Money and fuel savings tips for your home or business
• If your heating system were a car, it would travel approximately 100,000 miles annually, have your furnace cleaned and tuned up annually. A 10% savings on your annual fuel consumption normally pays for the tune-up itself.
• In cold weather, close your window shades or blinds at night to prevent cold drafts. Open southern and western facing blinds or shades during the day to capture warming sunlight.
• Clean your furnace filters monthly or replace if necessary. A clean unit runs more efficiently
• Install a programmable thermostat to turn your heat down automatically when you're not at home.
• Look for and seal air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets.
• Consider simply closing off rooms you rarely use.
• Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Insulate the first 6 feet of hot and COLD waterpipes connected to your hot water heater.
• Installing faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads will cut water heating costs by 50% and save up to $300 per year. It will also reduce your water use by up to 50%.
• Repair dripping faucets promptly. A faucet leaking hot water, is costing you money. (One drop a second can waste up to 48 gallons a week!)
• Use "power management" on all computers and turn them off when not in use. A laptop uses up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer.
For more ways to save on all types of energy use, review this document from the US Department of Energy, Click for PDF»