Heritage Restoration, Inc.

Energy Saving Tips

Reducing energy consumption is something we can all do. These Energy Savings Tips can take little effort, but give great rewards…saving you money and making a better planet.

Purchase only Energy Star and Underwriter Laboratory Certified Products. There are Cash Rebates and Tax Incentives for replacing older, less efficient appliances and products.

Appliances
Refrigerator/freezer.
• Set refrigerator between 36° F and 42° F and freezer between -5° F and +6° F.
• Clean dust off condenser coils, fins, evaporator pan, and motor once a year.
• Units work better in rooms above 60° F.
• Check seals with a dollar bill to see if it is tight enough.
Dishwasher
• Run full loads.
• Use short cycles.
• Skip rinsing the dishes, just scrape them.
• Clean the filter.
Ranges, ovens and cook tops
• Keep the door shut. Every time you peek, the temperature drops 25° F.
• Consider a natural gas range or oven, it cost less to operate than electric.
• Cook with small appliances that use less energy.
• Turn off cook tops or ovens a few minutes before food has completed cooking.
• Check the oven temperature with an oven thermometer.
Washers and dryers
• Run full loads.
• Wash laundry in warm or cold water, using hot water as necessary.
• Rinse in cold water.
• Don’t dry clothes excessively.
• Clean the lint filter each time. Clean the air vent and hose annually.
Water
• Replace your hot water heater if over 5 years old.
• Insulate water pipes.
• Repair dripping faucets promptly.
• Install water saving devices.

Moisture Control
• Install a dehumidifier with a drain.
• Clean units at least once a year.

Lighting
• Install LED light bulbs to cut your electric bill by $150 for the 5 most used lights. CFL’s do save energy, although they contain mercury, last ¼ the life, are not recyclable, and their life is shortened every time they are turned on and off.
• Use natural lighting.
• Control lighting with timers and motion sensors.

Heating and Cooling Seasons
• Use the right size equipment.
• Have units tuned up annually.
• Install a programmable thermostat, out of air currents or extreme temperatures.
• Keep the sun out in the summer and in for the winter.
• Close doors of unused rooms.
• Central Air Conditioning
• Keep the condenser and filter clean and free of debris. Clean the filter monthly and replace as needed.
• Delay chores that produce heat and moisture until it is cooler outside.
• Keep vents and registers clean and clear of furniture.
• Ventilate your attic with a thermostatically controlled solar or electric fan.
• Keep air conditioners out of the sun.
• Room air conditioners
• Use a timer and varying fan speeds.
• Keep the unit centrally located.
• Seal the unit in the opening.
• Don’t set the thermostat high to start, it won’t cool the room any faster.
• Close the fresh-air vent, opening only when outside air is cooler.
• Remove the unit at the end of the cooling season or seal it.
• Natural Cooling
• Use ceiling fans for air circulation, blowing down in summer and blowing up in winter.
• Use a whole-house fan with the windows open to ventilate your entire home.
• Open the upper part of your windows to cool the house faster.
• Open the windows at night and close them during the day.
• Heating
• Consider natural gas for boilers or furnaces.
• Close the fireplace flue. Install inflatable dampers to create a better seal.
• Consider fireplace inserts, doors or covers to prevent drafts.
• Clean ducts, fins and other heat delivery parts.
• Insulation
• Insulate where possible, where practical, and where appropriate for the building.
• Control air-flow. A Blower Door test can reveal the greatest area of loss.
• Doors and Windows
• Seal around windows and doors. A 1/8” gap around a door is equal to a 3-1/2” hole.
• Assess your windows. Storm windows can have an equal savings to replacements, and cost much less. Replace windows that cannot be repaired.

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