Window coverings can lower heating and cooling bills, and improve home comfort.
Open blinds to take advantage of maximize natural light, heat from the sun in the winter afternoon
Close blinds to reduce unwanted solar heat through windows in the summer and heat loss in winter
Behavioral Energy Efficiency
- Dress appropriately for the season. Wear closely woven fabrics
- Make blankets available around the house
- Ceiling fans spinning clockwise for winter and counter- clockwise for summer
- Keep garage closed
- Use natural ventilation for spring and fall
- Hang your cloth to dry-out
- Defrost refrigeration
- Keep refrigeration and freezers full
- Don't peek the oven
- Don't leave electronic devices on all day
- Avoid charging mobile devices overnight
Avoid install thermostat near heating generating equipment
You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it to lower while you’re asleep or away from home. Try an easy 1°F change in your schedule.
Create and adjust the temperature schedule using a programmable thermostat.
Automatically change the temperature if you’re home or away and modify to your own schedule to be more energy efficient.
Seal the ductwork
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent.
Apply insulation to
Attics, walls and above garage
Hot water piping
Plug holes in interior and exterior walls; test home air tightness
Seal windows and doors with caulk and window stripping
Keep fireplace flue dampers closed when not in use
Don't allow exhaust fans run continuously
Apply solar film to windows
Upgrade energy-efficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® certified
Refrigerators 15 years or older use twice as much energy as a new ENERGY STAR® refrigerator.
Turn your water heater temperature down to 120°F. Set too high, or at 140ºF, your water heater can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses and more than $400 in demand losses.
Install low-flow faucets and shower heads. Purchase some quality, low-flow fixtures and achieve water savings of 25%–60%.
Set timers or use smart plugs to automatically turn on/off electronic devices
Install motion sensors in storage areas and/or outdoor lighting (driveway/patio), etc.
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