As we begin the month of July, and the heart of summer we often associate hot weather with the cost of keeping cool. We use electricity to run our room air conditioners, central air conditioners, fans, and refrigerators. During the summer months our utility bills are sure to see a spike in costs. In April of 2010, The State of Illinois offered consumers rebates on energy efficient appliances including the aforementioned refrigerators and central air conditioners. This and other programs have helped to transform consumer habits in terms of purchases and how they use energy. (more…)
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Even though we might see cooler temps this week we have tips for summertime energy savings that are always a good idea regardless of how hot it is during the summer. Summertime for many of us means hot weather and lots of sunshine. As much as you may like the sunshine on your skin, sun that makes it’s way inside your home through windows can contribute to making your house warmer. This is particularly true if your windows face east and west. Try and close curtains as often as you can during the day to limit the amount of heat and sun (heat gain) that will enter your home through your windows.
We can’t stress this bit of advice enough, change filters regularly and as part of regular maintenance of your furnace and central air conditioner. Get in the habit of maintaining your system to reap the long term benefits and prevent future breakdowns. Dirty filters cost more to use because they become less effective and cause your system to overwork itself as well as contribute to poor air quality in your home.
Use fans and/or ceiling fans to help cool rooms that are in use, this will allow you to raise the temperature on your thermostat. Circulating air helps room temperature feel more comfortable and offset the raising of the temperature on your thermostat. Also, if the outside temperature is more comfortable than the temperature in your home use a box fan to pull air outside. This last tip is especially useful after summer thunderstorms or at night when temperatures fall but your indoor temperature has not adjusted as quickly as the outside air.
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning has found another way to help make affording a new high efficiency furnace easier than ever before! Where other companies may make you jump through loops in order to purchase and install a new unit, Four Seasons has streamlined the process of buying and installing a new furnace. If you are a Peoples Gas customer, we have great news for you! You may qualify for a special Energy Efficiency Loan Program!
How Does the Energy Efficiency Loan Program Work?
Peoples Gas has teamed up with AFC First Financial Corporation to offer customers a very low interest loan that takes some of the sting out of investing money in a new high efficiency furnace. This loan doesn’t require any sort of down payment and has affordable monthly payments. As an added bonus, using this loan won’t generate another bill your have to pay. Instead, your furnace payment will appear on your monthly gas bill. No extra checks to write and no extra fuss. Four Seasons thinks that this is a very easy way to remember to make your payments on time, and with these affordable options, there is very little standing in the way of your and a new high efficiency furnace from Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. (more…)