Energy Saving Tips

The best way to say money on your utility bills is simple. Use less energy. View your utility bills to get a base idea of usage and cost. Then follow these tips to cut your bill and compare to the next month. Watch the difference that small changes can make in saving money. Water, electricity and gas bills vary per time of the year and family schedules. Homeowners can make a huge difference by choosing a conservative route of energy use. Try these tips this month and watch your bills decrease.

Heating and Cooling Tips

Where does air seep out in a house? Do you know the percentage of air leakage per house? 25% roof, 10% windows, 35% walls, 15% draughts, 15% floors. Make sure your home has adequate insulation, can save 20% on bills. Test home for air leaks.
• Add weather stripping around windows and doors to reduce drafts.
• Consider high efficiency windows with a 40% energy savings.
• Use caulking to seal around ducts, plumbing and any other openings in walls, floors and ceilings to reduce air leakage. Begin in the attic, a common place for warm air to escape.
• Seal larger gaps that cannot be covered with caulk or with expanding foam.
• Clean or replace air filters in your home every month.
• Install a programmable temp gauge to keep temperature consistent.
• Keep air conditioner thermostat set at 78 degree or even warmer and your auto switch on.
• Have your air conditioning unit serviced with 15 percent savings
• Heat your home at 68 degrees with auto switch on. To save more, set thermostat to 65 when asleep or not home.
• Keep shades and drapes open during the warmest part of day and closed at night.
• Turn your water heater down to 120° or the "Normal" setting when home, and to the lowest setting when away. Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy costs.

Kitchen Tips
• Do not pre-rinse dishes for dishwasher. Up to $70.00 a year can be saved.
• Unplug appliances not being used.
• Appliances – Buy the most energy efficient appliances available and take advantage of rebates.
• Only run dishwasher when fully loaded.

Laundry Tips
• Clean lint filter on dryer every time before use.
• Rinse clothes with cold water and use cold whenever possible.
• Water level on washer should match load size.
• Use auto sensor on dryer so over-drying clothes will not happen.

Lights and Outlets
• Lights and fans: Turn off lights and ceiling fans when you leave room.
• Use compact fluorescent bulbs that require less power.
• Attach electrical components to a power strip and turn off when not in use. These systems draw energy even when not in use.

Water
• Install low flow shower heads
• Install faucet aerators.
• Check for leaks in pipes and faucets periodically.

Use these simple energy savings tips and watch your utility bills decrease.