Earth Day: The History of A Movement
Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.
Don’t cool the whole neighborhood: Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping. Add insulation around air conditioning ducts.
5 Ways to Get Your Ice Machine to Make More Ice
1. Keep the surrounding air cool as possible
2. Keep the incoming water cool as possible
3. Don't let the bin fill up and cut the machine off
4. Keep the condenser coils clean
5. Keep the evaporator clean
Call Kirby at Bill's Sales and Service for all your ice machine needs.
Cooler is Better!
1) The colder the water, the easier it is to make ice. There is less heat to remove.
2) The cooler the surrounding air, the easier it is to reject heat to it.
3) So ice makers work best with cool water in a cool place. Simple.
The heat travels from the water to the ice machine refrigerant to the air. The removal of heat from the water causes the ice to form.
Time to replace? You may find your old air conditioner is no longer efficient. Consider replacing your unit with an energy-efficient model. They’re usually more expensive but thanks to federal tax credits and competitive prices, the prices are falling, and because they use less energy, you save in the long-run, too. When replacing your A/C, look for a properly sized unit. If you install a unit that is too large, it will cycle on and off – reducing the efficiency of the system.
Dial for dollars: Remember that each degree you dial below 78 increases your energy consumption by about 8 percent. If your monthly electric bill is about $100, you’ll save $8 a month with EACH degree you can stand above 78.
Don’t take the heat: Don’t place lamps, TV sets, or other heat producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Made in the shade: Air conditioners with proper shading can be more efficient. Air in a shaded space is cooler than the surrounding air, meaning the A/C will have an easier time cooling the air.
Keep the filter clean: Clean and replace the air conditioner filter frequently (check the filter once a month). This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air.
Call a professional: Each central air conditioning unit should be inspected and tuned by a professional. When you're a member of
Bill's Sales and Service Home Comfort Plan we will inspect your heating and air conditioning system two times per year
(spring and fall) to keep your heating and air conditioning system running efficiently. Bill's Sales and Service Home Comfort Plan is available for $144.
Please call Kirby or Pam at 417-334-4486 for more information.