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Creating and maintaining a home that is energy efficient friendly will not only preserve our natural resources but also provide valuable savings on your utility expenses. Did you know that according to current national statistics 44% of your utility bills are spent on heating and cooling costs?

Lighting, cooking, and the use of other appliances account for 33% while your water heating is approximately 14%. With these types of statistics it is imperative that we do whatever we can to ensure the most efficient living condition possible.

The following tips will provide a self-evaluation of your own personal conservation habits and also provide some helpful practices for the future.

HEATING AND COOLING ENERGY TIPS

  • Be sure that your air filters on furnaces are cleaned at least once a month and replaced as needed. This includes checking the vents to allow air to flow freely.
  • During the winter months set your thermostat as low as possible and in the summer your settings should be as high as possible.
  • Make sure furniture or other objects are not blocking air flow.
  • Consider investing in a programmable thermostat. The air conditioning system can be preset to come on at designated times and shut off when not needed.
  • Make sure that A/C system that you currently have is the proper size for you home. A system that is incorrect in proportion to the size of your home may make the system work harder than it needs to, consequently costing more money on utility bills.

INSULATION & INCLEMENT WEATHER PROTECTION

  • Make sure your attic has an abundant amount of insulation in the attic, crawl spaces, exterior walls, ceilings, floors, and basement walls. Insulation is measured in R-values; the higher the R-value, the less heat will be transferred through the walls or roof. (Blown insulation, if properly installed, is 30% more effective than batt insulation.)
  • Windows and doors should always be caulked and sealed at every seam, crack or opening to reduce leaking air.
  • Consider replacing your single-pane windows with double-panes that include high performance glass to reduce heat loss.

LIGHTS

  • Turn Off the lights when not in use!
  • Use the light where you need it the most instead of the entire room.
  • Consider using three-way lamps on a lower setting rather than bright lights.
  • Incandescent bulbs use more energy than fluorescent bulbs.
  • Natural daylight is obviously less expensive than turning on a light switch. Open the curtains and blinds and enjoy the light of the sun!

WINDOWS

  • Storm windows will reduce heat loss. Make sure that you have included weather stripping for maximum protection.
  • Keep your windows and weather stripping in top shape!
  • Keep windows on the south side of your home clean for solar purposes.
  • White window shades will reflect the sun away from the house during the summer and help keep the house cooler.
  • Awnings help eliminate the heat of the sun coming in through the windows.
  • Solar screening on the windows will also reflect the heat away from the house.

LANDSCAPING

  • Trees are not only beautiful to look at, they provide shading and windbreak which helps to reduce energy costs.
  • Deciduous trees growing on the south and west sides of your home provide shade through the summer and let the sun shine through in the winter.
  • Fencing, retaining walls, or outdoor storage buildings help to provide a windbreak from the winter chill.
  • Pavement absorbs heat, depending on whether it is light or dark in color.

WATER HEATING

  • Did you know that water heating accounts for a huge 14% of your energy costs? Also, the average homeowner utilizes 37% of their hot water for showers. You can actually reduce your usage by using non-aerating shower heads and faucets.
  • When washing clothes, Wash in cool water or warm water.
  • Consider investing in a high efficiency or solar powered water heater. You will save on your energy bills and help the environment by conserving our natural resources.
  • Wash and dry full loads, and adjust the water level for the appropriate size load.
  • Clean the lint filter after each load in the dryer. Make sure dryer vent is not preventing air flow. This will help prevent a fire and also conserve energy.
  • Electric dryers cost more to operate than gas dryers.
  •  When purchasing a new dryer, shop for one with a moisture sensor that shuts off when the clothes are dry.

Click Here for A Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. From the U.S. Department of Energy

We hope these tips are helpful and that we have provided some valuable consumer information. If you have any questions or we can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact A-Anderson Air Conditioning Heating & Electric, at:          
                     469-556-9568