SAVING MONEY THROUGH ENERGY
ENERGY SAVING IDEAS
WATER HEATER: Turn your water heater down
to 120-140 degrees.
WINDOWS AND DOORS: Caulk all windows and
doors and/or use weatherstripping. Use draft guards for doors to
unheated areas and outside doors.
INSULATION: Insulate in attic and under
house where the house has a crawl space. Lay a vapor barrier on the
ground in the crawl space to reduce humidity.
WINDOWS: Replace single pane windows with
double pane or add storm windows.
HEAT PUMPS: If you have heat pumps, it is
more economical to leave your thermostats at your desired
temperature. Turning the thermostat down in the heat mode, then up,
may cause the auxiliary heat strips to come on. This is a very
expensive way to heat your house. Always use qualified service
contractors to work on your equipment. Check all joints of your duct
systems for leaks. Over time, duct tape comes loose or develops
APPLIANCES: Replace older appliances with
more energy efficient models. Check with your power company about
special low interest financing of energy efficient replacement
LIGHT SWITCH AND RECEPTACLE GASKETS: Add
inexpensive gaskets under all light switch and receptacle plates.
This prevents drafts and air intrusion from entering into your
AIR FILTERS: Clean or replace air filters
at least on a monthly basis.
SOUTHERN EXPOSURES: During the Summer, use
drapes or window film to block the sun thus reducing excessive heat
generation. In the Winter, utilize the Southern exposure to help heat
NEW HOMES: If you are building a new house,
remember to minimize the number and size of windows on the North side
of the house. Glass is a very poor insulator.
CEILING FANS: In the Winter, fans bring the
higher, warmer air lower to the living area. In the Summer, fans
continually move the air. Moving air feels cooler. This allows
thermostats to be set at a higher temperature and still maintain
LIGHTING: Replace light bulbs with newer,
energy efficient type.
FAUCETS: Fix all leaking faucets with new
WASHING CLOTHES: Wash clothes in cold
water, if possible, or reduce water temperature. Rinse in cold
HAND WASHING DISHES: Wash in a container.
Do not continually run water when washing.
SHOWERS: Limit showers to a reasonable
TOILETS: Replace older toilets with more
efficient low volume flush models.
BRUSHING TEETH OR SHAVING: Do not
continually run water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
EXHAUST FANS: Minimize use of exhaust fans
in the winter to avoid blowing warm air from the house to the
HEATING AND COOLING REGISTERS: Check all
registers and avoid having furniture or drapes blocking the flow of
WINDOW AIR CONDITIONERS: Install air
conditioner covers during the winter.
Copyright 2002. VA Energy Management Last updated 10/17/02