Category: Energy Saving

ENERGY UPDATE: Air Conditioning at its Best

After a long, wet winter, Mother Nature is apt to deliver a nice, warm summer. Saving fuel (and money) means it’s time to clean the filters in your air conditioning system before firing it up for the season. For optimum efficiency, the US Department of Energy recommends cleaning filters every two months, with continued use. • Replace filters every one to three months or if you have washable filters, clean them monthly for best results unless you want to repair air conditioning units every month. • Clear the space around your outside A/C unit. Remove weeds and debris leaving a 2-foot clearing around the unit. Saving energy and reducing one’s carbon footprint is at the center of discussion for...

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Tooling’ Around with J – Installing a New Ceiling Fan

Hi! I am sitting here in my beautiful office watching out the window and wondering, “When did it get sooo hot???” It seems like it took forever, but here it is! Now, I mention my beautiful office because I spend a LOT of time here and love my office. But, I find myself wishing I had air conditioning, or maybe a ceiling fan? Are you feeling like me? Could you use a ceiling fan in a beautiful, but very warm room? Why don’t we both install one today? A fan is such a good choice. Not only does it...

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PEACE OF MIND with FreezeAlarm… FreezeAlarmTM will actually dial three phone numbers when it identifies a potentially dangerous home temperature according to Louis Benny of Almanor Energy Plus. Often times their local company is able to fix the problem before the homeowner ever knows there is a problem. Homeowners can also reset and change the thermostats themselves by phone . Don’t forget to roll up those hoses before freezing temperatures come. Be sure to get all of the water out of the hose first so it doesn’t freeze and crack this winter, even in the shed. Also, that sprinkler...

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Energy Savings for Your Home

Jan Cox I recently sat down with my very own contractor (and husband), John Cox, and had an interview about the latest home he built with all its energy saving features. Having just finished this home for David Ehrke and Cheryl Erwin on the Peninsula of Lake Almanor, he had a lot of information about what could be done to save energy in new construction and where to find that information. And because there is little building taking place at the moment, due to the state of our economy, he also filled me in on what can be done...

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Stay Warm With Efficient Energy and Savings

Stay Warm With Efficient Energy and Savings By Susan Baston With fall and winter seasons quickly approaching, we’ll soon be wrapping ourselves in warmth however we can find it. We’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful mountains that make it possible to quickly harvest our own firewood when the weather and permits allow. On cold winter evenings, a blanket of chimney smoke hugs our little towns providing proof that wood is a hot commodity in these cold winter months. But the next time you go to stoke your wood stove or fireplace, consider that you may not be...

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