There are many ways to reduce energy consumption and protect the environment. Here are some simple ideas to help you cut fuel use and save money.
- Turn your thermostat down from 72°F to 68°F for eight hours a day and you’ll save as much as 10% on energy costs. Every degree you lower your thermostat could save you about 3% on your heating bill.
- Winterize windows with weather stripping (for all movable joints) and caulk (for nonmoving parts). Also, use a window kit to insulate the inside of your windows to keep cold air out and warm air in.
- Change your heating system filter once a month.
- Make sure you reverse the direction of ceiling fans so they move warm air down, without creating a wind-chill effect.
- Avoid using your stove, oven, dishwasher or clothes dryer during the warmest periods of the day. Your a/c system will have to work harder to keep your home cool.
- Fill your dishwasher completely before running it. In the summer, a dishwasher can add humidity to the air so your air conditioning system will need to work harder to maintain a cool temperature.
- Clean the outdoor coils on your air conditioner as often as necessary (i.e., when dirt is visible on the outside of the coil).
- Clean the a/c evaporator coil and condensate pan every year.
- Clean the blower fan blades.
- Clean supply and return registers, and straighten their fins.
- Plant shade trees around your outdoor a/c unit. A unit sitting in the sun can use significantly more energy to cool your home than one in the shade.
- Install ceiling fans. They use far less energy than air conditioners and allow you to feel cool while keeping your thermostat set higher.
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