Your Home - Fall 2010 - Energy Saving Tips
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Fall 2010
 
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Energy Saving Do's and Don'ts

Switch to timed thermostats for reducing your energy usage

People all over the world are taking measures to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of the way they live. Using less energy not only helps the planet, but also saves money on household bills

Do:

  • Turn the heating thermostat down, and the air conditioning up by 1.5°C (3°F) saves around 1 tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) a year.
  • Replace old appliances with energy-efficient ones. An ENERGY STAR refrigerator could save nearly half a ton of CO2 a year, compared with an older model.
  • Insulate attics, crawl spaces, windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Additional insulation to the attic and basement reduces energy consumption significantly.
  • Have a home energy audit conducted by a professional energy auditor or independent home inspector.
  • Swap out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent bulbs. Spiral light bulbs are 75% more efficient than standard light bulbs.
  • Bleed trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.
  • Conduct a home energy audit. Energy savings often pays off in time, start saving now.

Don’t:

  • Block heating and cooling filters, vents or radiators  with draperies, furniture or carpeting.
  • Neglect the maintenance of heating and cooling systems. Regular cleaning and inspection keeps them running at peak efficiency, saving energy, repairs and money.
  • Leave battery chargers plugged in when not in use. If it has a power light (no matter how small) it’s using energy.
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From the Editor
Saving Energy

Saving energy is on everyone's mind this Fall. From worries over winter energy costs to concern for the environment, there are many ways you can reduce your home's energy output.

ARTICLES:

Preparing Your Home Heating System for Winter
Part 1 | Part 2
Cleaning out the furnace

Spotlight On
Insulation

Find out about what type of insulation you ahve in your home and how it works


Go Green
Energy Efficiency Audits
Professional energy audits expose problems that are invisible to the eye

Energy Saving Do’s and Don’ts

Switching to a timed thermostat can make a real difference in your energy usage

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