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    How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide, a.k.a “The Silent Killer”

    February 17th, 2017
    A young couple was recently found dead in their Berkeley home due to a 3D printer venting into their residence (CBS SF). A working CO detector could have saved their lives. When was the last time you tested your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors? If it was over 30 days ago, check again. Winter is an especially troubling time of year
  • How Humidity Affects the Temperature

    How Humidity Affects the Temperature

    February 14th, 2017
    “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” We’ve all probably heard that statement at one time or another.  If not, then the variant “At least it’s a dry heat” has probably been offered.  You might be unaware of this, but humidity plays an important role in how temperature “feels.”  Much like wind-chill, humidity can make the surrounding air feel warmer
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    Save a Card, Plant a Tree for Valentine’s Day

    February 10th, 2017
    Valentine’s Day is going to be here before you know it. Hundreds of millions of cards, knickknacks, chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals, and holiday novelties will be bought. But there is a better way to express your love and teach the compassion and love inspired by Valentinus, the patron saint of lovers. To make up for all of the Valentine’s Day cards
  • California Energy Rebates

    California Energy Rebates

    February 7th, 2017
    With the end of 2016 and the release of everyone’s w-2 employment forms being released, we begin Tax season.  While the final due date for your taxes isn’t until April 18th, getting a head start on preparing them is never a bad thing.  Besides, the sooner you file your taxes the sooner you’ll receive your tax reimbursement.  What do we
  • winter programmable thermostat setting

    Winter Programmable Thermostat Schedule for Maximum Savings

    February 3rd, 2017
    About one-third of U.S. homes have a programmable thermostat (according to a recent study). Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to use them properly. Most still rely on manual thermostats or manual operation of their programmable ones. What Is a Programmable Thermostat? A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set the comfort conditions you need throughout the day. For example, you
  • Easy Ways to Heat Your Home

    Easy Ways to Heat Your Home

    January 31st, 2017
    Heating is expensive.  According to the Energy Information Administration, up until 2009 more than 50% of energy was used in home heating.  While this number continues to decrease thanks to more energy-efficient heating systems, the vast amounts of fuel used to power furnaces, radiators, water heaters, and boilers is still substantial.  Running a heater throughout winter or keeping a fire
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    5 Home Heating Mistakes | How NOT to Heat Your Home

    January 27th, 2017
    Heating your home is your largest energy expense, “making up about 42% of your utility bill” (U.S. Dept. of Energy). Unfortunately, the same heating mistakes get made over and over again. While there are many things you can do to restore heat and improve the energy efficiency of your heating system, there are also a lot of things you shouldn’t
  • How to Seal and Insulate Your Home

    How to Seal and Insulate Your Home

    January 24th, 2017
    Energy costs will continue to rise in the near constant race between energy cost and energy efficiency.  As the SEER and AFUE ratings on our home heating and cooling systems get better and better, energy prices will continue to fluctuate, likely trending towards higher costs.  Fortunately, there are better ways to increase the efficiency of your home that don’t include
  • Help Your Home Help Your HVAC

    Help Your Home Help Your HVAC

    January 20th, 2017
    The central air system works diligently to heat and cool your home. Unfortunately, a good portion of the air conditioning is lost through poor ventilation and insulation. While your HVAC technician works to keep your central air efficient, making a few changes around the home help too. For cost-effective and simple DIY solutions to energy efficiency, try some of these
  • A Short History of Heating and Air Conditioning

    A Short History of Heating and Air Conditioning

    January 18th, 2017
    The Romans and Greeks used similar tactics to keep themselves cool. Though it was not until technology accommodated advancements that the heating and air conditioning we know today began taking shape. 1830s Dr. John Gorrie of Florida wants to provide a way to shorten recovery time for patients. Believing that bad air was the root of illness, Gorrie uses buckets
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