Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Energy Savings’

Ways to Conserve Energy and Water in 2016

Monday, December 28th, 2015

As we close out another year, our eyes turn toward the upcoming new one. There has been a lot of focus on becoming more energy efficient this year, as well as conserving our resources. If this is something that is a priority to you in 2016, the experts from Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help you in any way that we can.

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Acton, MA Heating Tips: 3 Ways To Make Your Furnace More Efficient

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Are you looking for ways to make the furnace in your Acton, MA home more efficient this winter? The heating specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help. In addition to our installation, maintenance, and repair services, we are happy to provide expert advice and tips.

Here are three ways to make your furnace a little more efficient this winter.

Schedule Routine Furnace Maintenance

If you want to make sure that your heating bills don’t skyrocket due to poor maintenance, hire a professional HVAC technician to perform yearly tune-ups. You can also help by changing air filters and making sure your furnace is working properly. Test the thermostat if you know how to ensure that you are getting accurate readings.

Take Care of Home Performance Issues

Is your home properly insulated and sealed? Weatherization is important when trying to get the most out of any heating system, especially a forced air furnace. Adding insulation, upgrading doors and windows, air sealing, and insulating and sealing ductwork are all ways to do this. Make sure your home has enough insulation before you consider upgrading to double-paned windows and doors.

Other Heating System Upgrades

It’s also important to consider other smaller heating system upgrades in your home. Ask your contractor about upgrading to a digital or programmable thermostat. You’ll need to make sure that it works with your particular furnace model.

Contact the Acton, MA heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating for more heating and energy-saving tips.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Rebates for Massachusetts Residents

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Energy Rebates | Littleton | Basnett Plumbing & HeatingHurry these rebates only last a few more months! If you are interested in upgrading your heating or cooling system find out about the money saving rebates available for MA residents by calling Basnett Plumbing & Heating today! When you purchase qualifying equipment through Basnett we can help you get the most out of your purchase by explaining which rebates you qualify for and helping to fill out the rebate paperwork. You can also get great financing deals, including Mass Save HEAT Loan Zero Interest Financing. Basnett Plumbing & Heating offers plumbing, heating, air conditioning and water heater services in Littleton, MA and throughout the MetroWest area.

There are rebates available for all of the following products and systems:

  • Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Central Air Conditioner or Heat Pump
  • ENERGY STAR® Heating and Cooling Installations
  • Residential High-Efficiency Heating Equipment
  • High-Efficiency Oil and Propane Heating System
  • Home Energy Assessments
  • Residential High-Efficiency Oil or Propane Indirect Water Heater
  • 7-Day Programmable Thermostats
  • Weather Responsive Controls for Oil or Propane Forced Hot Water Heating Systems

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Andover Air Conditioning Q/A: Is it Cost Effective to Use a Ceiling Fan and AC at the Same Time?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

There are a lot of ways to keep your house cool in the summer, and chances are you’ve incorporated more than one of them into your home already. For instance, ceiling fans are great and can really keep you comfortable in moderately hot weather. But when the heat and humidity really start to pick up, you really need your Andover air conditioning system to keep your home cool.

One or the Other?

If you’re like most people, you switch off your ceiling fan when the AC comes on. After all, the air conditioner is powerful enough to cool the house on its own. So is it really worth it to expend energy running another, secondary cooling device?

In fact, it is. Ceiling fans in particular use very little energy. Yet they’re quite effective at making your home feel cool and comfortable. So there’s really no reason not to take advantage of their benefits while running your AC.

Cutting Costs

You might be surprised to learn that far from being a waste of energy, using your ceiling fan and AC at the same time can actually save you money. That’s because the cooling power of the fan allows you to turn up the thermostat on your AC unit a couple of degrees without compromising your comfort levels.

And turning up the thermostat on the AC just that small amount will translate into pretty substantial savings on your monthly energy bills. That savings will more than pay for the cost of running the ceiling fan, and you save money.

Better Air Circulation

Running the ceiling fan with the AC on or off is always helpful in terms of promoting good air circulation throughout your house. And the more air circulates, the more comfortable your indoor environment will be. Good air circulation is also important because it helps to minimize the number of air contaminants that build up inside.

More Efficient Heating

The benefits of ceiling fans don’t stop with cooling either. In fact, you can run them in reverse to help maintain even heating in the winter. Essentially, there are few investments you can make that will serve you better throughout the year than a ceiling fan regardless of the other home heating and cooling systems you have in place.

For more ideas about how to effectively use your Andover air conditioning system, give Basnett Plumbing & Heating a call!

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Lancaster AC Guide: Quick Tips to Save Money on Air Conditioning

Monday, June 18th, 2012

You’ve probably heard once or twice that the cost of running your Lancaster air conditioner is more than that of any other single electrical device in your house. With careful attention to how your AC operates and when you use, there are some things you can do to slash cooling costs. Here are a few of the easiest:

  • SEER Matters – What is this magical acronym you hear so much? SEER refers to how many BTUs your Lancaster air conditioner can produce with a single watt of electricity. A low SEER device therefore uses a LOT more electricity to produce the same volume of cooling as a high SEER device. Since current devices offer SEER of 13 or higher (some are up to 20+), just about any upgrade will save you money relatively quickly if your current air conditioner has a rating of 8 or lower.
  • Program Your AC – If you have a single point analog thermostat, you’re wasting a LOT of electricity. You’re either paying to cool your house while it’s empty or you’re coming home to a roasting hot living space. Purchase a programmable unit and set the system to 85 degrees when you’re not home. With timers in most digital units, you can tell it when you’ll be home so that you walk into a cool, comfortable space without having to keep it cool all day long.
  • Use the Landscape to Your Advantage – Instead of relying solely on your air conditioner to keep the house cool in the summer, plant some trees and shrubs around the house to block the sunlight. Simply adding some shade to your property can directly reduce how much heat your home absorbs throughout the day and reduce how much your AC unit needs to work to keep you cool.
  • Ventilate Your Roof – A good third of the heat in your home is absorbed directly through the roof. To keep this heat from affecting the rest of your home, install a roof fan that ventilates the excess energy and keeps the attic at a steady temperature. Less heat up top means less cooling needed down low.

A good air conditioning system is effective no matter what the temperature does, so it’s easy to forget how big your bill will soon be. To avoid an overblown bill, keep an eye on your cooling and follow these simple tips to cut back on use. To schedule your annual maintenance visit, give Basnett Plumbing & Heating a call today!

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Call Basnett Plumbing and Heating for Your Cooling Needs!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Stressed over energy costs? Don’t beat yourself up! Basnett Plumbing and Heating has the solution for all of your plumbing, heating and cooling needs. Basnett has been proudly serving the MetroWest area for 25 years.

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Helpful Tips from Basnett Plumbing & Heating

Friday, April 13th, 2012

MetroWest | Honeywell | BasnettPrepare for emergencies with natural gas and propane powered generators.

Basnett now supplies and installs natural gas and propane powered generators to protect your home during any powerloss situation.
Wondering how to select a backup generator for you home? Check out this useful chart!

FREE cold weather kit with purchase of Standby Generator

Hidden Ways to Save Energy

While many homeowners are increasingly more aware of ways they can save energy and lower their bills, there are plenty of energy-saving tips that are not as well known. Making a minor change or improvement, such as installing a new thermostat, can make a difference. Even if you’ve just installed a new high-efficiency AC unit, here are some ways you can maintain its performance levels and save on energy bills.

Ductless Vs. Central Heat Pump Systems

Installing a new heat pump system in your home is a significant investment and decision; however, there are many options on the market today, including high-efficiency and ENERGY STAR models. All the different models should be researched before making your choice. Here’s some helpful information about the pros and cons to both ductless and central heat pump systems.

SAVE with a $500 Rebate on Ductless AC Mini Splits

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