Energy Saving Tips
Signs that you are losing Energy at home
∑ Air filter gets dirty quickly and needs to be changed more frequently.
∑ If you found tangled or kinked ducts in your attic.
∑ If your house has rooms that are difficult to heat or cool.
∑ If you have high utility bills in summer and winter.
∑ If you fill drafts in the winter by door, windows or outlets.
∑ If you have stuffy rooms that never seem comfortable
Ways to save Energy & Money
∑ Always turning lights off when not in use: lights, TVís, computers will cut down on energy costs
∑ Washing clothes mostly in cold water wash rather than hot water will help
∑ Dress appropriately for the weather
∑ Set your thermostat to the lowest possible comfortable setting. On winter nights put an extra blanket on the bed.
∑ In summer, use fans.
∑ Keep the A/C filter clean help the unit run more efficiently
∑ Check and maintain seal and weather-strip windows and doors to ensure that you are not wasting heat or air that escapes though leaks to the outdoors.
∑ Lower your hot water thermostat 10 degrees, but no lower than 120 degrees. You'll still get all the hot water you need and save 25 kilowatt hours a month.
∑ By using heavier drapes and curtains in the winter will help prevent heat from escaping, or in the summer, keep the cool air from an air conditioner inside
∑ Weatherize your home or apartment, using caulk and weather stripping to plug air leaks around doors and windows. Caulking costs less than $1 per window, and weather stripping is under $10 per door. These steps can save up to 1100 pounds of CO2 per year for a typical home
∑ When cooking, keep the lids on pots. When possible use the microwave oven instead.
∑ Replace incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs ( aka CF Bulbs) which lasts 10,000 hours as compared to only 750 hours for incandescent bulbs save not only energy, but the cost of bulb replacement.
∑ Buy major appliances that sport the "Energy Star" sticker. That shows the appliance meets or exceeds standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
∑ Check the ductwork to seal all exposed ductwork joins. Insulate ducts to improve your heating systems efficiency and your own comfort.
∑ Get a home energy audit every couple of years to find ways to cut costs
∑ To save heating water, take five minutes showers instead of baths
∑ Install the A/C unit on the shady side of the house
∑ Change your old A/C unit for an energy efficient unit, look for a SEER of 13 or higher on central systems and the Energy Star Label in all appliances.
∑ Check the Insulation and add minimum R-19 more energy-efficient insulation to your attic, with the appropriate R-value, or resistance to heat flow, for your climate and the type of heating in your house.( Foam insulation is the ultimate technology used).
∑ Add Insulation on walls.†
∑ Modernize your windows. Replacing all your ordinary windows with argon filled, double-glazed windows saves energy.
∑ Install Zone system at home, It helps to manage the air distribution in house increasing efficiency and humidity level on your air condition and heating system††
∑ Installing ERV helps to exchange the air properly maintaining the air fresh or warm without lose energy.
∑ When building a home or replacing a roof, select a roof based more on energy efficiency than on how it looks. Light-colored roofs, such as white, galvanized metal or cement tile, do the best job of reflecting the sun, and cool quickly at night.