|Weatherstrip Your Home Inside and Out. |
If you add up all of the hidden air leaks in your home, they can equal a hole the size of an open window! To maximize home efficiency, seal all the gaps where air can leak in or out, including those around windows, doors, wiring holes, recessed lights, plumbing vents, your attic hatch, and more. Stopping drafts can make you feel more comfortable and reduce energy bills. Sutherlands stocks a huge selection of different products to seal your home.
|Install a Programmable Thermostat. |
A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. (Source: www.energystar.gov)
|Install Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs. |
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
|Check your Furnace Filter regularly. |
Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool - wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system - leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
|Check the direction of your Ceiling Fans. |
In the summer, use your ceiling fan in the counter-clockwise direction. While standing directly under the ceiling fan you should feel a cool breeze. The airflow produced creates a wind-chill effect, making you "feel" cooler. In the winter, reverse the motor and operate the ceiling fan at low speed in the clockwise direction. This produces a gentle updraft, which forces warm air near the ceiling down into the occupied space. Remember to adjust your thermostat when using your ceiling fan - additional energy and dollar savings could be realized with this simple step!
|Increase your Attic Insulation. |
One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation to your attic. Adding insulation is relatively easy. To find out if you have enough attic insulation, measure the thickness of the insulation. If it is less than R-22 (7 inches of fiber glass or rock wool or 6 inches of cellulose), you could probably benefit by adding more. Most U.S. homes should have between R-22 and R-49 insulation in the attic. Find your area's recommended R-Values here
|Update your Doors and Windows. |
New exterior doors, windows, and skylights save you energy and money, increase the comfort of your home, and protect your valuable possessions from sun damage. They are also better for the environment because lowering your energy use means less air pollution from power plants.
|Install a Tankless Water Heater. |
Bosch Tankless water heaters have quickly become the choice for families demanding endless hot water. With an average life expectancy of more than 20 years, energy savings of up to 50%, and an endless supply of hot water, your family will thank you for years to come.