Energy Savings Tips
- Install storm windows, or add caulking or sealant to existing windows to reduce the infiltration of cold air in the winter and warm air in the summer.
- Close drapes or blinds and lock windows to ensure a tight seal.
- Weather-strip the perimeter of exterior doors.
- Install insulation in your attic, walls (where accessible), and floors.
- Set water heater to 120 degrees and add an insulation blanket to the unit (check the manufacturer's label for important information).
- Add insulation to water pipes.
- Install low flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
- Use conservation showerheads to eliminate hot water waste.
- Install dampers in chimneys
- Replace filters in heating and cooling systems on a monthly basis.
- Check the direction of ceiling fans: in the winter, set fans to move air downward (counterclockwise); in the summer, set fans to move air upward (clockwise)
- Close the damper on fireplaces (when not in use) or add glass doors.
- Remove furniture and carpeting from heater vents to ensure proper circulation.
- Adjust the thermostat to slightly lower temperatures in the winter and slightly higher temperatures in the summer when your family is sleeping or away from the home.
- Replace old appliances with new energy efficient models. Look for the Energy Star label.
- Install Compact Florescent Lights (CFL), which use 5 times less electricity, last 7 times longer, and produce less heat than an ordinary light bulb.
- Install solar screens to eliminate solar heat through the windows.
- Use dishwashers, washers and dryers at night.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, some people who have weatherized their home have saved an average of $300 in annual utility costs while adding an estimated $1,000 to the value of their home.