Saving Energy Means Saving Money
There are several measures you can take to control your utility bills. Some of these suggestions will improve the way your house uses energy; some are ways you and your family can be more energy efficient.
Energy-Saving Tips for Your Family
- Turn out lights when you leave a room
- Do not let water run when you wash the dishes, brush your teeth or do other chores
- Plan meals so that you can bake more than one item at a time
- Do not use major appliances or bake during the heat of the day when you are trying to keep the house cool
- Do not leave doors and windows open when the heat or air conditioning is running
- Close the refrigerator door completely
- Get in the habit of wearing a sweater in the house in the winter rather than turning on the heat
- Do not keep the thermostat too high in winter or too low in summer. Energy experts recommend that you keep the thermostat around 78 degrees in the warm season, and 72 degrees in the cooler months. Unless your house is heated and cooled with a heat pump, you can also adjust the thermostat to provide less heating or cooling when you are not home or when you are sleeping
Energy-saving Tips for Your Home
- Add attic insulation. Installing insulation to attic floors, ceiling and walls can help prevent energy loss. Choose high-quality materials, and replace matted or torn insulation to maximize its effectiveness.
- Have your heat pump or furnace serviced once a year. Clean or replace filters every three months.
- Install caulking or weatherstripping around windows and doors. Your home may have small openings around doors and windows that allow for heat or cool air loss. Caulking and weatherstripping can reduce energy loss and protect your home from moisture damage.
- Install storm windows and storm doors with screens for spring and summer use. Storm doors and windows can reduce energy usage.
- Put a special insulated “blanket” around your water heater and set the heater at the lowest setting. Insulating your water heater can prevent heat loss and reduce operating time.
- Install attic fans or vents to keep hot or cold air from being trapped in your attic.
- If you need to buy new appliances, get the most energy efficient ones you can afford.
- Install ceiling fans
- Monitor your heating and cooling systems. Be sure to replace the filters on units often to maintain an adequate and clean air flow and in turn reduce energy costs. Keep registers and vents free of dust, dirt and other blockages. If you have rooms that are not used often, keep their registers and doors closed. Cover or remove air conditioners during winter months to prevent heat loss.