Cost Effective Energy Improvements

Insulating existing homes to maximize comfort and energy efficiency.

Re: Cost Effective Energy Improvements

Postby smko » Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:50 pm

Turn off lights when you leave the rooms. Plug TV and other electronic systems to a power strip and flip the switch off when going to bed to reduce phantom load. Most likely, you may not need them on until the next evening if every one is at work or at school. Remember, even your TV or electronics are not on they are still drawing power because they are on standby mode that's why your remote control can turn on your TV.
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Re: Cost Effective Energy Improvements

Postby Stanleys » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:01 am

Also you can start saving energy by using our Home Improvement Tools. These tools can tell you how efficiently you use energy at home and recommend the most cost-effective improvements.
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Re: Cost Effective Energy Improvements

Postby JimK » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:51 pm

Replace the incandescent bulbs with LEDs in your refrigerator and freezer . They don't emit heat like incandescent bulbs so that you use less electricity to keep your food frozen and cold.
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Re: Cost Effective Energy Improvements

Postby Tosca » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Try using energy in the evening or morning that's when energy is cheaper, such as California's time of use program. Check with your utility company if it has similar program. Dimmers and sensors are inexpensive and can help reduce energy usage. Some energy usage monitors can help find out where you are using energy, such as kill-a-watt, nest, etc. You can google to find more. I just use my finger do the fliping (the switch).
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Re: Cost Effective Energy Improvements

Postby Jane » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:49 pm

Sometimes there is a gap between the bottom of the door and the floor if the door is not installed properly. Feel and see if any cold air coming in. If so, get something (forgot what's called) to install across the bottom of the door. Ask sales people at the home center store and they'll help you find it.
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