Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Carpe Diem..Time for an Energy Audit....
Periodic energy audits can save you money. So can a few simple adjustments in your home. Here are a few to get you started in the right direction.
* Vacuum the condenser coil of your refrigerator often and check the door seal to make sure it doesn't leak.
* Try to run your dishwasher only once a day and choose the water-saving cycle.
* Toilet handles that stick should be replaced.
* Only wash full loads of clothing and pre-soak when possible. If you must wash a partial load, adjust the water level. Did you know most clothes are just as clean when you wash them in cold water?
* Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every use and wash occasionally to remove the coating left by dryer sheets.
* Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees and use an insulation wrap. It only costs about $20 and helps hold the heat inside.
* Turn off whatever is not being used - lights, fans, TVs, etc.
* Fix dripping faucets to reduce water usage.
* Replace your most used light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs. You'll keep your home cooler in the summer and save money in energy costs.
* Check and replace filters each month on your heating and air conditioning units.
* Replace single pane windows with low e-coated or ENERGY STAR windows. Storm windows will also conserve energy.
* When it's time to replace appliances or mechanicals in your home, look for items that contain the ENERGY STAR label. It's the government's rating program that shows you which items are more efficient.