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January
2016
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Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

HVAC

  • 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.

LIGHTING

  • 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.

INSULATION

  • 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.

Jackson EMC offers rebates for members who need to replace their water heater or heat pump. Learn more at www.jacksonemc.com/rebates.