Thanksgiving Energy Savings

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The holiday season accounts for much activity in minimal time, and that electric bill can rack up in no time at all. As the temperatures decrease and the guest-count increases, you realize you’re most thankful for the copious leftovers you’ll have when food and funds are scarce next month. It’s the lavish price to pay when you’re hosting, warming and feeding more than just you and your cat, right? Wrong. Or, it doesn’t have to be. It is possible to prepare a joyous, holiday dinner without also preparing for bankruptcy. Consider these tips to conquer your Thanksgiving energy savings this … Continued

Tips for Remodeling an Older Home

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Someone can decide on remodeling an older home for any reason—trend upkeep, stage to sell or new living arrangements, just to name a few. Sure, each homeowner reconstructs to their individual needs, but there are a few, simple feature updates that benefit any home. Consider these tips when remodeling an older home. Ductless air conditioning The easiest way to upgrade the AC in an older home is with a ductless AC system. Unlike a traditional, central AC system, a multi-split ductless system can be mounted on any wall in any room and deliver temperature-controlled air to that area. You can … Continued

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

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

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

What is the Best Temperature for Saving Energy?

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Sleeping in the cold during summer or waking up warm in the winter, along with doing things around the house in a comfortable temperature, sounds appealing to most anyone, but it could be coming at a cost unbeknownst to you. So here are some energy saving tips to help guide you along. Many people don’t realize how much money they lose every year by keeping their thermostats too high or too low. According to the Department of Energy, turning your thermostat to a higher temperature for eight hours a day (perhaps while you’re out of the house) will help you … Continued

Zombie Apocalypse: How to Survive Without AC

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It’s late in October, and most of us here in San Antonio still have the AC going. Texans sometimes wonder how northerners survive without air conditioning. We can’t believe people have to suffer through summers without some sort of regulating air temperature! Is it actually possible to survive without AC? We’re here to bring you some survival techniques, but we’re still hoping nothing bad – say, a zombie apocalypse – happens. (Hey it’s almost Halloween. Zombies are top of mind.) If your AC is simply out for the night, try dampening a sheet with cold water, spreading it out and … Continued

3 Signs You Need A New AC

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It’s hot? There are likely a couple of culprits. One, you live in Texas and it’s summer (or still feels like summer). Or two, your AC is out. Both can be pretty hot. The latter is probably your biggest issue. Here are the top three signs it’s time for a new air conditioner. Age: Older models are not energy efficient. If it’s possible, find out how long your AC unit has been in service. If it is between 10-12 years old, start looking for a new system. Chances are it will likely begin (or it already does) show signs of failure. … Continued

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