Home Energy Efficiency Checklist
There are a number of different ways, in addition to insulating your home, to save energy and help ensure that your home is energy efficient. Use the following list to find out what you can do to save additional energy.
Tips for Saving Energy All Year
There are a number of different ways, in addition to insulating
your home, to save energy and help ensure that your home is energy
efficient. Year-round you should do the following to maximize
- Weatherize. Check for drafts around windows and doors with a
piece of tissue paper attached to a string. If the paper moves,
air is leaking in or out. Adding the proper amount of
weatherstripping and caulking can increase energy savings by up
- Close off unoccupied rooms.
- Insulate hot water heater, pipes and ducts.
- Install water-saver shower heads or flow restrictors. These
inexpensive devices will pay for themselves in a few months.
- Install energy-efficient doors and windows which can help
reduce fuel costs up to 15%.
- Choose energy-efficient kitchen appliances. They may cost
more initially, but can save you money by reducing your energy
Summer Energy Savings Tips
When you're outside in the summer don't forget about
your home. The following tips will help you maximize your
home's energy efficiency.
- Turn off air conditioning when you go out. It takes more
energy to maintain the temperature level of a cooled home than it
does to bring it back to the desired temperature.
- Cool with fans whenever possible. They use as little as
one-tenth the electricity used by an air conditioner.
- Save heat-producing activities such as washing and drying
clothes indoors for summer's cooler evening hours.
- Use an outdoor clothesline to dry clothes on warm summer
Winter Energy Savings Tips
Winter is generally the time of year when your
house will use the most energy. The following tips will help
maximize your home's energy efficiency.
Once a year, clean and inspect all central heating
equipment such as furnaces and boilers. The cleaner and more
efficient they are, the bigger the energy savings. A properly
adjusted furnace can help save you up to 10% in fuel
Change furnace filters once a month.
Close energy-stealing openings such as fireplace
Set thermostat at 65 degrees F in the day, 55 degrees F at
Vacuum radiators and registers frequently.
Cover your window air-conditioning unit to prevent cold
air from entering through the vents.
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