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There are many ways to save energy in the home. Many times, we turn to experts for some advice or reminders on ways we can be using less and paying less for our energy by reducing needs and becoming more efficient. At Bel Red, we pride ourselves on being experts in this area. Another expert is certainly the Department of Energy. The DOE regularly shares some great tips of energy efficiency and energy savings and has a great perspective on our country’s collective energy use. Energy.gov is a resource that can be used for many different things, including getting tips on simple ways to save energy around the home.
Below, you’ll find a summary of some of the main tips from the DOE that will help you save energy in and around the home:
- Wasted air means wasted money. By properly air sealing and weather-stripping your home, you can quickly save a ton of wasted energy and instantly cut back on energy bills.
- Turning your thermostat down during the cold months even a few degrees eight hours a day or more can have drastic savings on the amount of energy required to heat your home. In fact, reducing the set temperature by 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs.
- As we mentioned in this water heating post, reducing the temperature on your water heater can also have a big impact on your energy usage. We detailed additional savings tips for your water heater in our blog post, so please check that out to find out more on this topic.
- It’s a common misconception that strictly using hot water in your washing machine will result in cleaner clothing. Using cool or cold water can be just as effective at getting your clothing clean and can save you a bundle on heating your water.
- Don’t use energy you don’t need! Even a change as simple as using the auto-sleep function on your computer, you can save as much as $30 per year on your electric bill. That’s just one small awareness change that can lead to big savings on electricity.
- Building on the last tip, don’t forget to unplug all appliances when not in use. Shockingly, in the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off, which could cost about $100 a year.
It’s very true, even the smallest, simplest changes can make a big impact on your energy bottom line. At Bel Red, we’re extremely conscious of energy savings and want to be as informative as possible to consumers regarding this topic. If you’d like to discuss ways to reduce your energy consumption and cut back on energy bills in your home, please contact us today.
While we’d argue that it’s important to keep all of the systems in your home well maintained, there certainly are items of particular importance when it comes to maintenance. Certainly your heating and cooling system is at or near the top of the list, since proper maintenance keeps you safe, comfortable and helps things run more efficiently.
Maintenance on the home’s plumbing should also be a top priority. Failure to do so could result in some big expenses that could have been avoided altogether with proper, professional care and consideration. Plumbing maintenance is one of our specialties at Bel Red, and it’s our goal to ensure you don’t run into a flood of issues in your home.
It’s an unfortunate reality that with many homeowners, out of sight can mean out of mind, but like other home maintenance needs, a proactive approach to your home’s plumbing offers significant savings—both saving water and money. Leaky faucets can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water every day. These are just two scenarios in which a plumbing system that isn’t cared for properly can be extremely wasteful. The good news? With a little maintenance, you can prevent little problems as well as big ones.
With our annual plumbing maintenance programs and packages here at Bel Red, you can realize some great benefits that will make your life easier and potentially save you a great deal of money over time. There are some significant advantages of the plumbing maintenance programs. All of our plumbing maintenance programs and packages include the following:
- Assurance of a smooth-running of systems
- Access to the latest water and energy conservation techniques
- Prevention of water temperature spikes
- Protection warranties and guarantees
- Practical advice and suggestions
- Assurance that your plumbing is up to code and safe
We also understand that some homeowners just don’t have the time to devote to proper maintenance on home plumbing systems even if they do have the proper knowledge. We’re here to help.
If you’d like to discuss any of our plumbing maintenance services and packages, give us a call today or shoot us an email. We’d be happy to help make sure things are flowing smoothly in your home!
Let’s face it—some homes have heating and cooling systems that are not just costly to operate, but they don’t even do the job they’re there to do. Often, homes with electric baseboard or in-wall heaters, or with poorly designed or installed ductwork, suffer from high utility bills, dusty or unhealthy air, or rooms that are too hot or too cold, just to name a few issues. Sometimes repairing these systems or improving duct work can be very expensive, and you’re still likely going to be stuck with an old system that isn’t extremely efficient.
The good news? There are solutions that can greatly improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling and improve your home’s indoor air quality. The better news? It can be done with avoiding bulky ducts and big systems all together. Ductless mini splits from Mitsubishi offer a quiet, efficient alternative to more traditional heating and cooling sources in your home.
An ultra-quiet fan evenly circulates air, eliminating hot and cold spots in rooms and improving the comfort of your main living spaces. Homes often have “trouble rooms” when it comes to heating and cooling. Additions, sunrooms, bonus rooms or loft spaces often present many challenges when it comes to keeping them at a desired and comfortable temperature. Whether through inefficiency or poor design, duct-based heating systems or electric baseboard heating can sometimes fail when it comes to proper, whole-house comfort. Mini-splits heat pumps are adjustable by area of the home or room, so temperature management becomes a breeze.
Mitsubishi ductless mini-split heat pumps not only increase the temperature control you have in your home, they also eliminate the loud noises that are sometimes associated with old furnaces and other heating systems. These systems work extremely quietly, which adds to the level of comfort you experience when heating or cooling the home. The Mitsubishi ductless mini-split models that Bel Red sells and installs have virtually no compressor or fan noise.
Bel Red Energy Solutions is a Mitsubishi Top Contractor, having received the highest level of accreditation from Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Division. We have invested our time in hands-on training at a Mitsubishi Training Center in order to provide you with the most professional quality installation and maintenance for your Mitsubishi HVAC product.
If you’re interested in changing the way you heat your home and learning more about our Mitsubishi ductless mini-split technologies and installation, reach out to our team today.
In our most recent blog post, we discussed not only the importance of having very good indoor air quality for the health and safety of you and your loved ones. We also touched on one of the many solutions Bel Red can provide to help improve your indoor air quality call Air Scrubber Plus Technology. It is a revolutionary air cleaning system that mimics the natural cleaning properties of the outdoor environment, bringing fresh, clean air inside your home’s walls and straight into your lungs!
In this follow up post, we’d like to lay out some additional details and benefits of Air Scrubber Plus technology.
First and foremost, a bit more about how this technology works. Once installed, Air Scrubber Plus® goes to work right away by copying the power of nature outside to clean your home inside. As air passes through the unit, it is transformed by our unique technology. ActivePureTM scrubbers then travel through the ductwork into every corner of your home, effectively treating and purifying the entire house. It even sends clean, fresh air to hard to reach places of your home that were once occupied by stale, dirty air.
Air Scrubber Plus® ensures that air ducts, tables, furniture, counter tops, bathrooms, doorknobs and practically every surface you touch is cleaner and safer for your family. It’s as simple as turning on your fan, furnace or air conditioning system. The technology fits with most forced air heating and cooling systems, so installation is likely a strong possibility for you and your situation.
The benefits also extend beyond simply cleaning your air. As we all know, installing new heating and cooling systems can be expensive. All homeowners want to extend the life of their units for as long as possible. Air Scrubber Plus® extends the life of your existing heating and air conditioning system by trapping dirt, dust and other debris before it enters through the filter, damaging the coils and blower that keep your system running effectively. A protected HVAC system can last up to 15 years or more at peak efficiency, saving you money on your utility bill every month and reducing the need for expensive service calls. A dirty, unprotected system may need to be replaced in as little as five years.
According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality is one of the leading dangers to the environment and to our health. If you think your home could use a fresh solution to this problem, contact us today to learn more Air Scrubber Plus technology from Bel Red.
Indoor air quality has such a large impact on the way we live within our homes. The difference between good and bad air quality inside the walls of your home can be the difference between good health and bad health, high comfort and low comfort, and so much more.
Unfortunately, without proper care or equipment, it can be extremely difficult to manage the indoor air quality of your home. According to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies, levels for air pollutants may be up to five times higher indoors than outdoors.
The good news? Bel Red offers detailed indoor air testing of your home’s structure to locate the root cause of air quality problems with our Home Energy and Safety Assessment. We also offer revolutionary air purification and cleansing systems that can do much, or all, of the work when it comes to keeping your home’s air fresh and clean.
One of these systems is called Air Scrubber Plus. Air Scrubber Plus® is a revolutionary new system designed to help eliminate indoor air quality risks by reducing air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, mold, odor-causing bacteria and odors caused by pets and cooking.
Air Scrubber Plus® with ActivePureTM technology, cleans, freshens and purifies the air using specialized germicidal UV light waves along with a proprietary catalytic process that creates enviroscrubbing molecules of oxygen and hydrogen, just like nature’s outdoor scrubbers. As we mentioned above, the more we can get your indoor air and its quality to mimic that of outdoor air, the better. Trust us, your lungs will thank you for making this purchase and installation.
Stay tuned on the blog as we’ll shortly be posting more details and an outline of some of the benefits of Air Scrubber Plus technology.
Begin breathing easier inside your home. Contact Bel Red today to arrange for testing in your home and learn how you can improve the quality of your home's indoor air with revolutionary cleansing technologies like Air Scrubber Plus.