Efficient use of energy can make your home more comfortable and will save you money, while you're helping conserve our nation's resources.
Keep Warm in Winter:
- Set your thermostat to 68° degrees during the day, 60° at night, and turn it off when you're away on vacation.
- Insulate to keep the heat where it is needed. A homeowner can cut up to 20% off a heating or cooling bill by installing insulation. The R-value is the measure of how well insulation keeps warm air from escaping through it. The higher number, the greater the insulating value.
- Keep attic vents open to allow moisture to escape. It's important to have good ventilation to prevent damage to insulation in winter and keep the attic cooler in summer.
- Stop air leaks by caulking and stuffing insulation into gaps and holes where plumbing pipes and wires enter the home.
- Cut air drafts by adding weather stripping under or over a door if you can see daylight or feel a draft through a crack.
- Save on water heating by setting the temperature in your dishwasher to 130-135°. You may also consider a water heater insulation wrap to keep heat from being lost through tank walls.
- During the winter, open draperies to let sunshine in. Close draperies or pull down shades at night when the temperatures drop.
- Monitor your fireplace and be sure your damper is closed unless you have a fire going. An open damper can allow up to 8% of the home's heat escape up the chimney.
When you're shopping for new natural gas appliances, look for the EnergyGuide label with information about operating costs and energy efficiency.