ENERGY SAVING TIPS
Tips to Make a Home Energy Efficient for the WinterWe know it is important to keep our home comfortable and still have a reasonable electric bill. What are some tips we can follow to make our home energy efficient for the winter.
Insulate, seal, aerate and ventilate
Weather-strip doors to unheated areas of your home, such as the garage, crawl space and attic. Seal crack around electric switches and outlets located on outside walls. Tightly caulk around windows, doorframes, sill plates and wherever air might leak through exterior walls, floors and ceilings. If you have central AC, you can save several hundred dollars in annual energy costs by insulating and dealing duct leaks. There are rebates available for inspection and repair of duct leaks. Install low-flow showerheads and aerators on your faucets. These devices can reduce water use by 50 percent and save energy used for heating water. Keep windows and doors shut when the heat is on. Have your heating device serviced annually by a licensed contractor. Check the thermostat for accuracy and have it adjusted or replaced if necessary. Put your water heater under wraps with an insulation jacket. This can reduce your water heater’s energy use by 10 to 12 percent. Insulate hot water pipes. Some of these items are to-it-yourself; however it is important to always check with the manufacturer’s instructions before performing any work.