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At Griffith Energy Services, we’re dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors lower their energy usage without sacrificing comfort. There are plenty of ways to make your home as efficient as possible, and thanks to our extensive experience in the HVAC industry, we know exactly how to save energy at home. Investing in energy efficiency now will bring huge dividends for your family for years to come.

Reasons to Cut Energy Use

Reducing energy consumption has three major benefits for any home:

  • Utility Costs: Electricity isn’t free. Heating oil and natural gas aren’t free. The less energy your home heating and cooling systems use, the less money you’ll spend every month on those utilities. Upgrading to more efficient systems can also help you qualify for tax credits and utility rebates, saving even more.
  • Environmental Effects: Energy conservation helps the environment as well as your budget. The less fuel and electricity your home uses, the smaller your home’s carbon footprint.
  • Wear and Tear: There’s a third, hidden cost that comes with inefficient cooling. If your home is losing heating or cooling power to leaks, your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to make up the deficit. Over time, that leads to increased damage that can reduce the lifespan of your HVAC equipment.

It’s clear that reducing your home’s energy consumption is a terrific goal. Fortunately, there are many ways to achieve that goal, and most aren’t hard to implement.

How to Save Energy at Home

Any homeowner can take these steps to reduce energy usage. Some cost nothing at all! Even when you do have to pay up front to cut your energy usage, the long-term savings usually more than offset that cost.

  • Complementary Systems: Ceiling fans help your air conditioners run more efficiently by breaking up the hot air that tends to collect near the ceiling. Invest in an Energy Star rated fan to maximize energy conservation, and look for a reverse setting that can help you save during the heating season as well.
  • Thermostat Settings: Every degree of difference on your thermostat changes your air conditioner’s energy usage by about 7 percent, so it’s in your interest to set it as high as you can comfortably stand. For most people, that’s between 76 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Daily Adjustments: There’s no need to keep your air conditioner running at full blast while the house is empty. Turn it down when you leave and back up when you get home. A programmable thermostat can take all the work out of those daily adjustments with pre-set temperatures for each day.
  • Zoned Control: Are you wasting money cooling an unused room? Upgrade your AC to support zoned control, and you can lower your energy usage by cutting off cooling where it isn’t needed. Zoning also allows you to direct more power to that room that’s always too hot.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Good home maintenance steps, such as changing air filters every one to three months, can help your HVAC systems run more efficiently. For even greater savings, invest in an annual service agreement. Our technicians will make calibration adjustments to ensure that your heating and cooling systems run at peak efficiency.
  • Insulation: Weather stripping your doors, insulating your walls and investing in double-paned windows can stop heat from leaking into or out of the house, saving money throughout the year.
  • Duct Sealing: Forced-air systems often lose 20 to 30 percent of their heating or cooling power to leaks in the ducts. Having your duct system professionally sealed will stop that energy loss, reducing energy usage.
  • System Upgrades: If your heating and cooling systems are more than a few years old, you can probably save plenty by investing in a newer, more efficient system. The upgrade process also gives us a chance to do a load calculation and confirm that the new system is properly sized for your home.

At Griffith Energy Services, we have extensive experience helping Westminster, MD, homeowners reduce their energy usage throughout the year, and we’re always happy to bring that expertise to our friends and neighbors. Contact us to learn more about ways to make your home more efficient, lower your carbon footprint and save money.

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Dear Customers,

At this time, when the news is dominated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency around the world, we wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our team.

We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to develop and take necessary measures as needed. Our focus is to ensure that we meet customer needs while doing our part to keep you, our employees, and our communities safe.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Everyone on our team has received enhanced training and protocol briefings. We will continue to evolve and adjust these protocols as needed.
  • We are implementing telecommuting options for positions where applicable.
  • Non-essential work travel is currently on hold for all employees.
  • We are conducting enhanced cleaning practices at our locations and are instructing employees to continually sanitize their work stations and vehicles.
  • We are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.

Information for you:
If you have an existing service appointment, we look forward to seeing you and want to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to promote a safe and secure service experience.

During this challenging time, if you are experiencing symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus or have been exposed to it, in order to protect our team and all the customers we serve, we encourage you to please reschedule your service appointment, by calling us at 888-474-3391.

Your safety is our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in our team and our company.

Best regards,
Griffith Energy Services
888-474-3391

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