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Austin Energy Rate Increase: Compare your Costs

A 7 percent average rate increase came into effect in Oct. 2012 for Austin Energy utility bills. It is the first base rate increase by Austin Energy in 18 years. The following is a sample rate comparison to help you compare the old and new pricing structure:

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Wireless Web Enabled Thermostats

Wireless devices are everywhere; in our vehicles, computers, phones, offices, homes and the list goes on! But a wireless thermostat; isn’t that a little too much? I mean really, is this new technology for the sake of new technology or are there real benefits to wireless thermostats? That is the question, and here is the […]

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Concerning Thermostats

I am often asked questions concerning thermostats; and with the dizzying array of thermostats available today it’s no wonder. The Basics: First we need to understand exactly what a thermostat is and does. A thermostat IS a user interface; like a mouse for your computer. What a thermostat DOES is translate your input into commands […]

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Your Home’s Air Conditioning Efficiency

Over the previous six months there has been more discussion on Air Conditioning efficiency and home efficiency than any other time in recent years! Since manufacturers, local utilities and the Federal Government are offering rebates people have a better understanding of SEER and EER (efficiency ratings) of air conditioners. Overall this is a good thing, […]

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How Your New Hydronic Heating System Works

What is Hydronic Heating? Hydronic heating, very simply, is the use of hot water (hydro) for heating a space. For many years large buildings have used hydronic heating in conjunction with boilers for heating (remember the old radiators?). In the North many residential homes are heated with residential sized boilers due to the long heating […]

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How does an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) keep you healthy?

It works like this: The ERV has two fans in the cabinet along with a heat exchanger and a desiccant. The outside air fan (1) draws air in from the outdoors; the Exhaust fan (2) draws air in from the home and the heat exchanger (3) heats or cools the incoming outside air while the […]

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