Monday, 20 February 2017

How to Install a Programmable Thermostat for Lower Bills

Brought to you by American Power & Gas Paying the utility bills can be such a big headache. They often take a big portion of the budget for any household. Thus, it is a good idea to learn how to lower your utility bills. There are various options that can help you achieve that goal. One of the quickest ways to do this is to install a programmable thermostat in your house.

Deciding to install a programmable thermostat in your household will definitely be good decision. Purchasing a decent programmable thermostat does not need to be expensive. The price can range from $55 to $100. This may seem pricey for some people, especially for those who have more than one heating or cooling unit in their household. However, you will enjoy more savings from your lower utility bills. The purchase price is merely a small outlay to keep you from paying more expenses.

Today, the energy costs of an average household are comprised largely of the heating and cooling system. This can range from 50% to 70%. The thermostat works by lowering the use of electricity by 1% for every eight hours of use of the cooling or heating unit. Considering this significance, you can’t ignore the importance of deciding properly on the type of thermostat that you will install.

Different Types of Thermostats

There are different types of thermostats that you can find on the market. They are generally classified as electromechanical and electronic. Each has its own features for your own use and convenience. They also have certain complexities that you should consider for your own circumstances.

Electromechanical Thermostats

These devices are sensitive to the changes in temperature in the environment to properly adjust the energy needed to be supplied by the thermostat. Most of these are made of mercury bulbs. Mercury is used to properly contact the environment and trigger the heating or cooling action. This kind has to be handled with care because mercury is toxic and hazardous to people. There are also electromechanical types that make use of sensing devices, either a strip or a bi-metal coil, rather than the mercury. This equipment will require special skills and tools. Make sure you leave the task of installation to the professionals.

Electronic or Programmable Thermostats

Blue ThermostatElectronic thermostats operate by using electronic elements that can sense heat. The circuits in the system will then turn on the heating or cooling component of the equipment depending on the temperature changes. These are commonly known as the programmable types. Choosing the programmable thermostat is definitely a better choice. People tend to forget things, and even the most organized person will do so when distractions get in the way. Setting the thermostat could be one of those important things that you might just forget. This won’t help your effort to lower utility bills.
The programmable thermostat can do the task for you at all times. You don’t need to worry about setting the right temperature when you aren’t home if you have this type of thermostat installed in your household. It solves the problem by setting the program to conform to the time or temperature in the environment. You can easily schedule the temperature to change depending on the activities that you will do throughout the week. It saves you energy, as well your time and effort.

Non-Programmable Digital Thermostats

This type of thermostat is known for utilizing temperature sensing-devices that are solid-state. The device is known as the thermistor. They are easier to install. Any person with basic knowledge on control wiring can hook this up. However, it is best to hire a professional to avoid any mistakes and undesirable consequences.
There are many different kinds of thermostats that you can choose from on the market. All it takes is for you to choose the right kind for your household and have it installed. This is something you have to do to effectively lower your utility bills. This way you can save more. You can also save money by lowering your energy supply cost. Contact the professionals at American Power & Gas today.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

We Sponsored 50 Homes for Habitat for Humanity New York State

American Power & Gas, a leading energy provider in New York and other states, donated boxes full of supplies to help provide 50 Habitat for Humanity homes with energy saving products and served as a platinum sponsor for the 2016 Affiliates Building Leadership and Excellence Conference.

In addition, American Power & Gas will continue fulfilling the“100 Powered Families” campaign, which is providing energy efficient products to Habitat for Humanity families moving into new homes in each state the company serves.

dsc00814“We are very proud to be partnered with an amazing organization like Habitat for Humanity,” said Andrea d’Agostini, vice president of marketing and public relations. “By providing energy efficient goods to new home owners we will be accomplishing two objectives. They’ll not only save on their energy costs, but also have a positive impact on the environment.”

While attending the conference, representatives from American Power & Gas delivered 40 boxes of energy efficient goods, including Nest Thermostats, two surge protectors with eight sockets, 16 LED lightbulbs, and water-saving shower and sink faucets, which will be used in new homes built by Habitat for Humanity. If properly used these supplies should save the families approximately $500 in utility expenses each year.

The 100 Powered Families initiative has been a point of emphasis for the energy company in Pennsylvania and New York. Additionally, American Power & Gas will serve as the platinum sponsor for the Habitat for Humanity of Ohio 2016 State Conference, which will occur November 10-11.

dsc00807In addition to helping the families who will benefit from this program, American Power & Gas is reaching out directly to their current customer base to promote volunteering and participation in home building initiatives hosted by Habitat for Humanity. They will communicate with current customers to inform them about what can be done to assist the Habitat for Humanity in their mission to provide homes to those who need them.

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