Energy Conservation Tips
12 TIPS FOR THE SUMMER
12 TIPS FOR THE WINTER
- Keep room temperature at 78-80°, and check the temperature with a thermometer. For each degree cooler than 78-80°, you can expect your cooling cost to increase 7-10% per degree. You may consider installing a programmable thermostat that will raise or lower temperatures in your home to reduce energy consumption when your home is unoccupied, or while you are sleeping.
- Buy energy efficient cooling units. The higher the efficiency rating (EER, SEER or COP), the more efficient the unit. CPS recommends a unit with a rating of 12 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ration) or better. Check the energy guide to find out the energy efficiency rating on all new appliances.
- Do not plant shrubs right next to your air conditioning unit. Keep a two-to three-foot clearance around the unit to ensure proper circulation.
- Buy a unit that is the correct size for your home. Undersized units will not maintain proper temperatures to provide comfort. Oversized units do not filter, circulate or dehumidify the air properly.
- Be sure to clean and replace your air conditioner filter every two weeks during the summer. Remember, cooling equipment should be serviced annually, before use, by a licensed and bonded professional service person.
- Consider replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which are more efficient than incandescent bulbs, and provide the same lighting output.
- Have duct systems checked once a year for air leaks.
- Window units can provide less costly single-room cooling than central units. The recommended setting is 78-80°. Check the room temperature with a thermometer to ensure that units are cooling properly. To optimize efficiency, ensure that the unit has proper placement.
- For added comfort in occupied rooms, use fans. Fans use very small amounts of energy and help circulate conditioned air. A fan can make you feel 4° to 8° cooler than the actual room temperature.
- Install solar screens, solar film or plant trees and shrubs round your home to limit direct exposure to the sun.
- Weather-strip doors leading to your garage, patio or any other unconditioned area.
- Caulking around windows and door frames on the outside of your home reduces air infiltration.
12 TIPS FOR THE WINTER
- Set your thermostat in winter at 68 – 70°, and check room temperature with a thermometer.
- Clean or replace furnace air filters once a month in winter. Remember, heating equipment should be serviced annually, before use, by a licensed and bonded professional service person.
- Check and adjust gas heaters to a blue flame, and ensure that they have proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Seal cracks around doors to prevent air infiltration.
- Raise shades and open curtains during winter to let in the sun’s warmth.
- Close the damper on your fireplace when it’s not in use. Remember to open the damper when lighting a fire. Older fireplaces may not have a damper. An inexpensive way to seal your fireplace is to use glass or plexiglass doors.
- If your home has pier and beam construction, install skirting around your foundation to help limit air infiltration.
- Cover cold floors with rugs or carpet.
- Wear several layers of warm clothing.
- Caulk around the exterior windows and door frames.
- Close doors to rooms that are not occupied. Remember to close exterior doors as quickly as possible when entering or leaving your home.
- Install gaskets under the cover plates of light switches and electrical outlets on exterior walls. This can cut down on air leakage by up to 20%.