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Energy Saving tips.

 

                                                                                                                                         

Seal your windows and doors

  • Apply a window film to your windows. This works well in northern climates because windows are not typically opened in the winter. In southern areas with warmer climates, the film can be applied to windows that are fixed, or kept closed year-round (such as picture windows, or windows in stairways or foyers).

  • To apply, use manufacture suggested installation instructions. 

  • The plastic film can save homeowners an average of $10-$15 per window annually, on heating and cooling cost, according to the 3M manufacturing instructions.

  

 

 Weather stripping and caulk

  • Caulking is a flexible material that is applied like a gel and holds its shape. Don’t use caulking between the door and the floor to prevent gluing the door shut. You can purchase caulking materials from your local hardware store. There are several different caulks for various applications, so be sure to ask for assistance to ensure the right product is purchased for your project.

  • Weather-stripping is intended to close gaps where things move. It is perfect for doorways and windows, as it is a rigid material that is only attached to one side of the gap. For example, only the door, not the floor - allowing the door to continue to sweep across the floor unobstructed. Most experts agree that filling gaps with weather stripping and caulk will pay for itself within a year.

 

 Window and door replacement

  • Home windows don’t lose their energy efficiency overnight, it happens gradually over years. The typical life expectancy for residential windows is about 15-20 years. The seals start to fail and leave the windows susceptible to drafts and moisture.

Window replacement is not the least expensive option. However, there is much benefit for choosing this route. Quality of these items are constantly being improved, so if this is the option for you, do your homework and select the windows and doors that will fit your needs.

 

 Easy DIY Upgrade light bulbs to LED

  • LEDs are safer. Some bulbs contain mercury, a substance that’s hazardous and could lead to serious complications if inhaled or ingested.

  • They provide the same brightness as traditional bulbs but use 90% less energy

  • LEDs last 15 times longer, which can be a financial benefit on operations and maintenance.

  • LED bulbs produce very little heat compared to incandescent bulbs, which release 90% of their energy as heat. The more heat a bulb produces, the more heat related deterioration to surrounding fittings.

 

 Clean Dryer duct

  • To keep your Gas or electric dryer running energy efficient.

A partially obstructed vent filled with lint can cause increased drying times and waste energy, while blocked vents are also a common cause of residential fires.

  • Clean the lint screen after every load, and the dryer duct once a year.

 

 

 Fix leaky plumbing

  • To find a leak, check your water meter before any water is used, and then wait two hours.  Check the meter again, and if it has moved at all, you have a leak.

  • Replace worn out toilet parts

Bad floats, and flappers that are stuck or damaged, rusted fill valves, or broken connectors are common sources of toilet leaks.Leaky toilets might seem like a small problem, but the small things will add up to costly issues if you don’t catch them early. They can run up your water bill.

  • Old faucet washers and gasket should be replaced if leaking.

Worn faucets can leak up to 2500 gallons a year or more.

If you have leaks or suspects leaks, have your home inspected by a professional Home Inspector or a licensed plumbing contractor.

   

Heating and cooling efficiency

  •  About half the energy use in your home comes from your heating and cooling system. So, it’s a good idea to keep it running at optimal efficiency.  Here are some DIYs to maintain your system between seasonal inspections.

Check your air filters every 30 days during the winter and summer. If necessary, change them every 3 months or when dirty.

Installing a smart thermostat will allow you control your heating and cooling system settings from your phone, tablet or computer. Homes with high heating and cooling bills or homes that are not occupied for much of the day, can save about $75-$100 a year with a smart thermostat.

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