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 leaks.

APPLIANCES: Replace older appliances with more energy efficient models. Check with your power company about special low interest financing of energy efficient replacement equipment.

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 house.

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 your house.

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 comfort.

LIGHTING: Replace light bulbs with newer, energy efficient type.

FAUCETS: Fix all leaking faucets with new gaskets.

WASHING CLOTHES: Wash clothes in cold water, if possible, or reduce water temperature. Rinse in cold water.

HAND WASHING DISHES: Wash in a container. Do not continually run water when washing.

SHOWERS: Limit showers to a reasonable time.

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 outside.

HEATING AND COOLING REGISTERS: Check all registers and avoid having furniture or drapes blocking the flow of air.

WINDOW AIR CONDITIONERS: Install air conditioner covers during the winter.



Copyright 2002. VA Energy Management      Last updated 10/17/02