Month: December 2018

New Year’s Resolutions: 7 Ways to Save Money on Utility Bills in 2019

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By Joseph Braswell, Owner

Eat healthier, get more exercise and save more money are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While we can’t help you eat a healthier diet or hit the gym more often, what we can do is help you save money.

“How,” you ask?  

Well, there are actually some very easy ways you can start saving on your utility bills today. As the year comes to a close, now is the perfect time to take steps to reduce both your energy and water usage.

 

7 Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills Today

There’s not one homeowner out there who doesn’t want to cut down on the utility bills. Here are some great ways to do just that.

  1. Turn the temperature up and run a ceiling fan. If you prefer setting the temperature at 72 degrees but can still be comfortable at 74, you’re going to save money – plain and simple. In addition to turning the temperature up, I would also recommend running a ceiling fan since moving air makes you feel cooler.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature a little higher while you’re not at home and have it set to cool down before you get back. This means you won’t forget to turn it up before leaving the house and, thus, have a higher energy bill.   
  3. Have regular maintenance performed on your system. A clean system is key to having an efficiently running HVAC system. When you have regular maintenance performed, it doesn’t have to run as long and uses less energy. Plus, when you have a maintenance plan like GuinGuard, you don’t have to give it a second thought. We’ll remind you when it’s time!
  4. Invest in a high-efficiency water heater. While using either electricity or gas, these high-efficiency water heaters need less fuel to heat the water, ultimately keeping more money in your pocket.  
  5. Install low-flow toilets and showerheads. These use less water than typical toilets and shower heads without losing the water pressure you need.
  6. Turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we waste 8 gallons of water while we’re brushing our teeth each day. To put that into perspective, the average African family uses about 5 gallons of water a day, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.
  7. Wait to turn the shower on until you’re ready to get in. When it comes to saving water, it really is the little things that count. If you’re sitting there with the shower running while you’re laying your clothes out for the day, you don’t realize how much water you’re wasting.

There’s no better time than the New Year to get into some good habits, especially if they can end up saving you money on the utility bills. All it really takes is being aware of the best ways to conserve both energy and water, and you’re bound to keep countless dollars in your pocket.  

 

Learn More About Saving Money on Utility Bills from Guin Service in Birmingham, AL

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.595.4846.

Top 3 Reasons To Install a Home Generator Before Winter

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It’s been all the talk, and everyone in the Birmingham area is well aware that this winter is set to be colder and wetter than average. Now is the time to be proactive by preparing for the harsh winter ahead with a home generator.

No one can forget Snowmaggedon of 2014. Many of us know the importance of packing a pair of boots, some bottled water, and a few snacks in the car in case of emergencies. At the same time, it’s crucial to prepare your home for any wild winter weather as well.

Ice and snow have the potential to cause power outages in the winter. One of the best ways to be prepared, aside from preparing your pipes, is by installing a standby home generator.

Three Huge Benefits of Installing a Home Standby Generator

Reason #1: Enjoy your water supply, even if you have well water.

According to Alabama Public Health, around 800,000 people, or 20 percent of Alabamians, depend on private water supplies, such as wells, for drinking water.

If you receive your water supply from a private well, the pump that delivers water to the household won’t work during a power outage. Once you use the remaining water in the system, you won’t have any more until power is restored. While this may not be a problem immediately, this would obviously become a more serious issue if you were to lose power for an extended period.

 

Reason #2: Avoid throwing out countless dollars worth of food.

If the power goes out and you don’t have standby generator, the FDA recommends you discard any perishable food. Throw out meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or leftovers that have been at temperatures above 40° F for 2 hours or more. If temperatures are above 90º F for an hour, toss them.

Of course, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If there’s any question about whether or not these perishable foods are still good, it’s best to throw them out as they have the potential to result in sickness if eaten.

 

Reason #3: Remain safe and comfortable in your home.

While you may not be able to really put a price on having the ability to stay warm and comfortable in your home even when the power goes out, those who work from home probably can.

Along with staying comfortable and on task, a home generator also gives you the means to keep your security system on and your family safe. This may be especially important if the power goes out while you’re out of town.

A standby home generator offers your family several benefits. Most people would agree that installing one before the winter hits is a smart idea. Some might even say that keeping your family warm, safe and continuing on with their daily activities during a power outage is priceless.  

 

Home Generator Installation and Maintenance by Guin Service in Birmingham, AL

Contact Guin Service, LLC, serving Birmingham, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL, for AC Repair or Replacement as well home generator installation. We’ve been in business for 60 years because we do what’s right for our customers. You can always trust us to be honest and have your best interest in mind. Just give us a call today at 205.595.4846.