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Energy Efficiency Advice from Savannah Electric

Invest for long-term energy efficiency:
• Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when purchasing or replacing appliances. You can lock in energy savings for years to come.
• Investigate the need to have attic ductwork sealed. Loose joints and ducts mean you may be heating or cooling your attic or crawlspaces.
• Consider adding insulation to your home. With older homes especially, you can benefit from adding high R-value insulation to the attic. Make sure new homes are built with high R-value insulation in floors and walls as well.
• Make sure doors and windows seal properly with weather-stripping or caulking
• Add storm doors to reduce heat exchange and when building, use at least double-pane, energy efficient windows
• Repair leaky hot water faucets
• Have a reputable company maintain your heating and cooling system
• Consider replacing large area incandescent lighting with high efficiency fluorescent fixtures. Replace other incandescent bulbs with long-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs

Simple habits and practices can save money too:

Summer practices:
• Clean or change your air conditioner’s air filter monthly
• Close blinds or drapes to help keep out the sun’s heat
• Use fans to move the air. This helps you feel cooler with a higher thermostat setting and fans use little energy compared to air conditioners.
• Run exhaust fans to remove steam from cooking or bathing areas, but only until steam is gone
• Use large steam-producing appliances like washers, dryers and dishwashers in the early morning or at night. You will stay more comfortable and your cooling system will not work as hard
• Keep “in and out” household traffic to a minimum if you use air conditioning
• Consider all the items you need from the refrigerator or freezer before opening the door
• Use task lighting when possible instead of full-room lighting to lower costs and reduce heat build-up

Winter practices:
• Clean or change your heating system’s air filter monthly
• Open drapes and blinds each day to let in the sun's warmth. Close them after dark to hold in the heat.
• Use exhaust fans sparingly. Steam from cooking or bathing can add warmth and moisture to the home, improving comfort.
• Use ovens, dryers and dishwashers when the family is in living areas, such as early evening during the winter. The extra heat can help you use a lower thermostat setting.
• Run ceiling fans on low and reverse their direction to gently push warm air from the ceilings back to the floor.
• Make sure the fireplace flue is closed when not in use. A great deal of heat is lost up the chimney.
• Set your thermostat and leave it there, especially if you have an electric heat pump. This will minimize the amount of time that heat strips operate.

Finally, visit or call 1-800-437-3890 for a free energy check-up. It’s quick and easy. We'll provide suggestions customized for your home. Or you can ask to schedule an in-home energy audit.

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