Monthly Archives: May 2012

10 Small Ways to Save on Air Conditioning Bills

If you’re dreading that first electric bill with the air conditioner running all month, here are some quick tips that will help reduce the costs of cooling your home. Most are simple, but cost nothing so if you incorporate all that you can, you’ll see some savings without much real effort or expense on your part.
 
1.      Turn your ceiling fans on and make sure they are blowing downward (when looking up at the fan, it should be spinning counter clockwise). Moving air will speed the evaporation of moisture from your skin making you feel cooler.

2.     
Wait until after dark to run your dishwasher, dryer or other heat producing appliances.

3.     
Avoid using your oven by grilling outside, microwaving or using a crock pot when possible.

4.     
Keep solar heat out by closing blinds and drapes on windows that the sun shines in.

5.     
Change the filter in your air conditioner regularly to keep it running efficiently.

6.     
Minimize the use of rock, cement and asphalt that hold heat on the south and west sides of your house.

7.     
Make sure your air conditioning vents are not covered by furniture or draperies.

8.     
Turn off lights and computers when not in use. They not only produce heat, but they use electricity.

9.     
Close vents in unused rooms and close the doors to these rooms too to avoid wasting cooled air on them. This essentially reduces the size of your home.

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Set the fan speed of your air conditioner on high, except in very humid weather. The hotter the weather, the faster the fan should run. When very humid outside, set the fan speed on low; it will take longer to cool, but more moisture will be removed from the air and dryer air will make you feel cooler. 

Getzschman Participates in Omaha re-Energize Program

If your furnace and/or air conditioner are old and you’re thinking of replacing them, check out the Omaha-Lincoln reEnergize Program. The Federal Department of Energy created this program with a $10,000,000 grant. The purpose is to help residents make their homes more energy efficient. If you live within the city limits of Omaha or Lincoln, you are eligible to take advantage of this program. Here’s how it works. When you make your home more efficient, you get a rebate of $100 for every 1% of energy savings you create with improvements. Here are the basic requirements:
  1. Sign up with Getzschman and schedule in-home diagnostics with $400 up front
  2. Select which upgrades and incentive you want (15% energy reduction selection is the minimum)
  3. Decide on which bid(s) meet your needs
  4. Upon incentive approval, schedule and get the upgrades installed
  5. After installation, schedule upgrade test-out with an evaluator to ensure all work was completed correctly
  6. Enjoy lower utilities and a more comfortable and healthy home.
Here is an example to help you see the savings advantages: We find 30% savings for $4000 worth of upgrades.  $2000 (50% of total project costs) would be the incentive and $400 has already been paid.  You can get these $4000 worth of upgrades for an additional $1600 financed or out of pocket.
 

We are authorized reEnergize evaluators and we can help you save big on your next furnace or air conditioner installation among other energy improvements. Take advantage of these government incentives, lower your utility bills and save big on some major improvements. The request form page also has a link the Omaha reEnergize Program website where you can get even more detailed information.