Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
- Seal cooling and heating ducts with mastic sealant to prevent the loss of warm air in the winter or cool air in the summer.
- For energy saving, we recommend setting the thermostat to 68 degrees in winter.
- Install a programmable thermostat* and set it to adjust the temperature inside just before you are set to arrive home.
- Replace filters regularly, usually every 1-2 months.
- Make sure the thermostat is compatible with heat pumps or it will cause bills to increase.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs to save energy.
- Run ceiling fans counterclockwise on low during the winter to circulate warm air and run the heat pump less.
- Install inexpensive foam gaskets behind light switches on exterior walls to prevent air leaks.
- Install outdoor solar lights.
- Make sure you have adequate insulation in ceilings and walls to prevent unwanted heat loss or gain. Insulation should be 10-14 inches deep in the attic.
- Insulate hot water pipes.
DOORS AND WINDOWS
- Keep curtains open and tilt blinds down to let the sun and warmth in; close curtains at night to prevent heat loss.
- Use low VOC caulk and weather stripping around windows and doors to reduce air infiltration.
- Install door sweeps and door shoe gaskets to further control heat loss and gain.
- If you have to replace windows, install ENERGY STAR® certified windows to keep hot air out in the summer and prevent warm air from escaping during winter.