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    *A/C Energy-Saving Tips from Cholla Managing Group,LLC.*

     

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    A/C Energy Saving Tips

    During the summer, air conditioning can account for 50% or more of your total electric bill. Follow the tips below to increase energy efficiency and save money.

    • Leave most of the air vents open in your home. Closing air vents in more than 10% of your total conditioned space creates a pressure imbalance and reduces the effectiveness of your cooling system.
    • Do moisture-producing chores when it is cooler and your cooling system won’t have to work as hard. Wash clothes and dishes or mop floors in the early morning or at night.
    • Prevent heat gain inside the house by taking these steps to lessen the load on your cooling system.

    Air conditioners and heat pumps

    • Set the thermostat between 78 to 80 degrees when you are home and up to 85 degrees when you are away. For every degree you set your thermostat above 80 degrees, you can save approximately 2 to 3% on cooling costs.
    • Install a programmable thermostat. Set it to allow the temperature in your home to increase by 5-10 degrees while you’re away and to return to a comfortable level an hour before you return.
    • Turn your air conditioning fan to “Auto.” This turns the fan motor off when the unit is not cooling. Using “Auto” rather than “On” can save you $15 to $25 each month on your energy costs.
    • Schedule maintenance service on your cooling system once a year by a  Certified Contractor to maintain its efficiency.
    • Buy a higher-SEER unit when the time comes to replace your cooling system. The efficiency of heat pumps and air conditioners is indicated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the number, the more cooling you will get for your dollar. Ask a qualified air conditioning contractor what level of efficiency is right for your home.
    • Buy the right size cooling system. A unit that is too large for your house will cause frequent cycling, inefficient operation and higher operating costs.
    • Set your ceiling fans to blow downward during the summer to circulate air rather than lowering your thermostat.
    • Clean debris and obstructions from around outdoor air conditioning components.
    • Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills.

    Evaporative coolers

    • Change the pads on your evaporative cooler before each summer. Make sure the pads are evenly installed in the frames with no gaps around the edges.
    • Do not run your evaporative cooler and air conditioner at the same time or even during the same day. The evaporative cooler increases humidity in your home while the air conditioner works to remove humidity.
    • Install the baffle plate (cookie sheet damper) in the unit before you switch over to air conditioning.
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    Cholla Managing Group, LLC. Proudly uses Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters in our homes!

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    Tankless Water Heaters

    CREATING A WHOLE NEW WAY TO THINK ABOUT WATER HEATING

    An endless supply of hot water, whenever you need it-even for multiple tasks at the same time.  Tankless Water Heaters revolutionize comfort, energy efficiency and convenience.

    Total Convenience

    Enjoy fresh, hot water at your fingertips.  Shower, wash dishes and do laundry at the same time without running out.

    A Rinnai Tankless Water Heater is about the size of a carry-on suitcase, and can easily be mounted on virtually any interior or exterior wall, saving you up to 16 square feet of valuable floor space or extra storage.  And, no holding tank means fresh, clean hot water every time!  It provides instantaneous hot water only when you need it, So your utilities aren’t working overtime!

    Total Reliability

    While conventional tank water heaters have an average service life of less then 10 years, Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters last up to 20 years and are backed by an industry-leading warranty. They come in Electric, Natural Gas and Propane.  Not to mention the incredible total energy cost savings Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters provide as well!

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    Cholla Managing Group has become an ENERGY STAR PARTNER

    Cholla Managing Group, llc. is proud to announce that we have teamed up the ENERGY STAR and became an ENERGY STAR PARTNER. Cholla has joined the thousand of builders using new ENERGY STAR guidelines to revolutionize home building. The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program helps Cholla Managing Group meet consumers’ growing demand for high quality, energy-efficient homes. ENERGY STAR qualified homes are better for owners and the environment, offering benefits such as:

    *Better Performance

    Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pests, pollution, and noise. An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.

    *Lower Ownership Costs

    Compared with standard construction, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating – delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Although these energy savings may seem small relative to the cost of monthly mortgage payments, no one likes to waste money. And over the 7 or 8 years that a typical buyer lives in the home, it adds up to thousands of dollars saved. Additional savings on maintenance can also be significant.

    *Smarter Investment

    To date, more than 5,000 builders have partnered with EPA to construct over 850,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, buyers can be confident that it will have an increasingly Valued feature when the time comes to sell.

    *Added Confidence

    Home buying is a complex process. Consumers don’t always want to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, government-backed ENERGY STAR makes it easy to identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Buyers can find the house of their dreams and enjoy piece of mind knowing it also meets rigorous energy efficiency guidelines set by EPA and verified by an independent Home Energy Rater.

    *Environmental Protection

    Because ENERGY STAR qualified homes use less energy, they help prevent greenhouse gas emissions – and added benefit for today’s environmentally-conscious home buyers looking for “green” choices. Greater energy efficiency helps us all make the most of our energy resources, mitigates the impact of high energy prices, decreases the need for new power plants, and reduces the emissions of green house gases and air pollutants at the source.

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