minds. Installing a geothermal heat pump for your home might just be your ticket to lower utility bills…

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Upgrading Your Equipment? Let The Energy Star Guide You

When upgrading your home heating and cooling equipment it can be difficult to know where to start. Like most consumers, you probably want to find the highest-efficiency products that fit within your budget. One way to narrow your options is to shop for equipment that carries the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a program…

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How the Energy Star Most Efficient Label Can Benefit Your Alton Area Home

If you’re looking to upgrade your air conditioner, furnace or another appliance, the Energy Star Most Efficient designation is worth watching for. Whether you’re up in Alton or down south by Carbon Glen, Maryville, and Troy, it takes quality heating and cooling systems to deal with the highly variable Southwest Illinois climate. By looking for…

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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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Measure Your Energy Savings With A “Yardstick”

The concept of using a so-called “yardstick” to measure a home’s energy use was devised by Energy Star, a program created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. This measuring device was designed to reduce our nation’s consumption of nonrenewable energy sources, and while it’s not an actual yardstick, a lot…

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Priority Steps You Can Take So Home Comfort And Savings Come First

You want to be comfortable in your home, but you want to save on your energy bill as well.  The average home spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy costs, but you can lower this amount by making use of these tips for energy savings without sacrificing home comfort: Use the microwave.  Not only does…

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Premier Contractor Ernst’s GeoComfort Geothermal Systems Shine

Geothermal heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your home.  The efficiency at which this occurs is measured in two primary ways.  For heating, efficiency is indicated by the coefficient of performance, or COP, which declares the relationship between the heat provided and energy input required to produce the heat.  For cooling,…

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Insulation: Know The Magic Number?

Warm air naturally flows to cool places, and it’s up to your hard-working HVAC system to get that warm air out of the house in the summer and bring it in during the winter. Insulation impedes air flow and takes a lot of the work load off your furnace or heat pump. R-value is a…

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