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8 Home Heating Mistakes that Spike Your Bill

Worrying about energy efficiency and expensive heating bills? There are actually things homeowners do every day that waste heat and cause costs to go up. Make the most of your spending for heat this winter by avoiding these eight common home heating mistakes: Allowing Cold Air In Most homeowners don’t realize how much heat they may be losing out air leaks and drafty openings. Take some time to go around and check all your doors, windows, exhaust openings and exterior walls for drafts. Don’t forget the basement and attic as well. Unheated and unfinished areas are the worst culprits. Seal,…

Do Heat Pumps Make Sense in Maine?

Heat pumps fall into the “new” technology category in Maine, but the technology originated more than 150 years. They have been providing ultra-efficient heating and cooling in the US for more than 60 years.   According to Efficiency Maine, tens of thousands of heat pumps have been installed in homes and businesses across Maine. They are the most popular heating system choice across all of Efficiency Maine's rebates. While a secondary heating source is recommended, heat pumps operate well down to -22°F outdoor temperature. This makes them realistic as a primary heating source even in Maine. Save up to 50%…

HVAC Fall Maintenance Checklist

This time of year, we all start buttoning up our houses and yards for winter. As you work on your fall maintenance chores, don’t forget your HVAC systems. Regular care of your plumbing and heating keeps these important systems running efficiently.   Take a look at our Fall Maintenance Checklist below for the items you need to add to your to-do list: Replace Air Filters The air filters for your heating system fill with dirt and debris over time (that’s what they are for, after all!). When they become clogged up, airflow and efficiency are restricted. When this happens, the…

Tips for Closing Up Your Cottage for the Year

Summer days are over and that means it's time to start thinking about closing up your seasonal home for the winter. Other than the obvious tasks like cleaning out the fridge and putting away outdoor furniture, there are other maintenance items you should take care of before calling it a season and closing down your camp. Our top tips for shutting down your seasonal home: Determine if you want to do a full or partial shutdown.Make sure your cottage is crime proofGet your place ready for the harsh winter snow, wind and ice. Here are some things that should be…

Standby Generator to the Rescue!

Power outages can be very disruptive on the best of days. In a worst-case scenario, they can cost you money, and can even be dangerous to your health. Sometimes, power outages are predictable, occurring during or following a major storm. Other times, they can happen out of the blue, such as when a transformer blows or someone hits a telephone pole. Either way, if you can be prepared for a power outage, you can get through it unscathed. 70% of Americans who experienced a power outage of just 12 hours or more faced unexpected expenses as a result. An hour…