Energy Efficiency Tips

Energy Saving Tips:

NAED encourages you to save on your monthly electric bill by trying some of these easy tips:

Heating & Cooling Tips: No Cost/Low Cost:

  • During the winter months, keep your thermostat between 65° and 70°. Dial your thermostat down when you're away or asleep. Better yet, install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature according to a set schedule. 
  • Have your heating and air conditioning serviced prior to the heating and cooling seasons.
  • In the Winter, open blinds and curtains to let the sun in during the day. At night, close them to help hold heat in. In the Summer, close blind and curtains in the day to keep out excess heat. 
  • Change or clean your furnace filter at least once a month. Clogged filters inhibit airflow and make your furnace work harder.

Heating & Cooling Tips: Extra but Worth the Cost:

  • Insulate! The right insulation keeps any building cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Heating and hot water pipe insulation is often overlooked.
  • If possible, planting trees can provide shade in the summer and a windbreak in the winter.

Lighting Tips: No Cost/Low Cost:

  • Reduce the wattage, an overly lit room wastes power. 
  • Use multiple switches. When installing lighting in a large space, install multiple switches to cover the different areas,
  • Install dimmer switches to reduce electricity usage and increase the life of lightbulbs.
  • Keep lights clean. Dust can obstruct up to half the light.
  • Use lamps. An electrical lamp will give you ample light at a lower cost than an overhead light. 
  • Install motion detectors for outdoor lights so they only operate when needed. 

Lighting: Extra but Worth the Cost:

  • Go solar. Illuminate paths with solar powered lamps or stakes
  • Install skylights in darker rooms or as natural downlights in work rooms such as kitchens. If you're buying or building a new house or undergoing a renovation, position the rooms and spaces where you spend most time during the day to the north or northeast to capture the most daylight. 

 

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