Going Green with Upgrades

Lennox rebatesIf you’re considering home renovations and improvements this spring, pay attention to how newer, more advanced “green” appliances can reduce your energy use.  You’ll not only enjoy greater comfort, convenience and reliability from technologically-enhanced features, but you’ll also shell out less “green” from your wallet in energy costs.

Replacing aging refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers with more energy-efficient models is part of a sound strategy for controlling energy costs.  But, of course, your air conditioning and heating takes the biggest bite out of your energy funds – as much as half or more in some cases.

According to the Department of Energy, switching to high-efficiency air conditioners as part of your energy conservation efforts can help you reduce your energy use for cooling by 20-50%.  That’s a huge savings that adds up quickly.

Over the years, air conditioning technology has made great improvements.  If you compared one of today’s best models with an air conditioner made in the mid-1970s, you’d find that it uses 30-50% less energy to produce the same amount of cool air.  But even if your air conditioning system is just 10 years old, you could save 20-40% in cooling energy by replacing it with a newer model.

Remember – it’s not just the unit itself that saves energy.  You also need equipment that is properly sized for your home and professionally installed.  Units that are too large won’t adequately remove humidity.  Units that are too small won’t be able to maintain comfortable cooling on really hot days.  To talk about upgrading your air conditioning system, or other energy-saving options, give us a call at 402-362-5702.

Low-Cost Home Workouts

Looking for an alternative to a pricey gym membership?

Start by turning ordinary household items into equipment.  Chairs can be used for push-ups and dips.  Jump ropes are great for aerobic exercise.  Old milk jugs and laundry jugs can be filled with water and converted  into dumbbells. You can also use cat litter containers and cat/dog food.  Got stairs?  Go up and down for 30 minutes

Don’t invest in clothes racks.  Avoid buying equipment that only sees strength training exercises when you remove the clothes that pile up.  Before you make the purchase, make sure you’re going to use the equipment.  This will save you from buyer’s remorse, and keep you from wasting valuable storage space.

Buy smart.  When you know what you want to purchase, save money by checking out online classifieds for used equipment.  Just make sure it’s in good working order before you shell out the cash.  Also, for a great workout, you can buy or stream exercise videos for low to nothing cost classes right in the privacy and convenience of your own home.