Energy Efficiency Improvements Pay Off Like Never Before

We have some tips to help you use energy more efficiently. Taking just one or two of these recommended steps can make a big difference in your heating bill.

  • Invest in a thermostat timer that lowers your home’s temperature when you are not at home. You can cut your annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours per day.
  • Protect against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors and other openings such as ductwork, fans and vents.
  • Install flow-restricting showerheads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower pressure.
  • Consider switching to a propane water heater. Over time, propane water heaters can cost up to one-third less to operate and they recover hot water twice as quickly as electric water heaters.
  • Change or clean filters monthly. Clean filters will increase efficiency. If on a monthly payment plan, use receipt of your bill as a reminder.
  • Run washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers with a full load.
  • Turn down your water heater from the standard 120 degrees to 115 degrees. You can save more than 10 percent on your water-heating bill.
  • Increase your water-heater’s efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediments.
  • Have your heating system regularly inspected, cleaned and tested for efficiency and proper operation. A heating system that runs well is more efficient and will save you money.
  • Replacing a heating system or water heater? Buy the most efficient model available. Energy savings over the life of the equipment will easily justify the higher initial cost.
  • Check the chimney and appliance vent system at least once a year to ensure that all connections are secure.
  • Keep vents and air returns clear of obstructions such as furniture, lint, dust or pet hair.
  • Visually inspect your oil tank for leaks.

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