Ways To Save Energy
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Leaks & Insulation
Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is the most simple and cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, increase comfort and create a healthier home environment.
Adding insulation in the areas shown here may be the best way to improve your home's energy efficiency. Insulate either the attic floor or under the roof.
Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer — and save you 10-15 percent on your energy bills.
Heating & Cooling
Save energy in the winter by setting your thermostat to 68°F while you're awake, and lowering it while you're asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10-15° for eight hours, you can save 5-15 percent a year on your heating bill.
In the summer, follow a similar strategy by setting your thermostat to 78°F when you're at home, and then raising it while you're asleep or away from home.
Installing a programmable thermostat in your home will help avoid any heating or cooling discomfort by returning your home to a consistent temperature before you wake or return home.
Water heating is the third-largest energy expense in your home, typically accounting for 13 percent of your utility bill.
Some quick tips:
- Some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140°F; most households only need them set at 120°F.
- Insulate your hot water tank and the first six feet of hot and cold pipes to the water heater, but be careful not to cover the thermostat or burner compartment.
- Buy a new energy-efficient water heater, specifically a tankless water heater, reducing both water and energy costs.
Saving energy and water can cut household expenditures and benefit the environment. A significant portion of both of these costs comes from your appliances. Energy Star appliances are a great way to start saving energy and water quickly. You can also save by doing laundry and running appliances like dishwashers at off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are typically before 4 p.m. and after 8 p.m. in the summer and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and after 8 p.m. in the winter.
A typical U.S. household uses, on average, 260 gallons of water every day, from toilets (27 percent of indoor water usage) to showers (17 percent of indoor water usage) to faucets (16 percent of indoor water usage). Getting low-flow or water-efficient plumbing hardware is a great way to save water and money without sacrificing performance.
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