Hot Hot Hot – Energy Conservation Tips

 Use major appliances during “off-peak” hours, when demand may be lower.

 Check your home for adequate insulation, the most important factor in controlling the amount of energy required to maintain comfortable temperatures.

 Insulation is measured in R-value, which is a measure of resistance to heat flow.

 So, the higher the R-value, the better the insulation value.

 Experts recommend you use an R-value of R-30 in ceiling areas.

 Keep outdoor air conditioning units free of leaves, grass and shrubbery for maximum efficiency.

 Change or clean you air conditioner filter once every month to maximize the unit’s efficiency. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.

 Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the summer.

 For every degree you set your thermostat below 78 degrees, you use from 3 to 5 percent more electricity.

 During the heat of the day, close yourdraperies, shades or blinds to reduce the extra heat caused by direct sunlight.

 Use fans whenever possible. Install ceiling fans in the rooms you use the most.

 Check your windows and doors for a tight fit. Apply weather stripping or caulking if needs.

 Plan your meals so most heat-producing appliances are used in the early morning or cooler evening hours, since these appliances add heat and humidity to the house. Or, use energy-efficient portable appliances for small cooking operations.

 Run the dishwasher and clothes washing machine less often, and wait for a full load before turning it on.

 Let the dishes dry without heat.

 Use cold water instead of hot water whenever possible.

 Set your water heater thermostat to a lower setting - - about 120 degrees.

 Close the damper on your fireplace.

 Use energy-efficient light bulbs.

 Keep power tools and electric appliances clean and properly maintained.

 Repair or replace leaking faucets immediately.

 Purchase a higher SEER rated unit when replacing cooling equipment or a heat pump.

 The higher the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating), the more efficient the unit.

 Experts recommend a 12 SEER.

 For more information on how to save energy or to have a free energy audit conducted at your home call 1-800-524-2421, ext. 250.