conserving energy and lowering your electric bill!
You can save as much as 3% off your
heating and cooling cost for each degree lower you set your thermostat in
the winter and for each degree higher you set it in the summer.
Drapes and Curtains
Closed window treatments during summer months greatly help to block unwanted
solar heat. Open the window treatments in the winter to allow natural solar
Use CFLs wherever possible. Not only
are they two thirds more energy efficient but also last as much as ten times
longer. Regular incandescent bulbs lose much of there energy creating
heat. This additional heat adds more load to your air conditioner in the
summer and is hardly an efficient means of heat during the winter. Of
course, turn off the lights when you leave a room.
Proper weather stripping of doors and
windows and sealing of cracks and openings in your homes exterior can reduce
energy cost by 5 - 10%. Check your attic and crawlspace for sufficient
insulation and ventilation. Close foundation vents in the winter and open
them during summer months.
for Energy Savings
Leafy trees like oaks and maples
provide cooling shade during summer months then shed their leaves in the
fall allowing warm sun rays to help heat your house. Properly placed
evergreens and shrubs around the foundation can serve to block cold winds
during the fall and winter months. Savings on heating and cooling cost
could be as much as 20%.
Turn off and/or unplug appliances and
electronics like computers, TVs, and microwaves when not in use. The
electricity to power these devices in
may be costing you as much as 5% or more of
your energy bill. Upgrade to new energy efficient appliances whenever
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