How to Set a Programmable Thermostat

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One of the primary ways to cut energy costs is by using a programmable thermostat. If you like saving money, purchasing one may be a beneficial investment. Although it may not sound exciting, programmable thermostats offer a variety of benefits for your home. For example, programmable thermostats give you the control you want. With the Nest Learning Thermostat or similar thermostats, you will be able to control your system from anywhere. There is a remote control app on iOS and Android which can be downloaded in the app store. You’ll be able to control the temperature, the settings, review your … Continued

Best Thermostat Setting for Summer

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Summer-time heat means skyrocketed energy bills. Keep your home cool and save energy during the summer by following these simple steps, including where to set your thermostat. Set your thermostat at an ideal temperature. According to the Department of Energy, setting your thermostat below 78 costs you anywhere from 1-3 percent per degree. While you’re away, set the thermostat within a range from 78-82 degrees and when you’re at home have it set between 74 and 78 degrees, based on your comfort level. Get a programmable thermostat. One of the primary ways to cut down on summer energy bills is by … Continued

How Your Windows Affect Your Air Conditioning

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Windows are known as the eyes of a home. They play a key role in keeping your house comfortable. They provide light, warmth, fresh air and a view to the outside world. With all of these pros, you wouldn’t believe that windows can negatively impact your home. But they can. Old, run down windows can severely decrease the energy efficiency in your home and can also account for up to 30% of your electricity bill. You may have splurged on an energy-efficient air conditioning system, but without proper windows, you’re likely using way more energy to keep your home cool. Drafty … Continued

Dealing With Pets and Summer Heat

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Summertime in Texas means high utility bills and brutal, dangerous heat – not just for humans but our furry friends, too. There are a variety of factors that can be potentially deadly for our pets and summer heat. Now that the summer heat has arrived and the Texas temperature is quickly approaching 100 degrees, it’s important to know how you can keep your pets safe from these harsh environmental factors. Here are a few pet heat safety tips: Treat your pet like you’d treat your newborn. Pets are like babies – they rely solely on their care-provider to keep them … Continued

Saving Energy During the Summer

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As a homeowner in Texas, you may know that cooling off your home in the summertime can be costly. When the weather gets warm, your electricity bill gets higher. So how can you save money on your summer utility bill? Let’s take a look at the top three tips for saving energy during the summer.   Tip #1: “The smaller the difference, the smaller the bill.”  Do this: Set your thermostat at the right temperature in order to lower your cooling costs. For the most energy-efficient way to stay cool in the summer heat, set your thermostat at the highest temperature … Continued

Best-Paid Skilled Labor Jobs

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Many people today believe the only way to earn a big salary is to have a college degree. But most of those people fail to realize that hands-on labor workers, without a degree, can get paid just as much money as those with one. Several Texas cities — including Austin and San Antonio — are among those expecting the fastest growth in skilled labor jobs and the most competitive pay. Here are the top three, best-paid, skilled labor jobs around today. Elevator Mechanic Average Salary: $73,000 Top Salary: $101,000 Elevator technicians handle assembling, installation and repairs of elevators, escalators and … Continued

Lower Your Summer Energy Bills

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For kids, summer in central Texas brings images of raspas, pool days, late nights and tan lines. On the other hand, for homeowners and renters alike, summer means water management for green lawns, spraying for ants and wasps, and heaving a heavy sigh when the electric bill rolls in. In addition to regularly changing your air filter and setting your thermostat to the perfect temperature for summer, a summer tune-up can help make sure that running your air conditioner won’t have to cut into your “Summer Fun” savings. The savings don’t have to stop there! There are several non-air-conditioning-related ways … Continued

Which Allergies are Worst in the Summer?

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From camping out in the woods to weekend beach trips, there are tons of things to love about the summer. But spending an ample amount of time outdoors creates a greater risk of coming in contact with allergens. If you suffer from allergies, you’re not alone. One in five people in the United States suffers from seasonal allergies. Allergens are in the air at all times, and they are especially prominent in the south. Texas, specifically, is known for plants that produce allergens, making it one of the top five worst places to live for people with allergies – especially … Continued

What is the water sound coming from my air conditioner?

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Air conditioning is a luxury. The last thing a homeowner wants is to have an AC unit that causes more stress than peace and comfort. If your air conditioner is rattling or making noises such as dripping, splashing or any other water-related noises, here are a few things to consider before calling a technician. If you’re hearing a dripping noise… No need to fret! A healthy and functioning air conditioning unit creates a little condensation. The way an AC unit works is by taking the humidity from the air and getting rid of it. Once the water is taken out … Continued

Indoor Air Quality and Allergy Season

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It’s that time of year again. You can feel it in the air. Allergy season! The transition from winter to spring can be terrifying for those suffering with allergies. Spring time means an increase in mold and pollen, which means it’s time to make sure your indoor air quality isn’t harboring allergy fugitives. Fun fact: The quality of air inside the average home today is likely more polluted than the air outside. Viruses, bacteria, allergens and other filthy particles can hover inside your home at all times. Indoor air pollution is among the five top environmental health risks, according to … Continued