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Earth Day Energy Efficiency Tips

Source: U.S. DOE

To throw your own Earth Day celebration, consider implementing a few of the 10 ideas below, and you will be saving the planet and rewarded with savings!

  • Use fans. During air-conditioning season, you should be able to raise your thermostat by four degrees and experience the same comfort as you would have with only running the air conditioner.
  • Keep the thermostat away from heat sources, including the sun, candles, lamps and appliances. Temperature misreading by the thermostat can cause your air conditioner to work longer than necessary.
  • Set the thermostat as high as possible to where you are still comfortable. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5 percent to 15 percent a year on your heating bill.
  • In the summer close drapes to reduce the amount of solar heat gain. Consider installing solar screens, insulating drapes, and planting trees outside of sun-facing windows for more protection against the sun’s rays.
  • In the winter, during sunny days, to take advantage of solar heat gain by opening curtains. Once the sun sets, close the curtains.
  • Check the furnace/air conditioner filter and change it, if necessary. Filters should be changed every 30-90 days. We recommend using HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters, setting calendar reminders and writing the date on the filter when you replace it.
  • Schedule annual air conditioning maintenance tune-up to help reduce repairs and keep your system operating at peak efficiency. What you spend on the tune-up you’ll make back on your energy bill. If your unit is older than 15 years and often breaks down, consider replacement.
  • Do not run your heating or air conditioning while you are away from home. Remember to turn it off before you leave the house. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the desired temperature 30 minutes before you arrive so the desired temperature is reached by the time you get back.
  • Insulate everywhere heat is lost. This includes hot water pipes, air ducts, attic, basement, windows and doors.
  • Block drafts from doors and windows by using caulk, door sweeps and thresholds.