Energy Tips

Coins falling down a sink drain
Stay Cool Without Throwing Money Down The Drain
  • Test your windows and doors for airtightness. Move a lighted candle around the frames and sashes of your windows. If the flame dances around, you need caulking and/or weatherstripping.
  • Insulate. No matter how you heat or cool your home, you can reduce the load on your heating and cooling equipment by as much as 20 to 30 percent by investing a few hundred dollars in insulation. The benefits of insulation – lower utility costs – continue for years.
  • Clean or replace filters regularly. Keep outside units free of leaves or debris that may clog vents.
  • Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans sparingly. In just 1 hour these fans can blow away a houseful of warmed/cooled air. Turn them off just as soon as they have done their job.
  • Keep your fireplace damper closed when not in use. An open damper in a 48-inch square fireplace can let up to 8 percent of your heat out of the chimney.
  • Consider installing an energy-efficient heat pump, if you use an electric furnace for heating. The heat pump uses thermal energy from outside air for both heating and cooling.
  • Don’t let cold air seep out of your home through the attic access door.
  • Keep draperies and shades in sunny windows closed in summer to help keep out the heat.
  • Use double-pane glass throughout the house. Windows with double-pane heat-reflecting or heat-absorbing glass provide additional energy saving, especially in south and west exposures. If replacement windows are too expensive, consider installing storm windows and doors.