They may not wear a black cape and startle you with sharp fangs, but these vampires also strike at night and instead of draining blood, they will slowly but surely drain money from your wallet. It's not that keeping electrical appliances plugged in isn't practicing electrical safety, but that you could be saving energy by unplugging these energy vampires – those appliances that you leave plugged in overnight and beyond, even when you don't need them or after they've become fully charged.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
If you live in an older home (especially one built in the 1970’s or before), you may have single-pane windows. Newer homes are generally built with double-pane windows. While those in the window installation business are surely knowledgeable on all of the differences between different types of windows, we know the average homeowner may not be. What you may think of as a normal power bill or a normal amount of street noise that makes it into your home may actually be more related to your windows than you think.
So, if you’re asking the question “Should I Upgrade to Double-Pane Windows?” the answer is most likely yes, and here are some reasons why:Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
Say what you want about those older, gas-guzzling cars, but they let you know in seconds how your driving habits affected your gas supply: If you gunned the gas when the traffic light turned green, you watched in amazement as the needle sunk by one-eighth or more.
It's simple to do this kind of math. If you spent $20 to fill your tank, then that hasty start cost you $2.50 (and – who knows – may have been worth it).
It would be nice if our energy-consuming habits around the house registered such swift responses. The U.S. Department of Energy touts many ways that “the typical” homeowner who spends about $1,400 a year on electricity can cut costs by 30 percent, or $420, a year.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
If you've visited the light bulb aisle at your home improvement store lately, you may have wondered, “When did shopping for light bulbs become so complicated?”
It used to be simple: grab an incandescent bulb, check the wattage and head toward the checkout. Now there are dozens of bulbs to choose from in many assorted shapes. And they feature terms you may not recognize or understand.
Many consumers still don't realize that assistance is right in front of them, on the light bulb packages. Experts in Your Home can shed light on the subject to make your home lighting decisions a little easier.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
At this time of year, it's common to hear two types of groaning noises emanating from homes throughout Northern California.
The first type of groan streams from 15 to 20-year-old furnaces closing in on the very last days of their service lives. (Those furnaces; they get noisy as they come to a halt.) The second type of groan streams from the owners of those furnaces who are coming to terms with making what is often an unexpected purchase and always a significant one.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
Even the home heating and cooling technicians at Experts In Your Home would have to agree: the concept of efficiency is much easier to grasp when the subject is cars rather than furnaces.
What accounts for this disparity? Perhaps because we're mindful of how often we have to fill up our cars with gas. And if you've ever traded a big gas guzzler for a smaller, fuel-efficient car, you might have been amazed over how much farther you could travel on one tank.
Your furnace presents a fuzzier set of circumstances, including at what temperature you set your thermostat and whether you alter the setting overnight or for long stretches during the day.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
As a homeowner, the last thing you want is to be sending money right out the window. But just as heat escapes when you open the door or a window, you’re losing money when you don’t effectively maintain your heating system. Learn the 4 most important parts of your system you should pay attention to for energy efficiency and cost savings.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
In general, people of all ages – and particularly older adults – have a much more difficult time adjusting to colder temperatures. This reality is what makes the just right “Goldilocks outcome” so difficult for your heating system to achieve. There is no magic remedy that will make everyone in your home instantly agreeable about the “correct” temperature to set your thermostat – or even whether to lower it overnight when you can find warmth under blankets.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
If you're like many Americans, you work from home a few days a month or at least stay in touch with co-workers from your home office; your kids may prefer to do their homework there, and the designated “family shopper” may place frequent orders there.
Your home office is probably a hub of frenetic activity if there ever was one - with computers and laptops humming, cell phones charging and maybe a TV and DVD player constantly spinning words or music to soothe the commotion.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]
You're on a mission: to reduce the shock of your monthly electric bill. All together, your home appliances probably represent about 15 percent of your energy bill.
Unlike your toaster, coffee maker and waffle maker, you probably don't unplug major appliances when you're done using them, such as the washer, dryer, or water heater. That's partly why they're known as “energy vampires”: they continue to draw energy simply because they remain plugged in, adding constantly to your electric bill.Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]