Energy Efficiency and Conservation Category

Tankless Water Heaters – The Right Choice For Your Wallet and the Environment

If you find that you regularly run out of hot water, you might want to consider a tankless water heater. When you don't have enough hot water, running the dishwasher or taking a shower can become challenging, and this doesn't need to be the case. Luckily, a tankless water heater solves these problems, as our very own Arielle Kimmer explains. Tankless [...]

Investing In A Dual Fuel HVAC System for Year-Long Energy Efficiency

How Old is Your Heat Pump? If you have an older HVAC system, you’re probably throwing away a lot of money each year. If you’re looking for ways to save on your energy bills, look no further than a dual fuel HVAC system. This hybrid energy system provides the best of several types of equipment. A dual fuel system is a combination of a fuel oil [...]

6 Most Common Furnace Issues

When everything is going well with your home's furnace, it is able to keep the temperature indoors at a comfortable, cozy level. You might not even notice it operating in the background when there are no issues. While your furnace is designed to have a long, useful life, there is a chance that something will go wrong with it. In a lot of instances, a [...]

Ways To Lower Your Home’s Humidity

Humidity is a huge source of discomfort for many homeowners. The main reason humidity is such a hassle for people is that it is caused when there is too much moisture in the air, and your body's sweat cannot evaporate. Instead of cooling you as it is should, you perspiration acts as a sealant and keeps much of your body heat inside. Additionally, high [...]

Practice These 9 Tips For Saving Energy This Summer

Normally the summer means you turn up your AC, which can use a lot of energy (and therefore money).  But there are a few simple ways that you can save money during the summer months. According to the Centre for Urban Energy at Ryerson University, these changes can save you anywhere from 20 to 50  percent on your summer energy bills. Program your [...]

How To Choose: Window Units or Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners?

When the temperatures get hot, people search for the most effective ways to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Many homeowners without central air conditioning systems elect to utilize windows units to cool their homes and apartments. However, these homeowners may be better off installing a ductless mini split unit in their properties. Take a look below [...]

Why Investing In A Standby Generator Is Smart For Your Home

You need power for lights, heat and essential appliances to keep everyone comfortable and safe. So much of our daily lives depend on a power source. It’s something we tend to take for granted, and it could be taken away from us without warning.Your home could lose power from a number of disturbances—lightning strikes, ice, power surges, wind, flooding [...]

Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning Systems

Where it was once a luxury, air conditioning has become a standard convenience for many homeowners. However, choosing which air conditioner is best for you can get confusing. Both ductless split and central air conditioners are excellent options, but they have clear advantages and disadvantages. If you are trying to decide which system might be best for [...]

A Guide To Replacing Your Home’s Water Heater

If your water bills have been higher than usual, it may be the result of an old, inefficient water heater. Your water heater puts in a lot of work day in day out, and can become less efficient over time. How do you know when it's time to replace your unit, and what are some options for new models? The SMO Energy team has a helpful guide on when you [...]

Energy Rating Systems: SEER

Everything You Need To Know About SEER Energy Ratings In this article, we’ll take a look at different ways the experts rate heating and cooling equipment for efficiency. One of the most common energy rating systems you will see is SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.​ SEER Basics SEER is used to rate the cooling efficiency of an air [...]
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