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Heating & Cooling Tips

  1. Install a programmable thermostat and set your thermostat to adjust the temperature during the hours you’re not home.
  2. Clean your air filters or replace them as often as necessary to ensure it runs efficiently.
  3. Using fans to create a cooling breeze will allow you to raise your thermostat setting and still keep your home comfortable in the summer months.
  4. During the summer, close your blinds or shades over windows facing south and west during the day to minimize the heat brought in by sunlight.
  5. Use white blinds or shades to deflect light away from your home.
  6. Stop air leaks by sealing, caulking, or weather stripping drafty windows and doors.
  7. Close fireplace dampers when not in use to prevent warm air from escaping.

Appliances

  1. Use the warm and cold water setting on your washer, which uses significantly less energy than hot water.
  2. Set your dryer to use low heat and remove the lint in the dryer filter after every run to improve efficiency.
  3. Only run full loads in the washer, dryer and dishwasher; they use the same amount of energy regardless of how full the load is.
  4. Set your dishwasher to use a cool air dry, or skip the drying cycle all together and air dry your dishes.
  5. Turn off electronics and unplug battery chargers when not in use.
  6. Keep your refrigerator temperature setting at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer at 3 degrees Fahrenheit, the most energy efficient temperatures.

Home Improvement

  1. Replace traditional light bulbs with CFLs which use less energy and have a lower heat output.
  2. Insulate your hot water pipes to prevent heat loss and lower your water heater setting.
  3. Replace old appliances with Energy Star energy efficient appliances.
  4. 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.
  5. Conduct an at home energy assessment to determine if you have air leaks and the appropriate level of insulation.
  6. Planting trees near your home will provide shade and reduce your cooling costs during the summer.