Year-Round Tips

Year-Round Tips

  • If buying a new heating and air conditioning system, make sure it is sized properly. An air conditioner that's too large for your home can use more energy than necessary. A properly sized system can save you $600 a year in heating and cooling.
  • Provide solar screens for east and west windows. Sunny windows can account for 10% to 25% of your cooling bill by making your air conditioner work two to three times harder.
  • Weatherization and caulking such things as windows and doors can save over 30% of cooling and heating costs.
  • Let your dishes air dry. If you don't have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open so the dishes will air dry.
  • Check door seals on refrigerators and freezers. Place a dollar bill in the door as you close it -- if it does not hold firmly, the seal is worn and needs to be replaced. A refrigerator door that does not close tightly will increase heat gain and cause the refrigerator to run more.
  • Match pan size to element size when cooking. For small pans, use a small burner and for large pans use a large burner. Using the wrong sized element will cause you to use more energy to cook than when the pan size fits the element size.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly -- compost instead and save gallons of water every time.
  • Clean your dryer's filter after each use. A clean dryer filter will allow your dryer to work more efficiently. Dryer filters full of lint will cause your dryer to work harder and longer, using more energy.
  • Check your central air conditioning/ heating system's filters once a month, clean or replace as needed, and maintain the system so it will last longer and not use more energy than necessary.

 

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