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Top 5 Energy Sappers and What To Do About Them This Winter

Achieving a comfortable indoor temperature in the winter can be a balancing act between your household finances and building a good buffer against the chilly temperatures outside. This problem worsens if you are unaware of the energy and heated air that may be literally leaking away from your home. Energy Sappers Hurt Your Hip Pocket…

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ERVs Give You a Breath of Fresh Air with Minimal Energy Loss

During the winter months, most homeowners are concerned with keeping the cold air out and the warm air inside. Sealing air leaks and having adequate insulation do go a long way toward maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home. But these things can also prevent you from getting the adequate fresh air needed to maintain a…

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Conduct Routine Duct Sealing Maintenance this Spring

Your southwest Illinois home’s ductwork does a lot of work throughout the year, especially in the winter. When you get a bit of respite from extreme weather in the spring, consider performing routine duct sealing maintenance to patch up any leaks. The Problems Air leaks are the most common problem with ducts, and can hurt…

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Put a Stop to Inefficient Air Leaks in Your Home

One of the biggest causes of high energy bills are air leaks in the home’s exterior envelope. Keeping a tight barrier between the air in your home and the air outside should be a priority for homeowners year-round. Finding Energy Wasting Air Leaks You have the option of finding the air leaks yourself or hiring…

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What A Good A/C Preventive Maintenance Check Should Include

An air conditioning system is a complicated, expensive piece of equipment. To keep it in good working order and to extend the life of the system as long as possible, regular preventive maintenance is essential. There are a couple of things you as a homeowner can do on your own that are inexpensive and easy.…

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Winter-proof Your Home for Energy Efficiency

Do your energy bills shoot up when winter hits? Do you feel cold air sneaking in around your home’s doors and windows? Get your Metro East Illinois home ready for cold weather with these smart winter-proofing tasks. The Usual Suspects: Doors and Windows They are the most susceptible spots in your house—any compromise in the…

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Heatproof Your Home to Keep the Cool In

If you run your AC only to find that you can’t keep the cool air inside your home, and that as soon as you turn the AC off your house heats right back up again, there may be more you can do to heatproof your home. Tips to Keep the Cool Air In It can…

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Make A Plan For Efficiency With An Energy Evaluation

Are you considering an energy evaluation but aren’t sure what you’ll get? This guide will tell you what you can expect and what an energy auditor will do. A professional energy evaluation is simply an assessment of how your home consumes energy and protects itself from energy losses. It involves testing to see how efficiently…

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Caulk & Weather Stripping: The Importance Of Proper Application

Caulk and weather stripping are two simple ways to create a sealed envelope around your home. Without it, your heating and cooling system will work harder than it should have to, and this will drive up your monthly power bills. Proper application is the key to getting the full benefit of weatherizing. Finding the Leaks…

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Using Information From A Professional Energy Audit To Stop Energy Losses

People will give you energy saving advice every time you turn around — seal air leaks, replace your windows, adjust your thermostat — but the best way to determine how you can save the most energy is with a professional energy audit. Every Metro-East home is unique, and no quick solution will work for everyone.…

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