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How Zoning Systems Can Keep You Warmer in Chilly Weather

With frigid winters in the Chicagoland area, maintaining comfortable temperatures throughout your home can be quite a challenge. Zoning systems can help to make a difference in temperature control and comfort for key areas in your home, even when it’s freezing outside. Control Each Zone Individually No matter the size of your home, maintaining a consistent temperature in each room isn’t an easy feat. When your HVAC system operates on a single thermostat, you are bound to have cool zones …
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Four Ways to Maximize Your Smart Thermostat This Fall

A valuable update to manual devices, smart thermostats offer Chicagoland homeowners ample opportunities for saving energy and money while on the go. Here are four ways to maximize your smart thermostat this fall. Update Your Schedule Schedules change all the time. One of the greatest benefits of a smart thermostat is that you can program according to various schedules so that you and your family are provided with optimum temperatures at all times. This ability not only enhances comfort more …
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How to Conduct a Simple DIY Home Energy Audit

An energy audit examines your home’s energy use and identifies sources of waste or inefficiency so that energy-saving methods can be implemented. You can conduct an energy audit of your home quite easily without any special tools or expertise. Knowing what to look for can help you on your way to saving energy in your Chicago-area home. Your home energy audit should mainly examine your windows and doors, HVAC system, and lighting. You will be able to identify problems you …
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4 Home Insulation Misconceptions

Home insulation is a major factor in your home’s overall energy efficiency, and it must be installed correctly for proper performance. Several common misconceptions can harm the performance of your home insulation and leave you with higher heating and cooling costs. Insulation Stops Air Infiltration The main job of home insulation is to slow the heat transfer between the indoors and the outdoors, allowing your home to maintain a stable temperature with minimal energy input. To stop the flow of …
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Lower Cooling Costs During a Hot Chicago Summer

If remembering what you paid to keep your home comfortable last summer makes you cringe, it’s time to make a change. Just in time for warmer weather, here are five tips to reduce cooling costs in your Chicago home. Keep Interior Heat Gain to a Minimum Start by reducing the amount of heat you generate inside. Refrain from running the dishwasher, doing laundry and baking during the day. Save these activities for after dark. Cook with the microwave or outside …
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Thermostats Are Just One Way to Save Energy Year Round

If you’re frustrated by high energy bills throughout the year, don’t despair. There are a number of simple ways to save energy that you may not be aware of. Here are some energy-saving tips that won’t strain your pocketbook.

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Reducing Water Heating Bills Saves You Money and Energy Simultaneously

Water heating accounts for a sizable portion of your total monthly energy bill. Fortunately, there are some easy and inexpensive steps you can take to reduce water heating bills without inconvenient changes to your family’s lifestyle.

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Energy-Saving Tips to Put Into Practice Around Your Chicago Area Home This Fall

Fall is a good time to consider a few energy-saving tips that’ll keep your utility bills manageable while keeping your family more comfortable before another Chicago winter bears down on us. You can implement a lot of energy-saving ideas with little or no money invested, while other projects require significant investments and expert help.

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