Do it Yourself tips and suggestions

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes toward heating and cooling, so when it comes to saving on your utility bills, a great place to start is by looking at ways to reduce energy demand from your heating and cooling system.

In addition to replacing old, inefficient equipment before it fails, Perry provides the following tips, tools and calculators to help you make energy saving solutions.

Do it Yourself tips and suggestions

Postby Service » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:19 am

1.In the winter, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable (as high as is comfortable in summer)
2.Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed. Check this regularly.
3.Clean warm air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
4.Make sure areas with windows and doors are completely sealed at all times. Although they are closed, windows and doors tend to lose heat.
5.Caulk windows to seal air in preventing heat loss, and resulting in huge money savings.
6.Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
7.Be conservative when using kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans (in just 1 hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air). Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job.
8.Keep drapes and shades open on southern-facing windows during the heating season to allow sunlight to enter your home; close them during the summer to keep cool.
9.Close an unoccupied room that is isolated from the rest of the house, such as in a corner, and close the register (or turn down the thermostat for that room or zone). Note: closing on a heat pump (vs. furnace) can harm the pump (see owners manual for details about your system).
10.Select energy-efficient equipment when you buy new heating equipment. Your contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs to help you compare energy usage.
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