Energy Conservation Tips
Don’t throw money out the window—follow these simple conservation tips to save energy:
1. If your heating system is more than 20 years old, it might be time to replace it. Today’s new systems can save up to 30 percent more energy than older, less efficient models.
2. If your heating system is more than 20 years old, schedule a tune-up. Tune-ups keep your system running at peak efficiency, which saves fuel.
3. Install a programmable thermostat, which lowers temperatures when no one is home. This can save you as much as 20 percent on your energy bill.
4. If you have a warm air system, keep your furnace filter clean. Replace disposable filters about once a month during the heating season.
5. Insulate pipes in unheated areas of your home, including attics, basements and crawl spaces.
6. Make sure baseboard heaters, radiators, and heat registers are not blocked by furniture, drapery or rugs.
7. Close your curtains and shades at night, and open them during the day. Let sunlight warm your home.
8. Install storm windows rather than single pane windows. Replace old windows with energy-efficient, double-paned windows.
9. When you’re not using your fireplace, close the damper.
10. Consider a FREE Home Energy Audit – A Building Performance Institute-certified auditor will evaluate your home then offer you tips to lower your bills – sometimes by as much as thousands of dollars a year. Contact us for details.