Efficient Home Program|
following items are projects we recommend to make your home more efficient and
your furnace inspected and cleaned each year before heating season. This can
be done by a qualified heating contractor.
you have a boiler system, have your boiler checked by a qualified plumbing/heating
your furnace filter every 30-45 days. Some of the new filters can be cleaned
instead of changing every month.
your attic checked to see if you need to add more insulation. Call a professional
insulation company to get an estimate. You may be able to do this yourself.
storm windows to your existing wood windows. This will add insulation value
to your walls and keep the heat inside. You may check on replacement windows
which have thermal pane glass which add a lot of insulation value to your home.
Most are even maintenance free-no painting.
your furnace is an older model and hasn't been serviced properly, it may be advantageous
to get some estimates on replacing it with a 90 plus high efficiency furnace.
A heating contractor can provide this for you.
storm doors to your existing entrance doors. This will add additional insulation
value to your home.
your gas water heater once a year to help keep it clean inside. Check with
your instruction manual before attempting this procedure.
older homes need weather stripping replaced or added around doors and windows.
Caulk around all windows and doors that have cracks and holes where light can
be seen from the inside out.
only full loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
only full loads of laundry and use cold water whenever possible.
off lights whenever you are not home. Change the bulbs to smaller watt bulbs.
Energy efficient bulbs are available at Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, K-Mart,
or any hardware store.
your thermostat at a constant temperature. Do not keep changing it up &
down. This uses more energy.
an outdoor clothes line for outdoor clothes drying. Let nature dry your clothes.
your blinds and curtains during the day to let the sun heat your home.
shorter showers when bathing (5 minutes or less).
an energy conservation to-do list or a schedule and stick to it. Mark it
on a calendar that you look at every day.
all items with other members of your household. Remember, this is everyone's home.
Everyone needs to do their part in saving energy.