Tune up, cool down (5/31/12)
Bill Saver stood at the kitchen window,
surveying the pile of treated lumber that had been
deposited on his lawn earlier that week. He noted
the utility locator flags that marched in a line
from the street to the electrical transformer
cabinet in his yard and then to the corner of the
Glad I remembered to call 811, he thought as he
hurriedly downed his morning cup of coffee and
Adding a deck to the Saver home would be quite a
project for Bill. Hed built a birdhouse in high
school shop class years ago, but that was the extent
of his experience with carpentry. Thankfully his
dad, Morrie Saver, had jumped at the chance to help.
I better get the post-holes dug before he shows up,
Bill thought. Hell be chomping at the bit to start
sawing boards and pounding nails.
It was a nice June morning, the perfect temperature
for working outdoors. Birds sang, squirrels
skittered across the grass and the central air
conditioner hummed. The sound stopped Bill in his
Its too early in the day for the air conditioner to
be running, he thought. I better call a contractor
and get it tuned up. Its been years since Ive had it
Bill knew better than to attempt the job himself,
and he had a good incentive not to.
If I have a professional HVAC contractor do the tune
up, I can apply for ECEs $25 rebate and make the
cost more affordable, he thought. Our air
conditioner will operate efficiently, and that saves
energy and money.
His dad came around the corner of the house just
then, hammer in hand.
Hey, good morning, Dad, Bill said. I was just
thinking. You didnt name me Bill Saver for nothing.
Saver Tip of the Week:
If you have central air conditioning and ceiling
fans, set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher
and use the fans. You save three to five percent on
your cooling cost for every degree you raise your