January 5, 2010
- One idea is that an accredited buildings professional would come in to conduct an energy audit to determine where energy efficiency improvements can be made, help you decide on a plan of action, and then execute that plan. The expectation is that homeowners could get back 50 percent of what they spend up to a maximum rebate of $12,000.
- The other way to get government money is to buy an energy-efficient furnace, windows, or other component. There are federal rebates already available and several states also offer rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances and more.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Weatherstrip windows and doors.
- Caulk the obvious leaks.
- Insulate your water heater.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or efficient halogens.
December 23, 2008
Like many of you, my house has (had) an old furnace that I swear was a rocket engine taking off when it started up! Struggling with PG&E bills north of $600/mo in the winter, I was determined to change this consumption of cash and energy during my remodel. (Granted the single pane windows and minimal insulation were also contributing factors.)
So the furnace was one of the first items to go as the house was remodeled. I wrote earlier about Carrier furnaces, and their associated rebates. I actually took advantage of that, and saved an additional $1,100 with that offer when I purchased an Infinity model for just south of $15,000 fully loaded, installed with all new duct work. Anyway getting to the point here, my new Carrier furnace enables my house to have multiple ‘zones’ which enables me to save my energy consumption and stop the bleeding of dollars sent to PG&E each month.
What is a ‘zone’ you ask, and how does it work? A ‘zone’ is an area of your house that you define with your heating/cooling installer. A zone is heated (or cooled) to a certain temperature while leaving other ‘zones’ at a different temperature. I went with two zones in my house.
One zone is the family/kitchen/dining living space, and the second zone is Read more
June 3, 2008
Lookout!! Is a new furnace or air conditioner part of your upcoming remodel? If so, take a hard look at purchasing it now!
Not only are energy prices on the rise, but the products that supply our heating and cooling are about to take a bump. Just today Carrier Corp officially announced it will INCREASE prices up to 6 percent on its Carrier and Bryant brand residential heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment. The increase will take place in mid-July.
Need another reason to order now, and get heating and cooling installed? At the moment Carrier has a “Cool Cash” rebate running when you purchase specific products alongside their very efficient INFINITY line products. Rebates range from Read more