Conserve Energy and Save Money
Did you know..?
- 46% of residential energy is used to heat and cool our homes
- 15% is used for heating water
- 15% is used for refrigerators and freezers
- 24% goes into lighting, cooking and appliances
Energy costs money. Anytime heat is lost through drafty windows or doors, poorly insulated spaces, or through the use of energy-inefficient thermostats, your wallet takes a hit.
Follow these helpful tips to conserve energy and save money...
Helpful heating suggestions
Keep your heating equipment well tuned with regular maintenance by a professional. Call 800-989-0900 to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified service technicians.
- Install a programmable thermostat. It automatically sets your thermostat back when you're asleep or not home.
- If you own older appliances, purchase new, energy-efficient models.
- Close unoccupied rooms.
- Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can remove much of the warm(or cool) air from your home. Turn them off as soon as their job is done.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed unless you have a fire going. An open damper in a 48” square fireplace can let up to 8% of your heat escape up the chimney.
Caulk and seal windows, doors and other drafty areas
Test your windows and doors for air tightness. A cold, windy day is a good day to check for leaks. You will be able to find many leaks by feeling with your hand around windows and doors.
- Caulk and apply weather stripping to leaky doors and windows. It's easy to do and the materials should only cost between $40 and $50 for the average house (12 windows, 2 doors). Savings in annual costs can reach 10%.
- Look for air leaks around openings where plumbing or electrical wiring goes through walls, floors and ceilings. Check for drafts from electrical outlets, around ceiling fixtures and at attic openings. Seal cracks or holes and close fireplace dampers.
- Consider installing storm windows to stop air leaks and drafts, reduce water condensation and frost formation and save energy.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
No matter how much you heat or cool your home, you can reduce the load on heating and cooling equipment by as much as 30% by investing a few hundred dollars in insulation. The money-saving benefits will last for years.
- Find out if your home needs insulation. Your needs will depend on the climate in which you live and the amount of insulation, if any, you already have. For guidance, consult with a reputable insulation dealer in your community or with your local building inspector or county agent.
- Insulate your attic floor or top ceiling. If you have less than three inches (or the existing insulation is old), chances are you need more to bring the amount up to the recommended level.
- Do not insulate over eave vents or on top of recessed lighting fixtures or other heat-producing equipment on the attic floor. Also, keep insulation at least three inches away from the sides of these types of fixtures.
- Insulate floors over unheated spaces such as crawl spaces and garages. Make sure that any ducts in unheated spaces are insulated and that leaks are properly taped.