Energy Tips

Saving energy is saving money. Try these tips to make a difference on your power bill.  Down load a pdf copy of this ENERGY SAVING CHECKLIST and be sure to check out our other energy saving tips  Beating the Heat, Energy Efficiency and your Kitchen , or Air Infiltration tips . We continue to update this section to help our current and future members, so check back often. If you have any questions or comments, please call us at one of our convenient local offices or at 1-800-342-8694!

Energy Saving Checklist

Heating

  • Set your thermostat to 68° F when at home, 65°F when away and at night.
  • Add heavy window treatments to windows, open on sunny days and close at night.
  • Service heating system annually.
  • Add a “smart thermostat” with WIFI capability and set to recommended temperatures.
  • Operate ceiling fan in reverse mode on low speed when rooms are occupied and with ceiling heights over 10 feet.

Cooling

  • Set your thermostat to 78° F when at home and at night, 85°F when away.
  • Close window treatment during the day on windows that receive direct sunlight.
  • Service cooling system annually.
  • Add a “smart thermostat” with WIFI capability and set to recommended temperatures.
  • Operate a ceiling fan anytime a room is occupied, turn it off when you leave.

Insulation, Air Ducts and Air Leaks

  • Check ceiling insulation thickness and add additional insulation if less than 6 inches thick.
  • Insulate crawlspace floors.
  • Insulate and weather-strip attic access covers and pull down ladders.
  • Change the return air filter monthly.
  • Have your heating and cooling contractor inspect and pressure test your air duct and repair any leaks or damaged insulation.
  • Unblock and fully open supply air vents.
  • As much as possible keep interior doors open to provide good air circulation.
  • Maintain open space around return air filter openings.
  • Seal cracks and gaps around plumbing, wiring, windows and doors with caulking and weather-stripping.

Hot Water

  • Insulate hot water tank and exposed water lines.
  • Set both water heater thermostats to 120°F.
  • Check for water leaks and repair immediately.
  • Install low flow shower heads with a flow rate of 2 gallons per minute or less. (look for the EPA WaterSense label).
  • Wash clothes in cold water.
  • Take a 10 minute (or less) shower instead of a bath.
  • Install an On/Off faucet aerators on your faucets to reduce wasted hot water.

Appliance replacement

  • Look for the EPA EnergyStar label when purchasing new Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps, Clothes Washers, Clothes Dryers, Dishwashers.
  • Replace electric storage Water Heaters with a Heat Pump Water Heater.

Computers and other Electronics

  • Set computers to sleep mode when not in use.
  • Use smart power strips to eliminate plug in appliance standby power use.

 

 

Lights

  • Only use LED light bulbs.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.