ENERGY TIPS

Our heating and cooling systems use more energy than any other system in the home. That's why it's important to use helpful tips to save energy and money. No matter what type of heating and air conditioning system you have, you can save money and still live in comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. An energy-efficient furnace alone, however, will not have as great an impact on your energy bill is using the whole house-approach. You can cut your energy use for heating and cooling from 20% to 50% by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings.

  • In colder months, set the furnace thermostat to 68 degrees when home, and then back to 55-58 degrees when you're not home.
  • Open window coverings on the sunny side of your home to let the sun's heat in during the winter.
  • Set the thermostat to 78-80 degrees when home in the warmer months, and then 5-10 degrees warmer at night or when you're not home.
  • In the warmer season, close your blinds and drapes during the day to keep heat out.
  • Barbecue outdoors when practical. Reduce the heat coming into your home from any appliances as it will reduce the load on your air conditioning.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Keep your foundation vents closed in the winter months.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season.
  • Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.

 

ENERGY TIPS