purchase decision - City of Port Angeles

purchase decision - City of Port Angeles
13. Close south-, east-, and west-facing
curtains during the day to keep out
solar heat during the summer.
14. Only heat and cool rooms you use;
close vents and doors to rooms that
are not being used.
15. Glass fireplace doors help stop heat
from being lost up the chimney. Also,
close the fireplace damper when not
in use.
16. Unplug electric chargers, televisions
and audio/video equipment when not
in use (or plug them into a power
strip you can turn off and on). These
devices use electricity even when
they are not in use.
17. Turn off your computer or put it in
“sleep” mode when it is not being
18. Run energy-intensive appliances
such as the dishwasher and clothes
washer at night
19. Keep lamps and televisions away
from the thermostat. The heat they
generate will cause your air
conditioner to work harder.
20. If you’re running an old refrigerator in
your basement that isn’t being used,
unplug it. Old refrigerators can use
three times the electricity of modern
21. Dress
weather, and set your thermostat
to the lowest possible comfortable
setting. On winter nights, put an
extra blanket on the bed and turn
down your thermostat more.
22. In summer, use fans whenever
possible instead of AC, and
ventilate this way at night when
practical. Using fans to supplement
AC allows you to raise the
thermostat temperature, using less
energy. Fans cost less to use than
23. Duct tape works well on lots of
things, but it often fails when used
on ductwork! Use mastic (a gooey
paintbrush) to seal all exposed
ductwork joints in areas such as
the attic, crawlspace, or basement.
Insulate ducts to improve your
heating system’s efficiency and
your own comfort.
24. Consider safer, more efficient
ENERGY STAR torchiere lamps
rather than halogen torchieres,
which can cause fires. Halogen
bulbs are expensive to use.
25. Weather-stripping provides a barrier
between the fixed and movable
sections of doors and windows.
Apply weather-stripping to operable
windows, exterior doors, garage
doors, and doors that lead to the
Weatherwise Service
No-cost, low-cost
ways to energy
Save Energy
Weatherwise Service is an
Energy Conservation Program
offered by the
City of Port Angeles
in cooperation with the
Bonneville Power Administration
and the Conservation rate Credit
For more information
contact us by mail at:
Weatherwise Service
City of Port Angeles
321 E 5th St.
Port Angeles, WA. 98362
Message Line: 417-4713
FAX: 417-4709
or visit:
Conservation Programs
on the City’s website at:
What is energy?
Energy is Power used over a period of
When it gets right down to it, there are
only two ways to save energy. The first
way you can save is to reduce the “Power”
rating by selecting a lower wattage
appliance. Another way you can save
energy is to reduce the amount of “Time”
that you use an appliance. You will save
energy by reducing the wattage and/or the
amount of time an appliance is on.
Typical Energy Use
in the Home
The illustration below is a typical breakdown
of residential energy use. The largest uses of
energy include space heating, water heating,
lights and convenience, then refrigerators and
Lights &
Stove, Oven
Clothes Dryer
No-cost, low-cost
ways to save energy
1. Lower your heating thermostat(s) at
night and when you are not at home.
For every degree you reduce your
thermostat setting, you can reduce the
heating portion of your electrical usage
by two percent.
2. Keep drapes and blinds closed at night.
Keep windows and doors tightly closed.
Close your fireplace damper when there
is no fire.
3. Change your energy using habits by
shutting off lights, computers, TV’s,
stereos, video games, and other
appliances when not in use.
4. Set your water heater thermostats to
120°F, which is comfortable for most
5. Clean lint out of refrigerator and freezer
coils at least once per year.
Refrigerator compartments should be
between 35-40°F, freezer settings
between 0-5°F.
6. Regularly defrost manual defrost
freezers to maintain energy efficiency.
Do not allow excessive ice build up on
cooling coils. Use the power miser or
excessive moisture buildup on outside
surfaces occurs.
7. Install switch plate and outlet gaskets to
reduce air leakage. Replace worn or
missing weather-stripping around doors
and windows. Replace showerheads and
faucet aerators with energy saving
8. Run only full loads in your
dishwasher, clothes washer, and
clothes dryer. Air-dry your dishes and
clothes when possible. Try washing
and rinsing clothes in cold water and
switch from hot to warm water when
possible. Pre-soak or use the soak
cycle for heavily soiled garments to
avoid two washings. Match the water
level to the size load you use. Use alltemperature detergents. Clean the
clothes dryer lint filter after every load.
9. Cook with lids on pots, this keeps the
heat in and speeds up cooking time.
Match the size of cooking pots and
pans to the elements on your electric
range. Preheat your oven for no more
than eight minutes. Use a microwave
or toaster oven for small items.
10. For exterior lighting fixtures on
photocells, clean the photocell and
adjust sensitivity/delays as necessary.
If exterior lights are on automatic time
clocks, verify correct time of day and
on/off settings.
11. Replace furnace and heat pump filters
monthly during the heating season to
keep them operating efficiently. For
heat pumps, make sure there are no
obstructions to airflow around the
outdoor unit.
12. Switch to compact fluorescent or LED
lamps. They use 60-75% less energy
than regular bulbs. Replace light
bulbs in high-use areas such as the
kitchen and outdoor fixtures first.
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