Save Energy – Save Money
Would you be surprised to learn that heating and cooling your home accounts for almost 50% of your energy consumption? The annual average energy bill for a single family home is $2,200! This is why we at Bob & Ed’s Heating & Air Conditioning want to help you learn how to take a whole-home approach to energy-efficiency with our money saving energy tips.
Right in your own home, you have the power to save money and energy. Whether you take simple no-cost steps or make larger investments to create a more efficient home, you’ll be decreasing your monthly expenses and helping the environment!
- Turn off lights, electronics & appliances when not in use.
- Turn power strips off when not in use.
- Unplug electronics when on vacation.
- Keep lights & lighting fixtures clean. (dirt absorbs light)
- Clean filters monthly.
- Keep all windows & doors closed when heating or cooling your home.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Eliminate trapped air from hot water heater twice a season.
- Turn off exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done using them.
- Close chimney dampers.
In the Kitchen
- Vacuum your refrigerator & freezer coils (underneath & in the back) twice a year.
- Keep the seals (gaskets) on refrigerators & freezers clean.
- Keep your freezer as full as possible. (you can place containers or plastic bottles filled with water in empty spaces)
- Make sure food is cool & covered before it goes into the refrigerator.
- Use energy saver option on your dishwasher, allowing dishes to air dry.
- Set dishwasher water temperature to 120 degrees.
- Only operate dishwasher when it is fully loaded.
- Limit the use of the ?rinse hold? setting on your dishwasher.
- Keep reflectors underneath stovetop burners clean.
- Place lids tightly on pans to speed cooking time.
- Use pots & pans that fit the burners.
- Keep oven burners clean.
- Use glass or ceramic pans in your oven. (you can turn down the temperature 25 degrees & foods will cook just as quickly)
- Keep oven door closed while baking.
- Cook with small appliances.
- Use microwave. (shortens cooking time)
In the Laundry Room
- Only operate washer & dryer when they are fully loaded.
- Air dry clothes.
- Use cold or warm wash & the cold rinse settings on your washing machine.
In the Bathroom
- Take a short shower instead of a bath.
With Heating & Air
- Keep the area around your heating & cooling unit clean and free of obstructions to maintain airflow.
- Keep air supply & return registers clean & unobstructed.
- Keep thermostat clear of heat.
- Keep unit out of the sun.
In the Summertime
- Set thermostat to 78-80 degrees when home and 5-10 degrees warmer at night or when not at home.
- Use fans.
- Open windows at night.
- Close window coverings during the day to keep heat out.
- Use heat producing appliances as late in the evening as possible.
- Barbeque outdoors when practical.
- Use pool trippers to reduce the time your swimming pool pump runs. (8-12 hours a day is plenty)
- Cover pool to keep water heated.
- Set thermostat to 68 degrees when home and to 55-68 degrees when not at home.
- Use space heaters.
- Use fireplace.
- Open window coverings on the sunny side of your home to take advantage of free heat from the sun.
- Close window coverings on cloudy days or right after the sun sets.
- Use compact fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent ones.
- Caulk windows and doors.
- Weather-strip doors.
- Install a hot water heater blanket.
- Install hot water pipe insulation.
- Install electrical outlet and switch plate insulation.
- Plant trees and shrubs on the south and west side of your home.
- Fix leaky faucets.
- Install low-flow shower heads & faucets.
- Replace filters monthly.
- Spray filters with a light coating of lemon furniture polish or vegetable oil cooking spray to help trap dirt in the filter.
- Install programmable thermostats.
- Schedule regular maintenance on your heating & cooling system.
- Schedule regular cleaning of your home’s vents and ducts.
- Plug electronics into power strips.
- Install floor and ceiling insulation.
- Ventilate your attic.
- Replace inefficient and single pane windows with energy-efficient multi-pane, thermally-broken, vinyl-framed windows.
- Replace appliances with energy-efficient appliances.
- Testing & sealing of duct work.
- Replace coils.
- Install ceiling fans in all bedrooms and family room.
- Install window screens or films.
- Add a solar heater for the water in your swimming pool.
- Replace your furnace with a 90% or greater Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rated unit.
- Replace your air conditioner with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).
- Replace water heater with a new gas water heater that has an Energy Factor (EF) rating of .62 or better.
- Replace washer with a front-loading washer.