Energy Conservation Tips

Heating & Cooling Equipment

  • Set your thermostat to (65°-68°) in the winter and (75°-78°) in the summer.
  • Change or clean air filters monthly.
  • Have unit(s) serviced seasonally by a professional.
  • Check for leaky duct work.
  • Consider replacing units over 15 years old.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. Contact CDE Lightband for programming instructions.
  • Make sure your thermostat is not located near lamps or electronic appliances which put off heat and can make your air conditioner run longer.
  • Make sure your thermostat is not located near doors that could allow cold air to trigger your heating system.
  • Use a ceiling fan to circulate air.

 

What to look for when purchasing

  • SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio):
    • SEER of 14 is considered minimal efficiency
    • Anything over SEER 18 is considered premium efficiency
    • Users should experience lower operating costs when SEER rating is higher

 

Air Sealing

  • Check for air leaks around doors and windows. Use caulk and weather stripping to weatherize these areas.
  • Major leaks can also be found under bathroom floors, around tub drains and anywhere that pipes and duct work penetrate the exterior of the home. Foam sealants can be used to weatherize many of these areas.
  • Check for open fireplace damper.
  • Seal attic access doors.

 

Insulation

  • Attic (ceiling) insulation is the most important. R-38 to R-60 is recommended.
  • Check behind knee walls in bonus rooms.
  • Check for floor or crawl space wall insulation.
  • Make sure there is plastic ground cover down in crawl space.

 

Appliance & Lighting

  • When replacing major appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and stove, select ENERGY STAR® models.
  • Plan what you need inside the refrigerator before you open the door.
  • Set your fridge to 40 degrees.
  • Let food cool before putting it in the refrigerator. Hot foods will raise the temperature in the fridge and make it work harder.
  • Consider cooking outside on a grill during summer months. Using an oven makes your home hotter.
  • Wash full loads of clothes and use cold water when possible.
  • Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s completely full.

 

Lighting

  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with LED.  They have a longer lifespan and cost less to operate.
  • Keep light fixtures and bulbs clean. Dust absorbs 50 percent of light.
  • Turn off any unused lights.

 

Around the House

  • In the summer, close curtains and blinds on the sunny side of your home to block out the heat. In the winter, take advantage of the sun’s warmth and open drapes in south facing windows.
  • Seal up leaks by weather stripping doors and caulking windows.
  • Install foam insulators behind outlet covers on exterior walls.
  • Close the fireplace damper when you aren’t using it.
  • If your water heater is in an unheated space, wrap it in an insulation blanket to prevent it from losing heat.
  • Turn the water heater off if you are going to be gone more than three days.
  • Use less hot water by installing low flow showerheads.
  • Repair leaky faucets. A drip can waste up to 48 gallons of water in one week.

 

Energy Guide Label

Shows the type of appliance, the size, make and model, model’s annual energy consumption or energy efficient rating, the scale range or its annual energy consumption or efficiency rating for models similar in size and type, and the estimated yearly operating cost.

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