ENERGY CONSERVATION TIPS
Caulk all exterior door and window frames, all cracks in side walls, and at the foundation and utility entries through side walls.
Weatherstrip all exterior doors and windows
Install Switch plate and outlet gaskets to reduce air infiltration.
Insulate furnace ductwork running through any unconditioned space (attic, crawl space, unheated basement).
Caulk or insulate around any pipes extending through the ceiling.
Install inside storm windows by placing plastic over windows and sealing all four edges.
Check furnace air conditioner filters once a month. Clean or replace.
Install water saver devices on all faucets: kitchen, bathroom and shower.
Replace all worn faucet washers which allow water drips. An average drip can waste up to 3,200 gallons of water per year.
Insulate the water header with a water heater jacket of insulation.
Insulate hot water pipes.
Make sure the basket on the door of hte regrigerator fits properly to seal out heat and seal in cold air.
Install a glass door on the fireplace.
Place air deflectors on heat supply runs to push warm air away from curtains and walls and into the center of the room.
Try arranging furniture away from walls and windows.
Keep the humidity in your home higher during the winter, The higher the humidity the warmer you will feel.
Doors and windows left open can cost money. Reduce the time spent with them open whey you are heating or air conditioning.
Water temperature on the water heater should be seat at 140 degrees if laundry equipment and/or a dishwasher is used. if not, 120 degrees is adequate.
In the winter, let the sun shine in by opening drapes on the windows. Be sure to close them at night.
Use a hot water wash for extremely soiled clothes. Wash as mush as possible with warm or cold water. Always use a cold water rinse. If possible, wash only when you have a full load.
Use cooking utensils that fit the burners or heating units (small pans on small burner).
use tight fitting lids on cooking utensils.
Preheat oven only for baking. It is not necessary for casseroles or roasting.
Use oven to capacity. prepare a whole meal in the oven, o rprepare multiple servings of one dish for freezing.
Use countertop cooking appliances when possible. An electric skillet or toaster oven will cost less to operate than heating a large oven.
Turn off unnecessary lihts, indoors and out.
Keep light fixtures clean.
Open refrigerator door as little as possible. Think about what you need before you open the door.
Defrost freezers when ice becomes 1/4 of an inch thick.
Clean regrigerator condeser coils once a month.
Reduce daytime thermostat in the winter, maintaining 68 degrees to 70 degrees temperature.
Reduce nighttime winter thermostat setting 5 degrees to 8 degrees or more.
Inspect, clean or change furnace filters once a month.
If possible, take a quick shower instead of a bath. You'll save 10 to 20 gallons of water.