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Energy Tips

delaware roofersA standard family in the US spends more that $1,700 every year on utilities.  The majority is due to heating and cooling which is just under 60% of the usage.  This puts more carbon dioxide int he air than two cars!  You can make your home more energy efficient and more comfortable as well as put some extra dollars in your pocket.  Over time you can have more money for a rainy day as well as increase the value of your home.

TIPS for Saving Energy:

  • Don’t push your heat and air unit to hard.  Keep your thermostat comfortable, but not too warm in the winter or too cool in the summer.
  • Use florescent light bulbs
  • Air Dry your dishes rather than let your dishwasher heat them up and do the drying for you.
  • Turn the monitors off on your computers when they’re not in use.  Let them switch to sleep mode rather than stay on full time.
  • Plug things into power strips and shut off the power strip when the items are not in use (example:  DVD players, TV’s, Video Game systems, etc)  On average, 25% of electricity used is on electronics that are turned off!
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120º F
  • Instead of taking baths, take short showers.
  • Only wash loads of dishes or laundry when the load is full.  This saves power and water.
  • Using a dishwasher saves water and energy over hand washing.
  • Don’t be an aggressive driver.  Rapid acceleration, braking and speeding waste gas.
  • Make sure your appliances are ENERGY STAR
  • Seal air leaks with caulking, expanding foam or weather stripping.  (Common areas are windows, attics, doors, recessed lighting, gaps around plumbing and electrical utilities, vents, fireplaces).  Keep in your warm air during the winter and cool air during the summer.
  • Upgrade insulation
  • Use your window coverings.  Keep the drapes open during the winter to let warmth from the sun in.  Keep them closed during the summer to keep the cool air in.
  • Use a thermostat that you can program to set while you are asleep or away from home, which can save you up to 20% on costs.
  • Once a month, clean or replace filters.  Also make sure to have yearly maintenance to make sure they are running efficiently.
  • Install windows that have a low-e coating.  The lower the U-Value, the better the insulation.  Make sure they are ENERGY Star, which can reduce bills by 30%-40%.
  • Clean the lint dryer to improve air circulation.  It also prevents over heating and prevents fires.
  • Laptops use less energy than a desktop
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes.  Use a dryer that has a moisture sensor.  It will save energy as well as the wear and tear on your clothes.
  • Separate your laundry into loads of heavier and lighter weight.  Drying times vary, which can save energy.
  • Use rechargeable batteries, rather than throwaway.
  • Place heat resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and radiators.
  • Make sure that baseboard heaters, radiators and warm-air registers are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or window drapes.
  • Use fans during the summer to create a chill effect.  You can raise your thermostat by 4º without reducing your comfort.
  • Prevent heat loss by insulating your heating ducts, hot water heater and pipes.
  • Chimneys are made to allow smoke to escape.  Close the dampers when it’s not in use so that you don’t lose the warm air.
  • Repair leaky faucets quickly.  You can lose gallons of water in a short period of time.
  • Evaporation is the largest source of energy loss in a swimming pool.  Consider covering it.
  • Plant trees to shade the air conditioning unit, but not block air flow.  It can reduce electricity by 10% than operating in the sun.