Green Home Savers offers several simple upgrades to make your home more comfortable and more energy efficient. All our offerings are tax deductible and will make your home feel great. Click here to book an appointment and get started.
Let's talk lighting. LEDs light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have come a long way in recent years. They have many advantages over incandescent light sources including lower energy consumption (up to 95% less power consumed than incandescents), longer lifetime, smaller size, give off less heat, and faster switching compared to CFL bulbs. Green Home savers offers a wide variety of lighting solutions. Weather it be switching out your old bulbs for new or creating an entirely new lighting effect. All our lighting options will make your space look and feel more comfortable, save you money and help the planet breathe a little easier.
Get Smart with a Smart Thermostat.
Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat allows you to control your home temperature from any smart phone and turn off the heat when no one is home. They make your home far more comfortable by using residual heat (meaning: they turn off the gas consumption but keep the fan running). They learn your heating habits to help you save money when you don't need the furnace running. Aesthetically smart thermostats look really nice. They also show your energy consumption in real time and over the long term. Lastly, some smart thermostats allow you to set the ideal temperature in any room, not just where the thermostat is located as per older traditional thermostats. They also save you approximately 30% of your energy costs. Oh, that IS smart :)
LAUNCH AIR SEALING BROCHURE >>
Air infiltration is the exchange of air through cracks and gaps in the outside shell of a building. Infiltration increases heating and cooling costs and reduces the comfort level of occupants. Loose fitting windows and doors, cracks between the house and the foundation, and gaps around plumbing and electrical penetrations are typical sources of leaks. Our Air Blower Door test will show exactly where you are loosing heating and cooling to the outside.
Reducing air infiltration is often the first action item of a weatherization plan after the Green Home Savers energy audit has been completed. Caulking cracks, sealing an unused fireplace, and adding weatherstripping are simple, low-cost improvements that can reduce air infiltration. Caulking should be done with care to ensure that the function of a building element is not impaired. For example, caulking may be added to close a gap between window frames and the outside wall if needed, but not between window sash and the jamb which would prevent the window from opening. Instead, weatherstripping can be added to exclude air and allow the sash to operate.
Typical places to check for air infiltration include:
-Electrical outlets, switches, and ceiling fixtures
-Operable features of windows and doors – check for a loose fit
-Window and door frames where they meet the wall
-Chimney flashing and flues
-Wall or window-mounted air conditioners
-Plumbing, electrical, cable, and telephone penetrations
-Ducts in unconditioned spaces (though conductive heat loss is generally more significant in this situation, see Install insulation)
When reducing air infiltration is recommended, it is not advisable to seal a historic building too tightly. This could result in a lack of adequate ventilation or, in extreme cases, sick building syndrome. All air movement may not be eliminated after infiltration in these areas has been addressed. However, air movement is not necessarily a sign of energy inefficiency, but can be a factor in occupant comfort. It can cause occupants to feel uncomfortable and to assume that energy is being lost. In warmer climates, air movement can make occupants feel cooler, and in cooler climates it can make occupants feel chilly.
Furnace Filter Cleaning / Replacements
Our advice would be to change the furnace filter at least once every 4 to 6 weeks during heating season and for air conditioning once a month. In the winter you can use any kind for heat EZ flow, high efficiency or pleated (accordion type) In the summer for air conditioning we only recommend EZ flow or flat filters.
Green Home Savers will show you where the filters are and replace them if needed.
Do you care about saving money?
If you don’t think that changing your filter is important, here are a few reasons why you should change the filter to your HVAC system.
The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 10 percent.
Not only will it save you money on your energy bills, but it also can save you money on your heating and cooling system. A dirty filter will restrict your air flow, causing your system to work harder. This will cause wear and can create issues that possibly require repairs. Also continuous wear on your system will lower the lifespan of your system.
So do yourself and your heating and air system a favor, don’t forget to change the filters! Many HVAC companies will offer a filter service, providing quality filters as well as installation services for those hard to reach filters. So contact your local heating and cooling company for additional filter services.