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Energy Efficiency

Many people want to save energy and money at home. They want to reduce the amount of electricity they use and lower their energy bills but often don't know how.

Energy audits can be the first step to learn how to save energy.  

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Energy Saving Tips

You can save energy, increase your comfort, and prolong the life of your furnace and appliances by following these simple tips. Many of the suggestions don't require special tools and won't cost you a penny. But they can save you money if you follow them on a regular basis.

 

  • Lower The Thermostat.  When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as you can and still be comfortable.  Turn the thermostat down 5-10 degrees when you go to work during the day or go to sleep at night.
  • Install A Programmable Thermostat.  This device allows you to program your heating and cooling system to adjust automatically to save energy.   This video demonstrates how to install a programmable thermostat
  • Maintain Your Heating System. Have your system serviced once a year by a professional to make sure it is operating efficiently. Replace furnace filters once a month or as needed during winter months. Clean the flue vent regularly in your wood- and pellet-burning heaters. 
  • Reduce Heat Loss from your Fireplace. Keep your damper closed when you don't have a fire going.
  • Take Advantage of Heat from the Sun. Open the curtains or blinds on your south-facing windows during the day to allow the sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.
  • Cover Drafty Windows. Cover your windows and frame with heavy-duty, clear plastic. The plastic window film that you can purchase at the hardware store shrinks to a clear finish so you still have a view, but it keeps the drafts out. 
  • Seal Air Leaks. Seal leaks in your basement and attic. Caulk around your windows, doors, and any place where two different building materials meet. Learn more about common air sealing trouble spots.
  • Turn the Water Heater Down. Set your water heater at 120°F.
  • Turn Off the Water while shaving and brushing teeth.
  • Use Cold Water to Wash and Rinse Clothes in your Clothes Washer.
  • Wash Full Loads in your Clothes Washer and Your Dish Washer.
  • Drain Your Water Heater. Drain some water from the water heater regularly to remove sediment.
  • Clean the Refrigerator Coils. Once or twice a year, vacuum the coils behind and under your refrigerator.  View this how-to video for more tips.
  • Use the Right Size Pot/Pan on the Stove Burner. Don't put a small pot on a large burner.
  • Cover Pots/Pans When Cooking. Using a cover helps food reach higher temperatures quicker.
  • Replace Light Bulbs with CFL or LED Bulbs. CFLs are most effective in high use areas where the lights are on for longer periods of time. LEDs can be dimmed and you can turn on and off more frequently than CFLs without reducing their life span.
  • Turn Off Lights when you leave the room.
  • Use a Power Strip for electronics and turn the power strip off when the electronics are not in use to avoid phantom loads.
  • Insulate Your Attic Hatch. Insulating and sealing your attic hatch can increase the R-value of the entire attic. Watch this video to see how to do it yourself.

 

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