With a million things on your mind it’s unlikely that your thermostat is a top priority. However, the fact that your thermostat goes seemingly unnoticed may cost you hundreds of dollars annually.
For the majority of homeowners, the thermostat is set seasonally, or even monthly, as you continue to go about your business. However, this can often lead to you paying to heat a house that has no one in it. The reality is that people often forget to shut off the thermostat when leaving for work or school, and at times can even leave it on for days when going on vacation. You can see how much money can go to waste this way.
It’s a proven fact that 50-70% of your home energy cost is directly related to heating and cooling your home. Insulation and air leaks around door and windows are the main contributor to your home losing efficiency. Typically building codes cover the minimum insulation requirements. To make you home more energy efficient, you should exceed the minimum requirements.
Written by AO Design on Thursday March 12, 2015
Water conservation refers to any activities that manage fresh water as a sustainable resource. Plants, animals and humans all need water to exist. However, only about 1% of the Earth’s water is fresh and usable. Given the ever-increasing demand for fresh water in private homes, commercial manufacturing, and agricultural irrigation, water conservation needs to be more than a popular cause of the “green” crowd. Reducing water consumption must become a major priority or our lovely blue planet will become a dead brown ball.
Written by AO Design on Tuesday July 29, 2014
Most of us are familiar with the term “hard water.” We are bombarded daily with advertising for products guaranteed to combat the white, crusty residue of hard water on shower heads and coffee pots. But what, exactly, is hard water?
Water, in its natural state, is not “hard.” In fact, the “softness” of rainwater has been common knowledge for centuries. It is only as rainwater seeps through earth’s soil and rock on its way to underground aquifers that it becomes “hardened” by the accumulation of dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium. The magnitude of hardness is determined by the amount of these minerals per gallon of water and is measured as “grains per gallon” (gpg). From 0.0 - 1.0 gpg (soft) to 10.5 - 50 gpg or more (extremely hard), approximately 85% of American homes are plagued with some degree of hard water. Central Texas, with its calcium-rich limestone aquifers producing a gpg level of 14.0+, boasts some of the hardest water in the country.
Written by AO Design on Monday June 23, 2014
Plumbing, Go Green!
Summer heat has once again come to central Texas. Is your cooling system ready? Air conditioning is not just a luxury here, it’s a necessity. Keeping cool, however, is becoming more and more expensive. Summers seem to begin earlier and last longer, creating more demand. Increased energy consumption stresses the power grid causing brown-outs and black-outs to occur more frequently. New regulations make power production more expensive resulting in higher prices for consumers. As utility costs continue to rise, the need for efficient air conditioning is more important than ever. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that can help you keep your cool this summer.
According to the experts, the cost of heating water is nearly 15% of your utility bill. It makes sense, then, to find the most energy and cost efficient method to accomplish that task. With the development of high efficiency hot water heaters, we have, in fact, “re-invented the wheel” where heating water is concerned. Depending upon your choice of system, a high efficiency hot water heater will use from 10 to 60% less energy than standard models. A bit of virtual comparison shopping will help you decide which style is right for you.
Written by AO Design on Monday January 13, 2014
Casa Mechanical is a proud to be Austin's plumber and HVAC specialist for Operation FINALLY HOME. Founded in 2005 as a non-partisan/non-profit organization, Operation FINALLY HOME addresses the most pressing need of wounded and disabled American veterans and the widows of the fallen - a home to call their own. Severely wounded and disabled service members return home to face many hardships, including physical and emotional disabilities, long term rehabilitation and the inability to find or maintain a job. The financial burden inherent in dealing with such difficulties, when coupled with the lack of adequate income, often results in financial ruin and, sadly, the loss of the family home. Operation FINALLY HOME works with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help America’s heroes and their families transition to life on the home front in a custom designed, well built, mortgage free home.
Controlling your indoor air quality is essential to your health. This can be exceptionally difficult during those colder winter months. According to the EPA, there are 3 main strategies for improving indoor air quality.
- Source Control
- Improved Ventilation
- Air Cleaners
Each of these areas can have a profound impact on the overall quality of your home’s air.
With the “Go Green” initiatives, many Austin homeowners are becoming more aware of their energy consumption and ways to save energy in their homes. Often times, people consider their major appliances when they are looking for energy savings. With the advent of Energy Star appliances and government incentive programs, homeowners can take advantage of initial savings in terms of rebates and long term savings through energy efficient appliances. When considering appliance many people overlook their hot water heater. An efficient hot water heater, however, can provide energy savings of 20-50% in the average home. Tankless hot water heaters are leading the way in energy savings.
Written by AO Design on Friday July 6, 2012
Plumbing, Go Green!
With the summer heat fast approaching in Austin, it may be a good time to consider installing a high efficiency HVAC unit. In addition to a cooler home, the government and many power companies are offering incentives for adding a unit to your home. Before purchasing a new HVAC unit, however, it is important to understand the basics of the system and how efficiency is measured.