Posts Tagged ‘Springfield VT’

Why Is My AC Shutting Off So Soon?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

We certainly haven’t had any warm weather necessitating the use of an air conditioning system just yet. However, the heat of summer will be here before you know it, and that is a truth that most around here will welcome with open arms. Just remember, though, that you need to know that your AC is going to function reliably if you hope to enjoy your summer to the fullest. Any problems with your air conditioner during the summer season, such as short cycling, can seriously impede your overall enjoyment of the warmer weather. If you notice any such issues, be sure to schedule professional air conditioning repairs with a member of our staff right away. (more…)

How Does a Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Work?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

When it comes to ways in which to heat and cool our homes, we modern homeowners are certainly not suffering for a lack of options. If you are in the market for a new heating or cooling system, then you may want to look beyond the split central ACs, furnaces, and boilers that you are accustomed to. There are different technologies available out there, including ductless mini split heat pumps. A ductless mini split heat pump in Springfield can offer many benefits that other systems simply cannot. To learn more about these great systems, or to schedule any HVAC services with qualified professionals, give the experts here at HB Energy Solutions a call. (more…)

3 Signs That You May Have a Water Leak

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Modern plumbing makes our lives far more convenient than it could possibly be otherwise. That doesn’t change the fact, though, that even professionally installed plumbing systems, pieced together with high-quality materials, are not 100% reliable. A number of factors can lead to water leaks in the home, including corrosion or damages to pipes, environmental issues like shifting soil or tree root infiltration, or, especially around here, freezing up. Because of this, as well as issues such as poor installation quality and weak connections, water leaks are not entirely uncommon. If you suspect that you have a water leak in your home, you are wise to schedule professional leak detection services in Springfield, VT. To do so, just give the professional plumbers at HB Energy Solutions a call. (more…)

Springfield VT Heating Fuel Guide: Types of Heating Fuels

Monday, October 1st, 2012

HB Energy customers can choose from several different types of heating fuels for delivery. There are also a few different delivery options and payment plans. This makes it easier than ever to get the right heating fuel for your home at a price that fits your budget and with a delivery that’s conveniently timed to accommodate your schedule.

Fuel Delivery Options

The fuels available from HB Energy include Biofuel and #2 home heating oil. These can be delivered either at your discretion or automatically, whichever works better for you. Opting for automatic delivery means that the company monitors your heating fuel usage and delivers once you reach a certain pre-set minimum level. This service is convenient because it means you don’t have to worry about how much fuel you have left, and you can be sure you’ll never run out.

If you’d rather have control over how much heating fuel is delivered to your home and when, you can choose the will call program. This requires you monitor your own heating fuel levels and then call when you need a delivery.

Locking in the Best Price

In addition to these delivery options, there are also a few different ways you can manage the cost of your heating fuel through one of the available price protection plans. If you choose the pre-buy plan, for instance, you pay for all of the fuel you expect to use in the coming year in one lump sum. That means you won’t have to worry about increases in the price of heating fuel throughout the year, as all your fuel has already been paid for.

Another option is a capped price plan in which you agree to pay as you go, but no more than a certain agreed-upon price per gallon. If market fluctuations drive the price of heating fuel down, you’ll pay the reduced rate, but you’ll never pay more than the rate you agreed to pay at the beginning.

If you’d rather pay the same amount every month rather than paying as you go or purchasing all of your fuel up front, you can opt for a budget plan. The per gallon prices under this type of plan are typically a bit higher than under the pre-buy plan, but the help you spread out the cost of your heating fuel throughout the year and make it easier to know exactly what the cost will be each month.

For more information about buying heating fuel in Springfield VT, give HB Energy Solutions a call today!

Springfield VT Solar Guide: How Solar Power Works

Monday, September 10th, 2012

A solar power system offers the cleanest form of energy for your Springfield VT home. Solar energy is completely renewable, and you can always rely on the sun as a consistent power source. Before deciding to install a solar power system in your home, however, it is a good idea to learn how solar power works.

Solar Cell

A solar cell is the main component of a solar power system. It takes the energy of sunlight and converts it into electricity. Solar cells are made of special materials known as semiconductors. Silicon is the most commonly used material for making these semiconductors.

When light hits the cell, some part of it is absorbed within its semiconductor material. Silicon has some special chemical properties. There are 14 electrons in an atom of silicon, which are arranged in three different shells. The silicon atom always looks for ways to fill up its last shell, so it shares electrons with four nearby atoms. This structure of silicon makes it ideal for making solar cells.

When sunlight gets absorbed, one of the electrons in the bonds between silicon atoms increases its energy level and moves around more freely. That electron moves around the crystal, generating current. The current can be drawn out for external use by introducing metal links on the top and bottom of the cell. The solar cell generates only a small amount of energy. In order to get more energy, many solar cells should be interconnected to make a panel.

Thin Film Solar Panels

Traditional crystalline silicon systems are bulky and installing them requires a lot of work. Thin film crystalline silicon is the latest in solar technology. In this system, a solar cell is made by placing several thin photovoltaic films on a substrate. It has a lower photovoltaic efficiency than traditional system. However, it is expected that its efficiency will be increased in the near future. Thin film solar power system works in a way similar to that of traditional crystalline silicon modules.

Solar power system can be installed in any Springfield VT home, no matter whether it is small or big to meet any electrical requirement. Though the initial cost of installation is high, the solar power system offers better returns. It helps you enjoy long term savings by reducing or cutting the need to pay utility bills. For more information, contact HB Energy today!