Colorado Homeowners: How to Save Money This Summer on Electrical Bills

September 14, 2022

  Want to save money this summer on electrical bills? You’re not alone. With recent energy price increases, such as those affecting Xcel Energy customers, many Colorado residents are looking for ways to reduce their power bills.  To help ease the burden of sky-high utility bills this summer, we’re sharing our top 5 tips for reducing your energy consumption: Schedule AC maintenance Adjust your thermostat settings Consider a smart thermostat Use ceiling fans effectively Get your air ducts sealed Curious how you can save money on electrical bills year-round? Check out our blog on how to save money on electricity...

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Increased safety precautions for AC electrical outlets (NEC changes to GFCI in 2020)

August 16, 2021

In 2020, following several nationwide electrocution incidents, panel members that govern the National Electrical Code (“NEC”) decided to make some critical safety code changes. These changes affect cooling systems because the compressor equipment often installed in ductless or ducted HVAC systems now requires new electrical outlet power conversions. While the NEC changes are intended to prevent harmful accidents, the new code requirements are presenting some unfortunate challenges. Most notably, HVAC systems with updated outlet conversions are frequently tripping the circuit breaker, causing issues with operation and functionality.  It’s a complex and technical subject— we know. So to help you better...

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10 Steps to a Green Home

September 15, 2019

10 Ways to Make Your Home Greener Making your home greener, aka more eco-friendly, is good for the planet and your utility bills. Changes you can implement could from the simple to the complex. Here are 10 methods to achieving a greener home. 1. Update Your Lightbulbs To save money and make your home greener, install compact fluorescent lamps in addition to LED bulbs. Aside from using less energy, this type of lighting lasts longer. 2. Install a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat regulates the interior temperature of your home based on the settings you input for particular times of...

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Tips That Will Help Lower Your Energy Bills

June 25, 2019

If you’re looking for ways to save money, it may be a good idea to look into strategies designed to keep your heating and cooling bills down. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to cut costs without sacrificing comfort. Here are a few ideas to help make your seasonal comfort a little less expensive. Keep the Windows Fully Closed Before you turn on the furnace or the air conditioner, make sure that all windows throughout the home are closed. While this may seem like an obvious thing to do, it is easy to forget about that window in the office...

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3 Easy Ways to Be More Energy Efficient

May 25, 2019

When you’re looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient, there are a number of things you can do without spending a lot of money. By implementing the following energy-saving ideas, you can also reduce your energy bill while helping your HVAC system operate more effectively. 1. Install Ceiling Fans By installing ceiling fans, you can help move air around in your home. Ceiling fans also help your HVAC system work more efficiently. Fans can assist with both heating a home and cooling it down. HVAC systems can sometimes create hot and cold spots in the home, depending...

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Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Money?

April 25, 2019

It’s a common misconception that closing the vents and registers in unused rooms in your home will save you money on heating and cooling costs. Although many homeowners believe this, it’s not true at all. In fact, not only will closing vents cost you more money, but it can also cause costly damage to your heating and cooling system. Why Closing Air Vents Won’t Lower the Utility Bill The forced-air HVAC system that most modern homes use is dependent on balanced internal air pressure in order to properly distribute air around the house. Closing a vent will disrupt that balance,...

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