Townsend Energy wants you to realize a savings on your fuel bills – and to help do your part in conservation, which remains the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our world's energy supplies. Working together, we can make a difference! Below is a list of proven conservation tips. Take a look – see what you can do, and start conserving today.
Cold Weather Conservation Tips
- Make sure your home heating equipment is properly maintained and cleaned
- Have furnace filters replaced regularly
- Caulk or weather–strip doors and windows
- Plug cracks in masonry walls and foundations or where pipes and wires enter your home
- Keep drapes and shades closed at night in winter
- On sunny winter days, open your drapes or shades to get the full benefit of the sun
- Replace your fireplace's fire screen with glass doors and a convective grate to reduce the loss of warm air
- Close your fireplace's damper, kitchen vent, and closet doors when not in use
- Insulate areas with the biggest air leaks: the attic, crawl space or unheated basement
- Make sure you use insulation with the right R–value and weather–strip the attic hatch or door entrance Also check the insulation in your exterior walls and floors
- Install wall outlet and switch plate gaskets to limit the flow of cold air
- Don't turn your heat completely off overnight or during the day. (You may use more energy reheating your home than you saved by turning it off.) At night, lower your thermostat 4–6 degrees maximum
- Set your hot water temperature to 110–120 degrees
- Be sure to maintain proper humidity in your home
- Replace your older heating equipment with new, higher efficiency equipment and save 20%–30% on your fuel bills
- Make sure furniture and rugs don't block radiators or heating vents
- Wrap your pipes to guard against heat loss and freezing
Warm Weather Conservation Tips
- Keep the coils of your central or window air conditioner free of dust and dirt.
- Make sure the output of your air conditioner is right for the size of your room or house to ensure optimum efficiency and comfort.
- Change or clean your air conditioning filter monthly during the cooling season to improve efficiency and extend the life of your air conditioner.
- Look for an air conditioning unit that is ENERGY STAR® approved.
- Cook on the grill to keep cooking heat outside the home.
- Install reflective window coatings to reflect heat away from your home.
- During the day, block the heat from the sun by closing windows, doors and curtains.
- During the hot summer afternoons, avoid using appliances.
- Open windows on cool summer days and nights. A good rule of thumb is not to open windows when the outside temperature is warmer than the inside of your house.
- Install programmable thermostats to automatically adjust the temperature in your home
All Year Long Conservation Tips
- Install a programmable thermostat. When used properly, it can shave $100 off your annual energy bills.
- Use compact fluorescent lights. They last up to 10-13 times longer than standard bulbs and use 75% less energy.
- Choose a high-efficiency water heater. An indirect oil-fired water heater produces an almost endless supply of hot water with a very fast recovery time.
- Keep your oven door closed! Every time you open the oven door, the oven temperature can drop 25 degrees. Use the oven light or a timer to avoid wasting energy.
- Wash clothes in the coolest water possible - 80% of the cost to run your washer is used for heating the water.
- Install dimmers and motion sensors wherever possible.
- Take showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water; filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
- Clean refrigerator coils once a year to extend the life of your fridge.
- Choose a high-efficiency dishwasher - they use 25% less energy than conventional models.
- Since your dryer retains heat, dry loads back-to-back.
- Install energy efficient windows
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