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Meghan Belnap posted a blog entry in Green Living BlogSaving money on your energy bills may be a year-round goal. Many homeowners try to curb consumption through an adjustment of their own behaviors. For example, you may try to turn out the lights when you are not in a specific room. However, these types of actions have minimal impact on your energy bill, and you may be frustrated by the lack of results that you are generating. If you want to see a major improvement in your energy bill, consider making these important changes. Upgrade Your Old HVAC System If your HVAC system is more than 10 or 15 years old, it may be consuming much more energy than it needs to. Newer HVAC systems installed by a company like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc. may have enhanced energy-saving capabilities, and you may notice the difference in your energy bill the first month after it is installed. A side benefit associated with upgrading your HVAC system is that your repair bills may decrease as well. In fact, many HVAC systems are sold with a warranty that lasts for at least the first few years. Use Smart Home Technology Smart home technology is mostly considered to be a convenience feature, but it can save you money in several ways. For example, you can link automatic blinds to it, and you can close the blinds during the peak of the day in the summer to keep heating to a minimum. You can also adjust your thermostat through this technology to minimize HVAC system use. Install New Windows A considerable amount of energy loss can take place through your windows. Very old windows may only have a single pane of glass that is not energy efficient. Older double-pane windows may have had cracks in the gas seals, and this can decrease energy efficiency as well. New windows may have a solar reduction glaze or film, and some have a triple-pane feature that adds another layer to buffer the temperature differential between the interior and exterior of the home. Closing blinds during extreme weather conditions can also reduce energy loss. Replace Your Insulation Another excellent idea is to remove old fiberglass insulation and install spray-in foam insulation. Fiberglass insulation is not as energy efficient as foam insulation. Furthermore, old fiberglass insulation may slouch down in the wall or may even be eaten by pests. Making an upgrade to your insulation can trap more of your climate-controlled air inside your home. While these projects are rather significant, they can each help you to drastically reduce energy consumption. In some cases, you may find rebates or special offers to help you save money on these upgrades and improvements.
Sally Smith posted a blog entry in Go Green with SallyEco-Friendly Homes - Today's Popular Focus There's a good reason home buyers and homeowners focus heavily on eco-friendly homes. Solar energy is today's cleanest, most convenient way to cost-effective home ownership. The beauty of solar energy is how it has improved in the past decade. Today, solar panels are diverse and are barely perceptible installed on roof tops and siding. One important factor is the progress in hi-tech solar energy production. For homeowners, heating and cooling their homes can literally pay the cost of solar panel installation within half a decade. The great news is that solar energy can be installed by professional HVAC experts. For those living in high temperature regions, a conversion to solar air conditioning cuts energy consumption and costs. Solar and Aircon for the Home Today's eco conscious homeowners strive to reduce their fossil fuel use. For newly built homes, home buyers can choose air conditioning produced from solar energy. There's a wide range of choices for solar energy installation. In some states, solar air conditioning installations are offered on a lease-to-buy arrangement, month-to-month usage or full purchase of a solar air conditioner. With full purchase, it's important to check state and federal tax credits with regard to reduction in energy use. Solar and Aircon for the home is a perfect duo to consider when air conditioner installation is the next major home improvement. Air conditioner installation pros today are fully experienced in converting or adapting an A/C system to function with existing solar energy sources. How to Find a Solar and Aircon Installer In most states, solar energy professionals include electricians, air conditioner installation experts, electricians, construction contractors and electrical and mechanical engineers. To insure highest standards are met, these professionals are tested and receive licensing and certification. To find a solar HVAC installer to replace an existing air conditioner or central air system, look for an installer who can provide licensing and certification of their expertise. Today, licensed electricians possess a diverse background of study in the newest, eco-friendly forms of energy in addition to their knowledge in a broad range of electrical installations. For eco conscious homeowners, this makes it easier to find the most proficient solar installer. Experience and Attention to Eco Conscious Customers Discuss the potential for savings with an electrician with solar experience. Homeowners will find the installation process for solar A/C is reasonably priced and worth the savings over the long term. Depending on the A/C system chosen, an electrician with solar experience will have homeowners enjoying a cool, comfortable home, secure in the knowledge they are maintaining an eco friendly environment that's clean and safe.