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5 Energy Saving Tips for May in Massachusetts

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Keep those Benjamins and Grants in your wallet instead of handing them over to the utility company.

During the month of May, you probably experience more than a few temperature swings, which means your heating and even cooling appliances are on again and off again, sometimes in the same week. Just last year, Accuweather says that Massachusetts statewide average temperatures fluctuated as much as 30 degrees for the daytime highs in a 7-day period.

The average Massachusetts resident uses about 109 million BTUs of energy every year. That’s 22 percent higher than the average American home, so finding ways to conserve can also help save a considerable amount of money. Here are 5 tips to help meet that goal.

#1: Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Programmable thermostats automatically adjust indoor temperatures based on settings that you choose. Many homeowners prefer a warmer home during the day and a cooler home at night, which the National Sleep Foundation says falls between 60 and 67 degrees.

Smart thermostats take the idea of climate control one step further. You designate temperature settings initially. But over time, the thermostat learns your family’s habits and programs itself to increase and decrease the temperature at different key times of day, such as when you’re at work or just waking up in the morning, for optimum savings.

#2: Get Leaky Faucets Repaired

Believe it or not, plumbers can help you save energy. Not only can a reputable plumber install a high-efficiency water heater that reduces your energy consumption for household hot water, he can help the heater perform better by repairing water supply leaks.

A leaky faucet at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom can draw hot water from the tank continually. That causes the heater to cycle on more than it should. Get drips and trickles repaired, and your hot water will stay in the tank until you need it instead of going down the drain.

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Get the right insulation depth for your home and warm air will stay put.

#3: Inspect Your Insulation

Living in Massachusetts means that you likely have insulation in the attic and maybe the walls, too. But inadequate insulation lets heat escape your home, which puts a heavier load on your furnace or boiler. It can also make your floors bone-chilling cold.

Almost every home could benefit from additional insulation. Unless you recently had new material installed, it’s a safe bet that beefing it up would help reduce thermal transfer even more. And if your crawlspace or basement has no insulation, correcting that situation would give you warmer floors and fewer cold drafts wicking up indoors.

#4: Repair or Replace Windows and Doors

Old windows and doors don’t necessarily require replacement, especially in a very old or historic home. But because they can be major points of drafts, heat loss in cold weather and heat gain in summer, older windows and doors do need attention.

Caulk is an inexpensive and effective way to seal drafts, says the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Add insulating storm windows and doors, and you’ll have another measure of protection against the temperature fluctuations outside.

#5: Get a Home Energy Assessment

Perhaps the best way to help lower heating and cooling bills is to get a home energy assessment. Mass Save says that in about 2 hours, an energy specialist will evaluate your home for areas that make it less efficient. That information shows where you need to focus repair and improvement attention.

To make energy efficient improvements more affordable, the Commonwealth offers several rebates and incentives. Get up to $2,000 back on insulation, targets air sealing for free, heating, cooling and water heating appliance rebates, and there’s also a 0 percent financing program for some residents.

You don’t need set the thermostat too high or too low and compensate with clothing to save a little money. Work at improving your home’s heat loss and gain issues, and your heating and cooling equipment will work less to keep your home comfortable.

The professionals at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, A/C and Electric can work with you to improve energy efficiency. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.

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How You can Save Money on Electricity This Summer

Electric bills tend to soar in the summer as the air conditioner starts to work overtime. No one wants to deal with a big electric bill, but no one wants to deal with the heat of summer inside the house. Learning how to save money on electricity in the summer can keep your energy usage down without sacrificing comfort.

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Easy Ways to Bring Your Energy Use Down

Use these handy tips for how you can save money on electricity this summer:

  • Use insulated window treatments. If you have windows that bring direct sunlight into your home, you are heating your home with those sun rays. Heavy drapes or insulated blinds will help keep that heat outside instead of inside, cutting down your electricity use.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. You aren’t home. Why is your A/C running at full blast? A programmable thermostat, set to your schedule, will keep your home comfortable when you are at home and save you money when you are not.
  • Shut the doors on rooms you are not using. If no one is using the extra bedroom or rec room in your home, closing off that space will save you the energy it takes to cool it. The A/C will do its job quickly and then shut off. That will cut down on your energy use and electric bill.
  • Use ceiling fans. Fans do not actually cool the air. The movement of the air across the skin makes it feel cooler. By making the occupants of the room feel cooler, it is possible to keep the A/C at a higher temp. Just remember to turn the fans off when you leave the room.
  • Use natural light when possible. Turn the lights off during the day and use natural light as much as possible. You should open the window treatments on all the windows not receiving direct sunlight. This will illuminate your home without letting in the heat of the sun.

If you want to learn more about how to save money on electricity in the summer, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Upgrading to a New Central Air Conditioner? Fall Is Prime Time for Installation

install new central air conditionerIf you’re considering upgrading to a new central air conditioner, fall is the ideal time for an installation. You’ll reap some major benefits when a knowledgeable, licensed HVAC contractor installs your new equipment in between the cooling and heating seasons. Read More Upgrading to a New Central Air Conditioner? Fall Is Prime Time for Installation >>

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Fall Is the Perfect Time for These Home Maintenance Tasks

fall home maintenanceHome ownership is a never ending responsibility, with ongoing maintenance, repair and upkeep required to protect your investment. Seasonal maintenance will help prepare your home for the changing weather and conditions ahead, particularly as temperatures turn colder. Here are some fall home maintenance tips to get you started:
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Time to Look at Back-to-School Energy Savings for Holliston Homeowners

back to schoolThe school break is a time of high energy consumption for most families. Now that fall has arrived and the kids are in class again, you can make up for those big summer energy bills by taking these effective steps that promote back-to-school energy savings:
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5 Myths That Can Negatively Impact Home Energy Savings This Summer

energy savings mythsIt’s no surprise that A/Cs see the most use in the summer, but this has the downside of increasing energy bills. When you’re seeking summer energy savings, it’s important to have accurate knowledge. To go along with these tips for efficient A/C operation, here are five common myths which risk increasing your energy costs. Read More 5 Myths That Can Negatively Impact Home Energy Savings This Summer >>

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Looking for Summer Energy Savings? Don’t Fall for These Myths

summer energy savingsCooling a home in summer can get expensive quickly. Finding summer energy savings is important to keep costs down while maintaining your desired level of comfort. Some tips don’t actually save money though, so make sure you don’t fall for these myths. Here are the real facts on summer energy savings. Read More Looking for Summer Energy Savings? Don’t Fall for These Myths >>

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Using Tankless Water Heaters to Provide On-Demand Hot Water

tankless water heaterHeating water is expensive. It is always going to use a lot of energy to heat the water in your home. However, there are some systems that can make this process much more efficient.

Using tankless water heaters is an option for those who would like to see a little more savings on your energy bill. In order to understand why, we have to look at how the typical storage water heater works. Read More Using Tankless Water Heaters to Provide On-Demand Hot Water >>

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Electricity Use and Your Heating and Cooling Systems: Don’t Fall for These Myths

electricity useAccording to the Energy Star program, heating and cooling operations in your home use almost 50 percent of the energy used. Responsible and budget-minded homeowners work on conserving energy and, in many ways, they do succeed, but some homeowners have myths about electricity use that keep them from reducing monthly costs. Read More Electricity Use and Your Heating and Cooling Systems: Don’t Fall for These Myths >>

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Benefits of HVAC Service Agreements Abound — Here’s What You Can Enjoy

hvac service agreementHave you been putting off signing up for a service agreement with a local heating and cooling expert? If so, you’re missing out on the great benefits that HVAC service agreements have to offer. Here’s what you have to look forward to when you sign up for a Service Partner Plan from Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Read More Benefits of HVAC Service Agreements Abound — Here’s What You Can Enjoy >>

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