We here in the Midwest know that powerful winter storms are likely to move through every year, and that means being ready for them. Sometimes, those storms bring major inconveniences, such as an interruption in power. Trees fall onto power lines, or the lines snap under the weight of ice. Sometimes, the power grid is so overburdened that sections of the Midwest experience long periods without electricity.
Your home may not have ghosts, ghouls, and werewolves, but it probably has vampires — energy vampires, that is. These energy-wasters are very common in modern households. Here are ways to identify energy vampires and what to do about them.
How do you win the war against increasing costs for cooling and heating your home? If you're considering an HVAC system upgrade, a good place to start is a geothermal heat pump. While costly, your return on investment will get a major boost once you take advantage of a substantial federal energy tax credit for installing a geothermal system.