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Installing a heating and cooling system, and its subsequent operation, add significant cost to homeownership. The Air Conditioning Contractors for America (ACCA) would like to see these costs decreased and energy efficiency increased. Manuals J, D and S work to these ends, but what, exactly, are these manuals?
Coming to Terms With J, D and S
Manuals J, D and S compile standards and protocol for the design and installation of HVAC equipment and ductwork. Developed by ACCA, each manual is valuable on its own but also acts as a precursor to the next standard.
It’s finally fall as the days become shorter the temperature drops. You know that your energy bills are on the rise. Every year, Colorado homeowners feel the pinch in their pocketbooks from these rising energy costs. Space heating accounts for around 45 percent of the average American family's energy bills. To save money and ensure your home is running efficiently, try these seven sure-fire tips to cut your heating costs.
1. Weatherize Your Home
Whether you’re looking at it from an environmental or an economical perspective, becoming more energy-efficient is a smart decision. Your Colorado facility can save money, time and the environment by taking some simple steps that will encourage your employees to be more mindful of their energy use and, ultimately, improve your bottom line. How can this be done? Well, energy bills are one of the top expenses facing small business owners and managers. Heat, electricity, air and other utilities are necessary components of running a successful operation, but this overhead can also be some of the biggest drains on your budget. Moving this to the top of today’s to-do list can make an impact for years to come.
The four seasons in Colorado bring beauty and thrill to those who live in this part of the country. However, temperature shifts and winds of the changing seasons can reveal homes experiencing air leaks. This happens when hot and cold air comes in and out of the house without an invitation.
What is the Big Deal About Air Leaks?
So, what is the impact of these air leaks? After all, is it not good for all things to breathe? Unfortunately, too much of this “breathing” leads to loss of heat or air conditioning, decreased energy efficiency, and increased heating and cooling costs.
Fall is almost here, and it’s time to prepare for colder temperatures and everything else that goes with the change of seasons. As the thermometer plunges, it becomes more important than ever to make sure that your house is ready for the challenges of autumn and the winter that follows. By taking the time to safeguard your house, you can face the upcoming seasonal weather with a home ready to withstand the cold, save energy and lower your heating bill in the process.
Batten Down the Hatches
The City of Denver is taking some important steps in ensuring that the commercial buildings in the city are healthy and safe. As part of these efforts, they have implemented some new energy-efficiency standards in an effort to help improve the city as a whole. Take a look at some of these groundbreaking efforts.
New Building Codes
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average size of homes in the U.S. has increased by 30%, but these new homes consume about the same amount of energy as older homes do. Why is that? Products that are more energy efficient are being used to build these homes. While building a new home might not be in the cards for you, there are still things you can do to make your home safer and more energy efficient.
Inspect Your Home For Leaks
The exciting world of designing and building homes loses its edge when it comes to navigating codes and requirements. The red tape, rules, and regulations, inspections and updates frustrate even the most knowledgeable of Coloradans. Fortunately, help is available for designers, builders, and contractors to ease the process and the frustration associated with home safety and efficiency. REScheck™ software ensures your new build or remodeling project meets local, state-specific and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requirements. This checking system relieves the headaches associated with honoring code and building energy-efficient homes.
Getting the Facts
One of the top priorities for any business is to save money. If you live in an area of the country where the summer months are extremely hot or the winters are bitter cold, any additional method of saving can be significant. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 30 percent of the energy a commercial building consumes goes to waste. That can add up over the course of a year. Consider 12 ways a business can save both energy and money. While some of the ideas may seem relatively simple, the amount they could save your business will make it well worth the time and effort.
1. If equipment is not being used, turn it off.
Now that it's the summertime, everyone is turning on the air conditioning to stay cool on the warmest days of the year. You know what that means...the bills are going to go up and we're all going to have to pay more money to cover the cost of utilities. But, there are some easy ways we can save on air conditioning costs in Colorado. While the climate is typically cool and pleasant, there are some hot days ahead. Consider these ways to help reduce your use and lower your utility bills.