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Which Energy Saving Upgrades Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck?

Finding ways to save money isn’t usually an easy feat. There are some costs that are simply unavoidable, particularly when it comes to the operations of your home. That said, there are also a lot of ways that energy-efficiency upgrades can help you get a little more bang for your buck.

energy saving tipsHere are our top picks for energy-efficiency upgrades that are well worth their investments:

  • Air Sealing & Insulation. Removing the gaps and holes where air seep into and out of the house will help keep your home safe from humid Cincinnati summers and frigid Midwestern winters. Money‘s article “The Best Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Your Money” explains how reinforcing the outside layers of your home can lead to even greater savings down the line when it’s time to purchase a new boiler unit or air conditioning system.
  • Programmable Thermostats. Many of the homes in our beautiful Queen City were built many years ago. If you have a house with a little bit of age on it, you might be missing out on easy savings by not cashing in on upgraded technology. You may be able to save up to 10% by installing a modern thermostat that can take care of temperatures whether you are at home or not.
  • Low-Flow Features. You might be surprised about how much water is potentially wasted in your home just by doing every day things like flushing the toilet. Installing low-flow faucets and toilets in your home can help you achieve significant annual savings on your water bill, and when tax time rolls around, you may find that these easy upgrades make you eligible for the government’s ENERGY STAR rebates.
  • New Heating & Cooling Systems. Sometimes, it is simply time for the big investment. If you need a new heating or cooling system, the right investment should keep your house happy and efficient for many years to come.

Would you like to know which energy-efficiency upgrades would be the best investments for your home? Call our team at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today to schedule your home’s energy audit.

Make Sure Your Home is Prepped to Save Energy this Summer

With another hot, humid season on the way, now’s the perfect time to make some energy efficiency preparations around the home to increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. These summer energy saving tips can help you get started.?

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Book an energy audit – A professional energy audit can provide an in-depth look at your home’s efficiency to help you determine where to make strategic improvements. You may learn that you need to augment attic insulation, or seal the home’s envelope to stop conditioned air losses.?

Get the ductwork sealed – Having a pro seal the joins and insulate ducting in unconditioned areas like the attic or basement can help prevent the loss of up to 30 percent of the A/C’s output.?

Have a programmable thermostat installed – Choose one that matches your HVAC equipment and weekly schedule, and program it around your daily routine. By setting 10- to 15-degree temperature setbacks for eight hours or more a day, you can save energy without any loss of comfort.?

Reduce heat gain through the windows – Add energy efficient curtains, shades or blinds and close them during the day to limit heat gain and reduce the air conditioner’s cooling load.?

Turn on your ceiling fans – Make sure the blades are set to spin counter-clockwise and you’ll feel a cooling wind chill effect. This boost in comfort can let you program in thermostat temperature setting increases of about four degrees to save on energy consumption.?

Don’t add to the cooling system’s workload – Cook in the microwave or outdoors on the grill instead of using the oven. Hang dry laundry to take advantage of free solar heat instead of using the clothes dryer, and let clean dishes air dry instead of hitting the “heated dry” cycle on the dishwasher.?

Help your A/C work efficiently – Schedule professional air conditioner maintenance before the weather heats up to ensure your cooling system is operating efficiently. To maintain maximum efficiency throughout the summer, check the air filter monthly and replace it as needed.

To learn more summer energy saving tips, contact the Cincinnati home comfort experts at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

AFUE Ratings: What They Mean When It Comes to Furnace Efficiency

afue-heating efficiency, Cincinnati, OhioMost homes in the U.S. are either heated with boilers or furnaces. Although they perform essentially the same function, they utilize different methods to distribute heat throughout your home. (more…)

The Energy Star: Your Guiding Light for Efficient HVAC Upgrades

energy star label, Cincinnati, OhioIf your air conditioner is 10 years old, breaking down frequently or not keeping your home comfortable, you may be considering replacement. When selecting a new system, efficiency is key in long-term energy savings.

Among your available options, Energy Star products offer you a guiding light for efficient HVAC upgrades. (more…)

Water Heating Tips to Curb Your Usage and Eliminate Waste

water heating tips, Cincinnati, OhioWater heaters typically account for up to 18 percent of your energy bill and are the second largest energy expense in your home. (more…)

Tankless Water Heater 101: 6 Tips for Optimal Performance

tankless water heater, Cincinnati, OhioHeating water for bathing, cooking and washing clothes using a traditional water heater makes up around 12 percent of the average homeowner’s utility budget, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (more…)

A Programmable Thermostat Allows You to Set It and Forget It for Energy Savings

programmable thermostat, Cincinnati, OhioIf you’re not yet employing a programmable thermostat in your greater Cincinnati home, you’re likely wasting energy needlessly. (more…)

Water Heater Maintenance: Don’t Settle for Lukewarm Water

water heater maintenance, Cincinnati, OhioIn most cases, water heater maintenance should be performed by an expert; however, there are a few simple tasks homeowners can do over the course of the year. (more…)

Key Features To Consider When You’re Replacing Your Furnace

replacing your furnace, Cincinnati, OhioEven if you’ve been extremely diligent about maintaining your furnace, a replacement at one point or another is inevitable. (more…)

What’s Better Than The Energy Star Logo? The Energy Star Most Efficient Label

energy star logo, Cincinnati, OhioYou’ve probably looked for the Energy Star logo when you’ve been shopping for energy-efficient appliances and home heating and cooling systems. The logo has always represented value to the consumer. (more…)