Energy Conservation Tips

energy tips for homeownersKeeping your home safe and comfortable is Tower Energy’s top priority. Not only do we want to make your home is safe and comfortable, but we want our entire Hartford County, CT community to be safe. One way that Tower Energy and Plainville Oil, a Tower Energy company, are working to do this is by helping local residents to use less energy. Consequently, reducing energy consumption also allows us to save money. Be sure to schedule your annual heating system tune-up and air conditioning maintenance. Annual HVAC maintenance is a great way to lower home energy costs. In this article, we discuss other ways you can conserve energy and lower related costs.

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Upgrade Your HVAC Equipment To Conserve Energy For Your Connecticut Home

The easiest way to lower your carbon footprint and your greenhouse gas emissions is to improve the efficiency of your home comfort systems. When necessary, you can upgrade to new heating and cooling equipment.

Today’s heating and cooling systems can reduce energy consumption by up to 30% or more. When you upgrade, you burn a lot less fuel – so you not only save money, you decrease your emissions and lessen demand for foreign energy sources.

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Choosing Bioheat® For Your Heating Fuel

Bioheat® heating oilOil heat is becoming cleaner each year. This aspect makes the use of heating your home with heating oil very appealing. For example, the industry contributes to alternative solutions like Bioheat®. These types of home heating fuels combine renewable elements with already-clean home heating oil to promote a fuel for the future.

As a greener fuel option, Bioheat is becoming more widely used by dealers throughout New York and nationwide. Biofuel options like Bioheat significantly reduce sulfur oxide, carcinogens, and carbon dioxide to better protect your family and the environment.

At Tower Energy, we offer our customers the option to use Bioheat® as their fuel source. Call Tower Energy today to find out more information about using Bioheat® for your home. We will gladly take the time to answer all of your questions. Call now!

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Conservation Tips for All Seasons In Connecticut

No matter what the season, we have lots of easy tips to help you lower your energy costs. Some of these tips don’t even require spending a single penny! For more conservation advice tailored to your individual comfort needs, please contact us. We can find practical energy solutions for your home to help you lower your energy costs.

Warm Weather Tips To Reduce Home Cooling Costs

summer energy conservationNo one wants to pay more than they have to for their home cooling costs. However, sacrificing comfort is not an option. Below, you will find some useful tips to prevent astronomical energy costs while staying nice and cool inside your home.

  • Keep drapes, blinds and shades closed during the day to block out the sun.
  • Clear furniture away from air conditioning vents.
  • Install an attic fan – it can cool your attic by nearly 30 degrees!
  • Plant shade trees due west of west windows. It could reduce your air conditioning bills by up to 25%!
  • Cook on the outdoor grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
  • When cooking inside, use a microwave instead of a conventional oven. It uses less than half the power and cooks food in about one-fourth the time.
  • Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.

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Cold Weather Tips To Reduce Home Heating Expenses

winter energy conservationThe weather here in Connecticut can reach extremes. The winter is notorious for being cold and frigid. Therefore, you need a reliable heating system to keep your home nice and cozy. However, you can feel comfortable in your own home without paying a fortune. Below are some energy tips that you can use to keep your home heating costs down during the winter.

  • Insulate your hot water tank – The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that you insulate the tank or water heater and the first six feet of hot water pipe.
  • Tune up your heating system annually. A well-tuned boiler or furnace burns 5% less fuel.
  • If you have a furnace, clean or replace the air filter once a month to ensure the best airflow and efficiency. Make sure that furniture or draperies do not block vents.
  • Upgrade your heating system. Homeowners who have older heating oil systems can lower their fuel costs by 30% or more by installing a new, high-efficiency system. New designs incorporate technologies like condensing and multi-stage operation to squeeze every ounce of heat from the system. The savings provide a remarkable return on investment that keeps paying off year after year – every time the weather turns cold.
  • Open shades and drapes during the daytime and close them when the sun goes down.
  • Seal off your attic-circulating fan with polyethylene and tape.
  • Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing.
  • Avoid using space heaters. They’re expensive to operate and can be dangerous.

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Tips To Conserve Energy Throughout The Year

energy efficiencyBelow, you will find some tips that can make your home more energy efficient overall. These tips can help save energy, and money, in every season.

  • Install a digital programmable thermostat. It puts your heating and cooling systems on an automatic schedule: full heat or cooling during hours when the home is active and less when the house is empty or the family is asleep. The U.S. Department of Energy says that setting back a home’s temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can reduce total heating and cooling costs by 5% to 15%.
  • Insulate thoroughly to eliminate heat transfer through your walls, ceilings, and floors. You could reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 15%, according to the Consumer Energy Council of America.
  • Replace outdated appliances with high-efficiency units to reduce energy consumption.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use only 25% as much energy and last 10 times as long.
  • Reduce water heater temperature setting to 120 degrees to save fuel (you’ll also reduce the risk of scalding).
  • Add caulking and weather-stripping around doors, attic access, windows, outdoor faucets, and any areas where there might be leaks – as much as 40% of your heating and cooling costs can be due to air leaks. Check caulking at least once a year and replace the material that has dried out and shrunk.
  • Install rubber gaskets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls. Gaskets can be found in most home improvement stores.
  • Check weather-stripping and door sweeps at least once a year and repair or replace them as needed.
  • Repair and weatherize your storm windows.
  • Close off rooms you don’t use – and remember to shut the vents inside.
  • Install dimmer switches. In addition to enhancing the mood, they’ll extend the life of your bulbs and help you save up to 60% on your lighting costs.
  • Install motion activated switches that automatically turn lights on and off.
  • Install water-conserving fixtures, such as showerheads, faucets, and toilets.
  • Fix leaky faucets, especially hot water faucets. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons per month – more than a person uses in two weeks.
  • Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
  • Keep ductwork in good repair by sealing leaks with mastic, metal-backed tape. Your home could be losing up to 25% of its heated or cooled air before it reaches the vents!
  • Install ceiling fans. They could cut your energy bill for cooling by 40%.
  • Use efficient temperature setting for your refrigerator and freezer. Recommended temperatures are 37 to 40 degrees for the refrigerator and 5 degrees for the freezer. Don’t leave the fridge
  • door open! Every time you do, up to 30% of the air inside can escape. The same can be said for your oven.
  • Use less water and use cooler water when doing laundry. The warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Clothing manufacturers recommend air-drying for some fabrics.
    Use a covered kettle or pan to boil water; it’s faster and uses less energy.

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Call Tower Energy For All Of Your Home Comfort Needs

Tower Energy is a reputable HVAC company that specializes in heating and cooling installations, tune-ups, repairs, and more. We also offer fuel deliveries including propane and heating oil. Our goal is to deliver superior services at affordable costs to ensure our customer’s satisfaction. As a company that recognizes the financial pressures that families face today, we vow to continually look for ways to help our customers save while receiving the best products and services available.

All of our HVAC technicians are NATE certified and have ample experience with all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment. They can find the best solutions to enhance the energy efficiency of your home while improving your comfort and indoor air quality. We offer free, in-home estimates, so give Tower Energy a call today!

Likewise, we offer our clients high-quality home heating oil and the best heating oil prices. All of our fuel deliveries are fast and reliable. Be sure to contact us to find out more about our delivery plans, financing options, and unbeatable fuel prices. Call now!

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