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Summer Savings: Natural Gas Outdoor Grills

Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in @ Home

Key Points Outdoor grills offer weekend chefs greater speed and control over the food being cooked. Options include quick disconnect valves and smoke drawers that hold flavor chips. Proper maintenance will extend the operating life of the grill. Natural gas grills are a popular choice for homeowners. Just as with indoor gas cooktops, outdoor gas…

Ask an Expert – Saving Energy With Heat Pump Water Heaters

Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in @ Home

“How do heat pump water heaters work and are they more efficient than conventional units?” Heat pumps are most often thought of as heating and cooling systems, but they can also be used to heat water —either as a stand-alone water heating system, or as a combination water heating and space conditioning system. Heat pump…

Beat the Heat with Natural Cooling

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 in @ Home

When the summer heats up, staying cool can be a challenge. While air conditioning provides relief, these units use a significant amount of energy. Natural or passive cooling—where unwanted heat is reflected, blocked, or removed—is an environmentally friendly alternative. While new homes can be designed for passive cooling, you can use passive cooling techniques in your current…

Sustainable Living: Conserving Water

Posted on Friday, June 19, 2015 in @ Home

Water is often taken for granted, but the truth is, clean, healthy water is not an endless resource. The average family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. By making simple changes in your daily routine, you can save money and help preserve water supplies for future…

Packaged Rooftop Systems Offer More Options

Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points Packaged rooftop units provide space conditioning for a variety of commercial and industrial facilities. These pre-assembled units contain all of the major components found in more complex systems. Optional features can increase system performance but preventive maintenance is required. Packaged rooftop heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are found on the roofs of…

Ask an Expert – Ductless Split-System Heat Pumps (Mini-Splits)

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 in @ Home

“Would you provide information on ductless split system heat pumps?” This article is reproduced from the U.S. Department of Energy Web site. Ductless split-system heat pumps (mini splits) make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also…

Commercial HVAC: Ten Energy-Saving Technologies

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 in @ Municipalities

Key Points Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for a large percentage of building energy use. New HVAC technologies can save energy and reduce operating costs. Proper system upkeep and a well-maintained building envelope can optimize savings. Though critical to occupant comfort and employee productivity, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) use a significant amount…

Money-Saving Tips for Water Heating

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015 in @ Home

Water heating accounts for nearly 20 percent of the energy costs in a typical home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). By finding ways to conserve water use and improve the efficiency of your hot water appliances and equipment, you can save substantially on your utility bills. Conserving water and energy Fix leaking…

Top Ten Home Energy Myths

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 in @ Home

Some ideas are so widely held that they appear to bear little scrutiny or even a second thought. While often factual, such common wisdom is often based on outdated or false information. Widespread misconceptions about home energy use can increase a homeowner’s energy bills, and lead to unnecessary home maintenance and reduced comfort. Here are…

Quick and Easy Tips for Lowering Your Natural Gas Use

Posted on Friday, March 27, 2015 in @ Municipalities

Key Points Preventive maintenance and smart operating practices can save a significant amount of energy. Low-cost upgrades can improve overall efficiency and save energy with a quick payback. Control tuning and simple setting adjustments can optimize energy savings. Proper maintenance procedures can help save money on heating in several ways. Other strategies include retrofitting or upgrading…