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reduce energy costsBaltimore area homeowners with high utility bills may wonder how to reduce energy costs while retaining maximum comfort. 

Besides upgrading to a more energy-efficient HVAC system, following these “whole-house” tips should help you noticeably reduce energy costs: 

Instant savings

  • Set hot water heater at 120 degrees.
  • Set refrigerator temperature to 37- 40 degrees for fresh food, and 5 degrees for frozen (0 degrees, if freezing for extended periods).
  • Keep doors, windows and fireplace dampers tightly closed when not in use.
  • Turn on ceiling fans.
  • Turn off lights, and electronics when not in use, at the power strips, if possible.
  • Turn off exhaust fans within 20 minutes of use.
  • Clean dryer vents frequently.
  • Clean/unblock radiators, baseboard heaters, and warm-air registers.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothing; avoid overloading or using the “rinse hold” cycle.
  • Use toaster or convection ovens for small meals.
  • Match pan sizes to heating elements.
  • Avoid operating faucets on “hot” unless truly needed.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse or soak dishes.
  • Air dry dishes and clothes, whenever possible.
  • Cover kitchen exhaust fans when not in use.
  • Take short showers and avoid taking baths.

Low cost upgrades

  • Energy efficient light bulbs, air filters, and window treatments
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Water heater timers and insulation
  • Lighting dimmers, sensors or timers
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Chimney balloons
  • Weatherstripping or caulk around small leaky areas (foam sealant on larger gaps)
  • Foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates
  • Deciduous trees and/or vines on the west and south sides of your home
  • Heavy duty, clear plastic inside window frames

Professional services and upgrades

  • Air conditioner coil cleaning
  • Insulation, ductwork and flashing
  • Storm windows and/or double-pane, low-emissivity windows
  • Zoned HVAC systems
  • Heat pumps
  • Passive solar cooling and heating
  • Green roofs
  • Energy efficient appliances

If you have any questions about how to reduce energy costs, or to schedule a home energy audit, contact us. We’ll be delighted to assist you.

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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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