Category Archives: Energy Savings

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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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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How Window Treatments Can Contribute to the Energy Efficiency of Your Massachusetts Home

window treatmentsWindow treatments can add to the beauty and value of your home. Not only that, but they can make your home more energy-efficient as well. Installing energy-efficient window treatments is a great way to make your home more comfortable and save money at the same time. Combined with efficient heating and air conditioning, you can greatly reduce the costs of heating and cooling your home. Read More How Window Treatments Can Contribute to the Energy Efficiency of Your Massachusetts Home >>

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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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How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Save Energy Dollars This Summer

Save Energy Dollars This SummerElectric and other utility bills seem to keep going up every year. Lately it’s started seeming like keeping your home a comfortable temperature and running useful appliances is an unaffordable proposition. If your utility payments make you sweat more than the summer heat, here are some great ways to lower your bills and save energy dollars. Read More How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Save Energy Dollars 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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How SEER, EER and COP Can Guide You to a More Efficient A/C

seer, eer and copIt’s important to invest in an efficient A/C system, but a layperson may have trouble understanding how to tell which systems are efficient and which aren’t. Fortunately there are guidelines out there to help you know. One of the most obvious of these is the Energy Star program, which highlights the most efficient systems. The measurements of SEER, EER and COP also help inform you of air conditioner efficiency.

Coefficient of Performance, or COP

The COP measures the power output of the system divided by the power input. When it comes to more complex processes, more factors go into deducing the power input, but regardless, the output will be in the form of a single number, such as 1 or 3.3. The higher the number, the more efficient the mechanism.

Energy Efficient Ratio, or EER

EER is the output cooling energy (in BTUs) divided by electrical input energy (in Watt-hours). EER it typically measured over the course of an hour. It tells you how efficient the A/C unit is at doing a constant amount of work over a given period of time. Remember, this is energy, not power. Again, the higher the number returned by EER, the better.

Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio, or SEER

SEER is similar to EER, but it’s designed to take into account the variations in conditions that can occur over long periods of time, hence the use of the term “seasonal.” The calculations get pretty complex, but what you need to know is that the larger the number, the better the system’s efficiency.

For more information on SEER, EER and COP, or for other home comfort needs, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today. We’ve been proudly serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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Ensure Your Attic Exhaust Fan Isn’t Stealing Cool Conditioned Air

attic exhaust fanSummer’s just around the corner, which means it’s just about time to turn on the air conditioner. With today’s high energy costs, homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce monthly energy bills. An attic exhaust fan can help, as it’s designed to reduce the temperature in your attic by pushing hot air out.  Read More Ensure Your Attic Exhaust Fan Isn’t Stealing Cool Conditioned Air >>

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The Ultimate Energy-Efficient Home and How to Make Yours One

The Ultimate Energy-Efficient Home and How to Make Yours OneSmart homeowners know that the only way to achieve real savings is by investing in energy saving measures which will deliver an energy-efficient home. Here we look at two scenarios – the new build and the existing home. Read More The Ultimate Energy-Efficient Home and How to Make Yours One >>

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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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