Energy saving services

Energy saving services: energy takes a huge bite out of household budgets, with the typical family spending about $2200 each year on utility bills. But today is the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Day, the perfect opportunity to assess your energy use and start saving.
Because saving energy and money go hand in hand, the non-profit Consumer Federation of America came up with 12 simple ways to save both. Help us save you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary energy costs by following these 5 top tips and keep in mind Emile at Encore Construction and Maintenance, the licensed handyman you need.

1. TURN IT OFF: Use timers and motion detectors to turn off lights and be sure to unplug TV entertainment systems when travelling (use power strips for easy on/off switching) and don’t leave your computer and monitor on needlessly.

2. KEEP ‘EM CLEAN: Check furnace, heat pump, and AC filters once a month and replace them regularly. A dirty air filter can increase your energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.

3. GET A CHECK UP: Get your heating system checked up once a year. A licensed professional will make sure that your system is operating efficiently and safely. Checkups can identify problems early.

4. GET WITH THE PROGRAM: Install a programmable thermostat which automatically adjusts the temperature during the day or at night, keeping you from forgetting as you dash off to work.  A programmable thermostat can save you up to $100 a year.

5.DOUBLE PANE WINDOWS: Insulating glass, more commonly known as double glazing, consists of two or three glass window panes separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat transfer across a part of the building envelope.

(For more energy saving info, visit energysaver.gov or energystar.gov).

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