TIPS: Access Your Excess
There are plenty of places in your home where easy changes mean big savings.
Here are a few simple tips to start you off.
- Lower your thermostat to 68°. And turn it down 5° at night.
- Lower your water heater to 120°. You'll still have plenty of hot water.
- In the winter, make the most of sunlight by opening window coverings on south-facing windows
to help warm your home.
- Do more loads of laundry with cold water.
- Replace your furnace filter regularly. Furnace filters can easily be replaced monthly during heating season.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
- Weatherize your home by weather-stripping doors and sealing windows.
That's where you're most likely to find holes to the outside.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat that turns your heat down when you're not home.
- Add more insulation. The attic and basement are the easiest places to begin.
- Purchase a high efficiency heating system and water heater.
- Upgrade your furnace or boiler to a new high efficiency model. New technology boots efficiency of some models to 95% or more. Many older models are less than 80% efficient.
- Upgrade your water heater to a new high efficiency model.
- Install storm windows and doors.
- Lower your heat to 55 when you are going away for several days.
- Keep fireplace dampers closed until you are prepared to use them.
- Have your heating system checked annually.
- Close heating registers in seldom used rooms.
- Only use water when necessary while doing dishes, washing up, brushing teeth or shaving.
- Taking short showers instead of baths.
- Wrap the hot water pipes coming out of your water heater with insulation.
- Load dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers to capacity, without overloading.
- Don't peek in the oven as you cook.