COMMON SENSE HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION
When hiring a contractor to perform energy conservation work on your home,
make sure you hire a contractor licensed by the State License Board. Any job
that costs $500 or more will usually require the services of a licensed contractor.
Here are some energy conservation tips for every homeowner:
Turn the thermostat
down to 68° during the day and 55° at night.
Set the refrigerator temperature
as high as 38°. Remove dust from the
coils and check the door seals.
Wash full loads of laundry and lower the temperature
Insulate water heaters and lower the temperature to 120°.
Turn off lights,
computers, appliances, and equipment when not in use.
Minimize energy use during
peak hours of 5-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.
Here are some common examples of energy efficient upgrades:
Install additional insulation in walls, attics, floors, and around heating
ducts. Current standards are R-30 in attics, R-13 in walls, R-19 in floors and
R-6 around ducts. If your home is 15-years old or older, the insulation may have
Install double-paned windows. The air pocket between the glass panes
serves as a thermal insulator. Energy efficient windows should have a low emissive
(low e) glazing.
Weather-stripping and caulking around doors, windows, pipes, electric outlets,
and ducts can keep a home comfortably insulated.
Check home cooling and heating systems once a year to make sure they are operating
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