Are You Confused About the EnergyGuide Label? Here’s How to Understand It

Are You Confused About the EnergyGuide Label? Here's How to Understand ItOne way you can make living in the Hampton Roads area even more enjoyable is by choosing high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. Checking the EnergyGuide label can help you find equipment like this, but only if you understand how to read the label accurately. Read More »

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How Duct Maintenance Can Keep Your Heating and Cooling Costs Down

How Duct Maintenance Can Keep Your Heating and Cooling Costs DownCooling and heating the average home accounts for approximately half of a home’s energy budget. The responsibility may seem to fall squarely on the efficiency of the A/C and furnace, but it pays to give attention to the duct system that actually conveys the conditioned airflow to the living spaces. Keep reading to learn how regular duct maintenance can keep a lid on high energy bills and raise your comfort level. Read More »

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Indoor Air Pollution Threatens Every Homeowner, Including You

Indoor Air Pollution Threatens Every Homeowner, Including YouRecently, Americans were surveyed on their knowledge of outdoor and indoor air pollution. The results were quite surprising. While most respondents had considerable knowledge regarding outdoor air pollution such as smog, few paid any attention to the air within their home. This is scary when you consider that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Read More »

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Water Heater Efficiency Standards: Understanding the Recent Changes

Water Heater Efficiency Standards: Understanding the Recent ChangesEarlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) changed water heater regulations by raising the minimum efficiency standard for energy consumption. Water heating stands second in line to cooling and heating homes as a major energy consumer. The DOE reports that collectively, the new standards will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from 2015 to 2044 by 172.5 million metric tons.  Read More »

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Using a Programmable Thermostat Properly for Optimal Comfort and Savings

Using a Programmable Thermostat Properly for Optimal Comfort and SavingsProgrammable thermostats are now the standard for newer homes, and many who own older homes are upgrading to these models. However, many homeowners treat them like older models and don’t know how to use programmable thermostat settings properly. Consequently, they aren’t able to gain the full benefits of optimal comfort and savings. Here are some tips to help you make this technology work for you. Read More »

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Tips for Dealing with an Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air

Tips for Dealing with an Air Conditioner Blowing Hot Air Hot, humid Virginia summers are more comfortable with air conditioning. What should you do if you notice the air conditioner struggling to keep up? Place your hand on a supply register to tell if your A/C is blowing hot air. Then, follow these tips to remedy the situation. Read More »

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What Goes Into Geothermal System Maintenance?

What Goes Into Geothermal System Maintenance?Your geothermal heat pump works year-round to keep you comfortable, cooling you in summer and warming you in winter. To remain operating at its best, it needs maintenance. While you shouldn’t neglect scheduling geothermal system maintenance every year, you can also do a lot to keep it in shape on your own. Read More »

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Troubleshoot Common Issues That Develop With the Toilet Flapper

Troubleshoot Common Issues That Develop With the Toilet FlapperA loose or grimy toilet flapper is more than just an annoyance. It can cause your toilet to waste water, running up your water bill. A little toilet flapper troubleshooting could get your commode running right again, but in some cases, you’re better off calling a plumber. Read More »

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Get a Handle on Your Home Water Bill — Tips to Reduce the Expense

Get a Handle on Your Home Water Bill -- Tips to Reduce the ExpenseWhen looking for solutions to save energy and money, lowering utility and water usage is a great opportunity. With a little thought and investment, you can save substantial amounts of money. Water usage is a great place to start to find savings; everyday activities waste a shocking amount of water. Read More »

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Facing Problems With Your Water Heater? How to Handle It

Facing Problems With Your Water Heater? How to Handle ItWater heater problems are something every Chesapeake homeowner is bound to face at some point. Handling them, however, doesn’t have to be a huge headache. Following are some tips to help you identify the most common water heater problems. Read More »

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