J&K Heating & Air Energy Saving Tips

J&K Heating & Air Energy Saving Tips

Cooling

  • Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home; about 10-25% the of energy used to cool homes escapes via leaks.
  • Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing.
  • Install a programmable thermostat; set it higher when you are away.
  • When you’re home, set your thermostat to 78 degrees.
  • Install ceiling fans to circulate cool air throughout the house.
  • Shade your windows with light-colored shades to reflect heat.
  • Close draperies and shades on south-facing windows to block sunlight and heat during the day.
  • Install awnings on windows that get excessive sun in the late afternoon.

Heating

  • Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually. Loose, broken AC ductwork accounts for 15-35% of a home’s energy loss.
  • Change furnace filters every month.
  • Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip openings from your home to the outside.
  • Increase your attic insulation if the joists are showing.
  • Repair and weatherstrip air leaks in the home. About 10-25% the of energy used to cool homes escapes through air leaks.
  • Unless it is equipped specifically for home heating, use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air escapes through the chimney. Close the damper when you’re not using your fireplace.
  • Shade your windows. Possible savings: 10-25%
  • Open draperies and shades on south-facing windows to allow more sunlight and heat during the day. Close them at night to conserve heat.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans sparingly. They can quickly pull warm air from your home.

No Cost/Low Cost Efficiency Tips

  • Unplugging underutilized appliances in your home can lead to big savings in your electricity usage.
  • Chargers for mobile phones still use electricity even when the phone is unplugged.
  • Your home entertainment electronics pull a great deal of electricity if they remain plugged in. Plug TVs, stereos, and DVD players into a power strip and shut them off using the power strip’s On/Off button.
  • If you have an ENERGY STAR® qualified computer, enable its shut-down features.
  • The “sleep” mode reduces electricity usage by up to 70 percent during inactive periods.
  • The “hibernate” mode shuts the computer down after a specified time, allowing you to restart using less electricity.
  • Shut off the computer if you’re going to be away more than 2 hours.
  • In the winter, try setting your thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re at home and lowering the temperature at night or when you’re away.
  • In the summer, set the thermostat to a minimum 78 degrees; circulate cool air using box fans and ceiling fans.
  • Open shades in the winter to let sunlight in. Close them in the summer to keep your home cooler.

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