Energy Saving Tips:
- Add additional insulation to your attic (Note: Rebates are available for this item).
- Programmable thermostats can save up to $150 a year on energy costs when used properly (Note: Homeowners may receive this item free during a no-cost home energy audit).
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. A task made easier by using multi- outlet strips (Note: Homeowners may receive this item free during a free home energy audit).
- Use a microwave, a toaster oven or stove top grills for small meals.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. Laundry detergent works just as well.
- Use tight fitting covers on pots and pans when cooking.
- Turn off your dishwasher after the wash cycle and allow your dishes to drip dry.
- Make sure your ductwork is properly sealed and insulated (Note: rebates are available for this item).
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs (Note: Homeowners may receive these items for free during a free home energy audit).
- Consider using timers on interior lights.
- Use motion detector lights outside.
- Place lamps in corners when possible to reflect light off two walls
- Draw the shades and curtains on hot days to keep the heat out. Open when temperature drops in the evening.
- In cold weather raise shades and open curtains to take advantage of solar heat.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install more ceiling fans. The breeze from a ceiling fan can make you feel three to four degrees cooler while using no more electricity than a standard light bulb.
- Carpeting or rugs will make your floors feel warmer.
- Close the flue in your fireplace when not in use.
- Limit your use of portable heaters.
- Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are full. Many chargers draw energy continuously even when a device is not plugged in.
Please feel free to pass these energy saving tips on to others.
Energy geeks is a Home Performance Contractor whose primary focus is sustainability and efficiency as it pertains to energy use, water consumption, indoor air quality, land use and building design and construction.
We can be reached at 401-766-1540 or www.energygeeksinc.com