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Bright Ideas for Your Electric Bill: Switch to Energy Efficient Bulbs

[fa icon="calendar'] September 8, 2015 at 2:22 PM / by Home Services Expert

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When the sun goes down, the lights go on in most American homes. And when the sun goes down earlier in the fall, the lights go on sooner.

If you're like most American homeowners, between 10 and 15 percent of the energy you consume goes to lighting (about the same amount as you use to power your appliances). If you're looking for ways to reduce your electric bill, now is the ideal time of year to see the light and potentially save hundreds of dollars per year on your bill if you're still using traditional, dome-shaped incandescent bulbs.

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Home Tips for Eco-Friendly Cooling

[fa icon="calendar'] August 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM / by Home Services Expert

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This has been a rather vexing summer for Northern Californians who are overheated homeowners and want to stay cool while keeping their electric bill in check. There are some fun ways in Chico to keep cool, but there are also some eco-friendly home tips you can put into action right away: blocking outdoor heat, removing interior heat and reducing heat sources.

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Questions to Ask an Air Conditioning Service About a SEER Rating

[fa icon="calendar'] August 3, 2015 at 2:32 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If only buying a central air conditioner were like the process of buying a pair of pants: look them over, try them on, see if you like the fit and, if so, buy them if the price is right.

Then again – believe it or not – there are some similarities between the two purchasing decisions.

While a central air conditioner no doubt represents one of the biggest investments you will make in your home, you still must consider your choices, choose a trusted air conditioning service company, assess the “fit,” and conduct a careful cost analysis.

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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Your Air Conditioning System

[fa icon="calendar'] June 30, 2015 at 2:19 PM / by Home Services Expert

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The “bigger is better” theory doesn't apply to a central air conditioning system. In fact, when it comes to all the inefficient, misguided and downright wasteful advice out there, buying an oversized air conditioner is absolutely the worst air conditioning advice of all.

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The Best Way to Set Your Air Conditioning Thermostat in High Temps

[fa icon="calendar'] June 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM / by Home Services Expert

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The summer temperatures in Chico, California are here and it's HOT outside. Many people have received their first or second summer electric bills – and they're literally breaking out in a sweat over the amount due.

When it's about 100 degrees in Northern California, it's hot enough for anyone and anything. Learn the best way for you to set your thermostat this summer – even if it's not exactly what you want to hear or you prefer a relatively chilly indoor air temperature.

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Strategic Landscaping Ideas: Reduce Your Summer Air Conditioning Bill

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2015 at 2:10 PM / by Home Services Expert

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We're a nation of sun lovers, and as Californians, that love may be even more pronounced. But oh, if we could only take a broad aerial view of our home – and better yet, a time-elapsed view that shows how the sun floods our home with warmth throughout the day.

In the winter, this natural resource can be used to real advantage to reduce your heating bills. But in the summer? The sun causes your air conditioner to run longer to cool your home, unnecessarily inflating your air conditioning bills.

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Whole-House Fans: A Home Ventilation System Option to Keep You Cool

[fa icon="calendar'] April 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM / by Home Services Expert

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It's not as though your friends and family members who endure hot and humid summers in other parts of the country don't have enough reason to envy you for living in Northern California. But if you'd like to turn them an even deeper shade of green, keep this information in mind: our moderate climate, with many cool summer nights, also can help you save a bundle on your summer electricity bill – if, that is, you get in the habit of using a whole-house fan as part of your home ventilation system.

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Clear the Air with 3 Basic Home Ventilation System Techniques

[fa icon="calendar'] April 16, 2015 at 1:47 PM / by Home Services Expert

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If you're someone who drives with the windows cracked open even on chilly days or nights because you feel invigorated by fresh air, then you already understand one of the benefits of ventilation.

Replacing stagnant indoor air with fresh outdoor air is known as natural ventilation, and if you enjoy it in your car, just wait until you see how it feels in your home. It is one of three ways you can – and should – ventilate your home this summer, beyond the obvious benefit of eliminating stale, stuffy air. No matter how much you rely on air conditioning during the summer, the other benefits of some type of home ventilation system include:

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To Clean or Not to Clean Your Heating and Air Conditioning System Ducts?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM / by Home Services Expert

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Unlike an air conditioner that is leaking water, a furnace burner flame that has changed from blue to yellow or even a furnace filter that is obviously clogged with lint and dust, it can be difficult to tell when air ducts may need to be cleaned.

For most people, seeing is believing, and since you can't climb down into the deep recesses and twists and turns in your home's ducts, how do you know for sure that they're dirty?

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The Dirty Truth About Not Replacing Your Heating System Filter

[fa icon="calendar'] February 27, 2015 at 4:30 PM / by Home Services Expert

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At this time of year, the cries for help come regularly and often. The actual problem might differ, but the root cause is often the same: a dirty furnace filter. There's no other way to say it: a dirty heating system filter can spawn a myriad of problems, from minor to catastrophic and from relatively inexpensive to costly.

See if any of these cries for help sound familiar:

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