To Do Today
1. Is your water heater turned down? A warm setting of 120°F will save energy and you wont scald your hands.
2. Does your water heater have an insulating blanket? This will pay for itself in one year or less!
3. Do you have a waterbed? If you do, make your bed. The covers will act as an insulator and save up to one-third of the energy it uses.
4. Are you using the energy saving settings on your refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers? Start using these settings to save energy.
5. Have you replaced your light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs)? If you havent replaced your incandescent lights yet, do this. CFLs can save three-quarters the electricity used by incandescent light bulbs. If you use lights that are 60-100W for several hours a day these are the best to replace.
6. Do you have newer appliances? The age and condition of appliances will affect their energy efficiency. Replacing them will save energy.
7. Have you replaced filters lately? By cleaning or replacing furnace, air-conditioner, and heat-pump filters you can save energy.
1. Rope caulk very leaky windows.
2. Have you assessed your heating and cooling systems? Determine if replacements are justified, or whether you should retrofit them to make them work more efficiently to provide the same comfort (or better) for less energy.
1. Gather your utility bills. Which bill is larger? Target the larger bill for energy conservation remedies.
2. Have you inspected your insulation? Crawl into your attic or crawlspace and inspect for insulation. Is there any? How much?
3. Insulate hot water pipes and ducts wherever they run through unheated areas.
4. Where are the leaks? Seal up the largest air leaks in your housethe ones that whistle on windy days, or feel drafty. The worst culprits are usually utility cut-through for pipes ("plumbing penetrations"), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
5. Do you have a clock thermostat? Install one to automatically set it back at night.
1. Insulate. If your walls aren't insulated have an insulation contractor blow cellulose into the walls. Also make sure your attic insulation is sufficient.
2. Replace older inefficient appliances. An appliance may have a few useful years left but a new one will be more efficient.
3. Replace windows or boost current window efficiency. Replace with energy efficient models or add weather-stripping and storm windows to current windows.
4. Do a tune up on your heating and cooling systems in the fall and spring. Duct sealing can also boost the overall performance of your systems.
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