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How You Can Save Big on Your Utility Bills

Utility bills, they’re pretty much the worst! Being an adult means that each month you have to give a portion of your hard earned money to the water company, the electrical company, the gas company, etc. it’s an overall unpleasant experience. Take some of the pain out of paying your utility bills with this comprehensive money-saving checklist.

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Water Bills:

1. Try to only run your dishwasher or your washing machines when you have a full load. If you absolutely have to wash a smaller load, make sure you’re using the correct water settings

2. Upgrade to a low-flow shower head and watch the savings add up.

3. Have a running/leaking toilet fixed right away, to prevent water waste and increased a water bill.

4. If you add an aerator to your faucets, you’ll use about half as much water and save big on your monthly water bill.

5. Have a high-efficiency toilet installed, for long-term savings.

6. Use a broom to sweep away leaves and dirt on your porch, instead of using a hose to wash away debris.

7. Have any leaks repaired right away. A small leak or a dripping faucet may not seem like a huge deal, and it can be tempting to ignore the leak and save money on faucet-989515_960_720a costly repair. However, ignoring a leak is a major mistake that will cause a significant increase in your monthly water bill. If you notice a leak, contact us right away to have it fixed.

Keep in mind that not all leaks are easy to spot. You could have a leak in your pipes, where you wouldn’t be able to see it. There are a couple of signs to look out for, to help you determine if you have a hidden leak.

-You can start to see an increase in your monthly water bill.

-Your meter readings can be higher than usual.

-Depending on where the leaky pipe is located, you might start to notice some water damage.

If you suspect you may have a hidden leak somewhere, or if you just want some peace of mind, contact us today and we’ll send out one of our professional plumbers to inspect and correct the problem.

8. Opt to thaw foods in the fridge instead of running them under hot water in the sink.

9. You’ve heard this one a hundred times before, but turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth or lathering up your hands.

10. You can reuse the water you cook with to water your plants or in the garden.

11. Plan ahead when you purchase new appliances. Investing in energy efficient dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, etc. is a great way to ensure that you’ll see long-term savings on your water and your power utility bills.

Electrical and Gas Bills:

1. Change y142715_image2 copyour air filters regularly. By changing your air filters as recommended you will help ensure that your furnace and your air conditioner are running properly and efficiently, saving you money on your monthly power bills.

2. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.

3. Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.

4. During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows. Then during summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.

5. For real long-term savings on your utility bills, choose energy-efficient products when you’re buying new heating and cooling equipment.

6. Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, and depending on the season raise or lower the set point when you’re sleeping or away from home.

7. Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenevwashing-machine-1078918_960_720er possible. About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes is for heating the water. There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes use less water and use cooler water. Unless you’re dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.

8. Repair and weatherize your current storm windows, if necessary.

9. Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.

10. One of the quickest energy and money-saving tasks you can do is to caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside.

11. Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.

12. Have the outside condenser coil cleaned once a year.

13. Schedule yearly maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment with one of our heating and cooling technicians.

14. Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

15. Save money on lighting your home with controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels. Our Certified Electricians can help you select and install the products that are compatible with the energy-efficient bulbs you want to use.

16. Select a refrigerator with automatic moisture control. Models with this feature have been engineered to prevent moisture accumulation on the cabinet exterior without the addition of a heater. This is not the same thing as an “anti-sweat” heater. Models with an anti-sweat heater will consume 5% to 10% more energy than models without this feature.

17. Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section. If you haverefrigerator-1129919_960_720 a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.

18. Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight. Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.

19. Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet. By keeping your faucet in the cold position, you’ll save money on both your water and energy utility bills.

20. If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system. An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.

21. In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate the gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment may be needed. Consult the manufacturer or your local utility company.

22. Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.

23. Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.

24. Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.

25. Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so. They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.

26. Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them. Even if you turn these items off, they will still draw power, wasting energy and your money.

27. If you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes turn off the monitor and turn off the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.

28. Switch to energy efficient light-bulbs.

29. Don’t put hot foods in the fridge. Allow food to cool a little before placing them in the refrigerator for storage. Placing hot foods in the fridge will raise the temperature of your fridge, causing it to work twice as hard to cool the unit back down, costing you more money on your power bill.

30. Have us come out and perform an Energy Safety Savings Analysis. An Energy Safety Savings Analysis will help discover even more ways for you to save money on your utility bills.

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Have You Thought About Going Green this St. Patrick’s Day?

If you’re like a lot of people, you will be spending St. Patrick’s Day decked out head to toe in your favorite green apparel and enjoying some green treats. Since St. Patrick’s Day is the day of all things green, it might be a great time to take the green theme a little further and go “green” in your home.irish-845398_960_720

A green home is a home that saves money and the environment and going green is a lot easier than you might think. You don’t have to go green all at once, taking baby steps is just fine. But the good news is that with every step you take in the green direction, you’ll save more and more money. Which is the kind of green everyone loves!

Check out these suggestions to help you live a more green life.

1. Go paperless in the kitchen. Think of all of the money you’re wasting every day on paper products in the kitchen? Replacing paper towels and napkins with cloth alternatives can save you a lot of money on your yearly grocery bill. Plus, you can find cloth towels and napkins in fun colors and designs to liven up your kitchen.

2. Brighten up your space. Did you know by simply switching your incandescent light bulbs for CFL bulbs, you can save between $180 to $300 a year on your energy bill?

3. Take confour-leaf-clover-152047_960_720trol. A programmable thermostat can save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10% to 15% for 8 hours. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

4. Upgrade your shower head. A low-flow shower head can save 50 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower and most models have a shut-off valve that will save even more water by stopping the water while you lather up.

5. Switch to vinegar. By swapping out your expensive, chemically riddled cleaning products with vinegar you will save you money and it’s a healthy alternative. Vinegar is an effective cleaner that kills mold, bacteria and germs. Plus it leaves surfaces shining!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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P.S. Be one the lookout for part two on Earth Day!

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Winter has Arrived: Learn How You Can Cut Heating Costs

Winter weather and frigid temperatures have come to the St. Louis Metro East area and with it comes an increase in heating costs. But staying warm and comfortable does not have to cost you an arm and a leg! Just follow these simple money saving tips to help get you through the long cold winter months.

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1. Try layering your clothing.

The first and perhaps easiest step to staying warm this winter is layering your clothes. You may not need to set your thermostat has high if you can wear enough layers to help keep you comfortable.

2. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

The heat from your furnace just loves to escape your home through poorly insulated walls and ceilings. Ensuring that your ceilings, walls, basement, attic, etc. are well insulated will not only save you money during the winter, but proper insulation will save you money on your heating and cooling bill all year long. Which means choosing high-quality insulation is a worthwhile investment for both your home and your wallet.

3.  Seal up your home.

Use caulk around your windows, especially if you have an older home/ older windows. Nothing wastes money during the winter months like drafty windows!

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Your furnace is working twice as hard to keep up with the plummeting temperatures during the winter months. If your furnace isn’t operating at its optimal level, you’re basically burning money on heating costs. Contact us today to have your heating system inspected and tuned-up, for added peace of mind and savings this winter.

5. Block off unused rooms.

If there are rooms in your home that are not used often, you can save some money on your heating bill by closing off those rooms. Make sure that you close the heating vents and all doors. WARNING: don’t close off a room that contains plumbing, you don’t want to have to worry about frozen pipes.

6. Make your windows work for you!

During the day, open your blinds and curtains and let the sunlight naturally warm your home. Then at night, close those blinds and curtains, to help keep the warm air inside your home and keep drafts out.

 7. Cook more.

kitchen-1129803_960_720Using your oven will help you heat your kitchen (and home depending on your layout). So, put that oven to work by making a roast, meatloaf, casserole, etc. and after you’re done cooking dinner, bake a cake or some brownies to keep that oven running longer. After you’re done cooking/baking, TURN YOUR OVEN OFF and then leave the oven door cracked open to get the most heat out of your oven as possible. WARNING: you should never use your oven as the only method to heat your home and NEVER run your oven when you’re not cooking.

8. Turn on your ceiling fans.

Winter may seem like an odd time to run your ceiling fan, but they can distribute warm air through your home efficiently. If you set your ceiling fan to spin clockwise and run it on a low speed, it will help push the warm air back down. This is extremely helpful and cost effective since warm air rises.

Here are a few more helpful money saving heating tips for winter:

  • Change your filter at least once a month, to help ensure that your furnace runs as efficiesmall_8121287668ntly as possible.
  • Setting your programmable thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not home, can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • To keep the warm air flowing freely, be sure to clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Remember to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
  • Place towels, pipe insulation or some other form of thick material at the bottom of your exterior doors. This will help prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from pouring in.
  • Have an Electrician install foam installation behind your electrical plate covers and outlets.
  • A new and more energy efficient furnace will provide you with major long term savings on your heating bill each winter.

Stay safe and warm this winter!

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Winter is Coming! Just Kidding…It’s Already Here

Winter is everyone’s favorite time of year. Just kidding! Winter is a rough season for those of us who live in the Midwest. All of that snow, ice, frigid winds, bitterly cold temperatures. Plus all of the fun that accompanies the unpleasant weather. Like; icy windshields, frozen pipes, high heating bills, snow covered driveways, cold and flu season, etc. winter can be a long, miserable three months. Not to mention, expensive! The good news is that there are several things you can do to help cut the costs of staying warm and comfortable this winter.windshield-245281_640The cost of heating your home is by far your biggest expense during the winter months, but there are ways to cut down on your costs.

  • Change your filter at least once a month, to help ensure that your furnace runs as efficiesmall_8121287668ntly as possible.
  • Setting your programmable thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not home, can save you up to 15% on your heating bill.
  • To keep the warm air flowing freely, be sure to clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Remember to make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Keep your curtains and blinds on your windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home. And close them at night to help keep heat inside and reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • Leave your oven door open after you’re done cooking (and you’ve turned your oven off). This allows the heat from your oven to help warm your home.
  • Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.

Keeping the heat inside and the cold outside can be tricky, especially if you have an older home. Here’s a quick checklist to help you keep winter out of your home.

  • Make sure that your home is well insulated! If it’s not, you’re just throwing money away.
  • Place towels, pipe insulation or some other form of thick material at the bottom of your exterior doors. This will help prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from pouring in.
  • Have an Electrician install foam installation behind your electrical plate covers and outlets.
  • Inspect window and door frames for cracks, that can let the winter air in.

Frozen pipes can spell disaster for your home and your wallet! Take the necessary precautions to protect your plumbing.

  • First and ffrozen-pipeoremost, make sure that you have turned off all of your outdoor water supplies.
  • Make sure that you disconnect and put away any outdoor hoses.
  • Insulate your water heater and any pipes on your home’s exterior.

Looking for a more long-term solution to lower your winter energy costs?

  • A new and more energy efficient furnace will provide you with major long term savings on your heating bill each winter.

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Money Saving Energy Tips in Time for Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to learn a few
amazing money saving energy tips for your home!

  1. When to Turn Off Your Personal Computer
  • Yes, there is a small surge in energy when your computer first starts up, but this small amount of energy is considerably less than the energy used when your computer is running for long periods of time.
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    • The monitor if you aren’t going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes
    • Both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.
    • Make sure your monitors, printers and other accessories are on a power strip/surge protector.
      • When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off.
    • If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.
  • Most PCs reach the end of their “useful” life due to advances in technology long before the effects of being switched on and off multiple times have a negative impact on their service life.
  • The less time a PC is on, the longer it will “last.”
  • PCs also produce heat, so turning them off reduces building cooling loads.
  • Note: Screen savers are not energy savers.
    • Using a screen saver may in fact use more energy than not using one.

2. Laundry Tips

  • Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible.
  • Wash and dry full loads.
  • Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes.
    • If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked.
    • This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks.

3. Air Leaks and Your Wallet

  • One of the quickest energy– and money-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal and weather strip all seams, cracks and openings to the outside.
  • Tips for Sealing Air Leaks
    • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
    • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings and officiants over cabinets.
    • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
    • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists and caulk them.
    • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows.
    • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
    • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
    • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
    • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

4. Air Conditioning Tips

  • Set your th10411_image6 copyermostat to 78° F or as high as comfort permits.
  • Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day.
  • Close cooling vents in unused rooms and keep doors to unused rooms closed.
  • Check, clean or replace air filters every month.
  • Clean the outside condenser coil once a year.
  • Insulate your house.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of cooling equipment by a licensed service representative.
  • Attics must be ventilated to relieve heat buildup caused by the sun. If necessary, improve attic airflow by adding or enlarging vents.

5. Energy Saving Lightning Tips

  • Indoor Lighting Tips
    • By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year.
    • When replacing incandescent bulbs from recessed light fixtures, use energy-efficient bulbs that are rated for that purpose.
    • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR-qualified fixtures.
      • They are available in many styles, distribute light more efficiently and evenly than standard fixtures, and some offer convenient features such as dimming.
    • Controls such as timers and photocells save electricity by turning lights off when not in use.
    • Dimmers save electricity when used to lower light levels.bulbs-932838_640
    • Keep your curtains or shades open to use day-lighting instead of turning on lights.
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips
    • Because outdoor lights are usually left on a long time, using CFLs or LEDs in these fixtures will save a lot of energy.
    • CFLs and LEDs are available as flood lights.
      • These models have been tested to withstand the rain and snow so they can be used in exposed fixtures.

6. Water Heating

  • Set the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water.
  • Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  • Insulate your natural gas or oil hot-water storage tank but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
  • Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
  • If you are in the market for a new dishwasher or clothes washer, consider buying an efficient, water-saving ENERGY STAR® model to reduce hot water use.
  • Drain a quart of water from your water tank every three months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

7. Heating

  • Set your thermost102754_image4 copyat as low as is comfortable in the winter.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Release trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.

8. Ducts

  • Check your ducts for air leaks.
    • First, look for sections that should be joined but have separated and then look for obvious holes.
  • If you use tape to seal your ducts, avoid cloth-backed, rubber adhesive duct tape, which tends to fail quickly.
  • Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder.
  • If your basement has been converted to a living area, hire a professional to install both supply and return registers in the basement rooms.
  • Be sure a well-sealed vapor barrier exists on the outside of the insulation on cooling ducts to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Long-Term Savings Tip: You can lose up to 60% of your heated air before it reaches the register if your ducts aren’t insulated and they travel through unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
  • Get a qualified professional to help you insulate and repair ducts.

9. Kitchen Tips

  • Refrigerator/Freezer Energy
    • Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37° to 40°F for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5°F for the freezer section
      • If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0°F.
    • Regularly defrost manual-defrost refrigerators and freezers; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit.
      • Don’t allow frost to build up more than one-quarter of an inch.
    • Make sure your refrigerator door seals are airtight.
      • Test them by closing the door over a piece of paper or a dollar bill so it is half in and half out of the refrigerator.
      • If you can pull the paper or bill out easily, the latch may need adjustment, the seal may need replacing, or you might consider buying a new unit.
    • Cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder.
  • Other Energy-Saving Kitchen Tips
    • Be sure to place the faucet lever on the kitchen sink in the cold position when using small amounts of water; placing the lever in the hot position uses energy to heat the water even though it may never reach the faucet.
    • If you need to purchase a natural gas oven or range, look for one with an automatic, electric ignition system.
      • An electric ignition saves natural gas because a pilot light is not burning continuously.
    • In natural gas appliances, look for blue flames; yellow flames indicate theflame-871136_640 gas is burning inefficiently and an adjustment needs to be made.
    • Keep range-top burners and reflectors clean; they will reflect the heat better, and you will save energy.
    • Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and it uses less energy.
    • Match the size of the pan to the heating element.
    • Use small electric pans or toaster ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven.
      • A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
    • Use pressure cookers and microwave ovens whenever it is convenient to do so.
      • They will save energy by significantly reducing cooking time.
  • Dishwasher
    • Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120°F).
    • Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones.
    • Soaking or pre-washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food.
    • Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded, when you run it.
    • Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your machine for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it.
    • Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

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Welcome September and Hello Unreasonable Weather

September is here already! In the Midwest, September means the kids are back at school, pools start closing down, pumpkin flavored everything hits the grocery stores. But what September is most known for in this area, is its crazy, unpredictable, roller-coaster weatheclouds-429228_640r!

Yes, the next few weeks we can expect the weather to teeter between hot summer days and frosty autumn nights. One day we’ll see the temperatures reach into the high 90’s, with unbearable humidity and the next day you’ll be wearing sweaters and jackets. And there are the days that will start out on one temperature extreme and end on the other.

While September tries to figure out what season it wants to be in, we’re stuck trying to keep our homes comfortable and our energy bills as low as possible. These tasks are a lot trickier than they should be! But we have the insider advice you need to know when dealing with the back and forth transition from hot to cooler temperatures.

Hot weather turns cooler, so you turn off your air conditioner and open the windows. Then things heat back up, so you shut those windows and turn your air conditioner back on. We experienced this just last week. The August heat broke and we had a week or so of nice cooler, almost fall like temperatures. Then the next thing we knew, summer came roaring back with a vengeance.

With this bewindow-192242_640ing the first week of September, we can expect these yo-yo temperatures to occur a dozen more times. The key here is to NOT keep turning your air conditioner on and off, and opening and closing your windows.

Most people believe that doing this will save them money on their energy bill. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Every time you open your windows, you’re not only letting the cooler air in, but your home is also filling up with humidity.

When you turn your air conditioner back on, itprotip will run twice as long and twice as hard, to both cool your home and remove the humidity, which in turn will cost you big bucks on your energy bill. Instead of turning your air conditioner off and opening a window, simply turn the temperature up. Your unit will run less, you’ll still be comfortable and you’ll see the savings on your energy bill.

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Does My Furry Friend Need Air Conditioning?

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We love our pets and they love us, but sometimes their comfort might slip our minds. In order to save money on our electrical bills, many of us will turn our air conditioning units off or up really high so they don’t run all day while we’re gone. However, doing this can pose some serious issues to our beloved pets.

Cats and dogs typically come with coats of warm fur, which they can’t remove when they get too hot. Additionally, unlike humans, animals can’t adjust the temperature of the air conditioning unit back down in the afternoon, when the heat really starts to rise.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between keeping your wallet fat and your pets healthy, happy and comfortable. You can run your air conditioning anywhere from 72 to 80 degrees while you’re out. By doing this, you can still save a good amount of IMG_7999-savemoney on your electrical bill and keep your pets comfortable.

If you want to ensure that your air conditioning unit is running at its optimal potential so you can save some major dough on your electric bill. Go to trusttiger.com or call 1-888-9TIGER1 to set up an inspection of your air conditioning unit.

Are you still worried about your pets overheating while you’re out and about? Check out these simple tips to help keep your furry family members cool and comfortable when you’re not around.

1. Fans to the Rescue

If you love the feel of a fan blowing cool air your way on a hot August day, chances are that your pets will love it too. Setup a box fan on the floor in front of an air conditioning vent. Your pet will love the cold air blowing on their fur in the middle of an afternooAir Conditioningn.

2. The Frozen Bottle Trick

Freeze a bottle of water overnight, then wrap it in a towel and place it in your pet’s favorite resting spot. When your pet gets overheated she can curl up in her favorite spot comfortably.

3. Get Grooming

All of that fur on your baby is undoubtedly adorable, but it’s causing her a lot of discomforts. So, head over to the groomer and say goodbye to all of that hot, hot fur! Don’t worry, her fur will grow back a lot faster than you might think and she’ll be a lot more comfortable during the summer months. As an added bonus, you’ll be almost completely pet hair free for a couple of months!

4. Provide a Nice Refreshing Drink

Drop a few ice cubes in your pet’s water bowl before you head out. The ice will help keep your pets water cooler, longer and a lot of animals love playing with and munching on ice cubes. So, they will be cool and entertained while you’re away!

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9 Tips for Beating the August Heat and Getting a Good Nights Sleep

The August heat and humidity are in full swing and that means hotter, stickier nights. It’s no secret that getting a good nights sleep, during hot nights is more difficult. In fact, it often seems nearly impossible to get comfortable at night, when the heat index is on the rise.

The good news is that there are some simple tricks you can use, to beat the heat and finally get some much needed rest. By using a few of these ideas, you’ll finally be able to enjoy the benefits of a full nights sleep.

1. Take a Cool Shower

Before hopping into bed at night, try jumping into a cool shower first. Taking a cool shower will lower your core body temperature and allow you to get a jump start on bath-2192_640falling asleep, before the heat starts to bug you.

2. Don’t Blow Dry

Since you’ll be coming out of a cool shower, go ahead and leave your hair damp. Damp hair will help keep your core temperature cooler longer. So you can reach a deep sleep, without having to deal with the uncomfortable August heat.

3. Spread Out

August is a good month to be a bed hog. When you sleep curled up in a ball or with your limbs close together, you generate more body heat, causing more sweat and comfortability issues. Instead, try sleeping with your limbs spread out and open, to prevent a sweaty situation. Additionally, cuddling is generally a bad idea, when battling the August heat.

4. Water is Your Friend

A great nights sleep starts with staying well hydrated. By drinking eight to nine ounces of water before bed each night, you can help prevent dehydration and the inevitable sweating and rise in body temperature that comes with it.bottles-60475_640

5. Keep it Loose

Tight, thick or heavy pajamas and the August heat are a bad combination. Instead, go for loose fitting pajamas, made of a breathable fabric for a more comfortable summer night.

6. Cool Your Sheets

Can you think of anything better on cold winter nights, then jumping into bed with sheets right out of the dryer? Well, the reverse is just as amazing on summer nights. Toss your sheets in the freezer a couple of hours before you hit the hay and thank us later.pillows-820149_640

7. Down Size

Large, fluffy pillows might sound like a good idea, but all of that extra stuffing and fluff will cause extra head sweat. Gross! So, when the August heat is filling the night air, swap that giant fluffy pillow, for a smaller, firmer one and let your head breathe easier.

8. Speaking of Downsizing

Large, heavy msalmon-518032_640eals will have your metabolism working overtime, which will kick your core body temperature up. Try enjoying smaller, lighter dinners when the heat is unbearable. Your metabolism will run at a nice normal pace and you’ll be more comfortable.

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Your best defense against the August heat is a well maintained air conditioning unit, pumping out cold air when the temperature reaches unreasonable levels. If you have concerns about your air conditioners performance, visit Trusttiger.com or call 1-866-TIGER70, to have a licensed technician inspect your unit.

Hang in there, the August heat won’t be here much longer and there are cooler autumn days on the horizon.

Keeping Your Energy Bill Low, When Temperatures Rise

It’s summer and that means temperatures are on the rise and so is your energy bill. Keeping cool during these hotter months, can really drain your wallet, but luckily foryou, there are ways to cut your energy costs this summer.clouds-429228_640

Checkout these simple money saving tips, meant to keep your bank account full and your home cool.

1. Keep the Sun Out

You’ll be surprised on all of the energy you can save by simply keeping your curtains closed during sunny, hot summer days. The summer sun, pouring into your home, will really heat things up, causing your air conditioner to run longehttps://pixabay.com/en/bedroom-bed-room-home-interior-690129/r and more often to combat the extra heat. By keeping your curtains and blinds closed during the sunniest/ hottest parts of the day, you’ll be able to conserve more energy and save major bucks on your energy bill.

2. Adjust the Thermostat

Did you know that if you adjust your thermostat by just three degrees you can save an average of $100 each year. So, if you’re thermostat is set at 67 degrees, for example, try turning it up to 70 degrees and start counting the money you’re saving on your energy bill.

3. Stop the Leaks!

Check around your windows and outer doors for small cracks or potential air leaks. The cool air from your AC can seep out through these leaks. Which will cause your air conditioner to run longer and more often to keep up. By making sure your doors and windows are closed tight and any leaks are sealed off, you’ll be able to keep the cold air inside longer and provide your air conditioner with a much needed rest.

4. Filter it Out

You’ll save big on energy costs by keeping your AC’s filter cleaned and changing it regularly. A clean filter means your air conditioner will run smoother and will not  burn more energy than needed to cool your home.

5. Dinner After Dark

Try only using your oven after the sun as set, or at least wait until the evening hours when it’s cooler outside. Your oven will pour extra heat into your kitchen and home, which again, will cause your AC to work overtime to keep your home comfortable, sending your energy bill through the roof. By limiting the use of your oven or waiting until the cooler hours to cook, you’ll be able save yourself some real money on your energy bill.burger-783551_640

6. Cook Outdoors

If you don’t want to wait until after the sunsets to cook, you can simply take your cooking outdoors. Cooking outside on a grill will keep the heat outside where it belongs. Plus, who doesn’t love grilling outside when the weather is warm?

7. Close Off Unused Rooms

If no one is in a room, close the doors. And if a room isn’t going to be used for several hours, close the vents. Your AC won’t have to work as hard to cool your home and you won’t be throwing money away to cool a room no one is using.

8. If you still have concerns about your energy costs and would like an energy audit from a certified local professional, click here to schedule an appointment online or give Tiger HVAC Services a call today at 1-866-TIGER70.

Why You Need A Programmable Thermostat

There are all kinds of upgrades you can make to your HVAC system that make your home more comfortable, healthy, and efficient. One of the most popular (and inexpensive) of those upgrades is to install a programmable thermostat. Today we’re going to discuss what programmable thermostats are and how you can benefit from installing one in your home!

What is a programmable thermostat?

A programmable thermostat is a thermostat that stores temperature settings for specific times of day and days of the week. During those time periods, the thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature in your home according to your saved settings without you having to even think about it.

For most homeowners, programmable thermostats are used to program different temperature settings during the times of day when their families are at home, at school/work or sleeping.

small_3346001530What are the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat?

  • Adjust your thermostat settings automatically. After you initially save the temperature settings in a programmable thermostat, your home’s temperatures will change automatically throughout the day. That means you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to change your home’s temperatures.
  • Have your temperature settings ready when you want them. Would you like your home to be at a specific temperature right when you wake up or get home from work? With a programmable thermostat, you can time your settings just right so those temperatures will be ready for you instead of waiting for your HVAC system to catch up.
  • Conserve energy. There’s no sense in spending extra money on heating or cooling your home when nobody is there. In addition, we don’t need our furnaces or air conditioners as much during the hours that we’re sleeping. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust your thermostat settings during those hours of the day so that you can conserve energy and cut back on your utility bills.
  • Extend the life of your HVAC system. By easing the load on your HVAC system when you’re family is away from home or sleeping, you put less stress on your furnace and air conditioner. This can really pay off over time because it extends the life of your units.

small_98261485If you have any questions about a programmable thermostat, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Tiger, your Collinsville area plumbing, heating and air conditioning company.

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