5 Bad Habits That Are Costing You

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 7/15/16 3:30 PM

Let’s face it, we all have bad habits that we just can’t shake. However, when you see the amount of money your energy wasting habits could be costing you…you may change your mind.

Topics: Energy, Home Efficiency

Preparing for Cold Weather

Posted by Laura Bretz on 1/14/16 8:30 AM

It took some time, but winter is finally here! As you know, wintertime energy spikes are driven by an increase in heating, the single largest user of energy in a home. Luckily, there are a number of simple and easy steps that you take now in order to help conserve energy, lower your bills, and help keep you warm this winter.

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

Five Fall Energy Saving Tips

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/24/15 10:27 AM

Fall is officially here.  For many, in addition to the appearance of pumpkin spiced everything, this signals the end of the cooling season and in a couple of weeks, the first time you’ll turn on your heat.  There are a number of things to check before you fire up your long-dormant furnace.                                                                                    

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

What is ENERGY STAR?

Posted by Laura Bretz on 9/15/15 4:39 PM

Seeing the ENERGY STAR logo on appliances and computers is common. When you see that label, you know that the appliance will lower your home energy costs compared to other models. But there is a lot more to ENERGY STAR than a logo.

In 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy created ENERGY STAR in the United States. It was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by the inefficient use of energy. The label also makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase high-quality, energy-efficient products.

Topics: Energy, Home Efficiency

Unplug It!

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/28/15 9:24 AM

Did you know that the average American family has approximately 40 different appliances that are left plugged in when they’re not in use? That number may seem high, but if you break it down room by room, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, toaster, coffee maker in the kitchen. You have a TV, cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, gaming consoles and lamps. Not to mention any laptops, docking stations, or any other mobile device chargers that you have. The number adds up quickly.  


Topics: Home Efficiency, Electricity

Mid-Summer Energy Outlook

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 7/23/15 4:30 PM

Do you worry about your monthly energy bill, and the slight breeze of change that might knock your finances out of whack? It’s strange to say that the gentle wind that is causing your energy bill to go up or down may actually be coming from continents away.

Since we are starting the downhill slope into the back-end of the summer, Shipley Energy thought it prudent to update our customers on what is happening around the globe, and how that is impacting the energy market outlook overall.


 

Topics: Home Efficiency, Weekly Update

Give Your Lighting a Makeover with High Efficiency Bulbs

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 7/17/15 4:30 PM

There’s nothing that ruins a selfie more than bad lighting. Unfortunately, if you have the wrong type of lightbulbs in your home, not even the best lipstick can help. However, we can show you the light at the end of the tunnel: High Efficiency Bulbs. 


 

What is a High Efficiency Lightbulb?  

A compact fluorescent light (CFL) is a type of energy-saving bulb that uses argon and a small amount of mercury vapor to produce visible light instead of the heating up of a filament. A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source that uses voltage to activate electrons. These then release energy in the form of photons. This method not only results in a more efficient bulb, but also tends to last longer. 

These types of bulbs are so attractive to homeowners because of that efficiency. LEDs last 25 times longer and save users 25 percent on electrical costs, and CFLs use 75 percent less energy than traditional bulbs. If every U.S. household used just one of these lightbulbs in place of a traditional model, it would not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also save enough energy to light 3 million additional homes!  

Topics: Home Efficiency

Home A/C Tune-Up vs. Home Energy Audit

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 6/8/15 10:00 AM
That time of the year is upon us when the weather should be heating up—but not your home. This means it is time to get your home inspected and ensure that your HVAC unit is functioning properly! When scheduling an appointment to prepare for the heat wave, deciding whether to go with a home AC tune-up or a home energy audit can be an important decision that you don’t want to get wrong. 

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

What is a Green Screen?

Posted by Janet Fleming on 2/26/15 5:00 PM

You may or may not have ever heard of a green screen and that’s because a lot of companies don’t offer this service. However, for those of you trying to save a buck or two on your next utility bill, we have a service for you! 

Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC

Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

Posted by Shipley Energy Team on 2/18/15 5:08 PM

Has your home been recently remodeled or renovated? Do you think you might have an animal infestation? Do you notice pet hairs wafting into a room through your air ducts? Do you have substantial visible mold inside your air duct or in other parts of your heating and cooling system? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider having your air ducts cleaned!

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Topics: Home Efficiency, HVAC