Energy Efficiency Tips
We encourage you to use energy wisely year-round. Here are just a few energy-efficiency tips:
- Lower your home's thermostat in winter to 68 degrees and raise it in summer to 78 degrees. Or install a programmable thermostat to make the adjustment for you automatically. You could save 10 to 15 percent on you heating and cooling costs.
- Turn off lights, appliances, TVs, stereos, computers, etc. when not in use and use power strips.
- Unplug your electric space heater or hot tub.
- Unplug and recycle your old second refrigerator.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Repair leaky faucets.
- Use power strips to unplug chargers, laptops, appliances with remote control or `instant on'.
- Always buy ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics
Insulation and Weatherization
- Reduce air leakage/air infiltration - install insulation throughout your home Check your attic, ceilings, exterior and basement walls, floors and crawl spaces for recommended levels (R-values) of insulation.
- Weather-strip and caulk around cracks or holes around doors and windows.
- Install storm doors.
- Replace broken windows glass, worn weather stripping and improperly fitting doors.
Heating and Cooling
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as needed.
- Vacuum the dust from radiators, heat and air-conditioning vents, dust reduces efficiency.
- Insulate your ducts and check for air leaks.
- Service your heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems regularly making adjustments as necessary.
- Don't block radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies.
- Close closet doors and doors to rooms not often used.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use to prevent heat loss.
- Install airtight fireplace doors.
- Cover window style air conditioners to keep cold air from leaking into your home.
- Repair leaky faucets promptly as they waste gallons of water within a short period.
- Replace old water heaters with new energy efficiency units.
- Lower the thermostat/water temperature on your water heater to 1.
- Install non-aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads.
- Fill the sink half-way instead of letting the water run while shaving or washing.
- Don't just let the water run when using the sink or faucet and turn it off between tasks such as brushing teeth or shaving.
- Close curtains at night to cut down on heat loss.
- Install storm windows over single-pane windows or consider replacing them with double-pane windows.
- Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
- Install awnings on south and west facing windows.
- Install white window shades, drapes or blinds to reflect heat away from the house.
- Turn off appliances and any equipment when not in use.
- Run your dishwasher only when full.
- Perform regular maintenance/cleaning on appliances and equipment.
- Turn off lights when not needed.
- Replace with lower wattage or energy efficiency bulbs such as Compact Fluorescent Lights. (CFLs) which are more efficient and give off less excess heat.