HOW TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY CONSUMPTION
- Add insulation, if needed. Insulation is the most cost-effective energy savings available. Cellulose insulation, made from shredded plant fiber such as newspaper, is sound, bug and fire resistant, if treated with borate.
- Install an electric water heater. Consider a Marathon water heater that is guaranteed for life to never leak or rust.
- Wrap poorly insulated water heaters in an insulating blanket.
- Replace existing equipment and appliances with ENERGY STAR products.
- Seal the air leaks. Caulk around windows, doors, under and inside cabinets, and around pipes and wiring where gaps exist. If a bug can get through it, so can air.
- Check duct work and seal any separations in ducts. Use mastic tape or mastic paste. Do not use duct tape or metal tape.
- Check return air filters monthly. Once dirty, replace them. We recommend a filter with a MERV rating of 8. (MERV = minimum efficiency rating value)
- Use space heaters with moderation and don't position one too close to a thermostat. This could actually trick your thermostat and allow other rooms of the house to get too cool which later must play catch-up to become comfortable, causing the heating unit to run more.
- Keep debris away from outdoor units, and keep bushes and shrubs at least 3 feet away.
- Ventilate attics. Use ridge vents or wind turbines. Remember, don't cover attic ventilation in the winter. It is needed to remove moisture from the attic that would otherwise damage your home.
- Use window shades to reduce solar heat gain in the summer.
- Turn computers off. Leaving them on 24/7 wastes electricity and adds heat to your home.
- Use ceiling fans or stand-alone fans to achieve cooling instead of adjusting down the thermostat. The fans cool body temperatures through evaporation and are therefore of no benefit to empty rooms.
- Choose the lowest most comfortable thermostat setting for each season and do not adjust it.
- If vacating your home for more than three days, turn off the water heater breaker. This will not hurt your water heater and save the cost of heating water while you are gone.
A number of other energy-saving tips and information can be found here.