Energy Saving Tips


Here are some tips that can help to lower your monthly bills and conserve energy, water, and resources.


1. Have your furnace and air conditioner cleaned and serviced annually. A properly functioning heating and cooling system will lower your heating and cooling bills by as much as 15%.



2. Change the filter on your heating and cooling system (if you have forced air heat and central air conditioning) once a month. A clogged filter can lead to the furnace running inefficiently and the air conditioning having to work harder to maintain indoor temperatures.


3. When purchasing new appliances, consider purchasing Energy Star Rated appliances. Energy Star Rated appliances use 10% to 50% less energy and water than standard models. The savings can really add up month after month.


4. Install a programmable thermostat. Installation and use of a programmable thermostat can lower heating and air conditioning bills by adjusting the indoor temperatures differently according to your daily and nightly schedule.


5. When purchasing a new clothes washing machine, consider a front-load washer. They can use up to 40% less water and consume up to 50% less energy.


6. Installing low-flow showerheads and faucets can save thousands of gallons of water annually and can reduce the cost of heating your water as you will use less heated water.


7. Add insulation to your attic and foundation walls (if present). Adding additional insulation in your attic and foundation walls can reduce the amount of energy lost through your attic and foundation and will reduce your monthly energy bills.


8. Install ceiling fans. Installation and use of ceiling fans moves air over the body which provides a cooling effect. Use of ceiling fans can save you up to 25% on cooling costs.


9. Repair dripping faucets and running toilets promptly. A dripping faucet or a running toilet (water leaking from tank into bowl) can waste thousands of gallons over a period of time. Repair the faucet and replace the flush mechanism on the toilet or replace the older toilet with a water conserving newer model.


10. Consider using CFL’s (compact fluorescent lights). CFL’s use approximately 75% less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and can last much longer as well. Newer CFL lights come in different colors and shades and can look more like conventional incandescent lighing. Dimmable CFL’s are also available.



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