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Protecting HVAC Equipment From Power Surges, Why It’s Important

When you think of surge protection, you probably think of electronics like computers, TVs and stereos, and your expensive heating and cooling equipment might not come to mind. Your HVAC equipment does contain sensitive electronics, though, and needs surge protection just as much as your computer and other electronics. Since HVAC systems cost more than…

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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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Using a Geothermal Heat Pump to Handle the HVAC Needs of Your Alton Home

A geothermal heat pump is an energy-efficient, reliable system for heating and cooling your home. This system uses the earth’s natural temperatures for heating and cooling the house. When it’s time to replace your current system, geothermal should be on your list for consideration. How Does a Geothermal Heat Pump Work? Geothermal heat pumps rely…

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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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Tankless Water Heaters — How Many You Need Depends On 2 Key Factors

Tankless water heaters, also known as demand water heaters, heat water only when you need it. There’s no storage tank like a conventional water heater, thus no standby energy loss as unused water cools in the tank. Tankless heating can reduce water-heating costs by as much as 50 percent. Because the drawbacks of conventional tank…

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The Energy Tax Credit For A Geothermal Heat Pump Is Like Money In Your Pocket

Many of the available federal energy tax credits expired at the end of 2011, with a few exceptions, including the geothermal heat pump (GHP) credit. When homeowners install a new GHP that meets the criteria for the credit, they’re eligible to receive a 30 percent credit on the purchase, the installation and the labor involved,…

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Turn Your Glen Carbon Home Into an Energy-Efficient One With These Tips

There are many good reasons to want an energy-efficient home. Increasing your comfort level, saving money and being environmentally conscious are just a few. Implementing one or more of the following tips can help you reach that goal: Turn off lights, electronics and small appliances when not in use. It’s easy and free. Did your electric…

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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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Think of Your Summer Vacation As An Energy Saving Opportunity

Most people don’t think of a summer vacation as an opportunity to save money, but that’s exactly what it is if you take the proper steps before heading out the door. You don’t need to waste money and contribute more CO2 to the environment powering an empty home. Reduce demand to the minimum necessary for…

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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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