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Energy Evaluations

3 Home Heating Systems Combine To Produce Energy Savings

If you understand the basics behind how home heating systems work, you will better be able to implement strategies that will help you save on your utility bills. Without diving into the complexities of each component, you can get a big picture view of how everything operates.

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Remember To Apply For A Tax Credit If You Installed A New Energy-Efficient Water Heater This Year

 To Apply For A Tax Credit If You Installed A New Energy-Efficient Water Heater This YearIf you installed a new energy-efficient water heater in your home in 2011, you may be entitled to a credit on your income taxes under the U.S. government’s Consumer Energy Efficiency program. Water heating can consume as much as 25 percent of the energy used in your home, so a high-efficiency model will use much less energy while saving you money on your annual utility costs.

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Energy Costs Causing You A Problem? Find The Solution With An Energy Evaluation

If you have been trying to cut back on your energy use and your energy costs are still rising, you probably have energy loss problems that need to be addressed by a professional energy evaluation. A pro can help you figure out what parts of your house are causing the energy loss, recommend tailored solutions and help you implement these energy-saving strategies to return your home to the comfort and efficiency levels you should be expecting.

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Get Top Performance From Solar Energy Systems When You Know These Efficiency Terms

When you decide to add a solar energy system to your home, you want to know you’re getting the most for your money. These systems often require a large upfront cost and can disrupt your home life during installation, so it pays to know exactly what you’re getting. The more you know about your new energy system, the more accurately you can calculate how long it will take to recoup those upfront expenses.

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Seal Ducts, And Resuscitate Energy Savings

Seal Ducts, And Resuscitate Energy SavingsFeel that nice, cool breeze? Refreshing, doesn’t it? But wait — you’re inside. A cool breeze may feel great on a hot summer day, but wind in your home in the middle of winter indicates a heat loss, and heat losses cost you money. One of the most common places to experience heat loss is through your heating ducts. Thankfully, you can easily solve this problem if you seal ducts in your home.

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The ‘Repair Or Replace’ Dilemma: How To Decide

With winter on its way, it’s essential that you have a furnace that can be relied upon through the cold weather. If you have had some recent heating problems, you may not know whether you should repair or replace your heating system. Furnaces aren’t cheap, but you don’t want to waste money on repairs that will only buy you a short amount of service before another problem emerges. Ask yourself these questions to determine whether you should repair or replace.

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Stay Warm And Cut Your Heating Bill With These Energy-Saving Tips

Winters in Michigan can brutal — especially if you are not prepared. You want to save money, but you also want your family to stay comfortable. To best prevent the cold weather from causing a spike in your energy costs, follow some of these affordable energy-saving tips:

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Selecting An HVAC Contractor? Ask Good Questions, Get Good Answers

Searching for an HVAC contractor can be a bewildering experience, with more than 100 to choose from in Grand Traverse County alone. A simple way to narrow your search is to ask friends and family members for recommendations. Once you have a few suggestions, contact each company and schedule a home visit. During each visit, you will want to ask the following questions that will guide you in comparing companies and prices so you can determine which HVAC contractor suits your project best.

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Furnace Filters And Efficiency: Sort Through Factors That Influence Savings

The efficiency of your furnace filter affects the comfort level of your home as well as how healthy your indoor air is. Particles such as pollen, dust, dander and mold can all have a great effect on allergy and asthma symptoms. Efficient filters can also help you save money on your energy consumption.

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Selecting And Sizing Your New Tankless Or Conventional Water Heater

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, the first step in your search is choosing between a newer tankless model or a conventional water heater. Whereas conventional models store hot water in a tank at all times, tankless models heat water only when it is needed. Because they heat water on demand, tankless heaters do not waste heat and energy when they’re not in use. Tankless heaters are more expensive than conventional heaters, but depending on your needs, a tankless heater may make up for its initial cost through energy savings.

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