Energy Saving Tips
We want to partner with you to be a smart user of energy in your home. Learning and adopting new energy efficient behaviors saves you money. And, it helps us all be part of the solution to reduce energy consumption. Besides the tips below, here are some great links to learn more...and save:
10 Low or No-cost Energy-saving Guidelines
- Unplug electronics and under utilized appliances
- Take advantage of your computer's energy-saving features
- Control the temperature in your home
- Use your appliances consciously
- Turn off the lights that you're no longer using
- Weatherize your home
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs or the new LEDs
- Conserve water heat by insulating your water heater
- Change your furnace and air conditioning filters monthly
- Install low-flow plumbing fixtures
General Home Tips
- Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually
- Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss
- Caulk, seal, and weather-strip openings from your home to the outside
- Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you're not using your fireplace.
Creative Use of Vegetation
- Planting shrubs, bushes and vines next to your house creates dead air spaces that insulate your home in both winter and summer.
- Make sure to allow at least 1 foot of space between full-grown plants and the walls of your home.
Plant a deciduous shade tree near your home (to the south and/or west) to control the amount of heat that reaches your house in summer.
- Repair and weather-strip air leaks in your home. About 10-25% of energy used to cool homes escapes via leaks.
- Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing. Recommended level: R-49 in our climate.
- Install a programmable thermostat; set it to automatically use less energy when you are away (workday, vacations, etc...)
- When you're home and using A/C, set your thermostat to 78║. In cold weather, set it to 68║. Set it back further at night while you're asleep - and use an extra blanket!
- Install ceiling fans to circulate and mix air throughout the house.
- Maintain consistent temperatures.
- Hang laundry outside to dry. Use the dryer's cool, fluff cycle to soften any stiffness.
- Use a microwave instead of a conventional oven.
- Avoid using heat-producing appliances such as ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.
- Encourage members of your household to layer clothing rather than turn up the heat.
- Take shorter showers. Open bathroom doors after taking a shower to allow warm, moist air to circulate.
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