The Energy Chronicles

Save Money and Energy During the Winter Season.

  1. Making sure exterior doors have adequate weather stripping along the bottom and sides of the door jam to help to prevent air infiltration.
  2. Programming your thermostat to automatically adjust at times when your home is unoccupied. This works well with individuals who have regular schedules.
  3. Having an energy audit done by their utility company to help them to identify energy saving measures. And especially to inspect insulation levels to ensure that they are up to code. If there’s not enough, they may be spending more on their heating bill.
  4. For newer homes that have several can light fixtures…these can be very leaky. The solution to reduce air infiltration would either install can light fixtures that are IC and AT rated(insulation contact/ Air-tight) or to install an insulated can light cover.
  5.  Have a pre-season check up done on the furnace or boiler to ensure that they are operating as efficiently as possible and are drafting correctly. Going along with that, replacing the furnace filter every month to two months will help to make sure air is flowing freely. Vents in homes should not be covered by furniture.
  6. Checking the thermostat setting on the water heater. If it is above 130 degrees it can be reduced for some energy savings, but should not be turned down lower than 120 degrees due to the increase in bacteria growth.  If the water heater is not drafting correctly it may not be operating as efficiently as possible. Spillage testing can be done to ensure that the water heater is drafting correctly.
  7. A device called a Kill A Watt can be purchased and used to determine how much electricity is being used by each item in the house that is plugged in. This can encourage people to re-evaluate how they are using electricity. Certain items such as play stations and phone chargers can use power even while they are not in use and should be unplugged if so.
  8. Insulate hot water piping to reduce standby losses.
  9. Install low flow kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators and shower heads  to reduce water consumption. The less water your using, the lower your water bill will be. Fix leaky faucets and check pipe connections for leaks.

If an appliance needs to be replaced, like a washing machine or refrigerator, upgrade to an ENERGY STAR rated model and check with the utility provider about residential rebates that are available and what the eligibility requirements are to receive rebates for these items.

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