5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Heating Bill

Now that the seasons are turning and the weather outside is getting colder, many Columbus homeowners are starting to think about how they can reduce their heating bill. While the spring and summer season had you worrying about how to maintain cool during the hot summer heat, there are some different approaches for improving energy efficiency during the fall and winter. These 7 tips will help improve your home’s energy efficiency, especially during the frigid months of fall and winter.

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Spring Plumbing Checkup List

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Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to wrap up your spring cleaning. As you go through your home and cross off items on your to-do list, don’t forget to checkup on your plumbing. Spring is a great time to make sure everything is working properly.

  1. Lower the water heater temperature. You might have cranked up the heat during winter, but by now the temperature should be set at 120oF. Lowering the water temperature can also save you money on utility bills by reducing your energy consumption.
  2. Check your sump pump. Pour a few buckets of water into the basin of your sump pump. Then wait for it to start and let the water flow before shutting off automatically. If it doesn’t behave properly then contact a plumber to figure out the problem.
  3. Check your gutters. Clean your gutters and downspouts of any debris and make sure the downspouts are attached properly and are facing away from your home. This is an important task because if your gutter is left neglected, it can cause damage to your home. Without a properly functioning gutter, water can build up around the foundation of your home and cause flooding.
  4. Look for leaks. Check your entire home for any leaking pipes. Look under the sinks, in the bathrooms, and outdoor faucets to make sure nothing is broken.
  5. Drain your water heater. Sediments deposited at the bottom of your water heater can cause corrosion and reduce the energy efficiency of the unit. Draining the water will flush away some of the sediments. Here’s a great article on how to drain your water heater.

For help crossing off any items on your spring plumbing to-do list, call your Columbus plumbing experts, Atlas Butler. You can reach us at 1-800-FURNACE any time, any day.

 

For more spring plumbing tips check out this article – http://www.homeharmonizing.com/2014/05/10/15-easy-plumbing-tips-for-the-spring-season/

8 Features of Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficiency is a big topic in the United States right now and many people are trying to find ways to reduce their energy consumption. There are a lot of ways to be more energy efficient, but some require big investments in either time or money. In reality, some of the most impactful ways to be more energy efficient are actions you can easily take right at home. These 8 examples of energy efficient practices are simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.

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7 Places to Add Insulation in Your Home

As the seasons begin to change and it becomes colder, being well informed on how you can save money and save energy is imperative. Knowing where you can insulate your home is an easy way to help save energy and make your home more comfortable. Insulation works by trapping air pockets that moderate the migration of temperatures through walls, ceilings and floors, thus making them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Without proper insulation and sealing, warm or cold air will leak out of your home, which wastes energy and forces your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems to work harder than necessary. The same concept goes with cool air during the summer. When your insulation is working properly, the temperatures in your home will remain more constant so that your HVAC systems are not running as much.

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How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of an Old Home

There is something special about an old home, be it, the character that is often lost in new builds today, or a family story dating back 100 years. Old homes have historic value that is desired by many, making them quick sellers in the real estate market. While there are many upsides to owning an old home, one thing most homes lack is energy efficiency.  Like most material things, homes break down through the years, and have been improved over time. During the cold months, it’s often difficult to keep an old home heated and comfortable due to some major components of efficiency the home may be missing. Here are some tips to consider for improving the energy efficiency of an old home.

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4 Ways Landscaping Can Reduce Energy Costs

4 Ways Landscaping Can Reduce Energy Costs atlas butler columbus ohio

 

Landscaping is a hobby many people in Columbus enjoy because of our ever-changing climate. Columbus can accommodate many varieties of sun and shade plants, and even tropical species because of the summer heat we experience. While the sun is good for crops and gardens, there is one thing it definitely impacts- home energy costs. Many people overlook functional landscape when planning a garden, as well as the effects it can have on home energy bills. From small shrubs to tall maple trees, here are four ways landscape can reduce your energy costs this summer.

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Environmental Impact of High Efficiency Furnaces

In this day and age, it’s so easy to “go green” and reduce your carbon footprint by using energy efficient products. From something like switching plastic for paper, to upgrading to high efficiency appliances in your home, it all helps save energy and reduce your utility bills as well. At Atlas Butler, we offer high efficiency furnaces that aid in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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Energy Efficiency FAQs

Nearly everyone is concerned with energy efficiency nowadays. One huge factor of overall energy efficiency is home efficiency. People are concerned about their home energy efficiency because they want to minimize the cost of their heating bill and also minimize their impact on the environment. Sometimes difficult questions come up regarding home energy efficiency and there aren’t necessarily easy answers. However, we’ll do our best to answer some of these FAQs you might have about home energy efficiency.

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How Going Green Can Improve Energy Efficiency

The green movement is steadily gaining traction. More often than before, people are considering the impact their actions will have on the environment. Green products and services that have minimal impact on the health of the environment are growing in popularity. The HVAC industry is no different. Our products and services are focused on energy efficiency and minimizing the amount of energy your home uses.

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