Energy Saving Tips

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Fall and Winter Energy Saving Tips

Heating Tips

  1. Keep an eye on your thermostat and consider adjusting the settings a few degrees. When you’re at home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When you’re asleep and out of the house, turn your thermostat back to 10-15 degrees for eight hours.
  2. Consider using a programmable thermostat to make it easy to set back your temperature.
  3. Open curtains on your south- and west-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home and close them at night to reduce chill you may feel from cold windows.
  4. Resist using space heaters as central heating systems are far more efficient.
  5. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees).
  6. Consider switching to alternative heating and electricity, such as geothermal or solar heating systems.

Appliances

  1. Check your automated lighting systems and timers for proper operation.
  2. Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.
  3. If you’re considering replacing your furnace, invest in one that’s rated 90% or higher in efficiency.
  4. For wood- and pellet-burning haters, clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure your home is heated efficiently.
  5. Keep your fireplace damper closed unless there is a fire burning.
  6. Use the warm and cold water setting on your washer, which uses significantly less energy than hot water.
  7. Turn off electronics and unplug battery chargers when not in use.

Home Improvement

  1. Seal leaks around doors and windows to avoid heated air escaping.
  2. Schedule a home energy audit.
  3. Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of the window frame.
  4. Install tight-fitting insulating drapes on windows that feel drafty.
  5. Use LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the holidays.
  6. If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  7. If you do use your fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room and add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
  8. Replace old windows with high-performance windows that have a low U-value, low solar heat gain co-efficiency and an air leakage rating of 0.3 cubic feet per minute or less.
  9. Insulate your hot water pipes to prevent heat loss and lower your water heater setting.
  10. Remove window air conditioners.
  11. Install foam gaskets behind electrical outlets and switches or install plastic security caps to reduce heat loss.