DEEP: Energy Efficiency Tips

Energy Efficiency Tips
We encourage you to use energy wisely year-round.  Here are just a few energy-efficiency tips:
  1. 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.
  2. Turn off lights, appliances, TVs, stereos, computers, etc. when not in use and use power strips.
  3. Unplug your electric space heater or hot tub.
  4. Unplug and recycle your old second refrigerator.
  5. Wash clothes in cold water.
  6. Repair leaky faucets.
  7. Use power strips to unplug chargers, laptops, appliances with remote control or `instant on'.
  8. 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.
Water Heating
  • 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.