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WARD OFF WINTER WOES

SUMMER SAVINGS SOLUTIONS

ENLIGHTENED LIGHTING TIPS

Ward off Winter Woes!

  • Lower your thermostat to 68 degrees to save on heating costs.
  • Dress properly by wearing warmer clothing.
  • Replace your return air filter at least once a month. Households with pets that shed may need to replace more often.
  • Have your heater or furnace serviced to insure that it is operating properly.
  • Check weather-stripping and thresholds on doors and windows and replace or repair when necessary.
  • Caulk around plumbing and wires holes from the attic, and around socket and switch outlets, vent-a-hoods, recessed light fixtures, washer/dryer and bath vents to reduce air infiltration.
  • Check your central unit's duct system for leaks and repair with mastic or duct tape.
  • Check the R-value of your attic insulation and consider installing additional insulation where needed. Attic insulation levels of R-30 (around 10 inches) are recommended.
  • Open blinds and shades during sunny days to take advantage of the sun's natural heat. Close them on overcast days to hold in heat.
  • Set your water heater's temperature at 120 degrees. (Electric water heaters require that both elements be reset - unplug first!)
  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets.  A hot water leak can waste both energy and water.
  • Insulate water heater feeder pipes with pipe insulation.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home.
  • Planting evergreen trees and shrubs on the northern and western sides of your home provide a natural winter block.

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SUMMER SAVINGS SOLUTIONS

  • Raise your thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees to save as much as 18% on cooling.
  • Replace your return air filter at least once a month.
  • Wear lighter clothing and use fans to help circulate air for greater comfort.
  • Use lower wattage and compact fluorescent bulbs and turn off lights when not in use.
  • Do heat producing tasks, (cooking, laundry, dishwashing) in early morning or late evening.
  • Close blinds and shades to reduce heat gain in windows that receive direct sunlight.
  • Open windows and use fans instead of air conditioning on cooler days.
  • Use exhaust fans to remove heat and moisture from bath, kitchen and laundry areas.
  • Set your water heater's temperature at 120 degrees. (Electric water heaters require that both elements be reset - unplug first!)
  • Use your microwave rather than your oven whenever possible.
  • Check weather-stripping on doors and windows and replace or repair when necessary.
  • Wash and dry full loads of clothing and clean lint filters after each use.

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LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD WITH ENLIGHTENED LIGHTING!
Home and office lighting accounts for anywhere between 20% to 50% of electrical consumption. Making use of LED can reduce the consumption compared to the load of incandescents by 75%. LED can also help reduce unwanted heat gain during hot summer months yet still provide equivalent lighting.

Advantages of LED lighting:

  • A 9-watt LED light produces as much light as a standard 100-watt incandescent.
  • You can burn ten 9-watt LED lights for the same cost as burning one 100 watt incandescent.
  • LED lights last between 4 to 7 years in normal household use
  • LED lights are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • LED lights are available in numerous styles including three-ways, floods, dimmables and bug lights.

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