- Set water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is done by locating the temperature dial on the bottom on your water heater (usually), then turning it until it is set at 120 degrees.
- Change out all incandescent light bulbs with high efficiency Compact Florescent Light bulbs (CFL).
- Inspect and Change HVAC System air filter monthly or at most bi-monthly. Once your filter is clogged or unreliable you are using more energy to push the same air through your air handler.
- Inspect air ducts for leaks. Any leaks found should be sealed with HVAC Foil Tape.
- Winter: Open blinds during the day; Summer: Close blinds during day.
- Install Programmable Thermostat to allow different set points during the day. When you are sleeping or at work your home does not need to be as hot or cool as when you are occupying it. During winter months, you will save 3% (on average) for every degree below 70. If installing a new thermostat is not in the cards for you, try manually setting back the temperature before going to sleep or going to work and sleep.
- Insulate Attic or top floor ceiling to a minimum of R-49 ( R-Values are figured by the resistance of an insulation material to the heat flow). You can find the R-Value for all insulation products on the packaging itself.
- Do not turn the thermostat down to a lower temperature than you normally set it at. This WILL NOT cool the space faster, but it will boost the amount of energy your system is using to cool the space.
- Turn off and on lights as needed. Leaving lighting fixtures on continuously draws unnecessary power for rooms and spaces not being occupied.
- Check windows and doors for leaks. If you locate any, use weather stripping to seal them.
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