Cool Ways to Cut Energy Costs
These days, homeowners are more likely to downsize than ever before. Why is that? Energy costs are a huge reason. Paying more for the power bill while living in a 4,000+ square-foot home, may have you making more of a payment than you paid for your previous house payment in a smaller dwelling. If you are like a lot of people, you might decide it’s time to take your checkbook and move on. In 2014, you see so many people looking to live green, reduce their energy consumption and waste, and live in micro-houses! Have you seen these mini masterpieces on social media sites? They are pretty cool. However, downsizing isn’t the only option.
Here are ways to stay cool while, at the same time, chillin’ on the power bill.
• Shade your home, inside and out, with blinds, shades and curtains on the windows and trees, vines and trellises around the outside to block the sun.
• Install a programmable or smart thermostat and set your home’s temperature four to eight degrees warmer when you’re away. Use ceiling fans to stay cool.
• Change or clean HVAC filters monthly especially if you have shedding pets.
• Check ductwork to assure it is fastened and with no leaks so you’re not cooling the attic or underside of the house. During winter, we watched TV wrapped in blankets for weeks before we realized the cold air coming through the vent was the result of disconnected ductwork.
• Call Carolina Cool to check your unit for efficiency and for a tune up and clean up. When it’s time, replace your old HVAC system with a more efficient model and you’ll likely cut energy costs by 30 to 50 percent. We have great Carrier Cool Cash Fall incentives on Carrier HVAC systems, so ask us how we can help you!
Very often we are asked to upgrade or replace an HVAC system in a Myrtle Beach commercial building which needs to continue operations during the project. Medical Centers present the additional factor of operating 24/7 so the current project must proceed with no disruption in keeping the facility at a consistent comfort level.
Let’s take a look at a Carrier case study:
Elizabethtown Community Hospital is a 25 bed facility designated as a critical access hospital by the Federal government. This designation is given to hospitals that are 35 or more miles from the nearest healthcare facility and has 25 or less inpatient beds. ECH services include a 24 hour ER, inpatient care and laboratory and radiology services. ECH needed to reduce operating costs to remain competitive and offer higher quality services. The project parameters included a reduction in energy consumption improved comfort and a future planned expansion. Another consideration was providing a solution that generated a positive cash flow during the upgrade which the hospital could designate towards the new addition. Using computer modeling and in depth employee interviews Carrier was able to identify areas for substantial improvement and an additional opportunity for savings was through maximizing incentives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority along with other agencies that reward companies for the implementation of energy efficient and renewable energy resources in the design, operation and construction of hospitals and institutions.
Rodney Boula, CEO and administrator of Elizabethtown, had approached several firms in searching for the best solution for the hospital. “Carrier really stood out during the selection process,” said Mr. Boula. “They responded quickly and with accurate answers.” “We are a small hospital, and everyone on the Carrier team, from the local salesperson all the way up to the regional supervisor really treated us like a large customer,” added Boula. “Carrier’s performance on this project was outstanding, and I recommend Carrier to my peers.”
Carrier’s approach to the project was impressive in providing solutions to the specific needs while being fiscally prudent given the hospitals financial constraints. The improvements made are expected to result in an over 30% reduction in energy costs.
Carolina Cool approaches all Myrtle Beach commercial HVAC projects, regardless of size, with the same attention to detail, needs and satisfaction. We work with you to find the right solution to your projects needs.