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Atlantis Business Consulting specializes in evaluating business costs and developing alternative solutions to reduce customers’ expenses. Atlantis Business Consulting provides advice to homeowners on saving energy.

Seal air leaks and install insulation

For homeowners who wish to employ a whole-house approach to saving energy, checking and replacing insulation is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to save. In general, good insulation systems rely on a combination of construction techniques and products that protect the interior temperature of a home from the elements outside, including rolls and batts, loose-fill insulation, and foam-in-place insulation. In the same vein, even the smallest air leak has the potential to counteract heating and cooling systems and drive up utility expenses. In order to prevent air leaks, homeowners should caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors that leak air, install foam gaskets behind wall outlets, identify dirty or damaged spots in insulation, keep the flue damper in the fireplace tightly closed, and install storm windows over single-pane windows.

Install energy-efficient appliances

In recent years, manufacturers have developed a host of household appliances that rank well below the minimum federal standards for energy consumption. Since appliances account for some 17 percent of total household energy usage, homeowners should seek out appliances that use as little electricity as possible. In particular, the most efficient products feature the ENERGY STAR label, a federal certification program that indicates a high level of energy efficiency. Aside from installing efficient devices, homeowners can take a number other steps to maximize the performance of their appliances, such as not setting refrigerators and freezers too cold, keeping doors closed at all times, inspecting dryer vents for blockages, and letting dishes air dry whenever possible rather than using a dishwasher.

Improve existing lighting equipment

On average, more than 11 percent of a household’s electric bill comes from lighting. In many homes, lighting fixtures are woefully outdated, placing an unnecessary strain on the monthly electric bill. Instead of standard incandescent bulbs, homeowners should use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and linear fluorescent tubes, which use less energy and last 6 to 12 times longer. Similar to household appliances, certain CFLs feature the ENERGY STAR label, indicating that they can save up to $30 in electricity costs over the bulb’s lifetime and produce 75 percent less heat. By implementing energy efficient lighting solutions, homeowners can expect to save anywhere between 50 and 75 percent in monthly energy costs.

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Atlantis Business Consulting works closely with a number of international clients, including Hudson Energy Services, SJ Energy Partners, Con Edison Solutions, and Liberty Power. Atlantic Business Consulting possesses more than 30,000 satisfied customers in the New York Tri-State area.

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