Efficient use of
energy can make your home more comfortable and will save you
money, while you're helping conserve our nation's resources.
- Set your
thermostat to 68° during the day, 60° at night, and turn
it off when you're away on vacation.
to keep the heat where it is needed. A homeowner can cut
up to 20% off a heating or cooling bill by installing
insulation. The R-value is the measure of how well
insulation keeps warm air from escaping through it. The
higher number, the greater the insulating value.
attic vents open to allow moisture to escape. It's
important to have good ventilation to prevent damage to
insulation in winter and keep the attic cooler in summer.
- Stop air
leaks by caulking and stuffing insulation into gaps and
holes where plumbing pipes and wires enter the home.
- Cut air
drafts by adding weather stripping under or over a door if
you can see daylight or feel a draft through a crack.
- Save on
water heating by setting the temperature in your
dishwasher to 130-135°. You may also consider a water
heater insulation wrap to keep heat from being lost
through tank walls.
the winter, open draperies to let sunshine in. Close
draperies or pull down shades at night when the
your fireplace and be sure your damper is closed unless
you have a fire going. An open damper can allow up to 8%
of the home's heat escape up the chimney.
shopping for new natural gas appliances, look for the
EnergyGuide label with information about operating costs and