43 Tips for saving energy at home
43 Tips for
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1. Lower your thermostat at night and when the house is unoccupied. Close and do not heat unoccupied rooms (unless you have a heat pump). If you set the thermostat to keep going back to the night of 10 degrees Fahrenheit, can reduce your heating bill by 10-20 percent.
2. Lower your thermostat and clothing shelter. As little as 1-3 degrees (F) made a significant difference in energy consumption.
3. Lower water heater temperature hot 120 (F) degrees. Turn off when leaving for extended periods of time. electric water heater can be set on timers, gas heaters should be adjusted manually.
4. Set refrigerator temperature between 37 and 40 degrees (F). Clean the coils. Keep the refrigerator is full, it takes more energy to cool an empty refrigerator.
5. Consider replacing your older model refrigerator, especially if more than 10 years. Older models often can use more than three times the energy of newer models.
6. Wash full loads of dishes and air dry.
7. When washing clothes, use warm or cold water and rinse with cold. clothes to dry, but not because I believe in the interior of unwanted mold and moisture problems.
8. Turn off lights, computers and other electronics when not in use. Many computer monitors have a sleep mode setting which, when activated, reduces energy consumption greatly.
9. Always use the bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans while showering or cooking to avoid moisture problems.
10. Use the microwave orfor small items.
11. Install low-flow showerhead. Showers use less water, hot baths, also consider takingshorter showers.
12. Close your fireplace flue and seal the opening when closed is not used.
13. During the heating season, open window coverings on the south (eg, curtains, blinds, etc)
14. During the day. Closure all window coverings at night to keep the heat in.
15. Install foam gaskets behind electric current andcovers.
16. Examine and adjust, if necessary, sweep weatherstripping, doors and thresholds.
17. _ Install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature according the daily schedule. If you have a heat pump, be sure to use a thermostat designed specifically for heat pumps.
Measures which are more expensive, but pay for themselves in two years or less:
18. _ Install do-it-yourself weather stripping andair leaks toseal. Seal all openings in walls and ceiling and floor penetrations to prevent air movement between spaces heated and unheated.
19. Install storm windows _ "do it yourself" that cost less than $ 1/sq.ft. such as flexible vinyl glazing.
20. Use _ motion sensors or timers for outdoor lighting. You still have the safety and energy savings.
21. Replace _ incandescent light bulbs in common areas (where the lights are mostly) with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). They use a quarter of
23. _ Replace halogen lamp with a torch CFL. They are safer, use 70 percent less electricity to produce both or more light.
24. _ Tune up the furnace each year.
25. _ Replace furnace filters. The dirtier they are, the fan the furnace work harder. Clean filters are essential for heat pumps – air is critical and can add years to life for your heat pump.
26. _ Add the water heater tank and pipe insulation of hot water especially if in an unheated space. Do not cover the thermostat or, for models with gas Naturally, the air intakes.
27. _ Install asteel, especially if the regulator does not fit well.
Improvements housing who pay for the energy itself, two to five years:
28. Increase attic insulation to R-38 (the current requirement for new homes).
29. _ Insulate floors over unheated spaces to R-19.
30. _ Insulate and seal ducts in attics, basements, garages and other unheated areas, saving energy!
31. _ Install windows "do it yourself" that less than $ 3/sq.ft. such as.
32. _ Make changes at home under care, like a tampon or doors fluetop cheap glass.
Home improvements that have more than five years to pay for themselves:
33. When it is time to replace a unit of the house, buying an energy efficient model. These machines cost more initially, but you will save money and energy during his lifetime. A device that is cheaper to buy will have higher operating expenses and accumulate savings using an EnergyStar appliance will be considerable.
34. _ Energy Star ® clothes washers save energy, water and detergent.
35. _ Energy Star ® Windows only costs ~ 0.50 dollars per square foot more than standard windows, save energy and increase comfort.
36. _ Search and buy ENERGY STAR ® approved electronics and light bulbs and accessories.
37. _ Add 'DIY isolates (Piqué) bars (minimum R-3 and less than $ 5/sq.ft.) Or install blinds, curtains or other window coverings.
38. _ Insulation The walls should be added especially when the cavity is accessible during home remodeling. Depending on the type of coating, consider blowing in insulation, apply externally.
39. _ Furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning and water heaters are high efficiency models are available and should be considered when replacing these devices.
40. _ Cons Investing in glass windows installed in the trade or isolated.
41. _ Replace conventional burner (fuel oil) with a higher retention burner efficient flame.
42. _ Installing aor wood stove in the fireplace.
43. _ Install a waterwater.