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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.

Pick Out the Right Thermostat Upgrade for Your Needs and Have a Handyman Install It

thermostat upgradeIf you’re like most people, you grew up in a home with a manual thermostat that controlled temperatures during both the heating and cooling seasons. Most people tend to take their manual thermostat for granted – fully heating and cooling their home even when nobody’s home. That’s why you can likely reap big savings with a thermostat upgrade to a programmable model. (more…)

Maintenance Plan or Warranty: How Do They Compare?

maintenance planThe condition of your HVAC system is important to your comfort and safety throughout the year. Maintenance plans and warranties are available to protect your HVAC system, but how do you know which one to choose? There are several key differences between each of these protection options that help you understand the value of each of them. (more…)

How Weatherstripping and a Handyman Can Reduce Your Energy Bills

weatherstrippingDo you think that weatherstripping is something you only need to worry about in the winter time? The same gaps that allow cold air in during the winters can allow hot air in during the summer. If you want to lower energy bills year round, you need to have it installed. (more…)

4 Steps for Heating and Cooling More Efficiently

heating and coolingRoughly half of what you spend on energy every year goes toward keeping your home comfortable. Taking a proactive approach to heating and cooling more efficiently can help you keep these costs under control. You can start with the following steps: (more…)

That Leaking Faucet Is Annoying and Costly: Beginner’s Guide for Fixing It

leaking faucetRepairing a leaking faucet can be an easy job with a little know-how, and it can also reduce energy costs. Before you begin, first determine what type of faucet you’re working with, and be sure to shut the water off under the sink. Next, plug the sink to prevent small parts from the faucet from falling down the drain and to prevent damaging your fixture, apply duct tape to the wrench you’re using to repair the faucet. (more…)

What You Can Expect From a Professional Furnace Inspection

furnace evaluation, Cincinnati, OhioAutumn weather has descended upon the greater Cincinnati area, and a furnace evaluation should be at the top of your fall home maintenance checklist. (more…)

Prepare Your Greater Cincinnati Home for Winter With These Fall Maintenance To-Dos

fall maintenance-Cincinnati, OhioIf you aren’t taking the opportunity to perform routine fall maintenance on your home, you’re missing out on a chance to save a significant amount of money on your monthly energy bill. (more…)

Sealing Air Leaks In Your Home Can Have a Real Impact on Energy Consumption

seal air leaks, Cincinnati, OhioAs the year progresses, you may be wondering how to minimize energy consumption in your home. (more…)

Seal Air Leaks and Rid Your Ohio Home of Wasteful Spending on Utility Bills

seal air leaks, Cincinnati, OhioIf you’re finding that utility costs for your Ohio home are higher than you’d like to pay, take action now by sealing air leaks. (more…)