Home Energy Saving Tips That Will Save You Money

Perhaps we are biased, but we think a great first tip is to get an EnergyTight audit and retrofit installation package. We will weatherize, seal, caulk and install everything needed to give you an EnergyTight home.

But there are many other great energy saving tips that can help you reduce your expenses all year long:

Save on winter home energy costs
  Save up to 10% on your winter energy expenses by lowering your thermostat from 72ºF to 68ºF. (Each degree lowered saves roughly 3%.)
  Change your HVAC system filter every month.
  Reverse the rotation of your ceiling fans to move warmer air downward without creating a wind-chill effect.
  Clean warm-air equipment such as registers, heaters, and radiators; ensure they are not blocked by furniture, carpets, or drapes.
  Place heat-resistant reflectors between exterior walls and radiators.
  Open window drapes during the day for solar heat; close them at night to add further insulation.
Save on summer home energy costs
  During the hottest times of day, don’t use your stove, oven, dishwasher, or clothes dryer. Your air conditioning will use too much energy trying to cool your home.
  Dishwashers add humidity to your indoor air, which makes your air conditioner work harder to maintain cool temperatures. So fill it up before using it, rather than running it more often than is truly necessary. (Or hand wash smaller amounts of dishes.)
  Keep air conditioner coils clean, and clean/replace filters once a month during use.
  Use a programmable thermostat to control temperatures differently when your family is home or away. Use timers to adjust temperatures 30 minutes before anyone will arrive home.
  Maintain unobstructed airflow around vents and filters.
  Maintain a 78ºF indoor temperature. Every degree lower increases energy costs by about 6%. 75ºF costs 18% more; 72ºF costs 36% more.
  Ceiling fans require far less energy than air conditioners, and help you feel cooler at higher temperatures. You can feel as cool at 82ºF under a fan as you would at 77ºF in still air.
  Plant shade trees close enough to your outdoor air conditioning unit for shade, yet far enough away for growth. A unit in direct summer sunlight requires much more energy (and costs) to cool your home.
  Keep doors closed, and enter or exit your home quickly to keep cooled air inside.
  Turn of your air conditioner at night whenever possible to take advantage of cooler nighttime air.
  Close window coverings during the day to block solar heat.
Save on home energy costs all year long
  In most homes, heating water is the third-highest energy cost. Lower your water heater temperature setting as low as possible to save money each month.
  Cook meals in your microwave to save about half the energy costs of a regular oven.
  Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot water when possible.
  Put a dry towel in with wet clothes to reduce your dryer’s drying time by up to 33%.
  Use kitchen, bathroom, and other ventilation fans wisely: they can remove a houseful of heated or cooled air in just one hour.
  Close your fireplace damper when not in use to help prevent the escape of warmed or cooled indoor air up your chimney.
  Install flow-restricting showerheads to reduce hot water use by as much as 50% without affecting shower pressure.
  Refrigerators/freezers can require up to 20% of your home’s electricity. Set your refrigerator between 38ºF and 42ºF, and your freezer between 0ºF and 5ºF.
  Let food cool before you set it in the refrigerator, so the fridge doesn’t have to work harder to maintain cold interior temperatures.
  Let food defrost in the refrigerator for 24 hours before you need it, so it can help naturally cool the inside air while it thaws.
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