- Turn off lights when not in use
- Read your meters and understand your bills to identify where to improve or cut back
- Use energy efficient light bulbs (CFL or LED) as they last 10 times longer and use 75% less energy
- Use power strips to turn off electronics that aren't in use
- Lower your thermostat in winter and raise it in the summer to comfortable settings
- Lower your thermostat for at least 8 hours - every degree for 8 hours is roughly 3% saved on your bill
- Use plastic film to cover windows to prevent cold air draft
- Open heavy insulating curtains during the day and close them at night to keep the cold air out
- Use door draft guards on external doors to reduce cold air draft
- Balance the heating in your home by closing doors and vents in rooms that aren't in use in addition to keeping your furniture away from vents
- Use caulking and weather stripping to prevent air draft and leakage on doors and windows
- Use your heating bill as a reminder to clean or replace your furnace filter on a regular basis.
- Insulate and seal heating ducts - your ducts only need to be cleaned if they are diagnosed by a BPI professional as a problem area
Energy Conservation & Efficiency Checklist
The goal of weatherization is to install energy savings measures that cut energy costs to reduce energy consumption. This includes air-sealing through weather stripping and caulking windows and doors, installing attic and sidewall insulation, heating system repair or replacement, appliance repair or replacement and other activities designed to cut energy consumption in a home.
Weatherization services reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool homes and provide hot water, thus reducing energy consumption, while minimizing the impact of higher fuel costs. Weatherization Assistance Providers assist income eligible families and individuals, with priority given to those with elderly or handicapped members, and to families with young children.
Despite advertising, most window replacements are generally not effective energy efficiency improvements. Effective energy efficiency improvements are considered as installations that will save enough energy over the life of the product to cover the initial investment. When considering window replacements, higher performance windows are now triple paned with a U-Value of .22 (the lower the U-Value, the more efficient the window).
To maximize the savings possible for your house we use a whole-house approach to addressing inefficiencies.
A comprehensive home energy assessment will look at the following areas for improvement:
Health and Safety, Drafts and Heat Loss, Moisture Problems, Insulation Quantity, Heating Systems Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Carbon Monoxide Levels and More
It is important to understand that you have the power of the switch, meaning your personal behaviors will ultimately determine how efficient your home is.
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