BrightHOME Energy Solutions offers commercial and residential building performance services in the New York metro region, including Westchester County, Putnam County, Rockland County, Orange County, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Western Connecticut.
Part of our mission is to help educate property owners in our area about energy efficiency – from simple fixes to whole-home, professional jobs. Enjoy these informative blog posts from our team!
Temperatures have dropped significantly over the course of the past month here in Westchester County, NY, which has many homeowners fighting to keep their living spaces warm and comfortable. If you’ve been sitting around your home in wool socks reaching for yet another sweater, you’re not alone. The thing is, there are ways to combat draftiness this winter, and it all comes down to improving your home’s building envelope.
For Westchester County residents, winter brings along with it a whole slew of issues. Ice and snow can no doubt be treacherous, and the chill of the season can make it difficult to achieve true comfort levels within the home. One thing that many homeowners lose sight of is the problem of ice dams. Ice dams are not only annoying—they can wreak havoc on the structural aspects of the home.
Not familiar with ice dams? Here’s a primer to get you started.
At BrightHome, we’re thrilled to partner with one of the best energy efficiency programs in New York state to offer financially attractive and affordable efficiency upgrades. Our customers across Westchester County have access to some of the best incentives around!
The temperature is cooling off in Westchester, Bronx, Rockland and Putnam Counties. As homeowners spend more and more time indoors and run heating systems more regularly, it’s time to evaluate the comfort of your home. Properly-installed insulation and thorough air sealing are both key to make your home comfortable and reduce your energy consumption.
It’s no secret that winters in New Yok can be rough. Once the holidays come and go, spring can seem like it’s eons away. While you may not be able to change the fact that winter is almost here, you can make sure that you’re prepared for it. One of the best places to start is by making sure your boiler is ready for the winter.
There’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “mini split” or “heat pump” at one point or another, but if you’re like many other New York homeowners, you may be in the dark regarding exactly what they are. Mini split heat pumps may seem a bit mysterious at first, but once you understand how they work it becomes clear why so many people are interested in upgrading and installing them in their own homes.
Home comfort is a top priority to many homeowners. The thing is, not everyone knows where to start. Some think they’re losing heat through their windows, while others feel the problem may be something wrong with their furnace. While both of these scenarios can be true, a the primary factor that influences home comfort is insulation. A well-insulated home will always be more comfortable and durable than one with old, rundown insulation.
Energy Tip of the Week
When it's this hot outside, reduce the heat. Begin cooking on a higher heat setting until liquid begins to boil. Then, lower the temperature and simmer the food until fully cooked. A fast boil doesn't cook faster than a slow boil, but it does use more energy.
Quick Tips to Save Energy with the Summer HEAT!
1. Use Energy Star ceiling fans to stay cool even while you raise the air conditioner settings.
2. Clean or replace your air conditioner air filters. Increase efficiency and extend the life of your equipment.
3. Turn off electric devices that are not in use. It will decrease the heat in your home and save electricity.
4. Be sure to program your thermostat to run comfortably when you are home, rather than all day.
5. Contact BrightHome for an Energy Audit today to learn how insulation can help your cooling bills!
Summer is here in the New York metro region, and cold weather is about the last thing on many homeowners’ minds. In fact, at any given time throughout the summer, some 10-30% of Westchester County residents are away from home, enjoying the warm weather somewhere along the coast or taking in the beauty of Upstate New York’s hills and mountains. For these folks, a home energy upgrade to reduce heating costs and improve home comfort in the winter may be a distant thought.