Energy Saving Tips
The wise use of energy is important for each of us. Natural gas is a domestic energy supply source that plays a key role in emerging energy policies and is the fossil fuel with the lowest carbon footprint. With society’s increasing awareness of energy and the environment, using energy wisely is the smart thing to do to help protect our environment and reduce the impact of energy costs on your household’s budget.
For the greatest benefits, practice good energy use habits year-round.
Take these Steps to Manage Your Energy Usage:
- Install proper insulation - When purchasing insulation, compare the R-value number on the package. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is. Check the recommended R-value for your area of the country.
- Prevent drafts - Drafty windows and doors, or the cracks where plumbing or electrical wires go through walls, floors and ceilings, can increase your energy bill. Caulking and weather stripping are simple ways to prevent these air leaks. Materials cost around $50 for the average house (12 windows, 2 doors). The savings in annual energy use alone may range as high as 10 percent.
- Set your thermostat back a few degrees in the winter.
- Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees.
- Clean or replace your furnace filters monthly.
- Repair or replace weather stripping around windows and doors.
- Caulk or seal any holes around doors, windows, vents, pipes, etc. in your home.
- In warmer months, cook outdoors or use your microwave to reduce your cooking load.
- Have your heating and cooling systems inspected each year by a NATE-certified technician.
- Wash your clothes in warm water and rinse them in cold water.
- Clean lint from your dryer’s lint screen after every use.
- Install high efficiency shower heads to conserve energy.
- Complete a WarmWise Home Savings Evaluation for personalized tips on how to reduce your energy usage and save money on your energy bills. Make qualifying energy-saving upgrades to receive WarmWise cash rebates.
More Useful Tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:
- Use higher density insulation on exterior walls, such as rigid foam boards, in cathedral ceilings and on exterior walls.
- Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists. These joints can be caulked.
- Install storm windows over single-pane windows or replace them with more efficient windows, such as double pane.
- Check your ducts for air leaks. First, look for sections that should be joined but have separated and then look for obvious holes.
- Keep windows on the south side of your house clean to let in the winter sun.
- Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
- Install heat traps on the hot and cold pipes at the water heater to prevent heat loss.
- It’s best to start shopping for a new water heater if yours is more than 7 years old.
- When shopping for a new dishwasher, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to find a dishwasher that uses less water and 41% less energy than required by federal standards.
- Insulate the first six feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
For more energy-saving tips and information from the U.S. Department of Energy, visit energysavers.gov