Easy tips and fixes to save on energy.
Find and Fix Air Leaks – Check windows and doors for air leaks. On a windy day, turn off the air conditioner and all ceiling fans. Hold a thin tissue paper taped to a pencil lengthwise near gaps in windows, doors, fireplace dampers, light switches and wall outlets. A leak is detected if there is any movement. Use caulk or gaskets as needed to repair.
Eliminate “Phantom Loads” – Some devices consume power even when off. Use a power strip with an on/off switch to truly turn off small appliances, computers and electronic devices, televisions and more.
Lighting – Install compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. The lights in a typical home can account for up to 10 percent or more of the home’s annual energy use.
Check Attic Insulation – Ideally, there should be at least 12 to 15 inches of insulation lining the attic floor. Measure the depth with a yardstick or tape measure.
Install a Programmable Thermostat – Buy and learn how to use a programmable thermostat. Each degree that a thermostat is raised above 78 degrees, the system saves 2 to 3 percent on a summer electric bill. Use ceiling fans for additional comfort, but turn off ceiling fans when leaving the room for extended periods of time.
For more information, visit energystar.gov.