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Did you know that from time to time,  federal and state governments, and some utilities offer rebates for the installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, high-efficiency water heaters, programmable thermostats, filter replacement and more?  There could also be incentives available for improving the thermal envelope of your home.  Here are links to rebates currently available:

Sawnee EMC (Residential)

 Sawnee EMC (Commercial)

Georgia Power

Jackson EMC

Walton EMC

 
 
 
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Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your cooling system can improve energy efficiency and comfort. Maintaining your equipment can also prevent future cooling system failures and repair costs.  Here are some of the areas checked and actions performed during a cooling system inspection:

Clean Condensing Unit
Tighten Electrical Connections
Check Contacts
Check Refrigerant
Check Motors Amps
Detect Vibration Noise
Lubricate Moving Parts
Replace Filters

 

 

Whatís going on with the price of R-22?

Many of you have heard that the price of R-22 has gone through the roof. Unfortunately, that is true, and there arenít a lot of answers as to what the near future holds for this commonly used refrigerant.

Back in 1987 President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that would phase-out the production of R-22 in the United States. Since that point, the Environmental Protection Agency has determined the amount of R-22 that can be made or imported into the United States. Up to this point, these amounts were set well in advance on a schedule that would result in a steady decline of new R-22 through the year 2020. At that point no new R-22 could be made in or imported into the States; we will have to rely on recycled R-22.

For the years 2012-2013, the EPA has decreased the allowed production and importation of R-22 at an accelerated rate, that has caused the wholesale price of R-22 to be extremely volatile.  Any action by the EPA has an immediate effect on the price of R-22.  In addition, the EPA has shown a pattern of taking more than one allocation action within a calendar year.  

Many homeowners who have grown accustomed to paying for ďa shot of refrigerantĒ every summer will continue to feel the crunch of these EPA decisions.  With two straight years of lower than expected R-22 allowances, now is the time homeowners should be looking at their options.  We all want a better environment, but based on the recent history of the phase out plan, those who wait the longest to replace their air conditioners will feel the greatest effects of supply and demand. 


 

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Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help the environment? A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - when you are asleep or away.  Give me a call today to get your programmable thermostat installation scheduled.

  Summer Savings

  Set you thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, your cooling costs will increase from 3-4 percent for every degree below 78.
  Close blinds, shades or drapes on windows that get direct sunlight. 
  Don't block your HVAC system's supply and return registers with rugs, furniture or drapes.  
  Have your cooling unit(s) professionally serviced each cooling season.
  Replace air filters regularly, at least every 3 months, but more often if you have pets in your home.  

 
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