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Thermostats

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings during the heating season can save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/burwellphotography

A digital programmable thermostat set for energy savings can save energy and money. 

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on June 26, 2016 at 2:00pm

Solar Panel Design Ideas for Your Home

These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

These examples of building integrated photovoltaic panels are like solar eye candy. All images from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on June 20, 2016 at 6:30am

Maintaining your air conditioner

Replacing or cleaning air conditioner filters is a critical maintenance task. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/firemanYU.

Replacing or cleaning air conditioner filters is a critical maintenance task. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/firemanYU.

An air conditioner's filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. Check out our …

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on June 13, 2016 at 6:30am

Fans for Cooling

Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/jimkruger

Ceiling fans circulate air in a room to help keep occupants cool. | Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/jimkruger

Circulating fans include ceiling fans, table fans, floor fans, and fans mounted to poles or walls. These fans create a wind chill effect that will make you more comfortable in your home, even if it's also cooled by natural ventilation or air conditioning.…

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Posted by Diane Chojnowski on June 6, 2016 at 7:00am

Let's talk about ceiling fans

Get this: If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14%.

Remember: Fans cool people not rooms...so always turn off your ceiling fan when you leave a room.

Posted by Diane Chojnowski on May 24, 2016 at 8:08am

 
 
 

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