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  • 3 Unexpected Ways You're Wasting Electricity

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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    Electrical costs can skyrocket during the year's hotter months, but the weather isn't the only culprit.

    Even if you’ve been good about avoiding the obvious mistakes, like leaving electricalappliances plugged in or forgetting to turn off the lights in empty rooms, you could still be wasting energy in other ways. Given all the different electronics and electrical components we tend to rely on regularly, even the smallest incidences can add up to significant costs. Although these habits may seem trivial, getting rid of them can translate to significant savings.

    Household Appliances Consume Electricity, Even when Not in Use

    We tend to keep certain devices plugged in, even when we aren't using them. If you haven't heated up anything in your microwave lately, but the time is visible, it's using power! That's a serious energy drain for an appliance that is essentially acting like an oversized clock. Other items, like computers and phone chargers, can be energy wasters as well — even if they're not actively used, just plugged in. In fact, due to the number of electronics found in modern households, these connected appliances can add up to 10% to your energy bill.

    Hot Water Is an Electricity Drain

    The vast majority of the energy consumed by your washing machine goes into heating the water. Although warmer temperatures are still the ideal route for combating tough stains, try switching to cold water for regular laundry loads. If you don’t notice any decline in the quality of your washed clothes, you’ll be even happier when you see just how much lower your electric bill is.

    Dirty HVAC Vents and Filters Burn More Power

    Cleanliness is close to godliness, but more importantly, it can also save you a bundle on your energy costs. If you've been neglecting your HVAC system's air filters and vents, and allowing dirt and debris to build up, the system is likely no longer as efficient as it once was. Clogged vents and filters force it to work harder to achieve the same heating and cooling, which burns more energy and drives up your utility bills.

    Cutting down on energy consumption is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. It’s also an effective way to drive down your monthly expenses, and who wouldn’t want to save money? At Certified Electric we can look over your electrical system and help you cut down on your costs. ">Contact us today to learn more about how you can save big!

  • 3 Home Energy Saving Tips for Back-to-School

    Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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    It’s back-to-school time! What can you do to save when it comes to your heating and air conditioning?

    As summer vacation winds down, your kids probably aren’t in the mood for discussing heating and air conditioning; nor would they be very interested in cutting back on energy usage. This is fine, since they’re already preoccupied with heading back to the classroom! This time of year likely ranks as their least favorite, but as a parent, you probably get some level of enjoyment from it. Back to school isn’t just about the end of the long vacation, though! You can also make this a time for reducing your energy consumption.

    Save on HVAC with Thermostat Adjustments

    Even the smallest changes to your thermostat settings can make a significant difference in your energy use and the bills that follow. Take your family's new schedule for the school year into account and carry out the necessary tweaks to your temperature settings. You want to make sure your air conditioner (or heater, later in the year) doesn't kick in unless someone's home. There's no point in spending money on keeping empty rooms comfortable! And if you don't have a programmable thermostat, it's past time to get one.

    Non-HVAC Devices Could Also Be an Energy Drain

    You can take measures to cut back on energy use, even when you’re fulfilling your parental duties. When assembling lunch for the kids, remove all the necessary items from the fridge first. Opening and closing the door numerous times makes the refrigerator work harder, which drives up energy usage.

    Get the Air Conditioning and Heating System Checked

    Having your HVAC looked at will allow you to resolve any underlying issues. This is important, as during the summer the system likely had heavy use. Many HVAC issues don't seem too serious, and yet they can still force your system to work harder. This hurts efficiency and leads to wasted energy and inflated utility bills.

    At Certified Electric, Inc., we possess the knowledge and expertise to rectify any heating and air conditioning issues you might have, and we’ll help your system stay as efficient as possible throughout the school year and beyond. Contact us today for more energy conservation tips!

  • 3 Reasons Your HVAC System Isn't Running as Efficiently as it Could Be

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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    Staying efficient is a top priority now, as homeowners seek to save on their energy costs, and maintenance agreements are key. Routine tune-ups and regular maintenance can keep your system running better and more reliably, especially when the seasons change. Your AC unit will be dealing with much more wear and tear once summer sets in, and if your system isn't efficient, this can leave you stuck with huge utility bills.

    To keep yourself comfortable without making such a big dent in your finances, look out for these three reasons behind inefficient HVAC systems:

    1. You Aren’t Performing Air Filter Maintenance

    Air filters might seem like a small part of the HVAC system, but in reality, they're vitally important. If you fail to change or clean them regularly, you could end up with a system that has to work much harder to achieve the same amount of cooling. Clogged filters block air flow, putting more wear and tear on the system and making it less efficient.

    2. Aside from Maintenance, Your Thermostat Might be Too Old

    Newer isn't always better, but it certainly is when it comes to modern thermostats. Traditional thermostats force you to be at home to make adjustments to temperature, while the new versions allow you to program them. You can set schedules, which ensure your home is comfortable when you're there without wasting money on cooling or heating an empty house. You can even opt for a Wi-Fi compatible thermostat, which you can control remotely from your mobile device!

    3. You Didn’t Look Into HVAC Scheduled Maintenance

    A common mistake among homeowners is neglecting the components that seem to be working properly. Your HVAC might seem perfectly okay, but that's no reason to skip the tune-up before the new season starts. It's essential that your system is ready before the demanding months set in, but avoiding breakdowns is only one benefit provided by maintenance agreements.

    You can also save money on your monthly bills, as professional tune-ups ensure the system is functioning at an efficient pace. To learn more about maintenance agreements and the various other ways you can keep your HVAC system more efficient, contact our heating and cooling experts at Certified Electric today.

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