ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR EVERY SEASON
SPRING ENERGY SAVING
- When the weather starts getting warmer, take a walk around the house to see if there is anything that needs replacement or repair. Look at doors, windows, siding, foundation, gutters, and places where pipes and wires enter the walls. Use binoculars to check the chimneys, roof, flashing and vents. Check to see if anything is cracked, chipped, separated, broken, or doesn’t look right. Pictures can aid store clerks or contractors determine the effective course of action.
- Plan the landscaping. Slope the soil away from the buildings and limit the plants near the foundation to small perennials or annuals; tree and shrub roots can damage the foundation and hold more water near your house.
- Clean the air conditioner.
- Install a composter and rain barrel.
SUMMER ENERGY SAVING
- Keep cool and save energy by using a ceiling fan. But make sure to turn off the fan when you leave the room. Keep in mind that a ceiling fan cools people and not rooms.
- Make sure you place the window fans on the house’s cool side, blowing air towards the room. Fans that blow to the outside, as well as whole-house and attic fans, create perilous backdrafts.
- Use a programmable thermostat to save energy when you sleep without sacrificing your comfort.
- A lot of utilities offer discount programs for peak demands. By using a super-saver switch and controlling some of the heavy appliances, you can avoid expensive electricity generation and get 15 percent off your electricity bill.
- If you have gaps between the duct joints, make sure you tighten them. Save close to 10 percent on your bills by having the ducts sealed and insulated.
- Control the indoor humidity in your house. Set the dehumidifier at 50 percent and make sure the drain operates properly and the coils are clean. If your model does not have a humidistat, replace it with one that does.
- Keep out the sun. Use awnings, drapes and blinds. Plant more trees to provide optimal summertime shading – west and east sides are usually the best.
FALL ENERGY SAVING
- Go for preventative maintenance. Schedule an annual adjustment and tune-up for your water heater, furnace, air-conditioner, air-exchanger, and other elecro-mechanical systems.
- Inspect the doors and windows. Check for weather stripping, gaps in the caulking and damage to frames or glass.
- Clean out the downspouts and gutters. When debris blocks the gutter, snow and rain drain down the house’s side. This leads to damaging moisture in the foundation.
- Rebalance the heat registers. Redirect the flow of air on your forced-air heating furnace from its summer pattern to the winter pattern. Close the registers in rooms that are not used. Keep returns and registers clear of drapes or furniture.
- Bleed the radiators. When you fire up the system for the first time, bleed the baseboard units or radiators to make sure that they are efficient. Clean and dust for effective heat transfer.
- Clean or replace the filters. If the airflow is unrestricted, it optimizes the efficiency.
WINTER ENERGY SAVING
- Go for an energy audit.
- Make sure to install a programmable thermostat.
- Examine the lighting. We use maximum lighting in the winter and it is important to be frugal with it.
- Keep the snowdrifts away. If snow ends up blocking the exhaust or intake of furnaces, air-exchangers, water heaters, or other equipment, it can cause problems that range from inefficiency to danger. If there is a storm, check to ensure everything is clear afterwards.
- Wrap the leaky windows.
- Make use of the sun. Allow more sunlight inside the house during the day and close the drapes and blinds at night to curb the heat loss.
These few tips will help you save energy, during every season of the year. If your energy bill is still unbearable after employing all of these things, then it may be time for solar.