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Why an HVAC Service Plan Saves You Money

Keeping our houses at a comfortable temperature is one of the most costly on-going expenses we face. Not only is there the matter of paying for the fuel but also there’s the cost of keeping the systems in good working order. And there’s often the worry of a system failing at an inconvenient time and producing an unpleasant bill. A …

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Why You Need to Insure Your Oil Tank

Getting a new oil tank? It could cost you as little as $65. Did you know that as part of your Lamprey Energy annual preventive maintenance your fuel tank is inspected? Here’s what happens: The technician checks the condition of the gauge, and the location of the tank, making sure that it’s at least 5ft from the burner and any …

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Remembering Life Before Air Conditioning

I grew up in Southwest England where no one had air conditioning. We just opened the windows and let the cool breezes flow through the house. England has no black flies and few mosquitoes so even without screens this wasn’t a problem. We did have the occasional really hot day and then we would all go outside and sit in …

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How Does it Work? Radiant Floor Heating

How do people with tiled-floor kitchens have toasty warm feet without wearing socks and slippers in the middle of winter? In a nutshell, they have radiant floor heating: tubing containing heated water is laid beneath the floor. The tubing heats the floor, which, in turn, heats everything that touches it—including the air—so that the heat radiates through the room from …

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How we get electricity from the sun

The sun’s out, the days are long…a good time to talk solar power. We’ve all seen them—the panels on the roof or in the backyard, but how do they work? What do they do? In a nutshell—when the sun’s light hits something it creates heat; think sitting in a beach chair wishing you had an ice-cold drink. Solar heat collectors—usually …

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Get Your AC Cleaned—Rest Easy and Stay Cool

The weather’s definitely been a bit up and down lately, hot and cold, but chances are in the past few weeks you’ve thought about turning on the AC at least once even if you haven’t actually done so yet. But, before you use it in earnest, when was the last time you had the system checked and cleaned? Do you …

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Price Protection Programs —what’s it all about

Heating and cooling your property can be one of the most costly expenses of the year. Not only that, but in the Northeast we use up to 80% of our heating fuel in just four months of the year. There’s not much we can do about that but there are ways to adjust how we pay and even what price …

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Getting Ready for Summer

Winter’s done at last, but before we rush headlong into summer here are some housekeeping tips: This is a good time of year to get your heating system’s annual tune-up and preventive maintenance. Over the winter soot and other residues have been building up on your boiler or furnace and now those residues will harden and become increasingly difficult to …

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What’s Up with Oil Prices Going Down?

The fact that oil prices vary on a daily basis is unlikely to be news to any of us, but the speed with which those prices fell through the past nine months has surprised many – even the experts. To better understand what’s been happening, you have to go back to the early 2000s… In around 2005 global demand for …

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Heat Pumps… What are they and what do they do?

Put simply, a heat pump is a mechanical device that moves heat from one space to another. As such a heat pump can be used to heat a building and it can also be used to cool a building. Historically heat pumps were not practical for regions that had severe winters as they didn’t work efficiently in anything but moderately …

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