Is Your Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?

Is Your Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?winterprep-600x450

11 steps to keep your energy bills from soaring!

That’s not quite as far-fetched as it seems. See, your home comfort system worked very hard to keep you cozy all Summer. Now with Winter around the corner, you sure don’t want system wear and tear to create a black hole in your wallet. I think we all know how expensive space programs can be! 

The good news? The positive consequences of saving energy are undeniable:  it reduces air pollution while reducing the cost of your energy bills. But when some people hear the phrase “saving energy,” they think drastic measures – turning back time, living ruggedly and abandoning modern conveniences.  Without going that far, you can take many steps to keep energy bills from soaring while also doing your part to protect the environment.  These include:

  1. Tune up home comfort systems.  At the start of each heating or cooling season, have maintenance performed on furnaces and air conditioners to keep them running efficiently.
  2. Control direct sunlight through windows.  This is especially a concern in the summer when sunlight can cause overheating.
  3. Use free day lighting when possible, which relies on direct or reflected sunlight, as in the case of skylights.  Interior design helps too.  Furniture can be strategically located for the best use of available light, while bright interior colors can help reflect that light.
  4. Turn off lights and equipment when not in use.  This is a no-brainer, but easily overlooked by family members in a hurry.
  5. Replace incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Compact fluorescent lights use one-fourth the amount of electricity that incandescent lamps use, and they last seven times longer.
  6. Use task lighting, which allows lighting to be applied directly to a task rather than illuminating an entire room.  A bright light over a desk or under-counter lights in the kitchen are examples.
  7. Install occupant sensors on lighting.  Intended to detect activity within a certain area, they turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and reduce energy use by turning lights off when the last occupant leaves.  This approach is also effective for outdoor security lighting.
  8. Regularly change/clean HVAC air filters.  This is an easy, inexpensive step that shouldn’t be overlooked.
  9. Get a free estimate! To get all of these services done right contact us to help you.
  10. To schedule your tune-up, just call (215) 242-6329
  11. Email: use our contact form and we’ll take care of you.

Author: john

John Quinn is the Operations Manager of Quinn’s Plumbing Heating Cooling LLC of Reading PA. He has over 30 years experience in the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, water treatment and electrical fields, in particular with residential mechanical systems for small businesses and individual home owners. The reason Quinn decided to concentrate on his own business was because he loves what he does and it allows him to meet people and he enjoys a challenge, it’s a great chance to mix business with pleasure. Quinn earned his engineering degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in mechanical engineering through the VA higher education program. He is a 5 year combat veteran of the US Marine Corps and also a graduate of the Murrell T. Dobbins Technical High School Plumbing and Heating Apprentice Program in Philadelphia and is also certified a Master Plumber, Master HVAC Mechanic and Electrician. He lives in Reading with his wife Mary Quinn who is also his business partner. They have 2 adult daughters and 3 grandchildren. When he is not working, Quinn likes to scuba dive or work on his model train collection. John Quinn can be reached at www.quinnsphc.com , john@quinnsphc.com or by calling (610) 376-6001 or (215) 242-6329.

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