Tariffs & Rising Cost HVAC Systems

Thinking about a new heating and air conditioning system? Now may be the time to avoid rising costs An economic dispute far from North Alabama may mean this is a smart time for Birmingham residents to consider buy new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The international trade war is getting hotter, with many manufacturers raising [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Blog, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Tariffs & Rising Cost HVAC Systems

4 Energy Saving Tips That Will Put Money Back In Your Pocket

Tired of seeing a sharp increase in your energy bill? According to a study by The Demand Institute, American household spending on electricity has grown an average of 56% since 2000. According to the same report: 71% of American homeowners say a home’s energy efficiency is important. 67% of the study has taken some measure [...]

High-end systems offer new benefits

When it comes to air-conditioners, manufacturers are adding new features that increase performance and comfort. The question, of course, is whether the price tag fits your budget. Here are snapshots of some of the new product offerings, thanks to Joanne Turpin, a contributing editor at www.achrnews.com. American Standard American Standard AccuComfort Platinum 20 [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Comfort, Save Money, Heating and Air, Blog, Savings Tips|Comments Off on High-end systems offer new benefits

AC numbers to remember

Plus savings tips 78 Degrees, that is. This is the temperature recommended by utility companies for energy conservation in the summer. Setting it at 78 or higher works for some people, but many prefer to dial down the thermostat. Just remember: 10 percent That’s the amount of added energy needed for an every degree below [...]

Be a Ceiling Fan-atic

Don’t make your air-conditioner do all the work cooling your house this summer. Ceiling fans do a great job of moving cool air and giving you more benefit for your AC dollar. However, be sure to first remove any dust that may have accumulated on the blades over the winter. Dust is doubly bad because [...]

Tax credits for new AC

Program to expire this year You can receive tax credits this year if you install new windows, insulation and air conditioning and heating equipment. The credits are worth between $50 and $500 and apply only to high-efficiency residential heating and cooling products. The categories and credits are part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, [...]

Tame those ‘energy hogs’ at home

Treat yourself to a new TV, too   Under-insulated homes and outdated appliances are just two examples of “energy hogs” fattening up on your utility bills, according to Consumer Reports magazine.   The October 2015 issue says there are smart ways to corral your costs:   Make sure your attic is adequately insulated. A typical [...]

By |November 24th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Tame those ‘energy hogs’ at home

Calculate your possible energy-savings

Here’s a handy tool to use when you consider making energy-saving upgrades for your home. The Home Energy Saver™ calculator, developed for the U.S. Department of Energy, recommends upgrades for better comfort, fewer drafts, lower maintenance costs and improved security and fire safety. It even estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much [...]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Calculate your possible energy-savings

8 tips to cool down your heating bill

Use common sense, smart technology Common sense and new technology can help you hold down your heating costs this winter.   Here are some tips from ASHRAE, an organization that focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, in-door air quality, refrigeration and sustainability.   Set the thermostat at 68 F (20 C) when the house is [...]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 8 tips to cool down your heating bill

Who rules the thermostat?

Size matters Who rules the thermostat?   Most married couples have fought the battle of the thermostat.   He wants the temperature higher and she wants the temperature lower, or vice versa.   But this debate extends far from the home. Maybe you work in an office where someone else rules the thermostat with [...]

By |October 30th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Who rules the thermostat?

2 Important Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

A recent survey, How to Lower Your Energy Bills, caught my eye detailing what Americans want most in their homes. They surveyed 10,000 households and found the number one thing most Americans desire for their homes but don’t necessarily have is energy efficiency. Average household spending on home electricity has grown 56% since 2000, according [...]

By |March 2nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 2 Important Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

Energy Efficiency in the Kitchen

I found this great video on Alabama Powers website and I thought I would share. Dishwasher Heating water accounts for over more than 17 percent of the average energy bill. Newer dishwashers can clean heavily soiled dishes, so rinse using hot water sparingly.

By |January 8th, 2015|Savings Tips|Comments Off on Energy Efficiency in the Kitchen

Tips to Burglar Proof Your Home

Tips to Burglar Proof Your Home We are proud to tell you that we do background checks before hiring our service technicians, who we believe to be people of honesty and integrity. That’s a good thing, because they visit many homes on a week to week basis. One vulnerability we commonly observe is homes with [...]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Savings Tips|Comments Off on Tips to Burglar Proof Your Home

Alabama Power Warns of Rip-Off Artists

 Don't Fall For Rip-Offs “We were doing some work in your neighborhood and noticed a problem with your driveway/roof/siding/whatever. Since our guy is already there we can do the repair for a bargain price.” This pitch or some variation is a signature of rip-offs who prey on homeowners, especially the elderly. They commonly show up [...]

By |October 9th, 2014|Myths and Misconceptions, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Alabama Power Warns of Rip-Off Artists

Energy Audit eBook Now Available

Energy Audit eBook Now Available Natural Resources Nature has an amazing way of recreating and rejuvenating itself. The earth on which we live is a self-contained ecosystem that is in constant change, but remaining the same. It gives us food, air and a solid, clean surface upon which to dwell. The products we harvest [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Energy Audit eBook Now Available

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Lint Alert

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Lint Alert We are proud to announce a new service, Dryer Vent Cleaning and  Lint Alert (fill out form to the right to receive a brochure by email) for your Dryer Vent.  This protects you home from fires caused by a clogged dryer vent.  A Dryer Vent Cleaning should be done annually for safety [...]

By |February 15th, 2014|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Dryer Vent Cleaning and Lint Alert

Cheap and Easy Suggestions to Reduce Heating Costs

I just read an article from CNBC entitled "$ave Me: How to save on your heating bills".  It's about heating prices expected this 2013-2014 winter.  It expects to heat your home with natural gas to be more expensive than last year and electric heat costs are rising too.  It offers some cheap and easy suggestions to [...]

By |October 31st, 2013|Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Cheap and Easy Suggestions to Reduce Heating Costs

How Much Insulation Do I Need in My Home?

For this question you must understand the region you live in.  In Birmingham, Alabama, we experience more cooling months than we do heating months.  The state of Alabama HVACR board recommends at least R-30 of insulation.  Alabama Power (our local utility company) would like for home owners to upgrade to R-60 of insulation in their [...]

By |October 25th, 2013|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Heating, Savings Tips|Comments Off on How Much Insulation Do I Need in My Home?

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