Energy-Saving Tips

Substantial savings on heating and cooling costs can be enjoyed if you follow some simple tips.

Check and adequately insulate attic, heating/air conditioning ducts, water pipes and outside walls in your home or business.
Maintain reasonable indoor temperatures (68 degrees in the winter months and 78 degrees in the summer months).
Set your water heater thermostat at 125 degrees. Typically water heaters account for about 20% of your annual electric bill.
Close doors of unoccupied rooms isolated from the rest of the house.
Fix leaky faucets. Even a slow drip wastes hot water.
Reduce hot water use; don't let hot water run when you're not using it.
Run washing machine, dryer and dishwasher with full loads.
Caulk and weather-strip your windows/doors for an air-tight seal.
Close fireplace dampers when the fireplace is not in use.
Turn off any TVs and lights when they are not in use.
Use energy-efficient light bulbs in your home.
Use a timer when baking to minimize opening oven.
Check the wiring of your home electric system to make sure that it is adequate and to prevent hazards.
Inspect and clean heating systems annually. If your home has central air, clean/replace air filters frequently.
Defrost your freezer frequently so no more than one-half inch of frost on average builds up over time.

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