Use Energy Wisely
With society's growing concern about global warming, the increasing demand for energy, and the need to reduce our country's reliance on foreign supplies, using energy wisely is the smart thing to do. Wise use of energy around your home isn't just something you should do to keep heating bills down in the winter. For the greatest benefits, practice good energy habits year-round. You can begin today by taking small steps to manage your energy use.
Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees.
Set your thermostat back five degrees while you're asleep or away from the house for eight hours or more. Or, install an automatic setback thermostat so you won't forget to adjust the temperature. It can slice as much as eight to 10 percent from the amount of energy used to heat your home.
Use energy-saving settings on all appliances.
Turn off exhaust vents as soon as they've done their job.
Clean your oven while it's still warm.
Keep lids on pots to boil water faster, and cook several items on your stove at once.
Use your dishwasher only for full loads, unless it has a partial-load feature.
Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioners.
Keep doors on attached garages closed.
- Clean and replace filters on your furnace, air conditioner and heating pump. Replace your furnace filter each month or according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Check insulation in your attic, outer walls and basement or crawl space for the R-level appropriate for your area, and add more if necessary.
- Insulate hot water pipes and ducts, especially in unheated areas.
- Seal large air leaks that whistle on windy days, especially around piping and vent openings in sidewalls.
- Replace inefficient appliances with energy-saving ones.
- Upgrade leaky windows with higher insulation values and/or install storm windows.
- Plant shade trees and shrubs on the west side of your house to reduce air conditioning costs. Plant evergreens on the north side to block cold winter winds.
- Consider having a professional energy audit done for more expert advice. To discuss individual home weatherization needs, call the Ohio Conservation Hotline at 1-800-952-3037.
- Visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Website for a free, do-it-yourself online home energy audit.