Posts Tagged ‘energy efficiency’

Summer Energy Savings

Posted on: July 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Our wallets can take quite a hit during the hottest months of the year. So the natural question becomes, “How can you keep your energy costs low this summer?”

Turn you air conditioner to about 76 to 78 degrees, or whatever is the highest comfortable setting for you. You can even bump it up to 80 degrees if you’re away from home. A change of just a few degrees can save you 30 percent on your next bill!

Set your ceiling fans to the counterclockwise direction to help you cool off. Make sure to turn them off when not in use.

When you leave for work, close all the curtains. While home, close those on the sunny side of the house.

With everyone heading in and out during cookouts or family gatherings, keep the door closed as much as you can to keep the cool air inside.

Use the stove, microwave, or any other countertop cooking device instead of the oven when possible, as the oven uses a good amount of energy. Speaking of cooking, use glass in the oven if you have it– it holds heat better, so you can lower the temperature.

Turn off the pre-rinse option on your dishwasher and only run it when it is full.

For lighting, use daylight (but not direct sunlight) instead of artificial light, and turn off incandescent lights when they are not needed, as most of the energy they use is given off as heat.

Vacuum the air conditioning air registers to keep them from getting dusty. It is a good idea to do this regularly.

Keep lamps and TVs away from the thermostat, which can sense heat from appliances, thus cause the AC to run longer. Furthermore, reduce the use of appliances that generate heat.

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Kitchen Range Maintenance Tips To Keep Yours Clean & Efficient

Posted on: June 4th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Kitchen Range Maintenance Tips from Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaYour kitchen range is one of the major appliances in your home and can be very costly to repair or replace. These kitchen range maintenance tips will help extend its life and help keep your energy bills low by keeping it clean and checking parts periodically.

Clean … spills daily (or almost daily!) on your burner pans and coils. This can be a safety hazard. If they are blackened they will us much more energy.  Don’t forget to open the stove top and wipe underneath.

Clean … your oven vent filters with soap and water regularly. Use a scrub brush if needed but be gentle. Every year, replace activated charcoal filters that are on the fan assembly. (Stainless steel outer filters rarely need to be replaced.)

Clean ….the inside of the oven with 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle full of water. Let it sit for at least an hour before wiping it all down. When cleaning your oven, inspect the gasket around the oven door that keeps heat inside to make sure it isn’t torn or damaged in any way, which will lead to escaped heat and thus higher bills.

Don’t forget about the self-cleaning option after cooking a meal! Afterwards, you can wipe out the ashes with a brush and then a wet rag.

Cooking efficiently will help you lower your energy bills. What does this mean? Don’t use the bigger burners for smaller pans, which can waste more than 40% of the heat. Also, use retained heat for cooking—in other words, start with higher heat, and then turn it to a lower setting. You can also try cooking multiple items in the oven at once.
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Build Your Own Vertical Garden

Posted on: May 7th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Indoor Vertical Garden Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electrical in North CarolinaWhat if there was a way to have a garden for your home without taking up much space—and it also provided other benefits such as helping with cooling? Vertical gardens are a great addition to your home. As water circulates through plants, they release moisture into the surrounding air and it evaporates, creating colder air. Cooler air just outside a wall of your home can lead to less work for your air conditioner.

Head to a big-box store to get one large pallet (or more if you’d like), mounting brackets, staple gun, landscape fabric, soil and plants. You will also need waterproof plastic if it will be mounted on the side of your house. Once home, check the pallets for nails and sand the wood. (Make sure it is not pressure-treated wood.)

Use landscape fabric to cover the back, sides and bottom of the pallet and staple. (About every inch. You want plenty of staples to keep the dirt in.) For added protection to the exterior of your home, line the back of the pallet with waterproof plastic, but leave the bottom open.

Put potting soil in and add the plants in between each slat. Put in as many plants as you can fit. Don’t water the plants yet.

Grab a family member or friend to help you mount the pallet, as it will be heavy! Check that the plants did not move around in the process. Water, and wait to see your very own vertical garden bloom! You may need to add some more soil as it packs down over time.

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Going Green Around Your Home

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

This month’s Earth Day reminds us that we as Americans generate a huge amount of trash—an average of 4.4 pounds per person each day. So what can we do to reduce waste to not only help the environment, but help us save money too? Frankly, start questioning everything you own and everything you regularly buy:

  • Limit or cancel paper subscriptions. If you have subscriptions, then magazines, catalogs and newspapers can stack up quickly.
  • Reduce and reuse packaging. When you do buy things, try to buy in bulk and buy things with as little packaging as possible. Also, use reusable grocery bags. Lastly, buy recycled items. Glass, paper, metal and plastic items are often recycled materials.
  • Recycle. Give things away to charity and make use of your regular recycling service. Books, clothing and kitchen ware are great items to donate.
  • Maintain and repair your appliances. The goal is to get as much life out of these items as possible and maintaining them will make a big difference in their longevity.
  • Reuse things as much as possible. Wear clothes again, use the same towel all week, and reuse jars, old rags, etc. for other purposes around the house.
  • Monitor energy use. Turn off lights when you can, unplug things, adjust the thermostat up or down, and consider energy-efficient items and solar energy if you’re looking for even bigger long-term changes.
  • Be aware of water use. Take shorter showers, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, and wear things more often before washing. It takes energy as well as wear and tear on your pipes and system to pump water through the home and down the drain. It also takes energy to heat it and treat it to make it drinkable.

It starts with simple, small changes. Once you start taking a critical look at your home and your lifestyle, you’ll see there is plenty you can do.

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Don’t Skip These Home Upkeep Items

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

Your home maintenance checklist could include dozens and dozens of items, and you can easily get overwhelmed thinking about all of these things. You can, however, skip some of the smaller items or delay them. Others you don’t want to skip. So prioritize: What are some of the most important things to get to this spring and summer, if you only have a limited time?

Fix the caulking around your tub or shower. If it is damaged (cracks, peeling edges and discoloration) it can let water seep into hidden places such as behind your tub. Not only can this damage walls or floors, but it can also lead to mold growth.

Dripping faucets mean money right down the drain. Leaks will only get worse with time. It is often a pretty quick fix, like simply replacing a seal. Even if you have to replace the entire faucet, it will last a long time.

Warmer weather means insects! Seal holes where they can get in to your home. Look around the foundation and around wires and pipes. While you’re at it, check for sources of standing water. Keeping water and moisture away from the home keeps bugs away too, since they need it to survive. (Another reason to fix those plumbing issues mentioned above.) Termites in particular cause billions of dollars in property damage each year.

Get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned regularly. Once every 6 months is a good rule of thumb. This is one of the biggest and most expensive parts of your home to repair or replace if it is neglected.

Replace your furnace filters. It’s easy to do once every few months. This is especially important if you have pets and/or allergies and asthma, in which case you should replace it every month.

Seal your windows properly. Exterior caulk often dries out in the summer, which causes gaps and cracks. All of that cool air will leave your home and empty your wallet! All it takes is some caulking and weather stripping.

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Reduce Laundry Energy Costs

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

An easy way to reduce your energy costs is to change the way you do your laundry. What are some changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and put money back into your wallet?

With the warmer weather coming, try line-drying your clothing instead of using the dryer. Drying accounts for up to 90% of laundry energy. If drying outdoors will not work for you, look around your home and see where you can put a drying rack or clothesline. Even if you only hang a few items, it’s better than nothing! You can even hang a few items on your shower rod. Choose the fastest spin cycle on your washing machine to get as much of the water out as you can. Keep racks away from the walls to prevent mold and don’t put items too close together so they dry quickly.

Maintain your dryer. Clean out the lint filter after each use, and deep clean your dryer (including the tubing) once a year. Use the automatic setting instead of the timed setting to avoid over drying.

As for your washer, about 80% of the energy it uses is for heating the water. Wash clothes and other items in cold water as much as possible. This will also help them to last longer. If you need more cleaning, then use a warm pre-soak then wash cold. Wash full loads as much as you can.

If you’re looking to buy a new washer and dryer, look into ENERGY STAR models. These typically use 25% less energy and 45% less water!

A few extra tips: reuse clothing as much as you can before washing, and don’t dry heavy materials or towels with lightweight items.

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