Energy Saving Tips
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Spring Energy Saving Tips
Heating & Cooling Tips
- Stop air leaks by sealing, caulking, or weather stripping drafty windows and doors.
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it to adjust the temperature during the hours you’re not home.
- Service your air conditioner by cleaning or replacing your air filters (which you should continue to do regularly), check your refrigerant levels, and clean your evaporator coils. You may also want to schedule an inspection with a HVAC technician, who can ensure your system is up to speed and identify any issues before they become major expenses.
- Using fans to create a cooling breeze will allow you to raise your thermostat setting and still keep your home comfortable on warmer days. This includes utilizing the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home when you shower or bathe.
- Be certain to shut off ceiling fans when you leave the room – fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a chill wind effect.
- Embrace natural ventilation by opening your windows in the evening to flood the space with cooler air, and then close them in the morning before the day warms up to capture the cool.
- Use white blinds or shades to deflect light away from your home.
- Close your blinds or shades over windows facing south and west during the day to minimize the heat brought in by sunlight.
- Use the warm and cold water setting on your washer, which uses significantly less energy than hot water.
- Set your dryer to use low heat and remove the lint in the dryer filter after every run to improve efficiency.
- Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Only run full loads in the washer, dryer and dishwasher; they use the same amount of energy regardless of how full the load is.
- Minimize mid-day washing and drying of clothes, showering, and cooking.
- Set your dishwasher to use a cool air dry, or skip the drying cycle all together and air dry your dishes.
- Turn off electronics and unplug battery chargers when not in use.
- Keep your refrigerator temperature setting at 37 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer 3 degrees Fahrenheit, the most energy efficient temperatures.
- On very hot days, avoid using the oven and instead cook on the stove, microwave oven, or even better, grill outside.
- Replace traditional light bulbs with CFLs which use less energy and have a lower heat output.
- Insulate your hot water pipes to prevent heat loss and lower your water heater setting.
- If you’re planning on getting new appliances this spring, replace the old ones with Energy Star energy efficient appliances. These appliances run more efficiently and can reduce your home energy usage by up to 50%.
- 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.
- Conduct an at home energy assessment to determine if you have air leaks and the appropriate level of insulation.
- Plant trees near your home to provide shade and reduce your cooling costs during the warmer months of the year.