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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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Heat Pump Maintenance Tips For You — And What To Expect From A Pro

Is your heat pump keeping you and your loved ones comfortable? To get the best performance from your heat pump this season, and to save money on utility costs, read through these do-it-yourself heat pump maintenance tips, and follow up by calling a heating and cooling technician for professional maintenance. Heat pump basics Heat pumps move…

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1 Key Tip For Boosting Furnace Efficiency

There are many things you can do to help your furnace operate more efficiently, including scheduling annual preventive maintenance and changing your air filters regularly. But one of the most effective ways for boosting furnace efficiency is also one of the simplest: turn on those ceiling fans! How ceiling fans help heat and cool your…

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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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Whole-House Dehumidification Options For Metro-East Homeowners

As a resident in the Metro-East area, you face muggy, hot summers that sometimes keep you from cooling off even with your A/C running full blast.  In fact, certain improvements that homeowners obtain — such as effective vapor barriers and better insulation — can lead to excessive moisture in the home.  What you need is a…

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Considering A New AC Unit? SEER & Other Features To Look For

Shopping for a new A/C can be overwhelming. There are dozens of possibilities to choose from, and this large investment is one you certainly don’t want to take lightly. Perhaps you’re considering a new A/C with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). This is certainly a good start, since SEER ratings indicate how efficiently…

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New Furnace Efficiency Standards Will Be In Effect In Illinois For 2013

AFUE is a ratings system that outlines the efficiency of furnaces (and boilers), revealing how much fuel is used to generate heat, and how much energy is lost. Rated as a percentage, the existing AFUE minimum for homeowners across the country stands at 78 AFUE. Early next year, new furnace efficiency standards require that homeowners…

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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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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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Radiant Barriers Are A Simple Solution To Heat Gain In The Attic

Summer heat gain, the process whereby exterior heat migrates into attics and loft voids, can be costly. It increases the work your air conditioning system must do to keep the building cool, which translates directly into increased energy costs. Radiant barriers are a simple solution to heat gain in the attic. The sun’s heat is…

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