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The Best Energy Saving Tips2022-08-09T16:32:37-04:00
Home Energy Saving Tips
Energy efficiency and sustainability are a top priority at Spring Power & Gas, and we want to help you make the most effective use out of your energy supply. That’s why we’ve come up with these handy tips on how to cut back on your energy use.
Tips for Heating and Cooling
Your cooling and heating systems can put a heavy toll on your energy expenditure, so efficiently managing the temperature in the household is a good first step to saving energy. Here are a few useful tips to consider:
Take advantage of days with moderate temperatures to naturally ventilate your home by opening windows at night and closing them in the morning.
Caulk, seal, or weather-strip windows and doors to close air leaks.
Schedule inspections for your cooling and heating equipment.
Perform regular maintenance on your cooling/heating system (clean/replace air filters, clean evaporator coils, check refrigerant levels, etc.).
Use sunlight to your advantage. During the warmer months, reflect light away using white blinds, and close blinds/shades over south or west-facing windows during daylight hours.
Use fans to keep yourself comfortable throughout the warmer seasons of the year, even in higher temperatures. Please be sure to turn off fans when leaving, as they cannot cool rooms, just the people in the rooms.
Have a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature in your absence.
Tips for Home Improvement
Sometimes, even when you’re following energy-efficient methods, you still don’t get the results you want because the house itself is working against you. That’s when it’s time to try your hand at some nifty home improvements. Here are some ways you can make your house more energy-efficient:
Conduct an at-home energy assessment—this will help you figure out if you have any problems like air leaks and determine the level of insulation you’ll need.
For the warmer seasons, plant trees outside the house, as they provide much-needed shade that will cut down on mechanical cooling.
Replace any traditional light bulbs with LEDs, which have lower heat outputs and expend less energy than regular bulbs.
Prevent heat loss by insulating hot water pipes—this will also let you lower the water heater setting.
Put in high-performance windows with low U-values, low solar heat gain co-efficiency, and 0.3 cubic feet per minute air leakage rating or lower.
Tips for Appliances
Common appliances can also drain electricity, and you need to handle them responsibly. Some steps you can take with various household appliances include:
Shutting off and unplugging all electronics when they are not in use—this includes battery chargers!
Setting your refrigerators to 37 degrees and your freezers to 3 degrees Fahrenheit to achieve the most energy-efficient temperature level.
Reducing your water heater’s temperature to the warm setting, which is generally 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Limiting midday washing/drying of clothes, especially during warm spring/summer days, and keeping cooking and showering to minimal levels.
Avoiding using the hot water setting for your washer, as it takes much more energy than the cold and warm water settings.
Cleaning the dryer filter of lint between each run and set the dryer at low heat.
Only running the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded. Your dishwasher uses the same amount of energy each time regardless of load size.
Skipping your dishwasher drying cycle and air dry instead, or use a cool-air dry.
Not using your oven on hot days—instead, try cooking on the stove, microwave and grilling outdoors.
Replacing old appliances, with Energy Star items, which are more efficient and can cut home energy usage in half.
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