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How Efficient is Your Furnace?

New Yorkers spend over half of their household energy expenditures on space heating, according to the Environmental Information Administration (EIA). Wouldn’t you feel better about that cost if you knew for sure that your furnace was as efficient as it could be? Do you know how efficient your furnace is compared to what’s on the …

Common Ways New York Homeowners Waste Water

New York is one of the leading states in the fight against climate change, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do more. One fundamental way we can improve is water consumption. According to a study from the USGS, New York households consume around 97 gallons of water per day, putting us firmly above average when …

What to Do When Your Furnace is Blowing Cold Air?

If your furnace is blowing cold air, it could be a sign of a serious problem or could be fixed by the average homeowner. Easy Solutions Your Thermostat Fan is “On” Thermostats have fans that can be controlled by a toggle on even the most low-tech thermostats. Most have only two different settings, on and …

Signs that You Need Furnace Maintenance

It’s getting cold outside, so we have to do what we can to stay as warm as possible inside. Don’t be afraid to inspect your furnace every month or two. You could notice something that saves you money or even saves your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. #1: Strange Smells Furnaces can smell like gas …

Common Culprits of Water Heater Failures

Out of all the energy consumed in a typical New York home, 17% goes to heating water, according to the EIA. That’s quite a chunk of your monthly utility bills. Water heaters typically lose efficiency over time and can cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars of water damage if they ultimately fail and rupture. …

[Infographic: Boiler vs. Furnace]

It’s the age-old question—boiler or furnace? There are pros and cons to both. Furnaces last longer cost less to install, and can start heating much quicker, but lose out on some energy efficiency due to ductwork. Boilers have been preferred in New York for a long time, but aren’t as common in other parts of …

5 Signs You May Need a New Water Heater

Water heaters are a vital major appliance in the New York home. It’s important that you pay attention to the possible warning signs that you need a replacement. Let us know if your water heater is: Old Water heaters do not last as long as some of the other major appliances in your home. For …

The Benefits of a Mini-Split Heat Pump for New Yorkers

The cost of living in New York and Long Island is ridiculous and seems to go up every single year. We all want to save money, but we can’t cut back on the essentials. Our families need heating and cooling throughout the year and if you’re feeling the urge to leave your winter coat on …

Why is New York Electricity So Expensive?

The cost of living in New York is extremely high, but it goes beyond just the price of housing. In fact, despite New York households using about 40% less electricity than the average US household, we pay about the same as everyone else. What gives? There are a lot of factors that contribute to it. …

Mike G- Crawl Space Insulation and Vapor Barrier Installation

Mike G in Massapequa worked with Green Homes Long Island for a solution for his Crawl Space. ISSUES TO ADDRESS Due to a severe lack of insulation and the customer report of being uncomfortable in the cold winter months, this North Massapequa homeowner was seeking a correct solution for the Crawl Space under the master …