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Conservation Money-Saving Tips

The best way to decrease your energy and fuel costs is to replace old outdated equipment with new high efficiency equipment. Here are some other tips that may help.

HEATING

  • Install new oil heat equipment. (about 25% savings)
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Lower your thermostat. Lowering your thermostat settings 10 degrees while you are at work, or at night when you are sleeping can save you as much as 10% on your heating bills.
  • Clear any debris from your radiators or vents so heat is not restricted and can circulate with less effort.
  • Open the shades during the day so that natural sunlight can warm up the rooms while closing them at night to block the cold air.
  • If you have registers vacuum them regularly and be sure nothing is blocking them such as furniture or carpeting.
  • Seal any air leaks from heating ducts, windows, doors, etc.
  • Lower your hot water temperature. A decrease from 140-130 degrees can save a lot.
  • Replace air filters regularly
  • Have a professional annually maintain and clean your system.


COOLING

  • Keep shades down in the summer to block the warm sun and open them at night to let the cooler air in.
  • Replace air filters regularly
  • Service the cooling equipment yearly to ensure optimal efficiency
  • Consider a whole house or attic fan which will eliminate hot air during the day while bringing in cool air at night.
  • Raise your thermostat settings a couple of degrees.
  • Clean the coils of your central air conditioner to eliminate dust and dirt


HOT WATER

  • Install a high efficiency water heater
  • Lower your hot water temperature. A decrease from 140-130 degrees can save a lot.
  • Wash clothes in cold water instead of hot water
  • Drain water heater frequently to eliminate lime deposits and sediment build up.
  • Install flow restricting shower heads
  • Insulate your water heater and hot water pipes to reduce heat loss


GENERAL

  • Insulate areas where heat may be leaking out such as attics, or unfinished basements. This could save as much as 20% on your heating and cooling expense.
  • Replace old windows
  • Check to be sure insulation is not getting wet anywhere thus reducing its effectiveness.
  • Calk any air leaks around windows, doors, electrical outlets...anywhere you feel a leak.
  • Close fireplace damper and kitchen vents when not in use


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