The HVAC System that Keeps on Giving

Starting 2016 Rebates September 5th, 2016 through November 25th, 2016 you can save up to $1,600 on a qualifying Lennox home comfort system.  Along with possible rebates through your local utility supplier and up to a possible $500 tax credit, you could be getting some huge savings.  Team this up with a low-cost Nebraska energy loan for even greater savings.

By switching from an older lower efficiency heating & air conditioning system to a new higher efficiency heating & air conditioning system, you could save up to 40% on your utility bills.

We enjoy being able to save our customers money on the best in home comfort system, and we hope you enjoy it as well!  So call us today at 402-362-5702 to schedule a free in-home quote on a new heating & air conditioning system.

 

5 Common Energy Myths

Some ideas are so widely believed they don’t even cause a second thought. Although often true, such common wisdom may be based on outdated or false information. Popular misconceptions about energy use can reduce home comfort and raise utility bills. Listed below are five energy myths that may be costing you.

  1. If you set the thermostat higher or lower it will heat or cool a room faster.

    No matter what the thermostat setting, air conditioners and furnaces work at the same speed. As a matter of fact, more energy may be wasted as the system continues to run to reach the further set point.IMG_1696

  2. If you leaving the lights on it uses less energy than turning them on and off.

    In most instances, the small surge of power needed to turn a light on is much less than the power that is wasted by leaving it on when it’s not needed.  In fact, MythBusters busted this myth in one of their episodes years ago.IMG_1697

  3. If you close off vents you will reduce heating and cooling costs.

    Closing vents is a terrible way to save on energy costs. Cooling and heating systems are designed to distribute air evenly; closing vents causes pressure to build up. This pressure build up often results in duct leaks that waste energy.

  4. If you leaving a ceiling fan on it will cool a room.

    Ceiling fans circulate air which makes you feel cooler.  This allows you to save energy by raising the temperature on the thermostat. However, they don’t cool the air. Leaving fans on in empty rooms wastes energy.IMG_1698

  5. Hand washing dishes is cheaper than using a dishwasher.

    It’s a widely believed misconception that dishwashers are convenient, but use more water and energy than hand washing. When in fact, washing a typical load of dishes in a dishwasher uses 37% less water.  Likewise, using a dishwasher, rather than hand washing, may cut your annual energy costs by more than $40, according to ENERGY STAR.IMG_1699

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50 Ways your Home can Save the Earth – A Good to be Home Infographic

Reduce your negative impact on the environment and improve your well being with 50 ways your home can save the earth.

Just a note: I apologize for the metric system measurements.  The source is from the United Kingdom.50-ways-your-home-could-save-the-earth

Source: 50 Ways your Home can Save the Earth – A Good to be Home Infographic

Fill the Gaps to Save Energy

Air leaks

Caulking is an awesome thing to do, assuming you like to stay warm in winter.  That toasty air flowing from your heater or furnace has a better chance of keeping you comfortable if you keep it indoors.

Your heating and cooling take up about half of the total energy costs in your home – and with proper sealing and insulation, you can save up to about 20 percent of those heating and cooling costs.

Air leaks aren’t hard to find.  As a matter of fact, they fell like “leaking air.”  You can find leaks by moving your hand around the frames of windows and doors.  If you feel air coming through, there’s an opening ready for sealing.

Air leaksGaps can occur where different materials meet – such as between brick and wood siding or between the foundation and walls.  Potential trouble spots include: mail chutes, electrical and gas service entrances, cable and phone lines, outdoor water faucets and vents/fans.  Caulking is used to fill many gaps; weather stripping is for the movable joints of your doors and windows.

Sealing your heating and cooling ducts can also improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent.  The performance of your system, however, is perhaps the most significant factor affecting energy use.

If your system is more than 10 years old or isn’t keeping you comfortable, have it evaluated.  If it’s time for a replacement, consider replacing your system with a unit that has a higher efficiency rating.  These systems reduce energy spending and increase comfort.  We can help you find the system that’s right for you.  Call us for details at 402-362-5702.

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Energy Quizzes

How much do you know about the energy we use today?  Here are a few quizzes to test your energy knowledge.

What is your energy IQ?

Energy Quizzes from Exxon Mobile

Eco Kids: Energy Quiz

What you don’t know about energy?

Energy Quiz

 

I took these and learned that I don’t know as much as I though I did about energy so give one, or even a few of these quizzes a try, and test your energy smarts.

 

Because of these quizzes you now know that heating and cooling your house accounts for the majority of energy that your home uses, try an Energy Savings Calculator to see how much money new high efficiency equipment could save you.

 

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Do you Really Want High Energy Bills?

You’d be amazed at how may people assume “bigger is better” with a new heating and cooling system.  The goal is more comfort and efficiency.  

Your system needs to cover the area and be able to respond to the quality of the area.  That is why units that are sized property are not based solely on the square footage of the house.

Bigger or smaller?

If the equipment is oversized for the area, it will cycle off and on more frequently, which can reduce the life expectancy while increasing energy consumption.  And you could be inviting more moisture – and the mold that often comes with it.

On the other hand, when the equipment is undersized, the wear on its components and lack of efficiency can also lead to early equipment failure.

The Envelope, Please.

Your heating and cooling system is just one part of two systems that work together for your comfort.  All the materials that surround your interior space are called the “envelope”.  This envelope greatly affects the comfort and cost to operate your home.  Combining the right amount and type of insulation, using effective air sealing techniques and installing the right windows can reduce energy costs.