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    ​​​​Energy Efficiency Tips


    Energy Saving Tips
    Want to cut down on your energy usage?  Below are a few simple and convenient ways to reduce your energy consumption and help cut your energy costs.
    • Use a humidifier. Humidity makes you feel warmer in colder months. With the proper humidity level, you’ll be able to turn your thermostat down to a lower temperature, save energy and still feel comfortable. About 20 percent to 40 percent relative humidity is recommended.
    • When buying new appliances, be sure to purchase energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® labeled models.
    • Replace old windows with new high performance dual pane windows.
    • Clean the lint filter of your dryer. After each load, clean the filter to keep the dryer running efficiently. Check the air vent and hose for clogging, as this will prevent a fire hazard.
    • Always wait until you have a full load before running your dishwasher. Full loads use the same amount of hot water and energy as smaller loads. You run fewer loads and save energy.
    • Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric bill for heating the water.
    • Resist the urge to open the oven door while baking. Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25° F and requires additional energy to bring the temperature back up.
    • Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows to block summer light. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms.
    • Close the damper when the fireplace is not being used. Try not to use the fireplace and central heating system at the same time.

    Reduce Heating Costs
    The furnace or boiler is the largest energy user in most homes.

    • If health permits, keep the thermostat at 68°F or below.
    • Lower the thermostat at night and when you're gone (55°F lowest setting).
    • Check the furnace filter once a month during the heating season. Change or clean it when dirty.
    • Have a professional tune-up of your heating system every other year.
    • Replace your older, 60% efficient furnace with one of at least 90% efficiency.
    • Consider switching from a fuel oil or LP gas furnace to a natural gas furnace.
    Cold Climate Weather Tips
    You can use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Remember, the plastic must be sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
    • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
    • Close your curtains and shades at night; open them during the day.
    • Keep windows on the south side of your house clean to let in the winter sun.
    • Install exterior or interior storm windows; storm windows can reduce heat loss through the windows by 25% to 50%. Storm windows should have weatherstripping at all movable joints; be made of strong, durable materials; and have interlocking or overlapping joints. Low-e storm windows save even more energy.
    • Repair and weatherize your current storm windows, if necessary.