Before You Fix A Problem, You Have To Know What It Is
400 East Ave. Rochester, New York 14607
No Hard Sell, Just Pure Energy Analysis
- Nothing is an emergency unless you smell smoke or gas, or see flames.
- Understand the cause of a problem before you decide on a solution.
- Make educated decisions. Just because something worked for someone else doesn't mean it's necessarily the right choice for your home. Don't be sold a blanket solution to an individual problem.
- Remember that a salesperson's job is to sell you a product, most likely for as much money as possible, whether your home truly needs it or not. Be cautious and do your homework before you agree to a contract.
When It Comes To Making Repairs, Use Common Sense
Read Your Utility Meters And Pay Attention To Your Bills, Even If You Are On A Budget Or Pay Month To Month
Understand Your Home's Energy Systems And How To Control Them
- Lower your thermostat when you are sleeping: 5% for 8-10 hours, and when you are not at home - use a programmable thermostat if possible.
- Humidification is totally within your control.
- You can balance the distribution of heat in your home by adjusting dampers and registers.
- Hang heavy curtains over windows and move furniture away from registers and vents so that heat can flow into rooms unobstructed.
- If windows have storm windows, close them tightly or lock them.
- Use caulk or weather stripping to seal any gaps in windows or doors that may allow air leakage.
- Use plastic over windows to prevent drafts.
- Change your furnace filter regularly. A good rule to follow is to change them each season, or every 3 months.
- Clean coils and oil the motors as needed.
- Ducts only need cleaning if they have been identified as a problem area.
- Keep the basement door closed at all times, if possible.
- You have the power of the switch! Turn off lights when not in use.
- In the winter months, open blinds on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat rooms. At night, close curtains and blinds to reduce heat loss.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. They may cost more initially, but will last longer and result in a significant savings to investment ratio (SIR).
- Most modern electronics are never "off" unless they are unplugged. Avoid wasting "phantom" energy by unplugging cell phone chargers and other appliances (coffee makers, printers, laptop chargers, fans, etc.)
- Compare usage only under similar conditions to be sure you are getting an accurate understanding of your energy consumption.
- Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.
- Plan to use the beginning of each season to look around your house for things that need to be done. Four seasons = four times to look around your home.
- Doing little things continually will keep minor fixes from becoming large problems.
- Libraries, bookstores and home centers have a vast of reference literature for self-education.
- Get apples-to-apples bids on contracting work. Know what and how something needs to be done first and then have contractors price out your material and how you want it done.