Tips for reducing energy cost

Reducing energy cost

Energy costs are increasing dramatically.  Here are a few inexpensive energy-efficient measures, you can use to reduce your energy bills by 10 to 50 percent and at the same time save energy and reduce air pollution.

Control Indoor Temperatures:

You can save as much as 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills by simply turning your thermostat back 10-15 percent for eight hours every day. Reduce daytime home heating temperatures in winter to 68 degrees F or lower.

Many of the following tips lead to energy efficiency in summer as well as in winter.

•When you leave the house for more than four hours set the thermostat back to 60 degrees.
•When you go on vacation, set the thermostat back to 55 degrees.
•Reduce nighttime temperature 5 to 8 degrees or more.
•During the day, open draperies and roll up shades on windows that face south, east, and west to receive direct heat from the sun in winter.
•Place furniture so that it does not block heat registers or outlets.

Control Air Leaks: Energy lost through air leaks can be decreased.

•Caulk cracks around doors, windows, foundation, and the fireplace.
•Close door of attached garage in winter.
•Close the flue when fireplace is not in use.
•Weatherstrip doors and windows.
•Lock your windows so they seal tighter.
•Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans only when necessary.
•Seal unused doors and rooms.
•Insulate ceilings, walls, floors and basement walls adequately.
•Install storm windows and doors.
•Use plastic tightly sealed to the inside of window frames.
Select a heating system properly sized for house.
Seal leaks in ductwork.
Insulated all ducts in exposed areas.
•Maintain heating and cooling equipment in good operating condition.
•Keep air filters clean to make it easier for forced air systems to operate.
•Arrange with heating/cooling dealer for yearly maintenance.

Manage Your Equipment Wisely

•Reduce the amount of hot water used.
•Insulate hot water pipes.
•Maintain a setting of 110-120 degrees F on water heater thermostat. Refer to your owner’s manual for proper setting. If in doubt, test the temperature of water coming from the tap. Note: If your dishwasher does not have a booster heating element, keep water heater temperature at 140 degrees F.

Repair leaky faucets, especially hot water leaks.