The holiday season is upon us. You may be wondering how you can save a little extra on your energy and heating bills, whether you’re traveling or hosting family. Here are a few tips from Wilson Brothers to help you keep a few extra dollars in your pocket this holiday season.
- While hosting guests at your house you may feel the need to crank up the heat for them. The opposite is actually true. Before guests arrive in your home, drop your thermostat by 2 degrees and allow your guests to “naturally” heat your home.
- Turn down or turn off the heat in the kitchen. You’re likely to have the stove and oven cranked all day. Consider turning off or turning down the heat in your kitchen. Let your food prep help to heat your home and this will also keep you more comfortable while cooking. Once you’re done cooking, open your oven door and let the heat of the oven out (if it’s safe to do so, be careful of pets and little ones). This heat will keep your kitchen warm for additional time after dinner.
- Burn smartly. If you plan to have a fire or run your wood stove, turn down that heat! The fire is fueled by the air in the room, so once the flame is out, your furnace works overtime to replace that warm air.
- Make your thermostat work for you. Programmable thermostats are your best friend all year long, but can be especially helpful during the holidays. Program it to be lower when no one is home and when you’re asleep.
- Use the sun wisely. Open your shades on the windows that get sun. You’ll be amazed as to how much this can warm up your home!
- Thermal curtains and insulation. While you’re planning to be away, your house won’t be inhabited so it will make it more difficult to keep it warm. By insulating doors, drafts and leaks in your system before you leave, you’ll keep your empty home warmer and more efficient.
- Turn down that hot water heater. If no one is home, you’re hot water won’t be running. Turn your hot water heater down to low or “vacation mode”. Just remember to turn it back up when you return and a few hours before you jump in the shower.
- Turn down your thermostat but not too much. We live in New England, we know storms, power outages and sudden cold snaps happen. Turn your thermostat down to 58-60 degrees. This will keep your house warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Have a neighbor keep an eye out. If the weather is expected to make a turn for the worse while you’re away, have a neighbor turn your heat up in case of a power outage.
- Turn off all space heaters. This is the number one cause of fires during the winter. Leaving a space heater on while you’re away can result in your home being a lump of coal when you return.
Have a happy and safe holiday from all of us at Wilson Brothers!
Heat Pump Installation in Central MA
For every dollar of electricity you use on a heat pump, you get back $2 to $4 of heat. Now that is real energy efficiency! You see, a heat pump doesn’t “make” heat – it extracts heat from the outside air.
A great example of a one-way heat pump is your refrigerator. It removes heat from the air inside the refrigerator and moves it to the coils on the back or bottom of the refrigerator. A heat pump uses the same principle – extracting heat from the air and moving it to where it is needed. The winter air holds heat, even when the outside temperature gets down to zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Here’s how: when it is 47 degrees outside, an air-to-air heat pump extracts three units of energy for each unit of energy they consume. At 17 degrees, it extracts two units of energy for each unit of energy consumed. When the temperature dips even lower, that’s when your fuel-eating furnace kicks in.
Heat pumps are reliable. In fact, studies show that after 20 years of operation, more than half of the heat pumps were still working. Of those that were removed, less than half were for mechanical failures. The rest were for other reasons, such as upgrading to a newer, more efficient model or a different size.
Another reason to install a heat pump is that it “morphs” into an air conditioner in the summer. Instead of moving the heat inside, it reverses operation and collects the heat from inside the home and moves it outside. A heat pump is ideal for homes without ducts. No need to spend money to install ducts for central air. Your heat pump will provide cool air while saving energy and money.
Heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of your home energy use. Installing a heat pump is an easy way to take a bite out of your energy bills while maintaining year-round comfort.
Five Reasons to Install a Heat Pump:
- Save money on energy year-round.
- Get air conditioning in the summer without ducts.
- Beautify your home by getting rid of window a/c units.
- Help the environment by using less oil or gas.
- Enjoy whisper-quiet operation and all-season comfort.
Get a FREE ESTIMATE from Wilson Brothers today for more information about installing a heat pump and to set up an appointment for a no-obligation estimate.
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Participating lenders offer 0% loans up to $25,000 (depending on the utility and the lender) with terms up to 7 years! To qualify for this type of loan, you must have a Mass Save Home Energy Assessment and install qualified energy efficiency measures recommended by a Mass Save representative.
You can get a loan from participating banks for zero interest to install energy efficient systems! No interest at all! And … it isn’t as complicated as it might sound!
Simply call Mass Save at 866-527-7983 and request a Home Energy Assessment. There is no cost or obligation. A Mass Save representative will go to your home and check windows; doors; attic, wall and basement insulation; and light fixtures and will give you a comprehensive report with recommenda- tions on how you can save energy and money.
The following energy efficiency improvements are eligible for the HEAT Loan Program:
- High Efficiency Heating Systems
- Central Air Conditioning/ Air Source Heat Pumps
- Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps
- High Efficiency Domestic Hot Water Systems
- Solar Hot Water Systems
- Attic, Wall, and Basement Insulation
- 7-Day Digital & Wi Fi Thermostats
- ENERGY STAR® Qualified Replacement Windows
Once your Energy Audit is completed you will receive a Heat Loan Intake Form which you will need to review and sign.
The staff at Wilson Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning will help you to navigate through the application process and provide you with a list of participating lenders. We are available to answer any question you may have about the proper equipment to install and the Heat Loan Program process.
Visit the Mass Save website to learn more about this program, available to residential customers of National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Gas, and Unitil or call Wilson Brothers at 978-433-5373 or 800-498-5373.
About Wilson Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning Inc,
Your All-Season Comfort Specialists since 1987, Wilson Brothers HVAC has been the area’s first choice for the installation and repair of heating and cooling systems for homes like yours. We offer the highest rated, energy efficient, heating and cooling equipment available … all backed by our exclusive warranties and 24-hour emergency service.
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