Posts Tagged ‘energy saving tips’

Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

October 23, 2014


Pictured above is a snapshot of an infographic about your home’s efficiency.  The full version can be found on our website.  Our homes are one of the biggest investments we make in our lifetime.  We, as homeowners, should be determined in getting the most out of our home and that starts with its energy efficiency.  There are many ways you can make your home more energy efficient on your own like we talked about in our last post, Home Energy Saving Tips.  Kudos to you if you began to implement them!

There are, however, a number of things in your home that can’t be seen by the naked eye or fixed on your own.  For example, outside pollutants can seep into your home through small holes built into the structure of the home.  This isn’t something you would see.  It often translates itself into uneven temperatures in your home or unhealthy living conditions.  If you are experiencing either of these, the chances are you won’t find the culprit.  Since a lot of the holes are in the structure of the home, they will be behind walls or between floors where our naked eye cannot see.

At GreenHomes, we understand home efficiency.  We know the importance of conserving our resources and our pocketbooks.  And we specialize in home energy audits.  A home energy audit uses tools that can identify the holes that may be in the structure in your home.  It does more too.  We can tell you where energy is being used, where you are losing energy, and how you can save energy.  And of course, with saving energy, comes saving money.  Not to mention, your home will be more comfortable than ever before.

Feel free to share this post with a neighbor; let’s all play a part in saving energy this October!

Thanks for stopping by!


Ways to Save on Heating Costs

December 19, 2013

One of our newest locations, Buckeye Heating and Cooling, was featured on the news in Columbus Ohio.   Technician Jeff Walsh spent some time performing a home energy audit and using the infrared camera.  Nice work Buckeye Heating and Cooling!  I think central Ohio just got a little warmer!  Not in Ohio, find a location near you!

You can view the Buckeye energy audit video here.



Avoid Portable Heater Confusion, “Amish”, Miracle or Pure Malarky

October 25, 2009

It must be that time of year.  The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and misleading advertisements for miracle heaters are starting to fill the papers and the weekend supplements.  We’ve covered this elsewhere:  Don’t buy the Amish Mantle heater with the “miracle” technology from China (and don’t buy the Cool Surge Portable Air Cooler).  And making my “don’t buy” list this year is also the Eden Pure Heater, even if Bob Vila is “interviewed” in their big ads (here’s what Consumer Reports has to say about Eden Pure).   Generally, you should be very skeptical about ads for products that would seem to defy the laws of physics, tout miracles that they (and only they) have somehow tapped into, or that use a lot a scientific jargon and confusing units to try to make you think that’s the case.  If you want to save energy and save money (and be more comfortable), you’ll have to keep the heat in and produce it more efficiently.  You might be able to close of the entire house and only heat one room as a last ditch measure–but even that isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Often that room wasn’t engineered on all sides to keep the heat in.  And turning off heat in other areas of you home can lead to problems with plumbing, with furniture, and with the building structure.  It’s not as simple as plugging in an overpriced electric heater.   

Stay warm.  Stay safe.  Our winter tips can help.

And offer your thoughts–what can we do to help people not waste their money on over-hyped stuff like this?

Winter Savings and Federal Tax Credits

October 18, 2009
Draft Form 5695 is available

Draft Form 5695 is available

In addition to the questions on winter energy savings which are starting to pour in, we’re still getting a lot of questions on the federal tax credits for energy-efficiency improvements.   We’ve provided answers to some of the common questions and a summary of the credits on the GreenHomes website.  The IRS still hasn’t issued the final form, but the draft of IRS 2009 Form 5695 for “Residential Energy Credits” is still availabe.


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