Becoming An Incredible General Contractor

When I started my own construction business, I was more concerned about racking up customers and winning bids than I was about customer service. Unfortunately, without a little bit of a personal touch, I started having trouble claiming repeat business. Fortunately, a friend of mine talked with me about developing my brand and being nicer to customers. I started really talking with people and trying to understand their construction goals. I want you to have a more successful construction business, which is why I started up this website. Here, you will find helpful tips for communicating effectively with clients and working with business partners.

The Cheapest Ways To Save Energy

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Even if they're not really worried about saving the environment, most people want to go green to lower their electric bills. However, the cost of doing so leads many to never take on the project. If you want to save money without making a huge upfront investment, take on these low cost improvements.

Plant Shrubs Around Your Air Conditioner

Did you know that an air conditioner doesn't actually put cold into your home? Instead, it removes heat and disperses it into the outside air through the outdoor compressor unit.

For most people, their outdoor compressor unit is sitting on a concrete slab in the open sun. However, the cooler the air around the compressor unit, the more efficiently it can disperse the heat from inside of your home.

You can help keep it cool by planting shrubs around it to provide shade. Just remember to leave about two feet of space for air flow and maintenance access.

Add Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans cost just pennies per day to operate — far less than the cost of an air conditioner. While ceiling fans don't actually make the air cooler, they do make you feel cooler.

Moving air helps sweat evaporate off your skin and makes you feel cooler at higher temperatures. That lets you turn up your air conditioner to save money without losing any comfort.

Install Awnings Over Your Windows

You can feel just how powerful the sun is when you're standing in direct sunlight. The sun can add tremendous amounts of heat into your home when your blinds are open.

Most people think they're stuck choosing between sitting in the dark or letting heat in. Instead, you can install awnings over your windows to block the direct, heat producing sunlight while still allowing ambient lighting into your home.

For more information, visit AwningsbyBill.com or a similar website.

Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

When was the last time you had a HVAC technician out to look at your air conditioner? If the answer is never, you're probably wasting money each month.

Just like your car or other heavy machinery, air conditioners develop problems over time if they aren't properly maintained. The insides could be dirty, parts could be worn out, or the coolant level could be off.

All of these problems could be adding tens or even hundreds of dollars to your electric bill each month. If a tuneup can improve your air conditioner's efficiency, the cost will be covered by the savings.

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24 June 2015