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Heating Your Home For A More Restful Night of Sleep

If you suffer from insomnia, the bedroom temperature may be too hot or too cold. Both can affect your sleep.  Experts agree that the temperature of your bedroom, and how comfortable you feel in it, affect how well and how long you sleep. The temperature in your home and quality sleep go together. Your comfort level is affected as is your REM (rapid eye movement) sleep quality.  REM is the stage of sleep where you dream, and is an important stage to allow a restful, deep, sleep.  When the room is too hot, it can interrupt the body’s natural dip in temperature, which causes you to toss and turn throughout the night feeling restless. In a cooler room, it’s easier to fall asleep. At Home Energy LI, we believe sleeping in a cooler bedroom can benefit you for many reasons, including the following: The Internal Clock The body’s internal clock, also known as circadian rhythm, regulates many of your body functions, including: Blood pressure Heart rate Body temperature Hormone release These all act together, providing a better nights’ sleep and being more alert in the daytime. Your body temperature slightly rises and falls during a regular day. It's all tied to your sleep cycle. Studies have shown some types of insomnia link to improper body temperature regulation. Fall Asleep More Quickly It’s simple math, really. Provide an environment for your body to fall asleep more comfortably, and it will. If it’s too hot or too cold, your body will waste energy trying to regulate, and leave you tossing and turning all night. Get A Better Night’s Sleep When your body isn’t trying to regulate itself, you’ll fall into a deeper, more restorative sleep. Research in Australia has also proven [...]

By |2019-01-16T13:20:31+00:00January 16th, 2019|Energy Tips|Comments Off on Heating Your Home For A More Restful Night of Sleep

Seven Costly Energy Habits

The cold, winter months are settling in across Long Island. With the cold comes a change in your energy bills. Did you know that there are ways your habits can be costing you money? While not all related to the winter months, here’s seven costly energy habits that are rather typical, but they are ones that can change easily. Shorten your winter showers Winter delivers a double whammy to your energy costs because hot water heating elements and gas burners work harder to heat the water in your hot water tank. Along with that, in the winter time, many people just stay in the shower to feel warm. Not programming your programmable thermostat The U.S. Department of Energy states that you could save 10% a year on heating and cooling if you adjust your thermostat 7-8 degrees for 8 hours a day. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, make it a habit to turn it down before going to bed. Washing partial loads of laundry or dishes It costs about $180.00 per year to run your dishwasher every day. Running it every other day will effectively cut that in half. The cost of doing laundry 3 times a week is about $105.00 a year. This includes both washing and drying. Making sure your loads are full, and doing laundry once a week, can save you about $35 a year though, you want to avoid overloading them. Both of these figures are based on average sized homes. If you have a larger family, your costs are higher, however, by making sure that you are doing full loads, you can still reap energy savings. Shut the light off Though it may not seem like it, leaving [...]

By |2018-12-12T18:19:20+00:00December 18th, 2018|Energy Tips|Comments Off on Seven Costly Energy Habits

Home Energy Hacks

Thanks to advances in technology over the past 150 years, it is now possible to heat the house, light the room when the sun goes down, cook food with a turn of a knob, and enjoy the warmth of the shower all because of the natural resources we’ve tapped into that are delivered right to our homes. Throughout the industrialized world, people take for granted just how lucky they are in terms of energy. In the United States, 903 kilowatts of electricity are used annually in the average household.  Though Americans enjoy the convenience of having many electrical functions a switch away, it doesn’t come without a cost. In an effort to help consumers become more efficient, The U.S. Department of Energy compiled the following stats on how energy is used in the average household: Cooling, Refrigeration, and lighting: 5% Water Heating: 18% Home electronics: 25% Heating 42% While some of these seem high, they can be reduced with just a few simple adjustments made throughout the home. Seal off leaks Homes have a number of leaks that are hardly noticed. If a home is more than three decades old, there’s a great possibility that the living areas are not equipped with the level of air tightness that was intended at the time of construction. These leaks can be very taxing on energy efficiency and heating costs, because the heating system is forced to exert more energy just to keep the rooms sufficiently warm. Refrigeration costs In many homes, refrigeration temperatures are set at very cold levels. This can be a needless drain on the energy bill. Even though refrigerators with ENERGY STAR ratings are more efficient than older models, it’s still wise to manually [...]

By |2018-12-12T18:08:03+00:00December 14th, 2018|Energy Tips|Comments Off on Home Energy Hacks

Heating your Home Safely this Winter

Winter weather conditions are approaching, and heating your home is a top priority for many before the first snowfall. While many turn on the heat without a second thought, people should be aware of the safety concerns that come with staying warm this winter. “Heating is the second leading cause of home fires in the U.S.,” said Susan McKelvey, communications manager for the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). “December, January and February are the leading months for home fires, nearly half of reported home fires happen in those months.” In-home units, whether portable or stationary, pose risks for a multitude of reasons. Some include overheating, faulty equipment, or not properly using the equipment. All of these possibilities can be virtually avoided with some preparation and monitoring, starting with basic maintenance. “Have your heating systems inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional each year,” said McKelvey. “That includes water heaters and central heating equipment. Make sure they’re following local codes and manufacturer's instructions.” This should be the first step before the heat source is needed. Inspection of the unit can point out early indicators of malfunctions or long-term safety risks. It will also indicate if a new unit is needed before the coldest months hit. McKelvey said that the NFPA typically recommends that portable and stationary units be at least 3 feet away from anything flammable. If the unit is too close, a fire can spark. The NFPA also warns users with fuel-powered units should always double check that the proper fuel source is being used in their unit. Wrong fuel can lead to major safety concerns. Units are not the only heat source, but it does not mean that other sources can be left to [...]

By |2018-11-21T13:48:26+00:00November 21st, 2018|Energy Tips|Comments Off on Heating your Home Safely this Winter

Winterizing Outside Air Conditioners

As summer comes to a close, many homeowners will begin to get ready for the cooler weather. One thing you can do as the weather gets cooler is to begin winterizing your air conditioner unit to protect it against cold weather, snow and ice. Winterizing the unit also protects it against rust damage. A few protective measures can keep the air conditioning unit in your real estate investment in top working condition. Here are some tips to help you with winterizing your unit: Find the air conditioning circuit near your unit. Usually, it has a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit. Then, open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze. Wash the air conditioning unit with a hose to remove bird droppings, dead bugs, dirt and dust. Remove leaves, small branches and grass clippings from the unit. Then allow the unit to dry completely. Install foam pipe covers around exterior exposed pipes. Cut the foam to fit the length and diameter of the pipe. The foam covers insulate the pipes and protect them against freezing temperatures. Wrap duct tape around the foam covers to hold them in place. Cover the HVAC unit with a plastic or vinyl cover. Choose a cover that is waterproof. Some manufacturers make covers that are specifically designed for air conditioners, but you can use any plastic or vinyl covering that fits over the unit. Wrap vinyl ropes or bungee cords around the air conditioning cover to keep it secure. Make sure the cover is wrapped tightly so it doesn't blow away [...]

By |2018-08-14T13:18:34+00:00August 14th, 2018|Energy Tips|Comments Off on Winterizing Outside Air Conditioners

Benefits of Installing a Gas Pool Heater

Gas pool heaters are a very common way to heat your pool water and are much more efficient today than in the past. While the initial cost of set up and installation may seem expensive, there are considerable long-term savings that come with installing a gas pool heater. Here are some benefits to installing a gas pool heater for your pool.   Gas pool heaters are extremely efficient at warming a pool quickly. High heat created by burning natural gas in a furnace creates high heat levels that quickly bring the water in a swimming pool to the desired temperature, reducing the amount of time the heater is running. These pool heaters usually experience fewer problems with wear and tear than electric heaters. They do not need to run as much as electric heaters do to keep your water heated, resulting in less need for costly repair services. When gas and oil prices are relatively low, gas pool heaters can be a lot less expensive to operate than electric pool heat pumps. While you may need to turn on an electric heater or heat pump a couple of hours before entering the swimming pool, the gas heater can usually be turned on within 30 minutes of using the pool. This can result in considerable energy bill savings.   Although gas pool heaters don't experience as many problems as electric heaters, you should still always call for annual maintenance and check ups on your pool! To read some more pool heater tips, you can go to our Energy Saving Tips & Links page. To request pool heater service, you can click here.   Article Source: doityourself.com  

By |2018-08-14T13:19:37+00:00July 25th, 2018|Energy Tips|0 Comments

66 Ways To Save Energy and Lower Your Electric Bill

Earlier this month, PSEG published an article entitled "66 Ways to Save Energy and Lower your Electric Bill." In the article, there are subsections defining each section of the house and how you can save energy in those specific areas. Here are some points from each of the sections. You can visit PSEG's website, or click here to view the entire article! Purchasing three-way lamps makes it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not needed. Dimmers can vary the level of illumination according to how much light you may need. Make sure you purchase efficient lightbulbs specifically made for either technology. Be sure to place your refrigerator away from any appliances that generate heat (such as ovens and dishwashers.) Your refrigerator will have to work much harder to cool and its efficiency will decrease. Ninety percent of the energy your washing machine uses, goes towards heating the water. You can save by using hot water for only heavily soiled laundry. Today's laundry detergents are formulated to work just as well in cold water, so why not switch? When you're in the market for a new dishwasher, look for models that require less hot water. Many washers differ in the amount of gallons needed during the wash cycle. By using an ENERGY STAR certified dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes, you can save nearly 5,000 gallons of water per year. This information is listed on the Energy Guide Label. When cooking, use pots and pans that properly fit your stove-top burners. Using a small pan on a large burner wastes energy (plus it is a major safety hazard.) Are you aware of the 'phantom load'? If not, this phenomenon is the [...]

By |2019-01-16T13:02:27+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Energy Tips|0 Comments

How to Winterize Your Pool

Having a pool during the hot summer months is a treat unlike any other. But when the cold weather starts setting in, do you know how to properly prepare your pool for the winter? Here is a list on how to help you get ready to close the pool for the cold weather, without damaging it. First you want to get in contact with a pool professional, they will help you get started. This contractor will remove all the water sitting in the plumbing lines so it doesn't freeze and risk damage. You can always drain the lines yourself, but if you have any doubt- hire a professional. In above ground pools, the lines can be disconnected and will drain on their own. For other pools you may need to buy a commercial grade vacuum to suck out any water. You never want to completely drain your pool then leave it out in the cold during the winter. You risk the hydrostatic pressure popping it out of the ground or floating your liner; both leading to a complete remodel. You want to leave the same amount of water that you swim in- this fives the pool cover something to sit on. Don't be afraid of your pool freezing, its not going to hurt your pool and most likely wont freeze all the way down. A good idea is to install a winter pill, this is a floating ball that releases chemicals to prevent any scaling or algae buildup. As a pool owner, you should be carefully aware of the amount of percentages of your pool chemicals. A proper pool chemistry makes for a better winterization. You want to close your pool no later than the [...]

By |2019-01-16T13:02:40+00:00February 7th, 2018|Energy Tips|0 Comments

Things You May Have Not Known About Heating Oil

Around 18 million households in the United States use heating oil during the winter. The majority of these homes can be found in the Northeast. With heating oil being such a prevalent source of heat for many homes in the U.S., people still are unsure about it and have questions. Here is a list of facts you may not know about heating oil. Heating oil is created from the refinement of crude oil; Gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel and jet fuel are also created from this process. It is a very safe oil. If you were to drop a lit match into a pool of heating oil, you would expect it to combust- that is not the case. The match would extinguish as if dropped into water. In the liquid form, heating oil is non-explosive (due to its high vaporization temperature.) There is a low possibility of carbon monoxide entering your home from using heating oil. Accidental inhalation of oil fumes is not fatal. There is 35% more BTU's per gallon of heating oil than natural gas. Heating oil is the hottest burning oil. It will heat your home faster than any other fuel type. It is 90-95% more clean than it was during the 1970's. It's suffer content has also been reduced 93% since the 80's. If properly maintained, new heating oil systems create no soot, dirt or odors. An oil burning heating unit runs at 83-95% efficiency. On average, households use 25% less heating oil than in 1989. Thank you to Shipley Energy for the original information. You can read more here.

By |2019-01-16T13:01:18+00:00January 24th, 2018|Energy Tips|0 Comments

Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas – The Facts You Should Know

Choosing oil to heat your home is a far better decision than using another fuel source. However, there are two choices when it comes to choosing oil for your heating- natural gas vs. heating oil. Before making a final choice, here is a list separating fact from fiction about both fuels. Heating Oil Supplies are Bountiful Fact: Across the world, oil and petroleum reserves are higher than ever. The United States is not dependent on imports or any one supply source, the Northeast Heating Oil Reserve has about 2 million barrels alone (not to mention the 727 million barrels in the Strategies Petroleum Reserve.) Natural gas consumption is on the rise, and there are worries that domestic production (within the United States) will not be able to keep up with the demand. Natural gas is not renewable, and most of the world's natural gas reserves are outside the US, meaning relying on imports is a real possibility in the future. Heating Oil is More Expensive than Natural Gas False: Within the last 22 years statistics show that, depending where you live, heating oil was less expensive than natural gas. Heating oil is a renewable fossil fuel, unlike its counterpart natural gas. With supply and demand making prices fluctuate, plus the drainage of natural gas reserves- the price of natural gas is bound to rise since we will have to rely on imports. Heating Oil is Clean Fact: Heating oil produces little to no emissions; new system technologies have also created a way to 're-burn' fuel, lowering emissions even lower. A heating oil system that is properly taken care of, burns cleanly. Any soot that may form remains inside the tank. Heating Oil is Easily Combustable [...]

By |2019-01-16T13:02:16+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Energy Tips|0 Comments