Energy Efficiency and Conservation Category

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 [...]

How A Heat Pump Can Help You Save Money All Year Long

If you’re looking for a simple way to save on your energy bills, you should consider using a heat pump. Heat pumps help you save money without sacrificing comfort. While it may have the word “heat” in the name, a heat pump can help you in both hot and cold weather. It can also at times perform more efficiently than an air conditioner or a more [...]

Everything You Need To Know About Tankless Water Heaters

If you enjoy taking hot showers or doing the dishes and laundry, you are probably grateful for your hot water heater. These devices are an essential part of the modern home, but they are often unsung heroes. Fortunately, energy specialists did not forget about the water heater. In fact, as with all great inventions, modern water has been greatly improved [...]

10 Winter Energy Saving Tips

As it continues to get colder, it's important to ensure that you're not wasting heat. Here are 10 tips to help you keep your home heated and keep your energy bills low: Use the sun to your advantage Even in the winter, the sun can warm your home. To maximize this effect, open the curtains to all of your south-facing windows during the day and then close [...]

7 Signs You May Need to Replace Your Oil Furnace

Although it is some of the most important equipment in your home, your heating system is often overlooked or forgotten about - out of sight, out of mind. It isn't until it stops working that most people pay attention to it, which is the most costly and inconvenient time to replace it. So how do you know if it's time to replace your oil-burning furnace? Here [...]
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