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"When purchasing new appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR®
label. The ENERGY STAR®
rating program, developed through a partnership between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996, indicates which appliances are considered energy efficient and environmentally friendly."
Energy Conservation Tips
It is now more important than ever to conserve energy ... and one way to do so is to practice energy conservation throughout your home! No matter the season there are easy (and free) ways that you can help you save off of your annual energy bills!
Year-Round Conservation Tips
- Repair and weatherize your storm windows.
- Get an automatic setback or programmable thermostat, which, when used properly, can shave $100 off your annual energy bills.
- When purchasing new appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR® label. The ENERGY STAR® rating program, developed through a partnership between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996, indicates which appliances are considered energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
- Install water-conserving fixtures, such as showerheads, faucets and toilets.
- Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
Cold Weather Conservation Tips
- Wrap your pipes, to guard against heat loss and prevent them from freezing
- Check your threshold for any gaps between it and the door. Use a bottom seal that can be attached to the bottom of the door - it should brush up against the floor to seal up the threshold. It virtually stops drafts.
- Keep ductwork in good repair with duct tape or duct insulation. Your home could be losing up to 25% of its hot air before it reaches the vents!
- Make sure your ceiling has at least six inches of good thermal insulation.
- Replace any cracked glass in your windows.
Warm Weather Conservation Tips
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- Keep your central air conditioner condenser in the shade and reduce your cooling costs by nearly 3%.
- Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during cooling season to improve efficiency and the life of your air conditioner.
- Install an attic fan - it can cool your attic by nearly 30 degrees!
- Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
- Turn the air conditioner thermostat up to at least 78° or higher, or use a programmable thermostat.
- Turn air conditioners off when no one is home.