SAVE ENERGY

ENERGY QUICK WINS

Saving energy saves money and resources.

SOLAR TAX CREDITS STILL AVAILABLE

The federal tax credit for rooftop solar is still available through 2019 but at decreasing rates until the end of 2021.

Insulate Your Attic

Your utility bill is due largely to the cost of heating and cooling your home. Without attic insulation, heat can escape, making it costly to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Insulation reduces overall energy bills by an average of 20%.  Investing in insulation reduces the overall cost of heating and cooling your home and will pay for itself in about 5 to 6 years.

Install Daylighting Tubes for Natural Lighting

Solar tubes capture sunlight using a rooftop dome, transferring the light indoors through a tube that runs from the roof to the interior ceiling. A diffuser then disperses the light into the space below. Solar tubes provide exceptional lighting, are cost effective, can go almost anywhere, install easily, and allow you to earn a 30% tax credit.

 

Open Windows on Summer Nights

Take advantage of the missing heat from the sun and allow nature to cool your home, with no cost to you! How? Just open those windows on warm summer nights. Better yet, get a whole house fan for the transition times from daylight to dusk. Then open up those windows.

 

 

Install a Whole House Fan or Night Breeze System

A whole house fan can substitute for an air conditioner during a good portion of the year. The fan pulls in air from open widows and exhausts it through the attic and the roof.

Start your weekday by closing all the windows and drapes. When you get home, watch the outside temperature. When it matches your desired interior temperature, open your windows and run the fan until the inside temperature is equalized with the outside.

If you’ve managed to get by without the air conditioner during the day, this works great! It works well even if you have been running the AC. Just be sure to turn off the AC before running the fan.

If you’re not super handy, installing a whole house fan can be tricky. You might consider hiring a professional to take measurements of your attic and install dedicated circuit wiring to ensure that the whole house fan is installed properly.

Find more information about the benefits of whole house fans from the US Department of Energy:https://energy.gov/energysaver/cooling-whole-house-fan

 

Install exterior shades on south and west windows

Exterior roller blinds are made of wood, steel, aluminum or vinyl and are mounted above the window. They can be raised or lowered to allow for different variations of shade. Look for a range of types of indoor and outdoor window treatments that are stylish and cost effective!

Read more about how to make your home fabulous and energy saving: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-window-treatments

Switch to low Kelvin LEDs

Low Kelvin (about 2700) LEDs use 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and perform better than fluorescent bulbs as well. They have claimed life ranges from 18 to 43 years, brighten almost instantly, and many are dimmable. These light bulbs work well with timers and motion sensors as well. Overall a great investment for a energy saving home!

Read more: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/10/best-energy-saving-lightbulbs/index.htm

Put home electronics on smart switches

Common household appliances such as coffee makers, DVD players, and curling irons are easy to forget. Especially when you’re running late and rushing to get out of the house. By plugging your devices into smart switches, you can turn off your devices with the click of a remote or even through an app on your smartphone. There are numerous types of switches, monitors, and sensors to accommodate your different needs.

http://www.techlicious.com/guide/gadgets-that-help-you-save-energy/

Energy Conservation Tips

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Change Your Habits

  • Keep windows and doors closed when the AC or heat is on
  • Open windows to cool summer nights. Let in winter sunshine.
  • Install a whole house fan for quick cooling on summer evenings
  • Why not dry laundry on racks or lines
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off lights not in use
  • Close chimney flue when not in use
  • Maintain HVAC and appliances

Change Your Set Points

  • lower hot water heater temp
  • Lower the thermostat in winter and raise it during the summer
    • Winter Heating – Turn your thermostats down to 65 degrees while you are home and set to 58 degrees at night or while you are gone. Wear sweaters and thermal underwear during the day and use an electric blanket or mattress cover at night.
    • Summer Cooling – Turn your thermostats up to 82 degrees while you are home and set to 90 degrees while you are away. Keep drapes closed during the day and open the windows for evening cooling. Wear shorts, light shirts, & sandals wherever possible.

Change Your Products

Every action made towards saving energy and going green can make a difference for our environment, no matter how small.

Home Living

  • Winter Heating – Turn your thermostats down to 65 degrees while you are home and set to 58 degrees at night or while you are gone. Wear sweaters and thermal underwear during the day and use an electric blanket or mattress cover at night.
  • Summer Cooling – Turn your thermostats up to 82 degrees while you are home and set to 90 degrees while you are away. Keep drapes closed during the day and open the windows for evening cooling. Wear shorts, light shirts, & sandals wherever possible.
  • Clothes Washing – Use cold water for clothes washing (full loads only ) & air dry. In winter indoor racks to increase humidity in gas-heated homes.
  • Dish Washing – Wait until the dishwasher is full and run on low heat cycle

Potential savings: Changing your thermostat could save you up to 1400 pounds of carbon a year. Each reduced hot clothes washing load or dishwasher load saves 100 pounds a time. Each reduction in dryer loads saves 260 pounds.

GET A HOME ENERGY ASSESSMENT

A home energy assessment can identify ways to make your home more comfortable and efficient, and save you money.

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