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Start The New Year With An Energy Audit

 

 

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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions centers on gaining better control of your finances, you might want to start the New Year right by calling for an energy audit. Now I know that anytime you hear finance and audit in the same sentence, you immediately jump to taxes and an IRS audit. But this time, that’s not what I am talking about. Get better control of your budget this winter by calling your local electrician for an energy audit or electrical system inspection.

Signs That a Home Energy Audit is Needed

  • If you walk through your home and feel drafts
  • If your floor feels cold in the winter
  • If your electric bills are high
  • If there are pockets of heat or cold as you walk your home 
  • If lights flicker or switches aren’t working properly

What is a Home Energy Audit?

A trained professional will utilize specialized equipment to evaluate the heating and cooling efficiency of a home or business. The goal of the audit will be reducing energy costs while maintaining or improving the comfort of the building occupants. An energy audit usually consists of three main areas of scrutiny; the building envelope, the mechanical systems, and user behavior.

Building Envelope

When mailed, a letter is protected by an envelope. Your home’s envelope refers to ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, and skylights, or basically the physical structures that separate the interior of your home from the exterior environment. During an energy audit, each element of the envelope will be assessed for how well it resists heat loss and the element will be assigned an R-value. A higher R-value indicates better heat retention or efficient insulation properties. The EPA, through their Energy Star Program, publishes a schedule of recommended R-values based upon locality. Tax Credits are available for improvements made to existing homes. If an element of the building envelope receives an R-value that is below the recommended value, the auditor can make suggestions on ways to improve heat retention.

Mechanical Systems

The second area of scrutiny in an energy audit will be the efficiency of operation provided by the mechanical systems that heat and cool your home. In other words, the auditor will look at your heater, air conditioner, and thermostat and assess them for physical condition, programming and efficiency of operation. If deficiencies are found, the auditor will provide recommendations to increase the efficiency of the mechanical systems.  If new HVAC equipment is necessary your electrician can wire the system correctly to avoid an electrical hazard.  Rose Brothers and Sons also correct faulty wiring to help reduce problems with your HVAC system.

User Behavior  

An area that we as consumers of energy typically overlook is how our behavior affects the energy efficiency of our home. Do you turn off lights when you leave a room? Do you typically keep some interior doors closed? Do you have a programmable thermostat that allows adjustment of temperature based upon time of day and occupancy? After all, why heat or cool to the level of comfort of occupants if the occupants aren’t home. In addition, studies have shown that reducing the temperature of the room you sleep in is conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Audit Recommendations

Following an energy audit your home will be given a report card. Common recommendations include;

  • increase insulation in walls, ceilings, or basements
  • repair or replace inefficient windows
  • installing weather stripping
  • repair or replace inefficient furnace
  • Correct ductwork issues
  • Fix electrical wiring

 

Rose Brothers & Sons can help you meet your New Years Resolution to conserve energy and meet budgeting goals. For service or repair of your electrical systems or for an electrical system inspection, call today.

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Why Does My Electric Bill Fluctuate

why does my electric bill fluctuateCustomers often ask our electric repair crews, why does my electric bill fluctuate so much. Often they indicate they are keeping their thermostat at the same temperature and they just don’t understand how their electric bill can be higher one month and lower the next. Here are some reasons why your electric bill is high.

Changes in the Temperature

With Northern Kentucky weather, we are used to having temperature changes throughout the year. If the outside temperature is around 65-70 degrees it’s pretty easy to heat and cool your home. Most of the time however the temperature changes. If it’s any colder or hotter, you can expect your air conditioner or heater to work harder. This causes more energy to be used to keep your house at the same temperature. If temperatures outside are over 100˚, or less than 40˚, your bill will be even higher. At these temperatures your heating and cooling systems have reached capacity and will require more energy with less results.

Having Guests

If you entertain a lot or have company coming to stay a few days during the summer months or over holidays, you can expect a higher Northern Kentucky utility bill. More people mean that appliances are used more, heating and cooling use more electricity and you get the idea. It doesn’t take much. Extra lights on in rooms you rarely use or in the basement guest room can make a big difference.

Faulty Appliances

If you have electrical appliances that aren’t working right they could be using more energy. Dirty air filters on the air conditioner, a pool pump continually running, a faulty thermostat, refrigerators that don’t seal, all seem like small matters.  But the amount of electricity you waste with a faulty appliance will raise your electric bill.  Rose Brothers and Son Electric can help you keep your appliances in working order.

Seasonal Items

If you consider all the items you use differently during different parts of the year, you can see why your electric bill fluctuates. Pool pumps, electric leaf blowers, Christmas lights, patio lights and other seasonal items use electricity. When you are using these items, it can cause a raise in your electric bill.

Why Does My Electric Bill Fluctuate

There are many answers to the question,  why does my electric bill fluctuate. You can see from this list there are many items in your home that use electricity. You can help keep your electric bill down by turning items off and unplugging items you’re not using. Try to keep your thermostat at a setting closer to the outdoor temperature. If you have guests, remind them to conserve energy too. If you need electric repairs, call Rose Brother’s & Sons Electric and we will be happy to make sure your electric and electric appliances are running efficiently. We can also do an energy audit to see where you could improve on your electric use and consumption.  Many people take advantage of average billing that allows them to pay an average bill so that their bill is more manageable.  You can contact your utility company to see what they offer.  If you have any questions or we can help in any way, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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5 Signs You Need To Call A Licensed Electrician

home electricityHome electricity is probably one part of your house you rely on daily but pay little attention to. Electricity is everywhere and a large part of our existence revolves around items that use electricity. Most people don’t think about calling a professional electrician unless something is broken and they can’t fix it. Electricity however, can be dangerous and calling a professional is as much about your family’s safety as it is about fixing a problem. Here are a few reasons to call a licensed electrician.

Not Enough Outlets

You may be using too many extension cords or have power strips at every outlet. Using extension cords isn’t always safe. This is a good indication; you could use a few more outlets. It also may mean you are overloading some of the circuits in your home. A professional electrician can determine if your house needs an electrical upgrade or just a few more outlets.

Your Lights Dim

If you notice diming lights when you turn on certain appliances or too many appliances, you may have an overloaded circuit breaker. It may trip often too. An electrician can help alleviate the problem and balance the load.

No 3-prong Outlets

Most electrical items today require a 3-prong outlet. If your home electrical system only has 2-prong outlets, you could have a problem with your electricity being grounded. Using adaptors is not the safest solution, calling an electrician to change out the outlets is.

Do You Need A Licensed Electrician To Install New Appliances?

When it comes to installing new electrical appliances, it is always a good idea to provide dedicated circuits to your appliance. This can help balance the load before you start having problems. Electricity needs to work efficiently to save you money on your power bill and to ensure your appliances don’t wear out more frequently.

No GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets in Your Kitchen or Bath

Since the late 1980’s, homes are required to have GFI outlets near any water. This is a safety precaution to prevent electric shock. A GFI will detect any deviation in the current that might result from water coming into contact with electricity. Within 1/30th of a second, the electricity can be interrupted and this saves lives. If you notice you don’t have any outlets like this, an electrician can install them for you.

Your Home is Older

Homes that are older may not have an efficient electrical system. Recent changes to building codes, safety codes and new technology may mean your system isn’t running as well as it could be. Your electrician can make sure your system is up to date and working efficiently.

If you have recently purchased your home, you may find that although your home has passed inspection, you are having problems because the way your family uses electricity is unique to you. Your electrician can provide you with an electrical inspection or energy audit that revolves around how you are using your home electricity and what changes are needed for your safety and to cut your costs for electricity. If you have any questions or need service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Energy Efficient Homes In Northern Kentucky

energy efficient homes in Northern KentuckyYou can perform a DIY energy audit to see if you have one of the areas energy efficient homes in Florence Kentucky.   If you notice your utilities bills are outrageous, it may be time you did something to keep from paying such high utility bills.  Once you know where the problems lie, you can decide if it makes sense to fix them.

What To Look For In A DIY Energy Audit

Check your insulation in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawlspaces.  You can easily see where you need to add insulation or make changes.

Check for air leaks around doors, windows, vents, electrical outlets, and plumbing.  Seal all leaks to ensure no cold or hot air is escaping.

Close fireplace dampers.

Make sure all your heating and cooling appliances are properly maintained each year.  You can check your maintenance book or schedule maintenance by a licensed HVAC company.

Study the lighting and electrical appliances you have.  Look for ways to add controls like timers, dimmers and sensors.  Your licensed electrician in can help.

Energy Efficient Homes in Northern Kentucky

Finding ways to make sure your home is energy efficient is a good way to budget your money and expenses.  You can save money by switching to energy efficient light bulbs.  Also, it is estimated that by adding a digital programmable thermostat, you can save almost $200.00 a year.

Adding newer appliances and upgrading your electrical system are also ways to ensure you have one of the energy efficient homes in Northern Kentucky.

It is estimated that 50% of a home’s heating and cooling escapes out of windows.  You can replace your windows with more energy efficient windows or add better window treatments like honeycomb shades.

 

Every year companies are coming up with new technology to help you lower your utility bills and reduce your energy use. Older homes can be costly when you consider the money you will spend on high heating and cooling bills.  Updating your home may be a way to make your home more energy efficient.  You will want to consider the costs of upgrading a home and weigh out what is the best solution.  It could be moving to one of the areas more energy efficient homes in Northern Kentucky is the best solution.

 

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is dedicated to helping our customers achieve energy efficiency.  We will be happy to help you realize your goal with electrical repairs and installations.  IF you have any questions about turning your home into one of the energy efficient homes in Northern Kentucky, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

 

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