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Free Air Conditioner Programs – But Act Fast

Free Air Conditioner ProgramsA number of federal, state, local and non-profit organizations are giving away free air conditioners to those that qualify. However, the time to act is now as units are often given away on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, the program needs to work with area contractors and recipients to schedule installations of the units before hot weather hits.

Those who might qualify include: people over 60, suffer from certain medical conditions, have young children under the age of four at home, disabled, and meet certain income guidelines. Those who have Continue reading

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Cut your energy bills this summer by doing these things now

womanandfanNow is the time to start thinking about staying cool during hot summer months and also how save money will doing it. You can start now by creating a more energy efficient home and surroundings. Here are some tips.

Make sure you have the proper insulation levels for your home. Check the Continue reading

Cut your AC usage and energy bills this summer with these tips

woman-sitting-under-air-conditionerSummer is right around the corner and according to the Farmers’ Almanac, this summer is supposed to be a scorcher with intense heat and oppressive humidity. Along with hot, humid weather come hefty utility bills.  Electricity and energy prices are projected to rise by 4% this year. Here are some tips on how to cut your energy usage, save money and remain cool this summer.

Get the most out of your air conditioning this summer

Make sure you have the properly-sized air conditioner unit for your room. Most people buy large air conditioners thinking that larger and more powerful is better, but they end up with a room that is cold and clammy. Buying the proper air conditioner for your room’s size will not only save your money, but will remove humidity effectively as it cools. To figure out what size A.C. unit is best for your cooling needs, consult the “Properly Sized Room Air Conditioners” page from energystar.gov.

Change or clean the air conditioner filter once a month. Dirty filters use up to 10% more energy.

Utilize any of your air conditioner’s technology such as timers, temperature sensors and programmable thermostats. These features can save you money through better temperature control and by running only when programmed.

Don’t put things like lamps, computers or TVs near your A.C. thermostat.  The air conditioner will run longer due to the heat given off

Ceiling fans are a great way to make sure cool air is circulating around your home.  Make sure the “summer” setting is on: flip the switch down and the fan should rotate counterclockwise

Tips for keeping your home cool

Keep your windows, curtains and blinds closed during the day.  This will keep direct sunlight and outside heat from entering the house.

Landscaping not only can add curb appeal to your home, but it also can help save energy.  Trees provide shading which can help keep your house cooler and therefore, require less energy to cool down when it comes to turning on the A.C.

Use a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts cooling settings when you are away from home. A programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs according to energystar.gov.

Save up to $100 per year by switching your incandescent light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.  They use as little as one eighth of the energy as older incandescent light bulbs.

Avoid using big appliances during the day.  Your washer, dryer, oven and dishwasher create heat while in use.  This heat circulates throughout the house and therefore requires you air conditioner to work harder than is has to in order to keep the house cool.  Cut energy costs down by using these appliances only early in the morning or at night, when outside temperatures cool down.

Avoid using the dryer by hanging your clothes up to air dry outside.

Make cold meals during the day that do not require the oven.

Use the crockpot outside! Crockpots are an easy-to-use alternative to the oven.

Use the microwave instead of an electric range or conventional oven.

Hand wash and air dry dishes instead of running a load in the dishwasher as much as possible. Or, if your dishwasher allows, use the energy saver feature or the dry without heat feature to keep the process at a minimal.

Also, don’t wait till the hot weather arrives to break out your air conditioner. You might find out it does not work, or you need a part or accessory for it in order to install or run it. Test out your air conditioner now to make sure it works and it is ready to go before the hot weather arrives.

Visit Every Appliance Part  for any air conditioner replacement parts  and accessories.

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

May is National Inventors Month founded in 1998 by United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest Magazine. Do you know who invented your favorite household appliance? Read on to find out.

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

Who invented your favorite household appliance?

The Washing Machine

Alva J. Fisher is credited with creating the first commercially-sold electric powered washing machine in 1908. The machine was called “The Thor” and was produced by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois. It featured a galvanized tub, blades which lifted the clothes as the cylinder rotated and the ability for the drum to change rotation direction in order to prevent the laundry from becoming bunched up into a ball. An electric motor turned the drum.

The Refrigerator

Although refrigeration technology was already being used for industry, especially in food and drink-related industries, Fred W. Wolf of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is credited with inventing the first electrical refrigerator for home use in 1913. The appliance was called the “Domelre,” standing for Domestic Electric Refrigerator and sold for $900.

Wolf used an old fashioned ice box with a mounted refrigeration unit on top which required external plumbing connections. His invention also used a closed system of circulating refrigerant driven by a compressor to cool the hot humid, air.

In 1918, General Motors’ President William Durant bought the Guardian Refrigerator Company and renamed it Frigidaire. It purchased the patent for the Domelre and through its own engineering and manufacturing, introduced improvements to the refrigerator and began mass producing it.

The Oven

British inventor, James Sharp patented a gas oven in 1826 and began to commercially produce gas ovens after installing one in his own house.

Gas cookers became more popular after the invention of the oven thermostat in 1923 which allowed the temperature in the oven to be controlled precisely.

William Hadaway was issued the first patent for an electric oven on June 30, 1896.

The Air Conditioner

Willis Haviland Carrier of Buffalo, N.Y. is credited with creating the first modern air conditioning system and such systems were used in factories, department stores, theaters and in the homes of wealthy people. It wasn’t until 1931 when the first individual in-window air conditioning unit was created by H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman. The units were not wide-spread due to their exorbitant costs between $10,000

States and utilities offer free air conditioners to those in need

With summer fast approaching, those who are elderly, disabled or have health issues can be severely negatively affected by the heat. Programs run by states, charities and utilities often offer free air conditioners for those who qualify, but it is important to apply early as funds and AC units are often limited.

Window air conditioner

Programs run by states, charities and utilities often offer free air conditioners for those who qualify, but it is important to apply early as funds and AC units are often limited.

New York State will offer free window air conditioners to low-income residents with heat-related health issues beginning May 1 part of the Cooling Assistance Component of the New York Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

In June 2013, Memphis Light, Gas & Water (MLGW) partnered with the Neighborhood Christian Center to give free air conditioning units to low-income seniors and disabled residents part of the “Play It Cool” program.

The Houston Department of Health and Human Services and Reliant Energy also distributed 100 portable air conditioners to Houston seniors and the disabled in need of relief from the heat in June 2013.

If you are a senior or know someone that would benefit from a free air conditioner, you can always contact these organizations to inquire if a similar program will be offered this year. Usually to qualify, applicants must meet age, income or health-related guidelines.

For the New York State program, applicants must meet income-guidelines and have a household member whose medical condition is impacted by extreme heat, along with documentation from a health care provider. AC units will be available on a first come, first serve basis May 1 – August 29 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

When calling for information, be sure to also inquire whether the unit will be installed or if someone needs to pick up the unit from a location. The program in NY offers installation of the unit by a participating Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) vendor, but residents will be responsible for the maintenance, care, removal and storage of the unit after installation.

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