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Archive for Efficiency
Mar 2016 23

Preparing Your Home For Vacation

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Summer
preparing to leave on vacation

As spring break nears and summer being just a few months away, many families and friends are starting to plan vacations. It is important to take precautions before leaving town for a week or two to ensure appliances in your home are not still running and thereby adding to your energy bill while you are away. Unplug Phantom Wasters When we are at home, we use our appliances every day. Turning them off after each use, although ...

Feb 2016 23

Should You Invest In A Portable Air Conditioner?

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, HVAC Education
portable air conditioning, efficiency, heat wave

With rising heat waves that are becoming more and more common even in the “winter”, most of us living in Southern California cannot get away with just using ceiling fans or portable fans to cool us down anymore. Temperatures are likely to rise before cooling off in the near future and an uncomfortably warm house or apartment is sure to make anyone a bit cranky. If you do not have the luxury of an in-home air ...

Feb 2016 13

Taking One Step Further To Go Green: Solar Panels

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency
solar panels, energy efficiency, energy conservation

Taking the steps to completely overhaul your home or business to go solar is a huge decision. There are factors to consider, such as construction, cost and if going solar is best for everyone in your home. As society moves more towards green energy and being as efficient as possible while creating a small carbon footprint, going solar might just be the next great generational shift. More than half a million homes in the ...

Feb 2016 04

Quick And Easy Tips To Go Green At Home On A Budget

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured
Going Green On A Budget, Energy Efficiency At Home

As energy efficiency becomes more popular and phrases like “going green” are the new norm, many of us may start to consider how to slowly make our homes more green. But will that cost us more money? Here are a few simple tips to go green and make your home more energy efficient while on a budget: Never Let Your Electronics Sleep When your computer screen goes black it is not powered off. It is still using energy ...

Jan 2016 29

Family Friendly Ways To Promote Energy Efficiency In Your Home

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured
Family Friendly Energy Efficiency, Kids Saving Energy, Family Energy Efficient Home

Explaining energy efficiency to children can be difficult and somewhat bland if not described in an exciting way. But there are fun and educational ways to involve your children in helping you save energy in your home by making games out of it. Simple things like timing your children to see who can turn off the most lights in the house (safely) can inspire your kids from a young age to spot ways to conserve energy, ...

Jan 2016 22

Money Saving Strategies In Your Home For The Winter

Posted in Efficiency, Heating
Save Money In The Winter, Energy Efficient In The WInter

Our team at Alps understands that many families are focused on saving money in the months following the holiday season. We want everyone to stay warm during the winter while also being energy efficient. There are a handful of simple strategies to slim your energy bill without compromising your level of comfort in your home. Search For Drafts And Air Seal Them Running your heater with tons of small gaps throughout your home means your heater ...

Dec 2015 04

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured, Heating
preparing your home for winter, hvac repair orange county

While temperatures have been cooling off recently, we still aren’t to the coldest part of the year. However, it will be upon us sooner than you might expect. And while temperatures in Southern California don’t get extremely cold, they do warrant turning on the heater to help keep your home comfortable. Any time you turn on your HVAC system, you have the opportunity to be more energy efficient. That’s why it’s important to prepare ...

Nov 2015 24

Benefits of a Blower Door Test

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured, Insulation
benefits of a blower door test, energy upgrade california tests, energy upgrade california HVAC contractors

One of the ways that we determine the efficiency of a home is through a blower door test.  This allows us to see where air is leaking out of a home.  Think about it, if you have 50 little leaks in your home that all let out a little bit of air, that can really add up.  In most homes, we find enough leaks that it would be like permanently leaving a window open! ...

Nov 2015 05

4 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured
4 ways to save energy in your home, energy saving tips, hvac orange county

Here at Alps, we are passionate about helping homeowners save money on their energy bills. Fortunately, there are more ways to save energy than just installing a new HVAC system. Because of this, we thought we would share a few tips outside of the HVAC world to help you save money. Home Electronics Be sure to plug your home electronics into a power strip. When you aren’t using them, simply turn the power strip off. Many ...

Oct 2015 31

Three Things Trending in Energy Efficiency

Posted in All Posts, Efficiency, Featured
soltech system, energy efficient homes, home energy efficiency orange county

Saving money on your home’s energy bills is a hot topic. From solar panels to smart thermostats, there are a lot of options for saving money. We scoured the web and found a few interesting ideas that you can take and apply to your home. Some of these ideas take old principles, but apply them in new ways, while others are new technologies that could change the way homes are built. These three articles demonstrate some ...

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