money saving tips - CAC Housing and Energy Services

money saving tips - CAC Housing and Energy Services
Conserve Energy to
Save Money
Finding ways to conserve in the areas where you use the
most energy will save you more money.
The average household’s energy dollars go mainly to
heating (35 percent) and cooling (20 percent), with water
heating also a large portion of the monthly bill (20 percent).
Heating and Cooling Tips
Set your thermostat on savings. Try 65 degrees in the
winter, 78 in the summer.
Don’t pay to heat/cool an empty home. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate heat/air
when you’re out.
Change your clothes, not your thermostat. Wear
extra layers in winter. Switch to thinner, loose-fitting
fabrics in summer.
Don’t lose energy: It costs money! Check your home
for leaks around doors and windows. Seal any leaks,
and be sure to keep the fireplace damper closed when
you don’t have a fire to keep heated air from escaping
up the chimney. Add insulation around walls, floors,
and ceilings.
Buy smart. Purchase the most energy efficient system
you can afford when you are in the market for a new
heating or cooling system.
Don’t use it if you don’t need to. Reduce or eliminate
the use of gas logs, gas grills, or other non-essential
gas appliances.
Programmable Thermostats:
Comfort on Your Schedule
Do you like waking up—or coming home—to a
warm, cozy house in the winter or a pleasantly cool
home in the summer?
A programmable thermostat lets you match
your heating or cooling needs with your schedule. That way, you don’t spend money keeping an
empty house comfortable.
KUB recommends setting your thermostat to 78
in the summer and 65 in the winter. Each degree
change saves you 1 percent on your heating or
cooling bill.
Do You Know . . . ?
. . . A refrigerator/freezer uses up to 5 percent of
the total energy in the average home? If you have
two, you might want to consider consolidating the
food into one and retiring the second one. You’ll
start saving right away.
. . . How much it costs to run a set of gas logs?
Most logs range from 25,000 to 60,000 BTU (British thermal units). In our area, it costs between
53 cents and and $1.26 an hour to burn gas logs,
depending on the BTU rating of your logs.
That may not seem like much, but it can add up
over a month’s time.
Water Heating
Lower the thermostat to
120 degrees.
• Repair leaky faucets.
• Use cold water for laundry.
• Insulate water heater/pipes.
• Use less water.
• Install low-flow showerheads and
aerating faucets.
• Insulate hot water storage tank and
piping (don’t block air vents) and
save $8-$20/year.
• Drain a few gallons of water from
tank every six months to remove
sludge and increase the efficiency
and life of the heater.
Use a water heater timer for electric units.
Turn off the water heater when you will be away (unless there is the chance of freezing).
Wash full loads, but don’t overload
Air-dry to save up to 30 percent of energy
Choose short cycles to use less hot water and save up
to 25 percent of water heating costs.
Low water usage dishwashers (since 1994) use seven
to 10 gallons a cycle. Choose the lowest ­usage practical
for your needs.
Set your water heater at 120 degrees if your dishwasher
can heat water to 140 degrees
Keep filters and drains clean
Don’t rinse if you don’t have to: Most newer ­models
say pre-rinsing is unnecessary.
Wash full loads, but don’t overload.
Use warm or cold water.
Rinse in cold water.
Match water level to load.
Dry like-weight items together.
Clean the lint filter after every load.
Dry full loads, but don’t over-dry.
Put the next load in before the dryer cools
Keep outside vent clean.
Keep the door shut.
Vacuum coils every three months.
Cool foods to room temperature, then refrigerate.
Place away from heat sources.
Leave space around the refrigerator.
Keep the freezer full (add containers of water).
Check door gaskets regularly.
Consider replacing units 10 years or older.
Disconnect extra units, if possible.
Preheat only when necessary
(baked goods). Ten minutes
should be good enough.
Use the oven: It’s more ­efficient
than surface-units.
Keep the oven door closed. Each
time you open it, the temperature inside drops 25 to 50
Defrost food in the refrigerator
so it cooks faster.
Keep lids on pots and pans
while cooking.
Match pan size to burner.
Microwave: It uses less energy.
Turn off lights when you leave the room.
Keep all lamps and fixtures clean.
Use task lighting instead of lighting the room.
Use floor lamps and hanging lamps near corners. The
walls will reflect the light.
Open drapes and blinds on sunny, cool days.
Use one bulb to replace several. A 100W bulb is more
efficient than two 50W bulbs.
Save Money With Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) can save $40 or more in electricity costs over its lifetime. CFLs use less
energy than incandescent bulbs, produce the same light, and last up to 10 times longer.
CFLs provide the greatest savings when they’re used in fixtures that are used more than 15 minutes at a time.
They provide the least benefit if they’re used in closets, for example.
The federal government’s Energy Star guidelines suggest using CFLs in open fixtures that allow airflow. Good
examples are table and floor lamps, hanging lamps, wall sconces, and outdoor fixtures.
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