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It’s Time for a Check-Up!

January 22, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Reduce The Use
I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that January 2015 is almost over.  Spring is a month closer, which is a good thing; however, the list of resolutions I spent days crafting at the beginning of the month is still just a list of awesome ideas on a little piece of paper. 

My health is important to me and even though I haven’t made much headway with my resolution list, I have made it a priority to schedule all of my dreaded yearly medical check-ups this week.  How will I know where I need to get if I don’t know where I am? 

Just as we use medical check-ups to assess our physical and mental status, our homes need check-ups, too.  Efficiency check-ups are a great way to see if our homes are in need of any improvements. 

The first step in addressing our homes’ efficiency and comfort levels is to take an online energy check-up.  This check-up is free and easy and can... Continue Reading >>

Give Your Heat Pump a Helping Hand

January 02, 2015   By Willard Strong in Reduce The Use
By the time you read this, we will have endured another cold snap.

For us genteel southerners of the Southeast, this meant morning temperatures in the upper teens and a day when it barely got above freezing.

I'm fond of saying we really don't know what cold is, a position heartily affirmed by co-workers who grew up far north of the Lowcountry. We live in the "heat pump belt." Since the heat pump was perfected in the mid-1960s, it largely replaced window air-conditioning units, a lifestyle-altering development that made Southern summers less brutal and bearable. In the winter, it magically heated our homes with the flip of a switch.

While some window units feature an electric heat option, most just offer relief from oppressive high temperatures and humidity. In the pre-heat pump era, I lived in a house that had oil heat, and back in the early 1960s a gallon of heating oil was in the 25-cents-a-gallon range, or even less.

I... Continue Reading >>