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Set to 120 degrees and drain a quart of water twice a year to keep it running efficiently.
The days are longer now that it’s summer, making natural light more plentiful. Try opening shades and even painting rooms lighter colors to make natural light more effective. When you do need electric lighting, switch to light bulbs labeled as Energy Star, as they are more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent light bulbs.
Even the most energy efficient homes could be letting in warm air. Make sure doorways and windows are fully sealed when closed, so cooling systems don’t have to work extra hard to keep your home comfortable. Making sure your house is effectively insulated avoids over-working temperature control systems in your home.
Many of us only use a few rooms in our homes, so it’s not efficient to keep every room cool. Closing vents, turning off fans and shutting doors in rooms not normally used can keep rooms that are used cooler, decrease costs and lower energy use.
Make sure to only wash full loads of clothes with cold water to save energy. Cold water is just as effective at cleaning stains and doesn’t consume energy to heat water. Drying clothes on a clothesline also reduces energy and prevents adding heat to your home. However, for those who have difficulty parting with their dryer, you can do laundry in the evening when temperatures drop and energy isn’t as limited.
Energy Source personnel have been working on behalf of our clients to obtain rebates for over 20 years. Navigating the complex incentive approval process is one of our core competencies and we will capture all applicable incentives for the projects that we implement for you.
Planting a few trees or tall bushes around your home can help block direct sunlight and keep your home cooler. Strategically planting leafy trees to the south and west of your home can more effectively obstruct harsh sunlight as the sun progresses from east to west. However, a leafy tree still allows for natural light to flow into your house, so you won’t need to use electric lighting.
If you use air conditioning as your main method to cool your home, it’s hard to realize sometimes that a simple fan might do the trick. Opening windows and using a fan instead will greatly lower energy consumption and the cross breeze can help circulate cool air even better than air conditioning.
Using an oven or turning on the stove can increase energy use and cause your home’s temperature to increase. By using a grill or even cooking over a campfire, you can limit the excess heat and energy. Washing the dishes by hand or only running the dishwasher when full will also make a big impact.
Rather than having one family member using the computer, one watching the TV and another playing a stereo, try to get everyone to enjoy an activity together. Just running one electronic device at a time will lower energy use and provide your family with bonding time.
Everyone has the best intentions to keep up with their energy reduction, but it’s easy to get back into old habits. Leave yourself reminders and set reachable goals to continue to lower energy use during high demand times.