Energy smart consumers buy natural gas appliances, and the best way to get the most out of every energy dollar is to have a Contractor ensure your appliances work at peak performance.
Saving energy means saving money. Here are some tips that will help you do both:
- Choose products that have earned the ENERGY STAR® . Products in more than 50 categories are eligible for the ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR® is the trusted national symbol for energy efficiency, backed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR® products use less energy, save money and help protect the environment.
- Windows are a major source of heat loss. Consider installing storm or thermal windows. ENERGY STAR® windows save you energy and money, increase the comfort of your home and protect your valuable possessions from sun damage. A less expensive alternative is plastic sheeting, which can be fastened over windows to retain heat.
- Set the thermostat between 65 and 70 degrees during the winter, and 58 degrees when away from the house for more than a few hours. Before sleeping, lower the thermostat and add an extra blanket for warmth.
- Keep heat registers and air-return vents clear. Your furnace must be able to circulate air freely to work efficiently. Arrange your furniture with heating economy in mind.
- Heat rises, so use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor. Ceiling fans can also help circulate warm air into the living area.
- Use drapes, shutters, awnings, shade trees, glass with reflective film and/or solar screens to keep your house cooler in the summer. Let sunlight in during the winter to help warm your house.
- When buying new appliances, compare energy efficiency ratings and annual operating costs. A slightly higher initial cost for a high-efficiency appliance could be paid back quickly through energy savings and lower utility bills.
- Eliminate air leaks in your home with caulking, sealants or weather stripping. Look for leaks around windows, doors, plumbing, ducts and electrical outlets.
- Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close dampers on unused fireplaces.
- Check to see if the attic and walls have the recommended levels of insulation.