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Efficiency Tips

Energy Tips
  • Assess how your family uses energy in your home. Turn off lights. Leaving unnecessary lights on increases energy costs.
  • A considerable amount of heat transfers through windows. If you have single-pane windows, consider doing the following: Tighten and weather-strip your old windows and then add storm windows.
  • A considerable amount of heat transfers through windows. Consider adding solar screening to west-facing windows that catch a lot of heating late in the day. Solar screening is sold at many home improvement stores.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tip to avoid air infiltration: Seal around pipe penetration coming through walls.
  • Your water heater works with many of your home's other systems. Make sure your water heater is set at the lowest point. Try setting it to 120°.
  • Your refrigerator's energy use can be trimmed. Make sure refrigerator and freezer seals fit tightly when doors close.
  • A considerable amount of heat transfers through windows. If you have single-pane windows, consider replacing them with new double-glazed windows.
  • Assess how your family uses energy in your home. Turn off computers and other office equipment when they're not being used, especially overnight and weekends.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tip to avoid air infiltration: During hot and cold weather, ensure windows are closed tightly and locked.
  • Your water heater works with many of your home's other systems. Try washing clothes with warm water and rinsing with cold water.
  • Heating and air conditioning uses the largest chunk of your home energy dollar. Keep it running lean and mean. Return filters should be changed monthly.
  • Your refrigerator's energy use can be trimmed. Setting your freezer below 0° uses extra energy.
  • Assess how your family uses energy in your home. Heating your home to higher than 68° in the winter or cooling it below 75° in the summer costs extra.
  • Take a look at the lights you burn. When you finish cooking, turn off the kitchen lighting and the range exhaust fan.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tip to avoid air infiltration: Ensure weather-stripping around doors and windows is tight.
  • Your water heater works with many of your home's other systems. Overfilling your washer can increase your energy use.
  • Your refrigerator's energy use can be trimmed. Setting your refrigerator below 37° uses extra energy.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tips to avoid air infiltration: Whole-house attic fans should be sealed tightly during the winter.
  • Heating and air conditioning uses the largest chunk of your home energy dollar. Keep it running lean and mean. HVAC systems should be checked to verify they are moving the correct amount of air. An HVAC technician can tell you if it is.
  • Assess how your family uses energy in your home. Taking extra long showers runs up the water heating (and water/sewer) bills.
  • Heating and air conditioning uses the largest chunk of your home energy dollar. Keep it running lean and mean. Inside and outside coils should be kept clean and free of debris.
  • Fix broken ducts & replace cracked or peeling tape on ducts. Use tape with UL logo.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tips to avoid air infiltration: Check the ceiling behind the cornice of built-in bookshelves for holes cut during construction.
  • Your water heater works with many of your home's other systems. If your water heater is located in an unconditioned space, consider installing a thermal wrap around it. Take care to install it in accordance with the tank and wrap manufacturers' instructions.
  • Heating and air conditioning uses the largest chunk of your home energy dollar. Keep it running lean and mean. Have an HVAC technician check carefully for duct leaks. Leaks that are found should be sealed with fiberglass mesh and mastic sealant.
  • Your refrigerator's energy use can be trimmed. Keep outside coils clean. Dirty coils make your refrigerator compressor work longer to remove heat.
  • Take a look at the lighting you use at night for security. Check with us to see if we can help save you money by installing a pole-mounted outdoor light.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tips to avoid air infiltration: Drop-down, disappearing stairways should fit tightly into the ceiling and becarefully weather-stripped.
  • Heating and air conditioning uses the largest chunk of your home energy dollar. Keep it running lean and mean. Heat pump and air conditioning systems should be checked annually to verify they are properly charged, strictly in accordance with manufacturers' guidelines.
  • Air that transfers in and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase energy consumption. Here is a helpful tips to avoid air infiltration: Make sure your outside dryer vent door closes when the dryer is not in use. This requires cleaning away lint accumulation periodically.
  • Take a look at the lights you burn. Don't leave unnecessary lighting on during the day.
  • Heating and air conditioning uses the largest chunk of your home energy dollar. Keep it running lean and mean. Gas furnaces should be tuned for maximum combustion efficiency.
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