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Energy Efficiency Tips: 17 Ways To Lower Utility Bills

Posted by Brett Higby on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

The starting line for reducing your utility costs is to first understand what you’re paying. The U.S. Department of Energy states that 44 percent of your utility energy usage is spent on heating and cooling your home. 33 percent is attributed to lighting, cooking and other appliances, while 14 percent is spent on heating your water, and lastly, 9 percent is consumed by your refrigerator.

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Tags: Energy Star, programmable thermostat, Cooling, Energy Efficiency

When is the right time to consider furnace replacement?

Posted by Brett Higby on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Getting an increase in energy efficiency alone is not usually an economically valid reason to consider furnace replacement as long as your furnace is still in relatively good working condition. We generally recommend replacing your older model furnace if any of the following situations apply:

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Tags: Furnace, programmable thermostat, Energy Efficiency, Furnace Replacement, variable-speed blowers