HOW CAN I LOWER MY ENERGY BILL IN 2020?

It’s not unusual for your energy bills to go up during the winter and summer months, but perhaps the increase is a little extreme. This could be a sign of an inefficient HVAC system or an inefficient home. If you want to lower your bills this year, consider the following steps.

SWITCHING TO SOLAR

Photovoltaic systems have become more affordable in recent years, but before you ponder a switch, you’ll want to take a few things into account. For one thing, you’ll probably need a professional to evaluate your home’s solar energy potential. This potential varies based on region.

In most cases, homeowners do not rely entirely on solar power but rather have a back-up system installed. Even so, solar energy provides big savings, and you can receive incentives from the state for utilizing it.

GETTING REGULAR TUNE-UPS

If switching to solar is too great a step, you should focus on making your current unit as efficient as possible. Every HVAC unit, whatever its age, needs regular maintenance: ideally, an AC tune-up in the spring and a heating tune-up in the fall. Small issues that compromise performance can be detected in a tune-up. It can also cover:

  • Thermostat calibration
  • Coil cleaning
  • Air filter replacement

BUYING A SMART THERMOSTAT

Let’s say your HVAC system is running smoothly as can be. Still, you could be hurting yourself by having it run continuously. This is where a programmable thermostat comes in. Use it to create a heating schedule for those times when your home is actually occupied.

Even better, you could buy a smart thermostat, which will automatically control the temperature based on your preferences and even tell you what are the most efficient temperature settings.

SEALING DRAFTS

Lastly, we want to mention that drafty homes are a drain on many people’s wallets. Seal up the cracks and openings in doors, windows, and the attic using foam tape, metal strips, and various other materials.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

HES Solar places safety as our highest priority, and that extends from our employees to our customers, to anyone else we may potentially be in contact with through the course of business. Along with the safety procedures we adhere to in the normal course of our work and projects, we have instituted several safety protocols for all of our employees during these times of vigilant public health precautions due to COVID-19. 

Our employees are given temperature checks each time they enter the office, and office visits are only allowed when necessary. 

We’ve instituted remote working for all of our employees who are able to perform their job duties at home. Meetings are done through virtual meeting rooms. 

Field employees maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and fellow employees, customers, vendors, and all others unless unavoidable. 

Masks are required whenever interacting with fellow employees, customers, or the public and whenever social distancing is not possible. 

To ensure these procedures can be met, employees have been provided with face masks or face coverings, eye protection, gloves (as necessary), and foot coverings (as necessary). 

To help ensure frequent sanitizing, employees have been provided sanitizers in the form of gel, liquid, and wipes, antibacterial soap, and paper products for cleaning such as tissues and paper towels. 

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