McGuire Engineers Announces Five Ways to Cool It and Save Money This Summer

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McGuire Engineers, a top LEED engineering firm, compiled a list of the top five easiest, free tips to reduce energy costs at home or in the office during the hottest months.

To combat rising temperatures and energy costs, the engineers at McGuire (http://www.mepcinc.com), who specialize in energy efficiency and LEED-certified design, compiled a list of the top five simplest, free tips to reduce energy costs during the hottest months for home or office.

“In our engineering work, we’re always looking for solutions that maximize energy efficiency without requiring clients to spend a lot of money,” said Bill Stangeland, president and partner at McGuire Engineers. “People don’t need to buy solar panels or install wind-turbines to be energy efficient. Small, simple changes can significantly cut down energy costs.”

McGuire’s Top Five Keep Cool and Save Energy Tips for Home or Office
1.    Follow the sun. Use blinds, shades and curtains as low-tech, “solar-control” devices to follow the sun’s path across the sky. In the morning, close shades on the east- and south-facing sides of your home or office. In the afternoon, keep the south closed, close the west, and open the east. This pattern will cut down on heat but let in light, helping save money on both cooling and lighting costs.
2.    Tilt blinds the right way. Blinds reflect much of sun’s heat while letting in light. Tilt them outward to deflect heat away from windows, but keep them open enough to brighten rooms.
3.    Cool at night. For concrete masonry or stone buildings, when the weather report calls for high temperatures the next day, run the air conditioner at night to pre-cool the building. Energy costs are lower at night, and pre-cooling will reduce the need for cooling in the daytime.
4.    Turn up the thermostat. Setting the thermostat just one degree higher can reduce cooling costs by one percent.
5.    Keep your filters clean. Clean air conditioning filters can make a big difference in electricity bills, cutting energy consumption by five percent or more.

In addition to designing Silver, Gold and Platinum LEED-certified spaces for clients, McGuire’s own offices are LEED-Platinum certified. All employees contribute to a healthy, sustainable work environment, helping McGuire win top honors in the Chicago Green Office Challenge.

About McGuire Engineers
McGuire Engineers, Inc., (MEPC) founded in 1986, is a full service engineering firm based in Chicago, Ill. which provides engineering design and consulting services for both existing and new commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. MEPC is very active in LEED-Certified and sustainable design projects and has LEED-accredited professionals in every discipline with excellent performance records in LEED design, commissioning, energy modeling, energy audits and consulting. MEPC clients have trusted the firm with their finest art and most valuable assets, and the staff prides itself on developing innovative solutions that not only do the job, but save customers time and money. Notable projects include the John Hancock Building, Motorola, The Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Visit http://www.mepcinc.com.

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