30 energy-saving tips

  1. Close fireplace dampers when not in use. If you do not use your fireplace for wood burning install a chimney balloon to seal of cold air drafts and heat escaping.
  2. Replace standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  3. Use power surge strips for all electronics appliance like T.V., computers, stereos, DVD players, etc. and turn off when not in use.
  4. Clean and replace furnace filters on a regular schedule.
  5. Have your furnace and A.C. serviced and cleaned on a regular schedule.
  6. Install electronic programmable set back thermostat for heating and cooling.
  7. Install insulating blanket around your water heater.
  8. Flush and rinse your water heater once a year.
  9. Consider installing a tankless water heater.
  10. Install low flow faucets and shower heads.
  11. Install dual flush toilets or set tank float to lower water level.
  12. Install timers on bath fans, and change exterior light fixture to motion lights.
  13. Install ceiling fans in a central locations throughout your home.
  14. Install attic fan for the removal of heat from the attic during summer months and change of air to eliminate the threat of mildew problems.
  15. Consider the installation of a whole house fan at a central location.
  16. Install carbon monoxide detectors.
  17. Check all exterior doors for weather stripping and thresholds for door sweeps and replace or install if needed.
  18. Install Energy Star rated storm and patio doors.
  19. Check and caulk or seal all exterior penetrations like doors, windows, plugs, lights, siding trim etc.
  20. Check all windows for leaks, cracks or bad weather stripping gaskets and replace as needed.
  21. Consider replacing existing windows with new energy efficient, Energy Star rated windows.
  22. Weather strip or gasket attic and crawl space access.
  23. Check and replace refrigerator and oven door gasket if needed.
  24. Install energy star appliances when time to replace.
  25. Check insulation levels in attic, walls, and floors and add if needed.
  26. Install insulating shades and drapes on all windows.
  27. Keep blinds and drapes open in daylight hours during the winter months for solar heating.
  28. Consider installing a sunroom for passive solar heating.
  29. Consider installing a less expensive solar system called solar hot air collector.
  30. When it's time to update your home exterior cladding, take into consideration the benefits of low-maintenance, insulated vinyl siding.