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Lowering Your Home’s Cooling Load To Lighten Your Energy Costs

As the summer heats up, take a load off your energy bill by lowering your home’s cooling load. Keeping heat and sunlight out of your home as much as possible is one of the simplest ways to reduce the load on your cooling system. Cut heat gain by a third through strategic planting of trees,…

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The Benefits of a Geothermal System

Did you know that you can heat and cool your home with energy extracted directly from the earth’s core? Geothermal energy is one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home. Ernst Heating & Cooling was one of the first HVAC companies in the Madison County region to install geothermal heat pumps.…

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Seal the Leaks In Your Ductwork, And Plug The Drain On Your Pocketbook

If your ductwork is not sealed properly or has leaks, it can negatively affect not only the comfort of your home but how much you spend on energy costs.  Most homeowners don’t realize how much air can leak through the ducts of a heating/cooling system.  Whether during the hot summer months or freezing temperatures in…

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Those Hefty Energy Tax Credits: You Can Still Get Them For Geothermal

You may have heard about the tax credits that were available for upgrading your home with energy-efficient improvements, such as new HVAC systems or insulation. You may have also heard that those energy tax credits expired at the end of 2011. Well, that’s only partly correct. Some of the energy tax credits have expired, such…

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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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Our Whole-House Energy Savings Ideas Just For Metro-East Homeowners

Energy savings is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds today, fueled by job loss, the economic climate, and rising prices. In general, people are looking for lots of different ways to cut costs, and saving energy is one good way to spend less. Because heating and cooling costs, and energy use in…

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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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Considering A Duct Sealing Project? You Won’t Be Disappointed

As a homeowner, you’ll always want to find ways to save money on your monthly energy bills. One way to realize energy savings is to have the ducts in your home sealed. Duct sealing is a cost-effective way to combat the high cost of heating and cooling your home. Why seal ducts? The ductwork in your…

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