We'll Lead You to an Energy-Efficient FutureEnergy prices have been volatile in recent years, creating uncertainty about the costs of such basic necessities as driving your car or heating your home. Fortunately, homeowners can assert some control over their energy costs through conservation. When you make home improvements that reduce your energy requirements, you limit your exposure to volatile energy prices and keep monthly expenses under control.
Helping customers save energy is one of our most important jobs, and we offer solutions that can really make a difference:
- Free conservation consultations that help you understand the efficiency of your current equipment and the savings opportunities available through high-efficiency upgrades
- Home energy audits that provide a scientific analysis of your as an energy use system and clarify your conservation priorities
- Installation of high-efficiency equipment that can cut energy bills by 30 to 50 percent
- Installation of heating and cooling accessories, such as microprocessor-based controls and programmable thermostats, that deliver savings of 10 percent or more for a small upfront cost
- Energy-saving equipment maintenance that can improve operating efficiency by 5 percent or more
Start Your Conservation Campaign With a Free ConsultationSaving energy at home is great way to reduce monthly expenses, but how to begin? We can help you launch a successful energy conservation campaign with some expert guidance.
At your request, we'll send a conservation expert to your home to help you get a clear picture of how efficiently you are using energy now and how much you could save with efficiency improvements. We'll test your heating, cooling and hot water equipment and explain the full spectrum of upgrade options. You'll have solid information that will make it easier to plan your next move.
To request a free consultation, please give us a call or contact us online.
Home Energy Audit Offers the Most Detailed AnalysisOver 65 percent of U.S. homes are currently under-insulated, not insulated and/or leaking an excessive amount of air and energy. If yours is one of those homes, you are wasting energy by leaking warm air in the winter and cold air in the summer.
For the homeowner who is serious about driving down energy consumption and costs, a home energy audit is a great starting point. MacFarlane Energy is accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), the leading developer of technical standards for home performance and weatherization retrofit work. When we do an energy audit, we perform an extensive battery of tests over the course of one to three hours. This comprehensive assessment provides you with valuable information regarding the existing condition of your home, and identifies areas where energy efficiency, comfort and safety improvements can be made. MacFarlane can then help identify short- and long-term solutions to remedy any problem areas in your home.
Upon completion of the audit, we present you with a report that covers your home's insulation and air sealing; the efficiency of the heating and cooling equipment; the efficiency of the lighting; and health and safety issues. You can use the report as a blueprint for your energy conservation campaign.
To request a Home Energy Audit, please give us a call or contact us online.
Here are some helpful conservation tips that you can act on yourself or with the help of MacFarlane Energy.
Cold Weather Conservation Tips
- Correct air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets.
- Repair weather stripping and caulking.
- Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
- Make sure your ceiling has at least six inches of insulation.
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and freezing.
- Have your fireplace chimney cleaned and inspected regularly.
- Check the threshold for any gaps between it and the door. Use a bottom seal that can be attached to the door to stop drafts.
- Get a heating system tune-up before the heating season begins.
- Keep ductwork in good repair with duct insulation.
- Remove air conditioning units from windows.
- Close your kitchen vent, fireplace damper and closet doors when not in use.
Warm Weather Conservation Tips
- Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt.
- Make sure the output of your air conditioner is right for the size of your room or house to ensure optimum efficiency and comfort.
- Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and extend the life of your air conditioner.
- Look for an air conditioning unit that is Energy Star® approved.
- Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
- Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
- During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
- During the hot summer afternoons, avoid using appliances.
- Open windows on cool summer days and nights. A good rule of thumb is not to open windows when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house.
All Year Long Conservation Tips
- Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly, it can shave $100 off your annual energy bills.
- Use compact fluorescent lights. They last up to 10-13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75 percent less energy.
- Choose a high-efficiency water heater. An indirect oil-fired water heater produces an almost endless supply of hot water with a very fast recovery time.
- Keep your oven door closed! Every time you open the oven door, the oven temperature can drop 25 degrees. Use the oven light or a timer to avoid wasting energy.
- Wash clothes in the coolest water possible - 80 percent of the cost to run your washer is used for heating the water.
- Install dimmers and motion sensors wherever possible.
- Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
- Clean refrigerator coils once a year to extend the life of your fridge.
- Choose a high-efficiency dishwasher - they use 25 percent less energy than conventional models.
- Since your dryer retains heat, dry loads back-to-back.
Sources of Energy Conservation AdviceHere are link to websites where you can find helpful information on heating, cooling and energy conservation.
- Energy Star™ Heating and Cooling
- Department of Energy: Energy Savers
- American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy: Heating
- American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy: Cooling