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June 8, 2022

Your Business: The Hidden Costs of Summer

You’ve had your air conditioning system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. Now you’re ready for a summer of lower energy bills, right? Well, some summer energy costs are easier to spot than others. Take a look around your facility. You’ll likely spot some “hidden” sources of energy waste that are putting the heat on your operating budget. Unadjusted thermostat Maintaining comfortable temperatures on hot summer days is critical to maintaining a productive business environment. Maintaining those same comfort levels after hours, however, is a waste of energy. Raising thermostat temperature settings after hours is one the most cost...

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May 10, 2022

Helpful Hints in Selecting Windows

E.E. Cummings once said, “the earth laughs in flowers.” Now is the perfect time to gaze out your windows to see the great outdoors and all its wonders. When selecting windows for a home there are a few things you need to pay attention to in order to increase your energy efficiency.  Windows are less resistant to heat flow compared to the walls, ceiling, and floors in your home meaning they will allow more outward heat flow in the winter and more inward heat flow in the summer.  Even though windows typically comprise a small surface area of a home,...

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May 3, 2022

Tips to Help You Save on Your New HVAC

One of the most dreaded phrases when it comes to home repair is, “you need a new heating and cooling system.” If you’re like most people, we push our systems to the very end hoping to make it one more season. Inevitably, that phrase seems to come at the most unwanted time: a holiday, when relatives are in town, or during some other special event. But when emergencies happen, you don’t always have the time to think through the process. Here’s where a little advanced planning can go a long way. When looking at a new system, energy efficiency is...

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March 11, 2022

Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Energy?

Every year, we move the clock forward an hour in spring and back again to standard time in the autumn. How is changing the clock supposed to save energy? The idea behind Daylight Saving Time (DST) is to provide us with an extra hour of daylight in the evening, giving us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. When we spend more time outdoors, we tend to use less energy for lighting, watching television or operating appliances. That all sounds good, but does it really work? What research says about Daylight Saving Time Although DST has been in use for...

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November 11, 2021

Breaking Down the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Congress has passed a wide-ranging, bipartisan infrastructure bill which includes billions of dollars for broadband deployment, electric vehicle infrastructure, cybersecurity, grid resiliency, clean energy development including Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage, and Research, Design, and Development programs at the Department of Energy. Between July and September 2021, all three of the main national lobbying organizations for electric utilities increased their efforts. This included the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) who “pushed for policies like allowing nonprofit utilities to get clean energy incentives equivalent to tax credits. It also lobbied on various issues surrounding the transition to clean energy, including...

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March 4, 2020

Consider These Three Things When Purchasing a Furnace and Air Conditioner

Selecting a new heating and cooling system is not a fun task or expense. Many times, it’s very overwhelming: where to start, where to look, what type, what brand — the list goes on. You may end up just choosing the cheapest option out of convenience. But when 48% of energy used in a typical U.S. household comes from heating and cooling systems, it’s crucial to carefully research and consider this investment as you would a car or house. Energy efficiency ratings: Energy efficiency ratings of air conditioning systems (measured in SEER: seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and gas furnaces (measured...

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